Somehow you have found yourself believing that there is no God. Perhaps you never had faith, perhaps you lost faith along the way. At first it was just nice to sleep in on Sundays and to not worry about any religious rules stopping you from having fun. But passive atheism has become boring and now you want to do more than just not believe, you want to encourage other people to stop believing as well. That is what this post is all about, training you to be an atheist apologist.
The first thing that you have to work on is attitude. Some of your atheist friends will tell you to ignore religious people and let everyone believe what they want. Do not listen to them. It is not enough for you to not believe, other people must join you in unbelief. In some ways your atheism is unfulfilled when there is even one person still believing. Look for any opportunity to tear down someone else’s faith.
One of the atheists greatest weapons is that of offence. One of the reasons religion must be destroyed is that it is offensive. It is not just stands on moral issues or specific ethical rules that are offensive. Anything religious should be seen as offensive. If you are driving down a road and you see a cross that has been placed where someone has been killed in an accident, you should be filled with anger. They might claim that they placed it there to remember a lost loved one but their real reason was to shove religion down your throat. Do not let them get away with that. As an atheist apologist, it is your job to seek the removal of any public display of religion. You have the right to never encounter anything religious and you should fight for that right.
One of the things that atheism has going for itself is that it is the only intellectual worldview on the market. All religion is based on faith, atheism is based on fact. Sure, we don’t know how the universe started or how life began, but those are still facts, just facts that we don’t know yet. Every once in a while religious people will put forward a religious scientist or other academically recognized person. There is an easy way to respond. The fact that they are religious removes any clout they might have based on their intelligence, education or credentials. Religious people are uneducated, no matter how much education they have.
The other advantage of atheism is that atheism is the only ethical worldview. All religion is evil and history proves it. Century after century, religion has always been responsible for millions of deaths. Now every once in a while, a religious person will try and pin you down on this. Do not get caught up in the details of how many people died or what the actual role of religion was. Focus on on the big picture that religion kills.
What about examples of religious people who do good things and atheists who do bad things? Fellow atheist apologists have taken care of this. When we see religious people doing good things, they are either secret atheists who are afraid to admit their atheism or they are religious people who are acting like atheists and are acting in spite of their religion. What about bad atheists? That is easy as well. Those so-called “atheists” are either people who have made another worldview (such as communism) into a religion or have made atheism itself into a religion. Once they make that move into religious thinking and doing, they are setting themselves up for being as dangerous as religious people. So we see, even in this case it is religion that is bad and atheism that is good.
Here are just a few more hints on how you can be a good atheist apologist. Reject the Bible as a historical source. Once it was acknowledged as a religious text, it lost all historical value. Whenever you get confused, just bring up crusades, inquisition and Jihad. Those words answer just about anything. Do not listen to the actual arguments of religious people. This is not a conversation about seeking out the truth. You know the truth. Your job is to argue, ridicule, mock and whatever else you need to do to show that religion is bad. Do not get caught up in arguments about freedom of religion. Freedom of religion should be freedom from religion and therefore supports your position. Do not be tolerant of moderate religious people who mind their own business and feed poor people. As long as they are religious, they are as guilty as a Jihadist who blows up a plane.
There is so much more that could be said but this should give you a start. There is a big job to be done. While church attendance is down, belief in God is stubbornly solid. Do what you can to bring this world to atheism.