So You Want to Be an Atheist Apologist?

AtheistSomehow you have found yourself believing that there is no God.  Perhaps you never had faith, perhaps you lost faith along the way.  At first it was just nice to sleep in on Sundays and to not worry about any religious rules stopping you from having fun.  But passive atheism has become boring and now you want to do more than just not believe, you want to encourage other people to stop believing as well.  That is what this post is all about, training you to be an atheist apologist.

The first thing that you have to work on is attitude.  Some of your atheist friends will tell you to ignore religious people and let everyone believe what they want.  Do not listen to them.  It is not enough for you to not believe, other people must join you in unbelief.  In some ways your atheism is unfulfilled when there is even one person still believing.  Look for any opportunity to tear down someone else’s faith.

One of the atheists greatest weapons is that of offence.  One of the reasons religion must be destroyed is that it is offensive.  It is not just stands on moral issues or specific ethical rules that are offensive.  Anything religious should be seen as offensive.  If you are driving down a road and you see a cross that has been placed where someone has been killed in an accident, you should be filled with anger.  They might claim that they placed it there to remember a lost loved one but their real reason was to shove religion down your throat.  Do not let them get away with that.  As an atheist apologist, it is your job to seek the removal of any public display of religion.  You have the right to never encounter anything religious and you should fight for that right.

One of the things that atheism has going for itself is that it is the only intellectual worldview on the market.  All religion is based on faith, atheism is based on fact.  Sure, we don’t know how the universe started or how life began, but those are still facts, just facts that we don’t know yet.  Every once in a while religious people will put forward a religious scientist or other academically recognized person.  There is an easy way to respond.  The fact that they are religious removes any clout they might have based on their intelligence, education or credentials.  Religious people are uneducated, no matter how much education they have.

The other advantage of atheism is that atheism is the only ethical worldview.  All religion is evil and history proves it.  Century after century, religion has always been responsible for millions of deaths.  Now every once in a while, a religious person will try and pin you down on this.  Do not get caught up in the details of how many people died or what the actual role of religion was.  Focus on on the big picture that religion kills.

What about examples of religious people who do good things and atheists who do bad things?  Fellow atheist apologists have taken care of this.  When we see religious people doing good things, they are either secret atheists who are afraid to admit their atheism or they are religious people who are acting like atheists and are acting in spite of their religion.  What about bad atheists?  That is easy as well.  Those so-called “atheists” are either people who have made another worldview (such as communism) into a religion or have made atheism itself into a religion.  Once they make that move into religious thinking and doing, they are setting themselves up for being as dangerous as religious people.  So we see, even in this case it is religion that is bad and atheism that is good.

Here are just a few more hints on how you can be a good atheist apologist.  Reject the Bible as a historical source.  Once it was acknowledged as a religious text, it lost all historical value.  Whenever you get confused, just bring up crusades, inquisition and Jihad.  Those words answer just about anything.  Do not listen to the actual arguments of religious people.  This is not a conversation about seeking out the truth.  You know the truth.  Your job is to argue, ridicule, mock and whatever else you need to do to show that religion is bad.  Do not get caught up in arguments about freedom of religion.  Freedom of religion should be freedom from religion and therefore supports your position.  Do not be tolerant of moderate religious people who mind their own business and feed poor people.  As long as they are religious, they are as guilty as a Jihadist who blows up a plane.

There is so much more that could be said but this should give you a start.  There is a big job to be done.  While church attendance is down, belief in God is stubbornly solid.  Do what you can to bring this world to atheism.

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16 thoughts on “So You Want to Be an Atheist Apologist?”

  1. Nice one. This world is spiraling down atheism because, simply put, it doesn’t really communicate much and is made up as you go along. Which is simply easy to take upon. Atheism is just a position that you don’t believe in God or any rule or principle that subscribes to God.

    1. Actually, I would not say that post tears down Mormonism. I simply pointed out that Brigham Young predicted when blacks would receive the priesthood and he was wrong. A Mormon could say Young was wrong, the 1978 leadership was wrong, or the OT was wrong in judging that as false prophecy. The post has nothing to do with pros and cons of Mormonism, although I am happy to discuss them.

      By the way, I have no problem with atheists pointing out problems with Christianity and Christians. I think it is a good thing. The ways some new atheists go about it, however, leaves something to be desired.

      1. Okay, you weren’t tearing down Mormonism per se, just the Mormon prophet who lead them to their promised land. I have no desire to debate the merits of Mormonism since I haven’t studied their history in detail, and what I do know of their history makes me giggle. The Book of Mormon was quite literally pulled out of a hat.

        I do actually think you made good use of satire, but I think you draw with broad strokes. Take the historical accuracy of the Bible, for instance. While it can be verified that Ceasar Augustus held multiple censuses (censii?), there is no corroboration for Herod slaughtering young children.

    2. Stan, I receive the compliment. However, to clarify i do not have a problem with a criticism of the Bible from atheists, Mormons or any other group. I was trying to criticize the claim I encounter that the Bible’s religious status is enough to discredit historical value as if canonization retroactively destroys historical accuracy. We can discuss the historical value of the Bible, but it is a question separate from its role as Scripture.

  2. My version:

    Somehow you have found yourself believing that there is a God.  Perhaps you always had faith, perhaps you gained faith along the way.  At first it was just nice to have a place to go on Sundays and to not worry about any threat of hell fire stopping you from having fun.  But passive belief has become boring and now you want to do more than just believe, you want to encourage other people to believe as well.  That is what this post is all about, training you to be a christian apologist.
    The first thing that you have to work on is attitude.  Some of your christian friends will tell you to ignore atheists and let everyone believe what they want.  Do not listen to them.  It is not enough for you to believe, other people must join you in belief.  In some ways your faith is unfulfilled when there is even one person still unbelieving.  Look for any opportunity to tear down someone else’s lack of faith.
    One of the christian apologist’s greatest weapons is that of offence.  One of the reasons atheism must be destroyed is that it is offensive.  It is not just stands on moral issues or specific ethical rules that are offensive.  Anything non-religious should be seen as offensive.  If you are driving down a road and you see a darwin fish on someone’s car, you should be filled with anger.  They might claim that they placed it there to encourage people to think more deeply about science, but their real reason was to shove atheism down your throat.  Do not let them get away with that.  As a christian apologist, it is your job to seek the removal of any public display of irreligion.  You have the right to never encounter anything non-religious and you should fight for that right.
    One of the things that christianity has going for itself is that it is the only intellectual worldview on the market.  All non-belief is based on faith, christianity is based on fact.  Sure, we don’t know how the universe started or how life began, but we can sure claim that we do!  Every once in a while atheists will put forward a secular scientist or other academically recognized person.  There is an easy way to respond.  The fact that they are non-religious removes any clout they might have based on their intelligence, education or credentials.  Irreligious people are uneducated in the Bible, so you know their opinion is biased. It doesn’t matter how much education they have.
    The other advantage of christianity is that it is the only ethical worldview.  All other religion or lack thereof is evil and history proves it.  Century after century, non-belief has always been responsible for millions of deaths.  Now every once in a while, a atheist will try and pin you down on this.  Do not get caught up in the details of how many people died or what the actual role of atheism was.  Focus on on the big picture that atheism kills.
    What about examples of atheists who do good things and christians who do bad things?  Fellow christian apologists have taken care of this.  When we see non-religious people doing good things, they are either secret believers who are afraid to admit their faith or they are irreligious people who are acting like christians and are acting in spite of their lack of religion.  What about bad christians?  That is easy as well.  Those so-called “christians” are either people who have made another worldview (such as totalitarianism) into a religion or have made faith itself into a religion.  Once they make that move into non-religious thinking and doing, they are setting themselves up for being as dangerous as atheists.  So we see, even in this case it is atheism that is bad and religion that is good.
    Here are just a few more hints on how you can be a good christian apologist.  Accept the Bible as a historical source.  Once it was acknowledged as a religious text, it must have historical value.  Whenever you get confused, just bring up Hitler, Stalin and Mao.  Those words answer just about anything.  Do not listen to the actual arguments of non-religious people.  This is not a conversation about seeking out the truth.  You know the truth.  Your job is to argue, ridicule, mock and whatever else you need to do to show that atheism is bad.  Do not get caught up in arguments about freedom of religion.  Freedom of religion should be freedom from other religions besides christianity and therefore supports your position.  Do not be tolerant of moderate atheists who mind their own business and feed poor people.  As long as they are atheists, they are as guilty as a dictator who massacres millions.
    There is so much more that could be said but this should give you a start.  There is a big job to be done.  While church attendance is down, belief in God is stubbornly solid.  Do what you can to bring this world to christianity.

  3. How to be a Christian Apologist:

    Write off all atheists as unreasonable jerks. Be snarky and patronizing just like the authors you’re responding to. Don’t treat the people you’re speaking or writing to like people, slap a label on them and attack the label instead. I suggest labeling them “New Atheists” even though all those books came out like five years ago.

    1. I have no desire to mock or write off an atheists. This post was aimed at the minority of atheists who are intolerant of Christians and people of other religions. As for the new atheism, many of those authors are still writing the same things and I encounter people with the same ideas on a regular basis. This post was written, not just from the perspective of a Christian apologist but as an ex-atheist. I was one of those passive atheists that just did not care that some people found value in religion.

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