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Why Do Religious People Get So Angry At Atheists?


When it comes to Atheism, most religious people get angry and even combative when it comes to this subject. I wonder why, especially in this day and age, one would feel anger towards another human being with a different perception/outlook/belief. What is this anger all about? Are they feeling "challenged"? Why can't religious people accept that their beliefs are just that: their beliefs. Is it not more important to respect your fellow man than condemn him for his beliefs?

 

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Good conclusion! I, too, believe fear drives many peoples' beliefs. And, if that's the case, fear triggers the "fight or flight" mechanism--hence the shunning or lashing out that sometimes occurs when uncontrolled (on both sides--religious and non).

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    Liz Elias (DzyMsLizzy) 5 years ago

    I couldn't have explained it better myself. Well put! I think you've nailed the best answer of them all.


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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    I think you're right, M. T. Dremer, especially when you say, "I think if more religious people saw it this way; as a deep personal revelation,..." I, too, have known a few open-minded religious people who are not offended by my agnostic beliefs.


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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Very perceptive, Sarah Christina! "People on both sides--atheists and religious folk alike--need to be respectful and not judge others...Spirituality is personal and each person seeks it in their own way." Love your last full paragraph! Cheers!

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Agreed! It is about the individuals, not about groups of people (prejudice). Take each person as unique and keep an open mind to others' beliefs, which are theirs just as ours belong to us.

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Respectfully, I disagree. I think it is individuals who have beliefs and individuals who choose to hate/not hate others. And, atheists are not all about logic, and the religious aren't limited to their holy books. It stems from within individuals.

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    Grace Marguerite Williams (gmwilliams) 3 years ago

    Excellent answer. It depends upon the maturity level. Those who are mature and secure AREN'T threatened by those with different beliefs and philosophies.

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    ...and/or exterminated them like animals. Fortunately, some Native American beliefs still live because they, too, are extremely rich and worthy of the strong peoples who believe in them.

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    James Bedwell (Jbedwell) 8 months ago

    As an atheist I would like to respond this by saying that many Christians do not study their Bible as closely as they think do, or in fact often say that they follow the moral examples of the Bible but do not necessarily know what that entails.

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    Grace Marguerite Williams (gmwilliams) 3 years ago

    OH YES, there are religious people who for some visceral reason LOVE to prove atheists wrong so they can "SAVE" and "GUIDE" them. They are the spiritual immature who REFUSE to realize that others have their own respective beliefs. It's childish !


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    Money Man (moneymindit) 16 months ago

    Atheists are interested in the truth. Religious people are interested in disseminating their beliefs, regardless if they are true or not. Sure, you can evangelize, but you might as well spread the word of Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny too.


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    PanAtheistSquib 19 months ago

    Not necessarily opposites, but I guess I see your point. The opposite of Democracy is more likely Monarchy or Empire

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    Celine (ms_independent) 14 months ago

    I do not understand this super-defensive mindset. The problem is that you assume a different belief is challenging or disqualifying yours, which it isn't. It is possible for different things to be true for different people.

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    LoisRyan13903 3 years ago

    That's the only reason why I get angry is when they attack me-verbally-for my beliefs. One thing not to believe another thing to say that God is make-believe without proof


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