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We would expect lots of different kinds of atheists, because there are as many ways of not believing in gods as there are people who do not believe in gods. We have no rule book telling us how not to believe. There is no big boss of unbelief who we all have to follow and obey. There is no atheist club that you can get kicked out of for not believing wrong.
Everyone does not believe in their own way, depending on cultural background, personal temperament, degree of hassle from other people, etc. Some unbelievers openly belong to anti-religion organizations. Others go to religious services with their families to keep the peace, and practice unbelief secretly while sitting in the mosque, temple or church. Every gnostic atheist, heathen, agnostic atheist, non-religious or none of the above, can do unbelief their own way. And that is cool.
Now Christian believers say that there is one big boss of belief, with a rule book and prophets, etc. that make Christianity crystal clear. But that makes the existence of thousands of different ways of being a Christian a real puzzlement. Every denomination does Christianity differently. And within each denomination, every person is doing their own version of cafeteria Christianity, depending on cultural background, personal temperament, degree of hassle from other people, etc.
Some Christians support the death penalty, object to welfare programs, own guns and are anti-abortion-- based on the bible. Other Christians are against the death penalty, pro-welfare, anti-gun and support abortion--based on the same bible. There are Catholics who use birth control and those who don't. There are Mormons who listen to rock and look at pron, and those who also listen to rock and look at pron. There are Baptists who drink whiskey, smoke dope, dance the lambada, and those who think you will go to hell if you do any of those things.
It starts to look as if every Christian is doing things in their own way....kinda like us heathens.
Wonder why that would be?