Hello fellow non-believers!
I am new to TA but the question I pose is certainly not a fresh one: Can Atheists and Theists co-exist?
We all know that historically Theists and other Theists cannot co-exist peacefully. War and violence in the name of Religion has been widespread over the entirety of human existence, but it has to be said that civility between believers and non-believers in the modern age has been commonplace. Formal (mostly amicable) debates and the agreement on separation of church and state have somewhat proven this theory, right?
Do the majority of Atheists really strive for a world of empty churches, bible burning and the end of religion forever? Maybe some of us do, just as many Theists probably pray for the conversion of all Atheists to Theism.
What can we realistically hope to achieve as Atheists, and in your opinion is it possible to co-exist with the believers?
I'll leave you with some interesting quotes -
“The whole war between the atheist and the theist comes down to this: the atheist believes a 'what' created the universe; the theist believes a 'who' created the universe.”
- Criss Jami
"I'm noticing an exciting trend around the country: a resurgence of interest in Christian apologetics (the defense of the faith). This is a reaction to the current attacks on the essentials of Christianity that are coming from militant atheists, radical professors, and Internet gadflies."
- Lee Strobel
"I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world."
- Richard Dawkins
"Religion is part of the human make-up. It's also part of our cultural and intellectual history. Religion was our first attempt at literature, the texts, our first attempt at cosmology, making sense of where we are in the universe, our first attempt at health care, believing in faith healing, our first attempt at philosophy."
I was of the impression that Voltarie and Franklin were both folks that gave money to churches, because while the churches were not always good examples, they atleast offered an example of moral/ethical actions, better than none at all. It might be that my memory is a little thin from my readings, but this seemed to be the position.
Yes, I promise not to think ill of you or scream, if you do not constantly try to make a sale to me. I want you to be well and ok theist. The universe is a big place, the planet emerges from deep time, but there is still plenty of ignorance, and I am not immune. There is room for virtue, spirituality, nuttyness, heroics, and hope. With you, theist, I hope, and desire a better culture that is still possible. Lets find ways to save the planet, from ourselves, to make sure we still have time. I am not yet ready to give up, waiting for the planet's soil to yet trap one more form of life in it's strata. I expect, you, theist, have yet one more commentary to write...