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Mar 23 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: “I just believe in one fewer god”

Scarlet letter I’ve decided to make it Quotations Week on the Atheist Meme of the Day. Here’s today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or make up your own. Enjoy!

“I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.” -Stephen Roberts

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    llewelly

    Off topic, but considering your interest in both skepticism and gay rights, I was wondering what your take on James Randi’s decision to publicly come out (he was already out to friends and family) on For Good Reason.

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    Greta Christina

    My response to it is pretty much, “Oh, that’s nice.” Combined with a strong feeling of how sad it was that he felt he had to wait this long to do it. And a fervent hope that the LGBT community is as accepting of him as an atheist as the atheist community is being of him as a gay man.

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    Valhar2000

    I am not so sure about this meme. I have heard other people who were themselves Christians that there is a sizeable contingent of Christians who believe that there are other gods, or supernatural entities if you will, but that they are “false gods”.
    To these people “not believing” means “not paying homage to”, rather than “likely does not exist”. Therefore, they already know why they don’t believe in these gods, in the sense that they understand that word, and see no indication in that that their own god is false, as they understand the word.

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    Moxiequz

    I’m not sure I agree with this one either. Someone who – for example – believes in a sentient “universally powerful” entity that could be defined as God or as a god (or goddess) is NOT an atheist. It doesn’t matter if they believe in one flavor of god over another or if they believe that all religions are just different systems to worship the same life-force (or whatever), the point is that belief is there.

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