The following is the letter of an atheist, published in a local newspaper. 1 It is more or less the popular argument that atheists use these days (there are always exemptions).
‘One of the more facile assertions made by Christians when stumped to explain the inconsistencies in their beliefs, what they believe and why they believe it, is to claim the atheist who raises the issues, “Just hates God”.
The atheist stock answer is usually the valid, “How can I hate something that I don’t believe exists”?
The religious are not renowned for the ability to think logically (otherwise they would not be religious) but let’s just apply some logic to the assertion of hating God.
If you are a Christian you believe there is only one god – yours. Quite obviously you therefore reject the existence of Apollo, Atlas ……. Baal, Brahma ……Dionysus ….Ganesha …..Odin …… Thor …… Vishnu ……. Xenu …….. and Zeus or any of the other thousands of gods worshipped by mankind since the dawn of recorded history.
Do you, as a Christian, hate these gods? Of course you don’t. You simply reject them, ignore their existence, and perhaps think that anyone who believes they exist and worships them as being wrong, infantile, unthinking, illogical and stupid. And if believers in some other deity should attempt to enforce their beliefs, culture or strictures on you, you will be very quick to oppose such moves, attack the proponents, explain why their beliefs are wrong and why you are not going to put up with it.
It is that simple. We don’t hate your god. Truesbob!
“I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours”. – Stephen Roberts’
This argument didn’t convince me, so I wrote a short reply:
‘It is interesting that when we talk about the God of the Bible we have a written document of historical events that took place in Israel. Where are the books and countries, churches and congregations of Apollo and those other gods?
In addition, the God of the Bible is said to be the Creator of life. I would like to challenge people who believe in the natural origin of life to give proof that the essential basis of life, DNA, evolved naturally, so that it did not need a Creator. DNA is very complex and as science develops, more complexity is discovered. It is such a problem that scientists have even resorted to explain that life must have come from outer space (from aliens). If you give an answer, don’t use plausible scenarios, because I am aware of them all. Give facts. You will be an instant hero throughout the world if you can do that.
I have read that atheists are rational and logical, but to compare mythical gods with no books, et cetera, to the God of the Bible doesn’t sound very logical. Why not compare apples with apples, instead of apples with peas or something.’
Are there critical thinkers who want to comment? Christians are welcome. Thanks!
1. Atheitis, published in News 24, http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/You-just hate-God-really-20140619