Why do so many theists persist in telling testimonies that are completely at odds with claims that they were atheists?
I read one such testimony recently where the man telling it made a statement to the effect that he was an atheist because he was too arrogant to bow down before the cross of Christianity. He never actually said he didn’t believe in God, just that he had issues with God and Christianity that were directly related to his narcissistic tendencies.
People just lapped it up, praising him for humbling himself and accepting Jesus. I just wanted to scream “If he was an atheist – I’m the Queen of England!”. Hell, I might still do that. I know what you might be thinking. It’d be rude to challenge someone’s description of themselves like that.
But, here’s the thing. Not following a god for whatever reason is not the same as not believing that such a god exists. It’s like stating you’re for gender equality but want to ban women from certain career tracks because of the vagina issue. You would be guilty of contradicting yourself and it would not be rude to point that out.
It seems to me that these particular theists were never atheists, but merely rebellious believers. It’s like a kid that gets fed up with their parent’s rules and moves out. They don’t quit believing in the literal existence of their parents – they’re just mad or whatever.
Of course, these theists get by with these odd and contradictory stories because of what the religious leaders say about atheists, but that just goes to prove how intellectually challenged they are at the very least.
Any reasonable person should be able to see through the “I was a jackass for Darwin and now I’m a jackass for Jesus” song & dance.
What do you think?