This blog is about atheism. My personal blog about everything else is linked somewhere below.
Elizabeth, 20, USA (WA more specifically), agnostic atheist, feminist, in college double majoring in philosophy and music (vocal performance).
Famous atheists I like: Bertrand Russell, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Douglas Adams, and more!
Famous atheists I don't like: Richard Dawkins, TheAmazingAtheist, and more!
I only argue with believers if they post on the #atheism tag.
Friendly reminder: Ad hominems are not a legitimate argument tactic.
I don't believe in "New Atheism."
I honestly think people forget that the church and state are supposed to be separate. Give me one non-religious reason against same sex marriage. One non-religious reason against stem cell research. One non-religious reason against safe abortions. Go ahead.
In my ethics class last summer we looked at Why Abortion is Immoral by Don Marquis which is a secular argument against abortion. I don’t agree with it- I’m strongly pro-choice and I prefer Judith Jarvis Thomson’s defense of abortion, but it exists. Granted, most anti-choicers are arguing from their religion and not from arguments like Marquis’s, but secular reasons to oppose abortion do exist. I think opposing stem cell research follows from the opposition of abortion too.
I agree that separation of church and state is important. I agree that people try to involve their religion in government too much. I agree that stem cell research, same-sex marriage, and access to safe abortions are good things. I’m just saying that the arguments do exist.
Well, I guess it’s been two years since I started this blog. Feels like a lot longer.
It’s been a year or two since the Bible reading project.
I can’t prove that there is no god, but I can disprove individual arguments in favor of there being a god. I can’t rule out the possibility that a convincing argument may exist and I just haven’t seen it (hence why I’m agnostic), but I have proven that every argument I’ve seen so far in favor of there being a god is unsound. I don’t do this so much because I think it needs to be proven that there isn’t a god (though I have my qualms with religion I have nothing against the belief that there is a god) but rather because I wish that people had a better grasp of what makes a good or bad argument. I mean, I get paid to grade logic exams at my college. Logical arguments are kind of my thing. It ought to be taught in high school. So no, I’m not trying to prove there isn’t a god.
As far as the Bible reading is concerned, when I first told my cousin that I was an atheist, he told me to read the Bible to restore my faith, so I read part of the Bible to prove that it’s not a sound argument (the Bible doesn’t even try to argue for the existence of a god, it just assumes you already believe, so it’s not convincing at all). There are a lot of Christians who think that atheists are only atheists because they don’t know about Christianity and often they’re annoying about it. I’m proving that this is not the case for me. My parents dragged me to church every Sunday and I’ve read more of the Bible than the average Christian, so I am not an atheist out of ignorance.
I can prove that the Bible itself is contradictory and morally questionable and not a reliable source. This is important because people try to use it as a basis to push for teaching creationism in classrooms and banning same-sex marriage. All this has nothing to do with whether or not a deity exists, it has to do with government actions based on an unreliable source.
Anyway, I became an atheist because I realized that I was only Christian because I had been raised that way and if I had been raised in another religion I would follow that religion, which isn’t the way to reach truth. With things like math or science, if you forget the answer you will get back to the true conclusion just by going through the process again. I decided to do the same thing with religion- pretend I didn’t know anything about Christianity and wait for the arguments to convince me. Obviously they didn’t. At this point I’m completely happy with being an atheist. If someone came up with a spangly new argument for theism I would consider it though.
Me: You know agnosticism and atheism aren't mutually exclusive? I'm both.
Friend: How is that? Does not one deny the existence of a god and one accept the possible existence of a god?
Me: *explanation of the terms*
Friend's question: *accumulates likes*
Most “Atheists” aren’t atheist. They are simply anti-religion. If they were really atheists, they wouldn’t think about or debate about religion or the religious. Religion wouldn’t matter to them in the same way that television doesn’t matter to fish.
Right, because as an atheist, religion has no impact on my life whatsoever. It’s not endorsed on my money. It’s not thrust upon me at my job. It’s not constantly being forced into legislation.
Do you even understand what atheism is? Clearly not.
How exactly does it follow that if someone is anti-religion they must believe in a god? That’s what I think the OP needs to explain.
Does anyone else have awkward moments when you reveal to a group of acquaintances that you know a lot about Christianity and then you realize that they might conclude from this that you’re super Christian and you can’t think of a way to non-awkwardly correct their possible assumption?
on reddit there was a discussion about how Good Luck Charlie became the first children’s show with gay parents. One person was complaining, using the typical “how do I explain it to my kids” bullshit, and then someone replied with this utter smackdown
(Part 2) A lot of atheists do receive backlash or get disowned from their families when they tell them of their non belief. I understand there’s a lot of misogyny and islamaphobia in the community, but obviously there are lots of people like you and me who want to change that (at least on the misogyny part. Haven’t looked too much at your blog yet and so far found nothing about Islam.).
I think they just don’t want us distracting from higher priority social issues. I mean, yeah, we’re marginalized, but we aren’t actually oppressed in most communities. Also, I think that prejudice against atheists is pretty region specific, so if you live in an area that is accepting of atheists it’s easy to assume all of the US is like that. So while it may be incorrect to say that atheists aren’t marginalized, people’s reasons for saying it aren’t necessarily so bad.
As for my views on Islamophobia: I see that Muslims are oppressed in the culture I live in and, as I am against all oppression of people, I wouldn’t do anything to contribute to their oppression.. When I see people directing ridicule and/or ad hominems at Muslims I try to call them out on it because no good comes of such immaturity.
That said, no ideas are above criticism, so I don’t consider well-informed arguments against Islam itself (the idea, not the people who follow it) to be a crime. As I say in the description of this blog, I’m a fan of Ayaan Hirsi Ali (ex-Muslim and badass). If Islam was the majority religion in the area where I lived, I would criticize it to the same extent that I criticize Christianity. Some people consider any criticism of Islam to be islamophobia, so by their definition I’m an islamophobe. But if you scale back the definition to include only people who are against people who are Muslim, I am not.
Yep, I can see you :)
I don’t follow any atheist youtubers, which is not to say that there aren’t any good atheist youtubers, it’s just that I don’t really like videos as a format for presenting information- just as a matter of personal preference.
May have accidentally hit the “ignore” button rather than the “delete” button on the anon asks that I quoted. If I did, but you can see this, sorry anon. I really didn’t mean to.
2: like Beyonce are satanists who are trying to control our minds. I got into an argument with a christian who adamantly believed that these people become possessed by the devil if the have a triangle in their music videos, describing a modern day illuminati were people can sell their souls to the devil and become successful. Many people have different interpretations of the illuminati, but I’m specifically talking about people who believe in things like the 13-year-old Youtube Intellectuals
3: who believe the New World Order is controlled by reptilians or believe the illuminati is made up of satanists.