Greetings From
An Apologetic But
Very Open Christian!
Steven Wright

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Cliff responds:

I respect an openly "confessing" atheist much more than anybody who claims to be Christian but will not fully commit to the doctrine or to follow after His will.

Most expressions of Christianity demand the public asmission of one's faith. Atheism, however, is essentially indifferent toward the affairs of theists. Not wanting to busy himself in the affairs of others, the consistent atheist tends to be, to atheism, what you resent in some Christians: private and unconcerned about one's own atheistic views. For this reason, the vast majority of atheists seldom if ever think about their own atheism. Why? Because our atheism speaks of what we are not, rather than what we are; our atheism speaks to what others are, not what we are. For most of us, atheism is the way we distinguish ourselves from theists when the need arises -- which is very seldom.

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