My big "sin" used to be telling other atheists that they shouldn't claim to be absolutely certain that there is no god. Having been an atheist since the dark days when almost all of us were in the closet I found that most who were "out" were falling into that trap without realizing that they were being played by the theists. Fortunately, these days there are a lot more of us and it seems as if almost every new atheist understands the game theists are trying to play: They are playing the "I am going to shift the burden of proof by goading you into claiming certainty" game.
I also sometimes mention god as if I believed. This is a linguistic habit I learned at a very young age. It would be difficult to unlearn, and I see no reason to unlearn it because it helps me avoid prejudice on occasion.
[...] They are playing the "I am going to shift the burden of proof by goading you into claiming certainty" game.[...]
Very very interesting, I'm happy for you, there are still oodles of agnostics and atheists who tow that exact religious paradigm. And it drives me a little nuts, so yes, it is a great atheist sin!
I think "Spirit in the Sky" is a fantastic song.
There, I said it.
I consciously stopped saying "bless you" after people sneezed, but only because the habit of doing so emerged during the plague years in Europe. No more plague, no more use for the phrase. I still say God only knows because if you think about it, saying that means "only God knows something that no one else does" and since there is no God, it now means that no one knows, period.
LOL ... I love it ! Cool topic.
I'd have to say that I have trouble swearing. I catch myself making the usual (traditional) swearing then laugh when I think about it. God damn is pretty amusing by itself and hilarious when I say it.
I need new and exciting and fun swear words. But they do need to be mean or at least meaningful. Can't be sailor talk, though. I need to be able to swear in public in a socially acceptable way. These words also need to have some pizzazz. A few years ago, I hit my thumb hammering and yelled- "Bush Bush". Just didn't have a cool ring to it at all. Besides, I would have to change that one every 4 to 8 years.
However, calling someone a Beck did get a predictable rise from them.
My father always said "gesundheit" so I grew up with that as *normal* and never had to worry about "bless you." I've mostly replaced god/hell/jesus type expletives with science fiction ones - frak, frell, dren and my all time favorite: shazzbot. Rather than saying "thank god" I say "thankfully" though I don't even blink when someone says 'thank god' to me.
I do love Christmas music and some religious (not only Christian) music, so I guess that is my biggest "atheist sin" LOL And I still say, "Why bless your little heart" when I'm being sarcastic southern :p
do i have to say this? i love ditching men!! joke =))
My sins against atheism...
I like Mumford and Sons. A lot. Also, my favorite Leonard Cohen song is "If It Be Your Will." Sad, I know.
I've not yet been to an atheist convention or large gathering of any kind in my five years of unbelief, but I have been to a (decidedly emergent/liberal) Christian festival.
For that matter, I don't actually know any other atheists. Metric ton of emergent, progressive and/or liberal Christians but no atheists. (Does that count as a sin or just poor socializing?)
Apart from being in the wilderness, I feel more at peace in an empty church than anywhere else.
I still speak in tongues on occasion. Completely pointless, but sometimes I just get bored.
And less of a sin against atheism per se, than against what it tends to look like in American communities...I sympathize most strongly with an antihumanist (in the Continental sense) philosophy.
Eh, too tired to be funny. :-)