Is atheism rooted in ignorance?

Posted by: NewLifeChristian

Atheism is "the disbelief in the existence of God or gods."

  • Yes, atheism is rooted in ignorance.

  • No, atheism is not rooted in ignorance.

33% 21 votes
67% 42 votes
  • Atheism is rooted in ignorance, and while many atheist aren't ignorant themselves, they are being deceived. Blatantly denying the existence of our Creator is -- as the poll's picture suggests -- like a fish denying the existence of water. God's presence is absolutely clear, and we see Him in everything . . . whether it be DNA, the size of our planet, or the overall beauty of the universe.

  • Well, yes I would say so. Ignorance by definition is "lack of knowledge or information." This is true for the most part on atheism, a large majority of atheists are no atheists because of scientific knowledge. They just can't fathom the idea of a being higher than them. Know, if you are aware of some of the argument for God's existence then you'd know theism has a much stronger case. This has been shown through various philosophical arguments, the atheist only relies on the argument that there's no evidence, but then that leaves you with the problem of "absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence". Saying you can't prove a negative is another thing atheists rely on, this is simply false. You can prove something doesn't exist, I can prove that there are no dinosaurs in my house etc. But if you can't prove a negative, atheism relies on a negative. Therefore you can't prove atheism. I'd say a more reasonable standpoint is agnosticism rather than atheism, though many atheists are actually agnostic if you look into it.

    Posted by: Submal
  • They think that the big bang just happened

  • Both sides are rooted in ignorance.

  • Ignorance is a lack of knowledge or experience about something. I was a Catholic, and later an Anglican for decades of my life. I attended Sunday school for years and have read the bible cover to cover multiple times. I made a reasoned and rational switch to an atheist point of view towards the afterlife and spirituality after great soul searching and walked away from religiosity on philosophical, moral and rational grounds. To say that an atheist such as myself is ignorant, is in itself, a highly ignorant and grossly generalized statement.

  • A recent review of studies found that religious belief is inversely associated with intelligence. http://psr.sagepub.com/content/early/2013/08/02/1088868313497266

  • Atheism is not rooted in ignorance. In fact, it is rooted in a complete denial of God because Atheists do not want to be under the moral code that the Almighty God gives. They have chosen their own fallen human nature over the perfect ways of God. It is not ignorance but defiance and denial that they choose.

    Posted by: 1Pe315
  • People have their own beliefs. If you don't believe in something it doesn't make you ignorant or anything.

    Posted by: Samon
  • Ignorance is the state of not having knowledge in a specific field or just overall. Most atheists usually have a reason for not believing in "God(s)". Usually, it's science, so no. But then again, everyone is born as an atheist and every newborn baby lacks knowledge therefore ignorant, so I guess so. But I'm guessing that's in totally different context, huh? I feel like I'm arguing with myself again. "GOD" damn it!

  • you call your self a christian and judge,in all holy commandments by god he is the only to judge not you and if you believe in hell you will burn there because in the old testament no sin is forgiven and judgement is a sin.

  • I swear, if I see one more ignorant religious nut say "atheists think the universe was created by nothing" I'm gonna scream

  • Atheism is only the rejection of supernatural claims asserted without evidence. It is merely a stance rooted in skepticism. Unless proof is presented, there is no good reason to belive anything. Faith is not a virtue, it is the glorification of voluntary ignorance.

Leave a comment...
(Maximum 900 words)
Anonymous says2016-03-11T20:43:40.9802122Z
Belief in god is ignorance
NewLifeChristian says2016-03-11T20:52:15.2687089Z
I find it hilarious that you expect me to feed into your nonsense, vi_spex . . .
PetersSmith says2016-03-11T21:49:03.2665549Z
I think gnostism is rooted in ignorance, just like arrogance (the two seem to not be mutually exclusive on this site).
NewLifeChristian says2016-03-11T22:17:14.7697978Z
@cludwig I never said all atheists are ignorant, but atheism itself is, in fact, rooted in ignorance.
cludwig says2016-03-12T04:13:06.7773593Z
@NewLifeChristian. I understood your original premise. If atheism is rooted in ignorance as you assert, then a former Christian such as myself, who walked away from religiosity into the cold embrace of Atheism must by definition, be the archetype and epitome of ignorance according to your premise. Reality and practice is different than a quick blanket statement or generalization. My journey to atheism involved decades of study into the philosophy and religions of the world and deep soul searching. To say that my conclusions and beliefs as an atheist are rooted in ignorance, is naive and dismissive when considering context and situation. I have also learned in life to be respectful of those who still practice religiosity as I understand their framework, and the goodness and well meaning in many of their hearts. The ability to appreciate and respect differing points of view requires wisdom. Intolerance to other points of view is ignorant and immature by my experience.
missmedic says2016-03-13T03:17:53.9060850Z
Religious belief is associated with less knowledge as well as lower intelligence. Http://psr.Sagepub.Com/content/early/2013/08/02/1088868313497266
NewLifeChristian says2016-03-13T18:56:41.2748294Z
@missmedic That study calls atheism "non-religiosity" which could mean a variety of things, considering "religion" could mean organized religion. If this were the case, non-denominational Christians would fit under the category of "non-religiosity". In addition to this, "non-religiosity" could also mean theists who don't identify as "religious". And, as always, "religiosity" means "excessively religious" to some, so Christians and other theists who don't regularly attend church could fall under that category.
missmedic says2016-03-14T15:02:20.4845151Z
Deliberate analytical thinking can cause people to believe less in God, according to a new study. Http://www.Livescience.Com/19923-analytic-thinking-religious-disbelief.Html
NewLifeChristian says2016-03-14T16:03:04.1139391Z
@missmedic Okay, first of all, you posted a dead link. Secondly, are you even going to attempt to refute my argument, or are you going to keep on posting links to biased studies? Also, that "LiveScience" website is complete nonsense. They're infamous for their bias against the religious and conservatives.
missmedic says2016-03-15T19:43:40.6666872Z
Gods are not self evident, or believers would not need faith. I was raised Christian, and the more I learned the more I know, and the more I know the less I believe. Collage and critically thinking helped clear away belief ownership. Ask yourself this, does rational thinking require the adherence to beliefs at all, does productive science, ethics, or a satisfied life require any attachment to a belief of any kind, can we predict future events, act on data, theories, and facts without resorting to the ownership of belief? We can and we have so If there's no practical difference between believing and not believe in any gods, then there's no practical difference between the existence and non-existence of any gods. Therefore, atheism should be adopted for purely pragmatic reasons.
Texas14 says2016-03-18T00:17:34.3902290Z
What would we be ignoring?
NewLifeChristian says2016-03-18T14:20:15.7503878Z
@Texas14 Weren't you a deist before? Anyway, atheists ignore the complexity of life, the beauty of the universe, and the fact that the odds of this perfect planet "popping" into existence are zero. So yeah, atheism is rooted in ignorance . . .
Texas14 says2016-03-18T15:04:23.2665773Z
@NewLifeChristian, we don't ignore the complexity of life. That's why we use science to explain life. We don't ignore the beauty of the universe. That's why I and many other atheists spend lots of time outside in the mountains and looking up at the stars. The only difference between us is that we admit that we don't know how the universe began. You don't know either because we don't know and you don't have powers that we don't. You just insert your God into the how the universe began. And while we're on the subject of what's realistic: don't tell me that it's not realistic that the earth and universe were created by accident when an astounding number of Christians believe that the earth was created in six literal days by a man in the sky.
NewLifeChristian says2016-03-19T00:25:01.6748870Z
@Texas14 I know, with absolute certainty, that God exists because I have experienced miracles after praying to Him. That's all I can say, you can choose to believe me or not. It's totally up to you, but He does exist and He loves you no matter what you believe.
Texas14 says2016-03-19T01:18:40.3241653Z
@NewLifeChristian, I can tell you're very sincere and I respect that. Out of curiosity, what miracles?
NewLifeChristian says2016-03-19T01:21:37.6635614Z
@Texas14 Well, I've had a lot of health problems in the past, and God has helped me with those. My childhood allergies which used to be pretty bad have gone away completely, and I thank God for that. I've experienced a lot of other miracles, too.
Texas14 says2016-03-19T01:25:07.7058485Z
@NewLifeChristian, well I'm glad that you're health is better and that faith has helped you with that. I'm not trying to deconvert you. I'm just saying that I don't share your belief and I'm also saying that I'm not ignorant.
NewLifeChristian says2016-03-19T01:31:31.6175906Z
@Texas14 I'm sorry if you thought I was calling you ignorant. I didn't mean it that way. What I was trying to say was that atheism is rooted in ignorant, but atheists aren't ignorant. In fact, many, if not most atheists, are brilliant individuals.
Texas14 says2016-03-19T01:33:32.8994869Z
@NewLifeChristian, I think most Christians aren't inherently ignorant. I guess we'll disagree that atheism is rooted in ignorance.
NewLifeChristian says2016-03-19T13:52:08.2302523Z
@Texas14 Yep, I guess we'll have to do what most people do on this website. "Agree to disagree."
Kreakin says2016-04-09T23:24:22.5377127Z
@NewLifeChristian - As soon as I read the reply from cludwig I knew you wouldn't address it. Checking down the comments I was right. How about you APOLOGIZE FOR GENERALIZING THAT PERSON..
NewLifeChristian says2016-04-10T00:18:44.8462248Z
@Kreakin I'm not going to apologize for speaking the truth . . . Anyway, while many (if not most) atheists themselves aren't ignorant, atheism itself is, without a doubt, ignorant.
Otaku1997 says2016-05-03T16:49:28.6307649Z
Why cant us athiests get along with you christians? Well you why its because of you christian who call us baby eaters and try to crame your beliefs down our throats it is now that we atheists return the favor but this is not how we should be. We should accept others for who they are after converting over from christianity to athiesm i still kept one qoute from your god and that is to treat others like how you would like to be treated

Freebase Icon   Portions of this page are reproduced from or are modifications based on work created and shared by Google and used according to terms described in the Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution License.

By using this site, you agree to our Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use.