Are anti-religious memes effective? Do they plant seeds of doubt? I wonder about that. Cognitive science would say that we tend to listen only to information that confirms our preconceptions (confirmation bias). We disregard or ignore statements or facts that go against any strongly held belief. George Bernard Shaw said, “The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it.”
I remember seeing both Christian memes and ant-religious memes while I was still a believer. I wasn’t a fan of most Christian memes though. They typically felt rather childish. What are your thoughts? Are memes just silly and distracting? Or useful?
People’s reactions to memes can span quite a gamut. Some anti-religious memes can feel incredibly blasphemous to believers; some Christians feel guilty in finding memes (like those below) hilarious because they go against their faith; and some find them a logical slam against the Christian fable.
Here are some of my favorite anti-religious memes.