You can't be an atheist if you haven't read the bible

Someone said on an other site "You can't be an atheist if you haven't read the bible".  How can you disagree with something you know nothing about?

Seems like a good question to discuss.  I've never read the bible.  I know stories from the bible. I've read about the bible.  People have been preaching to me since I was a kid. But, I spent my youth playing, studying and being surrounded by a loving family.  I'll take those experiences over the bible study and church going any day.  I'm still an atheist. 

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I'm amazed by the people who have read the bible and are still Christians.
I think if you read one chapter in the Bible, and find the bigotry, inconsistencies, etc... It's enough to discredit a good deal of it, particularly if it's commonly taught. Although I personally don't believe in selective Bible-preaching. They have to ignore or re-invent many passages, and that says something.
Well, this is certainly an intelligent way to approach the issue. It's sort of like saying, "Know your enemy."

What's interesting about the question is that it's indicative of the arrogance of some Christians to believe that their Bible is going to be such an overwhelming read that once you've dipped into it, you'll be tempted to go Christian. The problem is that these people believe that atheism is simply a rejection of Christianity, when it's so much more than that. They're looking at it from their very narrow perspective, almost a paranoid perspective of "we're martyrs and everyone's against us".

Truth is you can be an atheist and have no experience with Christianity. That's how irrelevant to the philosophy of life I think Christianity is.
As an alternative to wading through the Bible, a very good explanation of Judaism, Islam and Christianity is 'A History of God' by Karen Armstrong. Beginning with the most ancient fertility gods and goddesses, the concept of God is shown to morph as the expectations of a supernatural entity changed with the times.

It's interesting that the present God of Judaism Christianity can be traced back to "El," the head of the ancient Canaanite pantheon (specializing in crop fertility) who was an old man with a long gray beard seated on a throne in space; was married, had many children, often drank too much and appreciated child sacrifice.
I have to totaly disagree, because coming from catholic-sundays-during-childhood, I never had to read the bible; everything was provided. I have read stories from the Bible, we all know the "basic plot" , having been exposed to it for years even in the secular world. Bombarded with it. I do not have to read it page for page to see what it is. I never read: Mien Kampf-I despise the Nazis, I did not read the Communist Manifesto- I opposed Communism, I have not as much as attempted to pick up a Koran- will safely say I am not a Muslim. So, let's ask those who put forth such a question-some evangelical christian coo-koo no doubt; have you studied: Islam, Budhism, Hinduism, Scientology? How about some classics my friend? Have you gone through the writings associated with the theologies of: Egyptian gods, Persian gods, Greek gods, Roman gods, Norse gods? No? Satanism? Well, there you go
i have never fully read the bible but i like to read some every now and then for the really good parts :P (bears getting summoned by god to eat children) its just a fun thing for me to do. it gives me things to throw at Christians that argue with me. it reminds me how messed up and foolish it is.

lays it out in a very cool way. you can search the bible in categories based on murder, contradictions and that sort of thing. plus there are links on that site that lead to the Brick Testament. when people tell stories from the bible using Legos, super funny
I've never dowsed myself with gasoline and set fire to myself. Regardless, I'd hazard it's a bad idea.
Well that assumes that xtianity is the only theistic religion which it clearly is not. Atheism by definition is the denial of god(s) - don't need to read a god-botherers book to deny the existence of a mythical creature. It's like saying you have to read a book on fairies before you deny that they exist.
I haven't read Moby Dick, but I don't believe it is a true story.

I haven't read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, but I don't believe it is a true story.

I haven't read the Qu'ran, but I don't believe it is a true story.

I haven't seen the movie Robocop, but I don't believe it is a true story.

I haven't read the Alien vs. Predator comic books, but I don't believe they are true stories.

Seriously, what an idiotic statement. Even if you've never even heard of something, it is still possible to not believe it. In fact, it is impossible TO believe in something you don't even know exists! I do think it helps to have read the Bible, but the only use in that is to facilitate certain kinds of conversations with Christians (for example, being able to cite all of God's bad behavior), not to bolster your own disbelief.

I haven't read the entire bible, cover-to-cover, either. I've read a lot of verses, though, so I have a good understanding of what it says. That's how most Christians read the Bible anyway. It doesn't read like a story book, it reads like a reference volume.
I have read the bible twice.
Also TGD , GING,
The same goes for the Qur'an.
How can you argue with muslims if you have not read the qur'an??
So - i'm about half way through it, What a load of rubbish taken from the old testement.
Now when muslims want to argue i can now say i have read it.
You can't be a theist if you've read the bible!

That is my experience.
"How can you disagree with something you know nothing about?"

Isn't that what religious people do all the time, though?

Myself, I've read the Bible -- I was a Christian for 10 years. In some ways, I find the Bible to be the single greatest case for Atheism ever written.



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