Atheists are not a particularly large or unified group, so why is there this impression (in religious media and discussion groups) that atheists are a threat? Usually it comes in the form of questions like "why are atheists so mean?" or "why do they hate god/christians?". Are we a scapegoat or are we a physical representation of their doubts that must be squashed out to justify their beliefs? I'm not trying to be confrontational with this question, I just can't see atheists as a threat to anybody, so it confuses me to see them painted as villains.
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I think a lot of people do confuse atheist and anti-theists. All anti-theists are atheists, but not all atheists are anti-theists. It's like a twisted logic problem.
I think with religion, the rejection of those outside their group is present to some degree because it's a survival mechanism. Atheists might have it to some degree, but Georgie is right that there is a confusion between anti-theists and atheists.
EXACTLY, Chef-de-jour. I worked with two dear colleagues who were atheists, and yet their actions toward others were precisely as Christ taught. Some of the atheists I know are extremely "Christian" in the world and I try to be among them.
Well said; thank you for your thoughts.
I think all adults have doubts in their faith so, in that regard, atheists are kind of an enigma. Christians in particular might wonder how we got out, or why we felt the need to. Religion is a fascinating subject when we can take a step back from it
There is definitely a lot we have yet to understand about the universe. Thank you for the thoughtful answer.
You're right, I think I did word it more controversially than I intended. And there are certainly some atheists who take it too far. Thank you for your thoughtful response.
You're right; people most likely to feel threatened are those insecure in their own beliefs. However I would argue against the idea that a nonbeliever is more dangerous. Pulling a trigger comes from radical beliefs, not a lack of them.
I personally don't think that someone without a belief system is more dangerous. "Some" people may though, I've heard it insinuated before. Really the most dangerous people are the ones that have a lack of respect for life, others, and themselves.
If you turn that around though, some people can't understand how we Christians base our entire beliefs on Faith and Hope rather than something "tangible".
One cannot reject what one cannot see. You're not rejecting Zeus just because you don't believe in him.
But it's our fault. We can't blame anyone but ourselves for the mess we're in. I think that alone speaks volumes, that in the entire history of humankind we've only learned how to better kill each other.
I'm sorry you have had that experience. Harassment from any group is entirely counter-productive.
Terry, I don't think Santa Clause is a good analogy. He's just for kids. There really aren't any sane adults waiting for him to come down the chimney on Christmas. At least I hope not, or I've been doing it wrong for 41 years!
I think one could be both an atheist and an evolutionist. But in terms like the human eye and the brain, we cannot assume that they are perfect as they are now. An eagle's eye is better than a human eye, so we are far from perfect machines.
maybe. but in the same, people mention him to their kids, knowing he isnt real. And there are some big kids out there lol
Terry, I think your first paragraph gave a good answer to what you think of the question. I personally do not think the rest of your response was necessary to the question asked. It's also not always clear to people that God exists.