If I had a nickel for every time someone told me that atheists have faith, too, I could quit my day job. Okay, so maybe that’s an exaggeration but I probably could at least afford a pretty decent steak dinner. It’s very frustrating to hear and it’s not for the reason the person saying it thinks it is. This assertion doesn’t irritate me because it’s clever or insightful; it irritates me because it’s nowhere near as clever or as insightful as it sounds. In fact, it’s a logical fallacy called equivocation.
sort by best latest
I see what you've done there, trying to turn the argument against religion on it's head to use against an argument against anti-religion. What's interesting is the way the religious tend to force their belief onto others. Always have, always will.
I'm presuming the original post was regarding the religious definition of faith.........
So we can say that faith in all things leads to the faith in GOD ?
No faith can have nothing to do with any of the believed gods. I have faith in my husband, it will NOT lead to any faith in any of the thousands of god options.
There's a difference between having faith in someone you love and trust, and having blind faith in a God nobody has ever met in the history of mankind.
Yes there is a difference. Which is why it annoys me when religious people assume the word faith is isolated to their religions.
In fairness I think Martin was referring to the religious meaning of faith though, not to be too pedantic.
Yes, probably, and if he would have asked "Do atheist have religious faith" I likely would have ignored his question and not answered.
Am I an Atheist?.... Yes.
Do I have 'faith' .... Of course not. (I do have 'faith' in my wife though, but obviously that's different in this context).
Lets not get carried away here. Athiests simply don't believe in God. That doesn't make them completely close minded. For example I've always believed there is alien life despite lack of evidemce. This 'belief' is based purely on probability.