January 27, 2007

i’ve had this conversation before

I’m going to print up cards with this conversation and hand it out whenever I hear it starting up. It should save a lot of people a lot of time.

Atheist: “Religion is irrational.”

Believer: “Oh yeah? Atheism is a religion too, because it’s a cause that’s believed on faith! See Merriam-Webster’s 4th definition of religion.”

Atheist: “Atheism is religion the same way that NOT collecting stamps is a hobby.”

Believer: “You can’t prove the non-existence of God. And belief without proof is faith. Check Merriam-Webster’s second definition of faith. Therefore, atheists are irrational by definition.”

Atheist: “You can NEVER (or almost never) prove a negative. Besides, some things are so obvious that proof is unnecessary. Do you believe there’s a monster under your bed? You have no proof that it doesn’t exist. Therefore, by your reasoning, it’s only reasonable to believe there MIGHT be a monster under your bed.”

Believer: “Hey, you never know.”

From here

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  1. When I was dating my first girlfriend we would seem to have a few of the same conversations again and again, so I suggested we label those convos as ‘convo 1’, ‘convo 2’, etc. to save time. That way, when you can tell where the convo’s heading, you can just say the number and leave it at that. Needless to say, it didn’t go through.

    Comment by Will F — January 29, 2007 @ 12:19 am

  2. There must be a way to optimize this conversation!

    Comment by Will F — January 29, 2007 @ 12:20 am

  3. i like that “fence-sitting” is an adverb.

    Comment by rachel — February 2, 2007 @ 3:28 pm

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