Friday, July 20, 2007

Short and sweet

Friendly Atheist is asking for short and sweet answers to common questions asked of atheists. Here are my answers:

Why do you not believe in God? What god?

Where do your morals come from? Who says I'm moral?

What is the meaning of life? Human life is the process of creating meaning.

Is atheism a religion? Yes, if bald is a hair color and not collecting stamps is a hobby.

If you don’t pray, what do you do during troubling times? Try to fix the trouble.

Should atheists be trying to convince others to stop believing in God? Yes.

Weren’t some of the worst atrocities in the 20th century committed by atheists? Atheism is not a moral philosophy. Theism is a moral philosophy, but one fit only for slaves.

How could billions of people be wrong when it comes to belief in God? The same way that hundreds of millions could be wrong that the Earth was flat.

Why does the universe exist? Why not?

How did life originate? I don't know. Ask a scientist, not a philosopher.

Is all religion harmful? Yes, if you define "religion" to mean bullshit and falsity asserted as truth.

Is there anything redeeming about religion? No, see above.

Shouldn’t all religious beliefs be respected? No, see above.

Would the world be better off without any religion? Yes, see above.

What’s so bad about religious moderates? They protect religious extremists.

What if you’re wrong about God (and He does exist)? I'm pretty much screwed.

Are atheists smarter than theists? No, just better informed.

How do you deal with the historical Jesus if you don’t believe in his divinity? The same way Christians deal with the historical Muhammad.

What happens when we die? Worm food.


  1. We are all slaves to our passions. (I do admire modern atheists for trying to be passionate, but really you are pale imitations of the mad god-botherers, as you know!) And religious moderates are the enemy within for the immoderates, because they don't protect but attack their most precious things, with attacks that are most near the mark. (And what universe?) But generally, very poetic answers that I enjoyed reading, thanks.

  2. I like it.

    Do worms eat ashes?


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