Question Du Jour: Why are you an atheist?

Jul 19, 2011

A little while ago I did a post explaining why I was a Christian. I just so happened to stumble upon a blog where this girl (pictured below) explains why she is an atheist. I felt compelled to share her response to provide two opposing viewpoints for you all. 


Why are you an atheist?
Religious people follow various dogmas unthinkingly and are taught not to question the unsubstantiated claims of their religious leaders. In contrast, atheists are more likely to have an inquisitive mind, to think for themselves, and to form beliefs based solely on the weight of evidence. A scientific understanding of natural physical and biological phenomena is far more awe-inspiring than a naive belief that God is responsible for everything. How can anyone fail to be impressed by modern cosmology, which explains the formation of galaxies, stars and planets, by Darwinian evolution, which accounts for the amazing diversity and adaptation of life, by modern biology, which explains how cells divide and organisms function, or by quantum mechanics, which governs the structure of the atom? Atheism is also superior in the sphere of morality. It is far more noble for people to do things because they feel that their actions are right than to obey religious rules based on the threat that some invisible vindictive being is watching their every move. Rational people are masters over their own lives, not slaves to serve some non-existent God. Religion is an insult to human dignity.

I won't respond to ALL of this for the sake of time (and attention spans), but I will say that there is a common misconception that "religious people follow various dogmas unthinkingly" and that religion is devoid of evidence and logic.  It's rather frustrating.

If anything, the Bible is the very source of logic, g. For instance, the "law of non-contradiction" which states that "you can’t have A and not-A at the same time and in the same relationship" appears in 1 John 1:6, "If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth". Apart from the Bible, WHAT other ancient text can account for the EXISTANCE of the laws of logic? 

See, I will forever and always be open to discuss this topic if the parties involved are willing to consider both sides with an open heart and mind. But while arguing that religion is a close-minded concept, many atheists/agnostics present fallible arguments laced with preconceived notions. 
Questions? Comments? Concerns?

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