Atheist vs. Theist Magic Set, Week 1

My friend, Dr. David Burger, and myself have been working on a project for a few months now that combines an unenviable nerdery with the battle between atheism/theism.  We are creating an entire Magic: The Gathering block!  And if there are any other supernerds out there, we want you involved!

Every Monday we plan on spoiling either a couple cards or a cycle of themed cards.  Sometimes we’ll be doing it just to give a glimpse of what we’ve got going, but some Mondays, like today, we’re going to want input on the cards.  Today, we have two cards that need names.

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You can see in the theist card that it uses a mechanic that denotes obstruction of knowledge (discard).  The atheist card uses proliferate, which synergizes  with other mechanics on the atheist side.  When we were kicking around ideas for the atheist card we were looking at ideas like ‘Dedicated Ecologist’ and such.  For the theist card, we had ‘Bible Class Teacher’.    If we use a name that you provided for us, we will find a way to integrate you (your name, your picture, a quote from you in a flavor text, etc.) into the block.

The other thing we need from you artists out there is a banner for each set in the block.  Here’s an example of what these banners look like from the Morningtide and Coldsnap sets:

Those sets in the Atheist vs. Theist block will be Dark Ages, Renaissance, and Rise of Reason.  Same as above, if you provide us with a winning banner, we will find a way to integrate you into the set.

Lastly, we need a miniature logo for each set.  This will replace the square on the right side of the above cards.  The color of that logo will denote the rarity of the card.  Here are some examples from other MTG sets:

The block will be balanced and playable.  We plan to export it to Magic Workstation (download the free evaluation version) for online play.  I may even organize some draft tournaments through this blog.  :)

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About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Richard

    Its like unglued, but with a “subtle” dig :-P.
    Title: Creationist Textbook
    cost 6
    ability- tap, 6 sacrifice X theists, all enemy permanents older than 10-x turns are flipped over with X counters on each. When the counters are gone, the cards come back into play. Each of your upkeeps removes a counter, or the enemy player can pay X for one counter.
    “And this is our caveman riding a dinosaur”

    Blue Instant
    Title: Bullshit
    cost 2 blue
    Counter target spell
    Discard a theist card to return this card to your hand
    “I’m Richard Dawkins, bitch!”

    • Robert B.

      Unfortunately, the age of a card isn’t tracked, so the Creationist Textbook mechanic won’t work as written… maybe something like

      T: target creature becomes a 2/2 Ape with no abilities until end of turn.

      If people evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys?

      And Bullshit is more useful than standard Counterspell. It should probably be 2U or 1UU. And “discard a black card” instead of a Theist specifically.

      • JT Eberhard

        Holy crap, I love this!

      • DrB

        could do a version of the creationist textbook if it exiled the card like jhoira does, and gave them suspend. we might look into it.

  • lackinginsanity

    How about “Dedicated Ecologist” and “Professor of Theology”?

  • binjabreel

    Nah, I like “Creationist History Teacher”

    A professor of Theology should have some massive bullshit power, or the ability to defend against reason-based attacks by sacrificing mana.

  • Daniel Gentry

    I suggest “Constant Conservationist” and “Backwoods Bible-Thumper”.

    I am a huge MTG fan. I hope this works out. I would love to play this set.

    I would suggest two cards. For the Atheist side:

    “Cutting Truth”


    Cancel Target Spell.

    Flavor Text: Sticks and stones may break bones, but with words truth is sown.

    For the Theist side:

    “Blatant Ignorance”


    Target player is Dumbfounded (When a player is Dumbfounded, they may not play any spells this turn)

    Flavor Text: ‘Cause the Bible, said so!

  • Robert B.

    Verdant Instructor and Brimstone Orator.

    Also, this is awesome and nerdy and awesome.