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Why are there so many questions about atheists?
Believing there is no God is believing there is nothing. Why wonder so much about people that believe in nothing?
If nothing else, its just a counter to the questions about Christians/theists as a whole.
I do want to note however that atheism does not equate to "believing in nothing".
1) Not all atheists believe there is no God, some simply lack belief that there is one.
2) Believing there is no God does not mean believing there is nothing.
There are questions about atheists for numerous reasons. Some are just curious. Others want to start a debate or discussion. Religion and atheism are things that people talk about on the internet because it's generally not polite or socially prudent to debate these things openly in our everyday lives. In some parts of America you could lose your job for admitting to being an atheist.
Here online however we are free to disagree and discuss the topic freely.
While this won't answer your question, it is related on a larger issue.
Labels are the school yard name calling used by adults in this new century.
Labels are meant to be a put down, rather than a short hand description of a person or their views.
Labels are like Black and White, while the people and the world are infinite shades of gray. Forget the dictionary description of words, because when it comes to people, it is like fingerprints. Sure all the fingers sort of look similar, but the fingerprints are unique.
If I exceeded your parameters for answering the ?, please delete.
Not believing in the God of some group or person, can be different than not believing in a God. for example.
I honestly have no idea why atheism is such a hot topic on HubPages.
And I have to echo the sentiment that atheism isn't the same as believing in nothing. It's inaccurate in the same way that saying 'believing in god is believing in unicorns'. It oversimplifies a massive group of people in a condescending manner.
My opinion only.
Because for some people, it's confusing that one does not believe in God, or Gods in general. For those of faith, it is impossible to fathom how someone could not believe in the God that they have faith in. So they could either be threatened by it, or ask those people about it.
Asking questions about something that confuses you is an intelligent way of doing things - that way you will learn about that which you don't understand, and therefore not fear it anymore.
Lack of understanding is the root of most hatred - people fear what they don't understand, and for some, this turns into hatred/anger against those who confuse them
I'm fine with all the questions - I like the fact that people are willing to ask and broaden their horizons. I know that most of those of faith will not change to be atheist based on an answer I give - but I don't want that anyway - atheism is what works for me, and faith is what works for them.
I ask my own questions of those of faith, as I seek to understand more about their religion, and am thankful that people will answer those queries.
I guess for those of faith - nothing could be more perplexing than someone who cannot believe in the best thing that they've come across in their lives. I dunno.
Atheists are often viewed as the other, outsiders, & .....different. They are in the minority. People love to question what is considered different from their paradigm. Atheists represent a different paradigm than what most people are used to. Difference is viewed as suspect by many. Besides being different from the so-called accepted sociopolitical paradigm, atheists are also unfamiliar. Unfamiliarity makes many people quite uncomfortable. People are more comfortable w/others familiar to them.
Atheists also expose people to uncertain paradigms. What if there is no God? That idea is enough to unhinge many people. People are used to believing in some sort of god or deity. Atheists threaten, even upset such people's comfortable paradigm. They are also viewed as the taboo breakers in society. They expose people to thought process which is seen as forbidden, even taboo. The premise is that one had better believe in a god or else. Well, atheists don't do this. Many people find atheism simply strange & forbidden as atheists break socioreligious rules as to what & what not to do.
because non believers tend to really hate the Lord and His word. It tends to not go away.
I know when I was a non believer I could not stop questioning believers and trying to discourage them with my questions and doubts. In the end I had enough faith after what I saw/heard to believe in God again.
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