15 Things You Should Not Say To an Atheist

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Happy New Year!

This week, Andy, Jon and Steve will comment on a YouTube video titled “15 Things You Should Not Say To an Atheist.” There are two different versions of this. The one that is discussed in this week’s episode is found here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNjEbPfc2d0

Watching the video before listening to this week’s podcast will be helpful.

If you have any comments or questions, send them to steve@apologeticscanada.com. Be sure to specify in the subject line what you are commenting/questioning on.

 

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  1. I have recently started listening to your podcast, and have so far been picking a few episodes out here and there that sound interesting. In general, I appreciate that there seems to at least be some attempt to be fair to atheists or those who believe in something different than you. However, I’m still very disappointed to hear some of the very biased assumptions that you make when it comes to atheists. Listening to this podcast, I don’t know where to begin. I am an atheist, and I have always followed the definition that that atheism is simply a lack of belief in god. You seem to want to say that atheists say god does not exist, but that’s a huge difference. One of you mention that in a later podcast you hope to discuss the definition of agnostic, atheist, etc, and I look forward to hearing that when I get to it, because this podcast was quite frustrating how you seem to have decided what the definition of atheism should be as far as you’re concerned. I don’t want to be too harsh in my criticism, because I know there are a lot of episodes I have not yet listened to, so my hope is that you have changed your opinions a little over time. However to have a whole discussion about atheism without even having an atheist on the show to at least help show a different perspective was just so one-sided. And even though you use an atheist video as a springboard, when there is no opportunity for someone to counter some of your arguments or opinions, it seems incredibly unfair. I think both believers and unbelievers do an incredible disservice to the debate when we present something to the public that is so one-sided. You make so many claims that are simply based on anecdotes or perhaps even just what you think an atheist believes. We worship humanity? Or maybe ourselves? Atheism constitutes a religion? I will be very quick to admit that many atheists show a complete lack of respect for religious people, but I do appreciate when they are at least up front about it. You seem to show a bit of respect for atheists, or at least make a claim that you show some understanding of our position, yet you are so quick to make assumptions that sound completely false. Anyway, I will keep listening, and I hope you have some atheist voices on your podcast in the future for some honest discussion and debate, instead of just deciding what atheists believe based on your limited understanding of us. Of course, even having an atheist on doesn’t mean that any atheist speaks for all atheists, but at least it would be a start. What is severely lacking in so many discussions around faith and belief and religion is respect for both sides or all sides of people in this debate. I hope in the future you will not continue to fall into this trap. I will give you the benefit of the doubt, as you seem like genuine people, but I don’t think you appreciate how condescending and patronizing you sometimes sound to people who don’t believe what you believe.

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