Atheist Son Writes… 3 reasons why I am an athiest

Hi Mum,

Thanks for your concern but it is unwarranted. While religion has created division in our family as far back as I can remember, it’s not one that stops me loving you guys or feeing we can’t have fun together! Also, I don’t feel you are better than me, or I better than you. However, (and there is no way I can say this without sounding highly conceited – but here goes anyway) I do think my approach and understanding of the facts is vastly superior to yours. You listed three reasons you think I need an invisible sky fairy to cure some imagined failings in my life, so just for fun I’ll list three reasons you don’t need to be a slave to a mind-reading leprechaun.

1. Because (to quote Dawkins) the god of the bible is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.

2. Because there is a vastly better and remarkably successful approach to explaining the universe and answering the questions of how and why we are here – the scientific method. Not only can it explain almost everything without having to invoke the god hypothesis, it is far grander, more exciting and beautiful than any bronze-age creation myth.

3. Because you have only a short time on this Earth and it’s far too precious to waste feeling guilty, making others feel guilty and wishing for an afterlife that’s never coming. When you realise this you are left truly disgusted by the suffering in the world and religions lie that you just have to wait and all will be well in heaven. Instead atheists have a huge desire to make a positive and REAL difference in the world today!

Just saying.

Love,
Sam

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