Observations

No one was ever attracted to atheism by the love, joy, peace and kindness of an atheist.

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2 Responses to Observations

  1. No one was ever attracted to the law of gravity by the love, joy, peace and kindness of a scientist. So what? None of these things has anything to do with Atheism. Neither do hate, pain, etc.

    (But I think you’re quite wrong, too, as there are people who have to realize that you can feel love, peace, joy and kindness without a god before being able to admit that they are an atheist, having been indoctrinated that without god there can be no good all their previous life.)

    But of course, one thing is surely true: Many people have been “attracted” to religion to escape the pain, the torture or the burning that religious people would otherwise would have done to them.

  2. jackhudson says:

    No one was ever attracted to the law of gravity by the love, joy, peace and kindness of a scientist.

    A bit nonsensical as the ‘law of gravity’ isn’t really something one has a choice to accept or reject, at least experientially.

    So what? None of these things has anything to do with Atheism. Neither do hate, pain, etc.

    Atheism is the antithesis of Christianity, which untold numbers of people have been attracted to due to the love, joy, peace and kindness of its adherents. The point being that as an antithesis, it simply isn’t attractive on that level.

    (But I think you’re quite wrong, too, as there are people who have to realize that you can feel love, peace, joy and kindness without a god before being able to admit that they are an atheist, having been indoctrinated that without god there can be no good all their previous life.)

    No one doubts people can have those experiences whatever their beliefs, in fact one wouldn’t find love, joy, peace and patience attractive if one wasn’t familiar with them to begin with. I am merely pointing out that people aren’t attracted to a lifestyle of atheism for those qualities.

    But of course, one thing is surely true: Many people have been “attracted” to religion to escape the pain, the torture or the burning that religious people would otherwise would have done to them.

    As far as Christianity goes, my experience has been that most people find the Christian life attractive because of the emptiness and meaninglessness they experience in their earthly lives rather than fears about a life to come, but if an eternity of meaninglessness and emptiness exists then what would be wrong with seeking to avoid such a fate?

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