Might be in over my head with this one, but I would like to gain some understanding because I am quite clueless. It might also have two subjects in one.
I am an atheist. I was raised a Catholic but somewhere around late high-school to early college I started to see the world differently and slowly, my beliefs changed. For a while, I thought was a deist, but felt that atheist defined me better.
A friend of mine is an atheist as well, but quite different than myself. For one, his BA is in Philosophy/Theology, and loves theory. He can talk to you about Plato and any of the greek philosophers. His world view is based on fundamentals, logic and reason.
I'm quite the opposite. I relate to the world through my emotions and my ideals, how I feel about things and possibilities. What ifs, and whys.
He also confuses me.
In his atheism, he is quite militant. He is a follower of Richard Dawkins and is not shy about making fun of religion, saying things like "holy-roman assholes" or posting pictures like this on his twitter. http://twitpic.com/qipp2/full
I'm sure this is nothing new, but for some reason, I don't understand it. What's the logic here? That something you don't believe in isn't worthy of your respect? Why is it that I could never bring myself to openly mocking or making fun in this way? Is it my personality? Is it that I don't like teasing? Or is that I'm not really atheist?
(And as I read over my post, I have no idea what I am.)