Would you be friends with an atheist ?

@gicolet (1704)
United States
January 12, 2009 8:27pm CST
Would you consider being friends with an atheist as long as you both don't talk about religion or God?
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23 responses
@silverjam (969)
• United States
13 Jan 09
Sure why not? Am friendly to everybody who are nice regardless of religion, race, gender etc.
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• United States
13 Jan 09
Actually, I'm friends with a few atheists, and we DO talk about religion and God. It's interesting to have an intellectual debate about it and hear other people's points of view. I really don't see a reason why a Christian can't be friends with someone who has a different view of God - after all, no one seems to think it's weird for a Christian and a Jewish person to be friends, and they certainly have different views of God. Or what about a Christian and a Buddhist? As long as neither person is intent on "converting" the other, there's no reason two people of differing religions (or lack thereof) can't be friends.
• United States
13 Jan 09
Of course. Been there, actually. I have a rather religiously diverse group of friends, lol
@Frederick42 (2020)
• Canada
13 Jan 09
I would not mind being friends with an atheist. If he is an atheist, then that is totally his wish and none has to speak against that. I also would not mind discussiong about God with him because I would be curious to know his reasons for denying the existence of God.
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@Latrivia (2890)
• United States
13 Jan 09
Both my best friend and myself are atheists. I also have a number of religious friends. All of us get along quite well. I refrain from discussing God around my particularly sensitive religious friends, but if the topic of discussion is God or religion, I have no problems discussing it with the rest of them.
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@jambi462 (4598)
• United States
13 Jan 09
Yes I would be friends with an atheist and I'm pretty sure that a couple of my friends are but I don't really care about what they believe in I like them for who they are. My friends are still going to act the same way and do the same things regardless of what their religious beliefs are. I think that all people's beliefs are interesting and no one should be looked down upon.
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@JoyfulOne (6243)
• United States
13 Jan 09
I've known people, as well as friends, who said they were atheists, yet were very enjoyable people to be around and talk to. We always had plenty to talk about without crossing the line into their/our personal belief systems. Just because our beliefs differ doesn't mean we can't be respectful of one another, and like them for their other good qualities. In my opinion, nobody was ever been won over to God (or to be an atheist) by arguing with each other about it and treating each other rudely.
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@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
13 Jan 09
Hi gicolet, Of course I would be friends with an atheist, and why not talk about religion and God, especially if my friend wanted to talk about it? After all my faith should be strong enough to withstand anything he/she could say and if not maybe I should have a second look at my faith. Blessings.
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@murderistic (2280)
• United States
13 Jan 09
Sure :) Atheists are people too and have just as much reason to believe what they believe as anyone else does.
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13 Jan 09
A person's religious beliefs (or lack of religious beliefs) would have no effect on the chances of friendship providing the difference in beliefs didn't matter to them either.
@1hopefulman (22632)
• Canada
13 Jan 09
"friend" a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard. I don't see religion in the definition.
@1hopefulman (22632)
• Canada
13 Jan 09
And yest to me "atheism" is a religion. 1. the doctrine or belief that there is no God. 2. disbelief in the existence of a supreme being or beings.
@1hopefulman (22632)
• Canada
13 Jan 09
Yes, to me "atheism" is a religion 1. the doctrine or belief that there is no God. 2. disbelief in the existence of a supreme being or beings.
• United States
14 Jan 09
Not only would I consider it, I would welcome talks about religion and/or God.
• United States
14 Jan 09
Absolutely! I have friends of many different faiths / beliefs (including athiests). As long as both people respect each other's ideas, religion should not matter.
@triwahyu (26)
14 Jan 09
i will being friend with everyone although aheis. that give me cahnce to share with the atheist and make the atheist realize that everyone need God. And God is there. We can profe that god is ther with His creation like the earth, sky, etc.
@Adoniah (7523)
• United States
14 Jan 09
Not only could I be friends, but I would have no problem discussing any subject that they wished to discuss or not discuss. I find all points of view enlightening and never feel the need to argue my beliefs or lack there of on someone else! Shalom~Adoniah
• United States
13 Jan 09
This is a great question. I think I am friends with some but I dont care if they dont believe in God, I still talk about God in front of them.
@Sydemon (119)
• Philippines
13 Jan 09
it would nice to be friends with a atheist actaully because it would be a learning expereince for both of you to share your point fo view about religion and God but without forcing anyone or each other to converting,and friendship should not depend on religion because its something which can makes different
@gjabaigar (2101)
• Philippines
13 Jan 09
hello gicolet.... ^_^ I'm a Catholic.... Anybody can be my friend especially those friendly atheist.... [i]As the Scorpions says.... Cause we all live under the same sun We all walk under the same moon Then why, why can't we live as one Cause we all live under the same sky We all look up at the same stars Then why, tell me why can't we live as one[/i]
@coolsid2007 (1031)
• India
13 Jan 09
I am an atheist...so of course i won't mind...on the contrary... i select my friends based on their intellectual capacity to debate and stay calm after debate ... i lyk to discuss and differ/agree with people who have point or no point... i have 2 atheist frns and 75 religious ... never fought for this reason... Thanks Sid
@Galena (9124)
13 Jan 09
of course I would. I'd also be friends with Christians, Buddhists, Asatru, Wiccans, Druids, Hindus, Satanists, Muslims.... I'll be friends with anyone that I get on with, regardless of their religion. if I was only friends with other Pagans, I'd miss out on lots of good friends, and if we didn't talk about religion, I'd miss out on lots of interesting and thought provoking discussions.
• China
13 Jan 09
I believe friendship is based on the respect and confidence of each other.And the true friends would no mind but try to understand and contain you.