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The Reason Christians are Offended by Atheists

It seems that many religious people are offended every time an atheist makes his or her lack of belief known. This is why organized atheism offends them so much lately. Why are they so offended by our mere existence?

In George Orwell’s book 1984, there is a very interesting and often overlooked conversation. In this conversation, O’Brian informs Winston that he (O’Brian) can float on a bubble. O’Brian then contends that if Winston and he both believe this to be true and no one is around to disagree then it is in fact true and O’Brian really can float on a bubble. But if just one person doubts this reality, then that reality is shattered for everyone. Truth, O’Brian claims is what everyone (without exception) believes Truth to be. With that in mind, O’Brian later tells Winston that he can’t just simply kill Winston for opposing Big Brother, but rather he has to first get Winston to believe in Big Brother and then he can kill him. Everyone must know that Winston believes.

For religion, they have a reality which is not based on scientific investigation. Their reality is based merely on assertion. They assert that God exists and if everyone in society agrees with them, then they have “Truth.” The religious worldview is based on authority and as such, everyone must believe otherwise their reality is shattered for everyone. Atheism is a threat to their entire reality.

Every time an atheist lets his or her lack of belief known they are reminding the religious that their reality is an illusion. An atheist need not even be critical of religion; our mere presence is an attack on their entire reality. Could you imagine if O’Brian said he could float on a bubble and a room full of people agreed, but then one person stood up and said, “No, you’re not.” That reality would be ruined for everyone.

Atheists need to come out of the closet more and let people know that we are out there and that we don’t believe in their reality. We have to continue to make our presence known. Being critical of religious ideas is also important, but the most important thing is to exist and to let them know we exist.

Stephen Hawking said it best when he stated that, “There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority and science, which is based on observation and reason. Science will win because it works.”

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  • http://socialinjustices.net david

    This is true for the perception of reality, which often times does not coincide with actual reality, as only scientific examination can answer.

  • http://facebook erwin espinoza

    atheism is as old as the world. but it did not prosper. it dwindled in numbers. christianity is younger than the roman empire. with only a miniscule group of unlettered thirteen heads, one teacher and twelve disciples to spread the ‘good news’, it sprouted in an obscure arid land and grew into a church of christ’ believers. millions all over the world were baptized under its fold. and millions more are following. it is the belief to an Almighty God that makes the difference. not Truth. not Science. not the realist and existentialist philosophers’ thoughts. not Chardin. not Orwell. it is just one simple and illiterate man, a son of a carpenter who led the belief and it conquered kings, emperors, queens and people in the past. conquering more in the present and in the future. we christians, especially, we catholics respect everyone’s belief but our belief too must be respected. for the sake of argument we can argue but to become an atheist, i cannot!

  • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

    First, you need to prove that your God exists and that the man Jesus existed. Second, your history is a bit screwed. Christianity didn’t “conquer” emperors. Charlemagne converted to Christianity because he though he could use it for political gain. This is the single reason why Christianity prospered. Mixing religious fervor with the might of the Roman Empire created a unstoppable force. Third, Catholics really can’t speak of “respecting” other people’s beliefs when they were responsible for so much violence when it came to unbelievers. Even today, the Pope doesn’t “respect” other people’s beliefs, he just doesn’t order their murders like Popes before him once did. Finally, you claim that you can never “become an atheist” is dogmatic and short sighted. You don’t know what information you will be presented with tomorrow. Such a statement is an attack on the intellect for it precludes the possibility that you might change your mind if presented with new information. I have far more respect for you than you do it seems. For I believe that you may change your mind if presented with a valid reason to do so.

  • Larry Lipit0r

    @erwin espinoza see how deep the indoctrination/delusion runs? They have convinced you that this Jesus character actually lived on this earth; yet there isn’t even one first person account of him. You unfortunately still think that you are floating on a bubble; a bubble we don’t see.