15th January 2018

“Atheism is a non-belief, a word without a corresponding thing; to object to its recognition and pre-eminence is the same thing as to be jealous of a vacuum.”

Ambrose Bierce1842 – 1914

3 Responses to “15th January 2018”

  1. Black Knight No. 3 Says:

    Using a work such as “atheism” is a double-edged sword. On the one hand it neatly describes one’s position as being non-religious, on the other hand it can be treated like any other “ism” and thus like any other belief.

    A few months ago I had a caller at the door who was proselytising for some religion or other. We had a short debate, both of us establishing our views to the other. When it became clear that I had a retort to each of her points she said “well, I must go but I respect your belief”. At that point I said “atheism is not a belief but is, in fact, a lack of belief”. The look on her face suggested that this was the first time she had heard this. I can only imagine the sort of indoctrination she had and I wonder if, once enveloped by a culture of belief, it is hard to think in any other way.

  2. Black Knight No. 3 Says:

    Using a word such as “atheism” is a double-edged sword. On the one hand it neatly describes one’s position as being non-religious, on the other hand it can be treated like any other “ism” and thus like any other belief.

    A few months ago I had a caller at the door who was proselytising for some religion or other. We had a short debate, both of us establishing our views to the other. When it became clear that I had a retort to each of her points she said “well, I must go but I respect your belief”. At that point I said “atheism is not a belief but is, in fact, a lack of belief”. The look on her face suggested that this was the first time she had heard this. I can only imagine the sort of indoctrination she had and I wonder if, once enveloped by a culture of belief, it is hard to think in any other way.

  3. Black Knight No. 3 Says:

    Sorry for the multiple posts … ooops I’ve made another one!