Sunday, September 2, 2007

NPR on Atheism

NPR just did a segment about atheists. I didn't really like it much but was pleased that a show of this kind would be done at all, certainly mainstream media would never do one.

One thing it showed is that even the reporters on NPR don't understand it. I find people's confusion over atheism really puzzling, why do they think it's so odd and so different from the rest of the world?

Even believers are atheists about every other god but their own, so lack of belief is perfectly natural and something everyone does. All of us learn our morality from society so there really are few moral differences between atheists and non-atheists, and most believers live the same as any atheist would 80% of the time, only fanatics think about god and their religion all the time.

What is it that is so confusing to most people?

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