List of common fallacies of Atheists

I am trying to create a list of fallacies commited by atheists. Unfortunately I can’t think of any more off the top of my head. (It is like 90F here in Vancouver Canada, we are in the middle of a heat wave =p)

This is what I have so far:

  1. There are Christians that deny evolution, therefore all Christians deny evolution.

  2. There are Christians that are not reasonable; therefore all Christians are not reasonable.

  3. Some Christians partake in pseudoscience therefore all science done by Christians is not to be trusted.

  4. Atheism is void of magical beliefs. (Style over substance. The word magical is employed to make the reader feel like a fool if he does not believe in the doctrines of Atheism. Christianity is not magical.)

  5. Atheism is not a faith. (It may not be a religion because weak atheism is the absence of belief, but it is a faith.)

  6. God doesn’t exist, because if God existed there would be observable proof. (The existence of God is not dependant on the existence of observable proof)

  7. If God existed you wouldn’t be able to have as must fun. (Appeal to consequences. What you want has no bearing on the existence of God.)

  8. Most current scientists are not Christians; therefore Christianity is contrary to science.

  9. Most of the current famous intellectuals are not Christian; therefore Christianity is false and is not for intelligent people. (Appeal to popularity)

  10. Stephen Hawking (or another famous intellectual) says that God does not exist, therefore God must not exist. (Stephen Hawking is a theoretical physics, not a philosopher. His opinion on whether God exists does not to carry very much weight because he is not an expert in that particular field of study.)

  11. Richard Dawkings says that Divine Providence did not cause Evolution; therefore there is no intelligent design. (This is fallacious because Dawkings is not a theologian or a philosopher. He does not understand exactly what Divine Providence is, so he is not competent to say that it is not occurring.)

  12. God doesn’t exist. If you say he does you must not be very intelligent. (The persons intelligence has no bearing on whether God exists or not. This is also apealing to phycological factors instead of providing suporting evidence.)

  13. You may argue that abortion is wrong but you are a Christian so you have to say that. (ad hominem abusive fallacy)

  14. We cannot currently prove some parts of the bible, so they must not have happened.

  15. A proposed miracle could have been explained naturally some way, therefore it must have been natural and not supernatural.

  16. There are no immaterial beings in existence because we cannot detect them. (That is the whole concept of them being immaterial.)

Start brainstorming gentlemen!

Link to a list of logical fallacies:
onegoodmove.org/fallacy/toc.htm

  1. Alleged “Pagan Parallels” invalidate Christianity, as though Christianity depended on being unique with absolutely no similarities to other religions to be correct.

Where are the Atheists to comment on this?? :wink:

  1. Freedom of will does not logically lead to evil actions. (Just kidding, Spock). :wink:

I concur. I was wanting their opinions.

I once saw the claim that upward pointing steeples on churches are copied from pagan phallic symbols. Someone answered that that must be true, otherwise we would have put the steeple under the church.:smiley:

Ha. Talk about grasping at straws. You might as well say that Churches are copied from Pagan temples. :shrug:

I will do one better, sometimes they were pagan temples. :smiley:

Back to the list! Taly ho!

You- "atheism is the absence of belief, but it is a faith."
Dictionary- "Faith is the confident belief or trust in the truth or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing. "
Fail

Weak Atheism is non-belief. But one still needs to have faith in order to legitimize such a position. You still need to have reason to be at a position of non-belief. You need to have the belief that you ought no not form a belief because there is lack of evidence. From a point of extreme scepticism, according to corgito ergo sum, you are the only being that you know exists without a doubt. Therefore that reason from a position of supreme scepticism is going to require faith.

Since that reason is the reason for the non-belief, and that is what really specifically characterises weak atheism, you could call weak atheism a faith. Although it is an indirect faith and not a direct faith.

I may be putting stytle over substance, so I will most likely remove it.

Sorry for being late, I just saw the thread. I had actually thought about starting a thread like this before, but got caught up in discussions on other threads.

I’ll see how many I can think of that haven’t been already covered.

Saying that religion in general is evil since there are religious people who have done bad things, but refusing to accept the similar argument that atheism must be evil since there are atheists who have done bad things.

they say that the bible is just fairy tales.

My fave, If they can’t see it it doesn’t exist.

if they say they can’t see so can’t believe they have reached the boundary of reason
if belief is replaced with existence, they err against reason.

So the only belief required of atheism is the rejection of Solipsism? I don’t think any atheists would reject that claim.

Saying that God must be evil because some of his actions seem evil without being able to justify why those actions actually are evil.

Trying to shift the burden of proof regarding the existence of morality.

Saying that because the overwhelming majority of the universe is lifeless, it could not have been designed.

Saying that because evolution can explain why people have religious beliefs, those religious beliefs must be false.

If an atheist is simply one who lacks a belief in God, they do not have to believe that they ought not to form a belief. If someone has no beliefs, then they lack belief in God, but don’t have a belief one way or another about whether he should be believed in. So I think it’s false that atheism is a faith or requires faith. However, based on how you’re defining faith, I think that almost all atheists have faith in something.

Saying that God almost certainly does not exist because science can explain the natural world.

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