An atheist is someone who does not believe in a god. There is no religion or dogma associated with being atheist. Atheism is to not follow a god-based belief system; atheism is not its own belief system. People who believe in a god or who follow a god-based belief system, religion, or dogma are deists; those who believe that a god revealed itself to people are theists.
Contemporary, prevalent theism is based on stories of two ancient men Abraham, and his descendent by a few hundred years, Moses. The men are called prophets because they are alleged to have had visions of a god. The god in the visions told the men what to do, even telling Abraham to kill his own son before, as the story goes, the god stopped Abraham from killing the infant. Later, the god “gave” Abraham and his descendants land. In the story of Moses, the god “gave” Moses and his descendants law.
The first stories of Abraham are in the biblical book of Genesis, and the first stories of Moses are found in Exodus. Both books are part of five books that form the basis of the Hebrew bible and are called, the Pentateuch, written between 600 and 500 b.c.e. and each book tells essentially the same story. According to historians, the book of Genesis was written as a means to develop a single code of law for the followers of Abraham and the followers of Moses to cooperate with Persian authority.
For several hundred years after the bible was written, stories were recorded of many people, both real and fictional, who claimed to be prophets having visions or revelations of the same god. Many cults were formed around these people and some cults became theist religions (believing in the revelation of a god). Modern theists tend to follow at least one theist religion.
Modern theist theory for a god relies on what is written in Genesis and uses repeated stories and variations throughout the Pentateuch and the other books of the Hebrew bible. Genesis is rich with mythical supernatural stories and various statements and misstatements of history and politics. Theists say the bible is the true word of a god.
Theists are taught that they must spread the “word” of their god through an activity called, proselytizing. Some theists take issue with atheists for not believing in a god and form their own ideas of atheists and atheism that are not atheist. Theistic ideas sometimes suggest that atheists must believe in something with some theists saying that atheists worship the mythical deity, Satan. These theistic ideas are ill-conceived and irrational, yet they form presumptions and assumptions for many theists.
Their compulsion to proselytize and their false presumptions about atheists paired together have led theists to engage in fallacious arguments with atheists. The internet has become a breeding ground for childish theistic arguments against atheists. It is not rational to take issue with a person for not following a particular belief system; yet, when it comes to atheists, some theists lose control of their emotions in unprovoked, vitriolic online rants against atheists.
The arguments presented by theists are rife with logical fallacies, unsupported premises, false presumptions, fantasies, and illusory assumptions, yet these arguments have raised a common set of questions. What follows are some questions theists ask atheists and variations of those questions as sub-questions. Approaches to these questions will be addressed in future posts. Share your views in Disqus comments.
- Can you prove there is no god?
- What would you count as “actual, credible, real world evidence for God?”
- Why Does There Appear to Be Design (Fine Tuning) in the Universe?
- Where did the universe come from?
- How can you not see that there is intelligent design and a deliberate “Designer”?
- How do you explain intelligent DNA?
- Where do you go when you die?
- Do you believe you have a soul?
- God gives immortal life and without that god man is mortal; don’t you want your soul to live forever?
- What stops Atheists from eating babies (morals)?
- What do you do with your guilt?
- How do you find or offer forgiveness?
- How can you be accountable for your sins?
- Why do you want to change people’s beliefs about a god?
- Why are you proselytizing atheism?
- Why do you hate people who believe in “god”?
- Why not believe in a god just in case you are wrong (Pascal’s Wager)?
- Why are you Atheist?
- When did you stop believing in a god?
- Why do you believe there is not a god?
- What do you worship?
- If there is no god, how does your life have any meaning?
- Why do you worship Satan?
- Why do you hate god?
- What do you believe?