I know the only requirement for atheism, by definition, is lack of a belief in any deities, but I’ll never understand why some atheists believe in things like ghosts.
If ghosts are real then that means that souls are real. If souls and ghosts are real then that has to mean that there is some sort of afterlife. If an afterlife is real then how can you say that a god is not? If there is no god then how is there an afterlife? What is the purpose of it? How did it come into being? I’m sorry but one’s atheism logically tends to falter and fall apart when a belief in ghosts is introduced.
Furthermore, what is a “ghost”? Is it a soul? Is it just energy? If it’s just “energy” then how come so many ghost believers say that ghosts have interacted with them? If your consciousness is gone and all you leave behind is an unintelligent, residual energy then how does it interact with people? How does it knock things over? How does it talk to people? How does it touch people? How does a “ghost” only being left over energy account for what they call “intelligent hauntings”?
Every argument that I’ve ever seen from a handful of atheists who believe in ghosts sound just like the arguments that theists use for justifying their belief in god. Substitute “god” for “ghost” and the arguments would be completely interchangeable.
Belief in the supernatural, any supernatural element, follows the same basic blueprint.
It really pisses me off when we post something that mocks religion or maybe uses an “offensive” word towards religion or religious people we get accused of being “militant, angry or hateful.” And what’s worse is when some atheists throw those accusations around.
I acknowledge and accept that not all atheists are anti-theists also. But if that’s not your cup of tea, move on. Why sit here and do the religious people’s work by attacking and trying to divide atheists? I mean seriously. Theists sit back and laugh when they see this stuff. It makes us look so divided. And if we’re divided then we’ll never truly accomplish anything on a larger scale, because there’ll always be some “House Atheist” to sit there and kowtow to theists and say how people like us are “bad atheists” and that we “don’t reflect the views of good atheists.”
Am I militant? Maybe. What do you mean by militant? And why is that a bad thing?
Am I angry? Sometimes. How can I not be angry at an ideology that is used to justify and promote homophobia, sexism, racism, and violence? Again, why is that a bad thing?
Am I hateful? Not really. I’m only hateful to ideologies (religious and secular) that justify and promote homophobia, sexism, racism, and violence. If there were a movement within atheism that did these things I’d openly oppose it also. So, again, why is this a bad thing?
You think coming on the internet and labeling other atheists as these things is an insult? It’s not an insult at all. And a lot of times these descriptions just aren’t true.
Opposing an oppressive, bigoted and violent ideology is not hate. Not tolerating intolerance is not intolerance itself.