Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Ever wondered why atheist bloggers prefer to set their targets on Christianity?

Have you ever wondered why it is that atheists seem to focus enormous amounts of attention on Christianity, but not as much on Islam or Judaism?

Well, if I may explain my personal opinion on the matter, it has to do with differences in the level of complexity.

Judaism: Belief in one supreme God who occasionally interacts with mankind, and communicates via prophets.

Islam: Belief in one supreme God who occasionally interacts with mankind, and communicates via prophets, esp. via his prophet Muhammad.

Christianity: Belief in one supreme God who very often interacts with mankind and who in the past decided to taint all of humankind with the Original Sin over- of all things- a fruit, and who decided to impregnate a virgin so that he could put his soul inside her womb and be born as a man so that he could live as a human being for thirty years, turning water into wine, healing the sick, healing the blind, walking on water, raising the dead, be arrested, tortured, brutally executed, and then resurrected so that whoever believes in him is no longer tainted with the curse of Original Sin that HE himself put on mankind in the first place, and that every Sunday he must be honored by eating his flesh and drinking his blood, by fear of burning in the flames of Hell for eternity.

Correct me if I've gotten anything wrong.

So if you are a Christian, please put yourself in the shoes of a non-Christian (hmm what do you call us again, heathens?) and try to imagine how it all sounds to us...

The simple fact that Christianity is based on central themes of such convoluted unsubstantiated complexity, is the reason why it attracts the rants of atheists so much more than Judaism or Islam. Imagine a big, flashy, Las-Vegas-style neon sign that says "Look at me! Look at what I believe in! Come on join the club or your immortal soul will BURN IN HELL!"

That, in a nutshell, is the reason why.

Peace be with you.


  1. Eh. If you lived in a Muslim society and knew little of Christianity, you would focus on Islam. Same for Hinduism or any other religion for that matter. If we weren't surrounded by Christians who imposed their religion, I don't think atheists would have much to say about Christianity. My wife was raised Jewish... guess what religion she mostly blogs about?

  2. Eh, you are probably correct. But you have to admit; in terms of elaborate weirdness of the central tenets, one clearly stands out above the others.

  3. You know what Ginx? You are a genius. Remember the comment you wrote on my "Fixing the Catholic Church" post?:

    "Why get rid of the Catholic Church? They've produced some of the best atheists."

    So based on your own logic, Christianity produces more atheists than other Abrahamic religions, which is why a majority of atheists live in predominantly Christian societies.

    So I am still right, and so are you.

  4. You don't think it's the liberal tolerance that has been fostered in Western society? I don't credit Christianity with being so open-minded, but I do credit Europe and America for creating an environment where dissent is possible. You won't find many Muslim atheists unless you dig six feet down. And if you dare speak out against Jews, you'll have to find your reputation with a shovel as well.

    I think Christianity is merely the most open to criticism... maybe because no one, deep down, can really believe that stuff.