I recently asked my first question on Christianity.StackExchange. One of my first answers was from a non-believer who wanted to inform me that my views on faith were wrong and simpleminded, and that there is no afterlife. A quick skim of the site reveals it is common practice for non-christians to post not just questions about faith, but attacks on faith, on this site.
I can respect the Atheist point of view, but I'm curious why Atheists have pitted themselves against Christians and spend time trolling forums such as these to "enlighten" Christians. While christians have motivation from their religion to convert others (see: Why do Christians need to promote their religion to non-believers?), I do not see the motivation from the Atheists point of view to attack Christianity.
I would prefer not to hear opinions from Christians about Atheists being proud or stupid, but would rather here true motivation from Atheists.
A few sub questions:
- It has long been known in fields of psychology and sociology that attacks on strongly held beliefs can further entrench individuals in those beliefs. I'm curious why posts on a forum such as this do not appear as an obvious waste of time?
- Many posts suggest if Christians only understood Math and Science, they would see their error in their faith. Why pit Math and Science against Christianity when these two bodies are not at odds? As a PhD physicist, and a Christian, I shudder at the idea of turning members of one of the worlds most popular religion against math and science if you suggest that these views are at odds. I think the current level of skepticism in Science is very dangerous and should not be fueled by pitting ones personal belief against Science. Not vaccinating children or not "believing" in global warming are popular examples of a very dangerous attitude towards science.