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MOST COMPELLING REASON TO BE ATHEIST

MOST COMPELLING REASON TO BE ATHEIST
« on: November 08, 2019, 10:03:17 PM »
What does it mean to be atheist?

What, in your opinion, is the single-most compelling reason to be an atheist, if there is one?

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Re: MOST COMPELLING REASON TO BE ATHEIST
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2019, 10:37:55 PM »
What does it mean to be atheist?

What, in your opinion, is the single-most compelling reason to be an atheist, if there is one?
Hello, vac_id,
Welcome to the forum.  :computerwave:

Are you an atheist?
~Just curious.

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Re: MOST COMPELLING REASON TO BE ATHEIST
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2019, 11:28:25 PM »
What does it mean to be atheist?

What, in your opinion, is the single-most compelling reason to be an atheist, if there is one?

Hello vac_id, welcomer to the madhouse.

To answer your question: The absolutely abject lack of any evidence for any sort of supernatural being.
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Re: MOST COMPELLING REASON TO BE ATHEIST
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2019, 11:29:30 PM »
What does it mean to be atheist?

What, in your opinion, is the single-most compelling reason to be an atheist, if there is one?

Hello, vac_id.

Though it's good to get to know each other a bit before diving into possibly contentious topics, you've jumped straight in. OK

Your questions are straight-forward and I will give answers in the same vein.

"What does it mean to be atheist?"

An atheist is somebody who doesn't believe in deities.

"What, in your opinion, is the single-most compelling reason to be an atheist?"

The absence of any compelling evidence in favor of the existence of deities. I could give other reasons, but you asked for a single reason, so that's what I've supplied.

Now for a question from me: Why do you ask?

"Religion is fundamentally opposed to everything I hold in veneration — courage, clear thinking, honesty, fairness, and above all, love of the truth."
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Re: MOST COMPELLING REASON TO BE ATHEIST
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2019, 12:07:39 AM »
Er...welcome.
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Re: MOST COMPELLING REASON TO BE ATHEIST
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2019, 12:34:33 AM »
Quickie answer:  There is no compelling reason to be an atheist while there are many compelling reasons to dismiss theism.  We have no suitably cogent alternative than to be non believers. 

Welcome to the forum Vac_id.
You may be pleased to learn that we are seldom militant, evil, or overtly stubborn about our absence of belief in a deity.  Indeed our forum has only one among the numerous topic threads that deal with religion.  We are more into Music, art, photography, culinary arts, sciencey things  and a bit of politics. Most of all we are friendly and caring individuals which is a fact that you will soon see for yourself.  You can see for yourself by examining the topic list. ..........Please do look into our general attitudes to decide whether you wish to be a productive and thoughtful contributor to this international group.


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Re: MOST COMPELLING REASON TO BE ATHEIST
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2019, 01:06:02 AM »
Baby recipes.
Being able to rape, maim, and murder without feeling guilty.
Barbequed kittens.

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Re: MOST COMPELLING REASON TO BE ATHEIST
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2019, 01:37:57 AM »
What does it mean to be atheist?

What, in your opinion, is the single-most compelling reason to be an atheist, if there is one?
I can peel, dice and stew-up a disabled baby without being eternally damned. So liberating!
Or, I can choose not to for my own self-serving reasons unrelated to any judgemental overlord.

You're not here to judge are you, vac_id?

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Re: MOST COMPELLING REASON TO BE ATHEIST
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2019, 01:40:43 AM »
Baby recipes.
Being able to rape, maim, and murder without feeling guilty.
Barbequed kittens.
Sick bastard. Kittens are not for consumption.

When one sleeps on the floor one need not worry about falling out of bed - Anton LaVey

The universe is a cold, uncaring void. The key to happiness isn't a search for meaning, it's to just keep yourself busy with unimportant nonsense, and eventually you'll be dead!

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Re: MOST COMPELLING REASON TO BE ATHEIST
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2019, 03:02:07 AM »
What does it mean to be atheist?

What, in your opinion, is the single-most compelling reason to be an atheist, if there is one?

Welcome! Hint for the OP. ALL CAPS paints a poor picture of the poster, as it seems like yelling. Having written literally miles of FORTRAN code, I find that an amusing statement to make, as that was the only case we could program in, back in the day, before "C" extensions. As for WHY, the answer has already been provided by the worthies posting above in this thread.  ;)

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Re: MOST COMPELLING REASON TO BE ATHEIST
« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2019, 03:13:14 AM »
Hello and welcome to HAF, vac_id.

I will give the same answers as my esteemed colleagues above. Tell us what your standpoint is.
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Re: MOST COMPELLING REASON TO BE ATHEIST
« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2019, 08:09:15 AM »
I agree with most of the others here, since that is the baseline of atheism -- lack of a compelling reason to believe in gods (or for me, anything supernatural).  Atheism isn't usually a claim but simply an opinion about others claims.  There are exceptions, tho not on this forum as far as I can tell.

I do have to draw a line at BBQ kittens.
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Re: MOST COMPELLING REASON TO BE ATHEIST
« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2019, 09:33:29 AM »
Baby recipes.
Being able to rape, maim, and murder without feeling guilty.
Barbequed kittens.
Sick bastard. Kittens are not for consumption.
:snicker:
You guys are funny.
When I joined the forum I made a similar mistake, I thought a shot of Tequila and a baby was an excellent combination but someone with more experience in atheist matters corrected me.

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Re: MOST COMPELLING REASON TO BE ATHEIST
« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2019, 10:52:48 AM »
What does it mean to be atheist?

What, in your opinion, is the single-most compelling reason to be an atheist, if there is one?

Welcome! Hint for the OP. ALL CAPS paints a poor picture of the poster, as it seems like yelling. Having written literally miles of FORTRAN code, I find that an amusing statement to make, as that was the only case we could program in, back in the day, before "C" extensions. As for WHY, the answer has already been provided by the worthies posting above in this thread.  ;)

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Stretched to the point of no turning back
A flight of fancy on a windswept field
Standing alone my senses reeled
A fatal attraction is holding me fast how
How can I escape this irresistible grasp?

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Re: MOST COMPELLING REASON TO BE ATHEIST
« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2019, 11:07:43 AM »
What does it mean to be atheist?

To be woke to reality.

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What, in your opinion, is the single-most compelling reason to be an atheist, if there is one?

The utter BA spouted by theists as a collective. They don't even believe each others BS! As individuals the vast majority are ok.
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