2015-03-18

Why Religious Believers Want Atheist Seal of Approval

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by Neil Godfrey

Why Religious Believers Are So Desperate for the Atheist Seal of Approval

By Greta Christina / AlterNet

Excerpt:

I’ve been getting into these debates with religious believers for many years now. I’ve seen how they start out, and where they end up. I’ve seen many, many theists desperately try to get the Atheist Seal of Approval for their religion. And I’ve reached two conclusions about why they’re doing it.

    • They think atheists have higher standards than most believers, so our approval will mean more.
    • And they don’t want to think their religion has anything in common with those other sucky religions… and getting atheists’ approval would let them keep on thinking that.

One comment

  • 2015-03-18 21:27:44 UTC - 21:27 | Permalink

    She makes a couple of points I could quibble with, but overall, that’s an essay I’ve been trying to write for a long time. I wish she hadn’t beat me to it, but I’m glad somebody did it.

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