1. You only read/watch what you already agree with. You deliberately stay away from anything that might challenge your existing worldview. You do this simply to confirm your own prejudices. You deliberately stay away from anything that might challenge you. You start to unfollow people who post things on Twitter and Facebook that you disagree with. This is telling. When we truly feel comfortable with what we believe, we can happily imbibe contrasting or conflicting views. If you’re so sure you’re right, then why do you shy away? There’s a chance that you’re strengthening the foundations of a belief that you’ve built upon the sand.
2. People who disagree with me are stupid! We use extreme words like stupid or irrational to distance ourselves from the challenge, and wrap ourselves in protective labels. That’s why you don’t read or watch anything Christian — they’re so obviously deluded. But it’s not that, is it? Psychologically, you newbie atheists don’t want to be challenged by something, you need to convince yourself that it is ridiculous. We need to alienate it and dispose of it. So we start using extreme words like stupid or irrational, which help us distance ourselves from the challenge. This is where terms like “Magic Sky Daddy” come from. By reducing Christianity ‘ad absurdum’, we don’t need to worry about its potential truth. You wrap yourselves in protective labels.