Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Atheist Thirteen

Looks like I got tagged to answer for my crimes of doubt! Oh nooes!

Q1. How would you define “atheism”?

Being just as sure there is no God as a fundamentalist is sure that there is. I am somewhere in between.

Q2. Was your upbringing religious? If so, what tradition?

Not very. Episcopal.

Q3. How would you describe “Intelligent Design”, using only one word?


Q4. What scientific endeavor really excites you?

I'm a guy, and guys like smashing things, so I'm looking forward to the LHC starting up and sucking us all into a black hole!

Q5. If you could change one thing about the “atheist community”, what would it be and why?

I didn't think they were a community. But some of them obviously missed out on burning their bras in the 70's and are looking for a way to vent! Ha! Take that PZ! ;-P

Q6. If your child came up to you and said “I’m joining the clergy”, what would be your first response?

Be sure to ask lots of questions. They love it when you ask lots of questions. You'll be a star pupil in seminary school!

Q7. What’s your favorite theistic argument, and how do you usually refute it?

We should base our laws on the bible! To that I ask if they REALLY want to kill their children for being smart asses or if they REALLY want rape victims to marry their rapist or if they REALLY want to kill their relatives for not believing or if they REALLY think slavery should be legal.

Q8. What’s your most “controversial” (as far as general attitudes amongst other atheists goes) viewpoint?

For all we know it's the atheists who are the crazy ones with defective genes or something!

Q9. Of the “Four Horsemen” (Dawkins, Dennett, Hitchens and Harris) who is your favourite, and why?

Probably Hitchens, though at first I couldn't stand the guy. I still don't like his political views but I think he's the best writer of the bunch and he'd probably be a hoot to have some beers with.

Q10. If you could convince just one theistic person to abandon their beliefs, who would it be?

The Dalai Lama. Yeah, yeah, Buddhism is a philosophy but the Tibetans based their country and culture on the idea that this guy is the reincarnation of reincarnated Buddhist Masters. I just want him to admit that reincarnation is baloney and he 's just a normal person raised to believe all that crap.

Now name three other atheist blogs that you’d like to see take up the Atheist Thirteen gauntlet:

I think they all have done it already...I will let this one die here...

1 comment:

William Cowan said...

Hehe, I like your answer for Q8, it reminds me of my neighbour, whose son is a friend of mine and also a non-believer. He always says (in his thick Sicilian accent), "you and Mike are just both too smart for your own good!" Hahaha, must be in the genes!!