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September 14th, 2013
08:01 AM ET

Hey atheists, let’s make a deal

Opinion by Rachel Held Evans, special to CNN

(CNN) - Famed atheist Richard Dawkins has been rightfully criticized this week for saying the “mild pedophilia” he and other English children experienced in the 1950s “didn’t cause any lasting harm.”

This comes after an August tweet in which Dawkins declared that “all the world’s Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge. They did great things in the Middle Ages, though.”

Dawkins is known for pushing his provocative rhetorical style too far, providing ample ammunition for his critics, and already I’ve seen my fellow Christians seize the opportunity to rail against the evils of atheism.

As tempting as it is to classify Dawkins’ views as representative of all atheists, I can’t bring myself to do it.

I can’t bring myself to do it because I know just how frustrating and unfair it is when atheists point to the most extreme, vitriolic voices within Christianity and proclaim that they are representative of the whole.

So, atheists, I say we make a deal: How about we Christians agree not to throw this latest Richard Dawkins thing in your face and you atheists agree not to throw the next Pat Robertson thing in ours?

Now I’m not saying we just let these destructive words and actions go—not at all. It’s important for both believers and atheists to decry irresponsible views and hateful rhetoric, especially from within our own communities.

(Believe me. There are plenty of Christians who raise hell every time Robertson says something homophobic or a celebrity pastor somewhere says something misogynistic.)

READ MORE: Why millennials are leaving the church

But what if we resist the urge to use the latest celebrity gaffe as an excuse to paint one another with broad brushes?

What if, instead of engaging the ideas of the most extreme and irrational Christians and atheists, we engaged the ideas of the most reasonable, the most charitable, the most respectful and respected?

Only then can we avoid these shallow ad hominem attacks and instead engage in substantive debates that bring our true differences and our true commonalities to light.

It’s harder to go this route, and it takes more work and patience, but I’m convinced that both Christians and atheists are interested in the truth and in searching for it with integrity, without taking the easy way out.

Pope Francis took a step in that direction this week with a letter in a Rome newspaper responding directly to questions posed by its atheist director and inviting respectful open dialog between nonbelievers and Christians.

READ MORE: Why millennials need the church

So, yes, Richard Dawkins is an atheist. But so are authors Greg Epstein and Susan Jacoby. So is my friend and fellow blogger Hemant Mehta. So is Sir Ian McKellen. So is ethicist Peter Singer, who may or may not be the best example.

And yes, Pat Robertson is a Christian. But so is Nelson Mandela. So is acclaimed geneticist Francis Collins. So is Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee. So is Barack Obama. So is Stephen Colbert.

And I'm willing to bet that the same collective groan emitted by millions of Christians each time Pat Robertson says something embarrassing on TV sounds a lot like the collective groan emitted by millions of atheists when Richard Dawkins rants on Twitter.

Still, in the end, it’s not about who has the most charismatic or generous personalities in their roster, nor about who has the most “crazies.” It’s about the truth.

So let’s talk about the truth, and with the people who most consistently and graciously point us toward it.

Rachel Held Evans is the author of "A Year of Biblical Womanhood" and "Evolving in Monkey Town." Evans blogs at rachelheldevans.com, and the views expressed in this column belong to her.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Atheism • Christianity • Faith

soundoff (5,916 Responses)
  1. stone

    Hey bible bangers, how about you stop trying to conform everyone to your archaic, asinine beliefs first

    September 14, 2013 at 9:37 am |
    • Dr E

      You just missed the WHOLE point of this article, there was no rudeness or any such thing. You know hate is a very heavy burden to bear, perhaps you should lay it down...

      September 14, 2013 at 9:48 am |
      • Neo Agnostic

        No, its easier to hate and wear the burden of hate than it is to wear the burden of compassion and understanding.

        September 14, 2013 at 10:00 am |
  2. lawdog1521

    So RIchard Dawkins saying something crazy every now and then is equal to the mountain of crazy things said by Christian leaders? Really, stop playing the wounded Christian. 2000 years ago you people were being eaten by lions and complained less.

    September 14, 2013 at 9:37 am |
  3. Jim

    Difference between a salesman and a "believer".

    Believer -- Tries to sell you something that does not exist or have proof of.

    Salesman -- Tries to sell you something that does exist and that can deliver the hard proof of it.

    I will stick with the salesman. Believers are scam artists with delusional thoughts.

    September 14, 2013 at 9:33 am |
    • John P. Tarver

      Same as Dawkins then.

      September 14, 2013 at 9:42 am |
      • What is going on? FREEDOM

        You finally done hiding behind a different profile name I see.

        September 14, 2013 at 9:58 am |
  4. Hugh McMichael

    Fine by me. Just one small thing, though. Maybe Christians should stop trying to shove their religion down everybody's throats. How about you stop trying to get creationism taught in schools? How about you stop trying to graft your religion onto governments from local to federal level? Take your God off our money and out of our Pledge. Take your 10 Commandments from our courthouses. Lobby your churches to start paying taxes like everybody else, because I'm not buying the argument that organizations with billions and billions of dollars in assets and whose leaders live in unparalleled luxury are "charities".

    Once you do that we can talk, m'kay?

    September 14, 2013 at 9:33 am |
    • John P. Tarver

      Christians will get right on that right after atheists stop suppressing science in public schools. General Relativity has been suppressed for nearly a century to protect the false big bang and species are an outcome of a mass extinction, but instead public schools teach nonsense to please atheists. Creation at least might be true.

      September 14, 2013 at 9:40 am |
      • midwest rail

        Trolling, trolling, trolling....

        September 14, 2013 at 9:42 am |
        • John P. Tarver

          Science crashing down the atheist religion; leap of faith.

          September 14, 2013 at 9:42 am |
        • cedar rapids

          and pretty poor trolling at that.

          September 14, 2013 at 9:44 am |
        • John P. Tarver

          Science vs atheist nonsense is a poor troll, so there would be no troll there. In fact, Dawkin's work is a much better troll.

          September 14, 2013 at 9:54 am |
        • cedar rapids

          'Science vs atheist nonsense is a poor troll,'

          like i said, you are a poor troll.

          September 14, 2013 at 9:59 am |
      • One one

        The world created by magic by an invisible god who tortures non-believers forever after they die might be true?

        What a joke, are you serious ?

        September 14, 2013 at 9:46 am |
        • Mark Taylor

          More writing about something you clearly have not read up on. Look. I dunno what I believe on this for sure but I do know that there is a heck of a lot of generalizing and villainizing in both camps. Why don't you actually read and study what these scriptures say instead of relying on hearsay and poor examples of behavior by a subset of people?

          September 14, 2013 at 9:53 am |
        • cedar rapids

          'More writing about something you clearly have not read up on'

          so what was wrong about his description then?

          September 14, 2013 at 10:00 am |
      • Mark Taylor

        Look up Modern Christian Physicists on Wikepedia, scroll to bottom. I think you'll be rather surprised. Guys like Max Plank are in that list. The two methodologies are not incompatible. Somehow atheists have it in their head that real science means the absence of the belief in God. That is nonsense. Both seek truth using different methodologies. And yeah, there are extremists in both camps that try to subject one to the other. That is also nonsense.

        September 14, 2013 at 9:50 am |
        • Mark Taylor

          Max Planck

          September 14, 2013 at 9:50 am |
      • Mark Taylor

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        September 14, 2013 at 10:01 am |
    • Mark Taylor

      There ya go generalizing already. I am not a literal creationist and honestly, I don't know very many Christians who are. The beginning of our universe is a mystery that resides over the horizon of time. The Bible includes history, myth, poetry and theology. I'm not pushing my beliefs down anyone's throat. I only talk about them when someone else brings up the subject – I try to let my actions do my talking.

      September 14, 2013 at 9:44 am |
      • Joey

        Without a literal Adam and Eve there is no need for the Jesus sacrifice. Without a literal Adam and Eve there is no reason to believe Christianity.

        September 16, 2013 at 11:25 am |
  5. Rick

    If you want to know the real truth about christianity, check out http://www.peradventures.com . Pretty funny stuff!

    September 14, 2013 at 9:32 am |
    • Mark Taylor

      Oh! I read it on the Internet! It MUST be true.

      September 14, 2013 at 9:55 am |
      • Rick

        About as reliable as something written by idiots 2,000 years ago.

        September 14, 2013 at 10:23 am |
  6. sybaris

    No deal!

    All it takes for religious people to go on ruining other peoples lives is for rational people to do nothing.

    September 14, 2013 at 9:32 am |
  7. Leemee Alone

    Christians, if you'll keep your religion out of politics, I don't care what kind of snake-handling, blood-drinking, knee-bending antics you undertake.

    September 14, 2013 at 9:31 am |
    • John P. Tarver

      Religion is staying in politics, as is our first amendment right.

      September 14, 2013 at 9:41 am |
      • bmurdoc

        Ever hear of "separation of church and state" stupid?

        September 14, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
      • sirhuxley

        LOL!

        Wanna bet?

        September 24, 2013 at 12:21 am |
  8. professionalscold

    Here's the problem...the last line of your essay:

    "So let’s talk about the truth, "

    Faith cannot be considered truthful. It's faithful. Science can be considered truth because THAT'S the point of science, to discover truths about things. And as history has often shown, truth very often trumps faith.

    Therefore the essay cannot really come from a place of honesty.

    With that in mind, I'd argue that you should consider Atheism. We have shorter meetings, better parties and our album collection is superior. And in the end we all go to the same place: the ground.

    So we got that goin' for us...which is nice.

    September 14, 2013 at 9:30 am |
    • Bart

      Your premise that science = truth is false. Science = theories = our best guesses based upon our current knowledge. Science changes all the time and new knowledge is gained and new sciences make new discoveries. None of this = truth.

      September 14, 2013 at 9:39 am |
      • Cpt. Obvious

        Correct, Bart, but philosophy does not lead to testable ideas to even formulate a solid theory.

        Science deals with facts and answers the question "how?" A scientific theory is the most powerful, known, exact understanding of a process that can be determined with the current data. A scientific theory is so powerful and exact because it has to answer all criticisms and change when new, accurate data proves one portion of the theory incorrect; the new data then STRENGTHENS the already strong theory with additional information.

        September 14, 2013 at 9:45 am |
      • cedar rapids

        'Science = theories = our best guesses based upon our current knowledge. '

        that you claim theories = our best guesses shows you know nothing about the scientific process.

        September 14, 2013 at 9:46 am |
        • Bart

          Why would that be? Everything we do is guesses because all variables can never be accounted for. No matter what proof you would like to come up with using the scientific method there is always the possibility of unaccounted for data that was not included in the proof. Nothing has never and can never be proven true using the scientific method. You believe in it because you have been convinced and you now have faith in it, other people have faith in other things.

          September 14, 2013 at 9:54 am |
        • John P. Tarver

          And atheists know nothing of the scientific method.

          September 14, 2013 at 9:55 am |
        • cedar rapids

          'No matter what proof you would like to come up with using the scientific method there is always the possibility of unaccounted for data that was not included in the proof.'

          The process is not best guess though, it is the result of studying the evidence. Guessing suggests assumption of factors not presented.

          September 14, 2013 at 10:03 am |
      • want2believe

        A scientific theory is a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world, based on knowledge that has been repeatedly confirmed through observation and experimentation. -wiki

        There is the theory of evolution. There are theories of gravity. Yet I find it unlikely you'll jump out the nearest window.

        September 14, 2013 at 10:18 am |
    • Cpt. Obvious

      The scientific method is the arbiter of fact; we can use those facts to produce real-world results such as complex structures with the help of mathematic principles or effective medical equipment and medicines from biology and evolutionary science.

      Philosophy is the arbiter of "truth," and "truth" is personal and individual. Each person's philosophy is different and each person's 'truth' is different, too. When people get together and discus truth, they're actually discussing the conclusions of their own philosophy. Nobody can prove themselves or anyone else wrong, and no version of "truth" can be demonstrated to be correct or incorrect. I can see where it can be fun, though, which is why we post here, probably?

      September 14, 2013 at 9:41 am |
      • John P. Tarver

        Dawkins' work fails the scientific method, just as Darwin did.

        Scientific method: experimentally demonstrable and repeatable.Why post a science term you do not understand?

        September 14, 2013 at 9:57 am |
        • cedar rapids

          This from a person that claims general relativity has been suppressed in science,

          September 14, 2013 at 10:04 am |
    • Ann

      Faith is the assurance of the faithfulness of that in which we are trusting. We base our faith on what we believe to be worthy of trust. For Christians, we have faith in the trustworthiness of Jesus Christ who said "I am the Way, THE TRUTH, and the Life, no one comes to the Father but through Me." Christians and Atheists alike search for Truth, the difference is whether we believe the finding Truth is up to us, and a gamble and lifetime of fruitless pursuit that we never ultimately are assured of finding or being certain of...or whether we believe that it is POSSIBLE that Truth has already been revealed and is findable.

      Christians believe that God is the source of all life, creation, and Truth. IF there is a God and He wants us to find Him, wouldn't he provide a means of finding Him, of revealing Himself to us so that we can have certainty of His existence? The difference in my quest for Truth is that I allow that to be a possibility, which Atheists rule out completely. Truth seekers should be willing to start with all possibilities, not rule out one possibility based on what we want to believe or not believe. If we really value the idea of Truth, we will not start out with our preferred belief as a given.

      I would invite you to explore Christianity. Start with the Bible and read it, in context. Ask yourself, IF there is a God, wouldn't it make sense that He would reveal Truth to us that we can be confident of? If so, read the Bible (and study the reliability, predictive accuracy, historical accuracy, and internal consistency of the Bible), and see if what it says may just be Truth. I have done so, and I have found that it is trustworthy and that its claims on life, humanity, this world, and how God interacts with this world are trustworthy and accurate in every situation.

      Don't start with what Christians say about science, start with what the Bible says...and read it in its entirety before assuming that Science is more truthful than what the Bible says. It claims to be Truth and from God, test it completely before trusting and putting faith in your hypothesis that God does not exist.

      Faith is not faithful unless it is based on what is Truthful. And Truth is not truthful unless it is worth of and leads to complete faith.

      I have faith because I now believe that God is the author and revealer of all Truth and is capable of revealing that Truth and giving that Confidence to all men; ultimately so that we can have true, good life and a relationship with Him now and eternally.

      September 14, 2013 at 10:05 am |
    • sybaris

      Belief is not truth. If it were there would be only one belief.

      September 14, 2013 at 10:13 am |
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  10. Jim Ricker

    And from the comments left here, we find the majority of CCN.com commenters are self-centered fools who care not a wit about what is good or right (treating others with respect) but instead are just a collective group of immature kids that want to be 'outraged' and become famous by making foolish and irrational comments. Typical. Rachel, although I disagree with you on quite a few subjects, on this one we agree.

    September 14, 2013 at 9:30 am |
    • One one

      "the majority of CCN.com commenters are self-centered fools who care not a wit about what is good or right (treating others with respect) but instead are just a collective group of immature kids that want to be 'outraged' and become famous by making foolish and irrational comments."

      Does that include you ?

      September 14, 2013 at 9:33 am |
    • Colin

      Jim, no hostility here, but I'd just like to point out the differences. Dawkins and his supporters, myself included, seek to invalidate the claims people make, but not the people themselves. Whereas, what we fight against is a group of people who often times tell us to leave "their country" when we think differently than them. They will tell us we are unrepentant sinners who deserve to burn in a fire for all of eternity. There is a big difference here. All atheists want Christians to do is lighten up a bit. What Christians want atheists to do is submit. There is a difference.

      September 14, 2013 at 9:34 am |
      • Mark Taylor

        Meh. I don't care whether you submit.

        September 14, 2013 at 9:59 am |
    • Cpt. Obvious

      My a.n.alysis of cnn posters does not lead me to the same conclusions as you report. I disagree. Maybe take another, less biased look?

      September 14, 2013 at 9:37 am |
    • Sane Person

      Give Rachel a week, she will change her position again.

      September 14, 2013 at 5:12 pm |
  11. Chris

    "evils of atheism"
    This quote alone, while taken in context of the piece, explains why atheists and believers cannot get along. I could care less what people believe, or don't, and how people of faith practice said faith, however I do take exception to the premise that non belief automatically has evil tied to it. I lost my faith as a teen due to the evils I had discovered that were associated with organized religion, so I guess the quote cuts both ways.

    September 14, 2013 at 9:28 am |
    • freefromtheism

      good point

      September 14, 2013 at 9:31 am |
    • Jim

      Yep, you got it right.

      September 14, 2013 at 9:34 am |
    • want2believe

      I can't tell if she's suggesting the "evils of atheism" or that is what her fellow Christians jump to when Dawkins and others are in the media. Like you, I don't care what anyone believes as long as it doesn't affect others. Either way, this is often the sentiment that sparks non believers to throw the evils of religion in the face of believers. Realistically she needed to write this article directed to her fellow Christians as the audience, not atheist.

      September 14, 2013 at 9:44 am |
  12. Not Falling For It

    NO DEAL. We are all born without religion. We are not all sinners as defined in books written by human kind. There is no proof that any god is in control of anything. There IS proof that we share the same geometry as the entire universe. When Pat Robinson opens his mouth to a national audience he is speaking for Christians. If you don't like him, put your money into something else and stop supporting him.

    September 14, 2013 at 9:28 am |
  13. Jason

    Let me offer atheists a better deal, we ignore everything Rachel Held Evans has to say since this article proves she is fairly ignorant on this topic yet decided to assume she can represent anyone on either side. What does everyone else think?

    September 14, 2013 at 9:28 am |
    • freefromtheism

      Deal

      September 14, 2013 at 9:29 am |
  14. Ann

    Funny this speaks about Truth, when Rachel's Post-modern version of Emergent Christianity does not espouse Truth, that it can be found nor understood, and that twists even the most understandable Truths of Scripture to come of with a "version" of Christianity that is better suited (they say) to what people who disagree with Bibilcal Christianity can swallow. While I agree with the call to be more compassionate and respectful toward all humanity, despite our different views, at the same time we must realize that the Christian's worldview demands that we stand firm for Truth, as revealed in Scripture. And we must understand that most who do not believe, see ALL Christians who use the Bible as Truth as those "most extreme and irrational Christians" Rachel mentions. (And I agree with her assessment of Pat Robertson for the record as extreme, misguided, and irrational). However, those Emergent christian leaders also cast all of us as extreme who call them to use the Bible as their guidepost for all Truth and to adhere to a literal interpretation of Scripture. They are just as guilty of painting with a broad brush as extremists, all those who adhere to the fact that there is Truth, that it is found in Scripture, and that we can understand it and should defend it (not compromising with the world). I appreciate Rachel's correct call for dialogue and respect, but I hope that she and other leaders who identify with Emergent could also come to the table with those they call "fundamentalist, radical, and extremist" Christians and "talk about the truth, and with the people who most consistently and graciously point us toward it." Modifying Biblical Christianity and using it to compromise with the world only further obscures truth, and ironically causes even more Atheists to say, "they don't even believe in the certainty or clarity of the Biblical Truth they claim to adhere to". Check out Atheist blogs on the Emergent Church, and it is quite evident. Emergent clearly has more in common with post-modern doubt and Atheism than it does with Biblical Christianity. As such, the dialogue will unfortunately be much easier. I respect Rachel and Atheists as valuable people, but love for humanity requires that I care more about their souls such that I would be bold enough to tell them the Truth of the hope we have through Jesus as Lord and God and the confidence we can have in His Word, the Bible as Truth. That conversation must be our primary goal, more so than the idea that we can simply coexist and be respectful in dialogue. The only real questions we must ask ourselves are (1) Is there a such thing as Truth? (2) If so, where do we find it and is the Bible True? (3) If so, since it claims to be Truth from God, what does it say about God? (4) And based on that Truth, how do we relate to Him and others? Let's all start there. It is our only real hope.

    September 14, 2013 at 9:26 am |
    • Dave

      Sorry, I can't read paragraphs that long. After awhile it just blurs together. Please re-state your position in 30 words or less.

      September 14, 2013 at 9:37 am |
      • Ann

        Not possible. Anything worth discussing is worth our time to explain it and read it, even if a bit longer than we would like. It is not that hard 😉 Twitter has clearly not been a good influence on peoples' desire for intellectual, meaningful conversations. 😉

        September 14, 2013 at 10:16 am |
      • cedar rapids

        neither, apparently, has schooling had an effect on you Ann. The whole breaking down into paragraphs etc.

        September 14, 2013 at 10:25 am |
        • Ann

          Oh brother...this is not a paper...its a text box.

          September 14, 2013 at 10:43 am |
        • cedar rapids

          'Oh brother...this is not a paper...its a text box'

          and somehow that means the basics are ignored? how does that logic work?

          September 14, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
  15. Colin

    Everyone else has already said why I am sure, but this opinion piece is dumb. Stop conflating actual crazies with people who disagree with you. Richard Dawkins is awesome and haters are just gonna hate. That man represents my views perfectly. I've never found anyone who better represents my views outside of my self. I wish I could share his writing with everyone.

    September 14, 2013 at 9:26 am |
  16. One one

    "So let’s talk about the truth, and with the people who most consistently and graciously point us toward it."

    What a joke ! So preaching that if you don't believe, a powerful magic god who impregnated a virgin with himself and had himself killed, and rose from the dead will torture you forever in hell is graciously talking about the truth ?

    LMAO !

    September 14, 2013 at 9:26 am |
  17. Liz the First

    Here's a deal suggestion. how about believers stop pushing their intelligence-insulting portrayal of God as some old goat sitting on a throne judging and condemning people, and people who are turned off by that look at belief systems that don't expect you to check your brain at the door? yes, there are some. Religious Science, for instance, otherwise known as Science of Mind (NO relation to Scientology!!!!!), is a breath of fresh air for folks with an open mind and desire to learn about man's true relationship to deity. and if you don't believe in any sort of higher power, that's totally fine. let the 'christians' continue to feel superior to everyone else. when they die, they'll learn the truth, too.

    September 14, 2013 at 9:25 am |
    • End Religion

      If science is being applied correctly you wouldn't end with your God assertion. "man's true relationship to deity," as you put it, is an unknown so how could one reasonably believe your wonderful "one true path" is any more true than anyone else's? You believe your claptrap for the same reasons any other zealot does. The only difference is you're one step closer to atheism and that won't be far behind. I look forward to your final admission there is no God once you've developed the courage.

      September 14, 2013 at 9:47 am |
  18. Jim

    The definition of believers and non-believers.

    Believers --- They believe in something that is made up by man. They believe in something that they have no proof of.

    Non-believers --- They believe in truth and not some made up crap by man.

    I will stick with the non-believers.

    September 14, 2013 at 9:25 am |
  19. Dave

    I think that's a fair deal. Right after we oppress you for 2,000 years.

    By the way, I don't know who Dawkins is, nor do I care. I don't believe in him either.

    September 14, 2013 at 9:23 am |
  20. ron

    Atheists often feel compelled to ridicule God and people of faith; using these actions to reinforce their belief systems. Intrinsically they know there is more to being; yet their pride prevents the humility necessary for recognition of the truth. All too often people equate "the church", religion, people of faith with God; assuming our attributes are his. If you want to know God, look to Jesus.

    September 14, 2013 at 9:22 am |
    • Colin

      Jesus said that non believers were like twigs that would be cast into a fire. What a dick!

      September 14, 2013 at 9:27 am |
    • Jim

      Garbage, you spew lies. You have no proof of anything.

      Show us some proof and then we will think about it. Otherwise, you are full of lies.

      September 14, 2013 at 9:28 am |
    • cedar rapids

      'Intrinsically they know there is more to being; yet their pride prevents the humility necessary for recognition of the truth. '

      Sorry but we dont. We just look at the claims made and ask ourselves how anyone can actually think this stuff is real.

      September 14, 2013 at 9:31 am |
    • Dave

      Intrinsically they know there is more to being? Once again some religious nut starts telling me what I believe. Can't you just once state your opinion without demeaning others? Just once?

      Your solution is to look to Jesus? A mythical idol that is behind thousands of years of human oppression? Sure, I'll do that as soon as you point him out.

      September 14, 2013 at 9:32 am |
      • mac12311

        I'm pretty sure that most modern scholars agree Jesus existed.

        September 14, 2013 at 9:40 am |
      • ron

        Dave you are proof of my point.

        September 14, 2013 at 10:11 am |
    • Hodor

      I think atheists ridicule supernatural beliefs because they are ridiculous by nature, not to bolster their own beliefs. By "know there is more to being" are you referring in part to the idea that humans are created in god's image? Then you accuse atheists of lacking humility and failing to see the truth. This is, how do you say, hilarious.

      September 14, 2013 at 9:33 am |
    • JimW

      What do you mean 'ridicule God', how can you ridicule something that doesn't exist?

      September 14, 2013 at 9:59 am |
      • ron

        If God is imaginary why are you spending your time on this forum, to help negate your doubts?

        September 14, 2013 at 10:17 am |
        • cedar rapids

          because while god doesnt exist, the followers of various deities most certainly do exist, and it is they that post here, not god, that we respond too.

          September 14, 2013 at 10:27 am |
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