Sometimes I wish I didn't know so much about all the reasons god doesn't matter. Just join the masses and agree.

 

My friend said if he and I ever had a falling out, it would be because of my atheism. Every time it comes up, he always tells me I'm not an atheist, as if it's something impossible to be. It's not that I believe god doesn't exist, I just don't think he matters if he does exist. It's like santa. Santa could exist, he could circle the world at the incredible speed required. But it's improbable, and it doesn't matter if he does, because parents always fill in the gaps that he always seems to miss.

 

When I became an atheist, I told myself that whenever I get into a religious discussion, my goal wouldn't be to deconvert anyone, but rather to get people to think about their faith, as well as try to take away the stigma atheism has associated with it. But the more I hear from people about it, the more I'm convinced that no matter what I say, people will always think that atheism is an impossible position, a position more impossible than a personal god. They will always be the personification of "Ignorance is bliss"

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Comment by Derek on August 31, 2011 at 12:15am

Based on the complete lack of evidence for dOG, it seems Atheism is the most logical and the best possible position. Everyone is an Atheist with regard to other gods. Your friend doesn't sound very bright.

Comment by Samantha L on August 31, 2011 at 9:42am

I am always amazed that people want me to prove to them that a god doesnt exist.  What??  You dont see enough proof around you?

Comment by Rick on August 31, 2011 at 10:08am

I hate the "prove god doesnt exist" line. I'm sick of responding to it. For fun, I've adopted the Carlin bit: "If god exists, may he strike you dead."

We should change the saying to: "willful ignorance is bliss." I think that best describes the religious mindset.

Comment by Artor on August 31, 2011 at 11:04am

Start telling your Xtian friend that he's not really Xtian. He can't be, it's impossible. See if that sparks a discussion that might lead to a little awareness on his part.

Comment by Joseph on August 31, 2011 at 9:23pm

Well, for what its worth, I agree with Russell that the main goal should be dismantling the stigma of atheism, not trying to "deconvert."  Arguing somebody out of their Christianity is innanity.  (Except for the trolls on this site -- I think some of them are crying out for help.)

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