Posts tagged ‘Atheism’
We all have one of those friends. You know, the friend that will every so often begin a sentence with “I’m not a racist, but…” to which you respond with a pre-emptive cringe because you know whatever is coming after the fold is going to be atrocious. It’s as if they know that what they are going to say is incredibly racist, but they have the minimal amount of social awareness to realize that they should strive to be egalitarian.
Originally written May 5th, 2006
Recently, I’ve been forced to defend my atheism. That doesn’t come as a big shocker to me, given that I live in the ‘south’ but what does surprise me is why I’ve been forced to defend it. It all started when a pack of youth missionaries asked me “How can you be so certain that there is no God?”. I told them I wasn’t. For all I know, there could be a God but I simply don’t believe there is one. Like sharks smelling blood, they jumped all over that one for my apparent self-contradiction.
Recently, in conversation with my Jesus-pals at a coffee shop I frequent (perhaps I should stop hanging out next door to a christian youth outreach program) and in the Religion / Theology forums over at Democratic Underground, some have been asking me what evidence I would need to accept the claim that God exists. It’s a legitimate question, as if there is no evidence that could convince me, then I am simply being a headstrong idealogue.
Originally written March 3rd, 2006
I think that people who strongly abide by J-C normative ethics are simply not being ethical, period. That’s not to say Christians are unethical (as the vast majority of them, like the rest of us try to do good), but that if one abides by Christian ethical theory, then one cannot claim moral superiority.