Why Atheists ‘Obsess’ Over Religious Beliefs

We’ve probably all been confronted with some variation on this question from frustrated theists or apathetic “nones” who find our whole movement a little baffling: Why do you atheists spend so much time worrying about a God you don’t even believe exists? If you think he’s not real, why not just let it go at that?

Austin Cline, About.com’s Atheism and Agnosticism guide, recently highlighted just such a query from a reader, one who reaches a conclusion that requires something of a Super Mario-worthy leap:

Doesn’t [atheists'] obsession with non-belief indicate that they secretly do believe? Otherwise, wouldn’t their actions be inconceivable?

I can’t for the life of me put that one together. Even if you grant the premise that atheists are irrationally obsessed with their lack of belief, there’s no connection I can imagine that thereby leads to “therefore they actually are theists, Q.E.D.” Maybe that whole “denial ain’t just a river in Egypt” thing? I dunno, I’m reaching.

But that’s not really what I wanted to highlight about this post. I particularly liked Cline’s conclusion at the end of his post:

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Want to Be in the Nicolas Cage ‘Left Behind’ Remake?

You know you want to be an extra in a Christian movie that’s bound to be cringe-worthy and that there’s no movie that better fits that description than the upcoming Left Behind remake.

And you know the fact that Nicolas Cage stars in it makes it all the more appealing! (As someone who has been in a movie with Cage, I highly recommend it.)

Director Vic Armstrong tweeted this today:

If you’re an atheist in Louisiana, you owe it to all of us to make this happen. Just because.

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A Preview of Our Coverage of The Amazing Meeting 2013

I’ve been sitting here trying to think of a clever or meaningful way to sum up my experiences at The Amazing Meeting in Las Vegas last week, and I simply can’t think of anything to do the experience justice. I certainly had an atypical experience compared to most — because I had a press pass for this blog, I had the pleasure of interviewing about a dozen speakers, each of whom was as nice and smart and interesting as could be.

We’ll be releasing the interviews one by one as Mikey finishes them up. We’re aiming to put out about two per week.

To kick it off, here is a trailer that he just finished cutting together to give you an idea of who you’ll be hearing from in the coming weeks:

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The Women of ‘New Atheism’ Are All Around Us

For whatever reason, Salon loves to take digs at the New Atheist authors and the atheist movement in general.

The latest salvo is Katie Engelhart‘s piece asking, “Where are the women of New Atheism?

It’s not a bad question — we know that one of the problems in our movement is that it’s predominantly men who are involved and who get most of the publicity. There are individuals (men and women) and groups working to change that and we shouldn’t stop discussing how to make things better.

But that’s not really where Engelhart’s piece goes.

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Excellent Coverage of Camp Quest Kansas City

The NPR affiliate in Kansas City ran a wonderful story about the inaugural Camp Quest Kansas City which took place earlier this month:

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