6th April 2012
Link reblogged from Good Reason News with 32 notes
Jeff Schapiro of The Christian Post writes:
A few months ago Patrick Greene was an atheist who was threatening to sue Henderson County, Texas, if the county didn’t remove a Nativity scene from its courthouse lawn. Today he is a believer in Christ who underwent a radical change of heart that was catalyzed by the compassion of one Christian woman.
What a stupid reason to believe something. I bet there are plenty of neo-nazis out there who have shown moments of compassion. That doesn’t mean I’m gonna get a fucking swastika tattoo.
Then… don’t? What’s a smart reason to believe in something? That it’s been proven to be tr… oh wait, that doesn’t ever work.
I’m trying to keep it short as I know you have a limited attention span and inability to process lots of words, but I’d love to hear what brilliant, undeniable, provably valid reason you have to be atheist.
That aside, I’m pretty sure this story was made into a movie?
As Billy Shakespeare said ‘brevity is the soul of wit.’ That being said, I appreciate you taking my limited attention span into account.
You’ve asked me two questions and I’ll answer them both. A good reason to believe a claim is if the best, deductively gathered evidence points to that claim being a true one. See, I only want to believe things that are true. Therefore, I put the claims I’m presented with through a rigorous process. If the claim doesn’t meet my standards I don’t accept it as true. That does not mean I assert it is false, but I don’t accept it as true.
My reason for being an atheist is simple: I’ve been presented nor discovered any acceptable evidence of a supernatural power responsible for creating existence. I don’t assert there is no god, just as I don’t assert there is no bigfoot. When I see some bigfoot evidence, I’ll reconsider the claim based on the new evidence. Same for god. That’s what atheism is, LC. I know you don’t accept that definition, although I’m still not sure why, but honestly, tough titties. That’s what it is.
By the way, this “atheist activist” that this article was about was a fucking joke for years in the atheist community. He wanted to sue a guy over a religious bumper sticker.
Here’s a blog post about him from 2008 when he was harassing the entirety of the atheist community.
I wouldn’t be surprised if he was lying about being an atheist the whole time just to get press as a “convert.” I’m almost certain the guy’s mentally unstable, but of course none of that matters. The fact is it’s a stupid reason. You haven’t made a counter argument to that. If a Muslim was nice to you would you suddenly bow toward Mecca? If you can see what a ridiculous scenario that is, surely you can see what an asshole this fella is.
No, I accept that as a better definition for agnostic, based on my own experiences with the differences between the beliefs of those who call themselves agnostic, and those who call themselves atheist, and how they express those beliefs. But that’s beside the point.
There was an article by an atheist who claimed to lose faith because his brother asked a question about God that his mother didn’t want to answer. The rest of the article was a justification for why that wasn’t a stupid reason to stop believing in God, and I didn’t buy it. If you don’t believe in God, then you don’t believe in God- but there is nothing in science that says God doesn’t exist, and the belief in God does explain some evidence. I.E., why the universe exists, and why it holds life.
Muslims have been nice to me, particularly in Ghana, they fed me and made me clothes and asked me why America hates Muslims so much. I would wager that if I started bowing toward Mecca, there would be more to it than that ‘niceness.’ Same with this guy’s story. But I don’t really care why someone believes in anything, and I’m not sure why you do either, especially since you seem to think that this guy was an atheist joke. There are plenty of more credible atheist conversion stories out there to worry about. I’m only a bit offended that you compare Christianity to neo-Nazism.