0 thoughts on “Dear Atheist

  1. I have never believed in God (or Santa or the tooth fairy) because the idea of a God never seemed to hold any water.  I wan’t raised around dogmatic people so I never qualms with it until I grew up and saw how ridiculous people can be.

  2. From what I’ve seen, it seems most atheists have a problem with B rather than A. After all, a belief is just a belief, and we all have them. But when that belief leads to potentially dangerous acts (under the label of “religion”), that’s where the problem arises.

  3. I’m not an athiest, but I’m not a christian.   I lean toward the Eastern views, closest right not to Hindu, but Buddhism makes a lot of sense to me also, according to visions that I have had and spiritual awakenings that I have experienced.

    I don’t quite get full blown athiests…”who am I to say there is no God?”

    Hey, hope you come back to my friends list if you are not back yet, this is (formerly) loonsounds.

  4. The dogma was what led me to discard organized religion and then to become an agnostic.  The idea of the existence (or non-existence, as the case may be) was what led me to realized that I am an atheist.

  5. B.  This is why I was deist before being atheist.  I could stand the idea of there being a god (and with some proof I would even believe in the god and not just its idea).  It’s all that other stuff that I’m not a huge fan of.

  6. Yes, we do have some mistakes as Christians including hypocrisy, etc. We are not perfect! We are sinners 2! It seems 2 me that atheists mostly start with B then A. So yes its our fault.

  7. I think both at about the same time. B because I usually thought going to church was either a really strange or scary experience, and I was put off by how insane some of the adults I knew sounded… and also A, though I suppose that wasn’t staunch from the very beginning, but only when I actually gave good thought to whether or not I believed in a god.

  8. A very good, fair, and honest question, I think.
    But for me, neither. I’m a Christian. But it’s good to read these responses and try to understand the “other side” so that there’s less misunderstanding and more relationship that can be forged. God IS all about relationship (among other things).

  9. B.

    i’m Agnostic actually, because i think there is a possibility (albeit slim) that there could be a God (or Gods or Goddesses)…but all these man-made constructions of what that God is/says/wants us to be- especially from the Christian side, which I’ve seen exhibited in detail- I think are impossible to know. Subjective interpretations are inevitable, but when they are taken as fact, that is a problem I think.

  10. Initially A. Even when I was a little kid, and my grandmother was telling me about Jesus and God, it didn’t even cross my mind that she was telling me it as fact instead of as a story. I don’t think I ever even believed in Santa. 

    Once I got to high school, (before that, everyone just assumed I was Christian and never bugged me about it; I was in a very religious area) B became pretty annoying. And I’m more than paranoid whenever I’m in a Church; they’re so scary!
    But after everything, I’m an atheist because it’s what makes the most sense to me, logically. 

  11. I have more of a problem with the dogma of religion.  I wouldn’t care if people believed there was a creator if there were no religion. To my knowledge no wars have been fought over deism.

    But I am an atheist because the concept of a god makes no sense, not because religion is bullshit.

  12. I don’t think either has much to do with my atheism.
    Becoming not-an-atheist would involve choosing belief in a particular deity or deities. Assuming that belief in a particular deity has important consequences I would require serious evidence for that deity.  No such evidence exists as far as my studies have shown me so I’m an atheist.

  13. @FoliageDecay – Out of all the responses I think that yours is the most well thought out. You just don’t have any evidence, and I really respect that!!!

    I’m only saying this because I’m a Christian.

    But I do have a question. have you ever been to a church where the people are radically living out a Christ-centered life? I’m not talking about crazy “God hates fags” people or even crazy bible bumpers…..I’m talking about people who live for social justice, love people unconditionally, and would help anyone when asked???

    I know that they’re few and far between….but I’m just wondering if you’ve ever experienced that before…

  14. @t_sheffield – From my perspective there is no such thing as true Christ centered life.
    When you accept “faith” as a legitimate source for ethical command and/or facts about the universe you accept a source of information that is indistinguishable from bias or any other whim.

    Those sources of information produce self contradictory commands and information.

    Abrahamist traditions teach that the words of their gods contain absolute truth. The words of their gods come from faith. So essentially Abrahamist traditions teach there is no truth. Torturing a person is just as much a moral good as helping a person if faith deems it so.

    Living a moral and ethical life is among my values.  I would see being a Christian as in contradiction with that.

    -Alexander the Zounderkite

  15. I’m not exactly an atheist since I believe but are you a believer if you don’t believe the whole thing? I “believe” in scienticism (btw I have a hard time understanding  how a christian can be scientist, or a scientist a christian. Supposedly the two theories I not contradictive but I think they are)
    I do have a big problem with the dogma of religion. I have problems with the attitude of some christians towards each other and atheists. I’m also not a big fan of preaching or how it’s often agressively done. It kinda kills the cause and the idea of christian love as well as respect and tolerance.

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