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Go to: Not being accepted by loved ones after being open about my atheism

DamianIcely's Avatar Jump to comment 4 by DamianIcely

I'm inclined to agree with the above. Just be nice and friendly as much as you can. Sooner or later the hostility will probably die down. If the relationship lasts a long time you might be asked about your beliefs further down the line. At that stage, assuming the hostility has died down, you should explain your position in a non-confrontational way.

The more nice atheists people know the quicker we'll do away with the stigma!

Fri, 24 Dec 2010 15:05:17 UTC | #568410

Go to: Care in Atheist Terminology

DamianIcely's Avatar Jump to comment 7 by DamianIcely

OK after a brief look I found this site. Seems fairly respectable and was the first that didn't start out by saying that the gospels were inerrant and therefore jesus must have existed.

Have to say, I'm not particularly convinced. The evidence certainly doesn't seem sufficiently strong to support a statement like:

Jesus - almost cerainly a historical figure, though not the same as the guy in the Gospels!

It's really not that important as even if he did exist he certainly wasn't a god. I just get irritated that this mantra "there is historical evidence for the existence of Jesus" is constantly repeated. NOT ONE contempory source. In a time when just about everything was recorded.

Sun, 14 Nov 2010 18:46:46 UTC | #547378

Go to: Care in Atheist Terminology

DamianIcely's Avatar Jump to comment 5 by DamianIcely

Comment 1 by hitchens_jnr :

The last point, I strongly dispute (in part).

Moses - no evidence whatsoever for his existence.

David - a very small amount of possible evidence for his existence (which isn't quite the same as saying no evidence!)

Jesus - almost cerainly a historical figure, though not the same as the guy in the Gospels!

In the Jesus case, talking about his existence isn't perpetuating a Christian myth, since a very respectable historical case can be made for it. Saying he existed isn;t the same as saying he was the son of God who died for our sins!

Regarding colloquialisms like "for God's sake", I don't see as a problem, I say this all the time! When people say "by Jove" (do people still say "by Jove"?) they're not affirming a belief in the king of the Roman gods!

This is a sentiment that I've come across repeatedly. It's stated as if fact by everyone but I've yet to be presented with any real evidence.

I'm going to google "did Jesus actually exist" but as that will no doubt bring up a huge amount of rubbish I would appreciate clarification on this point from anyone else here.

Sun, 14 Nov 2010 18:33:27 UTC | #547364

Go to: My hero has fallen to the delusional evils of religion

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Comment 12 by viralmeme :

I don't understand, why so many atheists on this forum have religious friends ..............................

Are you implying that we shouldn't mix with the "unclean".

Rationalism depends on communication. Should we cut everyone out our lives if they don't suscribe to our world view?

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 16:11:16 UTC | #545270

Go to: NASA's Fermi Telescope Finds Giant Structure in our Galaxy

DamianIcely's Avatar Jump to comment 9 by DamianIcely

Science... it works bitches!

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 16:08:34 UTC | #545268

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