The name "A-Unicornist" is a play on the term "atheist". "Atheist" seems a peculiar term; there are an infinite number of things about which we lack belief. Most of us don't believe in leprechauns, Zeus, or astrology. But we don't bother creating a label for each of those things.
I wouldn't be putting my ramblings out on the interwebs if I didn't want anyone to read it. I welcome constructive praise, criticism and commentary of all stripes.
I have zero tolerance for vitriol, insults (whether directed at me or at a visitor), or spam. If you can't submit to common courtesy, I will not issue warnings or try to talk sensibly with you – I'll immediately delete your comment and ban your IP address.
More importantly, my blog is a platform for my rants, not yours. Sometimes I get visitors who want to spam the comment sections with small essays over their favorite pet arguments. Here's a pointer: blogging is free – get your own! When a comment reads like an essay unto itself, that's not a dialogue -- it's a monologue. Don't do it.
Fortunately, the overwhelming majority of people who have offered their feedback have been both intelligent and perfectly courteous, and I aim to keep this blog a place where people can disagree without being disagreeable.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why are you an atheist?
If I had to give a concise answer, it's because the world makes more sense to me when I take God out of the picture. Everything about how the world works, how we attain knowledge, and how we live fulfilling lives becomes vastly simpler and clearer when we aren't trying to make God fit into it. It's like fitting a square peg into a round hole – and even though the peg doesn't fit, there are countless rationalizations to explain that it does fit even as the contrary evidence is right before our eyes.
Why are you atheists so angry?
I'm not angry in general, and I don't think most atheists are angry people. I'm angry about certain injustices and falsehoods that are perpetuated by religion and its followers, but I think that's a justified anger. If you're not angry about injustice, then you're probably part of the problem. But I have found over the years that many believers have difficulty separating criticism of ideas with criticism of people. Yes, belief in God, per Dawkins, is delusional. That's a criticism of an idea, not a criticism of you. I often point to Isaac Newton – one of the most brilliant minds who ever lived, and yet dedicated most of his life to the pseudoscience of alchemy. Being wrong about one thing doesn't make you stupid, and being smart doesn't make you right about everything.
Did you leave the Christian church because you were angry at God? Or perhaps because you didn't want to be held accountable for your sin?
I left the church because, after I spent a great deal of time studying Christian theology, I found everything about it to be utterly nonsensical. The historical evidence does not add up; the theology is full of paradoxes and internal contradictions; and I found that most churchgoers reinforce their faith not through education, but through groupthink. I was fortunate to be able to distance myself from the church long enough to critically examine my own beliefs.
Have you read such-and-such book by so-and-so? If you did, you'd clearly see the error of your ways.
Firstly, I spent my first 19 years as a Christian, and a good nine years thereafter as a "spiritual but not religious" theist. I've read countless books, articles, essays and blogs defending religion and spirituality from a litany of perspectives. Since my deconversion to atheism, I've read several books that have been given to me by well-meaning believers, some of which I've reviewed here such as Francis Collins' The Language of God. All of them use the same types of arguments and are just as easily refuted. If you have an argument to make, make it – don't just tell me I need to read your favorite book. But that does bring me to the next question....
I have an argument that totally undermines atheism. What do you have to say about that?
Please, use the search button. And the "New to the A-Unicornist?" tab at the top of the page. I've spent years talking with theists. I've read many apologetics books and heck, as a believer I spent many years making and defending those arguments. So before you trot out the cosmological argument, or the design argument, or the objective moral argument, or quote your holy book of choice, or say that atheists can't have any meaning in their lives and expect me to discuss it with you... use the search button. The archives are full of topical posts on just about every subject imaginable, many of which have very lengthy discussions in the subsequent comment threads. I'm not going to rehash the same arguments for every new visitor who comes along.