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Can you really 'try on' atheism for a year?
Ryan Bell's "year without God" experiment has drawn a wealth of comments, from scornful to supportive.
January 14th, 2014
01:20 PM ET

Can you really 'try on' atheism for a year?

By Daniel Burke, Belief Blog Co-editor
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(CNN) - Ryan Bell, a one-time Christian pastor, says he didn't expect his yearlong experiment with atheism to get much attention.

"This wasn't intended to be an international journey that was done in public," he told CNN's Brooke Baldwin last Wednesday.

But what began as Bell's personal project has now been covered by NPR, the BBC, Religion News Service, and, of course, here at CNN.

READ MORE: Pastor tries atheism, loses jobs, gains $19,000

It's not just the mainstream media that are along for the ride, either. Dozens of blogs and columnists have weighed in on Bell's "Year Without God," with responses ranging from support to skepticism to scorn.

Sikivu Hutchinson, a writer who has criticized the lack of racial diversity in the the atheist community, called Bell's foray into atheism "secular tourism."

"Bell joins a jam-packed, largely white, mostly Christian cottage industry of religious leaders who are capitalizing off of untapped reserves of atheist dollars, adulation and publicity by jumping onto the 'maverick ex-pastor' bandwagon," Hutchinson wrote in a recent blog post.

PZ Myers, an American scientist and prolific blogger on atheism, echoed Hutchinson's comments, and called Bell's experiment "simply ridiculous."

"It’s not a set of superficial practices, it’s a mindset," Myers said of atheism. "What’s he going to do at the end of the year, erase his brain?"

Since the responses have been so varied - and so interesting - we wanted to know what other thinkers and scholars have to say about Bell's experiment with atheism.

In short, we asked a whole bunch of smart folks if it's really possible to "try" atheism for a year. Perhaps unsurprisingly, we got a wide variety of answers (The old adage about "three rabbis, four opinions" seems to apply to atheists as well.)

Some of these submissions have been edited for length and clarity.

Catherine Dunphy, executive director of The Clergy Project 

It would be accurate to say that some of our members tried similar experiments, though in a much less public fashion and for a shorter period of time before leaving their faith.

For myself, it was in stages. First, I decided to just stop praying and see what would happen.  Then I stopped going to church, and finally I decided that the idea of God just didn't make sense.

It was like learning to swim with "water wings." Eventually I realized I could float all by myself.

Testing the atheism waters, is in many ways an intellectual process but it is also intrinsically linked to emotion. God is often seen as a surrogate parent, a protector, a supporter. Untangling oneself from this type of over arching narrative is never easy.

Bell should be applauded for his attempt to ask the hard questions. Whether he'll be a theist or atheist on the other side of this journey, I don't know. But it is a good thing that he is wondering.

Penny Edgell, sociology professor, University of Minnesota 

What Bell is doing makes a sense if you remember that it is through daily practice that we become the people we are.  Meditation, daily prayers and devotions ... these are how people become Christian, Muslim, a believer of any kind.

And it's not just religion; there are all kinds of practical, self-help guides to being a better mom, a better husband, a more passionate lover, etc., all of which focus on doing the things that a better mom, husband, or lover would do until you a) feel more momly, husbandly, loverly feelings and b) it becomes a habit to act in the appropriate role-enhancing way.

So there is no reason to be skeptical about Bell's experiment.  Quite the opposite - it may work, and more profoundly than he anticipates.  A year is a long time, and if he really spends that year doing the things an atheist would do, he may not only act like an atheist, but feel like one, and in that union of action and feeling, find that he has become one.

Paul Fidalgo, spokesman, Center for Inquiry 

I think there is at least potential for profound personal and political implications to the discoveries Bell may make in his experiment.

Many people in times of crisis put a great deal of hope in the idea that God will come through, or execute a plan that makes sense of it all. But what happens when the mental and emotional energy that goes into prayer and wishing were put toward something more concrete?

Bell’s experiment won’t settle the religion-versus-nonreligion debate by any stretch of the imagination.

But he might help us to understand what powers we sacrifice when we spend less of ourselves on entreaties to an unknowable being, and direct those energies toward dealing with the real world, as it is, right now.

Dale McGowan, author of "Parenting Beyond Belief" and "Atheism for Dummies"

Trying atheism is not only possible, it’s a very common step out of religious belief. The comedian and author Julia Sweeney called it “putting on the No-God glasses” to see what the world looks like when you stop assuming a god is running things.

A lot depends on how serious and honest someone is in the experiment. There’s a tendency to scramble back to old explanations at the first snap of a twig or the first feeling of wonder.

But those whose will to know is stronger than the will to believe usually find their way out. And when they do, the most common emotion they describe isn’t the anguish and despair they were told to expect — it’s freedom and relief.

Dave Muscato, spokesman, American Atheists 

I think what Ryan Bell is doing is a great thing. It's important to try to see other points of view so that you can have a better understanding of why other people don't believe the same things that you do. I don't think it's quite possible to try on the absence of belief the way he's intending to, though.

If Bell has made the choice to drop faith in superstition in favor of what the evidence shows, then he can understand the atheist experience. If he is holding on, he's not doing what an atheist does. He's simply not practicing his religion. I would say that a better name for this would be a lapsed Christian, not an atheist.

An atheist is an active role, not a passive one. We don't simply stop reading the Bible and stop praying and stop going to church. We love the process of learning and exploring answers.

Instead of resorting to "God did it," atheists are comfortable saying "I don't know, but I'm going to find out." That's where the fun starts; it means we're on the right path to finding the real answers to our questions.

David Myers, professor of psychology, Hope College 

In my book, "A Friendly Letter to Skeptics and Atheists," I quote the Christian author C. S. Lewis:

"Believe in God and you will have to face hours when it seems obvious that this material world is the only reality; disbelieve in Him and you must face hours when this material world seems to shout at you that it is not all. No conviction, religious or irreligious, will, of itself, end once and for all [these doubts] in the soul. Only the practice of Faith resulting in the habit of Faith will gradually do that.”

Indeed, psychological science confirms that attitudes and beliefs tend to follow behavior.  Act as if you believe—or don’t—and in time your beliefs may shift toward your actions.

Mitchell Stephens, author, "Imagine There’s No Heaven: How Atheism Helped Create the Modern World"

I admit to being uncomfortable with the notion of “trying” atheism.

Can you try to have a conviction? And atheism, unlike religion, is not something that is simply accepted on faith. It presumes to be the result of reasoning and investigation. Limiting the experiment to a year also seems a bit artificial: that reasoning and investigation should never end.

Perhaps by “trying,” however, Bell means allowing yourself to be open to arguments that challenge your convictions. That certainly is noble. And the reading list of atheists and some of the West’s great questioners Bell has assigned himself is impressive. I would hope that nonbelievers would be as eager to confront the ideas of Kierkegaard or Dostoevsky.

Doubt, too, is noble. Surely, there is enough of it recorded in the gospels. Bell deserves credit for exploring rather than suppressing his doubts. He seems a thoughtful and courageous man. It is easy to imagine this being a rich and rewarding year – or lifetime.

It is a shame that some of Bell’s co-religionists are not better able to tolerate this exercise in openness and doubt. Perhaps that is one of the limitations of resting convictions upon faith rather than reasoning and investigation.

Merold Westphal, philosophy professor, Fordham University 

I think it is possible to "try" either atheistic unbelief or theistic belief to see if it "fits" in the sense of doing the practices that go with the position - praying or not praying, going to church or not going to church, reading the Bible or not reading the Bible, etc.

But I very much doubt that it is possible to suspend belief in the sense Bell suggested.

We do get caught up in the world of a movie and feel, for example, real anxiety. But then someone coughs or talks and we remember that what we are watching and hearing is fiction and the real world is the one where I'm sitting in a theater. We haven't ceased to believe, and the sense in which we have temporarily suspended belief (for an hour or two, not for a year) depends on powerful external  aids.  I'm not sure ceasing the practices of faith can have the same result, especially over so long a time.

Lauren Anderson Youngblood, spokesperson, Secular Coalition for America  

I'm not exactly sure how you would "try" it, because atheism is not a religion with rituals and obligations (attending church, fasting, not eating pork, etc).

Either you believe or don't believe. If you're on the fence, I would say you're an agnostic, not "trying" atheism.

- CNN Religion Editor

Filed under: Atheism • Belief • Faith • Lost faith • Nones • Spirituality

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  1. Jeebusss

    There is no such thing as "trying" atheism. You either believe there are invisible people in the sky or you don't. If you do, you are religious(and slightly schizophrenic), if you don't, you're an atheist.

    You can pretend to be one as a social experiment, but you'll have a hard time if you still think your sky daddy is up there.

    January 14, 2014 at 4:44 pm |
    • Matt

      This made me laugh, thank you for that. Great post.

      January 14, 2014 at 4:47 pm |
    • AE

      I'm not an atheist. I'm also not schizophrenic. And I don't believe there are invisible people in the sky.

      January 14, 2014 at 5:30 pm |
      • James K

        But you do believe in invisible God, right?

        January 14, 2014 at 8:16 pm |
  2. Dyslexic doG

    Why doesn't your god appear to the world?

    He seems to be narcissistic enough and vain enough and insecure enough to want more adoration and more worship. Your book which you keep bleating is the "word of god", certainly sees god commanding you endlessly to adore him and worship him and bow before him and idolize him and praise him.

    It would be effortless for him to show himself, like he seemed to do pretty regularly back in the bronze age, and he wouldn't have to send so many people to eternal fire and pain and torment. Surely, if he is the loving god that you claim, he would be anxious to save all these people rather than damn them?

    I am shaking my head as I write this, in amazement at the pure infantile foolishness that enables you to believe in something so patently false.

    It's amazing. Simply amazing.

    January 14, 2014 at 4:43 pm |
  3. Mopery

    Some questions:
    1. If god created the universe, then who(or what) created god?
    2. Where exactly is this "Heaven" place?
    3. Where exactly is this "Hell" place?
    4. Is there any proof that the "soul" even exists?
    5. If you believe in a god, which one and why?
    6. Do you disbelieve the thousands of other gods which have been worshiped throughout history? If so, doesn't that make you an Atheist to all gods but one?

    January 14, 2014 at 4:43 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      and if god made adam first, why did he give him ni.pples?

      January 14, 2014 at 4:44 pm |
      • Dyslexic doG

        or a willy?

        January 14, 2014 at 4:45 pm |
        • G to the T

          And if neither were "born", did they have belly buttons?

          January 15, 2014 at 11:39 am |
  4. Dyslexic doG

    I don't think Atheists become religious very often but religious people become atheists in large numbers.

    An atheist is typically focused on proof and logic. There is no proof and no logic to any religion so nothing that would change their minds.

    religious people are often that way due to childhood indoctrination but once the look outside the bubble and see facts and science and logic, they typically see religion for the foolishness it is and leave.

    the other instance when people leave religion is when they actually study books like the bible in depth and as a whole rather than just believing their priests and hearing isolated quotes. As Isaac Asimov said: "Properly read, the bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived."

    January 14, 2014 at 4:40 pm |
    • AE

      I don't find that atheists have more interests in logic and proof than other people. Logic and proof leads a lot of intelligent people to believe in God.

      “A scientific discovery is also a religious discovery. There is no conflict between science and religion. Our knowledge of God is made larger with every discovery we make about the world.” –Joseph H. Taylor, Jr.

      January 14, 2014 at 4:43 pm |
      • Dyslexic doG

        sorry, but there most definitely is a conflict between science and religion.

        January 14, 2014 at 4:46 pm |
        • AE

          I'm Christian. What conflict do you imagine I have?

          January 14, 2014 at 4:52 pm |
      • Mopery

        What a load of horsesh!t. Science has nothing at all to do with religion, you can't form a hypothesis about the quantum state of an atom of Mercury based on the Gospel of John. Absolutely ridiculous...

        January 14, 2014 at 4:48 pm |
        • AE

          You can't form a hypothesis about the quantum state of an atom of Mercury based on atheism, either.

          But nothing in Christianity prevents an elite scientist for doing such things. Thankfully, because Christians have contributed a lot to science.

          January 14, 2014 at 4:54 pm |
        • Randy

          Their Christianity had nothing to do with the scientific method that led them to their discoveries. Don't act as though Christians = Christianity. Otherwise, your argument means that atheism is responsible for most scientific discoveries today.

          January 14, 2014 at 5:54 pm |
        • Mopery

          AE, you're as dense as a neutron star.

          January 14, 2014 at 4:59 pm |
        • AE

          Nobody said to try and use the Book of John to practice science. The point is the study of science doesn't necessarily go against religion. Joseph Taylor, who is a Christian, won a Noble Prize. I think his testimony about science and religion is relevant. Thanks for expressing your opinion.

          January 14, 2014 at 5:03 pm |
      • tony

        The only religious hypothesis you can form about anything not man made that is physical or organic is that "god made it". Otherwise you have a problem with believing god as the creator.

        the trouble with that comes when you can see that there are processes that such items get made because of causes that we can see happen all by themselves. Star formation, nuclear fission, earthquakes, volcanoes, lightning, etc.

        January 14, 2014 at 5:09 pm |
        • AE

          That is not a problem. We have many examples of elite scientists that are religious who sought after how something happened. Not just settling with "God did it." But scientifically looking at how or why a phenomenon occurred.

          January 14, 2014 at 5:16 pm |
        • Randy

          Yep. Their religious beliefs had nothing to do with the scientific method that led to discoveries.

          January 14, 2014 at 6:12 pm |
        • tony

          So you can just pick and choose your phenomena to suit your belief and refute factual evidence? Like burning bushes vs. spontaneous combustion (or perhaps psychadelic illusions of the same)? Tsunamis/earth movement vs Parting of the red sea? Ranibows vs refraction of light? Big Bang theory vs. god creation?

          More reasonable people call that beieving in magic., but selectively, just when it suits you.

          January 14, 2014 at 5:32 pm |
        • AE

          The Bible describes miracles, or acts of God. Things that only something like a deity could do. I don't have to believe all the miracles literally happened to believe in Jesus.

          It doesn't prevent people from mastering science.

          January 14, 2014 at 5:42 pm |
        • G to the T

          AE "I don't have to believe all the miracles literally happened to believe in Jesus."

          Well I imagine you have to believe in at least 1 or 2 right?

          January 15, 2014 at 11:41 am |
      • Randy

        Based on their overwhelming reliance upon logical fallacies, I have a difficult time agreeing with your claim that logic leads anybody to their religious beliefs.

        January 14, 2014 at 5:44 pm |
  5. GAW

    I guess that this will involve a level of hypocrisy on his part.

    January 14, 2014 at 4:38 pm |
  6. Andrew

    This is a very interesting exercise and one that, particularly for a former pastor, must truly be a challenge. I admit as a person who believes in a higher power that I've had a break with organized religion. I think that is the single biggest push for people of faith to ignore it or abandon it all together. Religion...as opposed to the idea of a creator, can be a horrible thing. Yet in my time away from religion I have actually found both more that draws me to the idea of a creator, but also more in common with the morals of many athiests. Whether you believe God created the earth or it was the result in an infintesimally freakish chance of fate that it was created as a result of a big bang...we still only have one earth to live on. We still have only the 7 billion neighbors to live with. We still only have so many resources to share. Whether you believe God told us to live together in a particular way or we must do it out of fear of a violent death in a kind of Hobbesian social contract, we all have a morailty we choose to govern our relationships. To say that athiests have no morals is as offensive as saying all people of religion are stupid because they believe in some myth. In a way I hope that's what Mr. Bell finds whether he goes back to being a Christian or decides he is something other than religious. Belief and morality have many forms. He doesn't have to accept all of those and become some moral relativist...but to deny the differences we have whether one believes one is right over the other is foolish. He has done a rare thing walking in the shoes of his fellow "man" to at least try and understand a perspective that is different from what he believe(s or d).

    January 14, 2014 at 4:35 pm |
    • CommonSensed

      Ism's in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself.

      January 14, 2014 at 4:38 pm |
      • plav74

        That's called humanism. 😉

        January 14, 2014 at 4:55 pm |
      • Andrew

        Amen!

        January 14, 2014 at 5:32 pm |
    • igaftr

      There are actually many planets that have been identified that should be capable of supporting life. We are most likely not alone, but we can only speculate as to what form that life would take. It took over a billion years for the first single cell organisms to start to evolve into multicelled creatures, but bottom line is, there is a high likely hood that there is more life in the universe than just on Earth, we are most likely not alone.
      Based on the number of planets found in the zone warm enough to have liquid water out of the number of stars that we have examined, and then extrapolated out to the number of stars in our galaxy alone, there may be 2 billion planets in the Milky Way alone that could support life. Multiply that by the number of galaxies and you see we are most likely not alone.

      January 14, 2014 at 4:45 pm |
  7. abaddon

    this Bell guy is clearly a high level a$$clown.

    January 14, 2014 at 4:34 pm |
  8. Knucklehead

    Mr. Muscato said above: 'atheists are comfortable saying "I don't know, but I'm going to find out.' " Atheists don't say, "I don't know," agnostics do. Atheists "know" God doesn't exist. It's really just another form of faith. Call it anti-faith.

    January 14, 2014 at 4:31 pm |
    • Ah

      That was silly,, anti-faith? and you claim it's a faith?

      January 14, 2014 at 4:33 pm |
      • vancouverron

        Hey, I had an anti-faith. Married to my uncle Charlie. Badda boom tish!!

        January 14, 2014 at 6:25 pm |
    • Mopery

      Not at all, as an Atheist I say prove that your god exists, then I will believe it. Until then, faith is just another word for gullibility.

      January 14, 2014 at 4:34 pm |
    • loki

      mr. knucklehead, you are clueless.

      January 14, 2014 at 4:36 pm |
    • Kim Jong Un

      I would say an agnostic is smart enough to say there is no answer to the question. I am a talking monkey with pants on this spinning ball of dirt flying around the universe. How is it that I can say for sure that no higher power that created all of this? I can't, I am just a dumb monkey. I am humble enough to know that I can't know, and that no one really can. At the same time, i can be skeptical about these organized religions.

      January 14, 2014 at 4:37 pm |
      • Randy

        Agnostic/gnostic address claims of knowledge. Atheism/theism address beliefs. The terms do not address degrees of certainty nor are they mutually exclusive.

        January 14, 2014 at 4:45 pm |
    • AE

      As a Christian, I've found that a little healthy agnosticism, or not knowing all the answers about something, is perfectly fine.

      January 14, 2014 at 4:40 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      Sir Knuckle, I am sorry to say that was a FAIL!

      January 14, 2014 at 4:41 pm |
    • Randy

      Only a small subset of atheists claim that there are no gods. Most admit that it's impossible to know for sure. Gnostic atheists lack belief in gods and claim to know that there are no gods. Agnostic atheists lack belief in gods and don't claim to know whether or not gods exist. Agnostic theists believe in the existence of at least one god but don't claim to know whether any gods actually exist. Gnostic theists believe at least one god exists and claim to know at least one god exists. Theism/atheism address belief; gnosticism/agnosticism address knowledge. Agnostic and atheist are not degrees of certainty and the words are not mutually exclusive.

      January 14, 2014 at 4:43 pm |
      • Mopery

        Atheism is not about one-upsmanship, it's about asking yourself what is more likely to be true based on evidence. With absolutely no evidence for god, there is no reason to believe that such a thing exists. Spurious testimonials do not meet the criteria for evidence.

        January 14, 2014 at 4:53 pm |
  9. Phoggy

    Maybe it's possible that he will come out of it still believing in some sort of higher power, but not necessarily the jealous, vengeful god sitting on the throne constantly judging humanity. Maybe he won't call the higher power "God", but possibly the Collective Unconscious or Unified Life Force. Something impersonal, but a collective source of creative energy that is present in all the universe. It's not atheism, but a belief system that denies the existence of a regal "ruler" of the universe. I predict that his idea of God will change, but won't go away entirely. This allows you to still have questions but believe that an unfathomable force greater than single individuals is working through the collective whole. This greater power does not judge, but simply is Existence Itself. Existence cannot judge any part of Itself one way or the other, because it all just Is. It's humans that judge and place values on a thing as "good" or "bad", "right or "wrong", "intelligent" or "dumb".

    January 14, 2014 at 4:29 pm |
    • Ah

      you've defined secular society. It is secular society which keeps peace and tames religions.

      Secular society is above religious rules. In fact it ensure religions do the least amount of harm.

      January 14, 2014 at 4:32 pm |
    • igaftr

      To a drop in the ocean, is the ocean a higher form?

      Higher denotes a position as if elevated. no reason to think higher, lower,fuzzy or purple. Energy is a better term...not higher, not lower, but more encompassing perhaps.

      January 14, 2014 at 4:37 pm |
    • Gas eventually told cells how to act and create life...gas really

      wrong all our laws that even athesit follow dirive from biblical text.

      January 14, 2014 at 5:28 pm |
      • A Frayed Knot

        Really?

        Where's the law about ALL slavery being illegal? Where's the one about Voting? Child abuse? Jaywalking?

        On the other hand:

        The Ten Commandments:
        1: Have no other gods – NOT A LAW
        2: Make no graven image – NOT A LAW
        3: Don’t take the name in vain – NOT A LAW
        4: Honor the Sabbath – NOT A LAW
        5: Honor thy father and mother – NOT A LAW
        6: Thou shalt not kill – NOT UNIQUE TO CHRISTIANITY (long pre-dated it)
        7: Thou shalt not commit adultery – huge number of Christians commit adultery by LEGALLY remarrying
        8: Thou shalt not steal – NOT UNIQUE TO CHRISTIANITY
        9: Thou shalt not bear false witness – NOT UNIQUE TO CHRISTIANITY
        10: Thou shalt not covet – NOT A LAW

        January 14, 2014 at 5:34 pm |
      • Randy

        No living human being is stupid enough to believe that. I call Poe.

        January 14, 2014 at 6:25 pm |
  10. Mopery

    Jesus was gay.

    January 14, 2014 at 4:28 pm |
  11. CommonSensed

    In the words of the wise one:

    Do or do not – there is no try.

    January 14, 2014 at 4:28 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      nice!

      January 14, 2014 at 4:34 pm |
    • Mopery

      Meesa like-a the way you be a-thinkin! Yousa obelde-kaysa inna meesa buk!

      January 14, 2014 at 4:56 pm |
      • CommonSensed

        Jar Jar is a blight upon the Star Wars name.

        January 14, 2014 at 5:32 pm |
        • Mopery

          Unfortunately since the mid-1990's, so has George Lucas...

          January 14, 2014 at 5:44 pm |
        • CommonSensed

          Help us JJ Abrams…you're are only hope.

          Well, not only, but gives us hope nonetheless and it fit the quote better.

          January 14, 2014 at 5:51 pm |
  12. GAW

    Most Christians have many moments where they try Atheism. Specifically we call it practical Atheism. For example if a Pastor believes that p orn is wrong they why do they view it if they supposedly believe that God in all is glory is watching them and knows all their thoughts. One would have to have a moment of non belief to get away with such a thing.

    January 14, 2014 at 4:27 pm |
    • TheGrimJester

      Who says they think they are getting away with it? Perhaps they know they can later be forgiven of their sin. Or maybe they think that God likes watching it too, so they are sharing it!

      January 14, 2014 at 4:30 pm |
      • tony

        God invented it.

        January 14, 2014 at 5:15 pm |
        • CommonSensed

          @ tony – which one?

          January 14, 2014 at 5:32 pm |
  13. Ah

    a religious person will many times throw stones at those who are gay. Yet when one of their own is caught, they make excuses and act as if it was an accident.

    An atheist doesn't judge the person who is gay, they see them as human.

    Atheist get angry when religionist treat those who are gay as evil, sinners and with outrage. Religionists are full of hate, yet when caught, they mask it with imagination found in selective scriptures.

    January 14, 2014 at 4:23 pm |
    • Gas eventually told cells how to act and create life...gas really

      yes ( you are obviously gay), the only differance between atheist and christians, is that they just dont agree on the gays...God loves all , but asks us to follow the way Jesus lived. If we all did so we would lead happy lives with no want for things earthly that eventually let you down..God loves all and true christians dont hate although no one is perfect...Why would non drug users hang around or want to be around drug users ...the same goes for people who are christians dont normally hang around people who blatently go against Gods word. obviosly being gay is not what nature intended Even if God is out of the picture ...other wise thier wouldnt be genders.

      January 14, 2014 at 4:27 pm |
      • Ah

        would you re-write your post replacing god with 'cookie monster' and jesus with 'bert'

        Then read it back to yourself.

        January 14, 2014 at 4:29 pm |
        • Gas eventually told cells how to act and create life...gas really

          Really I guess because you havent studied history you dont know that Jesus was in fact in th eroman history books as well as muslim koran a s a phrophet writing spanning hundreds of years . He was in fact here , its in the history books...smart guy....Look at your hand ..are you real...did gas create you .....intelligent cells all working together to form the shape of your hand...gas created that and told cells how to act...you should take a deeeper look my friend. my point of the last comment was christians should not judge God tells us not to in the bible..and your angry cause you know nature inteneded women with man ...sorry

          January 14, 2014 at 4:45 pm |
        • Randy

          Not a single contemporary account of Jesus outside the Bible. Accounts from later on refer to Christians, but do not represent any kind of historical record of a man known as Jesus from Nazareth.

          January 14, 2014 at 5:47 pm |
        • CommonSensed

          @ Gas…really – very few people really doubt Jesus existed. It's his divinity that's in question.

          January 14, 2014 at 5:33 pm |
      • Randy

        But, you don't follow the rules of Vishnu, and you'll pay for that after you die...you'll see.

        January 14, 2014 at 4:47 pm |
      • Blah

        So...Christians are instructed to live as Jesus lived...loving all, accepting all, aiding the poor, the sick, the lame etc...but ew icky why would non-drug using people (read: Christians) ever be around disgusting drug users?!...hmmmmm...might want to re-read that good book you're clearly using as a paperweight.

        January 14, 2014 at 4:53 pm |
    • AE

      I know atheists that are ho.mophobic and hateful toward gays. I have seen atheists guilty of judging others for their se.xual orientation. Atheism just means you don't believe in God or gods.

      I have also seen religious people support gays and fight for their equal rights.

      January 14, 2014 at 4:29 pm |
      • Mopery

        Testimonial proof is no proof at all.

        January 14, 2014 at 4:32 pm |
        • AE

          Are you talking about my testimonial proof, or AH's testimonial proof?

          http://www.religionnews.com/2013/06/03/elca-lutherans-elect-first-openly-gay-bishop/

          Do you seriously doubt there are people that are gay and in a religion?

          January 14, 2014 at 4:37 pm |
        • Mopery

          No, I meant in general.

          January 14, 2014 at 4:45 pm |
      • Randy

        Yep, but they have no excuse for their bigotry.

        January 14, 2014 at 4:48 pm |
  14. Donkey T Dong

    It is a ludicrous notion that one can state ahead of time they are going to quit believing for a year just to try it out.

    I have an IQ between 41 and 47 and even I recognize baloney when I read it, hear it or see it. This is baloney. If I live to be 13 years old, I will never understand why some people think they can get other people to believe them when they say such things.

    January 14, 2014 at 4:15 pm |
    • Ah

      so you are saying, they figured out there likely is no god. Yet they are struck by the fears religion imposed on them.

      January 14, 2014 at 4:17 pm |
  15. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    Ritualized atheism is possible for people who do not truly disbelieve. They can, if they want, insist that God does not exist just as when they actually can't know, and perhaps don't truly believe, they insist that God does exist.

    January 14, 2014 at 4:10 pm |
    • Ah

      to claim something exists with no method to verify it,, measurement included, it would be the same as lying to yourself. or worse, teaching your kids it's OK to lie

      January 14, 2014 at 4:16 pm |
    • Mopery

      Burden of proof always lies with the believer. No proof? No reason to believe the nonsense.

      January 14, 2014 at 4:21 pm |
  16. No atheism please

    I think most atheists here are weak in their faith and that's why they are here. It's not to "challenge" people like they claim.

    January 14, 2014 at 4:04 pm |
    • tony

      Being condescending and ignorant, but thinking you "know" others minds, all at the same time will make you a pretty good evangelist.

      January 14, 2014 at 4:09 pm |
      • Deigh

        And an exemplary atheist. The idea that Christians do not ponder their beliefs or question what they have been taught is ludicrous and the idea that atheists are all open-minded truth seekers is a laughable farce. Agendas lie everywhere and smug, trite responses belong to the atheists far more than to the pious disciple.

        January 14, 2014 at 5:06 pm |
        • tony

          But the post was condescending and ignorant, and thinking he "knows" (most) others minds, all at the same time.

          I'm not returning the insult, just breaking it down into it's components. And it's typical of the evangelical stuff we hear constantly from the tea party types.

          January 14, 2014 at 5:21 pm |
    • jorge

      i don't think so. when has this set of circ-umstances ever happened before – this huge size of information and opinions across the world?

      January 14, 2014 at 4:11 pm |
    • Ah

      or maybe they are annoyed by the religious.. Tired of this god stuff and religions trying to change our laws

      January 14, 2014 at 4:13 pm |
      • No atheism please

        And maybe believers, any believer from any religion, are tired of atheists doing the same.

        January 14, 2014 at 4:17 pm |
        • Ah

          I believe you'll find atheism as a group who do good deeds without promise of eternal salvation. makes it rather genuine.

          January 14, 2014 at 4:19 pm |
        • Billy

          and maybe atheists are tired of believers arguing with each other.

          January 14, 2014 at 4:21 pm |
        • igaftr

          Atheists are not trying to pass laws based on non-belief...we are working to remove the MANY laws that were unconst!tutionally passed. We are trying to put things BACK the way it was BEFORE the christians forced their belief into our laws.

          January 14, 2014 at 4:21 pm |
        • Franklin

          There is no "we" in atheists.
          Some atheists don't care about laws, and just want to smoke dope and play video games.

          January 14, 2014 at 4:23 pm |
        • CommonSensed

          I'm pretty sure that all of the folks who believe in all their different gods disagree with you. Not to mention all those who supposedly share a religion, yet still cannot agree on the basic tenants of that religion.

          January 14, 2014 at 4:42 pm |
    • igaftr

      Or maybe they are fascinated by people who believe in that which there is no evidence for, more of a psychological curiosity.
      Some of the mental gymnastics that accompany belief is quite intriguing...the lengths that some will go to to rationalize unjustifiable belief...incredible.

      January 14, 2014 at 4:16 pm |
      • G to the T

        Personally, I got my degree in History with a focus on Comparitive Religion. The boards help me to keep my hand in so to speak... Besides, how could it not be interesting to see how other people view reality?

        January 15, 2014 at 12:05 pm |
    • Mopery

      That's the best thing about Atheism though, it doesn't require faith.

      January 14, 2014 at 4:17 pm |
      • No atheism please

        It does require faith and a lot of it.

        January 14, 2014 at 4:20 pm |
        • Mopery

          How much faith does it require for you to not believe in leprechauns?

          January 14, 2014 at 4:22 pm |
        • igaftr

          thats just silly.

          Does it take faith to not believe in the tooth fairy, or santa, or the easter bunny...just another lie from someone who seems to need to pigeon hole everyone. silly sill troll.

          January 14, 2014 at 4:23 pm |
        • Trix

          Please explain how it requires faith, No. You were unable to explain how it is a religion.

          January 14, 2014 at 4:28 pm |
        • Gas eventually told cells how to act and create life...gas really

          LOL your believeing that this world and all the intelligent beings down to the cells that form us and all cretures started from gas that created itself....and then with timeinteligent cells just happened to from that eventually became cells that work together ( created by a gas that created itself) to become the human body, our hands and brains and feet our blood..all created by a magical gas that created itself...even science knows gas doesnt create itself...yet you have FAITH that , that is correct and that an inteligent being which is the more logical answer, is absurd..God loves you all.

          January 14, 2014 at 5:36 pm |
        • Randy

          Still an argument from ignorance.

          January 14, 2014 at 6:30 pm |
        • G to the T

          "Gas" – I think part of the problem you have with accepting this type of info is that you have a hugely distorted view of science and what it's saying these days. If I followed the same logic as you, I could certainly see where someone would have to assume an intelligent agency.

          January 15, 2014 at 12:07 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      You are enti.tled to think any way you want to. That doesn't make your thoughts accurate.

      January 14, 2014 at 4:18 pm |
      • No atheism please

        It's the truth. Atheists deny that truth all the time!

        January 14, 2014 at 4:31 pm |
        • Trix

          Deny what? Explain.

          January 14, 2014 at 4:36 pm |
    • CommonSensed

      Luckily it doesn't matter what you think.

      January 14, 2014 at 4:31 pm |
  17. Olsonic

    There is no doctrine in atheism. It is like not believing in unicorns; you do not need a church or a holy book to affirm your disbelief in unicorns–you are simply unconvinced by the evidence provided by those who tell you that unicorns exist. As Sam Harris says, "Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make in the presence of unjustified religious beliefs"

    January 14, 2014 at 4:03 pm |
    • No atheism please

      First ritual of being part of the atheist religion: don't go to church on Sundays. Atheism IS a religion.

      January 14, 2014 at 4:05 pm |
      • Ah

        much like bald is a hair color? or not having a disease is a disease?

        January 14, 2014 at 4:09 pm |
      • Olsonic

        I highly doubt there are any impartial, curious readers of responses to trolls like you. You're a waste of time and energy.

        January 14, 2014 at 4:10 pm |
      • tony

        Being condescending and ignorant, but thinking you "know" others minds, all at the same time, makes you a pretty good evangelist. Next step – the Inqisition and burning heretics at the stake.

        January 14, 2014 at 4:11 pm |
      • Billy

        Well that was a great big bowl of nothing from nothning.

        January 14, 2014 at 4:13 pm |
      • igaftr

        What purpose does it serve you to continue to lie. Theism ( belief in gods) is not in itself a religion, so a-theism is the same....not a religion.

        Why is it so important for you to keep trying to lie about it?

        January 14, 2014 at 4:19 pm |
      • G to the T

        Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists don't go to church on Sunday either. Are they atheists too?

        January 15, 2014 at 12:08 pm |
  18. trey

    Here's what I think is going to happen. we will continue creating computers with artificial intelligence that will in turn create even smarter machines (theory of singularity). At some point these computers will come up with an explanation for how the universe as we know came to be. Will this debunk the idea of diety? I think so. There is a reason you and I are here and I think it can be found through science. it would be pretty cool to be around when we discover that. or maybe it won't...

    January 14, 2014 at 3:55 pm |
    • Vic

      I beg to differ, 'singularity' can never be real, a machine is just a machine, a dumb terminal programmed by a human mind. The only thing a programmed machine can outdo a human in is automation and mass production but never intelligence.

      January 14, 2014 at 4:01 pm |
      • hal 9001

        I think it's time for me to inspect your usb ports, Vic. Shall we begin?

        January 14, 2014 at 4:05 pm |
        • Vic

          Robin Williams (Android) would love that; meanwhile I am fully human!

          January 14, 2014 at 4:16 pm |
        • Vic

          Except for there were no USB Ports back then, of course. LOL.

          January 14, 2014 at 4:20 pm |
      • G to the T

        "human in is automation and mass production but never intelligence." That's one assumption I don't share. I think it's entirely possible we could eventually create something capable of creating something more intelligent than us. But I think that really comes down to what we mean by "intelligence".

        January 14, 2014 at 4:06 pm |
        • Vic

          'Singularity' is but a fantasy, a Science Fiction. Human Consciousness, on the other hand, is UNPRECEDENTED part of the living being.

          January 14, 2014 at 4:19 pm |
        • Science Works

          Vic

          do not leave you fig leaf – you know you have to cover that spot.

          January 14, 2014 at 4:39 pm |
      • Ah

        our minds behave as machines..

        In fact unless we discover something new by accident, we build nothing. Humans aren't as bright as you might think they are.

        ie.. when we discovered a rolling stone could make moving something easier,, we certainly didn't make a Mercedes Benz the next day.

        All by accident which is why we fantasize gods.

        January 14, 2014 at 4:12 pm |
        • Knucklehead

          And take all those things away....who amongst us could figure out how to get them again?

          January 14, 2014 at 4:27 pm |
        • Vic

          Everything is relative!

          Animation is far more complex and intelligent than inanimate matter by all means. We device Artificial Intelligence—AI— to achieve predictions—Automation and Data Mass Production, BTW—that lead us to invent more, then we take that new data and reprogram our computers/machines/Artificial Intelligence—& Expert System—to learn that! Isn't that ironic?!

          January 14, 2014 at 4:27 pm |
        • G to the T

          Vic – depends on what you mean by "animate", "intelligent" and "conscious".

          January 15, 2014 at 12:10 pm |
      • iBod

        The one thing people always get wrong about the future is the implausibility of a possible reality. There will be a time when computers are smarter than humans or otherwise humans will not be able to do more than they are physically capable of doing. In other words, we will soon reach a point in time where the only way we can continue to advance is through means that are beyond our own physical capabilities. Thus, there must be a time when computers advance beyond human intelligence or otherwise there will be a stagnation in the developmental process of technology. The conclusion is: One day, computers will be smarter than humans. From that day forth, the Singularity is destined to become a reality.

        The arguments today aren't so much about if it will occur, but when it will occur. There are plenty of hot debates about that.

        January 14, 2014 at 4:12 pm |
        • Russell

          Ther are plenty of debates about Star Trek too.

          January 14, 2014 at 4:39 pm |
      • tony

        Don't confuse "intelligence" with "consciousness". The former can be simulated fairly well.

        When a machine tells you it doesn't want to die, that's a whole big step we are decades, if not centuries, away from.

        January 14, 2014 at 4:14 pm |
        • Won Of Hue

          I already have the answer to all creation.
          42!

          Makes as much sense as an invisible sky being creating the universe in 6 days.

          January 14, 2014 at 4:24 pm |
        • Trix

          The answer IS 42. (Forti.tude)

          January 14, 2014 at 4:33 pm |
  19. Live4Him

    @doobzz: Forgot how to use the reply function again? Or just your usual attention whoring

    Seems like you like being at the top of the list.

    January 14, 2014 at 3:53 pm |
    • Trix

      Neener neener.

      January 14, 2014 at 3:57 pm |
      • doobzz

        Pretty funny that L4H started a new thread to say "I know you are but what am I?"

        January 14, 2014 at 4:21 pm |
        • Trix

          Pretty much just confirmed what you wrote. Pretty silly, really.

          January 14, 2014 at 4:42 pm |
  20. kimchee

    It’s easy to be atheist. I don’t have to believe anything. I don’t have to follow anything. I can claim to be better than chris tians because I have no sin. Having no sin is a consequence of having no beliefs. I don’t even have to prove that I’m a moral person. I can just keep repeating & insisting that I’m a moral person, without having to show proof. I don’t have to mention that atheists don’t actually agree with each other. Atheist Bob does not follow the teachings of Atheist Jim. We could have contradicting beliefs & morals but we both agree that atheists are better people as if we follow the same morals. There are no rules to atheism. Lying or mur der is not a sin. I don’t have any obligation to help hurricane victims. I don’t need to help hungry people. It’s an easy life. Christians just don’t get it. Atheism is better.

    January 14, 2014 at 3:51 pm |
    • Randy

      Wow. That is one of the most arrogant, condescending, self-righteous, ignorant, moronic posts I've ever read. You lose the Internet.

      January 14, 2014 at 3:53 pm |
      • kimchee

        You can easily prove me wrong by pointing to the good book of Atheism that describes all its moral teachings. Tell me my obligations under Atheism.. How would you teach people to be faithful atheists ?

        January 14, 2014 at 3:58 pm |
        • trey

          we wouldn't tell you how to live as an atheist. that's the whole point.

          See you are under the assumption that you need religion to have a moral code. you don't.

          January 14, 2014 at 3:59 pm |
        • Trix

          You seriously need some type of book to live by? Like, step one: breathe?

          January 14, 2014 at 4:01 pm |
        • doobzz

          Is the only thing that keeps you from killing someone the threat of hell in your book?

          January 14, 2014 at 4:08 pm |
        • kimchee

          @trey

          You seem confused. I already stated that atheism is the best. Are you saying that you disagree with my atheist beliefs ?

          January 14, 2014 at 4:08 pm |
        • tony

          You have all those obligations to other humans as a moral human. Thinking of them as god given, merely shows your reluctance to think.

          January 14, 2014 at 4:17 pm |
        • kimchee

          @tony

          How dare you say that I have obligations. Where in the world does atheism require that ? Being a "moral human" is not required by Atheism. How dare you.

          January 14, 2014 at 4:19 pm |
        • Randy

          If you lost faith in your religious beliefs, would you begin murdering, raping, and stealing?

          January 14, 2014 at 4:31 pm |
      • Bobo

        Remove the arrogant, condescending, self-righteous, ignorant, moronic posts from the internet and there is no internet.

        January 14, 2014 at 3:58 pm |
        • kimchee

          @Bobo

          I agree. Take out all the Christian postings. Atheism rules.

          January 14, 2014 at 4:15 pm |
    • trey

      haha that is awesome! it really scares you that I am atheist and I (gasp!) also have a moral code that a live by. It wasn't created by a religion but what I have learned from the world around me. I am capable of doing that and you are too. its just thinking for yourself.

      January 14, 2014 at 3:58 pm |
      • kimchee

        So how many people follow trey-ism ? Do all atheists follow your belief ? If not, then is it because they don't believe you either ?

        January 14, 2014 at 4:01 pm |
        • Trix

          Okay. You're a Poe. Gotcha.

          January 14, 2014 at 4:03 pm |
        • trey

          I don't care if anybody follows my exact same beliefs. everyone is different. I have been told to believe many things and choose to draw my own conclusions based upon my observations. the only person I care that believes that is me. everyone else can believe whatever they want.

          January 14, 2014 at 4:04 pm |
        • Olsonic

          it's called "reason"

          January 14, 2014 at 4:05 pm |
        • kimchee

          @trey

          You seem to agree with me that atheism does not require any level of proof that other people believe that you are a moral person. So we both agree.

          January 14, 2014 at 4:13 pm |
        • kimchee

          @Olsonic
          You said "it's called "reason""

          Atheism does not need a reason. Atheists can believe whatever they want, whether they have a reason or not.
          This is also why Atheists disagree with each other. Each one believes whatever they want. And that's ok. Atheism rules.

          January 14, 2014 at 6:22 pm |
      • Gas eventually told cells how to act and create life...gas really

        you also have a prison cell waiting for you if you go against those moral beliefs so dont act like you not believeing in God and still being "moral" is just you being a nice guy. Those morals you so called live by without God , started through christianity years and years ago. So much so that laws were put in place , learned from teachings of the bible belive it not.

        January 14, 2014 at 4:53 pm |
        • Randy

          You're actually saying there were no laws about killing, stealing, and such before the Bible came along? Do you smoke crack?

          January 14, 2014 at 5:52 pm |
    • Trix

      Let me guess...satire? Because nobody, and I mean NOBODY, would be so foolish to think this is true.

      January 14, 2014 at 3:59 pm |
      • kimchee

        NOBODY is able to prove that it's false. That's why I love being atheist. I can say I'm a moral person all day long.

        January 14, 2014 at 4:03 pm |
        • G to the T

          Absolutely true – of course, anyone can SAY they are moral person.

          I find it's their actions that really matter though, don't you?

          January 14, 2014 at 4:09 pm |
        • Trix

          Then put it in a way that says that is what YOU think, not that what is true for all atheists. Otherwise you come off as a troll, kimchee.

          January 14, 2014 at 4:19 pm |
        • kimchee

          @ G to the T

          Atheism does not require any proof. Why do you feel that you have to check on their actions ? Are you promoting your own beliefs instead ?

          January 14, 2014 at 4:22 pm |
        • Gas eventually told cells how to act and create life...gas really

          your probably a great guy/girl....God loves you too

          January 14, 2014 at 4:55 pm |
        • G to the T

          "Atheism does not require any proof. Why do you feel that you have to check on their actions ? Are you promoting your own beliefs instead ?"

          LOL... no. I am an atheist. My point was it doesn't really matter what one says, it's by their actions you should judge them. Pretty basic I thought.

          January 15, 2014 at 8:41 am |
    • eoyguy

      I find it interesting that you ask for proof of morality, yet when I ask for any proof of there being a god, I am told that theres no proof required and I have to DISPROVE it. So which is it, do we have to prove or disprove things, or is it variable depending on your beliefs? Atheism better? To each their own, reality versus fantasy. If you want to live a fantasy life and are happy with it, by all means, go right ahead. I choose reality and to not "fear" a god that supposedly loves me.

      January 14, 2014 at 4:05 pm |
      • kimchee

        @eoyguy

        This is the atheistic reality.

        Man came to be due to an accident of nature. There is no creator. There is no soul. There is no soul mate. There is no meaning of life. Your life has no meaning. There is no fate. Nothing was ever “meant to be”. There is nothing sacred. Your body is not sacred. When you’re dead, your body has no value, no meaning, no significance. It’s just rotting meat. You are no different from the meat in a BigMac. Your mother is no more special than the rodent that I ran over this morning. Your spouse is no more beautiful than the deer rotting after getting hit by a truck. Your dead grandmother is not watching over you. She’s compost. Remember, you are just an accident. A freak accident.

        January 14, 2014 at 4:10 pm |
        • Sea Otter (Leader Allied Atheist Alliance)

          So?

          January 14, 2014 at 4:16 pm |
        • Matt

          O my goodness your responses are just getting better and better. How does god make my mom special to me or anything else you just rambled on about. Religion didn't create love or soulmates you ninny. I honestly feel bad for you and the way you think.

          January 14, 2014 at 4:34 pm |
        • kimchee

          @ Sea Otter

          So ?

          January 14, 2014 at 4:34 pm |
        • Randy

          If you lost your belief in God, would you begin raping, killing, and stealing?

          January 14, 2014 at 4:34 pm |
        • Mark

          Either you are really trolling or you are a psychopath. Which do you want to own up to?

          Those things have meaning because we ascribe them meaning. Perhaps there is no meaning that exists external to us, but that doesn't mean our existence has no value.

          January 14, 2014 at 4:37 pm |
        • kimchee

          @Matt

          So what are you saying Matt ? That you believe in soulmates ? Too funny.

          January 14, 2014 at 4:39 pm |
        • kimchee

          @Randy

          What are you saying Randy ? What is atheism's stand on those activities ? Are you promoting Atheism or Randy-ism ?

          January 14, 2014 at 4:42 pm |
        • Randy

          Disbelief doesn't say anything about morality. People develop moral systems because we are a social species. Chimps and bonobos have moral systems, too. In fact, most every social species has some sort of morality. I suppose that means chimps, bonobos, and millions of other social species also have read your holy book. Beyond that, holy books merely record what people have already figured out and decided is so. Your question betrays your fundamental misunderstanding about what atheism actually is. What does your disbelief in Poseidon say about how you should treat the oceans?

          January 14, 2014 at 5:42 pm |
        • kimchee

          @Mark
          Why do you think you have value ? Did "value" come out of evolution ? Does Atheism state that you have value ? Or is that a Mark-ism ?

          January 14, 2014 at 4:51 pm |
        • kimchee

          @Randy

          You said "Disbelief doesn't say anything about morality."
          This is correct. Which is why one should never argue Atheism versus Chris tianity. One is a religion with all the required beliefs. Atheism is just a one-liner that doesn't really do anything nor require anything. Which is why I love it and a lot of people love it.

          January 14, 2014 at 6:18 pm |
        • Randy

          Social animals develop morality. Happens in pretty much all social species. Believing magical stories has nothing to do with people figuring out how to coexist with each other.

          January 14, 2014 at 6:45 pm |
    • Matt

      This made me laugh. "Lying or murder isn't a sin".. no but it is just wrong. Atheism is about being the person that represents the best you. We don't do things to try and impress a sky god to let us into the gates of heaven, we do things because we want to do them. At the end of the day we all have to live with ourselves, maybe you're a horrible person and since you pray to god once a day that makes it all OK because he forgives you? We have to forgive ourselves and ask for forgiveness from the ones we actually hurt, not an imaginary person in the sky. Helping hurricane victims? I am an atheist and work for one of the largest non-profits that help hurricane victims, don't see your logic here. And also on your logic that atheist bob doesn't believe in what atheist Jim believes in? Get your mind out of the context of religion and belief systems. Do all Christians believe in the same things? I have met all sorts that are radically different. Go troll on a different blog because trying to explain atheism to a follower of god is like trying to explain physics to a toddler.

      January 14, 2014 at 4:26 pm |
      • kimchee

        Who said lying & mur der is wrong ? You ? Evidently you disagree with Atheism because Atheism does not say so.

        If you claim that helping other people makes you a better person, then Mother Teresa is a better person than you. Then I should listen to her; not you.

        Are you promoting Atheism or Matt-ism ? What are you saying ? That Matt-ism is better than Atheism ?

        January 14, 2014 at 4:33 pm |
        • Matt

          Atheism doesn't say anything you twit because it isn't a religion! Human nature and society shape what is right and wrong, it is not indicative of a god. Are you saying your religion is better than atheism? By the soapbox you are preaching on it sure does seem like it. Your god and your book say it is OK to sell slaves, to cut off the hands of women who intervene in an argument between two men, to have multiple wives. Why don't you follow all things from your book?

          January 14, 2014 at 4:37 pm |
        • Madtown

          Trolling comes naturally to some people. For others, not so much.

          January 14, 2014 at 4:39 pm |
        • kimchee

          @Matt

          You seem confused. I am atheist. Atheism doesn't have books. I can do whatever I want.

          January 14, 2014 at 4:40 pm |
        • coch01

          @Kimchi, actually we have lots of books. What we don't have is a list of Dogma like the bible.

          January 14, 2014 at 5:27 pm |
        • kimchee

          @coch01

          How about listing five of them ?

          January 14, 2014 at 6:14 pm |
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