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Anger at God common, even among atheists
January 1st, 2011
12:15 AM ET

Anger at God common, even among atheists

If you're angry at your doctor, your boss, your relative or your spouse, you can probably sit down and have a productive conversation about it. God, on the other hand, is probably not available to chat.

And yet people get angry at God all the time, especially about everyday disappointments, finds a new set of studies in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

It's not just religious folks, either. People unaffiliated with organized religion, atheists and agnostics also report anger toward God either in the past, or anger focused on a hypothetical image - that is, what they imagined God might be like - said lead study author Julie Exline, Case Western Reserve University psychologist.

In studies on college students, atheists and agnostics reported more anger at God during their lifetimes than believers. A separate study also found this pattern among bereaved individuals. This phenomenon is something Exline and colleagues will explore more in future research, which is open to more participants.

It seems that more religious people are less likely to feel angry at God and more likely to see his intentions as well-meaning, Exline's research found.

And younger people tend to be angrier at God than older people, Exline said. She says some of the reasons she's seen people the angriest at God include rejection from preferred colleges and sports injuries preventing high schoolers from competing.

The age difference may have to do with cultural norms, she said. Perhaps previous generations were taught to not question God, whereas younger people today don't have any qualms about it. On the other hand, it might be that as people get older, they learn how to handle these types of feelings better.

Anger at God can strongly resemble feelings you may have against another person, Exline found. God may seem treacherous or cruel when bad things happen, just like another individual might. Your anger may fester even more when there's no good reason for the negative event, such as a natural disaster or a disease, to occur. And strong, longstanding negative emotions of any kind can lead to physical ailments.

Moreover, distress at God is associated with mental health symptoms. Exline and colleagues found that among cancer survivors interviewed once and then again a year later, those who were angry at God at both points in time had the poorest mental and physical health. But the study cannot prove whether anger at God made them feel worse or that feeling worse made them more angry at God.

Just like with people in your life, you can respect and feel anger toward God at the same time. And you can move toward forgiveness by reframing the way you view the negative event: Perhaps God was not responsible for it or that he acted in that way for a reason.

"When people trust that God cares about them and has positive intentions toward them, even if they can’t understand what those intentions or meanings are, it tends to help to resolve anger," she said.

Granted, these studies aren't definitive; they are steps forward in this emerging field of inquiry and not the final word on the subject.

But we see it in the real world, too. Jeff Crim listens to people's anger at God all the time - specifically, people who are dying. He's a chaplain and bereavement coordinator North Star Hospice in Calhoun, Georgia, and has found that it's important to find a way to express your anger at God in order to deal with it.

Expressing anger can be cathartic, and help you move on, but how you do it is deeply personal, Crim said. Crim himself will speak aloud to God, but others find solace in a trusted spiritual leader or other person to confide in about their anger at a higher power.

"What they need is a safe place to express their anger, to know that their anger has been heard and listened to," he said.


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  1. Curtis

    Avoid jumping to the rash conclusion that God somehow wants us to suffer or that he is personally testing us. It is true that suffering can bring out the best in us and that the Bible says that the trials God allows can refine our faith. (Hebrews 5:8; 1 Peter 1:7) Indeed, many people who undergo trialsome or traumatic experiences do become more patient or compassionate. But we should not conclude that their suffering was God's doing. Such thinking does not take God's love and wisdom into account. The Bible plainly states: "When under trial, let no one say: 'I am being tried by God.' For with evil things God cannot be tried nor does he himself try anyone." On the contrary, from God comes "every good gift and every perfect present"!—James 1:13, 17.

    January 7, 2011 at 09:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mike B.

      So this all-powerful god of yours can't stop suffering? If he can't then he's not all powerful. If he CAN then by NOT stopping suffering he is, in effect, allowing suffering to exist. And since he supposedly created everything, including suffering, you can blame it all on him as well (or at least you could if he existed).

      We are both atheists – I just believe in one less god than you.

      January 19, 2011 at 00:58 | Report abuse |
    • Raquel

      God is holy. The Word says He cannot even look on sin (Habakkuk 13:1). We, are sinners, we fall short of God's glory. Because we sin against a Holy, Just, Righteous God, we deserve death. We see God's mercy and grace when He allows us to breath each day. It is easy to get angry at God when you don't know Him or understand His character, but if you study His Word, and realize that He is infinite, all-wise, all-knowing, great, perfect, awesome & flawless, we can see that through the suffering of natural disaster, trials & tribulations, persecution He shows His lovingkindness everyday by not pouring His wrath out on us. Please believe His wrath is worse than anything we've ever been through...

      April 18, 2011 at 17:06 | Report abuse |
    • galapagospete

      That was a great Poe, Raquel! I had to read it twice before I realized it was sarcastic.

      April 7, 2012 at 14:52 | Report abuse |
    • dorianmattar

      What a crock of S*%T!

      We don't see his intentions? LMAO

      What intention would that be? Having preachers rape Thousands of children around the world?

      Yeah, we can see his intentions very clearly.

      SICK

      September 23, 2013 at 14:29 | Report abuse |
    • Robbie Blankenship

      I am about 3 1/2 years late but I just have to say the idea of us Atheists being angry at any god is akin to us being angry at the tooth fairy. Can anyone please tell me how is it possible to be angry at that which does not exist? [insert face palm here]

      September 20, 2014 at 11:59 | Report abuse |
  2. Mark

    What a thoughtful comment.
    I would have to say no thank you.

    January 7, 2011 at 11:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. ctaya

    Karen,

    Most parents love their children, but it is also a common knowledge that there are terrible evil parents, torturing their children to death.

    January 10, 2011 at 03:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. ctaya

    Curtis,
    I am afraid that I have to repeat the following verses:
    Isaiah 45
    6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.
    7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

    January 10, 2011 at 04:01 | Report abuse | Reply
    • fishy

      Check out the Hebrew: the Hebrew for those verses claiming that God "creates evil" are in the permissive tense- an extra tense English lacks. It should be, "I the LORD permit evil."

      February 23, 2011 at 02:11 | Report abuse |
    • ctaya

      fishy, if evil is not created by God, then by whom?
      For Jews, there is no problem, because their religion is monism: everything good or bad, all coming from their God.
      When you insisted on evil does not come from God, then there is something called "evil" not created by your God and coming from somewhere else. It is dualism.

      May 30, 2012 at 10:41 | Report abuse |
  5. Levi

    Atheists don't get mad at God any more than Christians get mad at Zeus or astronomers get mad at the Earth being flat. God is a myth, and while the God idea has done a lot of harm to society (perhaps the study didn't adequately distinguish between the two?), there is no actual God to do harm. People sometimes think atheists are people who just got mad at God, but that makes no sense. Something makes you mad, therefore it doesn't exist? No. If somebody makes me angry, I don't stop believing they exist. Atheists, for the most part, are simply people who realize that the God hypothesis is an extraordinary claim with no reliable evidence to back it up. Atheists also recognize that if there *is* a God, he must be a really really messed up one because the world does not resemble anything close to what a benevolent God would create (what's the point of AIDS, earthquakes, birth defects, cancer, crop failure, and conflicts fueled by religion because God isn't willing to make it obvious to all of humanity which religion is right?)

    January 10, 2011 at 09:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Steve

      Yes Levi, there are mythical gods. Grecians had a god for every act of nature. But there is one true God (upper case G). I would suggest you getting right by him soon.

      February 23, 2011 at 06:27 | Report abuse |
    • Megan

      You have a very interesting point. Being a Christian explains a couple of these things to me though. First, even if you don't agree with the idea of a God, I am sure that you will agree any trial can help us grow and learn. They are not some random bash on us to make sure we fail and suffer. Yes there are hard times, but you can buck up and learn from it, or wallow in your sorrow. God didn't put people on the earth to get a free ride back to heaven. Everyone makes their own choices, and we are free to choose how we act when those trials come. Yes tragic things happen like cancer and tsunamis and all other terrible things. However, the reason we go through these trials is not for us to understand. The only thing we need to worry about, whether you believe in God or not, is how we handle what life throws at us.

      March 9, 2011 at 01:13 | Report abuse |
  6. Jessica

    If an atheist believes in a god figure enough to have anger at it, they are by definition NOT AN ATHEIST.

    January 12, 2011 at 01:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • nellie

      Can't agree with you more. I found the topic of the whole post very funny. The writer seems to be ignorant of the definition of atheists. How can one be angry at something that he/she thinks doesn't exist?
      Also, for an atheists like me, if I were to become religious, which God should I pick? Do I become Christian and deny the existence of Buddah? If I live in a rural area in China where there is no church at all, does it means I will never be saved by God since I'll never have the chance to know Christian?

      May 15, 2011 at 13:44 | Report abuse |
  7. Griff

    If you're angry at a god you're not an atheist. It's as simple as that. Stupid article is bunk.

    January 14, 2011 at 12:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Suzie

    I do not feel angry at Mickey Mouse, Don Quixote, or Tom Sawyer. Why would I feel angry at another fictional character called God.

    January 19, 2011 at 22:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. i'm angry at the easter egg bunny

    This is such a crappy article. I can't believe CNN allowed this on here. It was probably some religious fanatic who doesn't understand atheists who wrote this article. All I can say is I am not angry at the Easter Egg Bunny!!! Who would possibly get angry with the Easter Egg Bunny!!! It's so cute.

    Seriously though, there is no God for me to get mad at, because "God" is non existent. Sorry to break the news kids, Santa Claus does not exist. And if he did exist, he died, just like everyone else who will eventually become a part of the remains in the ground.

    January 26, 2011 at 16:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Trudy

    Some atheists seem to treat and speak of God the way that some Christians treat and speak of humans: poorly. Very interesting how this works.

    February 1, 2011 at 11:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. MCWAY

    T said:

    "Someone said Atheist are a religion. That is simply untrue. While some might think it comforting to believe that everything fits neatly into specific boxes, it does not.
    Atheist are skeptics. They don't need to get together once and week and reaffirm what they don't believe. They don't need support groups to make themselves feel like they are part of a group. They don't need to choose a leader to tell them what they should not believe in.

    This might be very difficult for a believer to understand, but it is the facts. "

    Not quite!! Atheists do, in fact, get together and affirm what they don't believe. Case in point, A Time Magazine article spoke about humanist centers (particularly one in California) which atheists use as a counter to their Christian neighbors going to church.

    "When you have kids," says Julie Willey, a design engineer, "you start to notice that your co-workers or friends have church groups to help teach their kids values and to be able to lean on." So every week, Willey, who was raised Buddhist and says she has never believed in God, and her husband pack their four kids into their blue minivan and head to the Humanist Community Center in Palo Alto, Calif., for atheist Sunday School.

    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1686828,00.html

    Throw in other groups like the American Atheists and the New Jersey Humanist Network, and your claim about atheists not needing support groups to affirm their disbelief goes by the wayside. As for not having chosen a leader, kindly explain the atheists' near-deification of one Charles Darwin (Heck, we see atheists with Darwin "fish" decals on their cars, as a direct poke in the eye to Christians with the Jesus fish on their cars).

    "We are all Atheist when it comes to the wide number of Gods that have been in existence. A Christian is an Atheist towards Thor, Apollo and Zeus. A Buddhist is an Atheist towards a Christian and a jew. If we are skeptical that a certain god exists, then we are an Atheist against that god.

    So no, Atheist are not a religion. That is like saying Pacifist are an Army of non fighters."

    That diatribe is patently false. Claiming that someone is an atheist because he doesn't believe in certain deities is like claiming a woman is childless because of the amount of kids she DOESN'T HAVE. How many kids does a woman need not to be deemed childless?

    Answer: The same as the number of deities one must believe to exist not to be an atheist, ONE!!!!

    February 3, 2011 at 13:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Swizzle

    I respect anybody's belief in anything. Everyone has there agency. But, there is proof that god does exist. I have been called ignorant for having faith, but it makes me truly happy inside. God has his reasons for everything, and it is all part of the plan. Every trial we have makes us stronger, and we can do everything with god's help. But, that is me. I have found what i believe, and everyone can believe what they want.

    February 17, 2011 at 15:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Nondescript

    They seemed to have lumped "atheists and agnostics who have been angry at God in the past" with "atheists and agnostics who are angry at a hypothetical version of God."

    First, of course, being angry at God in the past might have been a trigger for re-examining the belief in the existence of God, and, thus, becoming an atheist or agnostic. That doesn't really translate to being angry at any god now.

    Secondly, they seemed to have focused on the one god named "God" (rather unimaginatively). There are many other gods that atheists and agnostics could hypothetically dislike.

    Thirdly, comparing an atheist or agnostic's dislike of how a fictional character acts, as portrayed, is very different than being actively angry at something that you believe exists. It's apples and oranges. It is like comparing Star Wars nerds with Raelians or Scientologists. It just doesn't make sense.

    February 22, 2011 at 13:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. anonymous

    This is an illogical paradox, if you mad at god you are NOT an athiest.

    February 22, 2011 at 20:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Luke

    I'm not an atheist, I am an anti-theist. I don't get angry at an imaginary character but rather the people who do/say stupid things in the name of said fictional character.

    February 22, 2011 at 21:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. GSBsuper

    Brilliant article. "Even atheists get angry at God."

    This may be the best illustration of "begging the question" I've ever seen in print.

    February 22, 2011 at 22:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. realitypolice

    It is literally impossible for a true atheist to be angry at God. You've got to be a complete and utter fool to even entertain such a notion. One cannot express anger towards something one does not believe exists. It would be like saying I'm angry at bigfoot.
    People who call themselves atheists yet express anger towards God are just disillusioned believers bitter at how much their mythical "God" has crapped on them and retaliating by pretending to deny his existence.

    February 22, 2011 at 22:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Dave Donahue

    MELISSA YOUR ANGRY. NOT AT GOD(because you don't believe in God) but at people that believe in God. WHY??? Did the believers you know ever do you any harm?? I havn't seen a post yet that has any thing to do with God or religion pull so much hate from the so called athiest . Why do they hate so much???? Melissa could you please tell me.

    Dave GOD BLESS YOU ALL

    February 22, 2011 at 23:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. sophie

    You cannot be angry with god if you don't believe in god. stupid, stupid, stupid.

    February 22, 2011 at 23:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Betty

    I think those of you who keep quoting the Bible are just mad at Allah.

    February 23, 2011 at 00:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. sophie

    Hey Dave,

    "Did the believers you know ever do you any harm??"

    Yeah, the "believers" are responsible for 9/11, the death of Yitzhak Rabin, the Crusades, every "holy war" known to man...

    It's the atheists that don't go around killing people over esoteric beliefs. And that, is irrefutable.

    February 23, 2011 at 00:17 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Steve

      Hey Sophie, Don't bundle all Christians together. The "Christians" of 911 were extreme radicals. They make up a small portion of Christianity. You would be amazed at what people do in the name of God.

      February 23, 2011 at 06:42 | Report abuse |
    • AnneMargo

      Really? Perhaps you may want to check your facts there. The only way you can make that claim is to decide that those killed by believers were killed for solely religious reasons, rather than geo-political or philosophical reasons, while the believers killed by atheists (believe me, quite a few, from the French Revolution through Stalinist Russia and beyond) were killed solely for geo-political reasons. It doesn't wash. The fact of the matter is, humans will kill for belief systems, and atheists are just as likely as any other human. All it takes is believing that the people who don't share your belief system are very dangerous people that the world would be better without.

      April 23, 2011 at 15:23 | Report abuse |
  22. fishy

    It's kind of funny, how the comments left on this article by atheists appear to be validating the research results...

    Most of the atheists I know writhe with hatred toward people who have spiritual beliefs, constantly ridicule, harass and threaten them and would butcher worshipers in a heartbeat if it was legal. They're an angry group of people. Observation alone tells me that. I'm more concerned that, once it's legal, they'll act upon those desires.

    February 23, 2011 at 02:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bryce

      Many atheists are not mad at God, but at the church. I am not atheist, but I have come to understand and respect their opinions. indeed, the world would be a much better place if we all listened to and respected each other. i'm fairly certain jesus would want us to actually listen to atheists and treat them equally.

      March 11, 2011 at 18:32 | Report abuse |
  23. Steve

    Let me get this straight. Atheists deny the existence of God yet, they are angry at him?

    February 23, 2011 at 06:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. LTCSTAN

    Talk about an oxymoron. Mad at something you believe doesn't exist? Priceless.

    February 23, 2011 at 09:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Rachel

    IF there is no GOD (Creator) nothing is evil...it just IS; simply the result of actions and interactions of matter/energy. If 'Nature' is all that is, EVERYTHING is natural. All of the stated opinions/feelings just are...there is no good/evil/truefalse.....

    February 23, 2011 at 13:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. BootneckBaz

    Seriously? Is this for real? Why are people still debating on the existance of God. People with imaginary friends normally end up in a straight jacket and are prescribed drugs. Why is it that the majority educated and logical people refuse to believe in a God? Is it because we've looked at the mountain of evidence? Who is angry? and at what? I like many of my logical friends are happy to be without religion because it allows us to get on with our one and only life, learn, breed and teach our offspring not of an ancient manuscript written by primative beings 2000yrs ago. But the wonders of our humble beginnings, the survival of our ancestors and the knowledge gained from scientific research. if anything I am angry at religion for hindering that progress.

    February 23, 2011 at 17:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Kel

    This is misguiding research, one does not need organized religion in there life to be happy. I don't need to be with 'god' to enjoy my life. I'm disappointed in religious groups for insinuating that something must be wrong with a person if they aren't affiliated with an 'appropriate' religion.

    February 23, 2011 at 21:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Banderman

    Here is another question for atheists. Why do atheists rail against and vilify Christians, yet we never hear them say a word about or against the Muslim religion? Atheists might be considered full of baloney.

    February 23, 2011 at 22:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. johnnyb

    The research is fatally flawed – an atheist does not believe in God, and cannot be mad at God since he does not exist.

    February 24, 2011 at 01:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Johnathon

    Who are we but DIRT to be mad at the creator of existence? he should be mad at us for how we act and live our lives. But instead he offers us Eternal life with him, and sent his son to pay a debt he did not owe for us humans. What a mighty god we have. God bless all of us. <3

    February 25, 2011 at 01:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Rosita

    If we use the definition of "atheism" that most dictionaries use, this study makes no sense. How can someone who does not believe that a supernatural being exists be angry at it?

    I suspect the author used a definition of "atheist" that was coined by Christian apologists but rarely, if ever, used by someone who uses the term to describe their current state of non-belief in gods. This special useage has become sufficiently popular among U.S. evangelicals to make its way into some dictionaries which include popular American variants of the English language.

    Evangelical christian doctrine requires that the Faithful believe that an atheist is someone who really believes in their existences of their particular version of god but has wilfully decided to reject him. This allows the Faithful to deny that most of the "new" atheists have reasoned their way out of the religion of their culture.

    Evangelical doctrine also defines an atheist as someone who has little knowledge or interest in the religion of their culture. Hence the ludicrous assertion that is heard from many people who were converted to an evangelical form of Christianity from what is essentially "apa-theism", that they were once an "a-theist".

    Another possible explanation for the contradiction that asserts that someone can feel anger towards something they don't believe exists, if that the non-believer is angry at those who indoctrinated them, angry about the bad things that religion causes, or disgusted with the picture of the Jewish-Christian god that is actually painted in the books of the Jewish scriptures and the various canons of the Christian Bible.

    Another possibility is that people who have lost their religious beliefs may be the only ones whose recall of their previous beliefs is accurate. The phenomenon of Cognitive Dissonance would likely prevent continuing Believers from remembering or honestly admitting to being angry with the god they continue to believe in for failing to live up their expectations of what a god should be. There is no indication that the "research" controlled for this factor or even identified it as a probable contaminent.

    Conclusion: the research is fatally flawed and its conclusions should be dismissed as invalid.

    March 5, 2011 at 22:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. MaryAbigail

    Sometimes when something bad happens to us, when things don't go as we want, when we've been abused by someone, when we are not treated with respect and dignity, when we are suffering from a terminal illness, when we feel lost and alone, there could be many reasons for us to be angry at God but it's a very natural feeling because we are humans, we are not perfect and I know that God understands our nature since he created us.

    March 10, 2011 at 20:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Justin

    To the author of this blog article: I suggest you use a dictionary and look up what the word "theist" means. Next, by using the rules of language, realize what the "a" prefix does to the word "theist", further reinforced by additional research into how a prefix like that is used. You should then look up "atheist".

    Please, if you want to make contributions to society, do so without logical fallacies like Strawmen, or at the very least with a fair understanding of the topic you are addressing.

    The failure here will only make a mockery out of the author, so I suggest more care is taken to avoid future embarrassment.

    March 11, 2011 at 17:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Cassie

    There is no reason to be mad at something that does not exist in the first place.

    March 14, 2011 at 16:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Dominique

    Wow-atheists sure get angry at being accused of being angry at God-Lol! What a vicious circle-cool-at least now yall can be called to task when you get angry-I love it!!! When we get angry its-'Hypocrite!!!' Now, when yall get angry, its gonna be-"Its alright to be angry with God, why don't you confess that to Him." Go CNN-can't believe Yall let that one slide.

    March 15, 2011 at 22:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Skip Guinness

    IIt isnt easy to have a relationship with God. Here's one unmotivated man's story: Skippy GUinness Learns How to Pray http://skippyguinnesslearns.blogspot.com/

    April 16, 2011 at 07:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. faleela

    If you are mad at God, you're not an Atheist. Palm and Faceplant

    April 19, 2011 at 21:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Robert

    I am not an atheist. I fall into the realm of "spiritual but not religious". Religions were created by man for various reasons including greed and power. Everything that man has had a hand in seems to go bad at some point. I have to admit that even the Bible (as we know it), was written down by man, edited by man (multiple books excluded – 61 of them- in 325 AD at the Council of Nicaea), and the words have been changed by man – look at how many versions that we have.

    There is no way in which natural phenomea could have caused the "heavens and earth" to arise out of completely nothing. No matter, no energy, no particles of any sort – complete nothingness.

    April 20, 2011 at 10:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Tony

    If an aethiest does not believe in the existence of God then how can they be mad at God? (Food for thought)

    April 21, 2011 at 08:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Amj

    Ok gus,I am ready to believe in God and religion.But will some one please tell me which god to believe in.Christian God, Islamic God or Hindu God.
    choosing a religion is like bluffing .If you pick the right religion you may get to live in heaven else you go to hell.
    If God loved us sooo much he would have created a single religion, and he would have fried all the wrong teachers and false prophets.
    If any believer has a logical explanation for this problem please share it.

    April 24, 2011 at 13:18 | Report abuse | Reply
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    August 27, 2011 at 11:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Udaybhanu Chitrakar

    Some people believe that there is a God who is eternal. Some people believe that there are eternal laws of science.
    In whichever way belief is defended, belief remains a belief.
    One belief-system (God) has been merely replaced by another belief-system (laws of science).

    A joke:

    In olden-golden days the saying was: When there was nothing, there was God. When there will be nothing again, there will still be God.
    But then came the scientists and changed everything. The above saying also changed to this: When there was nothing, there were quantum laws. When there will be nothing again, there will still be quantum laws.
    These quantum laws are spaceless, timeless, changeless, all-pervading, eternal, unborn, uncreated and immaterial. Only that these laws lack consciousness. In every other respect they are just like God.
    These quantum laws are spaceless, timeless and immaterial, because when there was no space, no time and no matter, there were still these quantum laws. (Alexander Vilenkin’s model)
    These quantum laws are all-pervading, because these laws act equally everywhere.
    These quantum laws are scientists' God.
    Amen.

    N.B. Scientists will have a nervous break-down if some day they come to know that quantum laws are not eternal.

    September 2, 2011 at 14:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. STEPHANIE

    This is a Brilliant Article.This goes to show that all the trolling that happens online in the form of comments,questions asked and answered by atheist are NOT being ignored.Atheist you have asked to be heard: You HAVE been heard and this writer took you down a few notches.The reason your mad @ G-d? Because you know He's above You and You don't like it!

    September 9, 2011 at 09:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. J.E.B.

    If this Goddy-boy is so all-powerful, why doesn't he answer some prayers? It sure seems like Satan has more power than this God character. It seems like all the good things happen to BAD people, and bad things happen to GOOD people, and then he never answers any prayers. I think if he can't do his job, maybe he should let somebody else be God for awhile.

    September 11, 2011 at 03:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • galapagospete

      Yes, exactly why *does* hate amputees? He's (supposedly; according to god worshipers) always curing (some few) people who have cancer, but he *never* heals amputees.

      April 7, 2012 at 14:57 | Report abuse |
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  46. AverageJoe

    Atheists, Christians, whatever. Could you all just go to war and kill each other off so people like me who think both sides are stupid can go on with our lives without having to hear you two complain?

    January 13, 2012 at 15:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • galapagospete

      You first, Sparky.

      April 7, 2012 at 14:54 | Report abuse |
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