It’s fun* sometimes, to look at what other people think atheists must think. I saw an example of this recently:
Atheists love to tell Christians we’re just about as atheistic as they are. We’re atheistic about millions of gods; they’re atheistic about millions plus one more.
Okay, it’s silly, but I’ll address it one more time.
If God exists, then God is an atheist toward all gods but himself. Therefore God, if he exists, is very nearly (within mere thousandths of a percent!) as atheistic as atheists are.
That’s where their logic goes. The mind reels.
The mind does reel. I popped in to remind them that “Very nearly an atheist” works about as well as “very nearly pregnant”; it’s that tiny difference that makes all the difference in the world. Alas, I could not hold my pen. I also said…
For me, of course, the inverse of your question is a bit more interesting. Atheists are told that without a god to serve, we have no purpose; that serving god is what gives our lives meaning. God, of course, does not have to serve god–by the same logic, does that make his existence meaningless?
Fortunately, as an atheist, I think our lives have purpose without serving another. Good thing, too–livestock have the purpose of serving as our food; having a purpose in serving another is not all it’s cracked up to be.
Which started a discussion on purpose, truth, reality, and … you’ll have to see for yourself, if you like. (Parenthetically, I think I will laugh uncontrollably if PZ is ever labeled “smug” again; there’s not enough smug left to do that, once the Thinking Christian folks are done with it.)
Anyway, for the people over there who are convinced they are privileged to know The Truth…I am reminded of one of my old verses:
I’ve got absolute truths by the dozens
They depend on the god that you cite
And, my brothers and sisters and cousins,
I have to decide which is right.
Each claims their morality’s better
They’re divinely inspired, you see;
So I’d follow their laws to the letter,
Except that they all disagree.
Whenever I look to the bible
To see how a person behaves
I can trust that the info’s reliable,
Like how I should punish my slaves.
I don’t wish to be petty or selfish
I just want to know I am right
Is it worse to be gay, or eat shellfish?
Both are wrong, in Leviticus’ sight.
Is it sinful to kill and eat cattle?
Well, the Hindus, of course, would agree
But then, kosher’s a whole different battle,
Although bacon tastes yummy to me!
I’ve got absolute truths if you want ‘em
Each according to different gods
Some keep them, and others will flaunt ‘em
But you’re breaking some rules, say the odds.
When religions make war over quarrels,
And they claim that their god is the source
Can a person have humanist morals?
*”Fun”, clearly, must be defined by intersubjective agreement, in context.