We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"Does the Tooth Fairy believe in Atheists?" Joe Carter takes a look at the four varieties of atheism. My view is that every believer is part atheist, and that faith waxes and wanes. Perfect faith was even elusive, for a moment, for Christ on the cross.
"You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Is that the demand which got Jesus killed? It Takes a Church
Pastors have human flaws, are rarely Christ-like, and are frequently sinful in their actions. (h/t, Smart Christian). One commenter to that piece at An Authentic Life makes this excellent observation:
I think a lot of it is the fault of the evolved church community to place the responsibility, and thus the blame, for the spiritual health of the church community solely on the "pastor." I spent too long in a mainline beaurocracy where we put all the responsibility for leadership, worship, shepherding, and administration of a 1200 member "church" onto one man. Sure, we had a board of directors and elders, but realistically, we willingly abdicate all responsibility onto him (unless we don't like the color of the carpet). Now, I attend a church community where the building takes second-place to the people, and the pastor refuses to be call "pastor" because he places the responsibility for "being Christ" on all of us equally. We all have a responsibility to sharing the gospel, reaching out to our neighbors, and ministering to the sick and lonely. I no longer get the easy "out", but my life has been richer for the experience.
what if you just don't believe in God? I haven't had any mystical happenings or rational excuses on the tip of my tongue.
People of Faith tend to think that if you have no such belief that you are automatically opposed to Faith. As in: you don't believe because you don't believe US, or the word as people of faith do.
I like people of faith, they are good people with morals. Much better than bad people with no morals. I just always see the argument as "why are atheists anti-religion". Not all of us think about religion that much. Too busy being me I guess.
And as I have said before, rabid-Anti-religionists should not be confused with Atheists. That's like calling all Muslims terrorists.