Alright, so a couple of days ago I was talking to a friend of mine in class. And we began to talk about religion. Now I'm far from the kind of person that likes to showcase my views on things, But I told him I was an Atheist. He Actually didn't believe me at first, and said that people have to take a oath to become an atheist. We literally argued about this for 5 whole minutes before I finally said lets go to an computer and get google the definition. after I showed him what atheism actually is, He still retained doubt. I just said forget it, and ended the conversation on it there.
What I'm asking is how long will people remain that ignorant on atheism. It's not like he's dumb when it comes to other topics. He says He's a christian and he never even read the bible. And when I told him and another friend I read it They Laughed. Oh yeah and I forgot to mention one of the guys laughing has a tattoo that says "blessed" on his chest. And he never read the bible. That's just stupid to me, But I kinda want to know what other people think about this.
"people have to take a oath to become an atheist"
Too funny. My daily facepalm!
The ignorance surrounding atheism is due to the stigma attached to atheism. Declaring oneself as 'atheist' is akin to a white person running into an African-American majority neighborhood and spewing racist nonsense. Once you are outted as an atheist, you are no longer taken seriously with any thoughts to what you are saying. I think once people open their minds, whether they agree with it or not, and not toss atheism into a dustbin will people begin to understand atheism. It's up to us atheists to polish the image of atheism and offer it up as a truly healthy alternative to religion. It begins with us, not the non-atheists.
People will only understand those things they are willing to learn. It's still going to take time, though. I've heard that the atheism movement is much like the LGBT movement 20-30 years ago, when people were starting to be more comfortable coming out. Even now, people are struggling with their sexuality despite decades of awareness, but it is getting better.
For me, I make it known, and have no issue with telling people, that I am an atheist. Some responses are surprise, many people are nonreactive. I think the stigma now is that many people think atheists are just angry bitter former believers that are angry at god; I like to think that I destroy that stereotype. The more atheists are outspoken and confident of their non-belief, the more people will become aware of what atheism is. I just hope it isn't going to take decades to get there.
People sometimes are afraid to think outside of the box and can't understand why others do, I get into arguments all the time about how people must believe in something or their lives are empty. Following the social norms are placed into humans from the day they are born.It is when people go outside the norms is when people become uneasy and miss trusting of that individual. Those people can't comprehend why he/she thinks the way they do.
Atheists are a breed of their own and by thinking logically and not faith based will never be understood by the faithful unless they have an open mind. Unfortunately most are not very open minded and really don't see the point. Those who condemn you from expressing the thoughts and opinions are hypocrites and should be more educated
Look! It's Hypocrisy and Ignorance, those dastardly fiends! As I'm sure it's been mentioned before, Christianity is default for most Americans. They're born and raised into a Christian Faith, but really only know the basics: Worship God and Jesus, don't do bad things, and come to church every Sunday. A staggering number of people do not learn what it means to seriously accept a religion or ideology, mostly because these things are forced on them at an early age. They think they're doing it right, but they don't know for certain. Most religious people I've met never got serious about their faiths until they were adults, and even then they'd never read the Bible cover to cover, or try to implement the teachings of Christ into their daily lives; at least, none that were inconvenient.
People will remain ignorant at long as they rely on religious exchanges to define the world around them.
I think that we are nearing the point where atheism will become... if not socially acceptable, then at least socially acknowledged. I think that a lot of people are ignorant about atheism... I don't mean ignorant in an insulting way, but in the true spirit of the word - that a lot of people truly don't understand what it means. You really hit the nail on the head when you said "It's not like he's dumb when it comes to other topics." I think that people who are generally well-informed, well-meaning people simply have never thought about atheism as a realistic or viable way of life. So good job for staying calm, explaining it to him, and using facts! He might have laughed now, but a day could very well come where he will think back on that conversation and realize that you were right. You may started the slow process of becoming an atheist. Kudos!
[Bishop: "If you don’t believe in God, what is there to celebrate in life, beyond those things that are merely superficial and passing?"]
What is there to celebrate in life beyond...?
I celebrate that I don't believe in gods, and that I have no relationships of any kind with bishops!
That said, life is passing; I'm going to grab a piece of it. You do the same. Enjoy. Bye.
Atheism will never become mainstream because it does not have the comfort and succour that religions have. Atheism has no social gatherings. It involves no hyperbole that catches the imaginations of religionists.
With the rise of intellectual middle classes, atheism is flourishing (perhaps peaking) now, but compared to the ignorance and the need for something supernatural it is nothing.