There are no atheists at game tables…
Pardon my wizardly musing, but I have noticed trend growing in my game group. Atheism. Not their atheism, (I could care less about their personal worldview), but character atheism. I have to ask: Does that make any sense?
What is atheism? Put simply, it is the denial of the existence of a higher power. It is not skepticism as to the truth of a divine being. It is the acceptance, as true, the following proposition: “God does not exist.” How does one come to that conclusion? Well, again to keep it simple, by examining the evidence, or lack thereof, and reasoning one’s way to that conclusion.
Again, I am not about to comment on a player’s personal position on that proposition. My focus is on the player’s character at the game table. That is why I have been generally perplexed by the atheist PC. I have to ask: why doesn’t your character believe in the gods? Seriously. Given the evidence (in the game world), good and evil priests are wielding divine magic and hurling it at each other, raising undead armies and using very powerful blessings to accomplish various tasks.
Isn’t that enough evidence to prove the existence of very powerful deities influencing the world? Sometimes, especially on Aber-Torril and Krynn, the gods themselves walk the land. Does it make any sense for a PC to not believe in the gods?
To be sure, I have no problem with a PC who, for whatever reason, hates the gods and does not worship them. That is completely different. But outright rejection of the divine? It makes no sense to me.
Perhaps I should develop an atheist theme wherein you don’t benefit at all from divine magic, nor are they harmed by it. I could base it off of the “NegaPsychic” character class from Paladium’s “Beyond the Supernatural” (a great game, by the way).
Or, I could tell them that there are no atheists at the game table.
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