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Default Atheist biases - 02-13-2013, 08:55 AM

The human mind is finite. It has limitations. People tend to simplify the way they interpret and evaluate information, often by using shortcuts in reasoning, or applying “rules of thumb,” called biases, which can result in an error in judgement or decision-making. Without the Bible to fill in the gaps in our knowledge and tell us how to interpret information and make decisions, we Christians would also be prone to biases. But by the grace of God, the Holy Spirit has opened our eyes to see clearly. There is a degree of overlap between cognitive biases and fallacies, so I have decided to include examples of a few common atheist biases in this thread.

Hindsight bias, or the “knew-it-all-along effect.” Believing that events that have already occurred were predictable. Example: after debating evolution with a Christian, an atheist will often say something like, “I knew you wouldn’t listen reason.” This kind of ridicule is exactly what Jesus told us to expect in Matthew 5:10-12.

Confirmation bias. Favoring information that confirms ones pre-existing beliefs, or interpreting information in a way that confirms ones beliefs. Example: atheists live in the same world we do, yet they interpret events and experiences, such as unanswered prayer, in a way that confirms their belief that there is no God. In order to avoid cognitive dissonance, they reject fellowship with God’s people – not that we’re to have fellowship with unbelievers, anyway – and ignore God’s Word. But the Bible is completely trustworthy. I’ve never found anything in it I disagree with.

Backfire effect. Becoming stronger in ones beliefs when faced with contradictory evidence. Atheists do this all the time when confronted with evidence for God from the Bible. They often end up more convinced that the God of the Bible isn’t real. Of course, it always cracks me up whenever atheists respond with evidence from science that supposedly contradicts the Bible, such as evolution. The more I learn about the subject, the more ludicrous it seems.

Illusory superiority. Overestimating ones positive attributes and underestimating ones negative attributes. Don’t really need to explain this one much. We all know atheists think they’re smarter than everybody else. God will show them come the Day of Judgement. They will be cast into the lake of fire (Rev 20:13-15), and we will inherit a new heaven and a new earth (Rev 21:1-8).


Mt 21:42, 44 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes . . . ? And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

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