Atheists withdraw into themselves when they reject belief. They throw out the magic and wonder along with the baby and the bath water.
Here is a take on belief that none of the posters here have considered.
James Jagadeesan
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No, we don’t.

I am not taking personal offense to this (I don’t call theists dumb, so don’t call us blind) simply because I suspect you have not seen atheists wonder with joy in their eyes, so I truly would like to send you on a YouTube journey.

Hear DeGrasse Tyson or Krauss talk about the cosmos, hear Dawkins talk about biology, hear Dennett or Pinker talk about the mind and the brain, just to name a few from the top of my head.

None of them are reduced to be coldly analytical about their subject, all of them marvel in the “wonders" that they see within their fields, and are more than able to relay that feeling to and inspire that feeling in the listener.

It must be a poor poet that falls silent when he finds out that the sun is actually a massive sphere of hydrogen fusing into helium. - Richard Feynmann

Being blind to the wonders of the world does not stem from atheism, the same as theism isn’t its safeguard.


By your logic one could very well argue the opposite — believing that the world was given to you as is, created and directed, cuts off all wondering about its contents. God did it, for its own reason. End of story.

You may wonder about gods intentions or motivations with this or that, but belief, and its attached dogmas, more often inhibit inquiry than not, because the ultimate answer to everything is presumably already given. God did it, for its reasons, which are more often than not not for you to question.

Faith is a virtue.

Tell me how that kind of thinking does not stifle wonder. Claiming knowledge in the face of ignorance or absence of the facts, raised on a pedestal.


And belief does not transcend reason, it claims to supersede it while being factually opposed to it by replacing the reason to wonder with the claim that any answer is better than not being able to claim certainty.

Atheists are contempt with simply having to wonder about things we do not know (yet), and are able to embrace the wonder that is presented even in the things that are known, precisely because the answer does not stop you from engaging it with all your faculties.

Belief is being contempt with knowing that the answer you have found is not actually correct (since otherwise belief would not be required), so you can stop wondering, because not knowing seems to cause discomfort so great that having any answer is preferable, logic and reason be damned and scoffed at.


I would also like to invite you to look up Pascal’s Wager and it’s inherent flaws, since this is what you are mirroring with your advice to just “try believing".

Matt Dillahunty created a truly great video discussing this and its surprisingly many variations, which I feel obliged to link here — take a look (core of the argument relevant to to this starts at 8:45), I promise it’s not a nefarious atheist trap/bait and switch.

(And please excuse rambling/bad formatting as my PC died yesterday and I am typing this on a smartphone, and I can’t write a short text to safe my life. Will try to do do better next time.)

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