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Atheists to start 1-800 hotline for doubters
The group Recovering from Religion plans to start a helpline for people struggling with religious doubts.
June 4th, 2013
03:08 PM ET

Atheists to start 1-800 hotline for doubters

By Dan Merica, CNN

(CNN) – Who can people call when religious doubts arise, but they're afraid to talk to their faith leaders or families?

A group that helps people "recover" from religion says it's ready to pick up the phone.

Recovering from Religion, which has about 40 support groups in the U.S. and Britain, plans to launch a hotline that will offer doubters an anonymous place to ask difficult questions and find communities of like-minded nonbelievers.

The group plans to staff the help line 24 hours a day and is modeling it after services like suicide prevention hotlines.

Sarah Morehead, executive director of Recovering from Religion, told CNN that the mission is to help people, not convert them to atheism.

“A lot of the times they just need someone to talk to," Morehead said.

The 1-800 number has yet to be named. Recovering from Religion is trying to raise $30,000 by June 30 to fund "The Hotline Project" with up to 40 counselors.

Ideally, the help line would be live by the holiday season, said Morehead, which is often a difficult time for people struggling with religious doubts.

Photos: Famous atheists and their beliefs

The idea for the hotline sprang up after calls came in to the Recovering from Religion phone line from people who were questioning their faith and needed to talk to someone. Morehead said she gets a few calls every day and hundreds of e-mails a month from people seeking counseling.

From there, she said, it seemed a hotline that provided a permanent, anonymous place to talk to someone was the best option.

"Coming out" as a nonbeliever - or even a doubter - can often be extremely difficult, Morehead and others say. In addition to the existential worries, budding nonbelievers run the risk of alienating family and friends.

The help line’s volunteer counselors will be trained to not engage in religious debate, Morehead said. Instead, they will try to give callers “practical, action-oriented solutions.”

When someone first calls the hotline, the counselor will start by simply asking the caller to talk about his or her personal story, said Morehead.

Later, the counselor and the caller might work on an action plan. The caller's goals may concern formally leaving religion altogether, but Morehead said that counselors will also offer advice on finding a new faith or connecting with a local community of nonbelievers.

Some blogs have questioned the hotline, however, calling it a ploy to increase the number of atheists in America.

Headlines like “New 1-800 Number Funded By Liberals To Convert Christians to Atheists,” for example, have cropped up at a number of conservative blogs.

Morehead said her critics fail to grasp the point of Recovering from Religion.

“Most of the people who contact us are working their way towards disbelief, so of course we are very equipped to handle that,” Morehead said. “That is not the goal, though, or the job of the facilitators.”

Photos: 'Born-again' celebrities

This hotline is not completely unique in the world of religious "nones" – people who either don’t believe in God or don’t affiliate with any religious beliefs. Atheists have long discussed disbelief in the comfort of online anonymity.

“We have seen how important the Internet is, especially young people questioning their faith, and this provides them with another resource with a different focus,” said Jesse Galef, communications director for the Secular Student Alliance. “For people who want more guidance, I think this resource will be very valuable.”

Services that help religious doubters have thrived recently.

The Clergy Project, an online community for preachers who no longer believe in God, has grown from 52 to nearly 500 people since its founding in 2011, said Teresa MacBain, the former executive director of the project.

MacBain, a former pastor who converted to atheism, called the help line "another way for people to contact someone anonymously and discuss the struggles they are having for their beliefs.”

“If this project had been around when I found the Clergy Project, I would have used it.”

MacBain said she plans to get training as one of the counselors and hopes to be answering calls when the service launches.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Atheism • Belief • United States

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  1. Dyslexic doG

    The King James version of the new testament was completed in 1611 by 8 members of the church of England. There were (and still are) NO original texts to translate. The oldest manuscripts we have were written down 100's of years after the last apostle died. There are over 8,000 of these old manuscripts with no two alike. The king james translators used none of these anyway. Instead they edited previous translations to create a version their king and parliament would approve. So.... 21st century christians believe the "word of god" is a book edited in the 17th century from the 16th century translations of 8,000 contradictory copies of 4th century scrolls that claim to be copies of lost letters written in the 1st century.

    June 5, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
    • anthony parks

      Babble much?

      June 5, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      The problem with this is that @ssuming that increased time and translations equal massive differences from the original is not true.

      Look at the Book of Isaiah and compare it to the Dead Sea scroll known as the Great Isaiah Scroll. The scroll is a little older than the time period that the NT was supposed to have been written.
      When it is compared to our modern Book of isaiah we have in our Bibles...they are virtually identical. Most differences within are merely small grammar changes.

      So to make the guess that today's Biblical works are different from the originals (which some openly say they haven't seen for comparisson) is faulty in many cases.

      June 5, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
    • JustRight

      Uncouth Swain – good cover with the "in many cases" because in many many more cases the differences are dramatic

      June 5, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      @JustRight- it's not really a cover but a fact.

      I am not an absolutist. I wil not say that the modern translations of the Tanakh or the NT is 100% accurate. I will not say they are 100% false. Only an idiot would say or even imply such a thing.

      Also a little common sense seems to be lacking on here sometimes. There are no originals or even tetxs that come before 100AD in regards to the NT. Is that because they did not exist? We don't know is the proper answer. To say they didn't exist is foolish. A religion that was not even a century old that didn't have an organized heirarchy with scribes, places of worship or even the respect of the national powers that be of the time wouldn't have been making large numbers of 1st additions to go out into the world.
      Take into account that when 70CE rolled around, the early Christian Church lost (like the Jewish people) a major center to their faith when Jerusalem was destroyed by Rome. If it's a society, culture or even a religion...if you expect to see a collection fo writings then you should expect to see a stable environment for those wrtings to come from. That wasn't the case in the 1st century for the early Christian church.

      June 5, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      God must really be after the doggie. He’s denying himself to death.

      June 5, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
    • Bob

      You can blow away any remaining support for the bible and argument over the details of its crazy contents (if anyone still tries to support that cr@p pile of a book) with the following anyway:

      How it is that "god" couldn't come up with a better way to communicate than a book? Where is god's use of modern communication, or presumably, better than that, if he is a god? Seems god cannot even produce a modern website (and no, religious shill sites don't count), nor push some tweets out.

      Time to file the bible along with other dusty works of horror fiction. Put it away for good.

      June 5, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
    • Ken

      Swain
      The Codex Sinaiticus, our earliest copy of the Bible, has 27,000 "corrections" to the text and includes two books not found in our present versions, Epistle of Apostle Barnabas and the Shepherd of Hermas. Mark also ends early, proof that later scribes added stuff.

      June 5, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      @Bob- your presentation needs work. You won't convince anyone in the style you go about with.
      If the Bible does nothing for you, well...that's good for you. To dictate that it should just go away is a bit silly I think.

      June 5, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      @Ken- fully aware of that and there are actually three endings to Mark.
      I've read articles that some think the Codex was an "editor's" book of sorts. One that could be worked on and edited if new information came about. Who knows if this is accurate though.

      People tend to have this wrong idea that someone sat down and put the Bible together as one would write a novel.
      I tend to look at the Bible more as an historical doc ument or a developing news story. Escpecially in the NT writings, when new information came about in the early church it is resonable that this new info would have been edited into the existing books. Books that were included were taken out for the same reasons.

      In our modern day, we have grown spoiled with instantaneous information. We can get dozens of different news stories about the same event and none of them be accurate. But when they are edited together...the truth comes out. This process took longer in the old days. One needs to keep that in mind of all ancient writings and not just the Bible.

      June 5, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      Uncouth, Why do you think they needed a "standard" version if there were not different versions of the bible. In fact it is well documented that there were differing versions.

      June 5, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      Uncouth
      "But when they are edited together...the truth comes out."

      Only if there is truth to begin with and there's very little in the bible that is confirmed to be true.

      June 5, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
    • Science

      Some 40 million years ago ..............and how old is the nasty bible creationists ?

      'Lizard King' Fossil Shows Giant Reptiles Coexisted With Mammals During Globally Warm Past

      June 5, 2013 — Some 40 million years before rock singer Jim Morrison's lyrics earned him the moniker "the Lizard King," an actual king lizard roamed the hot tropical forests of Southeast Asia, competing with mammals for food and other resources.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130605090421.htm

      June 5, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      @In Santa we trust- actually, there were no "Bibles" prior to the Codex in question really. There were collections of written books but for the most part there was no standard.

      I guess it depends on what you mean by confirmed. Quite a bit of the Bible has been confirmed.
      The Merneptah Stele confirms there was a people know as Israel that goes with the time period that the Tanakh said they were there. But there are many things in the Bible that has been confirmed that to say very little isn't true.

      June 5, 2013 at 8:25 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      uncouth, The creation myths are disproven; the Noah, Job, Lot, miracles, etc stories are unproven but incredible. Apart from a few people and places what has been proven?

      June 6, 2013 at 5:19 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      'Apart from a few people and places what has been proven?"

      That there was a people called Israel in what is now modern day Israel. That there was a King David. That there was a Temple of God in Jerusalem.
      There was a historical Jesus and Potius Pilates existed. That Christianity did grow into the Greek world as Acts said.

      There is enough that has been proven factually accurate that to dimiss the entire book is an error. A very foolish error.

      June 6, 2013 at 9:31 pm |
  2. Former occultist

    Oh man I am so going to call that number and have I got a story (or two) for the person who answers. I can hardly wait.

    June 5, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
  3. JustRight

    MormonChristian – Sure sure sure...now...name one piece of evidence that supports the book of mormon...and you cant use that lie about the return of the white god. Ill start you out with one that doesnt support the book of mormon and maybe you can explain...the book of mormon mentions horses numerous times but there were no horses in America until the Europeans brought them...please explain

    June 5, 2013 at 3:01 pm |
    • Alias

      Did you really expect an answer?

      June 5, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
  4. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    It is a crime to be borne as a female by hinduism racism as religion, based on hindu atheism, criminal self center ism, hindus, racist use women to extend their progeny, but they require female s parents to provide wealth as dowry, to get rich. way of hindu atheist, criminal self centered leaches to exploit , the one they claim to love.

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HGN59gKch8&w=640&h=360]

    June 5, 2013 at 3:01 pm |
  5. AverageJoe76

    People don't want to believe that Anne Frank and Adolf Hitler went to the same place after they died, but more than likely, they have. I know that kinda stinks, but hey.......

    Maybe death is the reward for all the energy you've spent being alive. You finally rest, eternally. No more struggles – just sleep.

    June 5, 2013 at 2:55 pm |
    • lol??

      There is one particular A&A here that claims there is no afterlife because of being knocked out during surgeries reveals nothing. Any full blooded Irishman will tell you different. hic-up hic #$%&*^%@
      BBbbbwwwwaaaaahahahaha

      June 5, 2013 at 2:59 pm |
    • JustRight

      LOL?? – Ha ha well said

      June 5, 2013 at 3:02 pm |
    • Ken

      Aw, come on! All Hitler had to do was take Jesus into his heart a couple of minutes before dying in that bunker. Plenty of scared people convert on their deathbed, right? He could be up there right now, smiling down on Ann as, as she burns, ... again!

      Isn't Salvation by Grace Alone just terrific!

      June 5, 2013 at 3:11 pm |
  6. Dyslexic doG

    so much foolishness in one story book ... and Christians swear it is the word of God.

    June 5, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
    • lol??

      ALPO is more satisfyin'??

      June 5, 2013 at 2:55 pm |
    • MormonChristian

      Yes, we do...and just as Paul said 2,000 years ago: ...the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

      You don't need to take anyone's word for it...ask God, with an open mind, if it is true.

      June 5, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
    • ReligionIsBS

      Mornmon,
      Ive asked god thousands of questions with an open mind, but he never responds. Do I have to be wearing magic underwear to get a better signal?

      June 5, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
    • Thoth

      @Mormon – speaking of Crosses.... perhaps you can explain why Jesus asked his apostles to take up a cross and spread the word. Jesus was clearly alive to make this statement so why would the cross have any significance? The truth is that the religious significance of the cross predates your god-man. Another 'ooops' in the book allegedly containing the words of a perfect god.

      June 5, 2013 at 3:08 pm |
    • Ken

      MormonChristian
      Paul also said "but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles," 1 Corinthians 1:23
      It was foolishness then as it's foolishness now: because it just doesn't make any sense!

      June 5, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
    • John Stemberger

      Actually the cross was the worst way to die back then....delusional jesus just Warhol'd the cross...turned it into pop art. You know I always wondered if Jesus had a nice view of the city and land while up there.

      June 5, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      " I always wondered if Jesus had a nice view of the city and land while up there."

      Considering he was outside the city walls I doubt. Go pick up a history book.

      June 5, 2013 at 4:05 pm |
    • John Stemberger

      Nice view is a matter of perspective....appears you think he did not have one. Perhaps Jesus will post and let us know?

      June 6, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      I think he had a nice view into your heart. But only by virtue of his perspective.

      June 6, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
    • John Stemberger

      Bill Deacon

      I think he had a nice view into your heart. But only by virtue of his perspective.
      -----–
      While I appreciate your opinion, I dont think any man has authority to speak on the gods

      June 6, 2013 at 5:12 pm |
  7. Dyslexic doG

    Deuteronomy 23:1
    He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD

    June 5, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
  8. Dyslexic doG

    Job 19:17
    My breath is offensive to my wife; I am loathsome to my own brothers.

    June 5, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      I am guessing that the poetic books of the Tankh are beyond you a little.

      June 5, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
  9. Dyslexic doG

    2 Kings 2:23-24

    From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road some youths came out of the town and jeered at him. "Go on up, you baldhead!" they said. "Go on up, you baldhead!"

    He turned around, and looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the Lord.

    Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths.

    June 5, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
    • MormonChristian

      It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. Luke 17:2

      This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. John 15:12

      Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it . Ephesians 5:25

      June 5, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
    • Ken

      MormonChristian
      Wouldn't lying to children and getting them to believe in nonsense like religious superst.ition not be "offending" them?

      June 5, 2013 at 3:21 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      The LORD likes to punish enmasse vs. punish those responsible. Maybe he can't tell us apart from one another?

      June 5, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
    • a reasonable atheist

      @Twin – A good deal of the bible would make more sense if the reader viewed the character of god as some sort of anti-human bigot.

      June 7, 2013 at 11:23 pm |
  10. The Truth

    On the surface, there seems to be no proof of the existence or lack there of, just like how real LOVE works!

    June 5, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
    • Chuckles

      Define "real love"

      Is love saying you love someone? Is love buying them things? Is love taking the fall for another person? Is love protecting another person or thing even at a detriment to yourself? Is there a difference between loving someone and loving something and if so, what? Is it all of those things? None of those things?

      You are using an abstract socially acceptably construct to falsly equivocate the idea that god is as provable as love without understanding that we prove if someone "loves" another person or thing through action whereas god is only provable in the most abstract way possble (if you believe gods real, then god is real).

      June 5, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
    • snowboarder

      @the, not really. love is expressed. god is just imagined.

      June 5, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
    • Thoth

      Actually, the 'truth' is we now have imaging technology courtesy of science, which illustrates emotion within the brain – providing 'evidence' of emotions (love being an emotion)....

      June 5, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
    • Alias

      I FINALLY GET IT!
      Your god is just an emotion!
      Thank you. now i believe.

      June 5, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
    • rabidatheist

      Love is a measurable chemical reaction in the brain. I guess that makes love more real than your god.

      June 5, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
  11. Dyslexic doG

    Matthew 8:28-34

    When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. "What do you want with us, Son of God?" they shouted. "Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?"

    Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. The demons begged Jesus, "If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs." He said to them, "Go!" So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water.

    Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.

    June 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
    • Colin

      A bit of trivia for ya, my spelling challanged canine friend. The passage you cited has an equivalent in Mark that helps date MArk to about 70 A.D.

      We know with a pretty good degree of historical certainty that the Jewish uprising against the Romans took place from 65-70 C.E and Mark’s Gospel contains references to it -so it cannot be any earlier. What I am refrring to is a story early in Mark in which Jesus drives a legion of demons out of a possessed man and into a herd of 2,000 pigs, which then spontaneously herd themselves over a cliff and into the sea to drown. During the Jewish revolt, the Romans used the Tenth Legion, a legion of 2,000 soldiers, to fight in and occupy Jerusalem and their emblem was the pig. Matthew later picked up on the story when he used Mark as a source to write his gospel.

      Just a bit of trivia that dispells the notion thatt he gospels were written any earlier than 40 years after JC was executed.

      June 5, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      jesus is vindictive... and he obviously hates pigs

      June 5, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
    • rabidatheist

      @ Colin That's actually a bit of satire on the part of the authors of the Bible. The author took the 2,000 Jews that were pushed of the cliff, and turned them into pigs (and what dont Jews eat?) and had the Jewish messiah doing the pushing. Pretty funny!

      June 5, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      "god" has allegedly been measured in the brain but is indistinguishable from the effects of drugs.

      June 5, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
  12. Dyslexic doG

    Numbers 22:21-29

    Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey and went with the princes of Moab. But God was very angry when he went, and the angel of the LORD stood in the road to oppose him. Balaam was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him. When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand, she turned off the road into a field. Balaam beat her to get her back on the road.

    Then the angel of the LORD stood in a narrow path between two vineyards, with walls on both sides. When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she pressed close to the wall, crushing Balaam's foot against it. So he beat her again.

    Then the angel of the LORD moved on ahead and stood in a narrow place where there was no room to turn, either to the right or to the left. When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she lay down under Balaam, and he was angry and beat her with his staff. Then the LORD opened the donkey's mouth, and she said to Balaam, "What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?" Balaam answered the donkey, "You have made a fool of me! If I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now."

    June 5, 2013 at 2:30 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      The LORD and his servants are evil and cruel... poor donkey.

      June 5, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
    • Arthur Bryant

      so god spoke through Balaam's a$$. There's something profoundly "right" about that. Whenever I fart, I tell my wife it's the Lord speaking. For some reason she doesn't believe me.

      June 7, 2013 at 6:30 pm |
  13. AverageJoe76

    OK kids........ time for, "Let's Play God":

    So for my first question; God created everything. Smallest particle to largest construct. God knows the beginning and end to all paths. So.......

    "What compels the creator of reality to need a blood sacrafice?" - shouldn't God be vegan?

    June 5, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
    • sam stone

      Not to mention the absurdity of free will existing with an omniscient god

      June 5, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
  14. Dyslexic doG

    Proverbs 21:19
    It is better to live alone in the desert than with a crabby, complaining wife.

    June 5, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      You agree or disagree with the statement doggy?

      June 5, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
  15. shadwell

    Religious people are like the 13 year old who still believes in Santa Claus

    June 5, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
    • Troll sighting

      Do not feed with extreme prejudice.

      June 5, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
  16. Dyslexic doG

    Genesis 25:30
    He said to Jacob, "Let me eat some of that red stuff, because I'm exhausted."

    June 5, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
  17. Follower of the last Prophet

    "To those who claim not to believe in Me, I have this to say. Ask yourself this question: Can you remember a time that you did? Think back to when you were a child, when you did believe in God. It does not matter what religion your parents followed. Did you believe? What changed? Was it influence by others? Did they tell you that there was a rational answer to your being in existence?

    When man questions his faith he needs to think. If he is in doubt then he must ask Me to open his eyes. If he is finding it difficult to pray he must ask Me to open his mouth. But if he won’t listen to the truth then he needs the prayer of others...

    I urge you to pray for those who have eyesight but who are blind to My Most Holy Word. Pray for those who persist in twisting My teachings and for My sacred servants who, through cowardice, are giving in to the demands made of them by Governments.

    There is only one ruler now who is in charge of the future and that is My Eternal Father, God the Creator and Maker of everything. Pay allegiance to Him above all and you will find a firm footing when moving forward on the path of truth."

    – Your beloved saviour Jesus Christ

    visit The Warning Second Coming dot com

    June 5, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      No thanks... BTW, you sound batshit crazy. Just thought I'd make you aware.

      June 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
    • snowboarder

      @follower, when we were children we were ignorant, supersti tious and imaginative, easily deceived by fantastical stories.

      then we matured and cast off the childishness.

      June 5, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Prove that David Koresh was not The Last Prophet.

      June 5, 2013 at 2:55 pm |
    • Arthur Bryant

      And speaking of the lord talking through someone's a$$......

      June 7, 2013 at 6:33 pm |
  18. Dyslexic doG

    When did I realize I was God?

    Well, I was praying and I suddenly realized that I was talking to myself ...

    June 5, 2013 at 2:23 pm |
  19. Robert

    Atheist blindly express absolute faith that "There is no god," despite having absolutely no evidence to back up their statements. Christians have the Bible, personal experiences with God, have the Bible, have testimony of others, observations of history and of nature, ect that indicate God is real.

    "There is none so blind as he who wills not to see."

    June 5, 2013 at 2:22 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL ...

      June 5, 2013 at 2:24 pm |
    • Colin

      The Bible makes the assertion of the existence of a god, but does not provide evidence. Deep personal feelings are motivations and inner experiences are driven by a belief in a god, but once again are not evidence of a god.

      We cannot disprove god, Santa, Allah, Vishnu, Apollo or Zeus. So what?

      June 5, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
    • ReligionIsBS

      Im an atheist and I dont know 1 other atheist that states that there is absolutely no god, just that they reject all of the proposed gods out there. Which means you are either uninformed on what you are talking about, or you are a liar, which is against your religion.

      And how would you explain hindus personal relationships with all of their gods?

      June 5, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
    • TruthHurts

      Some BELIEVE there is God, Some BELIEVE there is NO GOD. What is common is BELIEF. Otherwise both are believers, there are no non-believers.

      June 5, 2013 at 2:28 pm |
    • I Am God

      You do realize the Bible is written by man right? That is like saying that we should all call the Harry Potter books a holy relic now from God.

      June 5, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
    • Maxine

      Wow, the Bible counts as two piece of evidence! I should of known since everyone knows it has special powerz!!!

      June 5, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
    • sam stone

      "Atheist blindly express absolute faith that "There is no god," "

      That is not what atheists do, Robert

      Fvck you and your strawman argument

      June 5, 2013 at 2:30 pm |
    • Maxine

      *two pieces*

      (in response to Robert who wrote "Christians have the Bible, personal experiences with God, have the Bible, have testimony..."

      June 5, 2013 at 2:30 pm |
    • Thoth

      While atheism has become a generic term with varying definitions, I would argue that the typical atheist simply rejects claims made by men about gods/goddesses. I would also argue that you are an atheist to all gods/goddesses but the one you have chosen. I could further claim that your god, if it exists, is an atheist as well – unless your god also has a divine creator.

      The Bible is not considered to be reliable by anyone other than those who choose to follow it. Many claims in the Bible have been debunked (some of been contradicted within itself).

      Testimony of others? Current or past? Eyewitness? I can claim I saw Elvis at the mall.

      History is often in conflict with claims in the bible.

      Observations of nature are nothing more than proof that nature exists.

      June 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
    • Doobs

      "There is none so blind as he who wills not to see."

      You mean like when Galileo saw that the earth rotates around the sun, not the other way around? Who was the blind one in that scenario?

      June 5, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
    • Doobs

      "revolves" not "rotates"

      June 5, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
    • snowboarder

      @robert, that is absolutely hilarious. i don't know any atheists that deny god. it is simply an acknowledgement of the innumerable gods that have been invented by men over the course of history. all gods are assume to be the invention of men unless otherwise proven.

      June 5, 2013 at 2:55 pm |
    • Veronica

      Saying that the bible proves that God exists is like saying a Marvel comic book proves Spiderman exists.

      June 5, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Robert

      "Atheist blindly express absolute faith that "There is no god," despite having absolutely no evidence to back up their statements."

      Ummmm, no, they don't – at least not most of us. You can't prove the non-existence of anything.

      June 5, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
    • RGE50

      Ever notice that these theist make a big statement but never come back to defend it. They just run off and hide.

      June 5, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
    • fintastic

      @TruthHurts......... "Some BELIEVE there is God, Some BELIEVE there is NO GOD. What is common is BELIEF. Otherwise both are believers, there are no non-believers.

      Funny......... so some believe that they don't believe?......... WRONG!.... another religious twister of definition?

      Atheist = a LACK OF BELIEF IN GOD......... as in NO BELIEF IN GOD.

      June 5, 2013 at 4:04 pm |
  20. conerendcitizen

    I sometimes doubt my faith in The Flying Spaghetti Monster, but He will touch me with His (or Her) noodly appendage, and I will Praise FSM for giving me the gift of Pastafarianism.

    RAMEN!

    June 5, 2013 at 2:21 pm |
    • lol??

      Eat my pasta and drink my sauce, hic $%78@#

      BBBBbbbbwwwaaaaahahahaha

      copykitty, hic

      BBBBbbwaaaahahaha

      June 5, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
    • Arthur Bryant

      R'amen!

      June 7, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
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