Atheism survey

17Jun08

Well, I dunno if I’d call myself an all-out atheist, but i thought this survey would be interesting to take nonetheless. Enjoy!

Q1. How would you define “atheism”?

Atheism is nothing more or less than the lack of belief in a god or gods. It’s not a religion or philosophy. It’s a simple yes/no stance on an issue (in this case, it’s a no).

Q2. Was your upbringing religious? If so, what tradition?

I was raised in a Christian home, though for my dad and brothers it was almost a non-issue. That is, until something came along that they saw as a threat to tradition or wholesomeness or some such. I was the only one who read his Bible daily and actively sought and tried to discern and discuss God in his life, without it having to be triggered by “those damn gays” or “the Feminazis”.

Q3. How would you describe “Intelligent Design”, using only one word?

subversive

Q4. What scientific endeavor really excites you?

CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. Will it unlock untold new information about our universe, possibly furthering scientific development on a grand scale? Or will it destroy the world? Who knows? Who cares?! We might actually have an cartoon supervillain-scale doomsday device on our hands here! Now let’s all strap our enemies to the LHC and spend 20 minutes telling them every detail of our nefarious plot!

Q5. If you could change one thing about the “atheist community”, what would it be and why?

I would try to insert a bit more respect for religion and the religious in a few areas (including my own little corner of nogod’s land). Respecting people and their beliefs isn’t the same as condoning or approving of them, but I read so much atheist material online that totally blasts all religion, no matter what, sometimes in total ignorance; the mentality of “If it’s religion, it’s ridiculous” is disrespectful and unfair, just like “If it’s not Christianity/Islam/Hinduism, it’s evil”.

Q6. If your child came up to you and said “I’m joining the clergy”, what would be your first response?

“Are you absolutely sure this is what you want to do with your life? Do you truly believe in the religion, and do you really believe you are making this decision for the right reasons? Yes? Okay then, you have my blessing, as it were. Go forth and do good.”

Q7. What’s your favorite theistic argument, and how do you usually refute it?

“Christianity is the true faith, because the Bible, and therefore God, said so.” I usually reply with something like “Hinduism is the true faith because Krishna said so.” It doesn’t work though, because then they just say that only their Bible is God’s word, to which I have to reply that the Vedas or some such also make that claim, and the cycle never ends.  Oh well.

Q8. What’s your most “controversial” (as far as general attitudes amongst other atheists goes) viewpoint?

Maybe that religion isn’t totally worthy of ridicule? Maybe that it’s possible that there exists some kind of “Supernatural” or “Divine” out there (or in us) somewhere. I’m not really part of the “atheist community” so I dunno.

Q9. Of the “Four Horsemen” (Dawkins, Dennett, Hitchens and Harris) who is your favourite, and why?

Well I haven’t really read anything from these guys, so I can’t choose. I already don’t believe in an involved or personal god, so instead of reading books trying to convince me of such, I like reading books that tell me what other people think on the subject (the Bible, Qur’an, Upanishads, Dhammapada, etc.).

Q10. If you could convince just one theistic person to abandon their beliefs, who would it be?

Ray Comfort. Christians following Christianity is fine, but this bastard wields the religion like a gays-and-atheists-and-science-smiting sword of wrath. He takes his swings, then hides behind his shield of sarcasm and biblical literalism. The man oozes hate and disrespect and subversion like an infected pustule, all the while smiling and trying to convince you that he is acting out of love.

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One Response to “Atheism survey”

  1. > “If you could convince just one theistic person to abandon their beliefs, who would it be?”

    I would pick someone I personally know.

    I just realized I have become the opposite of adolescent me in many ways.

    Yes!


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