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Is there really such a thing as an utterly authentic atheist? I think so. I have a dreadful feeling that there exists a sort of human sub-species who have lost their spiritual capacity completely. These authentic atheists do not profess belief in God, nor even disbelief. Instead they seem entirely deaf to such ideas. They do not hate the Church or say the Bible is a fairy tale. They do not spit out bigoted remarks that blame the Pope for the holocaust or missionaries for murder. They do not attack the arguments for the existence of God, say the universe is random, or call Rick Warren a simpleton. They do not rage against God, any more than someone born blind has dreams in color. These are the authentic atheists. They plod through life eating, working, shopping, breeding and sleeping, and God never seems to flit across their consciousness. Members of this sub-species may be sparkling sophisticates or ill-bred boors. They may be the decent and moral folks next door, or they could be despicable murderers. In a frightful way, it doesn’t matter. If they exist, perhaps they have bred and spread like the alien bodysnatchers, and exist in our midst like spiritual zombies—indistinguishable in the teeming mass of humanity except to those few who see them and tremble.

Dwight Longenecker , Pharyngula 62 Comments [9/27/2012 3:34:23 AM]
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Submitted By: Tolpuddle Martyr
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Papabear

By "lost their spiritual capacity" I think you're referring to our having moved beyond the need for imaginary friends.

Just because I don't come in my pants musing about a special relationship with a diety, doesn't mean I "plod through life." It is amusing that examples of "plodding through life" which you give are all thing which almost everyone, atheist or Christian, does routinely.

Yes, Dwight, I DO exist. Tremble if you must.

9/27/2012 8:11:19 AM

fishtank

why are you afraid of me?

Though I do not really count.. I became an atheist the old fashioned way, one day I just decided it was all bullshit and moved on.

9/27/2012 8:27:53 AM

gaijinlaw

This one demonstrates exceedingly good grammar for fundy fanfic.

9/27/2012 8:41:14 AM

The Crimson Ghost

Thanks...I AM a sparkling sophisticate.


9/27/2012 8:59:14 AM

craig

First of all i dont hate fundys. It hurts that they have thrown away part of their mind and human potental for their belief system which dosent account for current reality.
These people live in fantisy land. To fight poverty they will hold "spiritual warfare" sessions to cast the"demons of poverty" out of a poor area then they will blame the victums usualy saying they are lasy. Thus they get to feel like they have done somthing without actually getting their hands dirty with those people.

I am not an athiest.

I am both gay and jewish.

I have recieved many hate filled harangues about being and have been acused of many hienous things. I can feel the hate comming off of these people. The opposite occurs when they find out that i am jewish, some times act like they are almost in awe of me and i am acorded respect respect i havent earned. Both of these things.
Make me an outaider with them. These are invisible traits and dont. E
Need to be spoken about any but i have to be myself.




9/27/2012 9:05:20 AM

Fundies Make Me Sick

This is hilarious. He's actually scared, terrified even, that there are people out there who don't believe in God or the supernatural or just don't give the idea any significant thought either way. Fundies just cannot accept the reality that there are people who believe that there's nothing beyond this world and live their lives accordingly.

9/27/2012 9:17:44 AM

Philbert McAdamia

If they exist, perhaps they have bred and spread like the alien bodysnatchers, and exist in our midst like spiritual zombies—indistinguishable in the teeming mass of humanity except to those few who see them and tremble.

It's easy to tell us apart -- if you have the special glasses.

9/27/2012 9:40:59 AM



"They plod through life eating, working, shopping, breeding and sleeping, and God never seems to flit across their consciousness."

You know, if it wasn't for people mentioning this "god" person, the idea just wouldn't flit across my conciousness at all...

"They do not attack the arguments for the existence of God, say the universe is random, or call Rick Warren a simpleton."

If the arguments are flawed and people are trying to use them to justify things that would affect others, then yes... I do attack them.

The universe is random, no matter what religious belief you have, and if you try to claim otherwise in said arguments, I will point it out to you.

Rick Warren is a simpleton... whenever he says something fucking stupid, I'll call him out on it.

9/27/2012 9:43:59 AM

John_in_Oz

Today's "Statement of the bleeding obvious combined with disapproval" number 666.

9/27/2012 9:55:53 AM

dp

these utterly authentic atheists do sound so bad.

9/27/2012 12:09:06 PM

John

These authentic Scrooges do not profess belief in Santa Claus, nor even disbelief. Instead they seem entirely deaf to such ideas. They do not hate Christmas or say the Jesus' birth is a fairy tale. They do not spit out bigoted remarks that blame Santa for running over Grandma with his reindeer or Macy's for tying up 34th Street on Thanksgiving waiting for his fat ass to show up. They do not attack the arguments for the existence of Santa Claus, say Christmas presents are random, or call Tim Allen a simpleton for playing Santa Claus. They do not rage against Santa, any more than someone born blind has dreams in color. These are the authentic Scrooges. They plod through life eating, working, shopping, breeding and sleeping, and Santa never seems to flit across their consciousness.

Don't get me started on the Easter Bunny!

9/27/2012 12:09:20 PM

Pilotess

Spiritual Zombie and proud!

John - Bravo! I laughed out loud and irritated coworkers! :)

9/27/2012 1:55:51 PM

Tatsukun

So, " I think atheists are defined as being against my god" stupidity #279,031,278

*yawn*

P.S> No, we make fun of you because you are making stupid claims.

9/27/2012 2:46:43 PM

Wehpudicabok

What Dionysus said.

9/27/2012 4:12:58 PM

Alencon

One of these days I have to get someone to explain to me what "spiritual" means.

What Dwight is overlooking is that the overwhelming majority of atheists were born and raised theists. They're atheists by choice.

9/27/2012 4:31:30 PM

Vet Emergency

I've got to say, that's a pretty exciting worldview he's got there. When I look around, I just see normal people, but when Dwight here looks around, he's constantly on the lookout for AUTHENTIC ATHEISTS! *scare chord*

9/27/2012 4:37:34 PM

tracer

"They may be the decent and moral folks next door, or they could be despicable murderers."


I call Poe.

NO True Christian[TM] would ever accuse ANY kind of atheist of being decent or moral.

9/27/2012 4:48:21 PM



Well, that was offensive.


9/27/2012 5:47:16 PM

Berny

You lost me when you called me sub-human. I personally feel I have a higher morality than the religious because I do what right not because of an eternal reward or punishment, but because it's the right thing to do.
You, sir, are a moron.

9/27/2012 7:19:38 PM

Snaker

A fundie has acknowleged my existance. My life feel validated now.

9/27/2012 7:24:23 PM



Your argument is a fallacy. Zombies are far more intelligent than religious fundamentalists.

9/27/2012 9:05:53 PM

Ebon

You're confusing atheism, agnosticism and just being non-religious.

9/27/2012 9:57:40 PM

The Dude

So let me get this straight - you are terrified of people who basically mind their own business and don't give anyone else too much bullshit...I see...

9/27/2012 11:43:49 PM

Justanotheratheist

Not that I am one, but I'd rather be an ill-bred boor than waste my life trying to score points with a non-existent deity.

9/27/2012 11:52:40 PM

Raised by Horses


9/28/2012 1:18:35 AM
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