Trying to Understand Atheism

by Greg West

As I was looking for ideas for some things to post for today, I started surfing around atheist groups and fan pages on Facebook to see if I could get inspired to write something. I was hoping I could find some good arguments against the existence of God; they are atheists after all!

Although I ran across a few (very few) somewhat intelligent posts, mostly what I found was just a bunch of religion bashing and God bashing mostly aimed at Christians. The Muslims came in second, but it wasn’t even close.

I also discovered that they really don’t have anything worth saying at all about anything; or so it would seem from the handful of random sites that I visited. I will admit that I did run across one short thread on the morality of vegetarianism. That was about the closest thing to an intelligent or even somewhat interesting thing I found.

Most of it was just quotes or rants about how stupid religious people (again, mostly Christians) are and patting each other on the back congratulating each other on how smart they are for not believing in God, and how great Richard Dawkins’ or Sam Harris’ latest book was.  And the funny thing is (or sad, depending on how you look at it), is that they all talk about God as if he exists.

Now, I’ve never been an atheist (I tried to be an agnostic once but it didn’t work out), but I’d like to think that if I were one that I would try to come up with better arguments against the existence of God than some of these folks do. Many atheists will go to great lengths to deny the existence of God and some will even go as far as saying things like: Hitler was a Christian; Jesus never existed; the Big Bang never happened; Mother Teresa was not really that good of a person; Christianity was invented by the apostle Paul, or as some will even say, the Roman Emperor Constantine. And what makes these assertions even more absurd is that none of them would disprove the existence of God even if they were true. If you think I’m making this stuff up, just browse around a few atheist websites and blogs, or do a search for atheist groups on Facebook, and look around for a while, and you’ll see what I mean. It would be laughable if it wasn’t so sad.

I don’t mean to imply here that atheists fall into this group. I know a lot of atheists who are very intelligent and I also know that not all atheists are anti-Christian. I am talking about the ones who are so anti-Christian that they would like to see the open practice of religion outlawed for the overall ‘good’ of society.

They hate God and Christians so much that many refuse to capitalize the words Jesus or Christian, even though they are proper nouns, just to show their disdain for those words. I don’t know about you, but the last time I checked, using proper English and grammar does not necessarily reflect one’s religious beliefs.

Atheists have a popular slogan: “There probably is no God so stop worrying about it and enjoy your life.” My question to them would be, “Why don’t you take your own advice?”