The modern atheist is an idiot. Atheism is not a movement. Atheism is not a religious stance. Atheism is not even a complete idea. The fact that the term "Atheist" has connotations is idiotic particularly because it doesn't actually mean anything on it's own relative to an actual valid point.
It's not even an arguable state; the whole "Atheist v Theist" standard doesn't make sense particularly because the Atheist side often has incomplete theological or even philosophical standing primarily because their entire mentality centers around a rather frivolous stand-alone statement.
To make this explicitly clear this is equivalent to saying "I don't believe in aliens" and having that mean that you are also a genius, a rational thinker, and a scholar. Now who wouldn't want to look that way just by making a simple statement which may or may not have rational basis? It's a win/win. You don't have to know what you're talking about AND you get perks just for wearing a worthless label.
Generally, they will not read the history and literature of the religious cultures they despise. I was an atheist for 33 years. I read everything. Now I meet atheists who refuse to even read the history of the Jews, or even understand how the Bible was written and why. Ideology.
Let's face it, the average atheist thinks that anyone who believes in god is ignorant. Whereas in fact it is them who need to be more open minded. Their theories behind the creation of us and the universe aren't really complete either. Sure, the Big Bang most likely created everything, but what caused the Big Bang? Atheists can't answer that question. Sure, with the rapid development of the modern world and more and more scientific discoveries being made, the fact that some people stopped believing in god is understandable. But atheists really need to become more open minded.
Let's face it, the average atheist thinks that anyone who follows religion is igronant. Whereas in fact, it is them who need to be more open minded. Sure, it was most likely the Big Bang that created everything, but what caused the Big Bang? Atheists can't answer that question. Science has proven a lot of things recently, and it's understandable that some people stopped believing in god, but atheists really need to become more open-minded.
Allah (SWT) tells us in the Holy Quran 52:35-36
"Or were they created by nothing, or were they the creators [of themselves]?Or did they create heavens and earth? Rather, they are not certain."
Holy Quran 10-12:
"And when affliction touches man, he calls upon Us, whether lying on his side or sitting or standing; but when We remove from him his affliction, he continues [in disobedience] as if he had never called upon Us to [remove] an affliction that touched him…"
Holy Quran 22-73:
"O people, an example is presented, so listen to it. Indeed, those you invoke besides Allah will never create [as much as] a fly, even if they gathered together for that purpose. And if the fly should steal away from them a [tiny] thing, they could not recover it from him. Weak are the pursuer and pursued."
"Ye shall know them by their fruits."
This question exists for a reason. Atheism is supposed to be the lack of belief in God or gods. However, there is a vast culture of people who market themselves as "atheists" and it becomes their focus in life. When atheists try to get "technical" or make themselves formless, they're just trying to confuse the issue.
We all know what people mean by atheists and we all know famous or semi-famous atheists. Do these guys seem like good folks or self-indulgent? People trying to win you over or mock you? Are they trying to better themselves through their actions, behaviours or beliefs or are they being snobbish about it and trying to rub it in your face?
Truth is, I've never met an atheist I'd want to share a pint with.
I don't want to shove all atheists in a box because that would be unfair. All I am going to say is that some atheists are indeed arrogant and I have experienced it myself, but at the same time, some atheists are not arrogant. Religious people can be arrogant to and i have exprerienced it too and I don't like it as it makes us look bad just like arrogant atheists makes atheists look bad. But I have a word for some atheists out there- STOP trying to paint atheism into a little innocent picture because atheism has done horrible things throughout history (i.E Stalin, Mao Zedong, etc) just like other religions have. Atheism is NOT innocent. Neither is religion. There are jerks on BOTH sides!!!
Because they just don't "get" it, they dismiss it, without reflecting on the fact it might be they are lacking a certain insight. But if you can't find Waldo or aren't even searching enough, that doesn't mean he's not there. I guess it's a choice, that's why it's impossible to argue with them.
I think your tarring all athiests with the same brush here. I would agree if what you were saying was that those who prefess to 'know' weather God does or does not exist are arrogant. But their are athiests and religious people out their who believe, and believing and knowing are two different things.
I am open agnostic, I try to listen to all arguments and judge them on what's said and not on who's saying them.
The reason I have decided to be agnostic about religion is because of a question that I believe plagues all our minds (those who don't profess to 'know'), and that is, how did it all begin? Absolutely everything has a begging and an ending, if that's so, then what preceeded us? People will no doubt say, "the big bang" or "God" but if that's so, then I ask, what made them? Why was there a big bang in the first place? What or who created God? When I think about these questions, I think (personally) that it is impossible to know.
I'm dyslexic by the way, so sorry for any grammatical mistakes!
They'll basically deny anything that means God MIGHT exist.
One told me that the cause of time didn't have to be above time. Something that made time can be under time?
One told me that I spread hate, and that they hope I die a horrible death. I said I love them. It's so hypocritical.
One told me that Jesus never existed. Yet there are 1st and 2nd century mentions of him...
I as an atheist beleive this is completely wrong. I'm in no way ignorant. I have learned about several religions, read the Bible and the Quran too. Just because I don't beleive in god does not mean I am ignorant.
I usually find other people who are also atheists are the same. They have learned about religion at some point or other to one to the conclution that they don't beleive in god and to also be able to explain why that is.
Calling an atheist arrogant is quite ironic. Atheists are open minded and will gladly accept theories given enough evidence. For example, gravity, evolution and the age of the earth.
Contrarily, a religious person will often say he knows when the earth was created, when the universe was created, how it was created and more while giving a literal absence of evidence to support their extraordinary claims.
As you can see, calling an atheist arrogant is completely false while it can be applied easily to most religious people.
Atheists aren't arrogant, if anything, CHRISTIANS are. Whenever they ask us what church we go, and we try to tell them that we don't go to church because we don't believe in a god, they tell us that we're going to be eternally tortured in a pit of lava and death and that we deserve every second of it for not believing in their "god"
Atheists are about as arrogant as theists.
But there is no correlation between atheism and arrogance. Atheism is simply the lack of theism. Theism does not make people less arrogant. It isn't even something that matters much. Atheists are the same as theists except they lack the belief in deities. That's all. Personalities don't hinge on belief.
First of all, lets review what atheist actually means. Atheist comes from the greek prefix "a" which means "without", and the suffix "theos" which means "God". So "a" + "theos (theist)" = "Without God". Therefore, anyone who doesn't hold a beleif in a God is an atheist. ANYONE. Even babies!
A person's stance on whether a God can or cannot exist depends on an atheist. Some atheists, implicit atheists, simply don't believe in God. Other atheists, explicit atheists, deny the existance of a deity completely. There is also agnostic atheism, which is a combination of agnosticism, which is the position that the existance of a God or gods is not known, and may not be knowable; and atheism, which we covered in the first portion of this rebuttal.
To the original question concerning whether or not atheists are arrogant, I'd say no. It is impossible to generalize ALL atheists because there is no central authority concerning atheism, which is also why ATHEISM IS NOT A RELIGION.
I am a Christian, and have known far more arrogant Christians than Atheists. However, this could be generalized with any belief system, because everyone believes that they are in the right.
Before becoming a believer in Christ, I studied many religions and read different holy scriptures. I studied the teachings of many philosophers and teachers of ancient to modern times. You can believe something your whole life and believe it wholly, there is not any "absolute" proof that someone is right or wrong.
Basically, no I don't believe anyone is more arrogant than another. We all believe what we believe, and we all believe that we are 100% correct. So if that is the case then we are all arrogant.
I myself am not an atheist. But i dont find anyone to be arrogant because of what they do or dont believe in (religion wise) it would be the same thing as saying Christians, Catholics, Muslims, wiccans etc are arrogant for it. Its what appeals to them so who are we to call them arrogant for it?