Watch “How to talk to religious people about atheism?” on YouTube

How to talk to religious people about atheism?: http://youtu.be/oUeY3NB4TK8

My preferred line of discussion with theists, especially Christians, is to first talk about children they know who sometimes need a favorite blanket, stuffed animal or something else that is a security item for them to help them sleep at night.

Now, with that in mind, think about what it must have been like to live three, four or even ten thousand years ago, with wars, and diseases, and natural events like a mudslide, earthquake, or massive storm. How would a parent help their children to be able to sleep at night after suffering a cataclysmic event like that, they need something to help make sense of what just happened. Why did their loved one die in this horrific manner?

The parent looks away, trying to think of something to say, and looks outside, sees all the stars in the night sky, and being the storytellers that came about with the refinement of language, starts to tell their children about some supernatural force must have needed such a loved and wonderful person or people as the ones who died. Or maybe it was to help a child overcome their nightmares of thunder & lightening, or whatever kept their child awake at night.
Through generations of these stories being passed along and shared, from adults to children, they grew rituals and ceremonies to go with the stories. That was the birth of various religions.  They were born from a need to alleviate fears about the world around them that they didn’t understand. Religion is a collection of stories told to their kids, their loved ones or to themselves to help them sleep at night.

As for Jesus, I doubt that there was only one man born back around then that may have believed he was a son of God. In fact, there were many false prophets at that time in history, there were many people who did truly believe they have heard the voice of their gods. The man called Jesus may well have been one of those people, or an amalgamation of many of those men. So, how did this story of “his teachings” survive where others did not?

First, we don’t know for sure that all of the things attributed to Jesus were actually spoken by him, just like modern day quotes are often attributed to the wrong person. Many stories of Jesus are plagiarisms of previous stories.

Second, this man called Jesus had a better marketing team, not just the 12 apostles, but all of the other followers, they kept relaying these stories to their families, friends, neighbors and nearby countries. They may have wrote letters to nearby countries and their leaders, and had the first wildly successful marketing campaign.

But, son of God? No. That is just fantasy. Just hopeful, wishful, delusional fantasy.

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7 thoughts on “Watch “How to talk to religious people about atheism?” on YouTube

  1. Rachel (@rachelnlemons)

    Thanks for sharing your views on atheism. It’s very interesting to hear a first-hand perspective of how you view God and religion. Often, running in Christian circles, we (Christians) talk about (them) atheists and what they believe and how they believe.
    It’s good to hear firsthand your thoughts on God and how you perceive Him. Thanks for sharing and Hemat’s video was interesting as well.
    Do you see they need to proselytize as an atheist?

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  2. myatheistlife

    Hmm, I have a question for you. You wrote: “but there were many false prophets at that time in history, there were many people who did truly believe they have heard the voice of their gods.”
    Can you cite any examples of people who were false prophets? Can you cite any non-Christian examples of people that history recorded s having truly believed they heard the voice of their god?

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    1. katshumanisticmusings Post author

      I cannot cite sources, so you have a valid point. I believe I read it in an Atheist forum. I do know that schizophrenia is not a new mental illness, and it is highly likely that this was something existing a few thousand years ago. I am also aware that some mouldy rye bread was known to produce hallucinations.

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      1. myatheistlife

        There are other brain maladies which produce results strikingly similar to descriptions of god talking to people in the bible.
        I’m always curious why we don’t read of others who think that their god talked to them at the time, of false prophets, religions yes, but prophets, not so much. The good book seems a bit short on the false prophets category other than saying there will be some.

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