Why do Atheists Care about God?

  • Atheism is a belief that there is no God/never was one.  
  • Despite this bold claim, Atheists are still fixated on God.  This is interesting because let’s say: 

  1. Person A does not like carrots and Person B does.  
  2. Being that Person A despises carrots he/she will not even contemplate it; whereas Person B loves carrots and will contemplate them.  



So why do Atheists care about a being that does not exist, is fictional – a myth?  

Why waste cognitive resources contemplating a supposed figment of the imagination?  

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15 Responses to Why do Atheists Care about God?

  1. Aspentroll says:

    Basically atheism is a voice of reality in an age where superstition has ruled for ages. If the belief in imaginary gods and other superstitions were to stop, humankind would benefit. Less war, and less bigotry.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Maybe because of all the people who have been and still are killed in the name of religion, apply the above to racism and you will understand what I mean

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  3. Sacerdotus says:

    What reality? Reality is just electrical impulses interpreted by the brain. Where is your evidence that religion is superstitious and gods are imaginary? In order to be confident in that claim, one must have infinite knowledge of all there is. We have only begun to scratch the surface on what really is real. Wars and bigotry are caused by people, not religion.

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  4. Sacerdotus says:

    People are killed in the name of politics and just for the heck of killing. People kill people, not religion.

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  5. uberd00b says:

    I think this may be a slight misunderstanding. Atheists care about truth, and have an interest in this reality we live in. This natural leads them to bump up against the idea of gods at some point or another.

    It's interesting to note, I think, that atheists don't really care what is true so long as it actually is true. For example if gods appeared to exist then atheists would be theists. The same does not appear to be true of theists, who care more about what you believe than whether it is actually true. Ask an atheist if there was irrefutable proof of god if they would remain atheist and most will say no. Ask a theist the inverse and they will often say “I'd continue to believe because Jesus said this would happen” or something. Only one side is being honest.

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  6. Allocutus says:

    I can't speak for all the atheists. “Atheists” is a huge set of people. All they have in common is that they don't believe a god exists. Most atheists don't even bother talking about god. They just live their lives as if no god exists. They don't take part in discussions, don't read the scriptures, don't run blogs.

    A minority of atheists do get involved. But you're wrong in saying that they care about god. They don't. You can't care about something that you don't believe exists. Rather, what they care about is the fact that religion has managed to fool so many people, to drag them away from rational thought and to make them compromise morality and decency for ancient and primitive beliefs.

    BTW, I think it really is time you stop posting nonsense about atheism (you don't seem to understand the first thing about atheism, starting with its very definition) and start proving god. The minute you prove god exists, you'll succeed against atheism. And not a second before.

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  7. John Bogle says:

    “Where is your evidence that religion is superstitious and gods are imaginary?” Where is your evidence they aren't? “Wars and bigotry are caused by people, not religion.” People who are often trying to impose their way of life, often in the form of Religion, other another group of people.

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  8. John Bogle says:

    “Why waste cognitive resources contemplating a supposed figment of the imagination?” To prevent thing like forced religious conversion the Catholics have been so fond of, historically, for one. To stop the teaching of religiously-backed lies in public schools in the United States, for another. Third, to fight the social conservatives who insist they should have a say in who has sex with whom and how, and weather or not women should be forced to carry every pregnancy to term, and weather it's alright to say “poop” on TV or some such nonsense. (Yes, I'm aware that liberals have supported P.C. speech, but they're not alone in that misstep.)

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  9. Sacerdotus says:

    The evidence is found when one traces the origin of said religion or gods. It is not a complicated matter. There is no evidence of your claims regarding religion and war. It is hyperbolic rhetoric.

    What you describe will not stop conversion. Contemplating God and going after religion will just make religion more noticeable.

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  10. Omni says:

    Not all atheists are, think of it like veganism/vegetarianism, most wont mention it until you invite them to your barbecue others will actively try to explain that what you are doing is wrong.

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  11. Sacerdotus says:

    Well if you see the atheism hashtag on twitter you will noticed the fixation with God. This is what I question. Why dedicate so much time to a supposed “myth?”

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  12. Sacerdotus says:

    “Most atheists don't even bother talking about god.” Well, I have noticed the complete opposite. Every blog, every twitter account associated with atheism is focused on diatribe against God and religion, not humanism or promotion of human values and ideas.

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  13. Sacerdotus says:

    That is different. Vegetarianism doesn't have Sunday schools or shapes morals.

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  14. The problem is not God(s) Per Se ,it’s the things that people do on behalf of God(s) and religion, that effect the rest of us.

    e.g:-

    Stopping Gay Marriage,

    Banning the teaching of Evolution,

    Sati – The burning of the widow, when the husband dies,

    Feminist Issues such as Pro Choice on Abortion and family planning,

    Female Circumcision,

    Suicide bombers killing people,

    Christians owning slaves in The Trans Atlantic Slave Trade,

    Human sacrifice to God(s),

    The killing of people who worship different God(s),

    Victims of the Caste system and people deemed untouchable,

    People owning slaves in The Arabic and Islamic Salve Trades,

    Grown men to suck on the penises of infant children while they hack away at it with a sharp knife,

    The forced rape of female prisoners before execution because they cannot be executed as virgins,

    The execution of Apostates,

    Cannibalism,

    The execution of people classed as witches,

    The killing or imprisonment of gay people,

    etc. 

    Now if God(s) want to do these things believe or not I’m fine with it. As beings blessed with Godlike abilities, should be able to do these things for themselves if they so wish.

    It’s just when people do these things on behalf of their God(s) or religion. It gives the victims no say in the matter and the perpetrators of these acts a divine right to carry them out.

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    • I understand what you mean, however, most of what you wrote is based on generalizations and misconceptions. Religious people have a right to speak their minds and ask that society cater to their viewpoints. There is nothing wrong with this as long as the common good is achieved. I think your issue is with bad behavior, not religion or God.

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