Zarte Siempre wrote: ↑
Tue Aug 13, 2019 2:40 pm
I don't remember if I've ever contributed to this discussion before, and I can't be arsed to check, but I haven't voted in the poll, so I suspect not.
I am, to my mind, an atheist. I've seen no proof that a god exists, I find it unlikely that one could exist - I do accept that I cannot be completely certain of this, and I would obviously change my view if presented with overwhelming evidence, but given the facts available, I am as sure as I can be.
That said, I'm not all that pleased about it. I am somewhat jealous of the comfort that faith seems to provide many people I know.
While I understand this position, I'm not jealous myself. Obviously there' the whole eternal life thing I'm missing out on, but it's not as if I wake up every morning panicking about death either, so I don't think believing in the whole religion thing would massively improve my life. Plus I'd rather have my eyes open and genuinely be seeking the truth than taking comfort in something and not really being questioning or critical about it.
I also hate vehemently anti-religion types. The majority of religious people that we are ever likely to meet will be warm, open, friendly, and practise the loving, accepting parts of their religion. That they may not be correct to, has never been an excuse to ridicule or discourage them in my eyes.
I find aggresstive atheists more offensive than I find most people who want to discuss religion (in general discourse - I grant you that I've never had someone stop me in the street or knock on my door to try to discuss atheism. Thank God...)
Anti-religion types covers quite a wide range of people. I would say that I am largely anti-religion, but not anti-religious people. And there is a big difference. I'm also against things like climate change denial and being scared of the number 13. But if I met someone who had these thoughts and beliefs, I wouldn't be anti that person, although I might want to strike up a conversation about why they think what they do!
And yes, most of the really religious people I've met are of the "Christian union" type, who are friendly etc. But that might partly be down to where you live. In more affluent parts of the world, less is at stake and there is less tribalism, but in poorer areas, religion is another way of seeing people as "different" and can cause wars etc.