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Questions For Atheists

I was thinking about atheists this morning and a few questions for them came to mind. But before I ask them I need my readers to know I am not attempting to proselitize here; nor am I intending to criticize anyone for his or her beliefs. I’m just curious and have a few questions for any atheists interested in civil discourse.

I’m just going to ask the questions here, then see if anyone responds.

1.  Where do atheists find encouragement?  How do you encourage one another?

2.  What thoughts run through your head when a loved one or close friend dies.

3.  When you ponder all the crime and violence in our culture today, what do you see as the solution or outcome of it all?

4.  When you see TV coverage of shooting rampages like the one by Jared Loughner in Tucson, what thoughts go through your mind about him and about the incident itself?

5.  Everyone has faith of some kind. If you don’t believe in God, but board an airplane to fly across country, you are entrusting your life to total strangers. You have faith that the pilot and his crew will get you to your destination. My question is: in what or in whom do you have faith?

Here’s hoping I can engage some folks who believe differently from me in some civil discourse.

6 thoughts on “Questions For Atheists

  1. 1. Where do atheists find encouragement? How do you encourage one another?

    Depends

    2. What thoughts run through your head when a loved one or close friend dies.

    Sad

    3. When you ponder all the crime and violence in our culture today, what do you see as the solution or outcome of it all?

    Of what all? Crime is not a new thing.

    4. When you see TV coverage of shooting rampages like the one by Jared Loughner in Tucson, what thoughts go through your mind about him and about the incident itself?

    Damn!

    5. Everyone has faith of some kind. If you don’t believe in God, but board an airplane to fly across country, you are entrusting your life to total strangers. You have faith that the pilot and his crew will get you to your destination. My question is: in what or in whom do you have faith?

    I have no idea what you’re talking about. That’s what all that safety equipment is for!

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    1. I wonder whether the person who responded to the questions is a real atheist. The answers sounded incomplete and even mocking to me. Here’s another question: If someone is a die hard, true-to-the core atheist, would that make them a religious atheist? Just wondering.

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  2. Hi Mr. Sawyer,

    I will be in Hawaii from Aug 1 till Aug 8 so my reply to your reply will be delayed a bit. Wife says no computer on vacation 🙂

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  3. 1. Where do atheists find encouragement? How do you encourage one another?

    I don’t find a problem here. When my children were little I encouraged them to be good in many ways, to read, to help others, to learn all they could. I constantly reinforced their identity and self respect. This does not have to come from some book or religion; it is only human and responsible.

    2. What thoughts run through your head when a loved one or close friend dies?

    At first there is a great sense of loss and a realization that this person was a great friend and maybe you didn’t recognize them enough. I am grateful that I knew them and I mourn their loss to me and the ones they loved.

    3. When you ponder all the crime and violence in our culture today, what do you see as the solution or outcome of it all?

    Throughout mankind’s existence on earth there has been violence and death, unfairness, evil, and those who prey on human weaknesses. I don’t see it ending anytime soon. I don’t see that the answer to this is a theistic government such as people like Ms. Bachmann or Ms. Palin advocate.

    4. When you see TV coverage of shooting rampages like the one by Jared Loughner in Tucson, what thoughts go through your mind about him and about the incident itself?

    What went through the minds of those people alive when Abraham Lincoln was shot? How about John Kennedy? This has been a problem we have faced in all the time humans have lived on earth. Terribly saddened by it as Ms. Giffords is my Congresswoman and an extremely nice person.

    5. Everyone has faith of some kind. If you don’t believe in God, but board an airplane to fly across country, you are entrusting your life to total strangers. You have faith that the pilot and his crew will get you to your destination. My question is: in what or in whom do you have faith?

    I have faith that the sun will rise tomorrow. I have faith in science. I have faith in my children and family and friends. I have faith that the Jehovah’s witnesses and Mormons will proselytize me occasionally for the rest of my life. 🙂

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    1. Bill, Thanks for your thoughtful responses to my questions. I appreciate your writing back to me. I would like to respond in more detail soon. I’m in the middle of a killer week, then I leave on Sunday for Argentina on a mission trip with my church. I will return on August 1 or 2. If it is alright with you I’d like to point out some of the similarities between us. There are more than you realize. And don’t worry, I’m not a Jehovah’s Witness or a Mormon, so I won’t be trying to proselytize you. Again, thank you so much for writing. Your answers were provocative and (I could tell) sincere. I look forward to us chatting again in a week or two.

      In Jesus’ precious name Steven Sawyer stevesaw@gmail.com https://stevensawyer.wordpress.com/

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