« Last post by frank callaway on Today at 09:44:20 AM »
Very interesting thoughts everyone. I can see where you are coming from.
But still, no one has asked me about my theory on why atheists can be nice. I will just tell you, then.
I believe that a lot of atheists try to act really nice in order to try and prove to Christians that they can be nice too. It's almost like over-compensation. They don't want Christians to talk about "those mean ol' atheists." They want Christians to say, "Wow! For an atheist, I can't believe he's so nice!"
Do all atheists do this? Of course not. But I would be willing to bet that a lot of them do.
I'm pretty disappointed with this answer, skep. That you think we're putting on a show to impress you guys is really...sad, for lack of a better word.
It's true that I think we should do more to make theists hate us less. But by that I do not mean act differently. I just mean be open about our non belief and let people get to know us. You've not learned much about us.
just like a lot of christians have the goal of promoting their faith... isn't the goal of the atheist, being of sound rational mind, to undermine the xtian faith? i think some of the higher profile atheist do come off as a bit confrontational and angry; dawkins would be an example of this. but where dawkins gets it wrong is when he publicly lambastes believers. i think a more effective way to undermine religious belief is to develop a culture of passivity, entice and distract believers... the less harmful way to free someone of their faith is the gradual one - "a gentle slope, without sudden turnings or milestones, with a soft underfoot and without signposts"...
|1.||paraphrasing c.s. lewis|