Thank you. Thank you very much. I am very much like you in that I attempt to think things out thoroughly, and logically. I have a few atheist friends. But they are the type that give ‘us’ a bad name. I recall several times in which my ‘friends’ (for lack of a better word) have said ignorant (in my opinion) things.
One example of this dialogue follows:
Susie: I just believe in God because it feels right.
Johnny: You’re a moron. God isn’t real. If you were smart you would know that.
And in one similar situation (unrelated matter and different people) my friend actually gave the middle finger to the sky and said, “F**k you, God”. Which is really quite contrary in that he claims to have no belief in any God(s).
Other situations come to mind, but I shan’t bore you with them.
But to return to my initial thought process: I believe in tolerance. My Christian friends certainly out number my athiest friends. We have no quarrels. Live and let live I say. They can believe what they want to believe, and I will believe what I want.
I also quite enjoyed the section of your site referring to the things “moral athiest” should do. I follow the almost exact same rule-set. Many Christians believe that athiest simply have no moral guidings, that lack of belief and lack of morality are a singular concept.
But once again I applaud your attempt to make available a better understanding of our beliefs.
Thank you. You seriously made my day.
I really appreciate your writing — it’s letters like this that help me get through all the hate mail!
Very sorry to hear that you have some intolerant atheists in your circle of friends. The people you describe come across like knee-jerk or rebellious atheists, not people who have reached their beliefs through a process of deep thoughts. They give the rest of us a bad name.
I hope you and your Christian friends are able to have interesting conversations about your beliefs. That kind of sharing helps everyone grow.
Thanks again for writing!