10 Questions No Atheist Can Answer Honestly?

Bitch Mom!I found this little gem in my inbox this morning,

“Dear godless Mom,

You are going to land your kids in hell, bitch mom. Just try to answer these questions, you can’t…………………….”

Of course, there followed a link to this page.

After I read this note, I’m not gonna lie to you, I had to stop and focus on my breathing for I was far too intimidated to do anything else. Not only did this guy’s intellectual prowess leap out of that email and smack me in the brow, but there was that elongated ellipsis… damn…

I caught my breath and focused. Unsure of what I was to find after the jump, I clicked the link. My heart leaped when I read,

Some Questions Atheist Cannot Truly and Honestly REALLY Answer! Which leads to some interesting conclusions…

Would I be able to answer these questions? It must have been the way the asker capitalized all the words in the first sentence but not the second, or perhaps the failure to pluralize “atheist” or punctuate the sentence. Maybe it was the promise of interesting conclusions or the haunting similarity the language held to the email I’d received with the link… whatever it was, it had my stomach in knots as my eyes drifted to the first question!

1. How did you become an atheist?

Phew. Okay. I can answer this one. I became an atheist when I was born.

2. What happens when we die?

Huh. Another gimme. Well, we decompose and break down into smaller forms of matter which eventually become part of other more complex animals, plants or minerals. Usually, there is a funeral. In New Orleans, they are way more fun than anywhere else. Sometimes we’re shoved in a box and buried, others we get put in a pizza oven until we turn to dust. If we’re lucky, we leave behind a legacy and fond memories in the minds of our loved ones. Perhaps a memorial is erected in our name somewhere, maybe at our grave, or if we’re Obama or some other important historical figure, we could find ourselves memorialized next to Lincoln in the shadow of the Washington Monument. Most people leave behind a will, which determines where our shit oughtta go. Over time, the wound your departure left starts to close over and then in a billion years or so, when Plutonians rule the Universe and humans are extinct, you’re nothing to no one and no trace of you, outside of particles of stardust that once made up you, exists to be found.

3. What if you’re wrong? And there is a Heaven? And there is a HELL!

Well, if I am wrong and there is a Heaven and a Hell, well, then the entire lot of us will spending eternity in Heaven or suffering.

There are only two ways that Heaven can truly be blissful. One, is that there is no Hell, and the other is that the loved ones in your life who go to Hell are erased from your memory once you arrive in Heaven, so you feel no pain in their torment or in their absence. Being as most mothers and fathers would admit that without their children, they would be lost, you are changing the core of who that person is by removing memories of a cherished child. Some people would say the same about their significant other, brother, sister, mother or father. So, either Hell is not real, or everyone in Heaven is but a shell of their former selves.

Either there is no eternal punishment, or both Heaven- and Hell-bound folk are punished for all eternity.

Sounds fucking silly to me. I thought Heaven was supposed to be a reward, not a lobotomy.

4. Without God, where do you get your morality from?

Um. Learning, adaptation, observation of the world around me? Lessons I was taught as a child by my parents, my teachers and other significant people in my life? The same place you get your morality from, I’m afraid. You want me to believe that deep inside you’re an awful human being just waiting for any excuse to murder and torture people and the only thing stopping you is that there might be a God up there somewhere? I mean, maybe that’s the case. Maybe you are a raging psychopath held in check by your beliefs… maybe that’s true for you, but you have to understand, it’s not true for the vast majority of us. Most of us, believe it or not, are innately good, kind, compassionate and courteous.

5. If there is no God, can we do what we want? Are we free to murder and rape? While good deeds are unrewarded?

We can do what we want whether there is a God or not. All actions have natural consequences. Some have legal consequences. You believe many have eternal consequences. Most people assess the natural, very real consequences of their actions before anything else. For instance, most people don’t kill other people, not because they are afraid of Hell, not because they are afraid of prison, but because the idea of taking a human life makes them sick. They know they could not take the life out of a body and have their lives continue on as normal as they were the day before. They know that drawing another man’s blood until he died would bring about a sadness more intense than anything else they’ve ever felt. They understand that they would be emotionally crippled, and unable to live with themselves. They get that life from that moment forward would be infinitely more difficult. Most people feel no desire to kill other people, because most people feel no desire to destroy themselves with self-loathing, desperation and despair.

If you’re saying that the sole reason you don’t kill is because you don’t want to burn in hell, well hun, please know, you need help and probably should not be roaming the streets unmonitored.

There are two things that stop us from being “free to murder and rape”. One, as mentioned above, is our own conscience. Two, is the law. I guarantee that even the most devout Christians are stopped from raping and killing because of their conscience and/or the law, and not the threat of Hell. Ask yourself, if tomorrow there was irrefutable proof that there was no Hell, would you go out and suddenly want to murder and rape people? No. Probably not.

Likewise, if you’re only committing good deeds for the promise of reward, well then they’re not really good deeds, are they?

6. If there is no god, how does your life have any meaning?

What? Like, I don’t even get this question. I really don’t. Let’s say tomorrow we find out definitively there is no God. It’s been proven beyond any doubt. Would that suddenly erase the meaning of Plato’s life? Hippocrates? Shakespeare? Galileo? DaVinci? Einstein? Rosa Parks? Suddenly, their lives meant nothing? What? Your question doesn’t add up logically.

I make my own meaning. I will leave a legacy. I don’t need God for that.

7. Where did the universe come from?

This is something we don’t fully understand yet. It’s sort of like back when we thought the Earth was the centre of the Universe – we didn’t understand yet that we revolved, along with other planets, around the sun. There was a time when we didn’t understand that the best defense against disease and illness is sanitation. Not so long ago, we didn’t know how to fly across the Atlantic, send electronic e-mail or what the surface of Mars looked like. But just because we couldn’t explain it then, didn’t mean it was inexplicable, did it? We figured it out; we found out the truth. Not being able explain something today does not mean it’s inexplicable. It just means we have not found the answers yet. Rest assured, we will.

8. What about miracles? What all the people who claim to have a connection with Jesus? What about those who claim to have seen saints or angels?

What about them? Provide evidence of these things, and I will surely believe. You need to familiarize yourself with the difference between hearsay, and empirical evidence. Also, going back to question 7, some things are not easily explained. Making up a story to explain them, isn’t the answer. Studying the phenomena in controlled environments will likely yield the true answers and more often than not, when “miracles” are studied closely in this way, they are found to be easily explained.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, just because you can’t explain something that happened in your own life while you were alone, doesn’t mean it can’t easily be explained by someone with more qualifications and education to study such things closely.

9. What’s your view of Dawkins, Hitchens and Harris?

Fallible men who do or did put their pants on one leg at a time, have a gorgeous way with words and whose minds are full of the very same knowledge we have access to if we seek it out.

Plus, Sam’s kinda cute.

10. If there is no God, then why does every society have a religion?

Because human beings seek explanations for the world around them. God fills the gaps in our knowledge, but those gaps are shrinking and he’s being squeezed out like a zit on your prepubescent forehead.

Oddly, when I came to the end of this set of questions, which we’ve all heard before, there were no “interesting conclusions”. I was kind of looking forward to those, but I guess the author of these questions also promised 10 questions we cannot answer honestly, and then made one of them, “What’s your view of Dawkins, Hitchens and Harris?”.

How easily can you answer these questions? Leave your answers in the comments!

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  • Reasoning atheist

    Well my answers are somewhat similar to, or the same as yours, with the exception of the ‘Plus’ in 9, I don’t think Sam’s kinda cute. My wife does though.

    • cecilia

      frankly, I thought when Hitchens was young he was quite the Looker

  • Steve Docherty

    Ok.

    1. I didn’t. Just like I didn’t become an anti-loche-ness-moster-ist. Wait haven’t I seen this asked a lot before?

    2. We stop breathing and pumping blood around our bodies leading to brain death and cell decomposition. Oh, you mean to my “spirit”. If there is one, then by definition, no one still living could know. Including you idiots.

    3. What if there is? Why would you believe that any more than any other scenario anyone could invent? Again, I feel like I’ve said all this before… I feel like a nap as this is quite relaxing, not taxing at all.

    4. Myself and my peers, obviously. I’m not a mental case that only does good ‘coz of the fear of mystical sky daddy. That would be psychotic! You know, I’m quite sleepy…

    5. Do you live under a rock? People do bad shit to others all the time and get away with it, in fact, most countries are governed this way. There is no such thing as karma either. While shit happens, I choose to live a moral life as being a dick makes me feel bad. Thats it. So the answer would be evolution has lead our species down a path of mutual benefit from working…………….. together. Sorry, I nodded off for a second there.

    6. Because I attribute EVERYTHING to people and the things they achieve. How does your life have meaning when you give all credit to magic cloud man? Doesn’t that make you his predetermined robot?

    7. To big a question for here and one I doubt you dumb-fucks would even begin to understand. the real issue here is that you believe a 2000 year old fiction spouting hearsay at best over every peer reviewed physics paper ever written. zzzz

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    Surprise surprise, the same tired old shite questions. Yawn. Well done Godless Mom for even managing to stay awake through these. Why do they think these questions are so profound?

  • Mats B

    Weren’t these questions included in the 25 questions you got served 6 or so months ago? It’s the same pseudo drivel they always ask, questions that have been answered a billion times. One would think the c*nts constantly asking these questions would know this by now and come up with new questions or answers of their own..
    I have some questions for them:
    How come they can’t disprove the copper teapot orbiting the sun?
    From where do they get their morality when there is no milk in that teapot?
    Does it take 2 or 3 lumps of sugar in the tea without milk to get rid of the taste of sanctimonious bull crap they must have in their brains.
    And finally, who rinses out that teapot after they die?

    • yeah they keep asking the same questions. I don’t mind revisiting them every few months, as my answers do evolve.

  • Tater

    Honestly, the only thing disappointing about that link was the lack of a comments section. That just goes to show they know how weak their argument is and don’t want people making them look like fools on their own page. I think the main point being parlayed in the title is not that these are 10 questions an atheist cannot answer honestly but in fact are 10 answers the author will not accept the honest answers to.

    I will, however, for shits and giggles, give them an answer here.

    1. How Did You Become an Atheist?

    I was born an atheist. Then I had Christian parents fuck with my head as a child. Then I grew up and stopped having imaginary friends. Also, George Carlin happened. Thank God for George Carlin.

    2. What happens when we die?

    You die.

    I’m sorry, was there supposed to be more to that answer?

    You’re dead. The end.

    3. What if you’re wrong? And there is a Heaven? And there is a HELL!

    If there is a God who would let Hitler into heaven for repenting at the end and would send someone to hell for a lifetime of moral deeds, solely for a lack of belief, then fuck that guy. That is not a just God and not someone I would want to worship anyways.

    4. Without God, where do you get your morality from?

    The bible says you should stone women to death for adultery. How do you know not to do that, even though the bible tells you to? There’s your answer.

    5. If there is no God, can we do what we want? Are we free to murder and rape? While good deeds are unrewarded?

    A: Yes, you can do what you want, if you are willing to pay the consequences.
    B: You’re free to try. Again: consequences.
    C: My good deeds are rewarded. My bad deeds are punished.

    Bonus: this is a really stupid fucking question. If the only thing standing between you and being a murdering rapist is an ancient mythological book, then you’re a psychopath and need serious psychological help.

    6. If there is no god, how does your life have any meaning?

    When I watch a TV show or movie I enjoy, I take pleasure in that. When I make love to a beautiful woman, I take pleasure in that. When I help out a friend in need, I take pleasure in that. When I cook a good dinner, I take pleasure in eating that dinner. These are all meaningful things in life to me. The supernatural need not apply.

    7. Where did the universe come from?

    I. Don’t. Know. And that’s okay. Not knowing is okay. Creating a bullshit myth story because you don’t have all the answers… NOT okay.

    8. What about miracles? What all the people who claim
    to have a connection with Jesus? What about those who claim to have
    seen saints or angels?

    A: Miracles are at best coincidence but most likely outright bullshit.
    B: I have to LOL at this one. The fuck do I care about claims? Show me PROOF.
    C: See B. Those who make outrageous claims are tasked with the outrageous burden of proof. I can claim anything the fuck I want to but no one is going to believe me if I don’t provide evidence or subscribe to an ancient cult. In the case of the latter, you can make up whatever bullshit you want and some religious nutjob out there will believe you because GODDDDDDDDDDD.

    9. What’s your view of Dawkins, Hitchens and Harris?

    *shrugs* I’m aware of them. They had little to do with why I think the way I do. Shocking as this may be but not every atheist is a Dawkins, Hitchens and/or Harris person.

    10. If there is no God, then why does every society have a religion?

    Quite frankly, because people are fucking DUMB. A better question is, if there is one true religion, then why does every society have a different religion? Answer THAT, religitards. You want proof that religion is bullshit? There’s your answer. People are fucking DUMB and the vast majority of them believe whatever dumbass shit their parents raised them to believe in. You think you’re a Christian because YOU think it’s the only true religion? Well, if your dumbass was raised as Muslim or Hindu or Mormon or Buddhist or whatever the fuck crazy religion you were raised to believe in, that’s what you would think is the TRUE RELIGION.

    *drops mic*

    • Trippin McZoink

      I especially like #4.

    • herb

      How did you become an atheist?

      By examining the evidence. As beings become sentient, they have fear of the unknown. Religion developed in every sentient culture to deal with these fears. Religion is clearly the stories of our ancestors. Elephants are becoming aware and for decades will walk many miles to simply visit the bones of their ancestors. Wait a few million years for them to get smarter and we can ruin them and tell them Jesus said they aren’t going to heaven.

      What happens when we die?

      We die. The materials that make us up made others and will continue to do so.

      What if you’re wrong? And there is a Heaven? And there is a HELL!

      Then god gave me this brain for all the wrong reasons. If there really is a god and he did give us these brains, he wanted us to use them and discover the Universe, Evolution, our history, etc.

      Without God, where do you get your morality from?

      Social evolution and group behavior. Thou shalt not lie, murder, steal etc are all in nature. Committing evil acts against your cohort does nothing for individual fitness in the long run. Cheaters are punished in many primate groups. Behavior conforming to the betterment of you biological unit is very common in nature.

      If there is no god, how does your life have any meaning?

      Dumbest question I have ever hear. I feel sad for people who need a story to give their life meaning. Life has so much meaning. Although an atheist, I love to read the Buddha. If you want to know about meaning in life with God, I suggest starting with Siddhartha. There is so much meaning in life is literally never ends. I am happy that the belief in a God provides that for some, but personally feel it is very limiting in terms of meaning that actually goes much farther. In any event, a belief that your beliefs are more meaningful than mine is human nature. It means nothing in reality.

      Where did the Universe come from?

      You may mean where did our current Universe come from. A singularity. But who cares? If you are amazed and don’t know, assigning it to a magical being has no merit. For millennia we didn’t know where lightning came from…so God did it. The God of the Gaps argument. Whatever gap we currently have in our knowledge….God did it. It is the argument of a very weak mind.

      What’s your view of Dawkins, Hitchens and Harris?

      Extremely smart guys, although they have no bearing on my beliefs which were solid long before I ever read one word of theirs. My beliefs were formed by me in Catholic Sunday school when I couldn’t help voicing what bullshit they were teaching., I apparently watched too much Jacques-yves Cousteau and read too much to be fooled by bedtime stories.

      If there is no God, then why does every society have a religion?

      Already answered. Primitive man as they became sentient were afraid of the unknown. Your partner falls to a mammoth and lies dead on the ground and you start to ponder what that is like, how will that be for me, I am afraid. Lets make up a story to tell the kids and control the masses. If every culture having a religion is a sign of god, why is every other religion wrong compared to ours and their people will therefore go to hell for it? Just because a person was born in Borneo they will go to hell? I’m sure there is a story as well as to how they can be redeemed.
      Its all bullshit folks. The greatest bullshit story ever told. But it makes sense given our evolution.

  • Allen J Harris

    1. Technically, I’m not. I’m an objective rationalist who holds no personal opinion on the existence or inexistence of a creator deity. It’s the debate I’m interested in.
    2. There is no objective evidence which indicates anything different happens between the death of a human being and the death of any other sentient creature. We just happen to have a few more cultural rituals than non-sapient creatures.
    3. As there is no objective evidence to support its existence or inexistence, the question is as meaningless as asking “What if you’re wrong about Muhammad?” or “What if you’re wrong about Poseidon?”
    4. The question presupposes morality is a fixed construct. I don’t believe that’s the case. Morality is much more likely to be an evolving social and biological construct which changes with time in response to environmental, biological and cultural pressures (much like natural selection).
    5. Answer to question 4 addresses this issue.
    6. The question presupposes the notion that life has to have meaning, which, in the absence of convincing evidence, I don’t grant.
    7. That’s a question for an astrophysicist. But, in short, there are several models which *could* explain the origins; however, currently, there is no sufficient observed evidence to support any particular claim while invalidating the others. That doesn’t, however, mean there will never be such evidence. Nor does the universe “having to have a beginning” necessitate the existence of a creator deity – it merely means the explanation has not yet been reached.
    8. That’s 3 questions. 1) What about them? None have been objectively recorded to date and those claimed have not been able to be repeated. 2) This is not a verifiable claim. It’s no more reliable than a person claiming to have a connection with Buddha or Muhammad. 3) Same as the second answer.
    9. They’re all excellent philosophers and Dawkins is an excellent scientist.
    10. The question makes no sense.

    • Good answers… I also fail to see why life has to have a meaning.

      • holyreality

        My actions are the meaning in my life.

  • Nancy Drew

    I thought the same thing about the Dawkins/Harris/Hitchens question. Like really? If these are the best questions they have, they must not ever talk to any atheists.

    • I think I’ve concluded the original set of questions was written by a drunk altar boy.

  • Dagon Gracie

    It kinda feels like picking on the ‘special’ kid by answering these insanely redundent questions. You know that one kid in grade school that insisted that he saw a real Mickey mouse or bigfoot. And when you try to help him he replied by attacking you with a bunch of pointless questions And anecdotes.
    “my daddy saw Bigfoot.. how do you explain that?” To “if there ain’t no Bigfoot then how come theres whole books And websites on him?”
    Just saying these guys are kinda easy targets. it’s just terribly sad that seemingly intelligent Christians aren’t correcting him already.

    • Easy targets is putting it mildly.

    • Steve Docherty

      Agreed. I truly believe they deliberately and knowingly confuse ‘Not being Able To Answer’ with Not Answering These Questions To Our liking’, and thus, this is the intellectual equivalence of these people sticking there fingers in their ears and shouting LALALALALA until we go away.

  • George McWhinnie

    I thought it was a lovely Wedgwood teapot. Oh,well.

  • John Picco

    1.

    I became an a-theist at the exact same point in my life that you become an a-unicornist.

    2.

    As far as our feelings go, nothing. Imagine a time before you were born.

    3.

    Pascal’s Wager? Gross.

    You’ve rolled the die on one specific God out of thousands. What if we’re both wrong? I’d rather live my life rejecting all of them and being completely secular rather than select one at random and hope I got it correct. Escpecially when all the evidence supports my side.

    4.

    This question is asked as if we already accept the bible as a plausable “absolute” morality. It was written by man, it’s just as subjective as anything I come up with.

    I can determine right from wrong with a swift judgement of the possible outcomes on myself and others. I pity the fool who needs God to be good.

    5.

    Throughly disgusted that this was even asked. Generally, good deeds are rewarding in themselves. I pity the fool who needs God to be good. [2]

    6.

    We create the meaning and it’s much more meaningful then what religion offers.

    Wait, what does religion actually offer as a meaning to life? Oh that’s right; please an almighy super-deity, skygod with systematic monitoring of other peoples actions without a progressive correlation to societies’ wants and needs.

    7.

    We don’t know, which is much less of a weak cop-out than religion.

    8.

    No.

    9.

    How the hell (word choice intended) is this an “unanswerable ‘checkmate atheists’ question? I can feel that it was intended in a condesending manner, as if Harris, Dawkins, and Hitchens were intrinciuly evil people, which they weren’t.

    They’re cool. How do you feel about pedophiles in white dresses?

    10.

    Because people like you continuously push this idea of invisible sky people and indocintrate your children with it.

  • Ded Jezter

    1. How Did You Become an Atheist?
    Baby I was born this way.

    2. What happens when we die?
    Worm food.

    3. What if you’re wrong? And there is a Heaven? And there is a HELL!
    I’ll take my chances on being wrong over having to live with the crap that comes from being right. Which Heaven also is a good sub question as well as which Hel? Valhalla sounds okay and Hel isn’t about being tortured, just not with your kin.

    4. Without God, where do you get your morality from?
    The same place everyone does, A understanding of reality combined with the societal norms, sometimes these constructs need to be changed as not all societies will see things in the same way.

    5. If there is no God, can we do what we want? Are we free to murder and rape? While good deeds are unrewarded?
    A) Yes.
    B)Yes, I do rape and murder all that I want to, and that amount is absolute zero… because I am not a psychopath.
    C)Good deeds are unrewarded all the time, one needs only to look at aid workers bringing food and medicine to starving and sick people and being hacked to death by lunatics to see that sometimes good deeds are not rewarded.

    6. If there is no god, how does your life have any meaning? I don’t specifically know that it does. It has meaning to me and to those whom I effect on a daily basis, but does it truly have meaning, even with a god. With a god the only meaning I can see is to spread the dogma. I don’t need that kind of meaning in my life… nor does anyone else really.

    7. Where did the universe come from?
    Which universe? The one we currently inhabit or another one? Which superstitious story do you like the most? I personally think the one that goes “I giant space tortoise vomited the universe into being is the most fun.

    8. What about miracles? What all the people who claim to have a connection with Jesus? What about those who claim to have seen saints or angels?

    A) What about them? They are a figment of the imagination and have about as much truth to them as Wizardry and Alchemy… to say anything is a miracle is a disservice to something else.
    i.e. From a recent News story, a car flips over with a mother and child in it and the mother dies and the child survives. To say that the child was saved by a miracle is to also say that the mother was killed by either another miracle or the same miracle… not very miraculous now is it.

    9. What’s your view of Dawkins, Hitchens and Harris?

    Usually my view is looking up at them as they are on stages a lot.

    10. If there is no God, then why does every society have a religion?
    Not every society has a religion and some of the ones that didn’t may have been corrupted the ones that did. This question is not only a fallacy, but it doesn’t make any sense at all.

  • Ever Green

    Oh I can do this. Let’s see:

    1. I grew up, and stopped believing in fairytales.
    2. We’re dead. That’s it.
    3. Trick question. There isn’t a heaven or a hell.
    4. It’s not that hard to not be an asshole. You don’t need a guidebook for that, and if you did, the Bible is not a very good one..
    5. You’re free to do what you want, yes, but if you WANT to murder and rape, you’ve got bigger problems than being an atheist.
    6. It doesn’t. We are mold on a sandwich. The world would be better off without us. So what?
    7. I don’t know. I don’t really care.
    8. Sure people have things that happen to them that they can’t explain, but let’s not all get crazy and assume that it means some broad took fashion advice from a prehistoric snake possessed by a demon, who’s arch enemy did it.
    9. Never met them, wouldn’t know.
    10. Because every society has a person who realizes they’re surrounded by idiots and you can control them with religion, to an extent.

    I like these.

  • GrahamLinux

    I hope you clicked on that Link in a Sandboxed Web Browser, because if an individual with enough knowledge wanted to ruin your day, they could have given you a link to Malware.

  • Kevin Bishop

    To be fair, your answer to question #6 being that you define your own meaning seems fairly subjective and doesn’t follow your argument of empirical evidence suggested in other examples.

    Your answers to questions #7 and 8 seem equally weak. They amount to the equivalent of the “God of the gaps” excuse any Christians use. To simy say that we don’t know yet but we might know one day is to say that we have no reason to believe one opinion over another. Just a few observations.

  • eagoodlife

    Good Lord!!Got better things to do, like living!

  • Trippin McZoink

    1. How did you become an atheist?

    I suffer from a congenital resentment to being manipulated by fear instilled by would-be authoritarian types whose intentions are suspect.

    2. What happens when we die?

    Suffering ends, including the wholly unnecessary suffering we all endure in the name of religion.

    3. What if you’re wrong? And there is a Heaven? And there is a HELL!

    Let’s deal with what we know first. If we can agree that we’re living right now, a more pertinent and immediate question is: what if you’re wasting the only life you’ll ever have on childish fairy tales?

    As Loretta Lynn pointed out, everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die.

    4. Without God, where do you get your morality from?

    Without morality, where did you get your god from?

    5. If there is no God, can we do what we want? Are we free to murder and rape? While good deeds are unrewarded?

    The premise of the Abrahamic religions is that we have free will, and can decide whether or not to follow the recommendations of a bearded sky-dwelling patriarch whose unquestionable omnipotence determines all outcomes and explains all circumstances. Wait — I seem to detect a small contradiction there… (ellipsis truncated for brevity)

    Nonetheless, if one’s idea of a god is that he makes a list and checks it twice to find out who’s naughty and nice, and that ridiculous fairy tale is enough incentive to keep wackos from shooting up the neighborhood, why, have thyself a heapin’ helpin’ of it. Sane people need no such rationale.

    6. If there is no god, how does your life have any meaning?

    So, “meaning” revolves around supplication to a belief system imagined before humans even knew what the Sun was, let alone that a spherical Earth revolved around it? Just wow.

    7. Where did the universe come from?

    We don’t know yet, however, if it came from some deity, where did that deity come from? Kansas City? Milwaukee?

    8. What about miracles? What all the people who claim to have a connection with Jesus? What about those who claim to have seen saints or angels?

    There’s a sucker born every minute. I am sorry to report that no, that picture of a dog’s ass isn’t Jesus, it’s just a dog’s ass.

    9. What’s your view of Dawkins, Hitchens and Harris?

    Far more positive than my view of Pat Robertson, Tony Perkins, John Hagee, and Franklin Graham.

    10. If there is no God, then why does every society have a religion?

    Because superstition was used to explain observations at a time before humans knew anything about science and mathematics. Why don’t you believe that the world rests on the back of a giant turtle?

    ——-

    Now, here’s just one question the religious can’t answer:

    What if the other guy’s religion is the right one?

    You be fucked, that’s what. Good luck with that.

  • Marten

    1. How to become an atheist:
    I was about 11 or 12 yrs when I stopped parroting the fairytales you got told in school or by any priests. I’m lucky my parents weren’t much in religion, my father was definitely living his life from a scientist’s point of view. Anyway my firm belief as atheist began when I started to really think by myself and when I watched my friends how dishonest they had done their confirmation w/o any true beliefs. But they all took the money.

    For many years I slipped in the role of an doubting agnostic coz the debates w believers weren’t that harsh then.

    3. What, if something’s wrong?
    My counter question to all believers: ‘What if there were a god indeed, but it’s not yours, and you and your cons worshipped the totally wrong god all the time in a wrong and, beyond that, missionary manner?

    7&8. big bang and miracles:
    In my experience it’s a really hard job to familiarize a believer’s mind with the scientific
    /empirical view on the world.

    10. every society have developped an own way of religion:
    In my opinion each believer who comes to this point by himself, that different societies have got different gods, or at least, if they pray to the same god(s) then in different interpretations, so each believer, who comes that far, should now recognize that there can’t be any god. Or why else should he/she/it/they manifest themselves in such arbitrary ways???

    Anyway, my favorite in your answers is your ‘…he’s being squeezed out liked a zit …’
    Haven’t had a laugh like that for a long time, thnx4that!

  • TimeWarper

    I read the first question and I stopped (okay…I lied. I read all of them ;)). Why would anyone think it would be hard to answer why you believe in what you believe? That’s just stupid. Furthermore, those questions made me thank my lucky stars that I started using my brain.

    • I know, they weren’t even a mild challenge.

  • niamibunni

    1. Born this way
    2. We rot
    3. IDGAF
    4. Don’t be a dick. It’s not fucking rocket science. Well, most atheists are very intelligent…maybe it is.
    5. So many words. Cake is a reward for being good. Hot irons shoved up their asses is the penalty for being a jerk.
    6. I want to see how far I can get without getting arrested for murder.
    7. BBT…derp.
    8. They make medications for that shit. Next question.
    9. Dawkins never answers me on Twitter. /cry
    10. Lightning scared the fuck out of some caveman and BOOM … invisible man in the sky was responsible.

  • It’s fun to explore these questions each in depth, yes. However, we need to keep this simple. Nonbelievers CAN and DO answer questions like these and countless others honestly by using observation of our universe as it actually is. The questions we can answer are answered with the knowledge mankind has accumulated over our brief time on this rock. Those questions we can’t currently answer are still answered with a very honest and truthful “i don’t know.” And this is where Believers feel they have us, cuz they can just plug in their unproven belief systems where we don’t yet have all the answers using science, reason, logic, etc. and THAT is DIShonest. Using unproved lies to fill in the gaps of current knowledge is dishonest to oneself and to anyone foolish enough to believe alongside those who put subjective belief ahead of objective reality.

    “I don’t know yet, but let’s find out!” is truthful and honest.

    “My god that i can’t prove exists outside my head did it” is a dishonest lie.

    I don’t know how to put it more simply than that, but I keep trying to simplify this into a soundbyte that might actually get thru even the most stubborn of mental bubbles.

  • TtRx

    1. How Did You Become an Atheist?

    I became an atheist when I gained the ability to understand the difference between fact and bullshit. There’s way to much bullshit for religion to even be considered a lifestyle I’d ever decide to take up. Additionally, I like learning and understanding way too enjoyable to pass up!

    2. What happens when we die?

    In a way, there is an afterlife. Parts of me, and every living thing, will continue after I, in my physical form, cease to be. I have given permission for my organs to be used to give others life. The remainder, my shell if you wish, will be burned or buried – I don’t mind. The atoms and cells that will live on after death will continue to do so. Hell, If I drown and remain undiscovered – you could even end up drinking me!!! How insane is that!?!

    3. What if you’re wrong? And there is a Heaven? And there is a HELL!

    If I’m wrong, and I guess we’ll only find out when we’re dead, then i’d rather be judged on the actions I’ve taken through life, and the good that I’ve done despite being godless. If the entry criteria for a ‘heaven’ is to simply believe in a narcissistic and sociopathic entity who remains indifferent to humanities suffering even when he has the ability to help, then I’d rather not have entry into his domain and take my chances. But I think it’s safe to say there is no heaven, or hell… so live your lives as good people, be nice to eachother and don’t be assholes!

    4. Without God, where do you get your morality from?

    It’s funny really. I’ve never needed a god to do good things. I’d also confidently proclaim that I’ve done a lot more good in my life than many christians or other religious people! I’ve raised lots of money for a variety of charities, donated lots to various charities, and personally given my time to various charities. I’ve personally helped out care for terminally ill and life restricted children (your god didn’t respond to any of their parents prayers btw), and worked for animal shelters, emergency response charities, aid work, search and rescue and many others. What I am saying is, morality is what we make of it – we’re all capable of being good people and doing great deeds as it’s the right thing to do. It’s a base characteristic of being human, and it’s also been seen in the animal kingdom too (herds rallying to save the young from predators for instance). So if I am capable of being ‘moral’ without a god, it would be reasonable to assume the perception of the religious who claim they’re moral through god was indeed false. Then you should account for the people who have killed and slaughtered in the name of their god – where was their morals?….. but then you need to remember there are some gods out there who do demand human sacrifice.

    5. If there is no God, can we do what we want? Are we free to murder and rape? While good deeds are unrewarded?

    Well wasn’t it your god who provided this freedom? So in a way, yes we are free to murder and rape, much like many others have done before in the name of god! However, will I, a simple atheist commit such deeds?… no. And you know why?….. because that would be wrong!. I’m not a good person in order to receive a divine reward when I die. I’m being a good person because it’s the right thing to do for myself, my kids, family and others. Being an atheist comes with an understanding that we only have one life, so let’s not waste it by being a dick.

    6. If there is no god, how does your life have any meaning?

    Well, to answer this I’d simply say I have more ability to live and enjoy my life than religious people. I am not bound to the narcassitic demands of constant worship from an entity that loves you but would smite all life on the planet because he was ‘bored’. My life has meaning. I wake up each day knowing I have friends and family. I have a son who means the world to me. I enjoy my time, and wish to make the most of the time I have alive to ensure there are only good memories after my passing – or at least more good than bad. My life has meaning – because a part of me at least will in essence continue on in my son.

    7. Where did the universe come from?

    The universe is still being understood – as you well know. Humanity has long looked at the stars in awe. We’ve watched in amazement at the majesty of shooting stars, comets, the milky way and even the moon. With so much out there, undiscovered, are you not curious? It’s completely natural to be curious and need answers. So this brings us to two types of people – those who want to discover and learn, be able to understand and share their knowledge with others to the betterment of humanity. Then, there are those who feel they do not need answers as a mystical space wizard created life and space but no means or clues allowing us to explore this. There is one underlying fact here – the more we learn, the less humanity believes in god. So whilst we do not YET have the answer as to what created the universe, it is only a matter of time until we gain an understanding allowing humanity to know this answer. To claim it is the making of a god, without any material evidence to back up this claim apart from a book consisting of multiple stories from highly dubious sources that have been interpreted from multiple languages, written and re-written according to the standards set out by a variety of kings and popes, is shall we say…. wrong. To ignore your natural urge to discover, learn and understand is to deny your own humanity.

    8. What about miracles? What all the people who claim to have a connection with Jesus? What about those who claim to have seen saints or angels?

    Let’s answer it this way – If your neighbor knocked on your door and professed he was indeed Jesus Christ – would you not demand proof? Yet, despite all of these claims there remains absolutely no proof! None! Nada! Nil!…. Would you consider a magician on TV to be your next savior? Or simply someone performing an act that you do not yet have an answer to?……… How about those who have a connection to Jesus that reside in mental institutions and high-security cells in prison? You try to break them out yet?

    9. What’s your view of Dawkins, Hitchens and Harris?

    The world would be worse off without them. They are a vocal mouthpiece for atheism and just being human. Hitchens will be sorely missed, but his teachings continue to inspire and motivate people. However, unlike your popes, priests, rabbis and immams, their views are based on many years of learning and understanding facts – and they do not belong to an institution that holds assets estimated to be sufficient to solve world hunger and third world debt in one fell swoop either – unlike the Vatican and other religions.

    10. f there is no God, then why does every society have a religion?

    You may wish to research this – as ALL the worlds main religions follow the exact same principles and background stories in many ways. However, this is quite easy to answer. Humanity has not always had the ability to understand things around them. The sight of a solar eclipse would fill people with sheer dread, and a drought resulting from a heatwave would be seen as punishment of some kind that could only be solved through human sacrifice. Of course, today it’s all deemed unnecessary as we understand more. However, what would you think hundreds of years ago if you looked up at a red moon? What would you think if you saw your very first tornado thousands of years ago while going about your business? Religion came about as an easy answer to solve problems which, at the time, could not be answered. Earthquake? Then your god was punishing you! Famine? Then you need to sacrifice more!… Over time, this ideology has continued and become abused – there’s too much money to be made from this afterall (example – US mega-churches and faith healing). You may think this view is cynical, but it’s truthful. Why would an all empowered god need money?

    And on that note – there’s your answers.

  • Sarcastic Small

    Easy – peasy. Much the same answers you so eloquently have given. The only question unanswered (apart from the disappearing “interesting conclusion”) is; how, in today’s world and age, can someone obviously active on the internet stay ignorant to the explanations and answers we will give? Nothing new in the Q’s section. Nothing new in the A.

  • Tony Hopkinson

    Every one of these questions is dishonest.

    1. How Did You Become an Atheist? Didn’t was born one like every one else.

    2. What happens when you die? As far as I can see, nothing, you are dead, then end.
    3. What if you are wrong? I’ll learn from my mistake, just as I learned from others I’ve made.
    4. Without God, where do you get your morality from?. Reason!
    5. If there is no God, blah. Am I free to do what I want?
    No, there are all sorts of constraints on me. I do not want to rape. It’s not fear of judgement that stops me. It’s not even reason. Something innate from nature and nurture is all I can say.
    6. No God, no meaning. I only have this life, giving it meaning is living.
    7. Where did the universe come from. Who says it had to come from anywhere? Did it, or not, no idea
    8. What about miracles? Made up or misunderstood, often the former as far as I can see.
    9 Dawkins, Hitchens and Harris? Guys with intellects and morals that far surpass yours.
    10 Why does every society have a religion? It’s a very useful tool for control.

  • Jim Jones

    He’s correct. No atheist can answer those questions. On the original page there’s no way to add any comments!! Apparently if we can answer them he really doesn’t want to know.

    Christians brag about how with Jesus they are so brave they can walk through the valley of death and fear no evil. But atheists make their —— hurt.

    Psalm 23:4? Yeah, right.

  • I liked every answer, but I enjoyed the opening paragraphs most…great sense of humor.

  • De Ha

    I hate it when they ask us a list of questions and then trn off the comments. It’s weak. anyway;

    1. How Did You Become an Atheist?

    Thought about it

    2. What happens when we die?

    you smell bad

    3. What if you’re wrong? And there is a Heaven? And there is a HELL!

    Then I’ll hang out with hookers and pirates.

    4. Without God, where do you get your morality from?

    concience

    5. If there is no God, can we do what we want? Are we free to murder and rape? While good deeds are unrewarded?

    No. First of all, most humans have a concinece. That’s what makes them human. As for those who are not human I.e. Sociopaths, they do get rewarded and punished right here on Earth. I’ve seen it happen.

    6. If there is no god, how does your life have any meaning?

    “Meaning” is an abscract philosophical concept. The question “what is the meaning of life” doesn’t even make sense beucase it would have to be something that directly affects EVERY living thing ever; germs, kings, slaves, etc.

    … It’s probably sex. Yeah, sex. Sex is the meaning of life. That’s what it is. oh wait, sponges…

    7. Where did the universe come from?

    where else is there?

    8. What about miracles? What all the people who claim to have a connection with Jesus? What about those who claim to have seen saints or angels?

    Psychos mostly

    9. What’s your view of Dawkins, Hitchens and Harris?

    I like Dawkins, Hitchens is a little too conservative for me although I did start using a term he coined “islamofaschist” after a freind of mine was banned from Youtube, and he was freinds with Salmon Rushdie, so we have that in common. I haven’t actually read anything by Harris yet.

    10. If there is no God, then why does every society have a religion?

    Because they’re stupid.

    For a list of questions “No Atheist can ever answer” that was actually suprisingly easy.

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  • Anonym

    It is funny that the author (I assume he is a Christian) doesn’t even know that hell doesn’t exist. It was an idea of the catholic church.(Sorry for my bad english, english isn’t my mother tongue)

    • Your English is great! Better than my Spanish 🙂

      • Dr Z

        Hell, his English is better that MY English, and I’ve been speaking it as my mother tongue my whole life. LOL

  • Anonym

    Am I the only Christian who read the bible (Sorry I was bored)? Most of the questions don’t make any sense. For example the question with the “god reward us for good deeds. No, he doesn’t. Have you ever heard of the hiob story or Goethe’s “Faust” (that’s actually based on hiob). God is an asshole (Yes, I am still a Christian, because I like Jesus’s opinion and hope there is a god or salvation). And the hell doesn’t exist. The bible tells us that if you are sorry for the sins you commited, god won’t reject you. So it doesn’t really matters what you do on this world. And please don’t give me the argument :the bible can be false at some times because it is the only evidence that god exists.

  • Dr Z

    In question 9, “What’s your view of Dawkins, Hitchens, and Harris”? I had to say:
    Awwww…where’s the love for Dan Dennett?? You only include **3** of the **4** Horsemen? That’s an insult! 😉

  • It takes about half a second of Googling to find scores upon scores of atheists explaining their views on exactly this issues (plus so much more), yet they keep asking them like they’re totally original, new discussion points (or really, like they’re such big gotchas). It’s almost as if they aren’t even listening for the answers.

  • Douglas R Steley

    It seems the page you tagged has gone away 🙁

    I wonder why ??? 🙂

  • reasonlogic

    The link says the URL dose not exist ….kinda like the gods