At 1/31/13 11:30 AM, abbiegale wrote:
Don't you know any cases of people calling themselves atheists as a reaction to being supressed by it, feeling that god has failed them, or just trying to make an impression (or even hurt others)?
As far as I know, those are mostly religious people who have an "atheist" phase in their teens and then go on to say bullshit like "OH I USED TO BE AN ATHEIST BUT I AM NOW BORN-AGAIN". But they never were atheists nor did they ever understand why they should be.
There's just about no adult atheist that I've ever known or heard of who's doing it to "piss god of" as religious people love to pretend. Then they go "OH WHY PISS OF A GOD YOU SAY YOU DON'T EVEN BELIEVE IN??? CHECKMATE!!".
This is the same as the "I used to be a skeptic!!" people. Here's a hint: No actual skeptic ever said nor will ever say "I used to be a skeptic".
That's like saying you used to understand how to add numbers together, but now you KNOW how to ..not do that anymore..??
If you're not a skeptic anymore, you never understood why the hell you should be one in the first place. Unless you suffer brain damage, skepticism is an acquired set of thought processes and tools to help you understand the world. Even if you believed in Sasquatch and ghosts, you'd still be a skeptic if you believe for the right reasons. ( Of course in the real world, those reasons don't exist ).
Sadly, "atheism" is not a rigorous mental guideline so anyone could be one and thus have an "atheist phase' before being tricked into believing in gods / magic by whatever nonsense.
But yah, doubt that happens a whole lot and it certainly doesn't happen to the smarter ones haha.