Proving The Existence Of Atheists

Iambilly tries to do it to an elderly stranger after helping her out of a jam she didn’t even realize she was about to be in had he not intervened.  Her reply led to his attempt to prove the existence of atheists:

She beamed at me and said, “Oh, you are so wonderful.  You are a good Christian and one of God’s people.”

I grimaced (internally).  Then I realized that, what the hell, it is past 5:15 and I’m not on duty.  “No, ma’am, I’m an atheist.”

“Pshaw.  You’re too nice to be an atheist,” she said.  And yes, she really did say ‘Pshaw.’  First time I’ve ever actually heard it used.

“I really am,” I replied.

“You can’t be an atheist.  You’re too nice.”

“Yes, I am.  And it has nothing to do with being nice or not.”

“Well, you just think you’re an atheist.  I’m not sure why you’re mad at God, but He still loves you.  You’ll accept him when your pain is resolved.”

“Ma’am, why would I hate something that does not exist?  I’ll go check to make sure that your husband made it to the parking area.  You have a good evening.”  And I walked away.

As I walked away, she said, “I know you’re a Christian.  You’re too nice to be a God hater.”

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About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.


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