Thursday, April 26, 2012

W is for Why Am I an Atheist?

Sorry for the abbreviated post today.  I have been out of town for work and didn't get a chance to write something proper.

Today is W and the question I get asked a lot "Why are you and Atheist?"

Everyone wants to assume it is because I had a bad experience with religion.  Not so, my atheism help me see religion as bad.  Other people assume it is because I am "Angry with God".  No. That is why people become Satanists.  I can't be angry at something that does not exist.  I might as well be angry at the tooth fairy (which as far as my kids go, is me).

I am an atheist for a very, very simple reason.

There is no God.

The is nothing to support it, there is nothing to prove it and the so-called infallible word of God, the Bible, is kludged together from various books, writings and myths of other people and times.   Sure the faithful will say "it is because they are all true" but they can't be.  Read them and you will see that there is no way that this can be possible.   To quote Penn Jillette the best to read if you want to be an Atheist is the Bible.

You can read about my discovery of my atheism here in three posts, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.
PZ Myers also is running a series on his blog as well with people coming out as atheists, Pharyngula - Why I am an Atheist. They are interesting reads.

1 comment:

  1. The problem is that when people ask that question they want a short and sweet reply, but to truly answer it usually takes a lot of explanation. Or at least it does in my case.