"7 days ago the thought of being in space gave me chills of excitement. Now it seems completely normal. Odd feeling. Goodnight from space. Our planet is almost all ocean and so pretty."
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There used to be a lot of these 'atheists' who used to 'dominate' the HP forums on a regular basis. What has happened to them? And what does it say about the nature of Atheism, ultimately?
As there are more Christian believers in the country than atheists, and this is but a tiny portion of either one, it says nothing.
More important to consider is that the percentage of atheists vs Christians is growing in this country. As such it would seem to indicate that over time (with 350 million people as a statistical base) atheism will overtake Christianity as the majority. Or perhaps Islam; that's probably growing even faster as a percentage of the population even though still tiny as a total.
1. Islam will never be a 'popular' world religion. There are many reasons why.
2. As for atheism ~ I do not feel 'it' is something 'advisable'.
3. We might see people becoming more spiritual as the days go by.
But atheism has nothing to do with spirituality. Only with the belief in a god, which is NOT the only path to spiritualism. One might go so far as to say that such a belief interferes with true spiritualism, depending as it does on made up stories from times past to produce the false feeling of being spiritual.
"One might go so far as to say that such a belief interferes with true spiritualism,"
~ I agree with you here. Sometimes, for some people, it might be the case. But not for everyone in the society.
I'm not so sure. Modern Christianity (probably since the gnostics were killed off) teaches people to look outward for their spirituality. To the church, to their pastor, to an ET in the sky.
But spirituality comes from within a person, not from without. Looking outward can only show examples but never actually connect a person to spirituality.
As far as I've observed, most people want to find their origin. Not in the biological sense of the word. Not in the dna of their parents: but their spiritual origin ~ the place where they must have been before they were born here.
This is the reason that 'spirituality' must also look outward. Otherwise, what you have said is actually true.
"Spirituality comes from within a person, not from without."
And that would be because people are taught that they came from a god, so they must look to their god to know their origins (spiritual or otherwise). Or, of course, to that man with the collection plate that speaks for that god.
In fact, though, there is no indication at all that any such thing happened. Our being, spiritual or material, came from our parents. The spiritual half added in our experiences to the biological end to mesh into a single entity - us as we grow and develop physically, mentally and spiritually over time.
Can't wait for the next atheist regime to take over another country. I wonder if they will be able to top the body count left by their predecessors.
Maybe the atheist capacity for unending repetition for the same basic idea is lower than for diests because if people want to believe other stuff most of us really don't care.
Atheists might be tired of the never ending fanaticism of religionists, and stop responding.
It's a miracle!!! hehehe
Some of them are not writing much on HP anymore
What a relief a breath of fresh air mmmmmmmm
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