EvilEgg: How does one "live like an atheist"? Most Christians don't go to church, don't talk about Jesus much, and pretty much ignore Christ's teaching.
Satanic_Hamster: Captain Darling: Not teaching at a seminary sounds like part of living like an atheist.Yep. Also, how exactly does one live as an atheist? I don't go to atheist lectures or clubs, apparently I'm doing it wrong?
JusticeandIndependence: Nothing, I just kind of stopped thinking about religion entirely. It just didn't really come up. I stopped going to church after moving out of my parents house. I just plain don't think about why I don't believe. I don't have to be defensive enough about it to read on it or protest some church.
manbart: ftfa:I don't think you can even pretend to be an atheist simply by reading books by atheist authors and attending atheist gatherings when your religious beliefs are still somewhere in the back of your mind - but I still applauded the fact that he was exploring atheism and wanted to learn more about it.Who does this shiat? Atheism is simply the non-belief in the supernatural, what is there to discuss? Sounds like a lame circle-jerk.I think the experiment is a fail because these people are not representative of the vast majority of atheists.
Satanic_Hamster: Every night, I put a few cd's into the turn table, open a beer, and play Counter Strike. Does that count?
The Southern Dandy: meanmutton: jigger: HotWingConspiracy: LOLSo very Christ-like.Here's some trivia for you: Jesus hated anyone that wasn't a Christian.He doesn't hate them. He loves them. Just because he sends them into a lake of fire for eternity doesn't mean he hates them.Technically, Christians believe that Jesus tries to get people to go to heaven but they choose the lake of eternal fire.So Jesus/God is impotent? He has no power to stop a person from going to hell? Why pray to him if he's impotent?
drxym: What does "living like an atheist" even mean aside from having a lot more spare time and far less guilt?
Valiente: EvilEgg: How does one "live like an atheist"? Most Christians don't go to church, don't talk about Jesus much, and pretty much ignore Christ's teaching.Not necessarily. Christ (or people writing decades after his death allegedly quoting him) said some pretty interesting stuff, as did many of his Classical contemporaries. But he also said some fairly inflammatory things that would tend to tick off the establishment Jews and the Romans of his time.If you read Christ like you read Plato, or Marcus Aurelius, or Plotinus or even the emperor Julian, it's all good. Currently applicable life lessons may be drawn from "the collected sayings of" and can be used as part of a functional moral compass by any old atheist.It's when you start with the actual religious edifice built on these sayings, which many people (not only non-religious people) find pretty much diametrically opposed to the intent of the words of the teacher who (again, allegedly and almost certainly heavily redacted) said them, that it all becomes problematic.Christ the wisdom teacher is fine, if a little "local". Christ the magical fairy with the complicated god/man origin story and the church full of heretic-smiting, gold-loving kiddie fiddlers? Not so much.
meanmutton: It's not religious bigotry when a seminary fires you as a Pastor because of your religious beliefs.
ggecko: The internet has made me "hard", right now I think this guy is just being a troll.
StopDaddy: "Hey guys, I need more media attention for my thingy. Could you fire me for a year? K THX BYE!"I applaud their marketing acumen. His "reaffirmation" to God next year should pull big ratings!
Itstoearly: "A lot of atheists remain in the closet precisely because they're afraid of the ramifications of coming out."Yes, and a lot of Christians hide their faith for the same reason. Sorry if I am not surprised that humans across the board tend to be biased against people who are different than them.
HotWingConspiracy: LOLSo very Christ-like.Here's some trivia for you: Jesus hated anyone that wasn't a Christian.
The Southern Dandy: drxym: What does "living like an atheist" even mean aside from having a lot more spare time and far less guilt?Here's a good way to envision what it's like to live like an atheist.Imagine living like a person that doesn't believe Zeus is real.
firefly212: Next up, he can pretend to be gay
EvilEgg: EvilEgg: How does one "live like an atheist"? Most Christians don't go to church, don't talk about Jesus much, and pretty much ignore Christ's teaching.I thought about it, and I decided he could read the Bible, that's one thing many atheists do that Christians don't.
TheOnion: How does one live like an atheist? Stop praying and going to church?
DontMakeMeComeBackThere: Captain Darling: Not teaching at a seminary sounds like part of living like an atheist.Ding Ding DingIf he really wanted to "live as an atheist", and not just, you know, research it like a non-attention-whoring person would do then NOT being employed by a religious organization should be an expected part of that "living as" arrangement. Are we supposed to feel sympathy for him?
DeaH: The problem with that is that his beliefs have not changed. He never said he no longer believes in God, just that he will try to "live like an atheist" for a year.
ampoliros: Just to be clear, you can (pretend to) be an atheist and be employed by a religious organization. That's not really a big deal. What is a big deal is (pretending to) be an atheist and be employed by a religious organization to teach religion.If you're in accounting or IT at a religious institution and someone says, "Do you believe in God?" your answer has no bearing on your ability to do your job. If you're a religion teacher and a student asks what you think of the material you're teaching and you're answer is, "It's a nice story with lessons we can learn but a story none-the-less" then you've got some issues that arise.That said, the school seems pretty but-hurt over this and they reasons they give are not religious in nature (they even praise it's merits). They're simply worried about funding. That's something they need to worry about for sure but it just seems wrong to do so.
Ant: How the hell do you live like an atheist? Do you just sleep in on Sunday?/atheist
Pants full of macaroni!!: You also have to loudly inform everyone within hearing range that you are an atheist
Ant: Pants full of macaroni!!: You also have to loudly inform everyone within hearing range that you are an atheistI've never done that. Usually it starts with a question from a believer like "What church do you go to?" or "has your son been baptized?"
Raider_dad: how would that work? not go to church , not say prayers , sleep in on Sunday , eat meat on Fridays. He might enjoy himself.
ScaryBottles: A Cave Geek: [global3.memecdn.com image 850x890][media.tumblr.com image 500x282]I bet that goes over great with all the wannabe psdeudo-intellectual libertarians sisterfarkers on your facebook wall doesn't it."The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it."Neil deGrasse Tyson -
Vangor: Satanic_Hamster: Every night, I put a few cd's into the turn table, open a beer, and play Counter Strike. Does that count?You still have CDs? And yeah.
meat0918: My experience has shown me atheists live a more Christian life (minus the praying and church attendance) than the most vocal fundamentalist Christians I know.
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