Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Why Atheists Know More About Religion

By: Matthew Chatterton

In the past, I have displayed a knowledge of religion I can be proud of. This has often been in front of Christians. They are, almost always, astonished that an atheist would know so much.

The assumption that an atheist would be relatively ignorant of religion is based on the myth that a person doesn't believe in God simply because they haven't read the Bible. This assumption couldn't be more wrong.


"Know thy enemy." - Sun Tzu:

Many atheists, such as myself, see religion as detriment to society but, in order to criticize religion, you must scrutinize religion and, in order to scrutinize religion, you must "know thy enemy." As the chart below illustrates, atheists have accomplished said task.


After nearly a decade of being an out-of-the-close antitheistic atheist, I have accumulated much knowledge and intelligence of religion, mostly pertaining to Christianity. I have come to know my enemy very well as you can see in three previous blog posts linked immediately below.

Top Ten Christian Hypocrisies

Biblical Endorsement of Slavery
Top Ten People The Bible Tells You To Kill



Self-defense:

Theists aren't exactly known for keeping their religions to themselves.

The theocrats want to govern atheists with legislation the atheists don't believe in. They want to force their religion down everyone's throats and, so, atheists combat this by arguing against it. As mentioned in the previous section, in order to combat the theocracy, one must "know thy enemy."

I will toss terrorists in with the zealots and say that they are dangerous. It is important to know whether or not their actions are actually backed-up by the holy text they claim to be believe in, if the atheists cares to join Quakers and other progressive theists in condemning the zealots. If, however, the zealots' actions are backed-up by scripture, it would be vital to dissect, disprove, and destroy their beliefs, including not letting the moderates off the hook.

Moderates Enable Extremists


Reevaluation:

Some secularists have become well-versed in various religions, not out of necessity but, rather, investigation and reevaluation of their religious beliefs. The pilgrimage of questioning resulted in their apostacism. Again, I would refer to the three blog posts above.

"Doubt" is a normal part of theism, which is why "faith" is so trumped-up and religionists demand unconditional respect for their beliefs.

Top Ten Reasons Why I Don't Respect Religion

At times, this doubt can compel theists to do one of two things: they will either refer to sources biased in favor of reaffirming their beliefs or they will do honest research. The ones who choose the latter are more likely to learn more about their own religion, other religions, and what atheism actually is.

Top Ten Myths About Atheists

Sometimes, that reevaluation comes about via an urge to proselytize. On that note, I will let Matt Dillahunty, President of the Atheist Community of Austin and long-running co-host of The Atheist Experience, tell a brief version of his story.



"I want to believe as many true things as possible and as few false things as possible." - Matt Dillahunty


Conclusion:

I could conclude this post by repeating myself but, instead, I will link to the US Religious Knowledge Test. It consist of 15 questions and only takes a minute or two.

Leave a comment letting me know how you did! I got 15 out of 15 correct! (◕‿◕☆)

"we need more atheists — and nothin' will get you there faster than readin' the damn Bible." - Penn Jillette

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