god is dead
Obviously, it is nearly impossible to convert any avid Christian to atheism merely by stating your views on a webpage. That is not my intention. To quote liberatarian advocate and author, George H. Smith, "If a person wishes to continue believing in a god, that is his prerogative, but he can no longer excuse his belief in the name of reason and moral necessity."
One of the major problems with Christianity is its followers. Christianity would not be made to seem like such a pathetically flawed concept if it were represented by respectable and intelligent people. Then, at the very least, this religion might be able to hold some sense of dignity in the light of the nonbelievers.
Perhaps this is too much to ask. After all, fundies may be incapable of holding the necessary intelligence to comprehend reason. And the lack of reason is the only excuse for belief in a god.
This is where you are most likely expecting me to continue in a rampage of reasons why god shouldn't be believed in. But, as I stated earlier, I am not here to convert anyone. There is too much to say, and this is not the place to say it. Instead, in order not to disappoint my readers who might have been expecting something more, I will refute some of the most commonly argued points by our good friends, the fundies.
FUNDIE: "God loves you."
That's great. But is that relevant? Before fundies can tell someone that "god loves them," they must first explain what god is. Obviously, the atheist does not believe there is a god, therefore, to the atheistic mind the fundie is saying, "------ loves you." Until "god" is defined, this comment is pointless.
So the fundie must try again.
FUNDIE: "God is almighty, eternal, immortal, incomprehensible, infinite, loving, omniscient, etc."
Every word in that description was actually taken from the National Catholic Almanac. First of all, how is it possible to describe God in all those ways, and then say he is "incomprehensible?" I think it's amazing how God can be so incomprehensible that we are able to link many other attributes to him. Secondly, another thing fundies are guilty of when attributing such things as "infinite" and "immortal" to God, is that they are limiting the abilities of a supposidly limitless entity. For example, if God is "infinite," then he cannot be "finite." If he is "loving," he cannot be "unloving." If God cannot encompass all attributes of existance, then he is not the omniscent being the fundies say he is. Smith writes in his book, The Case Against God, "Many Christians wish to avoid agnosticism by assigning characteristics to their deity, but these Christians are confronted with a serious dilemma. On the one hand, they favor the notion of a supernatural being, a being without restrictions, a being with an infinite nature. On the other hand, they want a god with characteristics, a god that can be identified" (49). So, in the fundies' attempt to explain what God is, they will contradict themselves time and time again. Surprising, eh? I think not.
FUNDIE: "God created everything, he is everything."
If that were true, it would, for lack of another word, suck. For one, every fundie will deny that god created anything evil. Of course, the evil is blamed on the devil, God's fallen angel. But wait - the all-powerful God couldn't control el diablo enough to prevent him from becoming the wretched serpent he is today? Or maybe he could have controlled satan, and chose not to. If that were the case, then all the evil in the world originates from God's laziness and inability to finish tasks. How unimpressive. He'd rather sit back and let Satan expell his wrath on us poor mortals.
But that's just my opinion.
Those are just a few of the conflicts dealing with Christianity and atheism. I'd like to make a personal recommendation for George H. Smith's book, Atheism: The Case Against God (Prometheus Press, 1989). This is a thorough analysis of gods and God, and their existance (well, the lack of). No matter what your belief system might be, it's still a great book to look through.
That's enough of the crazed-livid-atheist shit. The reason this page is titled "god is dead" is a result of the shameful state this society has deteriorated to. When once, citizens were good-natured people with good intentions, we have all become hateful and cynical. All we have left is a cold, bitter, and unwelcoming atmosphere. But I don't need to tell you this - you experience the same things I do. You witness the downfall of happiness, same as everyone else. Simply put, the era of love and happiness and god has decayed, and survival of the fittest reigns like it never did before.
And how sad the modern world is.