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(Patheos)   Seminary professor announces that he will "live like an atheist" for a year as an experiment. Step 1: Facing religious bigotry as your seminary fires you less than a week into the experiment   (patheos.com) divider line 50
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2014-01-06 02:15:58 PM
10 votes:

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.
2014-01-06 02:13:09 PM
9 votes:
Not teaching at a seminary sounds like part of living like an atheist.
2014-01-06 02:12:04 PM
8 votes:
LOL

So very Christ-like.

Here's some trivia for you: Jesus hated anyone that wasn't a Christian.
2014-01-06 02:27:42 PM
6 votes:

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.
2014-01-06 02:20:41 PM
4 votes:
elitemrp.net
2014-01-06 02:20:14 PM
4 votes:

HotWingConspiracy: LOL

So 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.
2014-01-06 02:17:34 PM
4 votes:
Sky Cake!

"That sh&t [religion] was going on all over the planet. They would tell them about sky cookies, or sky pie, or sky baklava. And as each of these civilizations grew, they built ships; they'd go visit each other, and the one guy would walk off the boat and go,'Hey, did you hear the good news about the sky baklava?' and the first guy went,'It's CAKE, motherf%&ker! You're dead!"
 -God (Patton Oswalt)
2014-01-06 02:15:21 PM
4 votes:
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2014-01-06 04:15:51 PM
3 votes:
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2014-01-06 02:34:31 PM
3 votes:
I'm having a hard time sympathizing with this guy... seems like he's just an AW.

WTF does it even mean to "live like an atheist"? Is he really planning to attend our Tuesday Night Potluck and Abortion Dinners?

And the fact that he says that it's only for a year pretty much eliminates the possibility that he's going into his little experiment with anything resembling an open mind.
2014-01-06 02:28:08 PM
3 votes:
He's going to try talking to people nice even though they're not of his race, stop telling them what to think, let them decide for themselves. Wait....that reminds me of someone's teachings.
2014-01-06 02:24:57 PM
3 votes:
EvilEgg: How does one "live like an atheist"?

Eating newborn babies is a start.
2014-01-06 02:22:09 PM
3 votes:
Sounds like they're helping him get into character.
2014-01-06 02:21:11 PM
3 votes:

TheOnion: How does one live like an atheist? Stop praying and going to church?



Dear God I don't believe in...
*wink wink*
Please DON'T watch over me or my family...
*wink wink*
Amen

Just like a real atheist does!
2014-01-06 02:15:19 PM
3 votes:
Yes, not doing my job is...an EXPERIMENT...to prove how important my job is. That's it.  See you in 6 months.
2014-01-06 02:10:57 PM
3 votes:
I think he'll find it enlightening.
2014-01-06 03:31:35 PM
2 votes:

TheOnion: How does one live like an atheist? Stop praying and going to church?


That and complain a lot and take high doses of SSRIs.
2014-01-06 03:02:54 PM
2 votes:

TheOnion: How does one live like an atheist? Stop praying and going to church?


Rule 1:  THERE IS NO RULE 1.
Rule 2:  No poofters.
2014-01-06 02:38:04 PM
2 votes:

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.


As a Catholic, the mark of a good religious experience is that you know you should be ashamed of yourself if you enjoyed it, as all enjoyable things are sinful.
2014-01-06 02:28:36 PM
2 votes:

jigger: HotWingConspiracy: LOL

So 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.
2014-01-07 01:00:10 PM
1 votes:

AgentPothead: Ant: Pants full of macaroni!!: You also have to loudly inform everyone within hearing range that you are an atheist

I'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 question
Atheist: 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.


Funny, based on your earlier post I would have imagined it went more like this:

Religious: What church do you attend?

Atheist:  Pull your head out of your ass!  That way, you'll finally get a chance to see reality, instead of the walls of your anal cavity!  I'm an atheist!  That  means not being ignorant to the reality around me in the non existent chance a god will punish or reward me after I die.

Religious: Oh sorry, I didn't realize you were an obnoxious twatwaffle.  I'll just be going now.
2014-01-07 07:27:04 AM
1 votes:

A Cave Geek: [global3.memecdn.com image 850x890]


Damn it, we've been over this. Jesus was a LICH. He raised himself from the dead, he wasn't mindless, and he could raise others. It's all there in the monster manual.
2014-01-07 12:42:41 AM
1 votes:
Which group of atheists did he live like though.

category 1: Most of the gamers in a video game/internet cafe at all hours.  Drinking alcohol and/or coffee. Yelling about shenanigans.  Occasionally having to run the store because the owner got drunk over a break-up and slept with his pants down around his ankles in the women's restroom of his own business.  (in case you're wondering why so specific. I was the random christian getting a little tipsy with that group.  And picking on the owner over it.)  Complete with an anarchist who believed in Jesus.  He wants anarchy.  Anyone who disagrees with him on it is an idiot according to him.  I got called that a few times.

category 2: atheists who love to read all kinds of fiction right along with the christian friends they somehow decided to get along with and were perfectly fine as long as you didn't insist that Cthulhu could be vaporized by Q.

I know there are other categories. Fark covers them plenty of times. I think I can leave it at that.
2014-01-07 12:38:46 AM
1 votes:

TheOnion: How does one live like an atheist? Stop praying and going to church?


I've been told that shaving your head and throwing away all your stamps is a good start.
2014-01-06 10:23:33 PM
1 votes:

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 stop

I 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.


I always wondered why Christians would want or need a foxhole.
2014-01-06 06:56:15 PM
1 votes:

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.


My good ampoliros, there is nothing more Christian than worrying about funding.
2014-01-06 06:50:12 PM
1 votes:

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.


I think you mean, "DON'T believe me."

Was that a simple mistake, or atheist heresy?
2014-01-06 04:37:13 PM
1 votes:
2014-01-06 04:24:31 PM
1 votes:

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.


reminds me of that other guy who took a job helping spy on folks but he was against spying on folks.  I also can't remember the whole situation, but it turned out Alex Trebek's mother was a whore.
Ant
2014-01-06 04:01:06 PM
1 votes:

Itstoearly: Yes, and a lot of Christians hide their faith for the same reason.


In Saudi Arabia or Afghanistan or Pakistan, sure. In The US? Why?

Or do you mean that they hide the less popular parts of their faith, like homophobia and misogyny?
2014-01-06 03:53:27 PM
1 votes:

Ant: How the hell do you live like an atheist?


Get up, drink some coffee, shower & shave, drive to work. Deal with idiot clients and prima donna co-workers all day long. Fark off on the internet a little. Drive back home, help the wife with dinner. Get in a little treadmill time, watch some TV, take some melatonin and go to bed.

Repeat.
2014-01-06 03:47:31 PM
1 votes:

Latinwolf: Well there is an Atheist church according to this thread:

http://www.fark.com/comments/8087692


I don't click on links to fark.
2014-01-06 03:32:26 PM
1 votes:

meanmutton: Christians believe that God gives individuals free will to choose between Heaven and Hell.


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2014-01-06 03:31:27 PM
1 votes:
jigger:

The lake of eternal fire created by Jesus (God) for that purpose.

Nice soul you got there. Be a shame if anything happened to it. Maybe you love me and nothing bad happens to it. Maybe you get down on your knees and tell me how much you love and worship me and you want be in for a world of hurt.
2014-01-06 02:56:19 PM
1 votes:

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.


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2014-01-06 02:52:37 PM
1 votes:

Ant: How the hell do you live like an atheist? Do you just sleep in on Sunday?

/atheist


I believe the general answer to your question is this:

The only objective difference between atheists and Christians is that atheists tend to be more ideologically independent, are better educated, slightly wealthier, have higher rates of charitable giving, and usually score higher on empathy tests.

So, I guess the answer is that he'd go to school, learn to reason better, get a better job, care more about the people around him, and give back to society.

Cool part was I didn't have to say anything about Church or religion in there.
2014-01-06 02:52:04 PM
1 votes:
I'll try to explain what "living like an atheist" means since nobody seems to get it. Imagine your head was literally inserted into your anus. This was the normal way a large majority of the planet lived. Then imagine one day, you pulled your head out of your anus and got a chance to see reality, instead of the walls of your anal cavity. That's what "living like an atheist" means, pulling your head out of your ass. It means not being ignorant to the reality around you in the non existent chance a god will punish or reward you after you die. It means having the self will to say, humans don't know everything and we never will,but I'm okay with that. And that doesn't mean we should stop learning just because we can't know everything. The opposite, we should always be chasing the elusive knowledge.
Or just, you know, you hairless apes can keep killing each other over imagined slights to imagined deities until you don't exist anymore and the universe can collectively breathe a sigh of relief.
2014-01-06 02:47:26 PM
1 votes:

ggecko: The internet has made me "hard", right now I think this guy is just being a troll.


Well if it lasts for more than four hours.......
2014-01-06 02:46:59 PM
1 votes:
Step Two: Find something to stick it in then repeat.
2014-01-06 02:46:37 PM
1 votes:

meanmutton: It's not religious bigotry when a seminary fires you as a Pastor because of your religious beliefs.


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.

By the way, how does this man think atheists live? The atheists I know do not seem to have a different way of living their life other than the fact that they do not go to church. This makes them, in behavior at least, exactly like most of the Christians I knew.
2014-01-06 02:42:35 PM
1 votes:
What does "living like an atheist" even mean aside from having a lot more spare time and far less guilt?
2014-01-06 02:36:15 PM
1 votes:
Next up, he can pretend to be gay... the same good Christians who fired him and turned him on to the street would happily beat the crap out of him on that same street... because that's how Jesus would want it.
2014-01-06 02:32:57 PM
1 votes:
So he's staying out of foxholes for the next year?  Sounds like a pretty sane thing to do.
2014-01-06 02:31:43 PM
1 votes:
Ftfa: Just days after he made his announcement, they fired him until he rededicates himself to Jesus

I'm not seeing a problem here. He should just tell them that he dropped the experiment and keep going in secret. That way he'll get his job back, he gets to experience the need to keep his opinions secret for fear of persecution and he gets to examine if atheists really are untrustworthy scumbags who would lie because it is easier than telling the truth.
2014-01-06 02:29:16 PM
1 votes:

A Cave Geek: [global3.memecdn.com image 850x890]


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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 -
2014-01-06 02:21:18 PM
1 votes:
But the atheists will find out he's not really one of them when he refuses to sacrifice the Christian baby on the altar of Science!
What will he do then?
2014-01-06 02:20:24 PM
1 votes:

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?
2014-01-06 02:18:46 PM
1 votes:

TheOnion: How does one live like an atheist? Stop praying and going to church?


You also have to loudly inform everyone within hearing range that you are an atheist, and sue anyone who puts up any kind of religious display.

Or so I've been told.
2014-01-06 02:14:39 PM
1 votes:
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.
2014-01-06 02:12:21 PM
1 votes:
It's not religious bigotry when a seminary fires you as a Pastor because of your religious beliefs.
 
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