A Short Blurb on Theism vs Atheism
I have come to the conclusion that there is little difference, for better or for worst, between a theist and an atheist – specifically in the way we act, talk, and generally live our lives.
Morality: It doesn’t matter whether conservative theists cannot understand where a non-believer receives their morals, the fact is we share a common thread of ethical decency. Even in cases that their are tangible radical differences, such as sexual license, et al., an unbeliever is no more likely to engage in orgies, sexual crimes, divorce, and/or promiscuity than theists. Non-theists are simply more likely to admit it (it takes less than a semester at a conservative Bible college to figure this out).
Intellectualism: Atheists are not smarter than theists. Theists, likewise, are not smarter than atheists. While I do believe that fundamentalists suffer in the realm of academic integrity, the majority of sophisticated mainstream Christian scholars are exceptional scholars. The belief or non-belief in God is an issue of whether one can accept the value of faith or not.
Happiness/Joy/Peace: There was little joy when Jesus died on the cross, or even when he, according to the Bible, resurrected – unless you want to read into something that isn’t there. However, today’s Evangelicals often use anecdotes of happiness and peace and evidence of their spiritual truthfulness. Atheists, on the other hand, while being accused of Epicurean lifestyles, often speak of the peace they have with the letting go of religious guilt and a belief in hell.
The above are my simplified, and perhaps simple, observations and opinions – nothing more. I am under the impression that an individual, whether theist or atheist, will be immoral, ignorant, and/or unhappy regardless of their belief or unbelief in God. God cannot make you be moral nor are you more moral because you believe in God. Your lack of belief in God is not going to make you smarter nor do you hold your unbelief because you are intellectually apt. The only constant I see is that change from an unhealthy lifestyle, whether it was a theistic or atheistic one, is good. Those who felt that Jesus saved them from alcoholism are as credible and should be praised as much as the atheist who escaped the clutches of permanently excruciating existential guilt.
An individual prone to do unethical deeds will do them regardless of their belief or unbelief in the supernatural.
An individual prone to ignorance will be ignorant despite their belief or unbelief in the supernatural.
An individual prone to depression and despair will be unhappy in spite of their religious adherence, or lack thereof.