Thought for the day:
- Christians think Muslims and Jews and Hindus are wrong about God(s).
- Muslims think Christians and Jews and Hindus are wrong about God(s).
- Jews think Christians and Muslims and Hindus are wrong about God(s).
- Hindus think Christians and Jews and Muslims are wrong about God(s).
And we agree with all of the above.
One of the distinctive traits of religion is that no matter which God or gods you think of as real, most people throughout the world and throughout history have come to the conclusion that you are wrong about Him/Her/It/Them in some fundamental and significant way. While atheists may be a minority as counted by census takers, it is nevertheless true that whenever we criticize any believer’s particular theology, we are taking a majority position. The one thing most people agree on is that any particular belief in God is wrong.
Now consider the things that atheists believe are real. Matter. Energy. Gravity. Planets. People. Computers. All things that virtually everyone else agrees are real too. Once again, the atheist position is the majority position. Religious people may want to adopt superstitious explanations for why these physical things are real, like creationism or intelligent design, but once again you get into Muslim creationists believing that Christian creationists are wrong about the Creator, and so on. Any divine Creator you choose to believe in is a Creator about whom most other people think you are wrong.
Only fads and false beliefs have this characteristics. The reason believers agree with atheists about things that are real is not because atheists are popular, but because the things atheists believe in are really out there, in the real world, where everyone can find them. The gods do not have that advantage. This is why science—the study of real things—is so often perceived as promoting atheism. Atheism is unique in the near universal endorsement it receives for everything that it proposes as being real. No other religious viewpoint can claim a confidence level that high.
Thus, when it comes to what’s real and what is not real, the atheist’s position is the greatest common denominator. Go godless, and you’re going with the majority. No mere religious opinion even comes close.