It Makes Atheists

C’est vrai.

Encourage people to read the bible: it makes atheists. Encourage people to read about science: it makes atheists.  Essentially, encourage people to learn.

It makes atheists.

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.

  • Glodson

    I think as a person grows more rational, that person’s faith diminishes.

    And sometimes, even listening to a preacher as one gets more rational helps push that person closer to atheism. My faith, when I was a kid, took a major blow when I listened to a preacher at a revival. His argument against evolution was so bad that it helped intensify doubts that had been growing in my head.

    So read your Bible, learn to think critically, and keep going to church seems to be a possible recipe for atheism.

  • Adam Lee

    It also helps our case immeasurably for religious believers to see atheists discussing the Bible intelligently. Most of them, I think, have this Jack Chick-esque view that the only reason we’re not Christians is because we don’t know anything about Christianity. Seeing someone who’s familiar with the Bible and still rejects it blows that stereotype to bits and makes it that much more likely that our side will get a hearing.

  • otrame

    Reading the Bible turned me into an atheist.

    Isaac Asimov said that the Bible was the greatest resource for making atheists there is.

    The reason has to do with the fact that few Christians read the Bible. They hear the bits and pieces on Sunday. If they go to a Bible study class they get fed more bits and pieces, out of context and avoiding the less pleasant parts. If they actually read the Bible, starting at page one… Well, as Heinlein said, they are often in for a surprise.

  • sumdum

    I always found it telling that the very first thing god does is lie to Adam and Eve. He tells them if they eat from the tree they will surely die that day, and the snake tells them they won’t. And they don’t.

  • Ariel

    Encourage people to read the bible: it makes atheists.

    Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t see that the data (the link given by JT Eberhard) support such a claim. It may well be that other factors are at play. I mean: it may well be (consistently with the data) that people do not become atheists because they read the Bible, but e.g. they become atheists and they read the Bible for the same extra reasons (personality traits? family background? still some other factors?) It seems to me that these data do not settle the issue.

    Encourage people to read about science: it makes atheists. Essentially, encourage people to learn.

    Similar doubts, but initially this looks more promising.