The Atheist and little girl

An atheist was seated next to a little girl on an airplane and he turned to her and said, “Do you want to talk? Flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.”

The little girl, who had just started to read her book, replied to the total stranger, “What would you want to talk about?”

“Oh, I don’t know,” said the atheist. “How about why there is no God, or no Heaven or Hell, or no life after death?” as he smiled smugly.

“Okay,” she said. “Those could be interesting topics but let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff – grass. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, but a horse produces clumps. Why do you suppose that is?”

The atheist, visibly surprised by the little girl’s intelligence, thinks about it and says, “Hmmm, I have no idea.” To which the little girl replies, “Do you really feel qualified to discuss God, Heaven and Hell, or life after death, when you don’t know shit?”

And then she went back to reading her book.

40 thoughts on “The Atheist and little girl

  1. ““Do you really feel qualified to discuss God, Heaven and Hell, or life after death, when you don’t know shit?””

    Because it’s a non sequitur to imply that not knowing about one subject means you known nothing about another.


      1. I don’t really know what a flame war is…so no.

        I just don’t find jokes where the punchline is ‘this person is murdered’ or “I told this person to shut up’ to be very funny.


  2. Reblogged this on Teacher as Transformer and commented:
    This is a great story. Recently, a priest in his sermon said the next time someone says they do not believe in God to pose the following: “Describe this God you do not believe in.” He said once the description is complete it is likely we can say: “That is not the God I believe in either.” I find it difficult to describe God, because God is not within my realm of understanding or explanation. It does not mean God does not exist. It just means I am not very expert in some things.


  3. It truly is a sad story, incredibly unrealistic and ridiculous. It really showed all those atheists though, put them directly in their place (sarcasm).


  4. I enjoyed the dialogue in the comments today; this is a quite old story, yet is always enjoyable for me, because proselytizing, no matter what the subject of complaint or devotion, is boring, which I find to be a mortal sin… :lol: However, I also deplore the smugness of the little girl’s response, as it mirrors the same in many of those who choose faith over reason. They seem to believe that their faith is somehow morally superior to whatever other people may believe…. Without commenting one way or another as to who may be right, humor is a grand way to stimulate such discussion…

    Oh, and for the responder with the objection to jokes of this type…. I AM a scientist, and, it’s called “metaphorical humor”….


  5. the truth is – you can’t prove that God exists and you can’t prove that he doesn’t. So what good does it do to talk about it? Neither Christians or atheists know.


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