It is comments like these that make the whole debate about atheism so tiresome. The same arguments come up again and again and again. There is an article on alternet that asks what atheists think should replace religion. I briefly skimmed through the first page, but did not read the rest, nothing new here. It is almost as if those people just want to write an article and just do not need to read all the answers that are already out there, written by atheists, who are not yet as bored with it as I am.
The answer is nothing. I am absolutely happy without religion, I do not need no sky daddy, thank you very much. I just wish people would think more rationally, and not just about the completely unnecessary god hypothesis.
But of course I made the mistake and read one of the comments, this one by ‘NoPCZone’:
I know this is going to get me b-slapped all over this post, but I personally see atheism as a form of religion (hear me out). Although an atheist does not worship any god or gods, they have made a definite choice or decision regarding the whole concept. In some ways, that puts them closer to the ‘theists’ than agnostics and other doubters.
When a person makes a clear cut decision to be an atheist as opposed to a doubter or agnostic, they are essentially making the same type of choice that a person who chooses to follow a particular religion does. That very decision is going to inform their life, what they value and how they conduct themselves. None of the above is still a choice at heart.
No, I did not make a decision. I arrived at that position by thinking about the matter, found no evidence for a god, I would expect evidence, the world works as expected as if there is no god, and that’s it. The same way I did not decide to believe that the earth is not flat. I am happy with not believing in a god just as happy as I am that the world is round. Of course, if I find evidence of a god, fine, I would change my mind. So long, I just find it unbelievably improbable.
It’s not that I know that there is no god. It is just very unlikely. This seems to be a good place to plug in the tea pot argument.
Okay, enough already…