F.A.Q.

Q-What is Auraria Campus Atheists (ACA)?
A- The Auraria Campus Atheists student organization is dedicated to working for the civil rights of Atheists, promoting separation of church and state, educating the public and changing their perception about Atheists, Atheism and non-belief in general. We are committed to erasing the social taboo of challenging any theistic belief. We also advocate the the application of reason, logic and personal responsibility in all circumstances. We also openly promote of the usefulness of the scientific method. We do all of this in an effort to better the society in which we inhabit, including, but not limited to, the Auraria Campus. We are compelled to pursue these ideals with the utmost professionalism, respect and assiduousness. The faculties’ endowed upon us by Natural Selection, and the application thereof, have inclined us to promote the advancement of reason in all facets of life for every human being.

Q- What if you’re wrong?
A- This question is hardly original, but it is worth answering. Typically, it is the question used to propose Pascal’s Wager, otherwise known as Pascal’s gambit wherein it is suggested that by being an atheist one is risking to lose everything, and, that by being a believer, one is risking to lose essentially nothing and could gain everything. It was originally conceived by 17th century philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal. The full version goes like this:

  1. “God is, or He is not”
  2. A Game is being played… where heads or tails will turn up.
  3. According to reason, you can defend neither of the propositions.
  4. You must wager. It is not optional.
  5. Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wagering that God is. Let us estimate these two chances. If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing.
  6. Wager, then, without hesitation that He is. (…) There is here an infinity of an infinitely happy life to gain, a chance of gain against a finite number of chances of loss, and what you stake is finite. And so our proposition is of infinite force, when there is the finite to stake in a game where there are equal risks of gain and of loss, and the infinite to gain.”

He theorized that if you believe in the Christian god you have nothing to lose by being wrong, however his argument has several basic flaws. First, one must be sure they’ve picked the right god to believe in.There are thousands of gods that have been worshiped in the course of humanity and many, if not all require, that you believe in them above any other. So if you hold Jesus above Mohammad, you are risking hell, and vice versa. The easiest answer to the question “What if you’re wrong?” is “What if you’re wrong?”Additionally, any god that is all knowing would know that we’ve chosen to believe in a god simply as an insurance plan, this god(s) would know our belief wasn’t genuine as one can’t force himself to believe something that he doesn’t think is true. Also, Pascal’s wager suffers another major weakness, as he presumes that if he’s wrong to be a Christian he has lost nothing. However, the fact is he is risking to lose everything, since if we are in fact correct about the lack of existence of god(s), he has spent the only life he has, living believing in a falsity! As a theist, you don’t believe in thousands of gods, like us at Auraria Campus Atheists, you see no reason to believe in Mithras or Zeus; you are, technically speaking, an atheist towards all of those gods. When you realize why you don’t believe in all of those gods, you will realize why we don’t believe in yours.

Q- Do you hate god? Do you hate Christians?
A- Of course not. How can you hate something that in all likelihood does not exist? You would be hard pressed to find something we actually hate. Many atheists recognize that people are brainwashed and indoctrinated into religious belief at an early age and we aren’t mad at them for it. Obviously it’s upsetting to see the obvious, and to realize that our 80% of the world doesn’t, but we don’t hate that. We dislike severely the extreme negative effects that religion has had on the world, and speak up against religious belief because it is the biggest danger in the world. We don’t hate Christians either, in fact we love Christians just as we love all humans and other animal life on this planet. If we didn’t love Christians we would selfishly devote our lives to ourselves instead of challenging you to examine your beliefs.

Q- You guys are going about this wrong; you need to respect other people’s beliefs!
A- If you truly believed that then how about sucking up your hypocrisy and realize you just disrespected my beliefs. I believe that when a friend or someone I care about believes in superstitious nonsense, I should speak up and help he/she overcome it. I believe that if I don’t do that, I in fact am being very disrespectful and selfish. So next time you tell someone to respect other peoples beliefs take heed to note that you are likely disrespecting theirs.

Q- Why don’t you guys focus on Islam?
A- Often Christians will threaten us and tell us to focus on Islam for several reasons.
1. They haven’t read our site enough to realize we do in fact focus on Islam.
2. They want to take an opportunity to call us cowards, threaten us, demean us, and tell us we’re picking an easy target.
3. They will do or say anything to wipe the problems with their god under the rug and divert our attention to something else.

Here’s the truth, we focus on ALL beliefs that require one to accept a claim based on faith. This includes ALL gods believed in on Earth today and a host of other claims. For example the moronic claim that this is a nation founded on Christian principle, which has bounds and bounds of evidence against it and none for it, is a claim based on faith, and one we confront as often as possible. We tend to focus on Christianity more often because it’s mostly Christians who write us and ask to come on our show, we live in a society heavily plagued by Christian superstition, and we all grew up Christian so it’s what we’re most familiar with.

Q- Do you think Christians are stupid?
A- No. Some are, but some atheists are as well. We choose our words very carefully, and believe that a better word to sum up religious belief is- irrational. While to an outsider it might seem as if you must be stupid to believe the claims in the Quran and Bible without proof, we understand that brainwashing at an early age can cause even the brightest of
individuals to believe some of the most nonsensical silliness the world has ever known.

Q-How can the universe come from nothing? Where did life come from?

A- Many theists might get a kick out of this – we don’t know. Sure, scientists have conjectures on the matter, but as you know, science is not an enterprise that proves things in the positive. Now does this mean that god(s) are an explanation? Possibly yes, but be careful not to assert that god(s) are neccessarily behind processes that are not understood or known. To do so would be falling into a God-of-the-gaps argument. To say that because scientists are unable to describe with confidence the process of abiogenesis (life from non-living material) does not give you the ability to announce that god(s) are the only possible explanation. It is inadvisable not only because that could make the arguer into a fool in the instance where robust theoretical models are utilized to explain current facts and are used to predict instances in the future, but it is also using god(s) as a sort of sloppy intellectual filler. Which, when considered, is somewhat disrespectful to the deity you are casually invoking. Since, if god(s) are not the explanation for a particular process in nature, the invokation of god(s) to quickly describe the process is in all actuality a profession of equivalent ignorance.

Q-Could you be wrong? I hear that atheists are proud and arrogant.

A- Of course we could be wrong. Atheism is not a dedicated way of life; open-mindedness is an intellectual aspect that many of us share with an endearing sense of pride. Now, there are certainly exceptions. There certainly could be dogmatic, closed-minded atheists milling about, however, the very term dogmatic atheist is about as sensible to an atheist as the term pedophile priest is sensible to any decent Christian (they certainly exist, but their numbers are inversely proportional to the proportion of distaste we cultivate when considering their existence). This being said, most atheists are happily tentative in their beliefs; discussion and conversation is critical to developing understanding. Being proven wrong, though unpleasant like failure, helps individuals such as ourselves to move forward in our thinking. Humility is one of the most important elements in learning, and many atheists are interested in learning. For most atheists, it was curiosity that broke our faith, not arrogance or a desire to sin, etc.

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