Originally I planned to write a post titled ‘5 things that I wish Christians understood about atheists’. Seeing as I am only recently out of the atheist camp (and I’m holding on to my copy of ‘The God Delusion’ because I really like Dawkins) I still feel an affinity and protectiveness for this little-understood group. But the post turned into this instead.
Atheists assume that Christians don’t have a sense of humour. Case in point: Unintentionally Sexual Church Signs This was posted on facebook this week in an ‘Oh look how stupid Christians are’ kind of way. Ok, so a few of these are obviously clueless, but some are CLEARLY deliberate. Christians can appreciate a dick joke as well as the next person. Yes, who knew?
Atheists think that Christians are misguided/naïve/a bit simple. I certainly thought this. I knew a few people that professed to have faith who seemed to have brains, but I thought that these were just aberrations. Genetic mutations, if you like. Now my sister tells me that it’s just me who thinks like this, and ‘normal’ people don’t spend as much time as I do putting others into little boxes and labelling them. I do think, though, that there is a general belief that Christians are in a somewhat deluded haze, and don’t really understand how things like science and astrophysics work (because all atheists have a fabulously competent grasp of these fields, clearly).
Christians are going to proselytise at atheists at the drop of a hat. I was always scared that people that I knew were religious were going to go all biblically postal at me. This never, ever happened, but I lived in a state of perpetual tension whenever I was around a Christian. (Once again, this seems to be bringing to light my own personality flaws more than anything else!)
Christians all think pretty much the same when it comes to women’s rights, reproductive rights, lgbt issues, interpretation of the bible etc. Not true, and I’m so glad that I was very wrong about this.
Atheists think that all Christians are biblical literalists. Clearly, the Bible is a fundamental and essential part of Christianity, but you don’t have to turn your back on hundreds of years of scientific, medical and historical discoveries to become a Christian.
So, there you go. And Christians are supposed to be the judgemental ones…..