I must thank the OP for posting this thread, I really do. It made me crawl over from my shadow, where I was confortably lurking for many months ago,
since I first came to know ATS. I finally started my profile...
Originally posted by jenmckin
What I have found though, through many conversations with atheists, is that quite a large number of them were formerly Catholic. To continue this
observation in my own experience, were you Catholic before coming to your current beliefs?
I sincerely don´t get the connection between former Catholicism and later becoming an atheist, though that is exactly my own case.
Would you care to elaborate your thought?
I´m also curious to know your personal religious background, even though I fail to assign it any relevance to the topic, blame it on mere
Originally posted by jenmckin
My other observation is that most (and I say most...not all) atheists I've encountered are unfathomably arrogant. It has seemed to me that they
feel...superior? (I guess that's as good a term as any) because they do not believe in a higher force in the universe. Even though I make it a point
to never judge regarding religious preference, the atheists in my circle are confrontational and superior...like they feel they must be a
little smarter than the rest of us.
I have not seen that here...but if you keep a circle of friends around you that share your beliefs, have you seen this among them? Or is it just my
luck to find the snobby atheists? rofl
Again I fail to see a connection here.
Though you tried to sound non-commital by adding the "most, not all" clause, your remarks made me wonder whether you have suffered in the hands of
Unlike you, I won´t try to sound so politically correct, no sugar-coating, so please bear with me.
Your remarks reminded me of a scene I watched in a documentary, in which a famous American preacher (forgive me if I forget his name) yelled at
Dr.Dawkins for his alleged smart-assery and impoliteness while trying to debate his views on religion.
Granted that Dr.Dawkins sometimes goes over-board, but it is one thing to be firm and confident, another completely different to be impolite and
What I have found through my own experience is that all serious atheists have given a lot of thought and spent a lot of time researching before
reaching this stance.
Note that I mean any "serious atheist", not just someone who has read a couple of books by the same Dr.Dawkins, or Cristopher Hitchens, and thus
became infatuated with the New Atheism movement (oh, people just love to give labels, don´t they?)
I confess that I´ve spent most of my short life pondering about this question.
Much like the OP, it also makes me very sad to be taken as immoral, superficial, or obnoxious just because I hold my current view.
Unfortunately, by reading the posts around here, what do I gather? People blabbering about quantum physics, repeating Pascal´s wager, and even
insisting on the infamous watchmaker argument (I´m impressed that no one else has come out with the 747 analogy).
Not to mention those who plainly sound like preachers on the pulpit. What was that flaming hell youtube video?
This topic will always attract my attention.
Unlike many theists (and even agnostics) would like to believe, atheists are indeed open to discussion.
It is that very openess that has made them to think critically in the first place.