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. anonymous

    It's hard to be angry at God when you lack belief in God. That would be like me being angry at Santa, pink unicorns, or the tooth fairy. Ludicrous. I did not become an atheist due to anger at God. I realized that God does not answer prayers or heal amputees b/c he is imaginary. There probably is no God or afterlife so we may as well stop worrying. I decided I can be good without God. So I stopped believing.

    January 1, 2011 at 02:24 | Report abuse | Reply
    • anonymous

      I can totally understand how you feel, but I can also understand people being mad at God who consider themselves agnostics or atheists. I think sometimes certain people quit believing in God b/c something bad has happened and they are mad. So, in essence, they may still, at some level, believe in God but don't want to. For those who truly do not believe, this is not even a concern.

      January 1, 2011 at 09:07 | Report abuse |
    • Cory

      In response to the first anonymous: I understand what you mean, but I am also sad that is how you have come to your conclusion that there is no God. You have come to a conclusion that God doesn't exist based upon him not complying to the requests you have made of Him. God is God, and we are not. He chooses his reply to our requests and we do not choose His replies. The same way a parent will deny a child his second soda of the day, for that child's health benefit. For some reason, obviously I do not know, God has denied that amputee to be healed and has chosen not to answer your prayers or the prayers of others because He does not see them fit to be answered.

      In Scripture this is seen Matthew 13:58 "And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith." There are other places in the Gospels that Jesus refrained from performing miracles, i.e. answering prayers, and healing amputees, because he said their generation was a wicked and perverse generation and they only sought miracles from Him and not eternal life. This is a classic response to God. We don't understand Him or His Son, Jesus Christ, or the working of His Spirit, The Holy Spirit, and we begin to lose zeal and faith of an all powerful God that we feel has failed us.

      If you are an Atheist, then so be it, but you did say, "There probably is no God or afterlife," and that scares me. I hope it scares you too, because if you are wrong you are waging a price that you or no one else can bare. Although, if I am wrong then we end up with the same end and the same reward whatever that may be. Based on this truth, you are risking everything on a mere belief that God doesn't exist simply because his lack of response to you during various times in your life. The Bible's command to us is to seek God first and His righteousness and all the other things in life will fall into place, but they will do so the way He intends them to. My hope is that you come to know Jesus Christ as the Son of God and your personal savior. Be blessed.

      January 1, 2011 at 12:07 | Report abuse |
    • anonymous

      It can be hard to know whether to believe in God without any hard evidence. If at all curious, consider checking out the remarkable stories in the book "Compelled by Love" by Heidi Baker. I read this book recently and found it to be life changing. It contains amazing stories of modern day miracles taking place in Mozambique. Sometimes the blind really do see again, the deaf hear, and the dead are raised...in dramatic ways very difficult to explain away by placebo effects. Belief in God might not seem like quite such a stretch after reading stories like these.

      January 1, 2011 at 17:38 | Report abuse |
    • JDK

      Cory – you assume that there are two choices: believing in the Christian god and not believing in the Christian god. But, there are many people out there who believe in other gods.What if they are right and you are wrong? That is the thing about religion. Believers in a particular religion think the choice is their religion or nothing, and it's just not that way.

      January 3, 2011 at 08:37 | Report abuse |
    • JPopNC

      When I read "There probably is no God or afterlife so we may as well stop worrying" in your reply I thought of an old Blood, Sweat, and Tears song that goes "I swear there ain't no heaven and I pray there ain't no hell". People can think what they want about God or heaven, but when you find out that God does indeed exist, your time for worrying will be past.

      My suggestion (and prayer) for you would be to read the Bible in ernest, not cynically like the majority of atheist do (just to use it in arguement sake). I believe you'll find a lot of merit there.

      May God bless you and keep you this new year.

      January 3, 2011 at 09:27 | Report abuse |
    • Shaunathan

      Like C.S. Lewis was, many atheists are angry with God for not existing.

      January 3, 2011 at 09:34 | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      @Cory, as JDK mentioned, Pascal's Wager fails pretty easily when you take into account the thousands of gods humans have worshipped. The following quote attributed (possibly questionably from what I could find) to Marcus Aurelius pretty much sums up my stance on it.

      “Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

      A god that would punish me eternally for doing nothing wrong but using my intellect and coming to a rational position of non-belief IMO isn't worth worshipping in the first place. Most of us wouldn't tolerate a national leader who acted like that. Why do so many people not only tolerate deities who acted like that, but glorify them and convince others to join? Can you imagine what would happen if the president started arbitrarily jailing and torturing people who weren't in his party? It's happened before and history hasn't cast a real shining light on the perpetrators.

      @the last anonymous, modern day miracles....in Mozambique? Really!? Now why do you think those same miracles aren't happening in modern western nations with modern medicine and double blind studies to verify them rather than in a mostly agrarian society with a somewhat poor and uneducated populace?

      January 3, 2011 at 09:47 | Report abuse |
    • Tina

      Cory– in response to what you wrote "God has chosen not to answer your prayers or the prayers of others because He does not see them fit to be answered"– I actually disagree. The bible says that He hears us all, and sometimes his answer IS no. No I won't heal you; No, not now; No, for I have a plan..." I think that sometimes we think that "no" means he's not answering our prayers, and that only a "yes" is an answer. I have to honestly confess that I sometimes look back over previous prayer request where I thought God wasn't going to answer, and realized that he did, I just didn't see it because it wasn't what I wanted.

      January 3, 2011 at 10:18 | Report abuse |
    • Gregory

      There are times when I wish I could belive in a god of some kind, just so that I could be angry at it. But I don't, so I can't. 🙂

      January 3, 2011 at 10:56 | Report abuse |
    • THX

      I think your use of Santa and the Tooth Fairy are great examples. A true atheist puts God in the same category as these things and wouldn't blame them for anything. Someone who can get angry at God (or Santa or Zeus or unicorns) is someone who truly believes in the idea, regardless of what they say.

      January 3, 2011 at 11:05 | Report abuse |
    • Greg B.(to distinguish myself from other Greg's)


      I have been there, and I am sure I will be there again. I also want to point out that when you realize how God answered the prayer, although it is later and in a different way than what you wanted or expected, it is often much better for you.

      January 3, 2011 at 11:11 | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      To everyone who believed in "god" you have to ask yourself the following question why does evil exist? Has religion ever proven without a doubt there is a god or gods? No. Has science proven without a doubt that there is no god or gods? Again No. A better choice is Apatheism. Science or religion have never proven their points and probably never will. If so-called god exists then he/she/it appears unconcerned with human events. Everything that takes place in the world can be attributed to natural events. Is it not better to live your life as a good person. No one knows what comes after death, but I guarantee that one day everyone will find out. It is the only absolute in life, well death and taxes.

      January 3, 2011 at 11:16 | Report abuse |
    • T

      "In studies on college students, atheists and agnostics reported more anger at God during their lifetimes than believers". This is a curious statement by the author of this report. Why would a skeptic of god, have anger toward god. Wouldn't they have to believe in god to allow it to affect his or her emotions. I believe this statement was put in by the author to evoke some negative portrait of a nonbeliever. Why else would this even be included.
      If you asked any atheist how god made them feel, they would tell you they don't believe in a god. There would be no anger or happiness or any kind of feeling. If they were they were to ask the author of this article if Zeus made him angry during, he would probably chuckle and say "of course not". This is because he is an atheist towards Zeus. We are all Atheists against the gods we don't believe in. We don't get made a Apollo or Thor do we? I don't get made at Allah or Buddha either. Why? Because I don't believe in them.
      My 12 year old son understands this, why can't most Americans?

      January 3, 2011 at 11:17 | Report abuse |
    • esmiranda

      I can understand being mad about God not healing people, or not providing what is needed. But God never claimed to be a sugar daddy who remedies all of lifes ills. I used to get mad too, the same way I got mad at my parents as a child when life was unfair. So, atheists are mad at someone they don't believe exists, except unlike agnostics and some religious people, athesists spend a lot of time and energy talking quite passionately about something they don't believe in. It is sad, really, and kind of nonsensical that you probably talk and think about something you don't believe in, in a way that doesn't seem to make you happy at all. Atheists disbelief only seems to antagonize them, and they have to vent to pass that antagonism on to others. No thanks, I believe. That's all, I'm confident in my beliefs, and as such, I don't need validation or concurrence from any fallible humans. I'm good with God.

      January 3, 2011 at 11:21 | Report abuse |
    • justincase

      I have a hard time believing this author really did anything to support his opinion piece here. I know plenty of atheists and have never heard them rail against god for the things gone wrong in their lives, including lossing a loved one. I am best described as a agnostic pagan meaning; I believe there may be powers we do not understand in the universe, but I believe they are many and can be attributed to both male and female essences. I have never since rooting myself in this belief system have ever railed at the Christian god or the the god of abraham in any way. I have railed against the Bible, Koran and Torah for inciting violence and intolerance in the world. This to me has nothing to do with a spritual presence described by monothiests as "god". These scriptures are the scriptures of man nothing more. though they claim to be inspired or directed by god. Other holy text's I have far less problem with such as the Tao, Buddhist pratices and wiccan principles because at their core is self accountability for what is done and written. So this article fails in so many ways from my perspective.

      January 3, 2011 at 11:24 | Report abuse |
    • Greg B.(to distinguish myself from other Greg's)


      opposite side of the coin here... I can expain away with science most of the things in this world and universe. I'm an engineer so I like to think I understand the basic physics of the universe and the statistical probabilities involved with the creation of the world, our solar system / galaxy / universe. But even with that knowledge, it really comes down to the beauty of the all the things above, and the beauty of humans that just makes me think that it can't be random. That, is the foundation of why I believe.

      January 3, 2011 at 11:25 | Report abuse |
    • SP Mayor

      I just read a report that suggested the whole concept of good/bad and morality even at the human level only, for an atheist or agnostic, has to presume there is a God into order for the moral concepts of good and bad to exist. The very nature of the anger requires that 'something' be identified as the cause or solution/preventer of the harm that has angered someone. In many instances, by acknowledging the non-existant God as the recipient of our anger atheists and agnostics counter-intuitively essentially acknowledge that a God exists.

      January 3, 2011 at 11:33 | Report abuse |
    • JOhn

      What? AtheistS angry at God? Come on!!! I'm a very happy Atheist and have never once pointed the finger at the big magical sky being..... that's KINDA THE POINT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      January 3, 2011 at 11:36 | Report abuse |
    • scheebs

      God is an evil kid, frying ants in a sandbox with a magnifying glass.
      Why would anyone want to believe in that?

      January 3, 2011 at 11:37 | Report abuse |
    • Glenn


      Prayer is no help based on most unbiased studies. This study is the best conducted to date. If you give god praise for saving someone from cancer or a bad accident make sure you give him the credit for all the people who die also.

      January 3, 2011 at 11:37 | Report abuse |
    • Me

      I guess we'll just see about that, won't we?

      January 3, 2011 at 11:38 | Report abuse |
    • ASSASSINews

      I think the article is flawed in that it cites college level atheists/agnostics being angry at God. I think most younger people aren't going to have the clarity to appropriately identify what their target is, be it anger towards indoctrination, religious parents, whatever. Speaking from personal experience, it took me a while to figure out why I was so angry once I finally shed my belief. I was angry at my parents for my indoctrination, I was angry at believers for their world influence, I was angry at myself for allowing my brainwashed to go as long as it did, etc. I think anger is just a natural reaction from feelings of being misguided or manipulated. Losing faith will definitely send you through the stages of grief. I'm very happy now as an atheist and I get along well with my counterparts. I actually enjoy the ongoing debate (which I very much feel atheists are winning these days).

      And for any angry potential non-believers reading this, I offer a quote from Thomas Jefferson that brings me a great deal of comfort: "Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear."

      January 3, 2011 at 11:40 | Report abuse |
    • John

      Agreed, you don't come to Atheism because you're angry at god. You arrive at Atheism through honest observation and by standing on the shoulders of those great minds who have come before us..... This Article I can see on Fox, not CNN.

      January 3, 2011 at 11:41 | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Atheists don't get mad at god, they get made about other peoples imaginary friends, that we have to take a back seat to. Don't quote scripture at me either. there are more believable stories in "Where the side walk ends". It is a scary thought that most of the death in the world is due to believing in god. Most major set backs in social development are also due to god. if we teach all children were that we ALL children of the same women, 100,000 years ago......... nah, god is right. man and dinosaur walked together.... or dinosaur didn't exist right? or the world is flat...... or, lets have a witch hunt!!!!!

      January 3, 2011 at 11:47 | Report abuse |
    • Hugo

      How do you know that God doesn't answer prayers? He only had to answer 2 to make "God answers prayers" a true statement.

      As for the issue of healing bodies, if the God of Abraham exists "as advertised," wouldn't we really be a spirit that has a body instead of a body that has a spirit? If you are a parent, what is more important to you, your child or your child's possessions?

      January 3, 2011 at 11:50 | Report abuse |
    • Akhlut

      I think the study might be right insofar as people who were raised as theistic Christians or Jews who later became atheists might still feel anger at YHWH on the basis of the fact that such belief is very basal and difficult to eliminate. I'm an atheist and have been for a few years now, but prior to that I was a devout Catholic and then was 'spiritual' for a number of years. Even today, I sometimes catch myself feeling anger toward YHWH, though those times are becoming rarer and rarer as I catch myself doing those things and saying to myself that it is about as silly as being mad that Santa didn't bring me a winning lotto ticket for Christmas.

      Speaking of which, it is probably similar to a young child who has recently found out that Santa was a fraud: for a while, one still hopes about it and then feels anger about it, but eventually comes to accept that Santa is not real.

      January 3, 2011 at 11:55 | Report abuse |
    • scheebs

      no, we won't. there are no gods.
      cogito ergo non deus est.

      January 3, 2011 at 12:03 | Report abuse |
    • V

      silly humans

      January 3, 2011 at 12:03 | Report abuse |
    • no just stop.

      shut up,

      January 3, 2011 at 12:08 | Report abuse |
    • someone

      I'm just angry at the idea of God's powerful influence that incites violence, exclusion and poverty. Thanks God, you lousy mofo. nopersoncommittee dot or g

      January 3, 2011 at 12:09 | Report abuse |
    • Owen Wilson

      Athiests who believe in god? I'm glad I'm not one of them. They must be really confused. It's bad enough to have so many billions of people who depend the concept of God to relieve the pain of living in a real world.

      January 3, 2011 at 12:10 | Report abuse |
    • David

      If atheists are angry with god, then they're not atheists.

      January 3, 2011 at 12:23 | Report abuse |
    • Joe Masters

      @ Cory: You are making an incorrect assumption that the only choices you have is between believing in your god and not believing in your god, when in fact, if you turn out to be wrong, there could be very serious consequences if for instance it turns out that Allah is real, in which case you're gonna be tortured forever after you die. Or, the Zombie Lord Krokus might eat your flesh for an eternity after you die. So don't incorrectly assume it's either your religion or no religion. A Muslim could just as easily come up to you and say what you say to an atheist, but about Islam instead of Christianity. You can say all you want that you only believe in Christianity, but he only believes in Islam, and I only believe in atheism. When you realize why you reject his god, you'll know why I reject the both of yours.

      Additionally, don't make it sound like there are no consequences if it turns out that you are wrong. If you are, you would have wasted your whole life dedicating yourself to a belief that you had no evidence to back it up on, while the non-believers allowed themselves to live their lives to the fullest. Further more, if there really is a god, he'd probably want the atheists in Heaven more than the theists, because atheists by far are more reasonable, loving, peaceful, and intelligent than theists, and thus are far more deserving of Heaven.

      January 3, 2011 at 12:24 | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      The persistence of anger directed at God in particular even among atheists may well be due to the unshakable knowledge of His existence deep in our inner man.

      January 3, 2011 at 12:40 | Report abuse |
    • Iris

      I agree. This is the most ridiculous thing i've ever heard. I don't believe in "God" because he does not exist. Never has it even CROSSED MY MIND to be angry at something i know doesn't exist. This study is moronic!

      January 3, 2011 at 12:42 | Report abuse |
    • jim

      In the interest of lightening (sp?) up the mood, I have a license plate holder that reads: If you are living like there is no God, you'd better be right! 🙂

      January 3, 2011 at 12:45 | Report abuse |
    • anonymous

      Uhm, atheists don't get angry with god(s) because they don't believe it him. Sometimes we get angry that other people believe in God because it often leads them to make irrational decisions.

      As for people quoting scripting etc. It is the plurality of the religions of the world and their laughable belief that each one is the one true path that makes most people atheists.

      January 3, 2011 at 12:47 | Report abuse |
    • Jean

      If one believes in an all powerful god, the only rational response would be anger. Such a god should be capable of communicating his/her wishes clearly to all people so that all people would know him/her in the same way and behave accordingly to the same dictates (or commandments). Since that have NEVER been the case, there are only two possible conclusions: every different version of god and god's rules are man made, or whatever god does exist gets his jollies watching us fight over who he/she is and what he/she wants. The later should make every believer angry.

      January 3, 2011 at 12:55 | Report abuse |
    • Kevin, Virginia

      This article is total BS. they probably asked question like "do you say god damnit?" or "do you get upset and say Jesus Christ?". this kind of crap is what makes me mad... mad at idiots that make biased studies and News agencies that do no fact checking into these studies.

      January 3, 2011 at 13:09 | Report abuse |
    • Jessy

      For me, I prefer not to get angry at God because much of the stuff that happens on this Earth is usually our own fault. You broke your leg? Your fault. Didn't get accepted into college? That's your problem, not God's. After all, at least half of the world's population is constantly praying to God for help. So you can imagine how busy God really is. Either that, or he truly gave us free will and he doesn't want to interfere.

      But that doesn't mean I fear God either. I don't fear him at all. After all, how could anyone fear someone they love? I love God as he was provided multiple paths for me to choose from. After that, he became my mentor, my guide, and my friend. To be angry at God over anything is taking it a little too far. Besides, even I don't believe God would be that cruel to his own people.

      Basically, the only people I'm angry at are those who try to instill fear of God upon us all (points at Evangelicals).

      January 3, 2011 at 13:10 | Report abuse |
    • ak2k

      I have to say, as an atheist I do find this slightly offensive. If an atheirst is angry at god, then they are not atheist. Part of being an atheist is having the gaul to stand up to society and reject these fairy tales that are supposed to run our lives. That's not to say there aren't good things to take from religion. Religion first came about to put some order to the chaos humans were living in, and provide answers for big questions. The 10 Commandments are good basic morals. Another part of being an atheist is the realization of being good....for goodness' sake, not being good because you are afraid of god and/or hell. As an atheist, I'm able to move past the Santa Claus method of morality. One last bit, the monotheistic religions that are currently being practiced have a lot in common, including the fact that if you do not devote your worship and prayer to that particular god, that you shall be punished for it. Really? A jealous god? Come on! These gods do not sound very enlightened. At least in India you can choose from many, and the others won't get mad at you because they are not getting your attention.....
      Karl Marx: "Religion is the opiate of the masses"

      January 3, 2011 at 13:22 | Report abuse |
    • ScottK

      @Cory – you say "because if you are wrong you are wagering a price that you or no one else can bare. Although, if I am wrong then we end up with the same end and the same reward whatever that may be." The only problem with your reasoning is you forget one important item. If this is all there is as anon suggests, then you are the one squandering your current existence, evey day of life you spend praying to, believing in, working for, donating to a religious heirarchy that is false, corrupt, a lie, an age old fabrication to control the ignorant mas ses and limit true human potential. Go ahead and wager the bird in the hand for the two in the heavenly bush, but what a waste of the life you have been given for some future existence we have no way of verifying.

      January 3, 2011 at 13:24 | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      As a father I often do not do what my kids think I should as a loving father. Quite simply, I let them fail so they learn a lesson. I think we all know that most of lifes greatest lessons come from difficult times in life. If all or most of our prayers are answered, we really would not grow as a person. Some of the worst people I have known in life have been spoiled- get most of what they want and never endure much hardship. The people I absolutely have the most admiration for are those that have had a much more challenging life and are much more thankful for what they have. Those challenges in life, while not wanted, ultimately lead to a much better life when married with a good role model (parents). I firmly believe this true in my relationship with God. When I'm willing to truly "let go and let God" is when I am free. Often thiongs do not go what I would hope for , yet time and again I am blessed by the experience. We all think we know what's best for ourselves, especially when we are younger. yet as we mature, we often learn to accept that we are not in control and do not know what is best. If we trust God in these things, we ultimately will triumph in life and what we have done with our life. Unfortunately, many if not most Christians never really learn this. Thus, there is criticism of "Christians" because of what they have or have not done. The truth is, for those that truly have a relationship with christ, we understand that we are not perfect, but are forgiven and because of that we strive to follow Christ's example and trust in Him.

      January 3, 2011 at 13:26 | Report abuse |
    • Astrodude87

      The study indicated that some of the anger may have been in the past – thus even if you don't believe in god you could still have had anger towards him. Also, one makes a good point about being angry at god for not existing. Seems childish, but who wouldn't want a magical man in the sky who actually cares about all of us.

      Cory, the trouble with using 'if there is an afterlife and you don't believe then you will go to hell, and if there isn't then it didn't matter anyway' as a convincing argument to believe, is that if there is a god he'll know that you only believed in him because you don't want to go to hell, and I'm pretty sure that's not a good enough reason. Anyway I'd rather be friends with the kids that aren't mean for the simple act of not being mean, instead of not being mean for fear of being caught and then punished. And as there are many beliefs then there are many belief systems and as such I believe that if there is a god, he'd prefer the former as well, and so atheists that are good for goodness sake have nothing to worry about anyway.

      January 3, 2011 at 13:29 | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      First of all, psychological studies always turn out results that are in no way definitive and in general, are a complete waste of university resources. The choice between funding a study like this or cancer research would hopefully be an easy one but alas, somehow they keep churning out these pointless studies. Secondly, the structure of the study could be completely flawed. The only way to study a concept as abstract as "anger at God" is to ask people to report whether they've felt it. So then you have to deal with people who are either dishonest with the interviewer or dishonest with themselves. It makes sense to me that an atheist or agnostic would be less reserved in admitting that they had felt anger towards a God in their lifetime, than someone who currently worships a God. After all, they are not worried about ticking off a God they no longer believe in. Its not as though atheists and agnostics are shot out the womb in present form. Nearly all of us are taught by society or upbringing to believe in a God, so we live several years of our lives with the same likelihood to get angry at God as anyone else. I never have but the study results are not remotely surprising to me. It would have been nice if they had distinguished between atheists/agnostics who reported feeling angry at God before coming to their current conclusions and atheists/agnostics who continue to have angry feelings towards God. I would think an atheist/agnostic who harbors resentment towards an icon they don't believe in is quite an anomaly.

      January 3, 2011 at 13:36 | Report abuse |
    • dman

      I believe in neither heaven or hell. Thank GOD!

      January 3, 2011 at 13:37 | Report abuse |
    • Veritas

      Yeah, I stopped believing in gravity. I think I'll go jump off a building and because I don't believe in gravity I won't fall. Not believing in something doesn't make it not real.

      January 3, 2011 at 13:38 | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Trying to prove the existence of god by quoting scripture is essentially saying, "Because it says so in the book"

      Has anyone read the bible and found the contents so profound, that it was incapable of being written by humans?

      January 3, 2011 at 13:45 | Report abuse |
    • ak2k

      By the way...it is so awesome to hear so many atheists speaking their mind with this article. Since we don't gather to worship every week it's hard to know you are not alone. Thanks guys!!

      January 3, 2011 at 13:49 | Report abuse |
    • Nonimus

      @Greg B.(to distinguish myself from other Greg's)

      "I'm an engineer..." "But even with that knowledge, it really comes down to the beauty of the [everything], and the beauty of humans that just makes me think that it can't be random."

      Obviously, you don't believe as an engineer. While "beauty... just makes me think" may be sufficient reasoning for you, for many it lacks the necessary amount of thought.

      January 3, 2011 at 13:51 | Report abuse |
    • Rebel

      You people think deep down that denial is the greatest form of insult you can throw at some being that has "wronged" you some how. It does not matter what you believe. You atheists are so narcissistic to think that what you believe matters even for a minute. What is, is, whether or not any thinking being believes it or not. Realize even for a moment that you are so very limited in your understanding and senses, maybe then you can be humbled enough to begin the true journey to enlightenment.

      January 3, 2011 at 13:51 | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      This is to Cory who responded to your comment:
      You are making statements that are only a part of your belief system. It does not mean that gods exist. You are again using Pascal's wager to lay claim that your belief in gods is a bet, that if you believe you have not lost anything yet if you don't believe then you have so much to lose. To an atheist, this makes no sense. You cannot believe something that you don't believe.
      The thing that frustrates so many atheists these days are the statements of opinion that are made as "facts" by believers. You mention "truth" but it is in fact your opinion, no matter how you slice it. How do you feel about other religious "truths" that are incompatible with your own?

      January 3, 2011 at 13:53 | Report abuse |
    • Lilly Ward

      It all comes down to good and evil. God as Creator is present in all things, except evil. Evil is defined as that which is absent of God...which is Good. God is Love. Man has the free will to choose all that is good, but because of our humanity we often fall short of the target. We must take some responsibility for the state of the world in its poverty and disease. That poverty and disease is not simply the images we see from developing countries. Developed countries also suffer from the poverty and disease of the heart, the mind and the spirit. When we feel that God does not answer our prayers, we need to ask ourselves...for what do I pray, and how strong is my desire for change. An I able to persevere. Only through prayer.

      January 3, 2011 at 13:56 | Report abuse |
    • B Coyote

      @ Joe Masters–
      and atheists are also possessed of great humility too right?

      Your comments about how atheists are kinder, smarter, and more "deserving" than theists– these statements are ignorant, egotistical, judgmental.

      Being an atheist does not necessarily make you a morally superior human. I say this as someone who knows and loves people of many different beliefs, who has witnessed and been humbled by the kindness and loving actions of these people. Believing or not believing in God is NOT what makes or breaks you in terms of goodness, or in terms of having a full and meaningful life. Living a good, full life is a human choice, one which can be made in many ways and from many different belief systems. Don't automatically condemn those whose beliefs are different from your own.

      Sometimes atheists have dogma too.

      January 3, 2011 at 13:57 | Report abuse |
    • chris

      @ Kevin. Yes. When you give it an in depth look, and look into the "inconsistancies" that are within and resolve them, the Bible is extremely profound. I started reading it as an athiest trying to better support the athiest argument, and wound up finding God in it. When you go to a church that truly teaches the word, and you desire to give it an honest look yourself, your eyes cant help but be opened.

      January 3, 2011 at 13:59 | Report abuse |
    • Greg B.(to distinguish myself from other Greg's)

      @ Nominus

      January 3, 2011 at 14:05 | Report abuse |
    • blayzekohime

      I wonder how they worded their questions in this study to be honest. Maybe these atheists are angry at god-believers or the negative effects of people believing in God, like wars, bigotry, and injustice. Or perhaps the 'idea' of God angers them, but I find it impossible to believe that a majority of people who do not believe something exists can be angry at it.

      Of course, it could also be typical media re-wording the results of an otherwise accurate study to make it sound more interesting.

      January 3, 2011 at 14:08 | Report abuse |
    • Greg B.(to distinguish myself from other Greg's)

      @ Nominus

      My point was that I have an understanding, admittedly basic, of how the physics and mathmatics of the universe work. That being said, there is an extrememly low probability of randomness producing where we are at now. A probability about the same as an intelligent creator. So, while the beauty and such makes me believe I understand it may not be the case for others. But when physics, mathematics and statistics fail to prove our existence by randomness, then I prefer to believe that we were created.

      January 3, 2011 at 14:10 | Report abuse |
    • Greg B.(to distinguish myself from other Greg's)

      and sorry for the blank comment above.

      January 3, 2011 at 14:10 | Report abuse |
    • veggiedude

      I usually get angry at U.F.O's.

      January 3, 2011 at 14:17 | Report abuse |
    • Vorty

      I completely understand people not beleiving and all I can do is relate my own personal story. I had a number of bad things happen in life including my own death. What I experienced I tried to logically explain and came up empty handed. I am by no means religous but I have absolutely no doubt God exists. There is no way humanly I could have survived what I did if God did not exist. I have had my own burning bushes and will not go into the story but I tried to logically explain them also. Not possible. Personally I believe life is one big school. One class out of many classes. But without God in my life nothing is possible. God does not always give us what we want but he gives us what we need. He is not there to make life easy but he is there to give strength when we have none. What you believe is up to you but for me there is no doubt. Hope you find something.

      January 3, 2011 at 14:17 | Report abuse |
    • Greg B.(to distinguish myself from other Greg's)


      Good line I read from someone else a time ago..."God isn't about making your life easy, He is about making your life holy."

      And anyone who knows about trying to led a holy life, it sure isn't easy.

      January 3, 2011 at 14:23 | Report abuse |
    • Nonimus

      @Greg B.(to distinguish myself from other Greg's)

      I fail to see you could possible know the probability of "randomness producing where we are at now" or, for that matter, the "probability ... [of] an intelligent creator". This may seem like a rational argument, but without actual information I don't think it is. Point me to a paper detailing the statistics/probabilities and I will re-evaluate my position.

      January 3, 2011 at 14:24 | Report abuse |
    • Nonimus

      Should read: "I fail to see how you could..."

      January 3, 2011 at 14:25 | Report abuse |
    • amy

      I think your view is just as "real" as any type of faith. One problem with the question of whether or not there is a God is not everyone has the same concept of God. So if you think God is like Santa, the Tooth Fairy, or pink unicorns, then I am an unbeliever too. The study conducted at Case Western did not have language that I could relate to but I do believe in a Higher Power but not as described in the study. Some people might feel that the IRS, chemotherapy or gravity are higher powers.Open up your thinking.

      January 3, 2011 at 14:26 | Report abuse |
    • anonymous

      The very idea that atheists would be angry at god would disprove the fact that they are athiests at all. They are agnostics. You can't actually be angry at something that does not exist. I agree with Anonymous on this one, the very thought disproves the theory.

      January 3, 2011 at 15:08 | Report abuse |
    • LEB

      When people say, "I find it sad you don't believe in God," I stop listening. The arrogance of that statement turns my stomach. You're not "sad" at all, you're exercising what you perceive as your moral superiority because you are a member of the "believer" majority and not the rationalist minority. And then you wonder where all the vitriol from non-believers comes from. Let's put two and two together here, m'kay?

      January 3, 2011 at 15:21 | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      LEB, damn right. And then they wonder why so many people want to smack them silly.

      January 3, 2011 at 15:36 | Report abuse |
    • Joe Masters

      @ B Coyote: I never once said that being an atheist automatically means you are loving, peaceful, etc. and more deserving of Heaven. Yes, there are bad atheists too. What I said was in gneral this is true. The true nature of any Christian is evil. Since this is the case, it is doubtful that any "good" god would want such a person in Heaven.

      January 3, 2011 at 16:08 | Report abuse |
    • Katim

      How can you be angry at something you don't beleive at in the first place?

      January 3, 2011 at 16:12 | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      I have to agree with "anonymous". It makes no sense to be angry at something that is highly unlikely "to be". One might consider the Bright's principles. 1) we have a naturalistic worldview, 2) our worldview does not include the supernatural nor mystical,and 3) our ethics and morals are derived from our naturalistic worldviiew. (http://www.the-brights.net/) References to mystical books about supernatural creatures does not add any intrinsic value and , in fact, detracts from the essence "of being". "I am a humanist, which means, in part, that I have tried to behave decently without expectations of rewards or punishments after I am dead." (Kurt Vonnegut). I prefer to be part of humanity rather than having some "lord as my shepherd". All a shepherd does is fatten his sheep for sale and slaughter.

      January 3, 2011 at 16:14 | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      @Cory: It scare me too that someone can reach the conclusion there is no God due to anger. That conclusion is best reached based on scientific evidence... But at least the conclusion is reached, so that's something.

      The story does not specifically mention that Atheists are angry at God (That's an oxymoron), but it mentioned that Atheists have "at some point in their life" been angry at God, clearly before they became atheists.That point could have been made clearer and the headline is obviously an attention grabber.

      I'm happy that more youth is angry at God, since it appears they are then more likely to become atheists (Based on the previous premise that atheists have been "angrier" at God than most). There is hope yet for this country.

      January 3, 2011 at 16:22 | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      To deny anything as non existent proves of "its" existence. some say they don't believe in War, yet there is War. some say they don't believe in hate, yet there is Hate. And So On! some even don't believe the Earth is round or man landed on the Moon. And guess what, it is and we did. IF there is No God, then there should be NO Reason to deny God's existence. The problem with the concept of Gad is it is a manmade concept. For God takes No Name, No Shape, No Form.

      January 3, 2011 at 16:26 | Report abuse |
    • Michael Beck

      First of all there is no such thing as a person who believes that this is all one big cosmic accident. No one is so mindless as to truly believe that. One can bow to the “higher power” that is behind what is the most intelligent design project in the history of all time. One can assume the position of the stiff necked child in the playground with its arms sternly crossed over its chest saying I will not bow. Unfortunately, the “atheist” who gladly professes to be the keeper of reason chooses the posture of the unreasonable child. That being said, I agree with the anonymous [so called] atheist who says it’s pretty ridiculous to be angry at something that you live your life declaring doesn’t exist. You have to pick a side. In the end however, this article is beyond ridiculous. I am a writer and I know a need to fill space when I see one. There is never “nothing to write about.” You just have to dig a little deeper than Elizabeth Landau did in this case.

      January 3, 2011 at 16:46 | Report abuse |
    • Faithful

      Oh, I see... you don't believe in God because He's not your personal magic vending machine of wishes, and doesn't dispense answer to prayer on demand as quickly or in the way you want? I see you're in for much disappointment in your self-centered little life.

      January 3, 2011 at 17:32 | Report abuse |
    • Ed - Spring, Tx

      If this is true then it sounds like a lot of atheists are conflicted about their beliefs. Perhaps they need to go to church instead of trying to convince themselves that God doesn't exist.

      January 3, 2011 at 17:45 | Report abuse |
    • Debbie

      You are so right. I've never understood why people think atheists are angry with God. He simply isn't there.

      January 3, 2011 at 18:22 | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      I always am amazed at how many people feel like they can speak for their God. They all seem to want everyone to believe they are the experts, god appointed and all that. It makes your god far less believable when all these people want to tell you what his rules are. They are never exactly the same as anyone else's self important edicts of how god works and what he promises or what his goals are.

      It's all so self involved and pompous.

      January 3, 2011 at 19:08 | Report abuse |
    • SnowBear80

      Since atheists are their own god, they're really just angry at themselves.

      January 3, 2011 at 19:31 | Report abuse |
    • Sad

      Everyone can be good without GOD, but are you bad without Satan? GOD came not to condemn the world but to save it ~ I'm sad that you don't believe that.

      January 3, 2011 at 23:04 | Report abuse |
    • Bazoing

      Even honest believers must feel confused by these common experiences. However, the experience of such a world as we experience is difficult to explain without God. So is experiencing itself. A robot can respond as though it experiences, but it cannot truly experience. The biggest problem may not be God's confusing behavior, or seeming lack there of. It is probably the oppression of the charlatans pretending to tell us about a God they understand no more than, if as much as, do we. It is these monsters, not personal sin, not God, who motivate so many to become atheists and agnostics.

      January 4, 2011 at 00:38 | Report abuse |
    • starlight

      why do aethiests feel the need to be demeaning to people who believe in God? If you were a good person , you wouldn't do this. And what is your personal definition of "good" anyway since that can be quite subjective when deciding this for yourself? Do you just create your own set of morals and claim that to be "good?" Where did you learn the concept of good from? I bet there were some religious principals that influenced your definition of good.
      To me, aethiests come across as an angry and arrogant rebellious bunch.

      January 4, 2011 at 00:58 | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      If you choose to not believe in God that is your choice and God respects your choice and so do I. He believes in you though because He created you, knows you more than you could possibly know yourself and if you seek him you will find him when you search for him with all your heart.

      January 4, 2011 at 01:04 | Report abuse |
    • Greenie

      My wish is that all these believers would come to their senses and realize that there is no magic man in the sky looking out for you. Reading an old book in groups of like-minded people doesn't make your beliefs true.

      At the very least, I wish these holier-than-thou pretentious self-righteoous people would stop praying for me, as if they know some truth that I don't. Get over yourself.

      I don't care what you believe. Really, I don't. Just stop pushing it in my face. And stop patting yourself on your back, so smug and self-satisfied in your delusions.

      Happy New Year to everyone!

      January 4, 2011 at 01:20 | Report abuse |
    • Good Atheist

      Atheists don't capitalize god's name. It only helps to perpetuate that the name has some special significance.

      January 4, 2011 at 07:52 | Report abuse |
    • Carrie

      All I have to say is that there are NO atheists in hell. The Bible tells us that one day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. So you will confess with your mouth and believe. Just imagine how many "atheists" that there were on this earth but are in hell believing now but it's too late. I just pray that that the proclaimed "atheists" today will realize the Truth before it's too late for them also.

      January 4, 2011 at 11:42 | Report abuse |
    • Edgar Blythe

      The only anger I as an atheist feel is for the way we are treated by the believers. Anger at God? Why not, instead, anger at the spaces between these words?

      January 4, 2011 at 23:03 | Report abuse |
    • repgal

      Someone claiming to be an atheist and claiming to be angry at
      God, well that person is not an atheist. You can't be angry with someone that does not exist.

      January 5, 2011 at 17:59 | Report abuse |
    • Tensai13

      Exactly, it's the same lie Christians attempt to foist on us about the Author – C S Lewis who apparently was an atheist during his teenage years we are ingenuously informed by Christians but who was nevertheless frequently angry at God during this "atheist phase". What can one expect from the gullible?

      January 5, 2011 at 20:40 | Report abuse |
    • MrPeach

      @Michael Beck
      In the spirit of your comment, FU.

      January 7, 2011 at 08:20 | Report abuse |
    • Just Me

      God does answer every prayer. Sometimes the answer is yes, sometimes it is no, sometimes it is not now.

      January 7, 2011 at 09:02 | Report abuse |
    • Toby

      I remember watching the Colbert report once and it put nicely. It was talking about how humans are sometimes like kids playing in the basement and the parents are upstairs. I feel that if I God was there wouldn't he be more involved in my life? I know that I have free will but wouldn't he step in more after a certain point..

      February 24, 2011 at 21:27 | Report abuse |
    • Toby

      Is it just me, or does C.S. Lewis seem like the Christian version of an Atheist's Penn Jillette? Is that just me?

      February 24, 2011 at 21:30 | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      Poor kid, I guess you want pity

      October 5, 2015 at 01:14 | Report abuse |
  2. Your Average Atheist

    What an idiotic article. I am certainly not mad at some fairy tale. That is just stupid.

    "Moreover, distress at God is associated with mental health symptom" LOL what a hoot. Although, if I knew somebody that was really mad at the easter bunny, I may think they are not playing with a full deck of cards. Maybe that statement does make sense.

    January 1, 2011 at 10:47 | Report abuse | Reply
    • used2b-middleclass

      Can't remember the exact lines, but - If one man has a delusion he is crazy, if thousands have the delusion it is a religion.

      January 1, 2011 at 13:41 | Report abuse |
    • Kelligurl

      Funny, I find believing in gods to be a sign of mental weakness, but yeah I don't know how I'd feel if I saw someone shouting in the streets over anger with the easter bunny!!!..lol

      January 2, 2011 at 14:12 | Report abuse |
    • some emo kid

      kelli, I saw the easter bunny on new year's eve. I told him he was a hare out of place.

      January 3, 2011 at 09:03 | Report abuse |
    • Veganman

      Well said Y.A.A.!
      It's hard to be angry at something that isn't real.
      I'd be angrier at the lemming-like believers that have willingly been brainwashed. Or better yet, the men running the show. "God". LMFAO!
      The problem is I don't care enough to be angry. Well, maybe that's not a problem after all.
      I've died twice in the last 3 years. I have a seizure condition that stops my heart. No tunnel. No lights. Darkness. When will people realize they've been had?
      Enjoy the scam religious folks. You've been sold a lie.

      January 3, 2011 at 09:05 | Report abuse |
    • JPopNC

      If one man has a delusion he is crazy, if thousands have the delusion it is a religion.

      So...that just goes to confirm atheism is a religion.

      January 3, 2011 at 09:29 | Report abuse |
    • JPopNC is an idiot

      Calling Atheism a religion is like calling bald a color.

      Stupid should hurt.

      January 3, 2011 at 11:22 | Report abuse |
    • Hugo

      @Your Average Atheist - You are a sample size of one.

      January 3, 2011 at 11:59 | Report abuse |
    • JT

      If atheism is a religion then not collecting stamps is a hobby.

      January 3, 2011 at 12:10 | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      lol. Seems to me the believing in some sort of man in the sky that will send you to burn for eternity for stealing a pencil and not feeling sorry for it or saying the words "Oh god" as a swear and not being sorry for it is much more indicative of a mental problem than atheists not believing in this idiotic crap.

      January 3, 2011 at 12:19 | Report abuse |
    • Greg G

      @Veganman – If you don't believe in God, you will see darkness when you die. It sounds like you expect God to accept you into Heaven even though you don't believe in Him.


      January 3, 2011 at 12:20 | Report abuse |
    • Kevin D.

      I love how all the atheists on here (I'm more agnostic) complain about how stupid this scientific study is. How hypocritical.

      Stop fighting science atheists.

      January 3, 2011 at 12:57 | Report abuse |
    • Jessy

      @ Veganman – Speaking of brainwashing: Even though I believe in God, I believe him in my own way. In fact, I can't remember the last time I went to church. Oh yeah! Basic Military Training on Sundays (it was the only thing available to do besides being intercepted by Drill Instructors). But that was like... 7 years ago!!

      January 3, 2011 at 13:16 | Report abuse |
    • kite005

      some emo kid The easter bunny is god isn't it?

      January 3, 2011 at 13:25 | Report abuse |
    • chris

      Veganman –
      Yet, you are not dead. Who's to say your soul left your body....

      January 3, 2011 at 14:05 | Report abuse |
    • 4mercy

      @veganman – It makes sense to me...If you don't believe in God then you wouldn't see is light after death. But your story is sort of like the man in the flood who prays for God to save him...a volunteer stops by to rescue the man, but he says God will save him so he waits. The waters rise and a boat comes to rescue him from his window. He declines saying that God will save him. The waters rise again and he retreats to his roof...a helicopter comes to save him but he declines saying God will save him. After he drowns, he faces God and asks Him why He did not save him. God says, "I sent a man, a boat, and a helicopter...what more did you want?!" Maybe you should look at your 3 "near deaths" as 3 chances God has given you to change your mind about Him.

      January 3, 2011 at 14:22 | Report abuse |
    • veganman

      Sorry folks, I don't mean to disappoint anyone, but it's been the work of skilled doctors, not "god" that has saved me.
      A shot of adrenaline and a quick shock. Works like a charm.
      I've since completed my DNR paperwork. I don't have blind faith in anything, not even medicine. I'm done with the DFib burns. LOL!!!
      If you want to believe in an invisible super being, knock yourself out. I'll see you in the dark.

      January 3, 2011 at 16:47 | Report abuse |
  3. In defense of science

    If you have such a problem with the article on CNN.com, then buy the article from the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in which it was published and read the research. You can't argue with the research, even if you don't like it.

    January 1, 2011 at 11:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mike

      Any research you cannot debate or argue is simply faith.
      Crap makes it past peer review all the time, especially in the soft sciences.

      January 3, 2011 at 08:24 | Report abuse |
    • SoftScienceJunkie17


      This is most definitely true. Sub-standard research makes it past peer reviews all of the time. However, I have read the article that this blog came from, and I assure you, it met stringent standards. Unfortunately, a blog on a website that summarizes, for the public, a multi-page article based on years of research, into a one page overview, does not do the research justice. I understand many people find this research controversial, but the research is solid.

      January 3, 2011 at 10:27 | Report abuse |
    • T

      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.

      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.

      January 3, 2011 at 11:26 | Report abuse |
    • Sirena

      I accidentally posted this in the wrong thread. What i do not think you understand is that this article is flawed. It is flaw because it implies that atheists are angry at god. Most atheists were not always atheists. I think what this article actually means is that atheists, who believed in god before they were atheists got angry at god (whom they believed in at the time). Not atheists who currently do not believe in god are currently angry at god (which is what the article implies). Make sense?

      January 3, 2011 at 12:42 | Report abuse |
    • DC

      I find it hard to believe that any research is so tight and solid that there can be no arguing with it. There are always loopholes, exceptions and things that just don't fit and every experiment that works should be reproducible consistently. This atheist, raised as one and never been to a church service, etc... has not felt anger at any god for the tricks of fate. Life is a pain and we have to deal with in whatever way works for us, some choose faith, others do good works so that the here and now will have some grace and some comfort. Some of my closest friends are ministers because they allow me to be who I am without judging how I am.

      January 3, 2011 at 14:12 | Report abuse |
    • Steve T3

      The study is flawed. People who are mad at god can't, by definition, be atheists.

      January 4, 2011 at 16:09 | Report abuse |
  4. aspentroll.myid.net

    Let me see, which god should we all be angry at if we are atheists. There are so many. But only if you believe that ancient prattle.
    I prefer to live in this century not 2000 years ago when everyone was afraid of everything and thought the gods were always angry with them. Christians should wake up and be more open to modern thinking.

    January 1, 2011 at 11:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • In defense of science

      The research was conducted at Case Western Reserve University, one of the most respected private colleges in the country. There is no serious bias in this research, it is just a statement of research discovery.

      January 1, 2011 at 11:51 | Report abuse |
    • Sirena

      What i do not think you understand is that this article is flawed. It is flaw because it implies that atheists are angry at god. Most atheists were not always atheists. I think what this article actually means is that atheists, who believed in god before they were atheists got angry at god (whom they believed in at the time). Not atheists who currently do not believe in god are currently angry at god (which is what the article implies).

      January 3, 2011 at 12:41 | Report abuse |
    • CRAIG

      Modern thinking? And exactly what has modern thinking produced for mankind. We are as corrupt and sinful as we were in the days of Noah, man has not changed, technology certainly has. Enlightened thinking !! I think not.

      January 3, 2011 at 13:32 | Report abuse |
    • chris

      Amen to that Craig

      January 3, 2011 at 14:11 | Report abuse |
    • Nonimus

      "Modern thinking? And exactly what has modern thinking produced for mankind. We are as corrupt and sinful as we were in the days of Noah, man has not changed, technology certainly has. Enlightened thinking !! I think not."

      Personally, I think, the generally accepted, though not universally implemented, abolition of slavery is a huge step in progress for mankind, but maybe that's just me.

      January 3, 2011 at 16:41 | Report abuse |
  5. Rabbi Goldie Milgram

    There is a long-standing field called Spiritual Direction where one's relationship to G*d, or the idea of G*d, is a core part of the work. "Being angry with G*d" is a fairly typical presenting state of consciousness for those who come to us. The topic is well-known in those who work with Holocaust survivors. Far better and more skilled ways of relating to this spiritual state have been developed over the generations than what is described in the study. A particularly helpful article on the matter by Carola de Vries Robles (a therapist and spiritual director who works in Amsterdam) is "Bringing God Back in after the Holocaust", in Seeking and Soaring: Jewish Approaches to Spiritual Direction, a volume which I had the privilege of editing, available at Amazon or through ReclaimingJudaism.org.

    January 1, 2011 at 15:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Shannon

      Thank you sir. Though I am an atheist I have to say that Judaism holds a certain pragmatism and willingness to research these issues that I can admire and appreciate.

      January 3, 2011 at 01:32 | Report abuse |
    • MrPeach

      What is this "G'd" of which you speak? We are talking about theism and God. Try to focus.

      January 7, 2011 at 08:29 | Report abuse |
  6. Larry

    The article suggested that "it might be that as people get older, they learn how to handle these types of feelings better."

    This reveals a bias that not being angry at God is somehow better. When I left the Christian faith after 40 years in the fold, you bet I was angry. I was angry at a religious system whose Bible states that God condoned slavery, commanded genocide, created hell, and perpetrated other evils too countless to enumerate. Even more, I was angry at myself for having played along for all of my adult life. I think my anger was entirely appropriate.

    I was "better" once I started to feel anger toward the blood-soaked insanity that is evangelical Christianity, and left it for good.

    January 2, 2011 at 09:36 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Veganman

      BRAVO Larry! Well said. I agree with you 100%

      January 3, 2011 at 09:08 | Report abuse |
    • GodTookNoPart

      Agreed, it's a fairytale, an evil one at that. Meant to give false hope and create delusions of community and comfort.

      January 3, 2011 at 10:19 | Report abuse |
    • Yosemite

      Thank you, well said.

      January 3, 2011 at 11:33 | Report abuse |
    • chris

      Larry, even though it "condoned" slavery, it condones propper treatment of slaves....and never mentions that one race or another should automatically be your slaves. As far as creating hell, people choose hell over heaven every single day. I realize you're angry, and if you're basing your christianity off of fallible people and not the perfect grace of God, it's bound to lead to dissapointment, but just know that you can never lose your salvation... The message is this: Even though we're screwed up, lustful, filled with pride, God loves us anyway, and with His perfect love and patience, He made a way to save us through Jesus Christ. What is so evil about that? God's not finished with you yet Larry.

      January 3, 2011 at 14:18 | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      @ chris

      "Larry, even though it "condoned" slavery, it condones propper treatment of slaves....and never mentions that one race or another should automatically be your slaves."

      Wow, you miss the point entirely. Do you honestly not see a problem in "Hey I can have slaves, as long as when I beat them, and they don't die, it's ok (Exodus 21:20-21)".

      And please, non of this "it was a different time" rationalization. If god knew man would have slaves and beat them, then why would this loving god say it's ok to have slaves in the first place? It's morally wrong to "own" another human being. Why wouldn't this god outlaw the whole thing? Why would it take thousands of years for slavery to be considered morally wrong? It makes no sense.

      January 4, 2011 at 11:15 | Report abuse |
  7. ctaya

    Cory:"if you are wrong you are waging a price that you or no one else can bare. "
    What you are saying is the old Pascal Wager, which has been refuted a long time ago.
    Your comment can be applied to other religions.
    Are you also waging a price if you are wrong about the gods of other religions.
    Are you also waging a price if you are wrong that Jesus is not God (according to Judaism and Islam)?

    January 2, 2011 at 11:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Kelligurl

    This is as laughable as the nonsense posted from America's al-Jazeera aka Fox News. I am a life long atheist and this just shows that people haven't done their research into what it means to be an atheist. Being an atheist means you don't believe in any of the over 100,000 proposed gods. You can't be mad at what simply is nonexistant, doing so makes you mentally unstable and not an atheist. I can understand that having a tragic (real or percieved) incident can bring about the doubting and perhaps anger process, however, if you are a legitamate atheist you have can to the conclusion that there is no gods, thus no gods to be angry with. This article is a waste of e-space, I hope for the love of trees it wasn't actually printed!

    @Cory-If god is god and has ultimate control...then why do the religious brainwash their kids into praying? How is that any different than being cruel to your kids by planting false hope about any other topic of choice?
    Why does the thought of no afterlife scare you? Are you so arrogant as to think you are above other life forms and are therefore worthy of living 'eternally'? Living around people who are this self centered is what scares me. What is wrong with just passing, hopefully peacefully, and that being the end? I equate it to some one just took your batteries out. My theory is that the average human brain cannot handle the perception of 'this is it', and therefore needs to believe there is more to the story. And that's fine if you must choose to believe that line, however, those of us who choose not too should not be condescended to for being more realistic.

    Besides, why do we even say R.I.P. when someone dies if you really thought there was an afterlife? How the h*ll am supposed to R.I.P. if I have countless dead realatives, friends and strangers badgering me with mindless conversations for eternity?????? Then there is the scientific part of this dealing with conscience, decomposition, brain matter (which decomposes upon death and is the entire basis for these silly notions, and since it's gone at death..so are the notions).

    January 2, 2011 at 13:54 | Report abuse | Reply
    • GOD-LOVER!

      We can be free to believe what we want. At age 14 i'm pretty sure what's right from wrong. It's called sin. So why don't all you "ATHEISTS" open your eyes to this and not dis what this atricle is stating. Just because the common knowledge of a virgo person, much like yourself, is little compaired to a real christain doesn't mean you can flawnt your ignorant comments around. If you don't believe in GOD who'm created YOU and YOUR family... your loss. Just because the world did you wron is no reason to take it out on God. God's here to show us from right and WRONG. Think about that before you say some ignorant choice of words.

      January 3, 2011 at 10:40 | Report abuse |

      "...flawnt your ignorant comments around..."

      Ironic, no?

      January 3, 2011 at 11:27 | Report abuse |
    • scheebs

      @imaginaryfriend-lover: could the biblical god have given commandments that were immoral? no. because we made him up and he had to give morals that agreed with our morals. we made him up. we create our own morals based on what works in a society. is it good to kill people? no. it hurts society. therefore it's immoral. the ten commandments are one of the best examples of why there is no supreme being because a god would make a much better list.

      January 3, 2011 at 12:00 | Report abuse |
    • chris

      Yes, God could have made a much bigger and better, more exhaustive list..... But try to just follow the 10 and see how that goes for you.... Once you get those down, by all means, ask for more.

      January 3, 2011 at 14:22 | Report abuse |
  9. Kelligurl

    **came to the conclusion**..fixed

    January 2, 2011 at 13:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Atheist

    I don't believe a god, deity, or anything of the sort exists. So how can I be mad at it? How can I be mad at something that doesn't exist? The author of this article should be fired. She does not report on facts, she simply talks what she feels

    January 3, 2011 at 07:41 | Report abuse | Reply
    • shmid

      Thats a question you should be asking yourself, because obviously you ARE upset about something.

      January 3, 2011 at 13:43 | Report abuse |
    • wisman

      @shmid he's upset with people like you, stupid.

      January 3, 2011 at 14:19 | Report abuse |
  11. Pastafarian

    People are mad at their Imaginary Friend? How unfortunate for them. Who's left after that?

    January 3, 2011 at 07:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tommas

      Sadly and scarily, people who don't believe in their imaginary friend

      January 3, 2011 at 12:33 | Report abuse |
  12. Jim

    It seems many who claim to be atheists are not atheists (one cannot be mad at something they do not believe exists) and are really agnostics at best.

    January 3, 2011 at 08:27 | Report abuse | Reply
    • MrPeach

      Or, much more likely, the author of this article is a hack and doesn't have the mental ability to understand the nuance on this study.
      Not that you seem to have much understanding of nuance either...

      January 7, 2011 at 08:45 | Report abuse |
  13. Brian

    I am not angry with God, but I am angry at and avoid having anything to do with organized religion. It seems to me that they are the focus of or the cause of most of the problems, violence and trouble in the world.

    January 3, 2011 at 08:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ignorance is not bliss


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    • Me

      They are not, Satan and sin are.

      January 3, 2011 at 11:42 | Report abuse |
    • Tommas

      One of the greatest satan quotes I ever heard was a priest who said: it makes sense that more priests are molesting children because they of course would be targeted more by satan.

      January 3, 2011 at 12:35 | Report abuse |
    • MrPeach

      I dunno, I find Pagans (who are not very organized) pretty annoying. Both my daughters claim this affiliation, and I can only think I failed them somehow, that they would conclude that there is any value to this nonsense.

      January 7, 2011 at 08:47 | Report abuse |
  14. eduardz

    My god can beat your god. Praise Crom!

    January 3, 2011 at 08:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Leo

    Kinda hard to be angry at something that doesn't exist. But I've found myself irritated many times at the people who claim to pledge their lives to an all-loving god, and then go out and commit every unspeakable act possible in his name.

    But if deities existed, there would be plenty of them that I'm wouldn't be angry at. Artemis is pretty awesome. Cernunnos, too. I'm quite fond of Thoth. Fun myths. Too bad most of the world is stuck on one set of myths about one very angry god.

    January 3, 2011 at 08:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. some emo kid

    Dear God, why don't you ever do anything? k thx bbye cu

    January 3, 2011 at 09:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Me

      Oh, you mean other than changing lives for the better and performing miracles?

      January 3, 2011 at 11:44 | Report abuse |
    • Tommas

      Or do you mean the disease, death, and suffering of millions of people over the thousands of years of recorded history. I think I am going to chalk the world trade center up to god too. Idiot

      January 3, 2011 at 12:38 | Report abuse |
    • JudyTX

      I think a really awesome miracle would have been for the Twin Towers to survive the airplanes. No one dying, etc. And if gods weren't paying attention when the first plane hit it would have been nice if at least one of them would have made the effort with the other planes once they figured out what was going on.

      Miracles don't happen.

      January 3, 2011 at 15:18 | Report abuse |
    • JT

      I would just like to know what God has against amputees that he's never healed one. Not one limb grown back. Odd that he seems to always heal the unverifiable. Sound like a con to me that only gullible fools would fall for.

      January 3, 2011 at 16:13 | Report abuse |
    • MrPeach

      Oh I thank God every morning for the terminal cancer God gave me. /sarcasm

      January 7, 2011 at 08:50 | Report abuse |
  17. Near Death Experience-Explain that Athiests

    Then why do thousands of people have the same general events happen when it comes to near death experiences? Youtube "I Survived Beyond & Back". Its pretty cool stuff. Why would people across the world who die and come back to life report these eerily similar experiences with many people reporting that they could feel God near by?

    January 3, 2011 at 09:08 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Suzanne

      Just because people have similar "near death experiences" does not mean that god is real. It means that our brains are much more sophisticated than we realize and that all brains go through the same stress-induced episodes at death/near death. If someone reports "feeling god nearby" it likely has to do with feeling a euphoria induced by the death experience. People chose to interpret that euphoria as "god" because that is what they have imagined to be the source of euphoria in their lifetime. Has anyone ever reported seeing a bearded old man in white robes standing in front of them? Or seeing the pearly gates open up to them? Or angels with harps swinging by on clouds? If you look at "near-death experiences" logically and without the trappings of religion foisted upon them, you will see nothing but physiological events taking place. People who WANT to believe in a god and a heaven choose to interpret brain activity at death as "proof" when it is only proof of how complex the brain is. I bet gophers have "near-death experiences" too.

      January 3, 2011 at 09:25 | Report abuse |
    • brad

      Biology. Just because we can't understand some element of an event yet, doesn't mean you need to suddenly insert divine forces into the mix. That said, I think religion is a wonderful tool to center yourself in your world. The American tendency to fight over whether or not everything in a Book is factual is pretty ridiculous. Christians need to be more tolerant of Science and young atheist need to not be so defensive. There is no reason you can't be an Atheist/Agnostic and not find solace in the Christian Bible, Koran, etc.

      January 3, 2011 at 09:32 | Report abuse |
    • Nuclear Xmas

      Same reason you trip balls when you inhale air-duster. It's the lack of oxygen to the brain which causes the vivid emotions, sights and euphoria. It's nothing magical.

      Answer me this though, if you really do have a soul, what purpose does it serve? The brain is responsible for your thoughts and personality, the heart and vital organs responsible for your on-going survival. What exactly does a soul do? And where is it? If your soul really is you? Then why is it when you injure your brain, you change dramatically? Is your soul being damaged? Does it return to normal when you die and go to heaven? Explain that.

      January 3, 2011 at 11:12 | Report abuse |
    • God Beliver 2

      Then explain how some of the NDE have been able to see things happen when they are clinically dead in another room and the particular instance was shown to have actually happen. Nurses telling family members what is going on and the DEAD person was able to state word by word what was said. Well the heart stops pumping, brain activity stops. We can scientifically verify that there is no brain function. Then where do these visions come from. For all that are non believers, it's only the Devil winning your soul. For those that have survived a near death experience (witnessed Hell) and where atheists, nice to see that their lives have been forever changes (many to become priests).

      January 3, 2011 at 11:28 | Report abuse |
    • Tommas

      Research shows possibly DMT released by the pineal gland..... The absence of evidence is not evidence for its absence

      January 3, 2011 at 12:39 | Report abuse |
    • RonGod666

      Then why do thousands of people have the same general events happen when it comes to alien abductions? Youtube "Alien Abductions". Its pretty cool stuff. Why would people across the world report these eerily similar experiences?

      Belief in God is argumentum ad nauseam, argumentum ad infinitum, or proof by assertion; take your pick.

      January 3, 2011 at 13:21 | Report abuse |
    • Tommas

      Possibly because we all have a brain that is similar in function and structure. You have never heard of Occam's razor have you? Based on your assumptions it could just as easily be the tooth fairies part time job to go around when people are dying with a tiny projector, go inside peoples heads and play a movie in their visual cortex.

      January 3, 2011 at 13:27 | Report abuse |
    • HearMeOut

      I believe near-death experiences are an argument against the existence of God. Have you ever been at a surprise party and either yelled surprise at a late guest or the wrong person? Well near-death experiences are a lot like that. If god is all-knowing and all-powerful, then he would know when he's going to take you for good. God would not throw early surprise parties. QED god doesn't exist.

      January 3, 2011 at 13:33 | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      @ Near Death Experience-Explain that Athiests

      People report similar experiences with alien abductions. Do you believe what they are saying?

      January 4, 2011 at 11:40 | Report abuse |
    • MrPeach

      @God Beliver 2
      It is not the responsibility of the doubter to disprove an extraordinary claim, but rather the responsibility of the claimant to prove their claims. "I heard" has no probative value whatsoever.

      January 7, 2011 at 08:57 | Report abuse |
  18. Love God, but occassionally upset with Him

    All men know that God is real. They may try to deny it, but He put his seal all over everything that exists.
    Even our dna is 1 gene in 3 amino acid base pairs. 3 in 1, 1 in 3. His signature. the detail of each thing
    in existence, planned down to the tiniest detail that rationally would have never existed in probability given
    the nature of evolutionary claims-because the individual animals/people would have had to contained enough
    natural "properties" by some extraordinary accident of nature that were functional to allow for the parsing and
    selection of "functional mutations". Otherwise, they were quite purposefully and carefully crafted by the
    finest artist whose attention to detail even on the microscopic level far outpaces the most well crafted human
    creations. The earth itself is a masterpiece and design and functionality.
    I think we, as humans, only ever achieve the intellect of your average cantankerous two-year-old until we
    reach old age, at which point, some humans-not all, though-have learned that it doesn't do any good to
    stomp your feet and hold your breath at God. Not because he doesn't care, but simply because He
    won't be emotionally black-mailed. It seems that is the dysfunctional human relating mode of most
    human beings. Even those who were blessed by God in "ancient" times as one person put it, occasionally
    got upset with God. We are like petulant children at best and brutal, intelligent beasts at our worst.
    Our knowledge and wisdom doesn't now nor will it ever compete with the wisdom of He who gave us
    life. So, the answer and the functional understanding of Christianity is not that we don't occastionally
    get angry with God-who by the way is very understanding about our anger issues and does in fact
    love us very much as He is The Best Parent Ever-but that He is an eternal being, neither male nor female,
    who thinks about everything on a much higher level than He created us to be capable of at this time
    and that sometimes He allows things to happen that cause us to become upset. But we are supposed to
    eventually learn during our lifetimes that He loves each one of us and that because He is the superparent
    and our life-giver, He requires us to go through difficulties so that we may grow in trusting Him. That just
    might be a very important skill, if one wants to spend their eternal life free in God's Kingdom. He is The King
    after all, a claim that mere mortals have at times claimed and that humans always abuse, but God does not
    abuse anyone. As a matter of fact, if you don't want Him, He will be more than willing to give you what you
    want just to make you happy. However, He must protect all of His creation so He might have to put you in
    a place where you are restrained so that you won't be able to destroy with hate, rage, anger or selfishness
    what He has and what He will make next. There's no other way to be happy in Jesus than to trust and obey.
    "Modernity" has not changed that basic fact.

    January 3, 2011 at 09:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • ctaya

      "The Best Parent Ever"
      What kind of parent would leave his children at home with a crafty serpent?
      Is it a common sense of home safety to take all precautions against possible dangers towards your children?
      A verbal warning is not enough. A responsible and able parent would just keep the serpent out of his home.

      January 3, 2011 at 11:11 | Report abuse |
    • Tommas

      A amino acid, not a gene you dope, is coded by a single codon (three nucleotides). And if you are trying to reference the trinity a codon was around for a few BILLION years before jesus (the son) was supposed to have lived. Please read a few more books before you even try to make a point.

      January 3, 2011 at 12:46 | Report abuse |
    • JT

      If you believe that fairies cause rain then every time it rains is proof of fairies. Those of you who see "god" in everything view everything as proof even though there's not a shred of evidence. Nonexistent and invisible evidence is not evidence.

      January 3, 2011 at 16:26 | Report abuse |
    • jbutler

      As Atheists we have no choice but to have to deal with religion and talk about.
      You christians shove it down our throats daily. I have to drive past christian billboards all day long.
      If you are a christian because you want an eternal life..you are not being good becasue you should, but because you are selffish. Us Atheists are good to help our fellow men and women with no hope or desire of reward.

      January 3, 2011 at 16:34 | Report abuse |
  19. Chris

    The way I see it, "GOD" is a word that represents the idea of the "everything-beyond-our human understanding" and our innate sense of there being a locus for all that we see and perceive. Spiders, owls, sea-horses, puppies and "amoebas on Mars" must sense the same "connectedness". Only they are "wiser" than us in not constructing myths and make-believe encounters with the 'locus', in order to comfort themselves, moralize society, etc. So, being an atheist in regards to personifications of the God-concept, ie. "The God of Abraham and Isaac", Thor and so forth, doesn't mean that a person wouldn't feel anger towards the source of one's anguish or torment be it a tornado or a toothache. We all talk to ourselves and it's hard to shake the idea that our brains are not connected to some cosmic short-wave radio system that continuously broadcasts our thoughts to "whomever or whatever" may be listening. Very comical if you stop and think about it.

    January 3, 2011 at 09:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Joseph Somebody

    There are no atheists in foxholes.

    Nuff said.

    January 3, 2011 at 09:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Whitesoxshawn

      There are too many a**holes in religion.

      Nuff said.

      January 3, 2011 at 09:45 | Report abuse |
    • scheebs

      That's because atheists are smart enough not to join an army. Atheists are said to have no values/morals, but that's BS. They value this life and have as good if not better morals than religious people who say they don't care about dying because they'll somehow live forever.

      January 3, 2011 at 11:48 | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      @Joseph Somebody
      Really? Tell that to the family of Pat Tillman, American hero, soldier and atheist. He's done more for his country and exhibited more bravery than 99.9% of Christians in America ever have. Get a clue. Show some respect to the men fighting and dying for your right to say ignorant nonsense.

      January 3, 2011 at 11:57 | Report abuse |
    • Akhlut

      Actually, there have been hundreds of thousands, if not millions. Not only in the US armed forces (they have their own monument in Washington DC), but around the world.

      Nuff said.

      January 3, 2011 at 12:00 | Report abuse |
    • Jean

      EXACTLY why I believe all gods are man made. Wouldn't it be great if there were someone magical out there to appeal to when the sht hits the fan?

      January 3, 2011 at 13:12 | Report abuse |
    • Ms.

      I have no experience with foxholes. However, I can personally vouch that there are atheists amongst cancer patients. In fact, the "believers" seem to have a harder time dealing with cancer because they fear their god isn't listening to them.

      January 3, 2011 at 13:26 | Report abuse |
    • Myk

      Tell that to Pat Tillman or his brothers.

      January 3, 2011 at 13:26 | Report abuse |
    • HearMeOut

      But now there will be openly gay people in foxholes. Best that chaps your a**.

      January 3, 2011 at 13:36 | Report abuse |
    • Leo

      I'm a veteran and an atheist. I didn't need God on the battlefield... because both sides were "claiming" God for their own. No, I just needed better body armor. I don't believe in God, but I do believe in kevlar.

      January 3, 2011 at 15:44 | Report abuse |
  21. rv1982

    Anyone who feels anger towards God is a person who believes that their so called god exists for them. Once they discover this is not the case, they quit believing. Whether you believe in God or not, try reading Job in the Old Testiment for kicks...might give you a different perspective of God and your life on this planet. If those people who believe that what they perceive is all that exists in this universe, then there is really no point to anything...including all the misery this world can dish out to them over time.

    January 3, 2011 at 09:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Whitesoxshawn

    This article is ridiculous!! One stereotype that atheists here in "one nation under god" have constantly battled is the one that we're all angry and bitter. This is simply not true. If I'm angry about something or someone I find it way more constructive to go to the source of that anger and search for a resolution to the problem as opposed to speaking aloud to essentially nobody. I think what really makes us angry though is crap articles like this about ridiculous studies that make very little to no sense at all. Really? Atheists get angry at god? News flash!!! Then they're not atheists genius!!!!

    January 3, 2011 at 09:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Chris

    No, just a bunch of frightened human beings, "hoping and praying" they don't get hit by shrapnel.

    January 3, 2011 at 09:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Jeremy

    I'm fundamentally confused as to why anyone would be angered by this article. It is not taking a religious position on the existence or non-existence of God. Rather it is reporting the outcome of a scientific study about human behaviour. If you are an atheist, there is nothing about the article that supports an argument that God exists. If you are a believer, there is nothing about the article that supports a claim that He does not. While your personal position might be that you can't be angry at something you don't believe in, that position clearly is not supported by the scientific evidence. This is a study on psychology, not ultimate truth. I think many are revealing the "religious" rather than scientific nature of their non-belief in their emotional response to what is basically a neutral exercise in clinical psychology.

    January 3, 2011 at 09:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Whitesoxshawn

      By doing an article on the subject at all is suggesting that god exists. Did this oh so respected university do a study on people being angry with dragons or unicorns? That would be silly right?

      "many are revealing the "religious" rather than scientific nature of their non-belief"
      Are you serious? Religious nature of non-belief? Do we need to get the crayons out and draw you a picture?

      January 3, 2011 at 10:02 | Report abuse |
  25. Zargoth


    There is no god, so no god to be angry at. If you are angry at some god, then you are not an atheist.

    Pretty simple-

    January 3, 2011 at 09:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • wow

      We can be free to believe what we want. At age 14 i'm pretty sure what's right from wrong. It's called sin. So why don't all you "ATHEISTS" open your eyes to this and not dis what this atricle is stating. Just because the common knowledge of a virgo person, much like yourself, is little compaired to a real christain doesn't mean you can flawnt your ignorant comments around. Just because the world did you wron is no reason to take it out on God. God's here to show us from right and WRONG. Think about that before you say some ignorant choice of words.

      January 3, 2011 at 10:34 | Report abuse |
    • Monster


      God is not here to show us right from wrong. God is not here. You are a moron.

      January 3, 2011 at 11:56 | Report abuse |
    • Me

      People can go on and on about their so called "science" and "logic" but in the end we'll all know the truth at the Judgement seat. I simply cannot comprehend how one could see the Aurora Borealis and not be stirred by the utter vastness and inevitable existence of whoever is responsible for it's glory. Me in my 14-year-old girl stupidity does not understand how any thing of beauty could happen by chance. I'm aware that my beliefs are irrational, politically incorrect and unscientific, but I could not care less. For I have a friend named Jesus Christ, and I will stick by him to the end. If I am wrong, and there is no afterlife, what have I lost? I have been happy in my ignorance, believing in some all-powerful, imaginary friend. But if there is an afterlife, then I will have gained everything, for I will spend eternity with my Lord in Heaven.

      January 3, 2011 at 12:02 | Report abuse |
    • Akhlut

      @Me: Is YHWH responsible for the glories of the Loa loa worm, which devours human eye tissue, leaving humans blind in its wake? Is YHWH responsible for the tsunami 5 years ago that obliterated over 200,000 human lives in an instant? What of the wars between Lutherans and Catholics and Calvinists and Anglicans; why did YHWH not arrive to show all of them which interpretation of Holy Writ is correct so as to prevent needless bloodshed and hundreds of thousands of deaths? Or how about smallpox, which spread across the American Indians and wasted away some 50 million lives or more?

      Tell me, are these YHWH's glories, or just the result of a universe without care toward human existence?

      January 3, 2011 at 12:22 | Report abuse |
    • JT

      You have a simple case of if you believe that fairies cause rain then every time it rains is proof of fairies. Hopefully you'll develop real thinking skills one day.

      January 3, 2011 at 12:23 | Report abuse |
    • Tommas

      You don't know what you have lost... the true beauty of things: when something was created by "magic" it looses how amazing our planet truly is! Out of all the possible combinations of elements throughout the countless stars how lucky we are that we have what we have. You must cherish every second of your existence because this is it, a tiny flash of time. Once you say it was made and given to us it becomes cheap and for many people expendable.

      January 3, 2011 at 12:55 | Report abuse |
  26. cuckoo barabajagal

    The "scientific" researchers don't realize the difference between not believing in God and believing there is no God. Their premise is flawed by their incorrect definition of atheism.

    January 3, 2011 at 10:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • MashaSobaka


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  27. John Schuerman

    The very definition of an Atheist is someone who lacks a god belief. So the premise of the article nullifies the content of the study. I.e., someone who is angry with god cannot, by definition, be an Atheist. It all goes back to the belief that many religious people have that those who are Atheists choose to deny god, rather than the correct definition that they reject the existence of god.

    A better study would have defined those they questioned as true Atheists or merely "backsliding" Christians.

    January 3, 2011 at 10:02 | Report abuse | Reply
    • JT

      That's what happens when you have a Christian doing these "studies". They can't fathom someone not believing as they do and they conduct these studies in the constraints for their world view. That's why you will almost always see them spewing bible scripture at you as proof. They are so perplexed as to why non-believers; Jews, Atheists, Muslims, etc. do not find it as obvious as they do. In their delusion they come across as extremely arrogant.

      January 3, 2011 at 12:33 | Report abuse |
  28. Ha ha

    Atheists spend a very psychologically unhealthy amount of time discussing something they don't believe in.
    I don't believe it many things, yet don't find the uncontrollable, child-like urge to spend my time reading and commenting on such things and deriding others for it.

    January 3, 2011 at 10:08 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jeff

      Atheists mad at god, how stupid can you get?

      January 3, 2011 at 10:47 | Report abuse |
    • ctaya

      The answer is very simple: it is because you Christians are interfering the lives of the non-believers in many ways (laws and regulations, socially, politically, morally, ... ) .

      January 3, 2011 at 10:54 | Report abuse |
    • CDG

      @ctaya–you are assuming that the poster is Christian. Doesn't that reveal your own intolerance in this conversation?

      January 3, 2011 at 11:31 | Report abuse |
    • Ha ha

      "You Christians" ? Nice assuming that you have even a remote clue as to my religiosity.
      Careful, your hatred is showing.

      January 3, 2011 at 11:36 | Report abuse |
    • ctaya

      Reading all the posts, I have somehow in mind with that assumption.
      If you are not a Christian, my apology. But my remark still stands, that is: the Christians are interfering the lives of the non-believers in many ways (laws and regulations, socially, politically, morally, ... ) and therefore, they have to respond.
      Intolerant and hatred? Far from it. At least I would not condone sending people to forever torment in hell.
      If people believe in some supernatural force, e.g. God, that is fine with me. It is a way of handling the relationship with nature. It is a personal matter. I have nothing against it.

      January 3, 2011 at 11:48 | Report abuse |
    • JT

      If Muslims were the ones trying to turn the US into a theocracy then Muslims would be the ones in the cross hairs. We atheists care more for everyone's freedom and liberty than any of these cults.

      January 3, 2011 at 12:36 | Report abuse |
  29. Sabina

    "Moreover, distress at God is associated with mental health symptom".

    What a hoot! My sister belongs to a religion that does not allow salute of the flag, political involement, voting, blood transfusions, birthday presents, psycology, reporting crimes to police, etc. etc. If you break one of their rules, you are completely banished and never spoken to again.
    And who has mental health issues?

    January 3, 2011 at 10:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • John

      Let me guess, Jahovah's Witnesses

      January 3, 2011 at 11:55 | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Pshaww.. No offense to any JW"s out there but the Devil sure knows how to trick people, doesn't he?

      January 3, 2011 at 12:06 | Report abuse |
  30. Sher

    Wow, I am shocked at the number of people that do not believe in God and even choose to make fun of Him. There is a difference between God (with a capital G) and a god (no capital letter). I cannot look around this world and the universe and not believe in God. I find it sad that others don't. God doesn't always answer our prayers the way we want them. If your child continued to ask for junk food, would you continue to say yes and give it to him/her? For their own good, you would not. God is our father and we are his children and so he treats us as our children and disciplines us as children because we do not always act the way we should. We are given freedom of choice and somethimes those choices we make lead us down paths that are filled with heartache. Instead of taking responsibility for our own choices, we choose to blame God. I feel sorry for the world that doesn't see God.

    January 3, 2011 at 10:18 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dan

      And I feel sorry for people who are delusional and pretend they they have an imaginary god-friend! Your analogy of yourself as a child is apt. Grow up!

      January 3, 2011 at 10:33 | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      It's those leprechaun's and their lucky charms that make me angry.

      January 3, 2011 at 10:53 | Report abuse |
    • ctaya

      Two old Greek problems:

      Epicurean Paradox:
      “Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?”

      Euthyphro dilemma:
      "Is the pious loved by the gods because it is pious, or is it pious because it is loved by the gods?"

      January 3, 2011 at 10:59 | Report abuse |
    • God

      Godzilla is the only real god.

      January 3, 2011 at 11:36 | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      I am shocked, disappointed, amazed, confused, and frustrated by people who give up their intellect and autonomy in the worship of an imaginary thing. It would seem to me that all True Believers should refuse to acknowledge or derive benefit from all the advances in medicine, technology, culture, literature, art, etc. created by humans. If you get injured or contract a disease, you should let God's Will take its course. To do otherwise is to reject the Will of your God. Do you need money to buy something? Pray to your God for the money or the thing itself.

      I am frustrated by groups of people who impose their belief system on me and punish me (directly or indirectly) because I do not fall victim to the same delusions that has infected them.

      January 6, 2011 at 17:58 | Report abuse |
  31. Reush

    I'm an atheist, but I still find this article intriguing. However, when I get mad, I typically blame myself or something else related to the event. I don't believe in God/Gods/Whatever, so arguing with the air isn't going to do any good besides catharsis (which was proven to be ineffective anyway).

    January 3, 2011 at 10:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. adrgrl

    Seems to me that atheists are angry at EVERYone, including themselves. I know two people who are atheists and they're constantly angry, agitated and miserable. The atheists who post here are like that too. Constantly angry and spouting off angry b s . Of course they're angry at God. When is an atheist not angry at someone?

    January 3, 2011 at 10:22 | Report abuse | Reply
    • ctaya

      Ask Carl Sagan.

      January 3, 2011 at 11:00 | Report abuse |
    • Reush

      You know two atheists, and see atheists on the internet (which has a history for bringing out the anger in a lot of people), and you claim to know how every atheist acts? Should I assume that all Christians are like Westboro Baptist Church, or that all Muslims are like the Taliban?

      January 3, 2011 at 11:24 | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Good question!!!!!!!

      January 3, 2011 at 12:06 | Report abuse |
  33. Brad

    You know, this study was a little ridulous. How can you be angry in something you don't believe in. And to all you "believers". What exactly do you believe in? A Christian God? Which one? The bible? Which one? You believers can believe in what you want, belief and faith is a good thing. We all have faith in something and to try and tell someone that they don't is the greatest sin. But, you believing in your "God" is no better or worse than me believing in what I want. If I want to believe the soda can in front of me is "God" then so be it. It is my faith don't try and prove me wrong because when you die you will have to answer to the soda can for your disbelief. If there is a God, which there isn't, he may work in misterious ways but there is one thing that cannot be overlooked. He enjoys pain and suffering of all mankind. You may think he has a "plan" and he might. But with the amount of suffering on this planet that has existed, and a lot of it in his name, how can anyone be devoted to him???

    January 3, 2011 at 10:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Michael T Sutherland

    i'm mad at the flying spaghetti monster...:)

    January 3, 2011 at 10:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • SoftScienceJunkie17

      as am I Michael, as am I.

      January 3, 2011 at 10:29 | Report abuse |
    • Me

      That's unfortunate..but God still loves you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      January 3, 2011 at 12:07 | Report abuse |
  35. GOD-LOVER!

    We can be free to believe whatever we want. At age 14 i'm pretty sure what's right from wrong. It's called sin. So why don't all you "ATHEISTS" open your eyes to this and not diss what this atricle is stating. You're undermining the attempt this author is trying to poyse in your guys heads. Just because the common knowledge of a virgo person, much like yourself, is little compaired to a real christain doesn't mean you can flawnt your ignorant comments around. Just because the world did you wrong is no reason to take it out on God. God's here to show us from right and WRONG. Think about that before you say some ignorant choice of words.

    January 3, 2011 at 10:36 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Humanist

      If you are actually 14, perhaps you should be in school right now (mid-morning on a Monday in North America) learning how to spell and present your thoughts in coherent written form. Also, having an intelligent debate about research does not mean we are trying to "diss the atricle" as you so eloquently stated. You aren't doing your fellow believers any favors by posting this and you should probably learn to spell Christian if you are going to go around claiming to be one.

      January 3, 2011 at 11:06 | Report abuse |
    • Sorry about that jerk

      Hey God-Lover! Don't sweat the slams from this "humanist" guy. Your right. It seems that atheists are narrow-minded and reject any scientific research that does not fit their belief system.

      Don't let them trick you into thinking your beliefs are uneducated, or that we are the ones rejecting science and education. 🙂 This is probably one of the atheists who is angry at God. I guess this because a humanist is "an advocate of the principles of humanism; someone concerned with the interests and welfare of humans" yet he spends his free time slandering 14 year old children online, and apparently also has trouble wrapping his mind around time-zones outside of his own.

      January 3, 2011 at 11:50 | Report abuse |
    • ctaya

      If anything, don't blame anything else. Ha ha.

      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 3, 2011 at 19:16 | Report abuse |
  36. Research, Anyone?

    I am seeing a lot of varied responses here. I wonder, how many of you have seen the link in the middle of the article to participate in future research on the subject? Just my opinion, but I think participating in the research is a rather good way of working with the frustrations you might have.

    January 3, 2011 at 10:45 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rick

      Would you be willing to participate in a study to determine what mental illnesses are manifest in the brains of people who have irrational and persistent beliefs in imaginary creatures?

      January 6, 2011 at 18:37 | Report abuse |
  37. Perplexed

    I am likewise angry at Santa for not bringing me my full wish list...

    January 3, 2011 at 10:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Nitrogen

    Sorry, but this is research? I mean, I'm all for research, but this is just one case study statistically confirming what has been in social consciousness for a long time, but whatever. Psychologists. I'm atheist and actually quite happy. I think the reason that atheists are portrayed as angry and miserable is because of the way we're forced to interact with religious people. Around other rational people, I'm happy as can be. Sit me down in front of an episode of Nova or a physics text and I'm good to go. But as soon as I'm forced to listen to the nonsense that spews from the religious, I get frustrated that the majority of people including my leaders believe in a fairy tale and make important decisions based on it. Since most of the time religious people see this side of me, they may think I'm an angry, miserable guy, but really this is a reaction to the inanity of religion. When I get mad, I get mad at something real, not god.

    January 3, 2011 at 10:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. alan

    The purpose of religion is to exploit and control the uneducated masses plain and simple! It works very very well. So are you the exploiter or exploited?

    January 3, 2011 at 10:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Humanist

    According to the study, "atheists and agnostics reported more anger at God during their lifetimes than believers." I think the key here is "during their lifetimes," which may reflect that they were originally raised in a faith and as they got old enough to question it they felt lied to and were angry at God before ultimately deciding they didn't believe in him. I was raised in a very rigid cult-like church where the leaders used faith to control people. I had a lot of anger in my teens and I ultimately stopped believing in a higher power and came to my own peace about existence. My focus is on being a good person for the sake of my fellow humans and the planet. The only thing I am "angry" at now is the charlatans who exploit other people's desire to believe.

    January 3, 2011 at 10:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ms.

      My life experience is very similar to that of Humanist. My anger, as I left my cultish background, was directed toward the manipulative leadership. I was also angry at my parents because they fell for it and reared my siblings and me in the cult. Admitting that I don't believe was the biggest relief of my life.

      January 3, 2011 at 13:37 | Report abuse |
  41. Willow

    This is incorrect. An atheist may be angry at the church they grew up in or the parents that raised them, but if you truly do not believe that something exists, than you cannot be angry at that thing. It's like being angry at Santa. Not possible. If they are angry at God then they are not truly atheists.

    January 3, 2011 at 11:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. KinNYC

    "Humanism is a rationalist philosophy that promotes ethical and compassionate behavior as an ends unto themselves rather than demands imposed upon people by a supernatural being." Greg M. Epstein. Try it.

    January 3, 2011 at 11:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Fernando

    How can anger be directed at something that doesn't exist? If an Atheist is angry at some deity, then that person is not an atheist and is instead confused about what to believe.

    January 3, 2011 at 11:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Crazy Waiter

    I think an Atheist can look at the world and say if there is a God he must me evil. For example God is supposed to be all knowing, all powerful yet he stands back and allows children to be molested, people to be murdered, starvation in Africa, he creates disease, etc. So in a hypothetical situation if God exists there is plenty of reason to be angry with him. Christians and Muslims, etc. are afraid of God and afraid to even think that "hey maybe this God guy is a pr*ck."

    January 3, 2011 at 11:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Julie Exline

    In case any readers are interested in participating in a research study on the topic of anger toward God, feel free to check out this link:


    Note that this study is open to any English speaker aged 18 or over. We are seeking participants who believe in God as well as those who do not.

    January 3, 2011 at 11:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Frank

    I truly believe that we as humans wether we believe or not are always drawn to a higher power.

    January 3, 2011 at 11:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Dim Luan

    Hmm. Of course atheists can be angry with `God'. Hell, I was angry with Malfoy when he stomped Harry P in the face. How is this different?

    January 3, 2011 at 11:17 | Report abuse | Reply
    • esmiranda

      I was going to answer your question, but I decided not to waste my time as you probably wouldn't get it. Enjoy your witchcraft stories honey, I'm sure Harry Potter will save the world. After all, he's getting kids to read, isn't he? So what if it's witchcraft....

      January 3, 2011 at 11:24 | Report abuse |
    • Dim Luan

      esmiranda: I am glad you are not wasting your time. Please.

      January 3, 2011 at 11:32 | Report abuse |
    • Greg B.(to distinguish myself from other Greg's)


      Come on. It's Harry Potter. It's not evil. It's fairy tales for children(and grown ups) to enjoy. Or do you think that singing in church and playing cards are evil as well. Or gasp.... drinking alcohol!

      January 3, 2011 at 11:33 | Report abuse |
  48. Nuclear Xmas

    "Oh god! The integrity of atheism has been destroyed, your religion is futile, join us!"

    I'm sure this is what I'm going to be hearing about now next time I get into a religious debate.

    January 3, 2011 at 11:19 | Report abuse | Reply
    • esmiranda

      Actaually, unlike atheists, I really don't care what you believe. Your relationship or lack of such with God is personal, therefor your business. Atheism deals with the intellect, not with sprituality. According to atheists, the only spirituality that exists is the free floating, non denominational sprituality that worships the self. Eewww. Other people just aren't worth worshipping, I have a hard enough time caring about other people. What I know of people, I will stick with God. So have a nice pagan-holiday-that-Jesus -gets-blamed-for, nuclear style. BTW, the "X" in "X-Mas" is the Greek seppling for "Christos" or "Christ." Thank you for using the term that makes Christmas extra Christ-like. Too bad christmas is actually a continuation of a pagan holiday that has nothing to do with Christ...

      January 3, 2011 at 11:31 | Report abuse |
    • Dim Luan

      esmiranda: if you do not care: why all the replies?

      Many people do not believe in `God'. Just deal with it.

      January 3, 2011 at 11:38 | Report abuse |
  49. BG

    I am always perplexed at folks when reading religiously themed articles. As one person pointed out, believing and god and being a Christian are two separate and non-overlapping arguments (for many people).

    Now...if you throw Christianity and other organized religions out the window...that in and of itself does not mean that one needs to be an Athiest. God, the concept, can exist without believing that he sent Moses down the mountain with commandments or that he sent his son to Earth to redeem us. Perhaps God exists and the initial condition...the one who set this cosmic computer in motion...the creator of the laws of physics that govern our reality (if it is, in fact, "real"). If this is the god, and my leanings tend to be towards those initial condition concepts, then WHY BE MAD? (took me a while to get there...but get there I did!)

    As quantum mechanics teaches us...perhaps God does play dice with the universe. And although I can get made an the shooter at the craps table, he/she isn't the reason I lost...the dealer isn't at fault for not getting me that 3 I needed to win at the black jack table. Directing my anger at the shooter or the dealer is the same as directing my anger at God. Both are just a giant waste of my time!

    January 3, 2011 at 11:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • JT

      Christians use "God" and "Jesus" interchangeably and just assume that everyone else in the world does too. It's the world view of the Christian that causes this arrogant assumption. When a Christian attempts to convert me into their cult I have to stop them and educate them that they have a massive task before them.

      They will first have to convert me from an atheist to a theist and quoting text from a 2000 year old text written by sheep herders isn't going to help. If they were to convince me that there is a deity then the next hurdle would be to convert me that their particular man-made dogma is correct. They are so convinced they are right that they can't wrap their head around anyone who doesn't believe as they do.

      January 3, 2011 at 13:00 | Report abuse |
  50. TripleSG

    I'm mad at Jove. He's always turning into rays of light and raping swans, bulls, and bull swans. You know, I've just about had it with that entire Pantheon.

    Oh wait, I'm an atheist. Never mind.

    January 3, 2011 at 11:26 | Report abuse | Reply
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