Consistently, as soon as you enter any kind of a debate website that contains even the slightest link to something religion driven, you get a rush of willful people on both sides of the discussion. One is convinced they believe in God, and the other absolutely believes there is no proof, and carry on to explain the many crimes against humanity that religious folk have perpetrated over generations as evidence that it is a flawed doctrine of values.
Christian believers usually attack back with the Hitler and Stalin reasoning- both being arguable atheists that did not subscribe to or believe in any specific god (though Hitler has ties to the occult and of course did believe in fate, and other puritanical notions that are usually based in some religion or another). Of course the Hitler/Stalin debates are somewhat moot, as is to varying degrees the Christian crimes arguement. The reasons become solid when one can not only locate the connection (that is implied by followers of those groups committing those atrocities) but also the causation. Causation then offers some strength to either side, for then Christianity, or a lack thereof, caused the key reason why that atrocities were inflicted.
To the issue with Christianity, although it is obviously causal (pagans were killed caused by religious differences, whilst atheists hardly ever slaughtered the religious on account of being religious) it still is open to discussion. Mainly because frequently people wish to challenge a selected set of individuals, and will include just about any excuse they can to do so. In this instance, Christianity could possibly be the offender meaning that it can easily be utilized to accomplish such desires, but nevertheless might not be the cause.
The leading critiques of Christianity stem from the dilemma of God – it is argued by atheists that by Christians seeing oneself to be conducting God’s work, they are able to prevent their own conscientious reaction to virtually any course of action which would normally be a great deal more challenging. By intergrating spirituality to an immoral situation, it is said, common people tend to do extremely extreme things, and this deviancy from ‘healthy’ practices can be parallel to a variety of delirium.
Is this to say that all Religious followers are mad? Well, the issue then arises, what actually is a Christian? Do all Christians really believe in anything and everything within the bible? Indeed, do they consistently convinced that the bible is definitely the word of God, or Jesus for that matter? A sizeable portion of Christians and religious men and women of all faiths tend to embrace specific parts of their selected religion and disregard or refrain from others. For example, to be a Christian, a follower needs to not like homosexuals. How is it feasible then that cable programs with obvious homosexual personalities prosper in the United States, which is mostly Christian?
It is because while atheists are probably faithful to the values of atheism (or agnosticism, a cousin of atheism), not many religious individuals are as fortified in the creeds of their chosen religion. Almost all of these belief systems were authored when technological innovation and knowledge was insufficient, and thereby, their literal rules are practically as antiquated as their prejudices are