Atheist Meme of the Day: The Comfort of Reason


Scarlet letter Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy!

Atheism does offer comfort in the face of suffering. Among other things, it offers the idea that our suffering isn’t a mystifying punishment or attempt to teach us a lesson. It’s simply cause and effect, and we can make reasonable, reality-based decisions about how to deal with it. Pass it on: if we say it enough times to enough people, it may get across.

Comments

  1. llewelly says

    Comfort. hm. Well, I suppose it’s comfort in the sense that you no longer have a con artist beating you with the shame stick.

  2. says

    Complete agreement. I find it far more comforting to think that the world is governed by materialistic physical processes which we can understand and manipulate than to believe that it’s in the hands of a being who is, at best, callously indifferent to human suffering, and at worst, actively malevolent.

  3. Corbin says

    If a lightbulb burns out in a Catholic’s house, the owner will ask, “Why me? What have I done to deserve this?” Not only does a lack of religion allow us to understand what causes suffering, it allows us to prevent future occurrences of it, and also to bring instances to an end by changing the metaphorical lightbulb instead of sitting there sulking in the dark.

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