Why I am an atheist

  • Throughout the whole of human civilization, scientific explanations for the world around us have supplanted religious reasons.  Consistently. Overwhelmingly.  The reverse has never happened
  • There simply is no evidence.  There is no eternally burning bush. There is no man in the sky who strikes people down when they take his name in vain. There is no evidence that humans can part water. There is no evidence that humans can return to life after dying. There’s no evidence that the creation story in genesis is true any more than there exists evidence that the Norse creation myth is true.  
  • There are an incredible amount of inconsistencies within particular religions (as evidenced by the multiple strains of christianity).  In addition, each religion claims to be the one true religion, with the one true, truely truth.  There’s no way to verify the supernatural claims of any of these religions, and thus there’s no way to determine which is true and which is not. Only one of them could theoretically be true, but they can all be false.
  • Humans created all the past religions, from the gods of Ancient Greece or Rome, to Japanese gods, to Egyptian gods, to the gods of the Incas.  A precious few people in the modern era believe those gods existed, and many readily admit that humanity created those religions.  It is plain that humans create myths.  There is no reason to believe that judaism, christianity, islam, buddhism, sikhism, or mormonism are anything other than a human creation.
  • Religious belief is passed down through families.  Parents raise their children in their religion, and to an overwhelming degree those children grow to accept the religion of their parents.  Most people do not come to their religious beliefs by taking a rational look at the evidence, or exploring various religions and coming to a conclusion.  Religious belief is indoctrinated in people at a young age, and more often than not, lasts a lifetime

12 thoughts on “Why I am an atheist”

  1. A: I’ve watched the Ken Ham debate. He performed poorly.
    B: You’re assuming I’m talking about just christianity. That religion is not the only, nor the most prominent religion on the planet at the moment. Islam and Judaism also have a few billion adherents. Even then, I’m not talking about just the big three. I’m talking about *all* the religions humanity has created.
    Please don’t condescend to me and assume I haven’t done research just because I don’t believe as you do.
    I have no desire to view your god. Even if evidence were presented that validated his existence, I would still not want to worship such a being. He takes some of the most morally reprehensible actions in the bible-the genocidal flood being one prominent example. If evidence were to prove he existed (and no evidence has been sufficient to prove his existence yet), I would, as a logical, rational person admit that he exists. Worshiping such a being does not then follow.

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  2. A lot of what you said isn’t exactly what Christians believe in. The ancient greeks believed that god would strike you down. He allows us to make decisions of our own. I suggest that you actually do more research and talk to the right people-I highly suggest that you watch the bill bye vs ken ham evolution debate. There is no conclusion but they both have great points. Also-God isn’t just some myth that people creates for whatever reason-unfortunately, you’ll never truly be able to see him in action or feel his presence unless you were to trust in Him

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  3. Shoop,

    The existence of God is a self-evident truth discovered by those ancient philosophers you cited in your post.

    One does not need to be religious to understand that God exists.

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  4. “The universe is proof that god exists” (I wonder which god you’re talking about, there are thousands of them)
    Well I can see you don’t know how evidence works. I see no further need to continue this conversation.

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  5. Shoop,

    The universe itself is proof that God exists.

    And atheist scientists like Stephen Hawking are cleaning cake out of their undies due to the lastest scientific findings in cosmology,

    Additionally, information theory and cellular and molecular biology prove a level of order that indicates intelligence.

    That intelligence is God.

    Consequently, the modern atheist is reduced to being a flat-earther and a believer in the ancient belief that the Earth is the center of the universe.

    Time and science have passed the atheist by.

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  6. Shoop,

    Before the Christian West developed modern science, man lived a short, brutal life of poverty, disease and starvation.

    And it wasn’t until the great men of the Christian Middle Ages melded the natural law of the Greeks with the Christian religion that systematic thinking and logic flowered into a truly great, and modern civil society.

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  7. The tools used to understand the world around us existed thousands of years ago. We didn’t invent logic and rationality in the last 150 years. None of the creation myths have prove true, whether we’re talking about Norse creation myths or christian creation myths. We know this because people have studied the world around us. They’ve observed the world around us. They’ve applied logic and reason to the world around us. All the tests, all the reasoning, all the logic points to a universe that has no gods. Our understanding of weather related phenomena, the creation of stars, the formation of continents, human gestation-religions offered up explanations for these things and each and every time they were wrong. The tools of science enabled us to understand the world around us in ways that religious beliefs have proven incapable. I’ve yet to see any evidence that religious beliefs offer an explanation for anything in the universe that trumps a scientific explanation (and remember, such an explanation must be verifiable, testable, and must be able to be replicated).
    Atheism is not faith based. That is a silly meme that doesn’t hold up if one applies a bit of thought. Atheism is “lack of belief in a higher power or powers”. There’s no faith involved. In fact, given that faith is ‘belief without evidence’, and atheism is a rational position (‘there’s no evidence for any god, so I won’t believe in one’) , there is no faith involved in not believing in gods.
    Your comment about where modern science originated is a non-sequitor and has no bearing on my point–that there is insufficient evidence to justify believing in god.
    And if you think modern science has proven the existence of god, then by all means, point me in the direction of this evidence. Please. The discovery of a god would be huge, but I’ve yet to see evidence.
    Also, the position of most atheists I know is that they will not believe in god (or Thor, Odin, Zeus, or demons, dragons, elves, or fairies) without the evidence. Show us the evidence and depending on the quality of the evidence we may reassess our beliefs. Thus far, no religion has provided a shred of evidence to prove any god exists.

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  8. Shoop,

    You not saying “modern science” is exactly what is wrong with this post.

    It’s nothing but atheist propaganda because only modern science advanced mankind into the modernity that you find so remarkable.

    The bottom line about atheism is that its core 100% faith-based doctrine is that everything happened all by itself.

    Well, modern science didn’t happen all by itself and it happened in only one place on Earth and that was Christian Western Europe.

    Atheists also have to get a clue to the fact that modern science has proven the existence of God complete with all the evidence anyone needs.

    I didn’t think it could be done. But it has.

    Yet atheists still claim that somehow, science is a bulwark against the exist of God.

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  9. Modern science has been around for less than a century not “throughout the whole of human civilization.”

    I did not say modern science. I said

    Throughout the whole of human civilization, scientific explanations for the world around us have supplanted religious reasons.

    Scientific explanations: i.e. observations about the world around us using logic, reason, and evidence. These tools have existed throughout human civilization.

    Yet another obvious, but often overlooked fact is that all the great civilizations grew up around religion.

    My post dealt with the reasons I do not believe in god. This comment does not provide evidence in support of the existence of a deity.

    In fact, civilization is impossible without religion.

    This is a bald assertion with no proof. Do you have any evidence that proves this claim is true?
    And even if you do have evidence, this doesn’t prove that any god, let alone the christian god is real.

    Has the atheist ever asked himself why after the thousands of years of ancient civilizations like those of the Fertile Cresent, Egypt, China, Rome, the Middle East, India, and China, the Americas (Inca, Maya, Aztec), man did not progress past the slave and horse drawn cart?

    For the purpose of my post, there is no need to ask that question. Your question has no bearing on “is god real?” This isn’t a discussion of how christianity contributed to civilization.

    Man only progressed past slavery and the horse drawn cart because Christianity powered the rise of a whole new and incredible civilization.

    This still does not offer any evidence for the existence of a deity.
    Also, christians stood on both side of slavery. Some supported it, and used the bible for justification. Others used the bible as justification for opposition to slavery.

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  10. Modern science has been around for less than a century not “throughout the whole of human civilization.”

    Further, the foundation for the scientific revolution that began during the Italian Renaissance, was laid down in Europe during the Christian Middle Ages.

    Yet another obvious, but often overlooked fact is that all the great civilizations grew up around religion.

    In fact, civilization is impossible without religion.

    And modern science was impossible without Christianity.

    Has the atheist ever asked himself why after the thousands of years of ancient civilizations like those of the Fertile Cresent, Egypt, China, Rome, the Middle East, India, and China, the Americas (Inca, Maya, Aztec), man did not progress past the slave and horse drawn cart?

    Man only progressed past slavery and the horse drawn cart because Christianity powered the rise of a whole new and incredible civilization.

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