The mind of an Atheist

Belgium
April 4, 2008 6:06am CST
I'm often asked, why do I not believe in a God? Why am I so mad at certain religions? Why do I believe it's irrational? Well, this little blog here had some perfect examples of where much of my anger comes in (there is a bit of language here): http://gretachristina.typepad.com/greta_christmas_weblog/2007/10/atheists-and-an.html
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• India
4 Apr 08
I am a Christian, and I have to say that I am as well angry at some of them, actually in agreement with her. But I think there are some which she is is not quite fair. At one point she said that she is angry when religious people don't bother to read atheist's stuff, and say all kinds of stuff... and I agree with that cos that's not fair. But I also think it's not fair for atheist to put all religions together at the same level and brush them altogether. Religion is so diverse, and I feel generally it does more justice to a particular religion when each religion is taken to task in its own right. There are issues Christians have difference of opinion ourselves, and I think it is unfair to club all Christians together and rant at them as much as it is unfair to club all atheist together because of one atheists and rant at them. I think it is important to debate and discuss with civility in public square, without constructing a strawman version of any system... and that calls for justice to be done on each system.
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@Stegeo3 (199)
• United States
4 Apr 08
Personally, I'm a Christian and I can sort of understand how Atheists feel about religion. I believe one of the main reasons some people don't believe in God is because they don't see any positive things in people that do believe in God. I don't remember where I heard this, but we need less sermons preached at the pulpit and more sermons lived in our everyday lives. I prefer a relationship with God versus what people twist as religion today.
@angemac23 (2005)
• Canada
4 Apr 08
You are entitled to your opinion, which is very similar to mine....religion makes me very angry, but I leave everyone to their own opinions....I think it is highly rude for ANYONE to ask someone why they don't beleive in god...it should be none of their concern...
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• United States
4 Apr 08
Hey HawaiiGopher, I saw the link and it was interesting. I was just wondering how and why the accusations about religion seem pretty much exaggerated, at least most of those. I am a theist, but believe me, I have nothing against atheist. I respect them inasmuch as I respect you or any other person for that matter. My problem is, academically, objectively speaking, most of the reasons why (from your link) the person was angry are based on some judgements which are a bit inaccurate. I dunno, it's like it was blown out of proportion. I mean, not to believe in a diety is one thing. If one personally is truly convinced that it is nonesense to believe, or that it is totally impossible to believe in a god because there is nothing in this whole wide world that ever prove his existence, then I think it is distinctly different from being angry at how people made their choice to embrace a certain faith, and a religion for that matter. Don't you think being an atheist is one thing, and being an "angry" atheist is another? Isn't that a rather heavy baggage to actually carry all one's life? Just asking? More power.
• Belgium
4 Apr 08
Well, I'm not as angry as her. I'll respect people's beliefs and all. But I can definitely relate to most of what she says. Unfortunately for her, she's a lesbian atheist in a very Christian country. That leads to a lot of discrimination of all sorts.
• United States
4 Apr 08
Geeh, I didn't get to see that angle. Anyway, it helps. We always come from something. The trick is, are we gonna judge the people in front of us by the standards of our own measurement, or do we get to accept them for the person they are, and they have chosen to become. Differences are matters for celebration; I mean, celebrate diversity, that is. I wonder why we can't do that, or at least, humanity is not well versed to that. Just thinking aloud. Keep it coming.
@Mythion (188)
• Israel
19 Apr 08
Some religions make me angry too as an atheist but I just say let them live in their stupidty. I've faced some questions like that from god-believers, some things they said are very idiotic, for example: I said "I don't believe in god" and they answered "Then how can you exist if there is no god". Now, I am not an agressive man but I just wanted to rip them apart just for being so stupid. I accept all religions as long as they don't hurt me and as long as they accept me.