Hard to say- probably depends on the individual theist. Dislike for those who believe differently, fear over those differences, self- consciousness about their own beliefs, belief in ridiculous myths about atheists ( like we have no morals, just want to rebel, really believe in god deep down, want to make all believers leave their religion, etc).
And for those claiming Christians don't hate atheists, the research shows otherwise. At least in America- the Pew Forum's recent research shows we are the most hated and mistrusted minority group in America. Since America is 75% Christian, that answers that.
they are threatened by logic, science, and reason. atheist want evidence of god, and since there is no god, there will never be any evidence, but believers still want to cling to bronze age fairy tales.
I don't think people hate atheists. As a Christian I wonder why a person wouldn't believe in a God that created heaven and earth. I think it's maybe the realization that we as people will die and suffer in this world and a person that doesn't believe in god ask why should they believe in a God that lets people suffer and let bad things happen. It's a debate that I've not been involved in but there's no need to hate because someone has different views than mine. They are human just as much as I am
Skeptikitten's answer is an excellent one. I have found that many people look at "atheist" as a dirty word. Many people also equate atheism with satanism. I also think it is fear from ignorance about atheism, so people start making assumptions that stick with them when it comes to atheists..
This is like asking why do people hate Christians. The answer is, very few hate atheists, but just like some Christians, our behavior is largely responsible for the way we are seen. There may be residual prejudice, as well as fear of those who are different (the Freudian One vs the Other), but in general, it takes a lot of emotion to hate someone, and without hostility directed toward you, it's difficult to muster hate toward another. Suspicion is not hate; we are careful when dealing with those that believe differently, and a healthy dose of observation is normal.
I'm not sure it's usually "hatred" but most people distrust all minority opinions, especially those that challenge emotionally reinforced belief systems. Did the church hate Gallileo? No, but he presented a threat and they wanted his opinion to remain in the minority. But that didn't work out in the end.
Why do people hate Jews?... Why do people hate Catholics?... Why do people hate buddhists?... Why do people hate satanists?... Why do people hate christians?... Why do people hate pagans?... Why do people hate pastframium (the spelling is wrong oh well)... It's okay... I hate everyone equally...
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I think maybe its not so much hatred as mistrust, misunderstanding or bias. We tend to fear what we don't understand, and many people get agitated over stark contradictions to their deep-held beliefs. Neither tends to foster rational discussion, so there is often lashing out. Consider this forum, of how the safety of responding by keyboard emboldens those who may otherwise be more reticent.
It's because we reflect an inalienable truth of all humans that Christians are desperately trying to stamp out from them selves. They want to rid themselves of skepticism and doubt for their mental master and atheist simply being present make this very hard because we are the embodiment and acceptance of that doubt and skepticism. They don't hate atheist necessarily- they hate themselves for being like us deep down and become upset when atheist presence reminds them of just who they are.
Having grown up Christian in the 1950s amid the "red scare", we were taught that communism and atheism pretty much were interchangeable--and there was nothing more evil than communism and atheism--both of which were believed to be hand-crafted by Satan himself. Remember the dope fiend in the film "Reefer Madness"? That is what we thought atheists were like. That concept was so pervasive and ingrained into society that it is still being perpetuated. Read anything about the golden age of freethought from the mid-1850s to the 1920s, and you will find atheists were quite respected for their scientific rationale and promotion of social reform.
idk im a atheist and all the christians judge me and i didnt do a single thing to them >.< but i think it has to do with them just being ignorant people and not respecting someone elses belief as that other person probably respects theirs and they feel they have to degrade them and call them names sometimes and just be insanly stupid i hate people that do this BLEEEEEEEEEEEHHH
I don't hate atheists. Some of them are kinder to me than many religious people on this site have been. I used to come here a lot and am getting my toes wet again just to see of there is still the hate as before. Not all were like that but of the ones who were, they were vicious. The atheists were kinder to me. I remember the name calling of a few of them.