Daniel Sherrell, who now appears to be calling himself Dan O'Brian, believes that a person can't have any authentic, reasonable basis for starting down the road to doubt and disbelief in the existence of gods. Regardless of the reasons offered by atheists now, he can't conceive of their having started down the road due to anything other than some personal hurt or offense.
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Although he is by no means not the first or only Christian to assert such a thing, Daniel Sherrell expresses it very simply and directly -- more so than most, I think. This of course doesn't rescue the position by making it an more reasonable or any less bigoted, but it's helpful sometimes to reduce a position to its simplest and most direct form in order to best understand it.
For all of you who were religious before you turned to atheism, why do you believe there is no God? Oh, you may back it up with current facts, but something started you on this path before the facts came into play.
Maybe religion left a bad taste in your mouth. Maybe someone did something to you. Maybe God didn't come through for you like you wanted him to. Whatever formed your opinion about God, scientific evidence probably didn't play a huge role in it.
And all this talk about God being a totalitarian, or asking unreasonable human sacrifice from Abraham, or not being the God we think he is doesn't back up your point. It just reveals your hurt.
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What basis does Daniel Sherrell offer for his position? Nothing. Certainly some people who are atheists today started questioning and doubting the existence of gods because of bad personal experiences, but so what? Some Jews are greedy and some black people have committed crimes. Does personal experience with such people justify declaring that all members of those classes must be so characterized? Of course not.
But that's the evil at the heart of bigotry. It relies on a small, limited, flawed data set to make derisive, negative conclusions about an entire class of people. It doesn't even attempt to be rational and instead leaps immediately for rationalization This is because the denigration of one class is necessary for propping up one's own group -- in this case, Daniel Sherrell's Christianity.