(About a 10 minute read)
As everyone knows, there are more false notions of why atheists become atheists than their are exaggerated tales of sexual prowess in a high school boy’s locker room.
Seems to me one of those ideas — an idea that is popular in some quarters — is to believe that people become atheists to escape any demands a god might put upon them.
But the idea strikes me as flawed. For one thing, it seems to contradict itself: How could someone both not believe in a god, and also feel a need to escape from that god? So far as I can see, that’s a “locker room idea”.
That doesn’t mean it could not happen, but I wonder whether someone who was that slow running of a faucet could properly be said to comprehend well enough what atheism is to actually be called an atheist?