- "Atheists are arrogant!"
2. "Atheists don't believe in a god or gods because they only believe in themselves!"
Correctly stating that atheists lack a belief in a god or gods and then stating, "therefore atheists only believe in themselves," is a complete non-sequitur. I think that theists sometimes have the notion that because atheists lack a belief in a god or gods, they treat themselves as gods or think they are better than gods. Maybe some atheist, somewhere, sees themselves as a "god", but that's like saying, because I do not believe in unicorns I think I am one. This statement is another sweeping generalization if the statement is implying atheists see themselves as gods. Taken at face value however, of course we believe in ourselves, we're here aren't we? There is evidence for our respective existences, but under this assessment, theists would have to believe in themselves as well (although the theists may be using a more religious definition of the word "belief", equating the subject of the belief to a greater power).
3. "Atheists don't believe in anything!"
Theists believe in a god or gods, therefore they believe in everything. Perfect logic right? I may lack a believe in a god or gods, but I hold other beliefs. I believe that gay marriage should be legalized, I believe that governments should spend more money on education, I believe that we shouldn't be teaching abstinance only education, etc. I hold a lot of beliefs even though I reject supernatural claims (i.e. gods). If what the theist is actually trying to say is, "Atheists don't believe in any supernatural entities or anything that there isn't evidence for," then I would agree with the statement. However, as the statement stands, it is nonsensical.
4. "Atheists don't know how to love others and only love themselves!"
I think that theists, mostly Christians, hold a belief that someone cannot love without believing in a god or gods. I would like someone to explain the causal links from atheism to not being able to love. Atheism, again, is a single position of skepticism. If I do not believe in unicorns, what could you possibly tell me about my emotions or any charactistics I have? Please leave a comment below if you can explain how atheists wouldn't know how to love.
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