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Mar 07 2012

Why I am an atheist – Matthew Cook

I am a religious agnostic because of science, an atheist because of probability, and an anti-theist because of religion.

Matthew Cook
United States

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    niftyatheist, perpetually threadrupt

    That is perfect. That is everything right there in a nutshell. Well done!

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    tomfrog

    Nice one!

  3. 3
    qlz09

    Oh, well said!

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    blindrobin

    Succinct.

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    amstrad

    The first time I read it, I took “religious agnostic” to mean the smae thing as “agnostic theist”.

    I read the rest of the post and saw my mistake.

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    Doubting Thomas

    Agreed. Succinct and to the point.

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    Ariaflame, BSc, BF, PhD

    Pithy and pertinent.

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    viaten

    There’s a bumper sticker in there, and possibly a billboard.

  9. 9
    nakarti

    I want to say I am an Atheist because I realized that the Church is the devil its priests say Jesus will save you from: “Sell us your soul and we will guarantee you a happy afterlife,” but I figured that out later.

  10. 10
    Storms

    Well done! Best quick summary I’ve seen. And it definitely needs a billboard.

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    peterh

    I agree. Cook touches all the bases just once; he does it clearly, simply, and scores easily with one swing of the bat.

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    ivarhusa

    Wonderfully said. Refreshingly succinct.

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    sprocket

    Sententious. Well done.

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    cookulacrates

    These are my words! I’m Matt Cook! So excited that my words got posted here. I’m a long-time Pharyngula reader, and I think I’ve only ever commented once. One of my friends tipped me off that PZ posted it. Glad to see the positive comments – in fact I’m always glad to see the lively discussion among commenters. Thanks, PZ, for hosting such an awesome blog.

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    toddsweeney

    I may switch to using “Anti-theist” myself.

    I’m not against the gods because I don’t believe in them in the first place. I’m not against most of the religious — hey, I have friends who waste their weekends playing D & D or building model trains. (Whatever gets you through the week, I guess.) I am very much against the mostly US-based Fundy Christian toads, for reasons well documented on this very blog.

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    niftyatheist, perpetually threadrupt

    These are my words! I’m Matt Cook! So excited that my words got posted here. I’m a long-time Pharyngula reader, and I think I’ve only ever commented once. One of my friends tipped me off that PZ posted it. Glad to see the positive comments – in fact I’m always glad to see the lively discussion among commenters. Thanks, PZ, for hosting such an awesome blog.

    Matt, do you mind if I quote you? I would credit you (and also PZ, btw, your squidliness).

    This is just such a winner. And all in a nice crunchy nutshell!

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    cookulacrates

    By all means, feel free to use these words. I have found them very effective in conversational debates about religion – it also immediately provides multiple contextual perspectives for addressing how non-belief manifests and can change over time.

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    niftyatheist, perpetually threadrupt

    By all means, feel free to use these words. I have found them very effective in conversational debates about religion – it also immediately provides multiple contextual perspectives for addressing how non-belief manifests and can change over time.

    These are exactly the reasons why I like your quote so much. Thanks!

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    TimKO,,.,,

    Exactly

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    Crissa

    That’s a very apt and forward testimonial. I like it.

  21. 21
    Crudely Wrott

    Smoooth, Matthew. In a concise fashion that outright gives your position and the reasons why; in an intriguing fashion that invites further thought. Not to mention that you establish yourself as thoughtful, informed and confident.

    Like I said, smoooth.

    Nice to meetcha. Hope to hear more from you.

  22. 22
    Dhorvath, OM

    Indeed. I could wish to be so concise and convey meaning while I was at it, but it would be just that: a wish. So perhaps a hope that you share more often?…

  23. 23
    fugue9

    I am an optimist because of this post.

  24. 24
    Q.E.D

    I don’t usually read these testimonial posts but was attracted to your because it was so succinct and elegant.

  25. 25
    harkonnen

    Awesomely said. Tweeted and shared on Reddit.

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    niftyatheist, perpetually threadrupt

    Matt, your quote here if you are interested (my blog doesn’t have a lot of readers yet, but 50-60 views per day, so these fine words will make their way into at least a few new circles!)

    http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=2155986947588635239#editor/target=post;postID=2986159575463495259

    Thanks again… I agree with viaten. This needs to go on a bumper sticker.

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