Would you kill for atheism?

(This is the 5th question in Brett Keane’s Atheist Challenge)

Would you kill for atheism?

I cannot imagine a situation where my lack of belief in a god would require me to kill another living being. I wouldn’t kill for my lack of belief in Bigfoot, leprechauns, magic(k), psychic powers, numerology, or astrology, either.

I would kill as an absolute last result in defense of myself or others, and that’s about it.

So, I guess the simple answer is no.


6 Responses to “Would you kill for atheism?”

  1. 1 Mark
    December 30, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    That’s the wrong question. The question should be, would you die for your religious beliefs?

  2. 3 Katy
    December 31, 2009 at 12:02 am

    I’ve really been enjoying your answers to Brett Keane’s questions. So many sites I’ve found that are devoted to atheism are just as angry and preachy as the religious sites they condemn. Your blog is a real attempt at communication between believers and non-believers- so thank you for that!

  3. 5 D G Pomerhn, Jr.
    January 1, 2010 at 12:21 am

    Oh, oh, oh!! Question, please!

    Where do you get the idea that killing (with the exception of self-defense) is wrong?

    Darwinian evolution says that we should eliminate the competition – so we don’t have this intrinsically inside ourselves…so where does the moral concept come from…hmmm?

    Interested in your answer. I agree with you, about not killing others over differences of belief, by the way. Good one on you!


    • 6 funandprophet
      January 2, 2010 at 7:20 am

      Thanks for the question! I’m getting such a great response to the blog that I’ve decided to field the questions that I get in comments into a full post. That will make them more visible, and hopefully inspire more conversation. I’ll post this one soon. Thanks again!

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I am an atheist, a person who does not believe in the existence of any gods.

Many people don't know a lot about atheists, and have questions about them. In this blog, I do my best to answer them, to help build an understanding between atheists and theists.

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