Atheists are Uncomfortable Asking God to Do Terrible Things

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Atheists are Uncomfortable Asking God to Do Terrible Things

A study finds that atheists feel uncomfortable asking God to do terrible things, matching emotional responses of the religious. How would you explain that?

 

When you click on the link scroll down to the study that says Atheists Get Emotionally Aroused When Daring God to Do Terrible Things. Then, if you want to save time, go right to the General Discussion tab.

 

http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/hjpr20/current#/doi/full/10.1080/10508619.2013.771991 


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Slanted!!!!!!!!!!!!

                     Like all such religious surveys, it is slanted with the precept that 'god is real' and we atheist just don't [wanna] believe. As an atheist and a member of Rational Response my only rational response is to not bother with such nonsense questionaires.                     "asking a god; I don't believe in; or a religious precept I don't waste time with; to do anything Is assinine to the extreme!         

 

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Why would I

 Why would I ask a god to do anything ?  Ever since leaving religion, I have not thought about things in those types of terms in a long, long, time. Very confusing to me to even phrase it like that to be honest.

 

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I better not comment, poo

I better not comment, poo pooing religion makes me look like a real meany. NAW FUCK IT, HERE GOES

Daring a God to do bad things is like daring Thor to smite someone with lightening. To me it would be the same as daring Lex Luthor to give to charity.

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Brian37 wrote:I better not

Brian37 wrote:
I better not comment, poo pooing religion makes me look like a real meany.

Missing the point, as always.

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 Any compassionate human

 Any compassionate human would have an emotional reaction talking about a loved one dying or being hurt whether they believed the possibility was likely or not. 

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Beyond Saving wrote:

 Any compassionate human would have an emotional reaction talking about a loved one dying or being hurt whether they believed the possibility was likely or not. 

That's what I thought until I got to this part: "Nonetheless, as the skin conductance levels also showed that atheists were more affected by God statements than by wish or offensive statements, it may be safe to conclude that atheists were less comfortable with daring God than with daring a more nebulous and impersonal fate or simply contemplating the distressing events."

Now I think that the atheists were being open-minded, accepting that, even though they don't believe in God, it's still possible that there is a God that would take the dare and hurt their loved ones.

 


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Philosophicus wrote:Beyond

Philosophicus wrote:

Beyond Saving wrote:

 Any compassionate human would have an emotional reaction talking about a loved one dying or being hurt whether they believed the possibility was likely or not. 

That's what I thought until I got to this part: "Nonetheless, as the skin conductance levels also showed that atheists were more affected by God statements than by wish or offensive statements, it may be safe to conclude that atheists were less comfortable with daring God than with daring a more nebulous and impersonal fate or simply contemplating the distressing events."

Now I think that the atheists were being open-minded, accepting that, even though they don't believe in God, it's still possible that there is a God that would take the dare and hurt their loved ones.

 

Quite frankly, I sometimes get "emotionally aroused" just saying the word "god" because I find it absolutely disgusting that people worship a fictional being that is barbaric and evil. It is hardly a neutral word, and the study only measures reaction not what the reaction is. I'd daresay that a number of atheists on this site would show a strong reaction just saying the word god alone. 

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Beyond Saving wrote: Quite

Beyond Saving wrote:

 

Quite frankly, I sometimes get "emotionally aroused" just saying the word "god" because I find it absolutely disgusting that people worship a fictional being that is barbaric and evil. It is hardly a neutral word, and the study only measures reaction not what the reaction is. I'd daresay that a number of atheists on this site would show a strong reaction just saying the word god alone. 

I agree. 

 

 

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 I know why this is

 I know why this is probably a true study. Because most people who say they don't believe in a God are not like Rational Responders people who have their positions well thought out. I am fairly certain that most people who say they don't believe say so out of anger towards life's hardship and injustice. This is actually more of a rebellion than a true disbelief. That's why these are real results. That's my explanation.

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