The Atheism Paradox

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An essay about the confusing and paradoxical premise that is Atheism.

FYI: all objections to my article will be added to the essay and revised accordingly, so please comment either way. Thanks!
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About J. P. Kurzitza

If I can write a novel, then you surely can! I've been writing since 2007. I’ve also been a stay-home dad since 2007. Hmm—coincidence? My primary genre of preference for writing (though, what exactly is a genre anymore) is YA/ MG fiction, but ultimately I go wherever the story takes me, whether short story, flash fiction, or adult fiction. And when I say YA, I mean more like J.K. Rowling, not Sarah Dessen. My alias is J. Paul Wallace. I am a prime example of someone who can write, minus all the education and acronyms at the end of my name.

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Review by: William Bennett on Aug. 14, 2016 :
I suppose that this effort was the musing of a lamb of one particular stereotype of a "good shepherd" god. This particular lamb, apparently being content to be fleeced all his life before being led to the slaughter, seems to find it inexplicable that anyone could fail to be herded as he or she has been. Surely, if there were a benevolent god, or even a malevolent god, he, she, it or they would have chosen a more articulate and accurate defender. The author piece might be encouraged to avail himself or herself of some of the freely available information available in the modern day, and to put a modicum of thought into future writings.
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Review by: Hobbe Noxious on June 17, 2015 :
Hilarious. Literally laugh-out-loud comedy gold.

Oh. Wait. Upon further inspection, I don't think this was meant as satire....

Here, allow me to save you some time here by summing up the author's theory with a single snippet: "Atheism, by definition, is 'the disbelief or rejection in the existence of a deity.' Notice that it doesn't say "Atheism means there is no God. Therefore, Atheism is a conscious choice to reject God". Using this formula, you can win any existential argument!

Nose goblins. The creatures that crawl out of your nostrils at night and smear cream cheese all over your eyelids, leaving them crusty and gross, come sunrise. Denying their existence literally proves they exist.

Since the author actually seems to occasionally respond to comments, allow me to be mildly serious for a moment. Humans love labels. Disbelief is disbelief. However, when it comes to religion, things tend to get a bit more heated. In turn, labels tend to take on heavier importance. Atheism is simply that: a particular label for people who don't happen to believe in something. In this case, a deity.

A better comparison (instead of the imaginary friend farce) is bigfoot. Or big eyed aliens. People legitimately believe in these things. Some of them quite fanatically. Once again, using your formula: disbelieving, or rejecting their belief, automatically gives credence to the object of that belief.

Using your own words, let's substitute the word 'atheist' for 'disbeliever', and 'God' for 'Loch Ness Monster'.

"You can only be an disbeliever if there is a Loch Ness Monster."

Just because there isn't a mass title for people who don't believe in these things, doesn't mean the argument is any different. In the end, believe in whatever you wanna believe in. But if you're gonna try to shoot down other people's beliefs, put some real effort into it.

Your argument is bad, and you should feel bad.
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Review by: Wendell Blue on Oct. 18, 2014 : (no rating)
I agree with Desertphile. The author writes of the "atheism paradox", stating: "Atheism must presuppose that there IS a God in order to maintain some semblance of rationality. You can only be an atheist if there is a God. "
There is no such paradox. Atheism does not presuppose that there is a God, merely that there are people who believe there is.
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Review by: Ash Ward on Oct. 16, 2014 : (no rating)
What a load of bigotted twaddle.
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Review by: Vyrissi on Oct. 15, 2014 :
Agree with Desertphile, this author has no idea what he is talking about. The term atheist presupposes the existence of god(s) the same way the term 'bigfoot hunter' presupposes the existence of bigfoot -- by which it does not. It is simply the position statement that one finds no compelling evidence for the existence of a deity.
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Review by: David Rice on Oct. 15, 2014 :
Writer has no idea what the word "atheism" means, nor does he know how to spell it correctly, nor how to spell "atheist" correctly---- and yet he insists that he is qualified to dictate authoritatively about atheism (the lack of belief in the gods) and atheists (people who lack belief in the gods). The writer started out by the assertion that people must be introduced to the belief that the gods exist before people can lack the belief that the gods exist: an absurdity. Since atheism is the default human condition (everyone is born an atheist), not being an atheist is something that happens to a person---- atheism does not. Sheeeish. But then, the sermon was free so you get what you pay for here.
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Review by: Tyler Craig Nixon on Oct. 15, 2014 :
As a former atheist myself, You had a very good start. But honestly, you're going to have to do a lot better than that. First, I'd stop assuming things about Atheists, and generalizing them into one stereotype. Everybody is different, but you know as well as I that the loudest people are heard the most often, that's why it seems so many atheists are anti-christian or anti-religion or whatever. And even though you may mean well with this article, it will convince nobody to turn to God. In fact, it will give the anti-theists fuel for their cause. So in all, great start but you have a lot to work on.
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