Why I (a Christian) Admire Atheists

May 7, 2007 at 1:07 pm 15 comments

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Simply put, I admire Atheists. You would think, given my religious perspective and convictions, that an Atheist would be considered my “Darth Vader” (like they are to many believers), but such is not the case. I honestly believe that today’s Theist can, and should, adopt some vital lessons from the 21st century Atheists.

Atheism requires a continuous quest for knowledge. As a result, the Atheist often advances their own cognitive condition by subjecting themselves to a wealth of information with an overall goal to progress in their beliefs. Information at the Atheist’s fingertips comes from personal experience, psychology, physiology, astronomy, mathematics, history, philosophy, and countless other sources. The Atheist attempts to maximize their potential through continuous self-improvement. The “church” of Atheism provides a supportive, collaborative mechanism for such progression to occur.

The Atheist is quite admirable.

Christians today could gain much by taking a lesson out of the Atheist “school of learning”. A large percentage of believers do not really know the tenets behind their faith. In fact, many Christians have not even read the Bible! Such reasoning does not make sense. I constantly urge Christian followers to be responsible with their faith and beliefs (pointing to an Atheist for an example). Christians could also benefit by actively pursuing the disciplines I previously listed as it helps us to understand the world and encourages the use of humanity’s gift of an overwhelmingly sophisticated logos.

The Atheist “church” is also something to learn from. Too often Christian church establishments stray away from their original intent of community support and member spiritual/intellectual progression. Unfortunately, many churches have become havens for divisions, persecution, and external judgment (all very un-Christian might I add). Instead, Evangelical churches attempt to “sell” the religion with false prosperity claims, while fundamental churches preach a gospel of superiority.

The Christian church should be like the Atheist establishment – supporting, teaching, encouraging, and fostering an environment of spiritual advancement, among other things.

Responsibility is immensely important in regards to faith and beliefs, and Atheists provide a good example.

- Justin

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  • 1. salahudin  |  May 7, 2007 at 1:49 pm

    Aw. We admire you too… hmm.. let me rephrase: we admire you admiring us! :D

    this post would have been more credible had it been on Justin’s own blog

  • 2. Robert  |  May 7, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    if only more of the christian’s held this perspective, the world could be a more civil place :) That was intended as a joke, but seriously… I have met very few christians with your unbiased perspective…

  • 3. Justin  |  May 7, 2007 at 3:23 pm

    Hi Salahudin,
    if aA gives me permission, I will post it on my blog as well – I don’t want to take away from aA at all (i.e. repetition of blog content).

  • 4. anon  |  May 7, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    Very sweet of you, Justin, to speak out in praise of atheists. Not to take away from your intent, but a few points of concern: your repeated references to a “church” of atheism miss the target a bit. Even the concept of a church suggests a dogma. Atheism is all about the the elimination of dogma as a substitute for responsible thought; also, I think the responsible conduct of religion to which you allude is honorable intent, but would inevitably lead to scrutiny of the underlying tenets, many if not most of which are very difficult to defend in an objective sense.

    I, for one, appreciate your intent in reaching out to atheists and don’t want to insult you in any way but I thought it important to mention these points. Whatever else you do, don’t let anyone stop you from continuing to think critically and think for yourself. All the best to you, sir.

  • 5. Justin  |  May 7, 2007 at 11:58 pm

    Hi Anon,
    I understand your point. I used church for lack of a better term (I’m sure there is one out there). In fact, I am suprised Christians didn’t get on me about that term being that “church” is not reference to a building but rather the spiritual unity of believers in Christ (evidence found in Romans 16:5).

    Don’t worry, no one will ever stop me from thinking critically and for myself. :)

    God bless.

  • 6. Trev  |  May 8, 2007 at 4:32 am

    Sir, if you admire Atheists, you are possibly ready to be one. Just an observation.

  • 7. salahudin  |  May 8, 2007 at 8:56 am

    Trev: hallelujah! :D

  • 8. Jai  |  May 8, 2007 at 9:46 am

    Justin,
    Great post, I agree with your vision of what churches should be!

  • 9. Justin  |  May 8, 2007 at 9:49 am

    Hi Trev,
    haha, admiration and imitation are two different things (as you know). The fact that I admire a group’s responsibility in backing up their beliefs does not imply I accept their beliefs.

  • 10. arrgjonsmad  |  May 8, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    i said this in one of aA’s other posts. I wish i was as learned in my faith as he is in his.

  • 11. storbakken  |  May 9, 2007 at 2:08 pm

    Justin,

    “Atheism” is as broad a term as “theism.” I could never admire a person just because they claim to be an atheist or a theist.

    You are treating atheism like it is a supportive organization bent on self-improvement. The term “atheism” merely means “godless.” Nothing more. I am surprised that those who consider themselves atheistic are not more offended by your caricature of a large, diverse group.

    Some atheists consider morality to be merely a socially-constructed term. Some atheists believe that pedophilia should be legal. Others believe that prayer in school is fine as long as all religious groups are allowed to express their faith equally. Atheists are a large, diverse group. To reiterate, the term “atheism” simply means “godless.”

    More fire!

  • 12. Justin  |  May 9, 2007 at 5:36 pm

    Hi storbakken,
    I have noticed a trend of you providing negative critiques of my writing upon a variety of blogs. This is quite fine with me, and if you care to, here is a link to another post I made that you have not yet commented on:

    http://relevantchristian.wordpress.com/2007/05/03/the-powerful-christian-vote/

    regarding your comment about my article, I suppose if one tries hard enough they can become offended by anything.

    Have a great day, and God bless.
    -Justin

    http://politicsandreligion.wordpress.com

  • 13. storbakken  |  May 9, 2007 at 6:09 pm

    Justin,

    I wasn’t trying to offend you. I apologize if I have. I read this post and then linked over to your blog and read your post on Al Sharpton and Black people. I felt compelled to respond to both posts. In a way, your writing is provocative in that it provokes others to respond. Although I disagree with some of your statements I still responded, which, in my modest opinion, is a good thing in that the lines of communication are open. I look forward to reading more of your work.

    Peace,
    Jason

  • 14. Thorn  |  June 14, 2007 at 5:29 pm

    Justin, thank you for your post. If more Christian’s were open minded like you, I wouldn’t feel the need to be such a vocal atheist.

    I was raised Christian, and my sister is a born again, fundamental Christian. My issues with today’s Christian organisations is that they use tax free money to influence science, politics, and liberties. I am all for any religion as a means of spirituality, and have one Christian friend whom I admire a lot for his ability to believe in God, and doing without the need to impose his faith on the world. Sounds like you’d be a great second friend of this rare type.

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