How to be an atheist?

Discussion in 'Agnosticism and Atheism' started by ClintonsSon, Jun 17, 2013.

  1. ClintonsSon

    ClintonsSon Yeah......it's Me!!

    Okay. Say I walk up to you (and say...you are an atheist) and I say to you "Hey! I've decided I don't believe in God. How can I be an atheist too?" What would you say? (I'm serious here..okay?) Tell me how you would describe what it means to be an a-theist....a "no Theos" person....a "There Is No God" person! What does it require of you? What does it cost you? What does it mean to you? Elaborate! Tell it! We are all ears! :mickey:
     
  2. Asmodean

    Asmodean Slo motion rider

    I would seriously say that that question is stupid. What does being an atheist mean to me?: just the definition in the dictionary I would say. Someone who believes that god(s) do not exist. Why? Because that is what it means.
     
  3. odonII

    odonII O

    If somebody asks you if you believe in God say: 'No'. It costs approx' 30 seconds of your time.
     
  4. Manservant Hecubus

    Manservant Hecubus Master of Funk and Evil

    It doesn't require anything.
    All the word means is that you reject deity.
    End of story.
     
  5. scratcho

    scratcho Lifetime Supporter Lifetime Supporter

    "Would you like to go bowling"?
     
  6. Meliai

    Meliai Banned

    It seems like you're asking an atheist to proselytize about being an atheist, which is kind of weird
     
  7. Manservant Hecubus

    Manservant Hecubus Master of Funk and Evil

    Yeah. OP seems like he was trying to bait people but it didn't really work.
     
  8. autophobe2e

    autophobe2e Senior Member

    buy a fedora.
     
  9. ClintonsSon

    ClintonsSon Yeah......it's Me!!

    Interesting replies. No, I wasn't trying to "bait" people. I was just curious as to what the reaction would be.
     
  10. roamy

    roamy Senior Member

    i'd say i hope your ready ta read loadsa bibles,cos the majority of self proclaimed atheists are always quoting bibles,in their mission ta try and prove ta others that the gods they say they don't believe in don't exist. ha! ha!
     
  11. Mr.Writer

    Mr.Writer Senior Member

    I would say that to understand what it costs me to be an atheists, consider what it costs you in your life to believe in your god(s), and then substract that cost. That is what it costs me.
     
  12. ClintonsSon

    ClintonsSon Yeah......it's Me!!

    Atheists do seem to want others to realize their viewpoint dont they?
     
  13. Gongshaman

    Gongshaman Modus Lascivious

    :coffee:
    I wouldn't be so quick with the
    "majority" thing, makes you sound a little prejudice. The ones you are talking about, aggressive atheists, are more like what Westboro Baptist is to Christianity... while still a ridiculous comparison, you get my point?
    Most of us believe in live and let live...until questionable religious values like censorship starts to creep into legislation then we start getting upset(Remember the PMRC?)
     
  14. ClintonsSon

    ClintonsSon Yeah......it's Me!!

    You mean it would'nt cost you jobs or friends or etc because the world as a whole equates atheists with satanists and etc....dont they?
     
  15. roamy

    roamy Senior Member

     
  16. roamy

    roamy Senior Member

    it was not ment in a predudice way at all.i am just speaking from what i see written by selfproclaimed atheists.and it was a majority rather than a minority.i live an let live all the time.ya, there is the agressive thing in common.in my opinion the really true atheists actually very rarely, or never call themselves atheists at all.
     
  17. autophobe2e

    autophobe2e Senior Member

    i agree. while it isn't a majority, it is the most vocal and self-identifying minority of atheists which colour perception of the whole.

    although the comparison of the westboro baptist church has some relevance, the comparison between atheism and the public perception of Islam is probably more accurate. in Islam, there are fewer "official" organs or heirarchies than in christianity. When the westboro baptist church does its thing, multiple church officials from different denominations can come out and decry it with some degree of authority. people tend to get angry when an islamic radical does something despicable and wonder why high-ranking Islamic officials don't come out and condemn it. the fact is, with a non-heirarchical system, there isn't anybody to speak for the faith as a whole and provide the "official" condemnation that people demand.

    similarly, atheism (obviously) has no hierarchical structures, and those that do exist are often run by precisely the kind of people that the majority of atheists want to distance themselves from. so when atheists act like cockbags, there's no official organ to decry them. its a price worth paying, but it is annoying when people assume you to be a twat based on your religious beliefs because the most vocal of the same belief are often twats themselves. with no oficial voice, the people that shout loudest get heard most often. irritating, but true.
     
  18. Maelstrom

    Maelstrom Banned

    In my every day life, I am a live and let live atheist. It is only online, in religious posts and atheism forums that I am the militant anti-theist.
     
  19. autophobe2e

    autophobe2e Senior Member

    there are appropriate places for that kind of discussion, and those would be examples. There are also appropriate situations (the political aspect) when it spills over into other forms, it becomes a problem for the individual (or i would say, it is already a problem for the individual) and, in the long run becomes a problem for the whole.
     
  20. ClintonsSon

    ClintonsSon Yeah......it's Me!!

    I will say that most atheists are far more ready to express their position than most believers. Many feel it is their duty to wake people up out of their so called ignorance and superstition.
     

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