I was watching some of these off-topics that always come up in various forums and communities on the Internet, that always begin with an atheist posting something about churches, Pastors, priests or the like at the most inappropriate possible. Inevitably this ends up generating discussions (or flames) almost nucna change the opinion of any involved. In one of these discussions I observed that one of the atheists put a link to a video of a program called The Atheist Experience, a TV show atheists directed to non-atheists, where they answer calls from non-atheists and try to convince them that God does not exist. Can you understand such a thing?
I immediately remembered a phrase I read in a bright text of José Barbosa Junior in Believing and Thinking, he said:
Now, I believe that if something does not exist, pra that lutar against? Never went hunting sacis and mules-without-head, and no need to write such books as "Sacis, Delusion ", but that is not the subject of this "conversation".
Unfortunately he did not deepen the theme, so I decided to do it here at Skooter Blog, with my point of view:
Consider the following:
Huey is a Christian guy, he tries to convince others to accept Jesus also, which is perfectly understandable, since this is one of the tasks that were given to Christians.
If Huey is wrong and God does not exist, everyone will die and turn meal worms, logo will not make any difference what he did.
But if Huey is right and God exists, he will save some souls from hell, including his, his mission here on earth was fulfilled and he will receive his reward in the Kingdom of God.
Zézinho atheist is a guy, he hates “believer” and try to convince other people to be atheists too, do not know why this, and probably he did not, but we continue.
If Zézinho is right and God does not exist, it made no difference, since everyone will die and become food for worms in the same way, both Christians and atheists.
But if Zézinho'm wrong and God exists, he goes to hell with all that he managed to convince the atheists are also.
Note that I am not using Pascal's Wager (I discovered that someone had thought of it before me) as an argument to convince you to be a Christian, because atheists will argue that there are other religions with other “Gods” and other punishments and rewards, although they themselves do not believe in them and most not be exclusivist. Furthermore, think practically impossible to choose Christianity based only on logic and no faith. Then you can eliminate the “It” assumptions and just let the Christian point of view to the Christian subject, the atheist point of view to the subject atheist, and the point of view of any other religion to a third person that I will invent, so we will check the motivations of each, and there have:
Huey is a Christian guy, he tries to convince others to accept Jesus also, because this was the mission that Jesus left him and he believes it will be rewarded for it in the Kingdom of God.
Huey has a purpose, a motivation, to try to convince others.
Louie is a guy who believes in God unicorn, he tries to convince others to believe in God after death unicorn because he receives a bullet Juquinha for each person who convinced.
Louie also has a motivation and a purpose, it can be completely wrong, but following what is believed.
Zézinho atheist is a guy, he hates “believer” and try to convince other people to be atheists too, He does this because… hmmm, because… why even?
The atheist who is trying to convince the Christian, buddhist, Mormon, etc. to change his mind never win anything, after all he does not believe in rewards or punishments.
Until the terrorist who commits suicide to murder other people have a motivation for this (the do not know how many virgins in paradise), based on his belief. But then what motivates these atheists? If he does not believe anything, if he does not believe it gets any reward or punishment for what he wants so much to convince everyone that God does not exist?
Returning to the line of thought of José Barbosa: I do not believe in unicorns, but if you tell me what they are I will not try to convince you otherwise, will not change anything in my life to convince you that unicorns do not exist, I will not throw the book “Unicorns, Delusion”, and certainly will not do a TV show to try to convince people who believe in unicorns that they do not exist. Unless, é clear, I'm making enough money with this program or from the sale of books, but be willing to take care of other people's money is usually atheist argument, then this issue will not go.
I conclude the article with no answer to the title question: Why do atheists want to convince others that God does not exist?
If anyone knows the answer, leave a comment.