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Why are atheists so angry at believers?


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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2012, 1:43:23 PM PDT
Bubba says:
Rev. Otter, I could probably find a barb or two to hurl at you if it would make you feel better.

Posted on Jun 1, 2012, 1:49:02 PM PDT
Because believers tell so many lies about atheists, just as they are doing in this thread.

Posted on Jun 1, 2012, 2:15:32 PM PDT
Perhaps it is insecurity.

Posted on Jun 1, 2012, 2:22:02 PM PDT
Why are BELIEVERS so ANGRY with ATHEISTS? One would think that they were afraid of contracting some incurable disease, as if their own faith is so fragile. Why do some Christians demand that other Christians MUST believe in magic in order to call themselves Christian?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2012, 2:22:40 PM PDT
RKG says:
a sheep

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2012, 3:48:04 PM PDT
Magic as in Harry Potter?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2012, 4:47:30 PM PDT
witchie+ says:
I have never had a problem with atheists. I do respect their right to pursue their paths and never try to change them.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2012, 5:58:55 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 1, 2012, 5:59:33 PM PDT
Kathleen,

Well thank you Kathleen. That is much appreciated. Yes, atheists are not the evil morally bankrupt fiends that some people like to hang on us as a label.

Have a good day.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2012, 6:32:08 PM PDT
mrs exp says:
King's Kid,
Follow his posts for awhile.
exp

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2012, 6:35:36 PM PDT
mrs exp says:
Craig,
Well, we could say "believer in the one true God" or non-believer in the one true God," but believer and non-believer is shorter.
exp

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2012, 7:24:38 PM PDT
"i've never had an atheist angry at me over my beliefs.

am i doing something wrong?!"

No, you're doing something right. I appreciate your reasonableness and polite tone.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2012, 6:20:14 AM PDT
Magic as in a "virgin" birth. (Science would dictate that since Mary had only X chromosomes, Jesus should have been born a woman.) Magic as in turning water into wine and walking on top of water. I can get the allegory understanding, but a literal "understanding" must accept magic as in Harry Potter.

Why would God want to knock up a 12 year old little girl? And whoever said that sex was a sin? Some of these religious right-wingers are a bit off kilter. Faith should NOT have to rely upon magic in order to be valid.

Posted on Jun 2, 2012, 6:51:58 AM PDT
All too often these days, "Religion" really means "I have an invisible friend. He loves me, and he hates you."

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2012, 7:00:42 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 2, 2012, 7:03:14 AM PDT
S. Friedman says:
"Why are atheists so angry at believers?"

Here's one reason:
Start by reading and understanding the definition of "mutually exclusive."
By proclaiming a religious belief, which in most cases is mutually exclusive from other religious beliefs, you're not just saying "I believe this to be true"; you're proclaiming "I believe this to be true, and in doing so, proclaim that what others believe isn't true."

If an acquaintance were to approach you, offer an opinion that you don't agree with, and proceed to tell you that they're right and everyone who thinks differently is wrong, wouldn't you get angry too?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2012, 9:32:32 AM PDT
Joe Anthony says:
Why are people so angry at believers?

S. Friedman says:

"Start by reading and understanding the definition of 'mutually exclusive."...By proclaiming a religious belief, which in most cases is mutually exclusive from other religious beliefs, you're not just saying "I believe this to be true"; you're proclaiming "I believe this to be true, and in doing so, proclaim that what others believe isn't true.'"

I say:

...but that's the case with most every belief. If I happen to be a great fan of the music of Brahms and I say that I believe that Brahms composed the greatest music ever, than the implication is that I believe that whatever music others may like is inferior to Brahms. If the very liberal Senator Ted Kennedy is my favorite American statesman of all time, than the implication is that I believe a real political conservative such as Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul is an inferior American statesman.

You might like the Marx Brothers and I may like the Three Stooges and we could argue until we're blue in the face over which group was the better comedy team; but what I don't understand is why any of that should make you angry?

As I see it, it makes life and friendships interesting that we all have different likes and dislikes; and that we all believe different things and answer the great existential questions of life differently. Why should angry you, that is, why should it cause you emotional discomfort or distress because others may see things differently than you do?

I once had a co-worker who was a nice guy and he also happened to be a very sincere and somewhat fanatical Seventh Day Adventist. He would gladly take the time to tell anyone that the Adventist church is the only true religion. At his own expense he would buy Adventist literature in English and Spanish and pass them out to anyone who would accept it.

I assume this is the kind of person that you indicate would make you angry. You have every right, of course, to believe that he's deluded or that he's wasting his time or that he's wasting his money on something that you may think doesn't make a difference. However, as long as it's HIS time and HIS money, and as long as it's HIS brain that's doing the thinking and HIS mouth that's doing the talking, why do YOU have to allow it to rent space in YOUR head and cause you anger which is basically a self-destructive emotion?

S, Friedman goes on to say: "If an acquaintance were to approach you, offer an opinion that you don't agree with, and proceed to tell you that they're right and everyone who thinks differently is wrong, wouldn't you get angry too?"

In a way you're causing yourself to become angry over the exact thing that you accuse believers of doing. As long as you BELIEVE that atheism is right and religion, specifically Christianity is wrong, then you're as closed minded as they are. So why don't you get angry at yourself ?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2012, 9:33:43 AM PDT
S. Kessler says:
Why are believers so angry at atheists? Could it be because they, believers, are afraid that atheists are right about there being no afterlife and they are scared that they have wasted their earthly lives waiting for a reward that won't come?

Posted on Jun 2, 2012, 10:13:31 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 2, 2012, 10:15:07 AM PDT
One month of research.

7 days of reading up and watching documentaries on anthropology and other cultures.
7 days of reading up on the similarities between the Christian bible stories and the other ancient god belief systems
7 days of reading up on and watching documentaries concerning our universe, our solar system and our insignificant place in it.
7 days of reading or watching documentaries concerning evolution and our origins as H. sapiens.

For some people it will not take 1 month to realize.

No, it will not give you a complete in depth understanding of these subjects. However, just investigating for 4 weeks will make one begin to realize the Middle East story of the bible is nothing more than a story book and gods are a dime a dozen since there have been thousands of them in the last 5000 years.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2012, 10:18:38 AM PDT
Banished says:
"I think they're very scared that they are very wrong. "

You are wrong. Does that make you angry?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2012, 10:19:00 AM PDT
Banished says:
"am i doing something wrong?! "

No, Rev. You're a pussycat.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2012, 10:22:06 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 2, 2012, 10:22:47 AM PDT
"Why are believers so angry at atheists? Could it be because they, believers, are afraid that atheists are right about there being no afterlife and they are scared that they have wasted their earthly lives waiting for a reward that won't come?"

Actually, it's because atheists, as a group, are jerks. Okay, they don't believe what we do. Fair enough, go in peace. But that's not enough for them, they have to get in your face about it, like they do here, then tell you it's "their right" to get into your face.

Christians get more out of practicing Christianity than most atheist's elementary (and usually faulty) understanding of it allows. They need to live and let live.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2012, 10:24:42 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 2, 2012, 10:52:55 AM PDT
Banished says:
"Some on this discussion forum have been more than unpleasant to me."

Oh, Kid, that's not because you're a believer! It's because you are ill-mannered and tend to say things that are ... um ... less than entirely truthful. (Example: "I think they're very scared that they are very wrong.")

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2012, 10:32:00 AM PDT
libloon2 says:
Whomper says: //they are afraid that someone might impose morality on them//
Delete "morality" but insert "their belief systems" on them, you are right. But on the issue of "morality", you are just plain wrong.
Why do you think atheists are not moral?

//they don't want to take responsibility for themselves//
Why do you think that?

Atheist means "without god beliefs" - that's ALL it means.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2012, 11:24:59 AM PDT
What concerns me is not so much what Christians believe, but rather what *some* Christians do when motivated by *their* beliefs... especially when they try to deny equality and justice to my fellow citizens, or weaken our society by trying to force *some* Bronze Age beliefs into a modern world where they don't fit, and where they are not just not helpful, but harmful.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2012, 11:48:03 AM PDT
Nat says:
Otter is just a light hearted, funny guy. He's harmless. . And J. Green is a comedian with more brains than most in this forums and to take either as personal attacks of defamation of character is your insecurities. This is not true for most ill intended posters around here. But Green and Otter are no threat to anyone. They encourage you to question the way you think and when someone is very wrong they';; tell you that you are wrong. They are both fair.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2012, 11:50:18 AM PDT
Nat says:
TONS of studies actually. When using logic, reason, understanding, and communication skills instead of using bible thumping redrick that has gotten our civilization behind in progressing the human condition.
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