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?
HotWingConspiracy: LOLSo very Christ-like.Here's some trivia for you: Jesus hated anyone that wasn't a Christian.
TheOnion: How does one live like an atheist? Stop praying and going to church?
ArgusRun: For f*ck sake. You want to live like an atheist? Then continue what you are doing. Plenty of worshipful people have come to the inner conclusion that god is not real, but change absolutely nothing. I don't believe in God, but that doesn't stop me from cooking up a hell of a Seder dinner with my Mom and fasting on Yom Kippur. I don't do it because I believe that God will have me die by fire, or drowning or wild beast. But rather, I love my family, and the traditions and the food. I think there is value in traditions that bind us to generations past. Some are bad or dangerous and should be thrown away, but some are lovely.The mark of a good religious experience is that you still find it enjoyable after you become an atheist.
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.
AgentPothead: 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?"How those conversations actually go down in my experience.Religious:What church do you attend/denomination do you subscribe to/another religious questionAtheist: Oh sorry I'm an atheist, I don't believe in any of that.Religious:OH AN ATHEIST, HEAR THAT EVERYBODY AN ATHEIST, OHHHH AN ATHEIST.Atheist: Yeah, I don't believe in organized religions as they are all organized by man as ways to control the masses and ignorant.Religious:OH AN ATHEIST, HEAR THAT EVERYBODY, ETC.....Atheist: I'll just be leaving now.
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MooseUpNorth: thisisarepeat: g4lt: So he's staying out of foxholes for the next year? Sounds like a pretty sane thing to do.I never got that whole "no atheist in fox holes" crap. When I was being shot at, I didn't pause to beg baby jesus to make the bad men stopI never got why they even try that argument. Yes, people grasp at straws when they're feeling sufficiently desperate, but it doesn't change the fact that people are grasping at straws out of desperation. This is not an argument that is complimentary towards religion. Quite the opposite.
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.
Gough: 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?Your absence from the meetings has been noted, believe me.
A Cave Geek: doctor wu: meanmutton: It's not religious bigotry when a seminary fires you as a Pastor because of your religious beliefs.Yeah, this whole endeavour is silly for a number of reasons.Reminds me of that guy to took a job to study evolution, then refused to because it was against his religion, got fired, and tried to sue. Can't remember the whole situation.
Itstoearly: Yes, and a lot of Christians hide their faith for the same reason.
Ant: How the hell do you live like an atheist?
Latinwolf: Well there is an Atheist church according to this thread:http://www.fark.com/comments/8087692
meanmutton: Christians believe that God gives individuals free will to choose between Heaven and Hell.
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.
Ant: How the hell do you live like an atheist? Do you just sleep in on Sunday?/atheist
ggecko: The internet has made me "hard", right now I think this guy is just being a troll.
meanmutton: It's not religious bigotry when a seminary fires you as a Pastor because of your religious beliefs.
Captain Darling: Not teaching at a seminary sounds like part of living like an atheist.
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