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A Christian has 3 Questions for Atheists

November 3, 2011

Hello all! Dave here.

Let me start by saying the conference was AMAZING, and I will be writing more about it soon. I am waiting for some photos and video before I write up the whole thing for you guys. For now, I want to share with you 3 questions that were posed by a Christian, to atheists, on Reddit’s r/atheism page. Here they are, with my responses:

 

1.) What about Christianity (or religion in general) is not appealing to you?
  • There’s insufficient evidence that Christianity is actually true, and I value not being wrong about something as important as how I live my entire frickin’ life and how I make all my ethical decisions, LOL. The same is true with all other religions. To quote Stephen F. Roberts, when you understand why you dismiss all other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.  Here is an excellent article I found from the Irish Times entitled, “We atheists will change our minds if the evidence shows we are wrong.”


2.) Based on what you see from Christians you know, how does our religion tell us to act?
  • What I see from Christians, or what I see from your bible? From Christians I know personally, your religion tells you to care to a bizarre and unsubstantiated degree about with whom other people you don’t even know have sex, and whom other people are allowed to marry. I also see, from Christians I know personally, your religion telling you to consider blind faith as virtuous and ignore evidence, logic, and reason when it’s obvious that you’re wrong about something. I understand that this is not exactly what your bible actually teaches (I’ve read it many times), but that’s wasn’t your question.


3.) What, if anything, could make you reconsider religion?
  • Evidence that is more abundant and higher quality than the evidence that all religions are manmade. I study anthropology and there are mountains of evidence that all religions are mythology. In order for me to consider any one of them actually true, I’d have to have better evidence than those mountains of evidence against it. To be honest, one miracle alone would not convince me, even if it happened right in front of me – I have heard too many miracle stories from all sorts of various religions, and I would make the naturalistic assumption that either it was a hoax or I was hallucinating.


How would you answer these questions? Please leave your responses in the comments below!

This post originally appeared on the MU SASHA blog.

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About the Author: Dave Muscato

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Dave Muscato is Vice President of University of Missouri Skeptics, Atheists, Secular Humanists, & Agnostics (MU SASHA). He has appeared in Rolling Stone, People, Time, The New York Times, SPIN, and Entertainment Weekly, and on MTV News, VH1, NPR, MSNBC, ABC, and Howard Stern. Muscato is a junior at the University of Missouri majoring in economics & anthropology and minoring in philosophy & Latin. Muscato posts updates to the Official SASHA Blog every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday. His website is DaveMuscato.com and he can be reached at mail@DaveMuscato.com.

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