Within certain circles it’s hip to occasionally tweet about your atheism. Over the past couple of days, though, the hash tag #IAmAnAtheistBecause has been trending and atheism tweets galore which makes for some interesting reading.
And there are more where those came from…
Clearly, the hash tag #IAmNotAnAtheistBecause wasn’t the chosen channel of response for theists or agnostics – if any of them knew about it or felt like getting into a bunfight with a
mob flock of (sometimes) angry atheists. The one response that was there at the time though does a nice job of pointing up the flawed logic behind some of the statements:
Some of the #IAmAnAtheistBecause tweets display thoughtful reflection, others less so. Summarising the reason for an important chunk of your worldview in 140 characters is tricky and risky – you may have noticed some had several goes to get the point across.
As I’ve observed previously, popular media and social media rarely do justice to the depth of the debates over meaningful questions like ‘God’, but they can offer a window into popular thought on or, at least perceptions about, religion.
If time allows, it would be interesting to unpack a few of these tweets. Even if you felt you agreed with the sentiment, many are stock responses that have gained popularity, but often don’t stand up under scrutiny.
It seems that ‘atheists’ are also subject to the foibles of human nature and capable of sheep-like behaviour they so often accuse ‘theists’
Anyway, it’s all a bit of fun. Thank you Twitter for these little soap boxes where brevity does sometimes go hand in hand with clarity.