YOU are an Atheist! Yes, You Are!

Anthony Hopkins as Odin

I don’t make it a practice to call myself an Atheist, any more than I call myself an A-Republican or an A-Female or an A-Hair on my Head person.

I’m not the first to notice or suggest this, but, fact is, we’re ALL ATHEISTS.

Oh yes you are!  It’s true!  And here’s the SIMPLE TEST (now, don’t be an A-Honest responder):

Yes or No. . .Do You Believe In:

The Sun (Solar god)?  __

The Moon (Goddess religion)?  __

The Earth (Gaia as god)?  __

Ra or Akhenaton (Egyptian gods)?  __

Baal (Babylonian god)?  __

Brahma, Shiva, Vishnu, Krishna, Kali (Hindu gods)?  __

Ahura Mazda (Zoroastrian god)?  __

Buddha or Kwan Yin (Buddhist “gods”)?  __

The Tao (“Unnameable” Chinese god)?  __

Zeus, Hera, Apollo, Athena (Greek gods)?  __

Yahweh (Tribal god of ancient Israel)?  __

Jesus (Palestinian Jewish god)?  __

Mithra (Roman “Mystery” god)?  __

Allah (Muslim god)?  __

The Goddess (Wiccan)?  __

Animal Spirits (Indigenous gods)?  __

Tree Nymphs (Druid gods)?  __

Woden, Freya, Thor (Norse gods)?  __

Great Spirit (Native American)  __

Nyambi (African god)?  __

“Spirits” in all Things (Animism)  __

Nature (Pantheistic god)?  __

Any/All of the Millions of Gods proclaimed throughout the History of Religions on Earth?  __

Another god (of your choice, imagination or invention)?  __

Did you answer “NO” to any of these?  Well, I hate to be the one to break it to you, but the TRUTH is:

YOU’RE AN ATHEIST!

It’s ok.  Everything’s going to be fine.  Stay calm.

Now, let’s just admit that We Are Atheists and then we’ll go on with living the best life we can, ok?

Oh, and if you answered “Yes” to any god on the list, you might ask yourself:  Why have I chosen THIS GOD and not THAT GOD?

Oh, and the next time you hear someone bash “Atheists” you might consider standing up and admitting YOU TOO are powerless over your Atheism!

(by the way, in many U.S. States, an “Atheist” cannot run for public office. . .think about that for a while, and say a prayer, if you wish, to the “God” of your Choice. . .or All of the Above. . .or, None of the Above!)

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4 thoughts on “YOU are an Atheist! Yes, You Are!

  1. If believing in one God was atheism then I would be Atheist. 🙂

    “(by the way, in many U.S. States, an “Atheist” cannot run for public office. . .think about that for a while, and say a prayer, if you wish, to the “God” of your Choice. . .or All of the Above. . .or, None of the Above!)”

    Torcaso v. Watkins decided in 1961 made it clear that there will be no state religious tests to hold public office.

    http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/367/488/case.html

    • I guess you answered the question. Another atheist. Welcome to the very large club!

      As for that state legal decision, that wouldn’t change the reality of an openly atheist person running for office. Very rare to see a serious consideration of a non-theist for public office (and one must swear by God to do that), even in our ostensibly Christianized culture (where many Christians claim “persecution” even as they dominate).

      As for Paul’s statement you quote, “I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am”. . .I would say this has been the achilles heel for most religion for a very long time. Philosophically unreasonable. To require others to become what we are, to believe what we believe. To seek to convert the world to “my view” not only shows profound disrespect toward people of diverse opinions, but it is unhelpful in a world that desperately needs cooperation and understanding, and, of course, ultimately futile.

      • “As for that state legal decision…”

        It wasn’t a state decision it was the United States Supreme Court and it was decided in 1961 and has been the law of the land (The United States) ever since.

        “To seek to convert the world to “my view” not only shows profound disrespect toward people of diverse opinions, but it is unhelpful in a world that desperately needs cooperation and understanding, and, of course, ultimately futile.”

        That seems odd coming from someone who created this blog. It seems you are certainly trying to convert people to your view. Are you demonstrating a profound disrespect toward people of diverse opinions? I really don’t understand.

        I do agree that it is easy to be disrespectful toward people when it comes to these issues. That is why I tend to look to see if someone wants to sincerely discuss the pros and cons, or if they just want to try to ridicule others who do not think like them.

  2. Well, since you’ve freely chosen to visit this site, and this post in particular, I guess you must be looking to discuss issues without any disrespect or attempt to convert? Are you seriously interested in “diverse opinions”? That would mean that your beliefs are “opinions,” right? From the statements on your site, this appears to be disingenuous. As a former Evangelical, I’m well aware of the tactics. But I’ll engage just a bit here to clarify several things.

    In terms of openly non-theistic women or men running for public office, Article six of the US Constitution states, “no religious test shall ever be required” as a qualification for office. In practice, it seems this gets conveniently overlooked, especially by many people of faith, as with the “establishment clause.” When some of us question this neglect, some religious folks claim “persecution!” and “religious freedom!” Spurious reasoning if there is reasoning at all.

    Here’s something you might consider:

    Apart from a minority of angry anti-religious atheists out there. . .

    Do non-theists incessantly attempt to legislate atheist laws for everyone else to follow?
    Do non-theists constantly attempt to place atheist textbooks in public school classrooms?
    Do non-theists again and again seek to make all students, teachers and parents in public schools, in graduations and sporting events, listen to atheist pledges and songs and prayers?
    Do non-theists time and again try to force their sectarian symbols (like crosses, commandments and statues) onto public property, into the schools, courts and congress?
    Do non-theists make it their “mission” to convert the nation and the world to one particular atheistic viewpoint?

    You see, “religious freedom” in a Secular country means these attempts must be countered and stopped firmly and decisively. Some of us who have been the evangelists and missionaries in the past, are now speaking out, speaking up, and challenging these agendas loudly and clearly. We see through it; we know what’s going on. Isn’t it ironic that missionaries who are out to convert everyone claim persecution or liberty issues when there is strong, reasonable pushback?

    As a former minister who still respects the Nazarene, I sometimes wonder, where is the Teacher of Compassion and Peace, Love and Justice in all that fervent evangelism? Seems he’s been forgotten too. Maybe he’d be more comfortable with those who don’t proudly claim they follow him or use his name to further their sectarian goals? After all, he had an annoying habit of making the comfortably faithful folks quite uncomfortable.

    I’m not ridiculing you or anyone else here (any more than He did). I think this is reasonable. . .and true.

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