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[Art by Jim Huger from Dead To Rights, a parody of Jack T. Chick's tract]
Promoting science, logic and reason as the best tools for understanding the world and fighting against the negative effects religions have on society are endeavors common to atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, naturalists, brights, skeptics and most secular humanists. There is a rather loosely defined online community of these individuals and they’ve been arguing since long before this blog was conceived about the meaning of the word “atheist”, whether atheists can be fundamentalists or extremists, what is the right way to promote science and reason, and what these different terms mean. This is my take.
First, let’s look at the terms “atheism” and “agnosticism” and what they might mean…
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- Agnostic Atheist
It seems as if a line in my post “I am a better Christian now that I’m an atheist,” was a bit misunderstood. I said: “I’m an atheist because I am a somewhat intelligent, rational being…” which gave some the impression that I believe those who follow religious myths are not intelligent or rational.
I am still the same “somewhat intelligent, rational being” I was in my many years of following, teaching, and defending the Christian faith. In fact, during those years, I believed my faith to be more rational than emotional. From my perspective at that point, the central message of Christianity was a very rational world view.
My deconversion from Christianity began when I realized the Bible did not support the “rational” Christian message I believed. The God described in the Bible was not a loving, forgiving, merciful, kind, caring Father in heaven who had “plans to prosper [me] and not to harm [me], plans to give [me] hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) Also, when I realized that the Gospels showed Jesus as being very inconsistent in his central message of compassion, loving your neighbor and doing unto others as you would want them to do unto you, I became very disillusioned…
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- Agnostic Atheist
A Christian recently made the following comment on a previous blog:
Your way just allows you to do what you want so you can get away with sin with no consequences. The Bible says there is punishment for sin, and just because you don’t want to believe it doesn’t make it not true. I would rather error and say there is a God. Please consider what the Bible has to say today before it is too late!
This is a pretty typical Christian response to atheism. They simply believe that we’re atheist because we need a license to “sin.” Huh?
First of all, what is sin? Sin, according to Christianity, is disobeying God’s Word (the Bible).
Well, as I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, there are numerous commands in the Bible that Christians do not follow. Women speak in church. A man can marry a divorced woman and not be in a perpetual state of adultery. Women can wear jewelry and costly clothing. I could go on for hours on commands from the Bible which are not followed by the majority of Christiandom. In other words, a Christian who subscribes to the above definition of sin is really nothing more than a perpetual sinner…