So you are saying in order to be an Atheist you need no maturity, no intelligence, no intellect, no reasoning skills, no comprehension, no aptitude, no education, no learning, no reading and writing skills, no understanding, no capacity to understand.<quoted text>
consider that ALL babies are atheists.
However, there is no getting around the simple truth of it: all babies are atheists. How could it be otherwise?
In fact, all children are atheists until they reach an age where they can truly understand religious doctrine, which will mean well into their teens.
Children can mimic their parents in prayer, for example, by closing their eyes and clasping their hands together, and repeating some words that they dont understand. Of course even toddler-praying cant happen until a child reaches the age of speech.
Beyond praying though, there is so much more to consider when parents proclaim that their little ones are Christian or Jewish or Hindu or Muslim and so on.
To say that someone is "Christian" is to say that the someone understands:
(1) the story of the life of Jesus as told in the Bible;
(2) the concepts of heaven and hell;
(3) the concept of "faith" in an invisible entity;
(6) the Triune God and
With all this complicated theology in mind, picture a 5-month-old infant contentedly filling her diaper, and try to convince anyone that she understands all of the above.
If she does not, she is not a Christian. I dont care how much water you sprinkle on her head, or how many magical words you recite over her as she howls in a church, she doesnt have the foggiest idea about any of it.
Which means she cannot be a Christian.
The identical analogy applies to all religions.
"Out of all of the sects in the world, we notice an uncanny coincidence: the overwhelming majority just happen to choose the one that their parents belong to. Not the sect that has the best evidence in its favour, the best miracles, the best moral code, the best cathedral, the best stained glass, the best music: when it comes to choosing from the smorgasbord of available religions, their potential virtues seem to count for nothing, compared to the matter of heredity. This is an unmistakable fact; nobody could seriously deny it. Yet people with full knowledge of the arbitrary nature of this heredity, somehow manage to go on believing in their religion, often with such fanaticism that they are prepared to murder people who follow a different one."
This analogy cracks me up. That means a pile of horse sh*t is an Atheist because it meets the same criteria. You dont have to have sh*t for brains to be an Atheist. A freaking tree stump qualifies to be an Atheist.
That analogy always cracks me up.