Open Letter To Religious Fundamentalists

17 03 2008

Hi, thanks for reading this. I am more than happy to answer any and all of your questions but because email is so easily misinterpreted I would like state up front that my answers are not intended to insult or offend you personally. If you’re especially devoted to your religion I probably will offend you so I’d like apologize up front for that.  Seriously.  I’m not really trying to make you angry but I recognize that it usually works out that way when people disagree on topics like this.

So you really don’t believe in God?
Simply put, no I don’t believe in God.  As there is no evidence anywhere for the existence of a God of any kind.  With that point made I also find it a highly suspect claim that Jesus was His son.  Furthermore, since the only book that proclaims Jesus’ divinity is full of racist, misogynistic, contradictory, and false claims I find it difficult to believe the Bible is comprised of writings inspired by a perfect and loving God.  That said, if you have anything that can prove the existence of God I’m always looking forward to hearing it.

Am I blasphemous?
If by blasphemous you mean to ask am I being impiously irreverent or lacking in proper respect? Probably, yes. I am trying to be more respectful and less sarcastic but I find little that is not intellectually respectable to believe in God given the complete lack of evidence for His existence. I am regularly surprised at the persistent belief in the Bible and other religious texts, in the face of growing scientific knowledge that shows large portions of scripture to be completely wrong.  We can discuss this point further if you’re really interested but you should be aware that scripture carries no weight with me unless it’s when I use it to illustrate how little weight it carries.

What about the afterlife? What harm could it do to believe in Him when there’s so much at stake?
Ah yes, Pascal’s Wager. Let’s believe in god because we have an overwhelming fear of death and desire to explain the yet unknown. There are almost too many problems with that tired argument but let’s just check the main problems off.

1) Just because the story of god and heaven is somehow comforting doesn’t make it true.

2) Which religion or God is the right one? There are so many to choose from and since a belief in a generic God isn’t good enough I somehow have to pick the right one.  I presume you have made your choice and you in turn believe all the others are false, but what if you accidentally picked the wrong one?  Unless you have some real evidence to support your decision you appear to be in the same basket as me.

But Atheisim offers no hope of an afterlife! You’re giving up so much
See Pascal’s Wager above.  Until you have some evidence to back up your claims that you’ve found the one true religion I will continue to operate on the assumption that we all have one life and would do well to live it to the fullest by sharing the most love and doing the most good while we can.

If you think religion is a fiction why do you spend so much time writing about it? Why not write about Harry Potter or Peter Pan?
This seems like an obvious question, but if I must explain…I write about religion versus other popular fiction because people are not making life and political decisions that effect me based on those other stories. People are being manipulated by religious dogma on a massive scale and being taught to suspend their critical faculties in the name of faith. It’s sad and terrifying to watch a nation like the US making medical research decisions and social policies based on the writings of people who thought the world was flat and that we were the center of the universe.

You atheists are so arrogant and closed minded. You think you have everything all figured out through science but you can’t entertain the theory that God exists.
The difference between atheists and the faithful is that atheists don’t pretend to “have everything all figured out”, we only assert that there is no evidence for god. The faithful, on the other hand, not only presume to know of the existence of God without any evidence but also presume to know what He wants.  Further irony lies in the “virtue of faith” where doubt and questions are discouraged and acceptance of church doctrine is encouraged because they already have everything all figured out for you.

There are thousands of Biblical scholars and theologians who use logic and common sense incorporated into their faith, maybe you should look into their teachings too.
I have read some of it and have been consistently unimpressed.  I know there are thousands of people working to rationalize away the innumerable contradictions in the Bible and the multitude of ways where science has found nature and the cosmos to be in direct conflict with Biblical teachings.  If the Bible or any other religious text was written by the inspiration of an all knowing and inerring God one could reasonably expect that this sort of rationalization would be unnecessary.  Sadly it is clearly necessary because God doesn’t exist to inspire any books.

In Closing
I invite you to question your faith and think for yourself.  What do you have to lose by being skeptical for a minute?


Super J.




4 responses

17 03 2008

Do you ever find it funny how badly humans want to belong to groups? We have an innate need to belong, to associate ourselves with other groups of people. Even if all the while we are crying “Look at me and how individualistic I am!” we still desperately want someone to tell us that we are one of them. But even within these groups of people attached to each other for comfort and convenience, there are different dynamics. There are those who will defend their group to the death for no reason other than someone told them to. There are those that will compare their group with yours in a casual conversation. There are those that will assert their groups perceived dominance without bothering to understand the other groups (and most times even their own). Your statement is the dogma of the Atheist group, and I call it that simply because it is repeated as many times as any other religious doctrine. Remember the group dynamics, remember that even though you see crazy people in my group, I see some nuts in yours. But at the same time, recognize that there are some of us who see the crazy people inside our own group, who respect your right to your own doctrine, and will sit down and have a pretty decent conversation about it if the coffee is good enough.

18 03 2008

well.. i can give u an advice that please read the Quran..Its the only book which can answer ur questions…

18 03 2008
The Lodge Keeper

Thanks fariya, you just confirmed one of the points mentioned above.

“Which religion or God is the right one? There are so many to choose from and since a belief in a generic God isn’t good enough I somehow have to pick the right one. I presume you have made your choice and you in turn believe all the others are false.”

18 03 2008

re: Which God is the right one?

“I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.” -Stephen Roberts

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