This blog originally founded by Blogger who holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Christmas and Atheists

Merry Christmas everybody. Wow, that felt good! 

But I know there are people out there who are going to be freaking out this year. They thought they would never have to hear words like Christmas and Jesus in public again.

I have a psychological theory about why those words so provoke them.
First, let my give an analogy. During WW II Germans rained thousands of bombs on London. Some never exploded and buried into the ground. After the war, roads were built over them. Unfortunately, every time a truck drove over them, the jiggling began a triggering which finally resulted in the bomb exploding.

My theory about why Atheists had such irrational reactions to the words of Christmas is the words jiggle something buried. Somewhere back there they decided to put six feet under, the emotional answer to an essential question. Is there a Supreme Being Whom I must deal with?

They rid themselves of discomfort by deciding "No. There is not." They thought they had solved their problem once and for all. However, at Christmas time, those damn trucks keep jiggling.

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells

4 comments:

Reader said...

And...Merry Christmas to you also. May Christ come into the hearts and souls of many this time of year.

guy faulkes said...

Blogger, I have been thinking about this post for quite some time. It appears to me that being an atheist is quite a difficult position. The concept of atheism is a religious belief that proclaims there is no Supreme Being. As this cannot be proven, it must be taken on faith just as any other religious belief must be.

Throughout history, people have believed in a Supreme Being. Christianity alone has over 2000 years and millions of people that believed or believes in it. This must weight heavily on the atheist who is comparatively on his own in his belief. Subconsciously he has to wonder. In addition to this, one must have blinders on to discount the miracles of life one witnesses everyday. How many instances can one justify as coincident, even to himself?

Will said...

As an atheist who came to me beliefs over 45 years ago, it is no different than you - it's a matter of belief. As I studied and tried to reconcile my religious beliefs with the beautiful universe around me I simply came to the conclusion that god simply was not necessary to me in reconciling my life to the world around me. No more than you could deny your belief in God can I deny my belief in the absence of a deity. That is the nature of belief.

We would all be better off if could simply accept that belief comes from within the person and we all struggle with that effort.

Merry Christmas

Sarkazein said...

WiLL- The debate comes from atheists suing for freedom from religion, not religious people suing atheists to make them religious.

You wrote- "We would all be better off if could simply accept that belief comes from within the person and we all struggle with that effort."

Tell that to your Brethren.