are you an atheist


and do you find these questions insulting? and how do you answer them?

1: “How can you be moral without believing in God?”

Reason is the source of morality

2: “How do you have any meaning in your life?”

I am a nihilist

3: “Doesn’t it take just as much/even more faith to be an atheist as it does to be a believer?”

Yes, faith in oneself and other humans

4: “Isn’t atheism just a religion?”

Yes, the religion of no god

5: “What’s the point of atheist groups? How can you have a community and a movement for something you don’t believe in?”

atheists groups exist for debauchery and eating babies

6: “Why do you hate God?” Or, “Aren’t you just angry at God?”

Hate is a strong word for a thing one does not believe exists

7: “But have you [read the Bible or some other holy book; heard about some supposed miracle; heard my story about my personal religious experience]?”

yes, well not the whole book. and i have experienced miracles myself. I have always found parking slot

8: “What if you’re wrong?”

Pascal’s wager again

9: “Why are you atheists so angry?”

how can so many people be so superstitious?

 

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

31 thoughts on “are you an atheist

  1. Veracious Poet says:

    1. Instinct is the source of morality. Reason emerges later as an extension.

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  2. keithnoback says:

    1. I am a moral anti-realist.
    2. Wrong question – next.
    3. Nope. A little humility, a little integrity, but no faith.
    4. ? It’s a philosophical category.
    5. Leave people alone and watch atheists pack up the groups and move on.
    6. God? All the referents of that word are either incoherent or irrelevant. Feel free to bring me something worth talking about. I am not angry, just a little exasperated from time to time – and not with God.
    7. Why do you think I should be impressed?
    8. If God is taken to be the minder of us vat-dwellers, then as the old saying goes, we’re either all going to heaven or we ain’t. See #6 above under “irrelevant”.
    9. I’m pretty happy most of the time. I understand why my position inevitably seems hostile to someone with a substantial emotional stake in their religious tradition. The emotional weather where I’m at is not nearly so hot as you might think.

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    • makagutu says:

      you sound like those angry atheists 🙂

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      • basenjibrian says:

        You know….I will confess that I am often angry. I do, after all, living in Trump’s America. Where my own brother, an intelligent and non-religious man, started spouting right wing talking points culled from every conspiracy site and Fox News. Religion helped elect Trump, so I AM angry about that.(Luckily, thanks to all the cash that the all-powerful Soros is distributing, I will soon be able to quit my job! Thanks, Soros and Antifa!)

        6: “Why do you hate God?” Or, “Aren’t you just angry at God?”

        Hate is a strong word for a thing one does not believe exists

        I agreed intellectually speaking with this response. Emotionally, though, I do hate the Christian concept of “God”. It is a wicked doctrine. Jesus was a wacked out authoritarian cult leader, not the lamb Christians claim. Yahweh is wicked, worthy of “hatred”.

        I am skeptical about moral absolutes, but the yawning pit of pure moral relativism is a deep and steep-sloped one. I confess I would have difficulty in morally accepting the ripping out of sacrificial hearts to Smoking Mirror. Or the Afghani dancing boys. Or the Christian justification of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. So I am not a nihilist. I am a product of my culture, and my own intellect can comment upon the moral values of that culture.

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        • makagutu says:

          How do I contact Soros. I could do with a break from work too.
          Don’t you think your moral values are also a product of your cultural milieu? So that while you find moral relativism as a deep and steep sloped one, it is one quite difficult to escape?

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          • basenjibrian says:

            I think I said that. But I see YOUR point as well. So, I think it is tough to escape. Still…the dancing boys, the sliced out hearts, the slave trade. I cannot escape my culture to find these morally acceptable, even in the context of cosmopolitan morally liberal thinking.

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          • makagutu says:

            You would be considered more of a psycho if you could find any of these acceptable

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  3. renudepride says:

    The simplest response is generally the best. “I’m not the least bit curious about your beliefs and don’t feel compelled to share mine with you.These are personal matters and are best left alone.”

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  4. “atheists groups exist for debauchery and eating babies” FUCK YES!!! This is why I joined up! Bestest reason EVER to be an atheist!

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  5. David K says:

    1: “How can you be moral without believing in God?”
    -Which narrative of God? 🙂 I derived my morals from my parents. (Siblings, Friends..etc).

    2: “How do you have any meaning in your life?”
    -From a Monty Python movie 🙂 My parents raised me but at some point, I figured out my own direction and own meaning.

    3: “Doesn’t it take just as much/even more faith to be an atheist as it does to be a believer?”
    -It doesn’t take “faith” to reject the claim of a god.

    4: “Isn’t atheism just a religion?”
    -Atheism is just the rejection of a god claim, that’s it. But sure, there can be atheistic religions (Humanism, Buddhist..etc)

    5: “What’s the point of atheist groups? How can you have a community and a movement for something you don’t believe in?”
    -What is the purpose of Sports fans? Computer Gamer clubs? Like minded people getting together!

    6: “Why do you hate God?” Or, “Aren’t you just angry at God?”
    -Which God?…:-) I just reject the claim that one exists.

    7: “But have you [read the Bible or some other holy book; heard about some supposed miracle; heard my story about my personal religious experience]?”
    -I have read and still read holy books. It is more in the historic sense.

    8: “What if you’re wrong?”
    -and what? There appears a god at the end of life? What if this god congratulates me for not wasting time on the fairy tale of the bible? 🙂

    9: “Why are you atheists so angry?”
    -I stubbed my toe! Ouch! but it was only temporary. I’m happy again!

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  6. “atheists groups exist for debauchery and eating babies” 😂

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  7. 1. Morality is a logical consequence of life. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. I realised I knew this intuitively after I came to the conclusion that there is probably no God.
    2. I create my own purpose and so do you.
    3. No. Period.
    4. No. Period. Period.
    5. To drink, do drugs and have orgies.
    6. I don’t hate God. I phone him every once in a while. The conversation is a little one sided though. I hate that people use God as an excuse to advance their agenda.
    7. Yes. Cover to cover.
    8. What if YOU’RE wrong? You will have wasted your entire life hoping for a better one that will never come.
    9. I’m not that angry. I’m actually more sad that an angry. It’s pretty a bad feeling when people shun you just because you don’t share their beliefs.

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