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Is the point of atheism for atheists to argue with anyone who expresses a religious belief?

Asked by: zoinks
  • As far as I have seen.

    At least on the Internet, it seems to be every atheist's mission to be a militant anti-theist who has evolved in order to better ridicule people of other faiths. This behavior can easily been seen on sources such as Reddit (r/atheism) and YouTube. I have yet to meet an atheist in-person who is not like what I have described, but I will not include them in this argument because it would be irrational to generalize them all into such a category.

  • At least on the Internet.

    It seems that, in our modern age, the vast majority of atheists on the Internet do not simply believe that there is no celestial body in our universe; they rather seem to constantly ridicule Christians simply for their belief in a God and receive a metaphorical "Internet high" from doing so. It would be irrational to say that all atheists are like this, but as for the Internet, a few clicks to r/atheism or YouTube will quickly reveal the distortion of true atheism.

  • At least on the Internet.

    It seems that, in our modern age, the vast majority of atheists on the Internet do not simply believe that there is no celestial body in our universe; they rather seem to constantly ridicule Christians simply for their belief in a God and receive a metaphorical "Internet high" from doing so. It would be irrational to say that all atheists are like this, but as for the Internet, a few clicks to r/atheism or YouTube will quickly reveal the distortion of true atheism.

  • No, it's not.

    The point of atheism is to not believe in any gods. Literally, that is all there is to it. The reason why many atheists, not all atheists, even bother arguing with theists is because that is normally what occurs when human beings disagree with one another. Saying the point of atheism is to attack religious people's beliefs is like saying the only point of Christianity is to force your beliefs on everyone, which is not the case for every Christian.

  • Not to me.

    Unlike religion, atheist are not out to "save your soul". With exception to a silly few, we have no church in which we need you to help support. We have don't have clergy that rely on new members for income. Seeing that many religious people tend to seam illogical in their belief, I don't see a benefit for us to convert religious people. For the most part, I tend to answer questions posed to atheists, sometimes I cross swords with other atheists when I feel they have become illogical. I have no hatred of religious people. Many seam to be quite intelligent and logical, until it comes to things that oppose their faith.

  • Of course not

    That's like saying is the point of a heresy just to anger other religions. No, Atheism is not a religion and is instead a belief system that some people use in order to explain complex and difficult to understand things in the Universe. Atheism is an evolutionist belief where the "followers" try to explain all things according to science and factual evidence. It is a contrast to most religions who support creationism where they believe life was "created" by some thing.

    Atheists do tend to argue with others because they try to prove that creationists are wrong. An example would be someone saying "God created life" and an Atheist may immediately step in and say "That's not true" and then ramble on about why they believe what the creationist said is not real. Atheists who tend to randomly argue with creationists tend to not fully understand the more important aspects of Atheism, where certain things have not been explained by science yet and the debating Atheists believe they have just for the purpose of trying to disprove others.

    Creationists sometimes debate with other creationists on how the Universe was created, but this is less common due to the fact that most creationists can agree that the Universe was created by some god-being. Creationists normally argue about religious philosophy, such as how to live one's life, which is what scriptures are generally supposed to advise people on. Atheism does not have a scripture and thus Atheists have no right to tell how someone how to live their lives as everyone should choose how they want to do so.

  • No it is not

    There is no "point" to atheism, it is just a disbelief in a deity. Are there some atheists who are annoyingly and constantly have to debate the religious? Yes, along with some religious people to atheists. Are there atheists who just want to live their lives? Also yes, along with some religious people.

  • Not at all

    There is no "point " of atheism. Atheism describes the lack of belief in deities; that is all. Anything beyond that is specific to the individual and/or their membership in other groups.

    Is the point of Christianity to display a lack of critical thinking skills? . . . . .

  • No, it's not.

    The "point" of atheism (which is actually not really a "point") is to not believe the various claims that a God exists. That's all. There are NO other aspects of atheism that link every atheists. In other words, the ONLY thing that you can positively say about all atheists is that they do not believe in the existence of a God.

    That being said, I personally enjoy arguing with religious people for two reasons: First, I like to argue about pretty much anything and religion is an interesting subject to debate. Second, I consider the question of whether a God exists to be VERY important.

  • Atheism is not a posture but a conclusion

    Atheism can't exist unless there are religious claims to consider, as it's created in response to rejecting those claims. Such rejection may be from conscience or reason, and may not be trying to achieve some social outcome, and so it may not have a 'point'.

    On the other hand, there are strong moral and social reasons for some atheists to challenge and contest religious claims.

    For example, religion is notoriously greedy at seeking privilege. It claims privilege over its beliefs, customs, traditions and histories. It claims privileged ways of bringing up its children (whether they want such education or not); it claims the privilege of mutilating the genitals of both boys and girls; of traumatising them with threats; it privileges its clergy -- sometimes setting them above the law; it privileges its corporations, making them exempt from taxation and public accountability; it privileges its property; privileges its advertising; and constantly influences legislation.

    Any institutions claiming such privilege (and all of it on the basis of stories they can't prove) can be fairly held to account, and many atheists believe that such privilege-grabbing is immoral, corrupt and undemocratic.

    So atheism itself need not have a 'point', but it makes sense for atheist activists to challenge religious falsehoods and unjust claims of religious privilege.

  • This is not the point of Atheism.

    The point of atheism is not to argue, but to disbelieve in a higher power. Certainly there are some atheists who only debate, but the vast majority are not. It is human nature to argue against an idea that you don't agree with; we tend to argue against any idea that is presented without proof or facts, not just religious ones.

  • No it's not

    That's not the point of atheism; there are two reasons why they do that though, as I have observed. (1 They see the need for logic in the world, and in every opportunity they get, they see the need to argue. (2 They may be anti-theist and not like religion, and see the need to argue because they believe that religion is bad and is ruining this world.

  • Atheism isn't a belief.

    There is no "point"- atheism is just a lack of belief in gods. And the only time the vast majority of atheists care what religious people believe is when those people push it onto us or into our laws, schools, and government or use it to discriminate against us- a very real problem in the United States.


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