Coming Out Atheist, pg 29

Jun 8, 2016

So yes. Coming out makes your life better. Coming out makes life better for atheists. Coming out makes more people question, and eventually abandon, the mistaken idea of religion. If these were the only ways that coming out atheist made the world better, it would be enough. But these aren’t the only ways. Coming out atheist is what changes believers’ minds about atheists. It’s what makes people realize they’ve been fed lies about us, and that we’re not who they’ve been told we are by their pastor or their parents or the media. It’s what shakes loose people’s bigotry against us. And a less bigoted world is a better world.

–Greta Christina, Coming Out Atheist pg 29


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4 comments on “Coming Out Atheist, pg 29

  • @OP – Coming out atheist is what changes believers’ minds about atheists. It’s what makes people realize they’ve been fed lies about us, and that we’re not who they’ve been told we are by their pastor or their parents or the media.

    Unfortunately in some localities, this is still necessary to counter regular doses of slanderous faith-derived propaganda from pulpits and parroting gossips!



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  • “Coming out makes more people question, and eventually abandon, the mistaken idea of religion. […] Coming out atheist is what changes believers’ minds about atheists. […] It’s what shakes loose people’s bigotry against us. And a less bigoted world is a better world.”

    Leading by example? This presupposes a level of reasonableness in religionists with whom we might come in contact and certainly some of them may already have their doubts which we can advance with our reasoned logical views. On the other side, there is the difficulty of achieving reasonable results by applying reason and logic to the unreasonable and illogical nature of religion and its bigotry. The best results I have found personally have been to arrive at a point where a religionist agrees they don’t know with absolute certainty that the beliefs into which they’ve been indoctrinated are valid, but I’ve never seen one actually become an atheist. Still, “coming out atheist” can only increase and strengthen the numbers who question their faith in unfounded belief.



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  • Although it’s becoming harder by the day, I still have faith (if you excuse the pun) in human nature. Although they may not admit it at the time, but if you engage in a calm, polite discussion, apply reason and logic to their illogical beliefs, even with the most bigoted religious bigot, I am convinced that you have planted a seed in their mind that will one day germinate and over grow their unfounded indoctrination that they know deep down inside is just fiction and they will see the logic light (again, if you excuse the pun 😉 )



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  • Having not read the book, it seems this paragraph is naïve in the sense that it highlights the obvious long-term benefits of coming out, without a balanced admission of the negative consequences of coming out. If the author is truthful, she must admit that short-term affects are often mostly negative. “Coming out” infers a social context that is anathema to free thought, otherwise there would be nothing to come out of. And when this occurs, relationships are dramatically affected and opportunities of conflict increase. The overriding reason for coming out is integrity that leads to a better society in the long-run. This is a cost we must all be willing to bear in order to change life for the better. If you get to experience positive feedback so much the better. But I would not expect it. It goes without saying that living a life without hypocrisy is always character building and rewarding. Just know that it will not all be rainbows and unicorns.



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