February 21, 2005

I WAS GONNA START WRITING THE ATHEIST BIBLE

But someone beat me to the punch., I think.
http://www.theatheistbible.com/
What not to say to an Atheist

Here are a few things not to say to an Atheist/Agnostic

1. Do not preach.

Many Christians (and people of other faiths) commonly find in necessary to preach to Atheists. This is not a smart thing to do. We have heard it all before. This does nothing but anger us.

2. Do not quote the Bible

Even though you may not know it most Atheists know the Bible very well. If you start quoting the Bible we can do it right back at you.

A. We can point at contradictions

B. We can point at parts in the Bible that aren’t so loving (like where the Bible says you can own slaves)

3. Do not threaten with Hell.

We are very well aware of your beliefs of Hell. We really don’t need to hear it again

4. Do not try to refute Evolution

If you do you will only look stupid (no offence intended) . Every Argument you have heard against evolution probably is wrong.

What is an Atheist?
The general definition of an Atheist is:

Atheist: One who does not have belief in deity or deities (God , gods, demons etc…)

We can take it further and explain its true meaning.

If you are Christian (or of some other faith ) You are a Theist.

Theist: One who has belief in deity or deities (God or gods)

The “a” prefix Stands for “not” or “without”. The word Atheist is simply saying the person is Not a Theist.

With this being said you cannot make positive statements with the word Atheist only negative ones.
One cannot say the following “Atheists Believe X” however you can say “Atheists do not believe X”.
It would be like saying “Matt does not own a Chevy Truck” and “Karen does not own a Chevy Truck”
Do you know anything more about Matt or about Karen, from these statements? Do those statements imply any further things he and she may have in common? No.

Simply put all the word Atheist is telling you about the person is they aren’t a Theist. So there is not such a class as “Atheist”.

Most (note the most) Atheists fall into one of these groups however this does not include all Atheists as stated above.

Atheists are also normally educated and/or have done some studying into Science or Religion.

The Agnostic Atheist (or weak atheists) :Although this group is sometimes put as separate from Atheist It truly isn’t. These people feel there is not enough evidence either way to determine if there is a God (or gods) or not. They still have no belief in a god and that’s what makes them Atheist. This is the most common “type” of Atheist.

The Strong Atheist: Strong atheists might believe that such gods do not or cannot exist

These Can be broken up into many Subgroups.

The Evolutionary Theist and/or Deist : This is not an Atheist however I thought they where important to mention. These people take the Knowledge of Science and fill in the Gaps with the supernatural. For instance they might believe a god created the first life and it has evolved ever since.


Note: The site is still not a bible. I think I might still write one, and start with The Book of Woody.

3 comments:

  1. I agree. Christians or other religious types should not preach to atheists, or to anyone else, for that matter. It's rude, and it's a waste of time for both parties.

    By the same token, though, atheists should not preach to me, insult my beliefs, etc., when they find out I'm a Christian. I know an atheist who used to always be trying to start shit with me. She'd say things like, "Oh, that would be such a pretty necklace, if only it didn't have that cross on it!" Or, one time when she heard me discussing a debate I planned to attend at UT, which involved religious and atheist professors debating religion, and I said something about, "Intelligent people debating religion," she cut in to say, "Intelligent and religion are mutually exclusive terms."

    She used to really piss me off.

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  2. That friend of yours broke the Atheist: Atheists can think that religious people are stupid to believe but we should never say it out loud.

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