Originally posted by Rajk999
..You never have and never will see me butt into a thread that is about atheism….
You never have and never will see me butt into a thread that is about atheism. I never have and never will discuss whether or not there is a God, or why people believe in God or not. That is a pointless discussion.
This thread is about Bible verses. No criticism or personall were required. So anyone entering this thread to criticise is intolerant.
Ins ...[text shortened]... nt reinforcement. Some atheist need that constant reinforcement and they get it by criticising.
I may be wrong but I think that, generally, no threads are specifically about “atheism” -my reasoning here is that while “theism” is a “belief” in the sense that it makes an existential claim (I.e. “god” or “gods” exist) while, in contrast, “atheism” is a “non-belief” in the sense that it consists of the absence
a certain existential claim. So therefore, a truly “atheistic” thread would not have much to talk about! -I mean, exactly what would such a thread talk about: “there is no god..” …and then what more is there to say!?
..I never have and never will discuss whether or not there is a God, or why people believe in God or not. That is a pointless discussion. ….
That may all be true but some threads are made precisely to discuss whether or not there is a god but, admittedly, not this thread.
..This thread is about Bible verses. No criticism were required.….
(misprint corrected -I think?)
Providing most theists agree to this, I think there should be a special “theist-only” forum. To say or post anything in this “theist-only” forum or even to view any of the posts or threads in that forum, you must first register to the “theist-only” forum by declaring yourself a theist. If you lie about that and then enter the “theist-only” forum and say there is no god, you would be expelled from that forum. That way you can have threads that are exclusively for discussion of religion but excluding discussion of whether or not there is a god.
I am not sure if it would be inappropriate for me an atheist to suggest this in the “Site Ideas forum” (because some my question my motives? -I am not sure) so if any theists are reading this and like the idea, you might consider suggest this idea in the “Site Ideas forum”?
..So anyone entering this thread to criticise is intolerant. ….
I think there is indeed some intolerance in this thread but I think you are also sometimes confusing “exasperation” with “intolerance” .Not everybody who criticises something in a thread is “intolerant“.
..Insecurity arises when there is less than sufficient information to make someone comfortable…
In the context of atheists, “sufficient information” about what? -remember that atheism is not really a belief, it is a non-belief. It is not the atheist that is making the existential claim, it is the theist. So the burden of proof is on the theist to rationally justify his existential claim. All the “information “ an atheist requires to justify his non-belief is the absence
of evidence supporting that existential claim.
So what is the premise for you belief that atheists feel “insecure”? -insecure about what?
… It happens often in relationships. Telltale signs are when one person has to constantly ask for proof of the other's love or caring - constant reinforcement. ….
That analogy doesn’t work:
two people that love each other generally agree that they should love each other, but, atheists and theists don’t agree that they should agree with each others beliefs so there is no nothing there between them there that requires “constant reinforcement” -unless you mean the fact that they disagree needs “constant reinforcement”?
..Some atheist need that constant reinforcement and they get it by criticising.….
Now I assume what you mean by “constant reinforcement” in the above proposition is “constant reinforcement to reinforce their belief” which, confusingly, wasn’t what you meant by it in the previous proposition you made? -but, in any case, atheism is a no-belief so there is not much there to “reinforcement”! -so your proposition is wrong.