It is demonstrably the case that atheism or agnosticism is the default starting point for any rational inquirer when it comes to the question whether or not god exists.
My goal is to advocate for atheism and agnosticism because simply put, there are no good reasons to believe in a god. This is especially true for the Christian god, Yahweh.
This blog is dedicated to showing how and why there are no good reasons to believe in any deity by countering mainly Christian apologetics arguments.
Why Christian Apologetics?
Christianity is the dominant religion in my country, and it is the religion that I was indoctrinated with as a child.
Some of my posts will refute the existence of any monotheistic omniscient, omnipotent, and omni-benevolent god, which will address the claims of other religions. That said, I am not familiar enough with Islamic or other religious apologetics to offer a strong refutation of their specific arguments.
Why am I doing this?
To put it bluntly, I think the morality and worldview that Christianity imposes are demonstrably harmful to society and individuals*. I want to free as many other people from the oppression of religion as possible.
I am a former evangelical/fundamentalist Christian. I’ve worshiped in Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, and Evangelical Presbyterian churches for most of my life. I went through a painful “deconversion” three years ago, and I tried to convince myself to go back to religion due to familial and social pressures.
Fortunately, I was able to eventually free myself from religion. More importantly, I was able to bring my wife with me through this journey and we left Christianity together.
However, in trying to go back to religion over a 2 year period, I found Christian apologetics. In every case I found, apologetics fails to offer a good reason to believe in god. On the plus side, this engagement in apologetics ignited an interest in philosophy that I hadn’t had before.
Through this I believe I can help others leave religion and to find a better, more meaningful life.
*Note: I don’t think that religion is exclusively evil/harmful, it has a number of demonstrable positive effects. I do think that those effects are related to ancillary factors that one can get from many other sources besides religion.
I also don’t think that all religious people are bad or stupid. I think it’s demonstrably the case that the majority of religious people are better than their religion, they just don’t realize how bad their religion is.
What I am
What I am depends on the question you’re asking. The debate over the existence of a god has raged for centuries, and there are a myriad of positions. Terms like “atheist” and “agnostic” are misunderstood or misrepresented in the modern debate.
If you ask me if I know whether or not there is a god – then I’m an agnostic. I don’t know if there is a god or not.
If you ask me if I believe in a god – then I’m an atheist. I do not believe in any god or gods. I don’t think it’s very likely that a god exists, and this is especially the case for the Christian god Yahweh.
A good analogy for this would be leprechauns. Technically, you don’t know leprechauns don’t exist and you can’t prove that they definitely do not exit. You merely don’t believe they exist, probably because you don’t have any evidence that they do exist.
Who I am
For now, I am anonymous.
Quite frankly, I’ve seen how atheists are treated in online discussions, and I don’t want any of the threats that normally come to someone who runs an atheist blog/vblog to even be able to spill over into my real life or affect my family.
I will give some details about myself for readers to better understand where I’m coming from.
I am a straight white male and am in my 30’s. And yes, it is very nice to be in the prime target demographic for almost everyone in marketing.
I am happily married, and have a (as of this writing) newborn daughter.
I am an engineer. My background is largely in computer and electrical engineering, but I am trained enough in math and physics to address some technical arguments in cosmology. Biology was never my strong suit, so I am not as well equipped to address detailed technical arguments on evolution.
I’m also a gamer, there may be a few posts sprinkled about with references to gaming and/or geek stuff.