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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Shortest blog post of the year! Atheist Joke...

My daughter shared this joke with me:

An atheist was seated next to a little girl on an airplane and he turned to her and said, "Do you want to talk? Flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger." 

The little girl, who had just started to read her book, replied to the total stranger, "what would you want to talk about?" 

"Oh, I don't know," said the atheist. "How about why there is no god, or no heaven or hell, or no life after death?" as he smiled smugly. 

"OK," she said. "Those could be interesting topics but let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff - grass. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, but a horse produces clumps. Why do you suppose that is?" 

The atheist, visibly surprised by the little girl's intelligence, thinks about it and says, "Hmm, I have no idea." 

To which the little girl replies, "do you really feel qualified to discuss why there is no god, or no heaven or hell, or no life after death, when you don't know crap?


radar said...

“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Corinthians 2:14 NKJV

Anonymous said...

You reply to your own blog post which consists of a joke with a Bible quote?
Now that's funny!

AmericanVet said...

Thank you! I thought so.

Hawkeye® said...

Sometimes jokes are the way to cut through all the "crap" and get right to the heart of the matter.

(:D) Best regards...

Chaos Engineer said...

This is of course an old joke...usually the butt is a politician, a lawyer, a college professor. I don't think this version works very well.

The main problem is that the core stereotype is wrong: Atheists aren't known for proselytizing at strangers; that's a evangelical Christian failing. And an atheist who did proselytize wouldn't want to start a conversation on "Why there is no God"; he'd go with something like, "Why religion is an elaborate con game."

We could change the butt of the joke to make him an evangelical Christian, but that would be mean-spirited. Let's see if we can do better:


An evangelical Christian is relaxing at home when he hears a commotion outside. A car has broken down outside his house and he recognizes the passengers as members of the local atheist community. He's had run-ins with them in the past, but decides to be neighborly:

"Is there anything I can do to help?" he asks. "My wife's using our car, but I can call a tow truck if you need one."

"Thanks!" one of the atheists replies, "But we just have a flat tire. We'll change it and then we'll be on our way."

The atheists soon have the spare tire in place, but then one of them trips and the lug nuts go flying into a nearby storm drain. "What will we do?" they wail. "Even if we call a tow truck now, we'll never be able to get to the conference in time for our panel discussion!"

The evangelical Christian waits for a few seconds, and then says, "Why don't you just take one lug nut from each of the other three wheels?" The atheists follow his instructions, and soon have the spare tire fastened on securely enough to get them into town.

"What a brilliant idea!" they exclaim. "Thanks ever so much! We have to apologize for misjudging you in the past; we didn't realize that you were so insightful!"

"And well you should apologize!" he retorts. "I may be crazy, but I'm not stupid!"