I think it was on T/A that I read someone's response to a Christian who was rationalizing his religion. The dissenter pointed out that even among the other religions, Christianity is one of the least plausible, with "X" religion (I don't remember; something I had never heard of) being the most plausible.
I think that's an interesting thing to think about. Which religion do you think is the most plausible?
NOTE: Perhaps I should word it this way: which religion is the least preposterous? If I asked you to rank the religions (atheism is not a religion) by most plausible to least plausible, you would rank "1. X, 2. Y, 3. Z" and so on. You would not say "none of the above" because I'm not asking "which religion is plausible." I think we can all agree that none of the religions are plausible (at least not plausible enough to accept because, well, most of us here on Think Atheists are atheists :D)
I don't think any of the religions is plausible. There are just too many contradictions in the holy texts & too many of the explanations given by these religions have been debunked by science.
If we take out science out of the equation & then compare all of the religion then at first look all of them would look, more or less, equally plausible. If you investigate further then the religion we could come up with the answer. Maybe the religion which has the least contradictions & gives the most explanations would be the most plausible one. Or the one which has the least restrictions & the least dogmas would be the most plausible. Or maybe the religion that is able to keep its adherents in check most effectively is the most plausible. Could be any of them.
But this lasts as long as you keep reasoning & science out of the fold.
It is amazing how many responses are "none of the above"
Atheists are allegedly open-minded. However, when it comes to religion, it is not only a blind spot, but religion seems to trigger Myoclonic Seizure reactions. Atheism is a religion, otherwise there would not be followers religiously following this stance.
One can find flaws in every religion, but that does not mean the whole religion is false. Just like a car might have a cracked windshield, but that does not men the car should be abandoned due to the one flaw.
However, unlike cars, it seems that all religions seem to have the same message. They are the ONE church, and all others are suspect. Which is a subject I would thoroughly discuss on another discussion.
Back to the call of the question. It seems to me that Atheism is the least plausible religion. Our lives are the result of billions of years of random actions of nature, and no matter what we do with our lives does not matter.
I suspect people are atheists because it is easier than seeking the religion that is if not the right one, at least the right one for them.
Even if there is no God, religion has many societal benefits.
Even Satanism exists acknowledging that the premise that a God exists.
I would be curious to see the results of a survey of Atheists of the ratio how many Atheists believe the Devil exists.
Back to the call of the question, if one removes Atheism from the mix. Personally, I think that Muslim/Islam is the least plausible. The idea that one would die and have 72 virgins. My question is, with what body? Then there is how weak Mohammad is compared to God's of other religions.
Christianity says that all that you do will be recorded, and God will exact punishment on judgement day. Conversely, Islamic law requires the followers to be the judge & jury to immediately kill anyone (even family) who does not believe in their religion. With the bribe of 72 virgins. So Mohammad's heaven is akin to a Chuck E. Cheese.
The Apostles in their wisdom, declared that they are counted as fools.
There is nothing logical about belief or faith. It is base on illogical miracles happening.
However no Christian Sect has the right to proselytize unless it is ordain by God and is performing illogical miracles. Put up or shut up!
So we aren't supposed to feed the trolls, however no one said we can't educate them.
Open-minded: Willing to consider new and different ideas or opinions.
Synonyms: broad-minded, impartial, persuadable, tolerant, unbiased, understanding
To be open minded is not to close out ideas of all other options.
To assume that we haven't looked at all the evidence with an open mind is a pretty risky assumption. But sure, let's look at it your way. Have you looked into other religions? Have you honestly gone into researching what else is out there, all the different sects, denominations, gods and beliefs that people follow? And I don't mean looked into from a christian perspective, because that's not being open minded. That's going into something with an already biased opinion.
If you have, then why don't you explain to us why you think Christianity is the most plausible answer, and why you think your particular denomination has it right, compared to others. What kinds of research did you do? Did you look into Buddhism? Did you listen to the arguments of those who follow Islam with the idea that maybe they could be onto something? Did you ask the Jews questions about why they don't believe your christ was the promised Messiah? Have you actually done scientific studies, or at least read the peer-reviewed documents that are abundant in today's world to see why 97% of scientists reject your god?
I would be willing to bet that you haven't. Atheists don't believe in gods because we have looked at the evidence. We don't go into it with a closed mind. Science tests things not to prove a hypothesis, but to see what happens if...
Now, if you are referring to anyone under the age of 5 who is an atheist, then you can assume all you want. I mean after all, we are born atheists. We do not know of your god, or any other until we are taught whatever the parents choose to teach us. And from that point on, we choose to either blindly believe everything Mommy dearest says, or to test it out for ourselves. To seek what other people believe, with an earnest desire to learn, to understand what and why people believe as they do - this is what makes us atheist.
And for the record, atheism can not be a religion. Religion requires that you believe in a god or gods. Atheists do not believe in gods. We are the antonym for religion.