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Atheism, Religion, God is Imaginary. For those who don't know me well, let me tell you a little secret. I am an atheist. That doesn't mean that I hate your god or Jesus. It simply means that I have not been presented with sufficient compelling evidence to conclude that either exists. The same goes for: Thor, Jupiter, Poseidon, Mithra, Ra, Shiva, Mars, Zues, Venus... and all the rest....
Unfortunately, most Christians do not get that if is about acceptance and love and not hatred and a "who is right". For me, I want to understand what all religions think and what atheists think and dispell what is misrepresented in Christianity without cramming it down someone's throat.
"I realize this is extremely simplistic - and one-sided given that it doesn't say anything negative about atheists and doesn't say anything positive about religions. However, it does line out some of the terrible problems with various belief systems, none of which, in my mind, is balanced by the "good" of religion."
Interesting survey, and from a reputable source, Pew Research, click through. Atheists performed best in the religious knowledge survey. I think if you are raised believing something, you never investigate it and that can be a reason why atheists know more academically about many religions than their adherents do. I know that I research the things I don't believe in far more extensively than I do the things I do believe in, mainly because I don't want to make faulty assumptions.
Atheism, Religion, Christianity, God is Imaginary, The Bible. Buy a Bible, never read it and you're a good Christian. Buy a Bible, read parts of it and you become a pious sonofabitch. Buy a Bible, study it thoroughly and you become an atheist, hated by every Christian.