I am too! Even though, one of my friends are atheist as well, but she has so much negativity towards the smallests things in religion. If somewhere were to wear a cross, she would ask, "How can you wear them?!" If we would be talking about god, she would begin to get furious. I've been trying to turn her around on these things, but her apperantly, her mind (AND MOUTH) are stronger than her body itself
I'm afraid I'm one of the religious folks that have been around more nasty Atheists than friendly ones, but I'm willing to believe it's because the friendly ones don't talk much.
Anyway, I think it's good there's friendly atheists around, I try to be nice to atheists and people from other religions, and for *some* atheists to be nasty to me no matter how level headed I try to be is just...unpleasant (one guy who's an open atheist says that worshiping any religion of any kind is a "mental illness")
I mean, I agree that people have used religion to abuse their power, or for unjust personal gain, it's sad, but I know it happened, I don't tell Atheists that they'll end up in hell (I don't even believe that, I'd think it was awful if it happened), I'm trying to "do things right" when it comes to how I behave as a religious person, and it's not to get into paradise, hell, I'm breaking two or three of the commandments just by acknowledging that there may be other gods out there besides the one I worship and showing their followers and their places of worship respect.
But that just doesn't seem to to be good enough for what I hope is the vocal minority, and that's really frustrating ;-;
I'm a friendly atheist unless you bug me about things like "you're just misguided!" "you haven't felt God's love yet!". Then I just stay quiet, because unless it involves my friends I am not one to look for a fight.
It's hard to explain. I think this fits under some sort of atheist thing though. I basically think there's a god but im not sure who it is. i also only want to believe in a god that sees the good in me instead of forcing me to follow them before i know they're real.
Hmmmn. I'm an Atheist, but I also take a very Pandeistic approach to the universe. What I mean by that is I "see god in all things". That would seem contradictory, seeing as how Atheism means "without god(s)", while Pandeism means "all god(s)". I view the term "god" as a placeholder, used to fill the gap of what we don't yet know and understand. I do not require a "god" in order for my existence or the universe to make sense, but I also do not rule out the possibility and I can understand how religious people can remain so sure in their faith despite the evidence against them. When I refer to "god" in a secular way, I am referring to that which predates our universe. Whether or not "god" is an all power deity, an inter-dimensional extra terrestrial, or an absolute "nothingness" predating time and space, I will be satisfied with my understanding of how the universe functions and my place within it. Because all I have to work with is evidence, I choose to follow said evidence. My conclusion? That it is irrational to assume that which is unnecessary and unsubstantiated, which has led me to Atheism.
Well I'd like to see you do that to Mr. Also, have you learned about the Scopes Trial in History? No, I bet your still some ignorant kid, so I'll explain. There was a trial a while ago between the state of Tennessee and a biology teacher John T. Scopes. Scopes wanted to teach evolution, but Tennessee was all like, "no way, it goes against creationism". So during the trial, Clarence Darrow(the guy defending Scopes) called William Bryan(the guy on the side of Tennessee) to the stand. After a long questioning session, Bryan, a guy who took everything in the Bible literally, contradicted himself by saying the universe was not built in six days of twenty-four hours. This sent a shock between a bunch of the people in the trial. After that happened, many came to the conclusion that the universe could not have been made in those six days, meaning that both evolution and creationism could be put together in saying that it took millions to billions of years for the universe to form. Now where am I going with this you may ask, well I'm trying to say that you don't necessarily need to be so closed minded, and that's all I have to say...I lost my train of thought.
up>Look, I am not going argue with someone as stubborn as you are, because frankly I do not have the time. If you are going to carry on being like this on my artwork in a snarky manner, I will remove you.
If you want challenge someone, there are plenty of mature and intelligent deviants who have commented on this piece who will be more than welcome to debate with you.