Silly Theist Logic

Devoted Atheist Dave reader “Andrea” added a decent comment on my post from 2 April, Prayer is Futile, but then followed up with the inane I don’t believe you’re an atheist. You wouldn’t be spending this much time writing about a Person whom you claim you don’t believe in.

By this incredibly well-thought out religious logic, we can conclude that:
J. R. R. Tolkien believes Middle Earth and hobbits exist.
J. K. Rowling believes Hogwarts and the wizarding world are real.
George Lucas believes wookiees and Jar Jar Binks exist.
– Jim Davis thinks bright orange talking cats who love lasagna exist.
– Walt Disney really believed in talking mice, dogs, and ducks.

And so on, and so forth.

The point here is that a lot of people write or talk about things they don’t believe exist. This is entertainment, baby. It’s called “make believe.” You, as a theist, should know about making believe all too well. It’s all right, I had imaginary friends when I was a kid, too. I even believed in Santa. But I grew out of all of them. That’s another one, by the way: parents, especially around Christmas, seem to talk about Santa Claus an awful lot. Does that mean they believe he exists?

As far as what I would or wouldn’t be doing as an atheist, who are you to say? The only thing you know I will not be doing, based on my being atheist, is believing any gods exist. That is the only thing my atheism tells you about me.

I didn’t think I’d have to point this out, since my audience is made up primarily of atheists, nonbelievers, agnostics, and rational thinkers (surprise, I’m not actually trying to [de]convert anyone – I have a feeling it’d take more than a blog to do that). But let’s see if this helps you understand:

Sometimes when I make a post specifically talking about the Christian god and pointing out its logical inconsistencies and flaws I will assume, just for the sake of argument, that said god actually exists. That’s a literary device. It’s akin to saying, “Okay, if your god exists as your Bible describes it, then we know these things about it…” That doesn’t mean I believe it exists. For the sake of simplifying things I omit the disclaimer at the end of every post, but I’ll provide one for you now.

Disclaimer: I do not believe in a god or gods, nor have I as long as this blog has been active. If I ever come across as though I do believe in a god or gods, just remind yourself that I do not believe in a god or gods.

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4 thoughts on “Silly Theist Logic

  1. I wish unicorns were real, but Middle Earth would creep me out. At this point, I think one of the biggest Fairy Tales is the Efficacy and Success of the United States Congress… 😉

    I tried to be an Atheist once, but I just couldn’t pull it off. Perhaps I was too frightened to let go of my cosmic safety net…The Bearded One in the Sky kept haunting me, wagging his finger and shaking his head. I was too scared to be an atheist…now, like not choosing to color my grays, I’ve just accepted that its not for me. Is it alright that I send you “bravos!” for being that brave? …or is that just stupid? …anyway, nice post.

      • Wrong. Fail. Etc. You’re a muppet if you think this is true. You must also need reminders to breathe, and you must never, ever, under any circumstances be allowed to breed. Get yourself a lobotomy for everyones sake. Please don’t ever vote for anything, you’re just too stupid. It breaks my heart to be in the same species as you.

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