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Friday, April 22, 2011

Do atheists believe in nothing?

How Easter and Christianity undermine atheism

By Anthony DeStefano

This Easter it seems that atheists have a lot to rejoice about. According to the latest poll released by the U.S. Census Bureau in its American Religious Identification Survey, the number of self-proclaimed atheists in America has nearly doubled since 2001 — from 900,000 to 1.6 million.

In a nation that once prided itself on its Judeo-Christian heritage, one out of every five Americans now claims no religious identity whatsoever; and the number of self-proclaimed Christians has declined by a whopping 15%.

Yes, those who believe in nothing seem to be winning more and more converts every year.

This story was in USA Today. The author made an outlandish comment when he said that Atheists believe in nothing. Atheists do not “believe in nothing”. We believe in the what we can see, verify, confirm, touch and support by experimentation and research. We believe the universe exists. Obviously, the universe is not a “nothing”, so the statement from the article is meaningless.

Now to be fair, he then goes on to say that Atheists do believe in something. However, he then provides a straw man version of what materialism is and to top it off, discounts Atheism completely. So, he ends up agreeing with his absurd statement.

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