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Started by rlrose328, October 03, 2007, 04:57:27 PM
QuoteThe problem is that the concept of atheism imposes upon us a false burden of remaining fixated on peopleâ€™s beliefs about God and remaining even-handed in our treatment of religion. But we shouldnâ€™t be fixated, and we shouldnâ€™t be even-handed. In fact, we should be quick to point out the differences among religions, for two reasons:
QuoteBecause to be consistent as atheists we must oppose, or seem to oppose, all faith claims equally.
QuoteAnother problem with calling ourselves â€œatheistsâ€ is that every religious person thinks he has a knockdown argument against atheism. Weâ€™ve all heard these arguments, and we are going to keep hearing them as long as we insist upon calling ourselves â€œatheists. Arguments like: atheists canâ€™t prove that God doesnâ€™t exist; atheists are claiming to know there is no God, and this is the most arrogant claim of all.
Quote from: "laetusatheos"Okay...so I decide to choose not to use a proper word to define my views towards the belief in god when discussing religion with someone....don't you think they will use the term atheist even if I were to insist that I'm not an athiest and that I just don't believe in a god? No matter what we call ourselve we will meet the same tired out arguments. Maybe we need to figure out ways to answer them that are easier for religious people to understand/accept.Thats what I think.
Quote from: "Eclecticsaturn"I still use the word and call myself one when people ask just because honestly its easier to say than explain it the way i did. It leaves more time for better debating, .