this truly deserves its own thread since research shows that most neoatheists have had a bad experience with God or gods, which pissed them off! So is it a question of God dont exist or they are just expressing their frustrations the only way they know how? These studies appear to suggest that many atheists may suffer from personality disorders as a result of a failed relationship with God. Relational reasons for nonbelief in the existence of gods: An important adjunct to intellectual nonbelief. Journal Article Database: PsycARTICLES Abstract Can people who do not believe in a god or gods still be influenced by past or present emotional reactions to the concept of a deity? We asked self-labeled atheists (Study 1) and individuals holding atheistic and agnostic views (Study 2) to rate the extent to which their nonbelief was based on negative past relational experiences or negative current views regarding the character of a hypothetical god or gods. Among nonbelievers who reported some history of relational emotion toward or from a god or gods (76% in Study 1, N = 171; 89% in Study 2, N = 429), relational reasons for nonbelief were endorsed by more than half of participants (54% in Study 1 and 72% in Study 2). Among participants with a history of emotion surrounding a god or gods, self-reported importance of relational reasons for nonbelief correlated with other indicators of negative, but not positive, attitudes and past experiences regarding a god or gods. Importance of relational reasons for nonbelief also correlated with other personality factors that tend to interfere with relationship quality, including insecure adult attachment styles, entitlement, and trait anger. Nonbelievers reported that relational reasons for nonbelief were far less important than intellectual reasons for nonbelief. However, these findings suggest that, for some nonbelievers, negative relational experiences with or conceptions of gods are seen as a somewhat important reason for not believing in gods. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality Is it any surprise so many of them get so vicious when trying to have a discussion!