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Why are some Christians threatened by Atheists?


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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    M. T. Dremer 4 years ago

    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

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    M. T. Dremer 4 years ago

    Well said; thank you for your thoughts.

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    M. T. Dremer 4 years ago

    There is definitely a lot we have yet to understand about the universe. Thank you for the thoughtful answer.

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    Georgianna Lowery (Georgie Lowery) 4 years ago

    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.


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    M. T. Dremer 4 years ago

    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.

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    M. T. Dremer 4 years ago

    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.


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    CynthiAnn 4 years ago

    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".


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    Georgianna Lowery (Georgie Lowery) 4 years ago

    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!


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    M. T. Dremer 4 years ago

    I'm sorry you have had that experience. Harassment from any group is entirely counter-productive.