Why do unbelievers care so much about belief?
Let’s keep this short and sweet. You may want to know why unbelievers care so much about belief. Well, perhaps you do not, but the internet is flooded with Christians and other believers who do. Sometimes, it is simply curiosity, and sometimes, it is presented as some sort of argument against unbelief. As if to say nonbelievers somehow disqualify their nonbelief by caring.
I’d like to direct you to a Wikipedia entry entitled List of problems solved by MacGyver. It argues my point very well. Here is perhaps the single longest Wikipedia page I have seen, and it’s written about the extraordinary feats of a fictional character in a TV show. By the way, who are these people who write mile long wiki entries on fiction? Could they be, say, enthusiasts?
As surely as there are stamp collectors and amateur writers, there are hobby philosophers. There are people who like to think about whether God exists or not; not because they have a spiritual crisis; not because they feel the need for the crutch of faith; not because the devil tricked them into denying the obvious truth of Gospel; not because the Flying Spaghetti Demon whispered to them in a dream “Go forth and make the heathens numerous!”; but simply because they find the question intrinsically interesting. That could be the reason for all the discussions on belief.
That is my reason.
Now, most of the people on this blog, as fits a blog about de-conversion, are de-converts, and so they may have other reasons for thinking about this. They may live in societies that demand a justification for nonbelief but not for belief. Whereas, I live in a society that is largely the opposite. They may find the consequences of irrational faith on them, as exhibited by society, unbearable. But still, there is nothing keeping them from simply not discussing faith and the lack of faith online.
So my diagnosis is this: they are hobby philosophers, the whole bunch. That is why. Now that you know, I hope you will never feel the need again to discredit an atheist by saying, “Oh, surely you can’t really be all that disbelieving when you obsess so much about God?” Because no one denies that the MacGyver enthusiasts who put together that wiki page know MacGyver isn’t real, right?