Friday, April 15, 2011

Comment of the Week, 4/15/2011

My favorite comment this week was from Cognitive Dissenter on Sunday's post An Accidental Atheist. She said:
Growing up I was taught that "atheist" was a dirty word used to describe really evil people. My, how things have changed. Although I often take issue with the use of labels, technically I suppose I am a "soft atheist." As a practical matter I believe the only honest answer is "I don't know." What a burden was lifted from my shoulders when I reached that level of self-honestly. If that makes me an atheist, whatever. I guess that's why it now seems a tad offensive when those guys wearing the white shirts and ties show up on the front porch. They don't know either ... but they have convinced themselves otherwise.


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6 comments:

  1. I had those guys with white shirts and ties show up at my door too. It annoys me when Jehovah Witnesses do this as at first I thought they were 'real' missionaries. I agree with Cognitive Dissenter that they don't know either, but have convinced themselves that they do. As latter-day saints we can (unlike other religions) know for a surety that the restored gospel is true. Thank you both for bringing this to everyones attention.

    President Paternoster

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  2. Oh, President, doth thine wisdom never cease?

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  3. Cognitive DissenterApril 15, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    Wow! I'm honored. Usually just ramble so it's nice to know sometimes others find me somewhat coherent.

    @ President Paternoster: You remind me of Joseph Smith when he told Nancy Brotherton that she should secretly marry Brigham Young because she couldn't do better for a husband ... unless she married JS. I'm sure I knew you in a former life. And I'm not talking about the pre-existence.

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  4. I still hesitate calling myself an atheist... growing up as a liberal christian, then joining the lds church at 21, I came to associate "atheist" with "bitter". I know that isn't true, but it's just a bad association I came to, personally. Now I find myself at 51 not wanting to call myself an atheist even though by its definition I actually AM. I usually cop out and call myself a "hopeful agnostic". It sounds a little more palatable for me, for now. A few more years of therapy and hopefully I'll get a grip and get myself an "I'm an atheist" t-shirt. Haha.

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  5. Catherine, I'm just glad that it sounds like you're at peace now,
    whatever you decide to call yourself. :-)

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