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11th Feb '18 6:55:43 AM Orome
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* Averted in ''Film/TheCaseForChrist'', despite being a movie about an atheist who sets out to prove that Christianity is false, and ends up being converted himself. As an atheist, Lee Strobel is depicted as a likeable and sympathetic character. Also, the supporting characters who are atheists or agnostics are mostly decent, realistic people. Lee's atheist mentor even warns him against pursuing his quest to disprove Christianity, saying that it might ruin Lee's marriage.


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* Averted in ''Film/TheCaseForChrist'', despite being a movie about an atheist who sets out to prove that Christianity is false, and ends up being converted himself. As an atheist, Lee Strobel is depicted as a likeable and sympathetic character. Also, the supporting characters who are atheists or agnostics are mostly decent, realistic people. Lee's atheist mentor even warns him against pursuing his quest to disprove Christianity, saying that it might ruin Lee's marriage.
11th Feb '18 6:53:33 AM Orome
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* Averted in ''Film/TheCaseForChrist'', despite being a movie about an atheist who sets out to prove that Christianity is false, and ends up being converted himself. As an atheist, Lee Strobel is depicted as a likeable and sympathetic character. Also, the supporting characters who are atheists or agnostics are mostly decent, realistic people. Lee's atheist mentor even warns him against pursuing his quest to disprove Christianity, saying that it might ruin Lee's marriage.
2nd Jan '18 11:10:35 AM Fireblood
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* {{Subverted}} in ''Film/PitchBlack''. The imam thinks that Riddick is one of these. Riddick is in fact a NayTheist. or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misotheist misotheist]] - one who believes in God, and hates Him.

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* {{Subverted}} in ''Film/PitchBlack''. The imam thinks that Riddick is one of these. Riddick is in fact a NayTheist. NayTheist or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misotheist misotheist]] - one who believes in God, and hates Him.
2nd Jan '18 10:59:44 AM Fireblood
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** In a podcast episode his loyal guardians find copy of ''The Last Church''... and are forced to inform him that he came off as a complete asshole in it thanks to this trope. He then gets in an argument with the ghost of the priest... who promptly hands him his skeletal ass.

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** In a podcast episode his loyal guardians find a copy of ''The Last Church''... and are forced to inform him that he came off as a complete asshole in it thanks to this trope. He then gets in an argument with the ghost of the priest... who promptly hands him his skeletal ass.
1st Jan '18 7:40:57 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** In a podcast episode his loyal guardians find copy of ''The Last Church''... and are forced to inform him that he came off as a complete asshole in it thanks to this trope.

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** In a podcast episode his loyal guardians find copy of ''The Last Church''... and are forced to inform him that he came off as a complete asshole in it thanks to this trope. He then gets in an argument with the ghost of the priest... who promptly hands him his skeletal ass.
29th Dec '17 4:08:33 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** In [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]], Colonel Roy Mustang vacillates in the direction of atheism, and has a notably traumatic past. He's a little world-weary and something of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. He remains a heroic character through to the end, at one point defiantly shouting "There is no God!" at his [[AGodAmI would-be savior]] of a nemesis. Said nemesis gets a rare villainous ShutUpHannibal, though, by saying, "Maybe not, but there's a Devil, and you alchemists are it." Ironic for the Flame Alchemist to get ''burned''.

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** * In [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]], ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'', Colonel Roy Mustang vacillates in the direction of atheism, and has a notably traumatic past. He's a little world-weary and something of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. He JerkWithAHeartOfGold, though he remains a heroic character through to the end, at end. At one point he defiantly shouting shouts, "There is no God!" at his [[AGodAmI would-be savior]] of a nemesis. Said nemesis nemesis, who gets a rare villainous ShutUpHannibal, though, by saying, "Maybe not, but there's a Devil, and you alchemists are it." Ironic for the Flame Alchemist to get ''burned''.



** It also helps that he was manipulated into becoming an insurgent (and killing his own family) by someone appealing to his Muslim faith to justify it. And that said manipulator is one of the most thoroughly evil and self-serving characters the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' metaverse has ever spawned, who did the whole thing because [[WarForFunAndProfit he was getting paid and loves chaos]].

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** It also helps that he was manipulated into becoming an insurgent (and killing his own family) by someone appealing an appeal to his Muslim faith to justify it. And that said The manipulator is one of the most thoroughly evil and self-serving characters the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' metaverse has ever spawned, who did the whole thing because [[WarForFunAndProfit he was getting paid and loves chaos]].



* In ''Cargo 200'', Artyom, professor of scientific atheism, is both this and a straw Marxist philosopher. When he has a discussion with a believing peasant, who himself is a self-taught philosopher, he doesn't have anything to say except stupid cliches of Marxist-Leninist philosophy. As a human being, he is a despicable coward, who knows the truth of the murder and kidnapping the plot revolves around, but doesn't say anything, even knowing that an innocent man is going to be framed and executed for these crimes, because he doesn't want to be involved with the police. He doesn't change his mind even when the mother of said man begs him to testify. In the end, he has a HeelRealization and undergoes a HeelFaithTurn.

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* In ''Cargo 200'', Artyom, professor of scientific atheism, is both this and a straw Marxist philosopher. When he has a discussion with a believing peasant, who himself is a self-taught philosopher, he doesn't have anything to say except stupid cliches of Marxist-Leninist philosophy. As a human being, he is a despicable coward, who knows the truth of the murder and kidnapping the plot revolves around, but doesn't say anything, even knowing that an innocent man is going to be framed and executed for these crimes, because he doesn't want to be involved with the police. He doesn't change his mind even when the mother of said the accused man begs him to testify. In the end, he has a HeelRealization and undergoes a HeelFaithTurn.



* In [[http://theweek.com/article/index/241108/where-are-the-honest-atheists this article]] and a few others, (religious) columnist Damon Linker calls this type of atheism "honest atheism," and is of the opinion that atheism is incompatible with happiness and optimism, and that atheists who exhibit said qualities (i.e. are not Hollywood Atheists) do so inconsistently with their worldview. As one could imagine, many were quick to disagree.

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* In [[http://theweek.com/article/index/241108/where-are-the-honest-atheists this article]] and a few others, (religious) columnist Damon Linker calls this type of atheism "honest atheism," and is of the opinion that atheism is incompatible with happiness and optimism, and that atheists who exhibit said these qualities (i.e. are not Hollywood Atheists) do so inconsistently with their worldview. As one could imagine, many were quick to disagree.



* The one-act play "Deus X" plays around with this trope. It concerns a neuroscientist who wonders why he grew up to be an atheist while his brother grew up to be a televangelist. He eventually discovers that religious faith is caused by a gland in people's brains, and develops a drug that eliminates said gland. Although this turns the devout into wanton sex maniacs and the kind of conscienceless people that atheists are often stereotyped as, it is portrayed as unequivocally a good thing, and the play ends with the doctor character encouraging the audience to take a handful of the pills when they leave.

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* The one-act play "Deus X" plays around with this trope. It concerns a neuroscientist who wonders why he grew up to be an atheist while his brother grew up to be a televangelist. He eventually discovers that religious faith is caused by a gland in people's brains, and develops a drug that eliminates said gland.it. Although this turns the devout into wanton sex maniacs and the kind of conscienceless people that atheists are often stereotyped as, it is portrayed as unequivocally a good thing, and the play ends with the doctor character encouraging the audience to take a handful of the pills when they leave.
29th Dec '17 3:01:33 PM stuthehistoryguy
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* ''Film/TheSearchers'' has this with Ethan Edwards, who was presumably a religious man once but is now soured, makes repeated demeaning references to religion and mocks priests by describing Christianity as "by what you preach" indicating that he himself is not a Christian anymore. Edwards reason for his atheism is presumably the loss of his loved ones, his time as a Confederate soldier and general JerkAss nature.


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* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'': The game show sketch "Who's More Grizzled?" has contestants [[Creator/RobertDuvall Wayne Little]] and [[Creator/GarthBrooks Tate Mitchum]] compete in a Grizzled Speed Round where they give the most grizzled exposition possible on a series of topics.
-->'''[[Creator/NormMacDonald Host:]]''' Religion! Wayne?
-->'''Wayne Little:''' The day I set foot on that beach in Normandy, I never wished more that there was a god in heaven, and I was never more certain that they wasn't.
-->'''Tate Mitchum''' Damn, you ''are'' grizzled.
29th Dec '17 1:51:49 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** In a podcast episode his loyal guardians find copy of ''The Last Church''... and are forced to inform him that he came off as a complete asshole in it thanks to this trope.
29th Dec '17 7:47:39 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* ''ComicBook/ChickTracts'' feature Hollywood atheists, specifically Hollywood from the 1950's. On a good day. No wimpy excuses in the Chick-y-verse, and any atheists who isn't hearing about this Jesus fellow for the first time in their lives and [[EasyEvangelism converted on the spot]] is a CardCarryingVillain. Oh, and this is all supposed to be a realistic portrayal of the world. At least atheists can rest assured that just about every other belief system except the author's gets the same treatment.

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* ''ComicBook/ChickTracts'' feature Hollywood atheists, specifically Hollywood from the 1950's. On a good day. No wimpy excuses in the Chick-y-verse, and any atheists who isn't hearing about this Jesus fellow for the first time in their lives and [[EasyEvangelism converted on the spot]] is a CardCarryingVillain. Oh, and this is all supposed to be a realistic portrayal of the world. At least atheists can rest assured that just about every other belief system except the author's (including most varieties of Christianity) gets the same treatment.
26th Dec '17 6:04:30 PM TheCuza
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** Episode "Religionklok": One of the beliefs Murderface tries is atheism. Their church is promptly picketed by agnostics who protest for their right to believe in something that may or may not exist. The protest quickly turns into a [[BloodyHilarious bloody riot between both views]].

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** Episode "Religionklok": One of the beliefs Murderface tries is atheism. Their For [[RuleOfFunny some reason]] they have their own churches where atheist priests give sermons about God not existing. The church is promptly then gets picketed by agnostics who protest for their right to believe in something that may or may not exist. The protest quickly turns into a [[BloodyHilarious bloody riot between both views]].
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