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Ask An Atheist: Go Ahead, You Know You Want To

April 6, 2009

I think that a lot of the problems theists have with atheists are built on misconceptions about who we are and what we believe. In an attempt to help alleviate some of that I’m inviting anyone and everyone to come and ask questions here. I encourage all atheists that come across this to answer the questions that are asked below, in attempt to help them better understand us and our diversity.

A theological debate is not my intent here, think of it as more of a meet and greet.

  1. April 6, 2009 7:27 am

    Hi! I’m an atheist, but I’ll start things off with a few “getting to know you” things:

    I see no evidence for god. Moving on, I enjoy video games, I like House and Fringe, my best friend is my dog, and I’m happier in the spring.

    Yeah, everyone’s pretty boring when you get down to it.

  2. April 6, 2009 5:09 pm

    Hi, another atheist here. I find life enthralling and fascinating. I have cultured the ability to live with uncertainty and see that this is difficult for many people. I understand why certainty is much more confortable. Unfortunately, it is also more disappointing. I believe all sorts of things I can’t prove. I believe that compassion and forgiveness can lead to much happiness — I have no proof of that but I do have a fair amount of evidence. I also believe those traits need to be nurtured to grow and sustain. As for gods, I see no evidence for them. I am an ex-Christian too. I use to squint my eyes and talk to my imaginary friend Jesus and loved doing the same in the company of fellow believers. I have lived in many countries and have had many people try to convert me to their faiths — their techniques are similar, their logic is similar. I am amazed to see how humans work — myself included. Does that help?

  3. April 7, 2009 7:27 am

    I think you’ve lost all your theists.

    – Schev

    • April 7, 2009 7:34 am

      I noticed. I don’t know how to feel about that.

  4. Phlox permalink
    July 8, 2009 3:09 am

    As Sabio put it: “I understand why certainty is much more confortable.”
    You can’t just go around and try to shatter the theist’s concept of the enemy, SF. :P

    P.S.: *evil grin

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