My friend asked my why I'm an Atheist - she wanted a list of points. Here's what I came up with really quickly. Please note - this is geared toward ISLAM and so references within it may not relate…Continue
Thanks for your thoughtful comments.
I am most appreciative that you point to the reasons you are an atheist, rather than falling into the trap of believing that you hold these reasons because you are an atheist.
Still, I am of…"
"You could be rich! Or in a Sea-Org labor camp, which is where I believe the previous church president is rotting. He kind of deserves it, though, so it is hard for me to feel as bad for him as I should."
"@Jedi Wanderer - Haha yeah I wish I'd come up with an analogy that's not actually a real religion, dangit! You're right about the millions to thousands thing, I was trying to include the pre-historic, unrecorded Gods of early…"
"@ Humble Pie - Thanks :). Yeah I realize re-reading the aliens analogy that it's pretty much Scientology, and I think someone else mentioned that in a comment as well haha. Wish I'd come up with it first :-/"
"@Future, yep that's how I see it. It is and always has been a tool. A very cleverly designed, highly effective tool that takes advantage of peoples feelings, desires, and their natural ways of behaving and thinking in society."
"@Asa Watcher - While I see your point and can't deny the truth behind it, many people, including myself, came to be atheists after some amount of introspection. While you can answer any questions by simply stating, "Because…"
""If someone tried to convince you that God was in fact some ruling body of Alien races, and asked you to take this on faith… where exactly would your faith in such a claim come from? The only reason anyone would actually believe…"
"Oh wow. This is some great material! You know, growing up in the culture I grew up in, most everything gets measured by the standard of Christianity. It is interesting to see a comparison to Islam.
Number 18 is one that has always…"
"#18 is one that I bring up as often as possible. It's hard to deny the rationality of this concept. Your faith is nearly always a function of geography and race. How can one be so positive that they are practicing the one true…"
"I am glad you finally discovered the “nutshell” because you appear to admit to the essence, the very definition of atheism, and that is: “lack of FAITH”.
Your 22 questions are questions that you ask BECAUSE you are an…"
"Thanks mate, the kind words are much appreciated. I don't wish to make any self aggrandizing claims of hardship though. While there is always difficulty in parting with a cultural staple like Religion when you're an Arab, I…"
"Well... there's a popular saying that states, "Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence." I think it's important that non-believers avoid the trap of self-assured claims like that. I prefer the phrase, "I…"
"I agree, I think believing or not believing in things like 'God' shouldn't be based on things like emotion - especially negative ones. They also should not be based on having greater faith in something else, like…"
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