Have fun with this argument from one Christian:
Every Atheist I’ve ever known has been some sort of loser. They may have used drugs. They may have been really overweight. They may have been whiney or sketchy. Whatever the case, I’ve never known an Atheist I could exactly qualify as “normal.” It doesn’t mean they were mean or overly negative, on the contrary many of them were very nice. But they weren’t the kids who scored the goals, who got the grades, played the “cool” instruments, or got the girls and boys. They were those lovely social outcasts, and I think because of this, even though I disagreed with their theological views, I felt a certain kinship with all of them. This led to many of my first interesting religion discussions.
Know that I’m speaking only from experience when I say this. I’m sure a lot of Atheists out there probably get laid all the time and play a mean guitar. But sometimes I do have to wonder. Take the new Atheists for example. I’ve joked about this and ranted about it in the past, but now addressing it seriously, they do act rather strange don’t they? Richard Dawkins speaks in the most bitter angry tone, which is somewhat unnatural, and has been divorced three times. Sam Harris became an enlightened atheist after using ecstasy. Christopher Hitchens whines incessantly, but doesn’t really have a job. Victor Stenger is pathologically obsessed with his grandchildren. And the entire reason Daniel Dennett became a philosopher was to disprove dualism, which he read about when he was sixteen years old. Why? What’s the point? What do they get out of this? Money and fame yes, but what else?
There’s too much crazy there to rip apart every point.
(Though there must be some contradiction with atheists not being able to get the girls and Dawkins’ personal history. He got multiple girls, no?)
I just want to say that there are plenty of atheists who come to atheism NOT because of some traumatic event, but rather because it Just. Makes. Sense.
Would any of you drug-using, overweight, whiny, abnormal, unsporty, boyfriend/girlfriend-repelling, low-GPA-ing, tuba-playing atheists like to back me up on this?