We all do it, to some extent. Christians do it more than Atheists. What is IT??!
“IT” is to assume that other people think, feel, and act just like you do.
It is like comparing British English to American English. The words are the same, but the conclusions they reach and the information they convey, are vastly different. I think that I felt it, but I had it clearly pointed out to me by a young, Atheist YouTuber.
He had been raised as a fervent, evangelical Catholic. In his teens, he began to question!! By twenty, he admitted that he had become an Atheist. His Bible-thumper Mother was appalled, and tried to lure/force him back.
First, she accused him of “Just blindly believing what those Atheist books say.” – because she blindly believed in a book. He explained that he had not read most of the books she was worried about, and the couple that he had, he had not read until after he had declared himself an Atheist.
While he had not read the evil Atheist books, and had arrived at his position through years of careful study and research, she then accused him of just unquestioningly accepting the non-religious claims of Atheists who establish themselves in authority – because she unquestioningly accepts the self-declared authority of The Catholic Church.
I recently listened to a Christian apologist try to wiggle out from under an Atheist complaint about the Christian concept of infinite punishment in Hell, for the finite crime of not believing. His justification was that, the infinite punishment was not for merely not believing, but that Atheists die, and go to be judged, and are cast into Hell, and the infinite punishment is because, even in Hell, they continue to ‘deny God.’
I find this apologist scenario preposterous. Any Atheist who dies, expecting to just fade out, who finds his spirit, his soul, his consciousness, his personality, still coherent and miraculously transported to Heaven, faces God, is condemned to Hell, and who is suffering horrible tortures – would admit to observed reality and accepted truth – not petulantly continue to ‘deny God,’ whatever that means. But the Christian apologist believes that the Atheist would – because he would!
Frank Turek, a Christian debater, whose slick, used-car-salesman face beams down from the top of this post, was asked if there was any information or argument that might make him change his mind. He responded with a Bible verse which orders the loyal to reject anything which might cause them to doubt. No matter how reliable, proven, or convincing the facts and evidence are, Turek and his ilk will simply deny it! 😳
To even try for a non-believer to have a discussion with a Christian about morals/morality, seems doomed to failure. It will not become a debate or a conversation. It is like two solitudes, shouting past each other.
The Christian will allege that there are Objective Morals, things which are good or evil, whether or not people exist. Without any evidence that either of them exists, they claim that God defines and enforces morals, despite the fact that great swathes of Good Christians disregard and disobey them, filling prisons, divorce courts and rehab facilities.
The very words morals, and morality have been hijacked by Christian debaters. Like sin, they are something that their God wants mankind to do, or not do. Atheists have ethics, and evolution-induced empathy. If Atheists can get Christians to agree that reduction of harm and increase in happiness and wellbeing is an acceptable subjective basis, then we have Objective Atheist Morals, and all without God.