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]
Fundie Index: 65
Submitted By: Tolpuddle Martyr
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Honestly this sounds like a troll having a bit of fun with idiots before they submit their own post here to witness even more awesome reactions.
9/28/2012 1:42:33 AM
@ whatever some pages ago:
Yeah, but I chose to come here, for the lulz. I don't have to. Yes, I am in UKia, but I didn't get any doses of Christianity at school ... could have been due to there being loads of Jewish kids like me there, though :-) (We didn't really get much religion at all - far too many faiths in Norf Lahndan to complicate matters in that regard. Much easier to ignore it!).
9/28/2012 2:40:05 AM
I should have mentioned it was the early to mid 1970s, and our school had a strong overall Christian character. I just accepted it as the norm at that time. It may have been something to do with our Hebridean headmaster. There was even something called "Scripture Union", which was mostly attended by girls. I have no idea what Scripture Union entailed, but I would imagine it no longer exists for legal reasons.
9/28/2012 3:43:43 AM
"So would it make you feel better if all atheists were vocally attacking the church and the idea of God?"
Of course it would. Fundies love to feed this kind of stuff to their massive persecution complex.
9/28/2012 9:50:07 AM
Heh-heh-heh-heh, yeah, heh-heh-heh; what a Choad!
[/"Beavis and Butthead"] X3
"Spiritual Zombie and proud!"
So am I. Saeko Busujima can grab hold of my 'Katana' and get rough with me anytime! [/"Highschool of the Dead"; related hentai doujinshi by '(Fei) Maidoll'] :9
9/28/2012 10:01:50 AM
Wait... is his name seriously Dwight Longpecker? *blinks*
9/28/2012 5:06:59 PM
Jordab the Folf
9/28/2012 5:23:55 PM
I know what it says, Forbad. I was being sarcastic.
9/28/2012 5:58:17 PM
Jordab the Folf
...Just kill me.
9/28/2012 6:00:12 PM
Wow, it's almost as if that religion stuff isn't necessary to live your life.
9/29/2012 6:08:44 AM
that is a lot of judgement coming from a way who probably doesn't even know an atheist.
10/2/2012 12:45:31 PM
@Jordab the Folf
Someone here hasn't been to the Doug Piranha Institute of (Viciously) Applied Sarcasm, and properly schooled in the use of Dramatic Irony, Metaphor, Bathos, Puns, Parody, Litotes, and... Satire.
...oh, and having her head nailed to the floor, by Dinsdale Piranha. >:D
10/2/2012 6:14:35 PM
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