God doesn't believe in atheists

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The slogan "God doesn't believe in atheists" is a rhetorical tactic. It is neither a rational conclusion nor an argument in support of one.

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Counter-arguments

God is not omniscient

The retort, "God doesn't believe in atheists," could be interpreted to mean that the god under consideration does not know about the billions of people who don't believe he exists. Regardless of the faith of the theist, this statement implies that his or her god is not omniscient. Further, it implies that the theist believes himself or herself to know the limits of God's mind. Is the theist omniscient?

Atheists are lying

Main article: There are no atheists.

This claim can also be interpreted to mean, "Atheists secretly believe that there is a god, and God, who is omniscient, knows this." It comes across as dismissive and ignorant when used against an atheist who truly doesn't believe in any gods.

If the theist believes the atheist must be lying, does he or she also insist that every person of every other faith secretly believes in the correct god (i.e., his or her own god), yet worships the wrong god? For instance, if the theist is Christian, does he or she believe that two-thirds of other people on the planet are lying about their beliefs? Why just the atheists?

Similar Arguments

The atheist can point out that an equally facile slogan would be, "Batman doesn't believe in people who don't believe in Batman." This should illustrate that the structure of the slogan makes for a silly claim.

Another response for the theist might be, "Vishnu doesn't believe in people who don't believe in Vishnu." This, of course, does not impress the theist unless he or she is Hindu. One could point out that atheists treat all such claims like the theist (if he or she is not Hindu) treats the Vishnu claim--with dismissal.


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Personal   Why are you trying to tear down other people's faith? · Why can't everyone just have their own beliefs? · What are your qualifications? · Atheists believe in nothing · You are a communist · Why do atheists inspire such hatred? · That's not my God
Religious   That's not in my Bible · They're not true Christians · You just want to sin · Atheists know there is a God · It takes more faith to disbelieve than it does to believe · God doesn't believe in atheists · Science is a faith · Atheism is a religion · Atheists worship materialism · Hypocrisy of celebrating religious holidays · Atheism is based on faith · Religious belief is beneficial
Science and logic   You can't prove God doesn't exist · Science can't touch god · God can't be defined · So you think we came from nothing / pondsoup / monkeys? · If God didn't create everything, who did? · That might be true for you, but its not true for me · Religion is another way of knowing · God is trying to trick you with dinosaur bones · Satan is trying to trick you with dinosaur bones · Tides come in, tides go out
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