6/19/2003 | Share this article:by Richard Carrier (1996)
"He who decides a case without hearing the other side, even if he decides justly, cannot be considered just" -- Seneca
What is an Atheist?
An atheist is a person who does not believe that any gods exist.
Why don't you believe in God?
There is simply no more evidence for Jehovah than there is for Zeus. Christians find no reason to believe that Zeus exists, so they do not believe in him. For the same reason, I do not believe in Jehova. God himself is more than welcome to share an honest conversation with me. Until he does, I have no reason to trust that anyone is a reliable spokesman for any god.
Don't you want to go to heaven?
I do not believe there is a heaven. But even if a real heaven did exist, and for some reason a god chose who went and who didn't, if that god is a good and noble being he will judge me for my value as a human being, and not for my belief in him.
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