September 2007

Hey there, nice site you’ve got here.

I’ve read a lot of the comments you’ve received and I have some questions to ask you.

1. You seem like one of the small percentage of atheists that are really ready to attack a Christian on sight. I may be wrong, but let me ask you this. Why do some atheists have to be so elitist about their beliefs? Wouldn’t it be more prudent to consider religious ideals rather then simply attack a ravage it? Let me clarify; I, like you, was raised Roman Catholic, the only difference is that I embrace my beliefs. Nothing against you, if Atheism makes you happy, then more power to you.
Let me clarify one more thing, I do not in an context consider Christianity and Catholicism the same religion. What’s the point of being strung in with a religion that detests you? Anyway back on topic. Theism beliefs, and even I shall admit this, seem asinine. But how much more sense does a “random expansion” of todays universe sound? In my opinion not much better then the idea of God. Natural Selection (evolution) isn’t a very fitting idea for our creation as well. What of the large unknown hole in it? The missing link? Or the fact that we seems to know the exact shape and size of our “ancestors” simply by have in ones possession a jawbone of an ancient human. I’m just saying the theory of evolution is as far-fetched as religion, and I find, personally, that a creator would be more accurate.

2. What is with bashing Catholics and Christians 90% of the time? I mean there are 100+ beliefs out there, and not once have I seen an atheist try to debug those. Take the Wiccan religion for example. They’re beliefs deny ANY rational belief in modern physics, that even we embrace. Or what about Jediism? Yes, that IS a religion. Maybe more or less a set of beliefs; but one cannot deny the fact of this being seriously flawed. I’m not saying our are any better, but still. Or how about the Islamic religion? Elitist and deadly, they kill over their beliefs. and I’m pretty sure that Catholics have come farther then the Crusades and the tenuous pact we had with the Protestants during the witch trials. I’m just throwing the fact out there, that atheist attack Catholic/Christians, and a sometimes Hebrew beliefs, more then others.

3. This is the last question for now. But how can atheist be so proud of what they believe in when they are such a vast minority? Really, I mean no offense, science has come a long way and is very helpful. But Atheism makes up roughly 1.5% of the earths population. (Normally it’s stated 2.5%, but that figure includes Agnostics.) I’m just stating my personal opinion, that is atheism were convincing people, that that number would be higher. That number has remained constant for 30 years now, and no change is in sight. Mainly do to the theory that most atheists covert to a religion after the age of 60.

Thank you reading my comment, and I hope to hear back from you soon. Thank you.

I’m happy to answer any questions you have!

1. I’m not an “attack religion on sight” atheist. I also don’t much care for philosophical or religious idealists of any kind. I agree that considering religious ideals and ways of thinking is more important than trying to “win” an argument through rhetorical attack. An aside — I’m not atheist because it makes me happy; I’m atheist largely because I have no choice in the matter.

What do you mean when you say you don’t consider Catholicism and Christianity to be the same religion? Isn’t that like saying you don’t consider the sun a star?

I don’t agree that religious beliefs seem asinine (at least not all of them). Some make perfect sense within their context. As for evolution, I don’t think “the missing link” and extrapolation from partial fossils are really a problem, and I consider any explanation that fits within the laws of science to be more likely than one that requires the supernatural. But I will say you are confusing me at this point. Didn’t you say that you have embraced Roman Catholicism? If so, then why do you have a problem with evolution when the Pope doesn’t?

2. I don’t intend to “bash” any religion. I will, however, give my opinion of religious issues presented to me, and the vast majority of people who approach me on this subject are Christians. Now about Jediism being a religion — are there really any people who seriously practice it (as opposed to just putting it down on British survey forms)? Just curious.

3. You ask how atheists can be proud of their beliefs when there are so few of them. Well, I’m proud to be me, and there’s only one of me. If you want to look at numbers, I’m in an even smaller minority than you indicated. There are many atheists out there that I wish the word “atheist” was not associated with. But then again, there are many religious people who I would like to have at my side when we are counted. I don’t consider a rising number of atheists to be a victory condition in my campaign for better thinking.

You say, “most atheists covert to a religion after the age of 60.” Can you tell me where you got this statistic? I am not familiar with it. In any case, I don’t feel it has any impact on the validity of my beliefs — for example, if more people near death use alternative medicine, that does not make mainstream medicine any less effective.

Thanks for writing!

Posted on September 7, 2007 at 11:49 am by ideclare · Permalink
In: About atheism

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  1. Written by Anonymous
    on September 7, 2007 at 11:59 am
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    From Wikipedia, “the greatest increase in absolute as well as in percentage terms has been among those adults who do not subscribe to any religious identification; their number has more than doubled from 14.3 million in 1990 to 29.4 million in 2001; their proportion has grown from just 8% of the total in 1990 to over 14% in 2001″

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