“I don’t know” is a perfectly reasonable answer to some questions theists ask atheists

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Agree with you 100%. I always really enjoy telling them I don’t know because it demonstrates to them that some people are comfortable with uncertainty, which many people are not. My favorite is “well what do you think happens to you when you die” and when you tell them you don’t know they usually get very uncomfortable and say something that they “need to” believe that there is an afterlife or something. When I continue to press that I don’t know I usually follow it up with the fact that I would rather be honest with myself and live with that unknown than tell myself an obvious lie about being reunited with all my dead loved ones just to make myself feel better. People are SO uncomfortable with uncertainty!

srddave

“I don’t know” doesn’t mean “therefore god.”

FlyingSquid

This is known as the “god of the gaps”, and I take comfort in knowing as science expands, deism contracts. Imagine how many questions could only be answered “because of the gods” two thousand years ago, two hundred years ago.

sonofabutch

Militant agnostic: I don’t know, and neither do you. 🙂

CreatureOfPrometheus

The problem is that most major religions teach that they have all the answers. To the religious mindset, saying I don’t know is an admission that your beliefs are faulty.

dudleydidwrong