It has been a while, but it seems we’ve been hit by another “meme” – this time it is the Atheist Thirteen from Nullifidian. For anyone who has already read Null’s post, I must apologise that a lot of the responses are similar.
(Null, if you read this – why is it called “Atheist 13” when there are 10 questions?)
Rules: If you’d like to take part, copy these questions, and answer them in your own words on your own blog.
Q1. How would you define “atheism”?
“A lack of belief in anything divine.”
Q2. Was your upbringing religious? If so, what tradition?
Not at all. While Religious Education at school talked about the various religions there was never anything resembling a serious effort to convince me any particular religion was more valid than any other (or even more valid than no-religion at all). This is the case even though I went to Church Sunday school for quite a time.
Q3. How would you describe “Intelligent Design”, using only one word?
Q4. What scientific endeavour really excites you?
Astrophysics and related disciplines – astronomy, space travel etc. (I only picked astrophysics because Null beat me to Astronomy).
Q5. If you could change one thing about the “atheist community”, what would it be and why?
I’d like people to stop talking about an “atheist community” as if it were a homogeneous group that shared more than a single idea. I cant think of any real meaning of “community” that seems to apply to the global network of atheists.
Q6. If your child came up to you and said “I’m joining the clergy”, what would be your first response?
“That’s nice, dear. Would you like a cup of tea?”
Q7. What’s your favourite theistic argument, and how do you usually refute it?
God is really kind and benevolent but if you dont bow to his ever wish, no matter how capricious, you will suffer worse punishment than you can imagine for all of eternity. It is self refuting unless the person is a genuine idiot – and then it isnt worth refuting. Just wait until they forget to breathe and die.
Q8. What’s your most “controversial” (as far as general attitudes amongst other atheists goes) viewpoint?
That there isn’t an Atheist Community.
Q9. Of the “Four Horsemen” (Dawkins, Dennett, Hitchens and Harris) who is your favourite, and why?
Dawkins because, although I used to hate him, he has grown on me. I like his “posh English scientist” TV demeanour. Hitchens is too arty and there isn’t enough scientific rigour in his comments. Harris really annoys me and I don’t know Dennett well enough.
Q10. If you could convince just one theistic person to abandon their beliefs, who would it be?
The Pope, because it would be a MAJOR achievement… (Unless he is, as I sometimes suspect, not really a Catholic).
Now name three other atheist blogs that you’d like to see take up the Atheist Thirteen gauntlet:
This is always the hard part. There are zillions of good atheist blogs but tagging them all would be close to insane. There are a lot of good ones who will be annoyed if they are tagged and a lot of good ones who will be annoyed if they aren’t tagged. For this, almost insurmountable, challenge I have picked three from our blogrolls at random:
- The gorgeously designed and always entertaining “X is …“
- The Snarling and Growling “Grumpy Lion“
- The militant Bligbi.
Please don’t be upset if you have been missed out – if you want to be tagged, consider yourself tagged. Likewise, if you are one of the three above and don’t want to be tagged, I am OK with that.