Monday, October 11, 2010

Is the Bible a Tool for Atheism?

Isaac Asimov
A recent Pew research poll came to the "shocking" conclusion that atheists and agnostics know more about religion than religious people do. As you can tell from my quotes, I didn't find those results so much shocking as rather obvious. (If you want to test yourself, Pew published an unofficial Internet version of the poll questions online. When you're done, you can compare your results with the official results on a very in-depth basis.)

Given my passion for anti-theism, I may not be an accurate representation of the typical atheist, but the fact remains that I know more than a vast number of believers about their own religion. (Although I admit that I'm lacking in non-Christian religious knowledge, but I know more about other religions than most Christians do.)

But the point is not that I'm an atheist, so I know more about religion; that's the wrong cause and effect. I think the more accurate way to phrase it is that I know more about religion, so I'm an atheist.

As the late, great Isaac Asimov wrote: "Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived." -- Isaac Asimov

(More quotes like the above on my atheism quotes page.)

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