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Would you marry a Theist?

I just finished reading Letter to a Christian Nation, by Sam Harris.

“The Bible is either the word of God, or it isn’t. Either Jesus offers humanity the one, true path to salvation (John 14:6), or he does not. We agree that to be a true Christian is to believe that all other faiths are mistaken, and profoundly so. If Christianity is correct, and I persist in my unbelief, I should expect to suffer the torments of hell. Worse still, I have persuaded others, and many close to me, to reject the very idea of God. They too will languish in ‘eternal fire’ (Matthew 25:41). If the basic doctrine of Christianity is correct, I have misused my life in the worst conceivable way. I admit this without a single caveat. The fact that my continuous and public rejection of Christianity does not worry me in the least should suggest to you just how inadequate I think your reasons for being a Christian are.” -Sam Harris

Sam Harris succinctly states his position (and my own as well) right on the first page. I am sufficiently unconvinced of Christian doctrine to not lose any sleep with angst over eternal damnation. Moreover, my skepticism directly influenced my younger sister’s Christian deconversion years ago (she is now an Atheist) as well as that of a former significant other who is now a pantheist. My current offline friends whom also attended Catholic schools right up until their High School graduation, are now Atheists as well.

“If I were to turn into a deeply religious believer, my wife has threatened to leave me.” -Richard Dawkins

Hearing him say the above, gave me a chuckle.

He brings up an interesting point. How important is it for an Atheist that their romantic partner be Atheist/Agnostic?

My first significant other was a Mormon who had done missionary work in Africa. The missionary work had the opposite effect on their Faith. When we met, I was calling myself Agnostic and they confided that they had been having serious doubts about their Faith for several years since. We had many discussions about Religion and by the time our friendship turned to romance, they were defining themselves as Agnostic as well.

The sheer terror they felt at confessing their Agnosticism to their parents–much less that they were dating an Agnostic–greatly disturbed me. The fear was justified. I feared for their life as well. In the end, that former significant other died without the family knowing of their Agnosticism–or my existence for that matter. I could not even attend the funeral.

It is baffling that in many parts of the world, one can fear for one’s life for simply refusing to believe in absurdities. That people like Ayaan Hirsi Ali must live under armed guard for the crime of reason, is disgraceful.

In my case, I cannot respect and therefore accept an individual as a potential romantic partner if they see enough justification for belief in a personal God. That level of cognitive dissonance greatly diminishes their desirability. Even with the ex that was a Catholic, by the time we began dating, Christianity was out the window.

So, for Atheists, how important is lack of religious cognitive dissonance in a mate? Would you date a Theist? Would you marry a Theist? If the answers to the last two questions differ, why so? In the mate selection process, does extent of religiosity make a difference? Does the type of Religion make a difference? Let us exclude Buddhism from the list as it resembles a philosophy more than a Religion.

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How many phobias can YOU get from reading the Bible?

I was thinking of phobias earlier today, and decided to compile a satirical list of phobias one could conceivably ‘catch’ from reading the Bible, believing in its contents, and partaking in its practices. I have separated them into the following six categories: Time, Environment/Animals, The Church, Unworthiness, Pleasures and the Body, and Punishment. They are self-explanatory. Within each category, the phobias are organized alphabetically.

Time
Apeirophobia– Fear of infinity.
Chronophobia– Fear of time.

Environment/Animals
Antlophobia-Fear of floods.Arsonphobia/Pyrophobia– Fear of fire.
Astraphobia/Brontophobia/Keraunophobia/Tonitrophobia
– Fear of thunder and lightning.
Astrophobia– Fear of stars or celestial space.
Aurophobia-Fear of gold.
Barophobia-Fear of gravity.
Cibophobia-Fear of food.
Ichthyophobia-Fear of fish
Ophidiophobia/Ophiophobia-Fear of snakes.
Ornithophobia-Fear of birds.
Ovisophobia-Fear of sheep.
Taurophobia– Fear of bulls.
Thalassophobia– Fear of the sea.
Xerophobia-Fear of dry things or places such as deserts.

The Church
Automatonophobia– Fear of fear of anything that falsely represents a sentient being – dolls (think Jesus and Virgin Mary representations), ventriloquist’s dummies, mannequins, animatronic creatures, wax statues.
Bibliophobia
– Fear of books.
Chrematophobia-
Fear of wealth.
Demonophobia/Daemonophobia
– Fear of demons.
Ecclesiophobia
– Fear of church.
Eleutherophobia-
Fear of freedom.
Epistemophobia/Gnosiophobia
– Fear of knowledge.
Gamophobia
-Fear of marriage.
Hagiophobia
– Fear of saints or holy things.
Heresyphobia/Hereiophobia
– Fear of challenges to official doctrine or of radical deviation.
Hierophobia
– Fear of priests or sacred things.
Homilophobia
– Fear of sermons.
Hypengyophobia/Hypegiaphobia-
Fear of responsibility.
Judaeophobia-
Fear of Jews and of Jewish culture.
Kyphophobia
– Fear of stooping.
Lalophobia
-Fear of talking.
Lygophobia-
Fear of darkness.
Lyssophobia-
Fear of becoming insane.
Melanophobia
– Fear of the color black.
Mythophobia
– Fear of myths or stories or false statements.
Numerophobia
– Fear of numbers.
Ochlophobia-
Fear of crowds or mobs.
Onomatophobia
– Fear of hearing a certain word or of names.
Ouranophobia/Uranophobia-Fear of heaven.
Papaphobia
– Fear of the Pope of the papacy.
Pediophobia
– Fear of dolls.
Phasmophobia/Pneumatophobia/Spectrophobia
-Fear of spirits, specters, and incorporeal beings.
Phonophobia
– Fear of noises or voices or one’s own voice; of telephones.
Pogonophobia
– Fear of beards.
Potophobia-
Fear of alcohol or alcoholic beverages.
Psychophobia-
Fear of mind.
Satanophobia
– Fear of Satan.
Staurophobia
– Fear of crosses or the crucifix.
Symbolophobia
– Fear of symbolism.
Symmetrophobia
– Fear of symmetry.
Taphephobia/Taphophobia-
Fear of being buried alive or of cemeteries.
Teleophobia
– 1) Fear of definite plans. 2) Religious ceremony.
Theologicophobia
– Fear of theology.
Theophobia
– Fear of gods or religion.
Toxiphobia/Toxophobia/Toxicophobia-
Fear of poison or of being accidentally poisoned.
Tyrannophobia
– Fear of tyrants.
Verbophobia
– Fear of words.
Wiccaphobia:
Fear of witches and witchcraft.
Zeusophobia
– Fear of God or gods.

Unworthiness
Atelophobia-Fear of imperfection.
Athazagoraphobia-
Fear of being forgotten or ignored or forgetting.
Automysophobia-
Fear of being dirty.
Cacophobia-
Fear of ugliness.
Doxophobia-
Fear of expressing opinions or of receiving praise.
Eisoptrophobia-
Fear of mirrors or of seeing oneself in a mirror.
Enosiophobia/Enissophobia-
Fear of having committed an unpardonable sin or of criticism.

Pleasures and the Body
Androphobia-Fear of men.
Bathophobia-
Fear of depth or bathing.
Erotophobia-
Fear of sexual love or sexual questions.
Eurotophobia-
Fear of female genitalia.
Genophobia-
Fear of sex.
Gymnophobia-
Fear of nudity.
Gynephobia/Gynophobia-
Fear of women.
Hedonophobia-
Fear of feeling pleasure.
Hemophobia-
Fear of blood.
Homophobia-
Fear of sameness, monotony or of homosexuality or of becoming homosexual.
Ithyphallophobia-
Fear of seeing, thinking about or having an erect penis.
Kolpophobia-
Fear of genitals, particularly female.
Menophobia-
Fear of menstruation.
Paraphobia-Fear of sexual perversion.
Proctophobia-
Fear of rectums.
Venustraphobia-Fear of beautiful women.

Punishment
Catagelophobia-Fear of being ridiculed.
Cleptophobia-
Fear of stealing.
Hadephobia/Stygiophobia-
Fear of hell.
Hamartophobia-
Fear of sinning.
Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia-
Fear of the number 666.
Ideophobia-
Fear of ideas.
Leprophobia-
Fear of leprosy.
Mastigophobia/Poinephobia-
Fear of punishment.
Odynophobia/Odynephobia/Algophobia-
Fear of pain.
Peccatophobia-Fear of sinning or imaginary crimes.
Phronemophobia-Fear of thinking.
Rhabdophobia-
Fear of being severely punished or beaten by a rod, or of being severely criticized. Also fear of magic.(wand)
Teratophobia-
Fear of monsters or giving birth to a monster.
Thanatophobia/Thantophobia-
Fear of death or dying.
Zelophobia-Fear of jealousy.