How can Dean be an Atheist

Hi guys first time here. First I would like to say that I love the show and think both the writing and acting are both great. However I am somewhat puzzled as to how Deans character is portrayed as an atheist when in past episodes we have seen how they use religious artifacts to combat evil, ie; holy water crosses to produce holy water ect. and i'm pretty sure in the first season one of their Fathers alies was a priest. When you think about it the fact that they deal with an evil supernatural force is surely evidence enough of a Holy supernatural force considering that many dont believe in the supernatural at all. Consider Arnold shwarzenegger's character in "end of days". Now he never doubted Gods existence he just chose to turn his back on him. And how about George and Quentins characters in "From dusk til dawn" they were atheist until they discovered that vampires existed which led George to conclude that if their is an evil supernatural side their has to be a God. After pondering this for a while i came to this plausible explanation. Sam and Dean were thrust into the world of demon hunting from a very young age and had to mature and toughen up very quickly. However Sam realizing that he had become hardened and deadened inside sought to reclaim somewhat of a normal life and rejoin society by going to Uni, getting a girlfriend and have social life where he could experience love and friendship. Dean however stayed with his Father on the hunt and after years of fighting evil and seeing innocent lives destroyed he more or less came to the conclusion that there was no God and that he, his Father and other hunters were the only things that stood in the way of the evil that they fought, coz if there was a God surely he wouldnt have been so silent and let innocent people lose their lives when this God surely had the power to intervene. What do you guys think?

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Sep 30, 2008 4:27AM EDT

A good point there Tmanrockgod... but for our sake next time use some paragraph breaks :p
I see what you mean, but I think Dean explains how he is an Atheist in one of the episodes. Sure, he's seen Supernatural stuff, a lot of it he didn't believe in before. But he's never seen anything good happen, i.e. never seen God or Angels intervene.
In ep 2 of S5 he even doubts Lucifer's existence when Castiel tells him of Lilith's plan. So Dean isn't exclusively don't-believe-in-God, or don't-believe-in-Lucifer, he's seems to be a logical, level-headed person who needs to see something before he will believe it.
That in my book, is an Atheist.
Also, I think Sam is more an Agnostic than a Christian. He doesn't do any of the funky Christian crap, but he does hope/believe/want there to be a God up there, something to balance off all this evil stuff.

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Sep 30, 2008 5:09AM EDT

I think Dean is a really practical person. It works, he uses it. I don't think he questions the why very much, and we don't know if other rather outlandish methods against the supernatural might work as well.And, as dmpinder pointed out, the only reason Dean believes in the supernatural is that he has seen it first hand. Otherwise, I don't think he would. He is, at heart, a sceptic.

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Sep 30, 2008 5:50AM EDT

I think that although the artifats and people he use to help him do the job do not outweigh the constant threat of an evil presence. If I saw evil beings kill innocent people all the time then I would be an atheist too. It wouldn't make sense in my head that an almighty good being would sit back and watch as the demons killed them. It would seem cruel. (BTW I'm not an atheist,)

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Sep 30, 2008 12:40PM EDT

Dean has seen so many bad things happen to people who do not deserve it because there is evil that he cannot see how a God that is supposed to care about people could exist. He may use things that have to do with God but he does not see this as God just as the opposite of evil really. Like someone else said he even doubted that Lucifer was real. He said that it was just some demon fairy tale and Casey said in Sin City that Lucifer was like their God. So Dean does not believe in either Lucifer or God. So basically he believes that in the world there is good and evil but there is not a supreme force that dominates either.

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Oct 1, 2008 5:51PM EDT

You may have a point there. If you see Lucifer and God as counterparts to each other, admitting there's God means admitting there's Lucifer also. And the notion of Lucifer existing should be rather terrifying for Dean, seeing he's seen so much evil even without the supreme force behind it.

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