What are some of your favorite rebuttals when someone questions your atheism?

Especially when they say something that makes you feel like an insensitive human being.

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Well, at least they seemed to have an open mind!


I say that atheism is much more reasnable.I think too much to swallow abunch of nonsense.A person I thought was a friend decided I was bad and dammed to hell because of my non belief.It doesn't happen often thankfully.

I like Penn Gillette's (Penn and Teller) response:

When someone asks me why I don't believe that we were created as humans, but instead believe that we evolved to become humans:  I take a fossil out of my pocket, hold it up in front of them, and say "Fossil!"

If they still don't get it, I throw it just over their head.


He must keep alot of fossils in his pocket!
I try not to tell my friends. Only one friend really knows. As a mom, it can really affect how other moms view you and if they want their kids hanging out with yours.

Another good joke to throw at the fundies, if they bring up the "You can't see air, but you believe in air?"

I reply that although we can't see air, when we condense air we get liquid oxygen and liquid nitrogen, but when we condense God all we get is bull shit.  :-) 

An excellent reference, regarding the Bible and science is Julia Sweeney's DVD or CD titled, "Letting Go of God".  It is very humorous and informative.
When I am confronted with them saying I am insensitive or cold due to my lack of faith I like to ask them how that is so? I am a good person, I am caring and helpful and I do it for me and not to get out of punishment later. I was raised to look out for other people. I do not think I am being watched by a divine Judge or any crap. I just behave nice to be nice. What about them. If they do the same then why do they need God?


You can quote Christine O'Donnell and say 'lets not go there'.

I'd be interested in what someone could say to you that "makes you" feel like  you're insensitive.  

They could call you insensitive, but that wouldn't make it so, or make you feel that way.

One instance is a very nice lady from work who I really liked alot and enjoyed her friendship. When she found out I was an atheist, she said, " How can you not find beauty in the world?" and " I really thought you were a sweet person who believed in god?". At that point, all I felt like doing was rolling my eyes and just walking away.

My kneejerk response to her: "How can you not fear the uncertainty in the world?"

Turning philosophic (or philosophomoric): Beauty differs from terror by how far away it is. A lightning bolt in the distant mountains is beautiful; a few feet away it's terror.

It saddens/angers me that religious leaders, especially those who lead the conservative religions, instead of helping believers deal with their fear of what might befall them in an uncertain world, use believers' fear to take advantage of them.

Some of these leaders take their believers' wealth or power and then use that money or power to impose their religious views on everyone.

Leaders such as Jim Jones use their "fitness to survive" to take even the will to live from their believers. Perhaps these leaders improve the gene pool.




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