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Define atheism & its purpose

  1. Rishy Rich profile image79
    Rishy Richposted 6 years ago

    Well like religion, i think atheism too varies from atheist to atheist..what is the standard form of atheism, its purpose and strengths over religions??

    1. Disappearinghead profile image91
      Disappearingheadposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I once heard of an agnostic dyslexic imsomniac. He lay in bed all night wondering if there was a dog.

      1. earnestshub profile image88
        earnestshubposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I have heard it before, but you know what? It still gets a laugh! lol lol lol

      2. Hokey profile image59
        Hokeyposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        That is just the coolest post!      big_smile big_smile big_smile

    2. Pandoras Box profile image82
      Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Rishy the standard is lack of a belief in a god. It has no set purpose, we're not trying to get to an imaginary heaven or escape reality or anything or raise money to build a new mega church or anything.

      Its strengths over christianity or other organized god religions should be pretty obvious. It doesn't make a liar out of anybody being straight forward and factual, there's no twisted storyline to remember requiring convoluted and senseless explanations, and so it doesn't warp one's perceptions of yourself, the world and other people.

      1. Valerie F profile image61
        Valerie Fposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I don't know. Believing that there is no authority in the universe higher than one's own self seems pretty warped to me.

        1. Mark Knowles profile image60
          Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Yes - and that is the basis for all the arguments. People like you have been telling us we are warped for not believing for years.

          Gets a lttle old and we are fighting back. wink

          Odd that you have never been able to grasp that. Probably because you don't care how much conflict you cause by expressing this opinion.

          1. Valerie F profile image61
            Valerie Fposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            And people like you have been telling us we are warped for believing for years. You think we enjoy that?

            I grasp that very well. Unfortunately, you don't seem to care about how you so well exemplify the behavior you so vehemently decry in believers.

            As my grandfather was fond of saying, "If you can't take it, don't dish it."

            1. Mark Knowles profile image60
              Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              Of course not sweetie pie. As I keep telling you - I am just giving you a taste of your own medicine.

              Doesn't seem to stop you telling people they are warped for not believing in the sky fairy though - does it?

              Makes me think you cannot learn anything when you have religion in your head.

            2. Pandoras Box profile image82
              Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              Actually, I'd say we're just getting started.

        2. peptalk profile image61
          peptalkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          And we have already established, over and over and over again, that expressing that someone is warped, wrong, stupid, ignorant, loves ignorance or (insert your own negative term) only causes hurt feelings and does nothing to further the understanding of each other.

          Knock it off!

          The truth is quite simple.  It doesn't matter if there is a higher power or not.  Be a decent flippin human being and everything else is just frosting.

          1. Valerie F profile image61
            Valerie Fposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Here's the rub. I believe that all human beings are equal. So what gives any one person the right to tell another person what's right or wrong?

            1. peptalk profile image61
              peptalkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              Exactly!

            2. Pandoras Box profile image82
              Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              Exactly!

              1. Valerie F profile image61
                Valerie Fposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                That's why some people find it necessary to believe that ethics/morality does not come from any human authority, but from a higher power.

        3. Pandoras Box profile image82
          Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Well that isn't something I claim, first of all, but I do think it's better than ascribing authority to an imaginary figure and letting other people tell me what that authority wants from my life.

        4. Rishy Rich profile image79
          Rishy Richposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          "I don't know. Believing that there is no authority in the universe higher than one's own self seems pretty warped to me."

          WELL Valerie..God does the same thing...right? ...

          1. Valerie F profile image61
            Valerie Fposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Hey, when you create the universe, you can claim you're equal to God.

    3. tantrum profile image62
      tantrumposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Atheists don't believe in any god.
      Purpose ?
      As there is no Atheist Church, there's no purpose.
      Only religious people have purposes : shoving their believes down our throats. Reminding us we're sinners. Bragging self-righteousness.
      lol

      And again another hilarious thread ! LOLOL!!!

      Aren't all of you fluttered ? hmm
      It must be the second coming is near !
      lol

      1. Niteriter profile image78
        Niteriterposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Et tu, tantrum? Believing in the second coming? Or is it Mark Knowles coming back with his next retort that you're referring to?

        1. tantrum profile image62
          tantrumposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          I was referring to Jesus.
          It seems he's coming a second time.
          I hope there would be a press conference first.
          It would give me time to prepare myself for Hell
          lol

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      (Q)posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Atheism is a false term made to give some credit towards theists beliefs where none is warranted. The simple gist of it all is that there are people who don't accept the claims of theists myths and superstitions, whatever they may be. That's about it.

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      cosetteposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      "standard form"? yikes

      haha i don't think there are any standards or conventions for "atheisim". not believing in the Christian god doesn't really make someone an atheist. there isn't a label for everything, unfortunately. i believe in some grand spiritual force somewhere, but it doesn't fit into any of the popular mythologies perpetuated by Man.

    6. Marisa Wright profile image93
      Marisa Wrightposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Atheism is the ABSENCE of belief, so it's impossible to go into any detail about the nature of it, because there's no detail to explain.  It is not a system. 

      Atheists don't depend on atheism to determine how they live. 

      Religionists find this hard to accept, because they use religion to guide their decisions in life.  They can't conceive of someone independent-minded enough to make decisions without something to lean on.

      A minority of atheists are closed-minded - most are logical, and would change their mind about the existence of God in a second, if unequivocal proof was found.

      1. Pandoras Box profile image82
        Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Well put, very well put.

    7. Don W profile image83
      Don Wposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Some atheists believe a deity does not exist (strong atheism), which is a positive assertion. Some don't believe the assertion that a deity exists (weak atheism) which is not a positive assertion but a lack of belief. Onus probandi (burden of proof) lies with anyone making a positive assertion. So burden of proof lies with theists and strong atheists.

      However because of the nature of the strong atheists assertion, i.e. trying to prove a negative, the most a strong atheist can reasonably do is tentatively assert that the existence of a deity is improbable. Well known atheists such as Richard Dawkins make this assertion. Such atheists do not assert it is impossible and do not (cannot) assert that a deity does not exist.

      There is no evidence which categorically proves the existence of a deity. There is no evidence which categorically proves a deity is improbable. The former assertion is based on the interpretation of certain ancient texts, the Bible for example,  subjective, mystical and religious experiences including divine revelation, socio-cultural, political and psychological factors etc.

      The latter assertion is based on the interpretation of certain empirical data, those surrounding evolutionary facts for example, socio-political, rhetorical, cultural and psychological arguments etc. Regardless of how confidently stated either may be, they remain unproven assertions.   

      Some atheists including a few at Hubpages display a marked dislike of theism and theists and their position would be better described as anti-theism in my opinion.

      Personally I wonder what the logical conclusion of anti-theism is, and how far its proponents would go. Ban religious belief? Criminalise theism? Label everyone who believes in a deity "delusional" and try to "re-educate" them? (already happening?) Label them as "sick" and try to "cure" them?

      In fact do we really need "religionists" at all? Wouldn't the world be a safer, saner place without them? Wouldn't getting rid of them be in the best interests of humanity, society? Surely that would be a good thing? No more religious wars, no more religious terrorism. Surely the end justifies the means. But what end. Maybe a final solution? Certainly over dramatic I know, but not without precedent in the history of this small planet, and such things always start with ridicule and brow beating, not dissimilar to the "enlightenment" certain people already engage in online.

      And how silly would it be if a dislike of authoritarian belief systems leads to punitive measures against those who subscribe to authoritarian belief systems? Do people really not see the irony in that?

      By espousing anti-theist sentiments some think they are making a stand for a non-authoritarian and free-thinking world. I think the opposite is true.

      I understand the frustrations of coming up against religious intolerance and bigotry, but surely the way to counter that lies in something other than more intolerance and bigotry. A horse with stripes is not a zebra, it's still just a horse. Likewise anti-theist bigotry and intolerance is no different to religious bigotry and intolerance. Doesn't matter what you call it or what you try to paint it as, it's exactly the same thing.

      1. earnestshub profile image88
        earnestshubposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        It is all so much simpler than this. Religions make threats. I for one do not respond to threats.
        Religion makes claims that are not only untrue, but totally ridiculous, and then force feed them with "god said"
        I need no science degree, or to be very clever to see that a threatening sky fairy is more than a bit unlikely. Common sense. smile

        1. Don W profile image83
          Don Wposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          is a massive oversimplification of the worlds theistic belief systems. At the same level of simplicity a theist could state "religions give hope". Both these statements have an element of truth, but both are also much too shallow to reveal the whole picture.   

          Thousands of years of philosophy, theology, history, cultural tradition, art and basic human nature can't be concentrated into a populist sound bite that suits a particular world view. In my humble opinion that's just too superficial an approach.

      2. Pandoras Box profile image82
        Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Interesting post. You assert a couple of things that I don't see any logic for however. Just because people choose to speak out against the problems of religion just not lead to a conclusion that soon we'll be rounding them up and sending them to concentration camps. Society generally moves forward, not backwards. It's a leap to suggest such a thing, a pretty argument, but a leap in logic.

        Atheists are pretty reasonable people. The knowledge that you cannot legislate or regulate peoples' thoughts and beliefs isn't something that's going to be lost. Besides, making martyrs of them is counter-productive, as China has effectively shown.

        1. Pandoras Box profile image82
          Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          What makes you think we're bigoted and intolerant? I don't think that's true at all, and as I already said I think it's a false assumption to think we'll become so.

          1. Disappearinghead profile image91
            Disappearingheadposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Anti-theists are biggoted and intolerant. You think youare more enlightened.

            1. earnestshub profile image88
              earnestshubposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              As many of us are. We often know your religion better than you do, but without the constraints of not wanting to find out we are wrong and our beliefs ridiculous we can live a normal life understanding each new thing that comes along without having to be dragged screaming into the next century and without the need to change "context" in our beliefs to accommodate them for starters! smile.

            2. Pandoras Box profile image82
              Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              That doesn't make us bigoted and intolerant.

          2. Don W profile image83
            Don Wposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            I think some anti-theists are bigotted and intolerant. Why? Because the most common definition of bigot is: a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices.

            Or (for comparison)

            a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.

            I see theists and anti-theists on this forum who display these characteristics. However it seems to be more common for anti-theists to label theists as bigoted whilst engaging in exactly the same behaviour, then citing the theist's bigotry as justification for their own bigotry while at the same time condemning all forms of bigotry. All too silly really.

            1. Mark Knowles profile image60
              Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              Interesting. I assume you can read?

              I can. And I have read the bible. I reject it, and the hate mongering, holier-than-thou, rewards in the next life, martyr complex it was written to instill.

              Once having read and understood the bible, it is hard to be anything other than antagonistic towards it.

              I would not call this blind bigotism, or intolerant any more than being ant-nazism is bigoted and intolerant.

              Now - real bigotisnm takes what is said in the bible as the word of a god without thinking about it.

              You do not believe? You are a sinner destined for hell. No compromise. None.

              So - at what point is my being anti-religionism bigoted and intolerant? Are you tolerant of Nazism? wink

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                A Texanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                Have you ever killed a neo Nazi? Have you ever broken up a Klan rally? If not then you are tolerant of their views.

                1. Mark Knowles profile image60
                  Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  Sweetie pie - that is utter nonsense. By that measure - 99.9999999999% of the world is tolerant of their views.

                  Sorry - How many Tamil Tigers have you killed?

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                    A Texanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    Yes Mark, it was supposed to be utter nonsense, just as your claim to not be bigoted was.

                    There ain't many Tamil Tigers raising hell in my part of Texas!

              2. Don W profile image83
                Don Wposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                Whatever way theism and anti-theism are dressed up, they are essentially opinions. And bigotry is about obstinate, irrational animosity towards opinion that differs from our own.

                An example is an anti-theist asking a theist what he does to alleviate suffering. Upon hearing that the theist performs charitable acts and does as much as he can within the scope of his own life to alleviate suffering, the anti-theist continues to demonstrate animosity simply because he objects to the theist being a theist. Not because he objects to the theists actions or behaviour with regard to the question asked, but the fact that he thinks differently, has a different opinion about it.

                That's exactly the point when anti-theism becomes bigoted. That is obstinate, irrational animosity towards opinion that differs from our own. That is bigotry.

                Whether you have personally displayed such behaviour I couldn't honestly say without looking at your previous posts. Something I've neither the time nor the inclination to do. You know yourself whether you have. If so your behaviour constitutes bigotry. If not, then it doesn't.

                Either way, taking a zero tolerance approach in the name of promoting tolerance makes as much sense as fighting the war to end all wars. The latter simply bred more wars, the former will simply breed more intolerance.

                1. thisisoli profile image64
                  thisisoliposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  I'm not sure that I follow your example, since it holds no real world value, it's not something that has happened.

                  Anti-theists would not ask what a theist does to alleviate suffering and then do the opposite. Nor would a theist suddenly go out and do some more 'alleviating' to spite the theist.

                  An Anti Theist would ask what God does to alleviate suffering, the theist would then stutter something about charity and then go to church/sell some diamonds/suicide bomb a mosque/molest an irish boy (selete as applicable)

                  Ok, maybe that was a little harsh, but my point standing, you can only give examples where they fit, and yours didn't.

        2. Don W profile image83
          Don Wposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Hi Pandora. Don't think I've had the pleasure. I'm Don.

          If I was suggesting that speaking out against the problems of religion will definitely lead to those things I mentiond, then you'd be right to call me on the logic of that statement. Such a statement would be a logical fallacy of the "slippery slope" variety where a small step is fallaciously said to lead to a much more significant consequence.

          So I'm relieved to say I merely claimed it was a possibility, not an inevitability. Quoting myself, I posed it in the form of a question "I wonder what the logical conclusion of anti-theism is, and how far its proponents would go" and pointed out that their is a precedent by saying "Certainly over dramatic I know, but not without precedent in the history of this small planet". So I think I'm okay in terms of the "leap of logic" you mention as I'm not making an assertion, merely pondering the possibility.

          To illustrate, here's a comment by (Q) from another thread:"If the members of the LDS think and believe as you do, then there is good reason to rid the world of this dangerous cult as it will clearly do great harm to mankind." The question stands, What is the logical conclusion of such sentiment?

          I am interested in a comment of yours "Atheists are pretty reasonable people". That is an assertion, and quite a huge generalisation which would be falsified by the existence of a single unreasonable atheist.

          If you are asserting there is not a single unreasonable atheist in existence, then your argument is unsound because that premise is false. If you accept that at least one unreasonable atheist exists, then your argument is logically invalid because the conclusion does not follow from the premises.

          The third option (the one I most suspect to be true) is that you just forgot to use a quantifier such as "[many] atheists are pretty reasonable".

    8. Jerami profile image79
      Jeramiposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Atheism has an important purpose. Everything on earth depends upon it's opposite in order to thrive.
          Atheists and Theists depend upon each other.
          The louder the Theist are; the louder the Atheists become.
          There would not have been any martyrs in the first and second century without the Romans and their lions.
          The Romans finally decided that Christians could not be extinguished and this is why the Emperor decided to create a universal church that he could control.
          Christianity might have died in the first century had it not been for its opposition.

          Thank God for opposition

      1. skyfire profile image72
        skyfireposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I guess you've no idea about how to differentiate between atheists, anti-theists, theists, don't you ?

        1. Jerami profile image79
          Jeramiposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Ya caught me being lazy minded. I do know the difference between Atheists and Anti Theists. I apologize if this oversight of mine was offensive.
             I also didn't intend to be offensive toward Anti-Theists.
             Just stating an observation. We all need each other or we would all think the same and that would be boring.

      2. Jerami profile image79
        Jeramiposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
          I made this post earlier and none of the Atheist nor Theist has wanted to comment....   Does this statement not cause food for thought in either camp ????

        1. Mark Knowles profile image60
          Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Not in the slightest.

          I have listened to religionists justify their beliefs constantly and once you have decided to believe - you continue to do so. A dog shitting in the street is proof positive that god exists, and this is just another version of "I appreciate atheists because they strengthen my faith."

          Basically what you said makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, but if you want to take the millions of painful deaths involved in the spread of god's perfect word as being something to be thankful for and tell me I have a purpose which is to perpetuate your ridiculous beliefs and am therefore invalid - which is what you said. Well......

          I don't really have much of a response other than to respond by saying thank you for proving my decision not to believe is a valid one and there is no invisible super being. wink

          I don't know why any of the theists did not respond.No food for thought being caused here. Nonsensical justification of your belief in an invisible super being seems par for the course.

          I mean - look at Valerie's last response. She is quite prepared to fool herself into thinking that her chosen church (Catholic) has not spent the last 1800 years desperately trying to wipe out atheism. Never happened. wink

  2. earnestshub profile image88
    earnestshubposted 6 years ago

    I dont do religion or god full stop. Not credible, no evidence, many unsupported "truths"
    Atheist?
    I don't know how to define atheism either.
    I do not believe in fairies in the sky who kill people, surely one would not need to be any more than just sane not to believe the same wouldn't they? smile

    1. Rishy Rich profile image79
      Rishy Richposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      earnest..Do u consider urself as an atheist?

      1. earnestshub profile image88
        earnestshubposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        That would depend on who was manipulating the word, connecting it to somewhere it does not belong, or telling me what the fairy said about it. lol

        1. Rishy Rich profile image79
          Rishy Richposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Its ez to skip the questions by providing those same old vague answers...but it doesnt make the responses worth reading

          1. earnestshub profile image88
            earnestshubposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            lol well don't read it then! lol

          2. Mark Knowles profile image60
            Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Atheists do not believe in a god - any god. End of story.

            Is that specific enough for you?

            1. Niteriter profile image78
              Niteriterposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              Do they believe in Arnold? He said the same thing Jesus did.

              1. Rishy Rich profile image79
                Rishy Richposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                need more specific answer... their explanation of life, purpose of blv, strengths & weaknesses

                1. Mark Knowles profile image60
                  Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  Deary me.

                  That is is sweetie pie. Atheists do not believe in a god. It is a lack of belief - not a belief. Is that too difficult to understand? shall make more simple.... lose teh grammar and punctuation....wud help?

                  1. Niteriter profile image78
                    Niteriterposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    I thought you'd be in bed by now. I was about to start blaspheming you.

                2. Niteriter profile image78
                  Niteriterposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  Arnold Schwarzenegger in one of his movies said, "I'll be back." It became an international catch phrase. You know about the Secong Coming, I'm sure.

                  1. skyfire profile image72
                    skyfireposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    oh my, ROFL  big_smile

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                    hamstersmessiahposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    i think it was more like "Asta la vista baby!"

    2. Disappearinghead profile image91
      Disappearingheadposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I think atheism has an unexpected consequence. As long as the atheist one is talking doesn't just trot out the same old tired lines, they can challenge those with a belief system to really examine what they believe and encourage them to formulate a rationale logical argument for why they believe. Too many Christians I have known couldn't argue themselves out of a paper bag.

      1. Mark Knowles profile image60
        Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Neither can you. wink

        Trotting out the "you really made my belief more solid," line is just extremely funny to us atheists. Especially as you are basing it on nothing other than a desire to be more important than you really are.

        In fact - it makes us pity you even more and increases our desire to see a world free from irrational beliefs. I will now spend more time teaching people that their beliefs are dangerous garbage.

        Thank you very much.. wink

        1. Disappearinghead profile image91
          Disappearingheadposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Not a relapsed Catholic are you? Forced to go to Sunday school perhaps? Your cat died and someone said it was God's will? Your mum was ripped off by a TV Evangelist? You got pissed one night on the town and someone threw a Christian tract at you? Or is it that you once believed in Noah's Ark until some nasty children laughed at you?

          You clearly believe you have reached some nirvana of enlightenment and now that you have found atheism, it's pay back time.

          1. Pandoras Box profile image82
            Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Or maybe he just has a brain.

          2. Mark Knowles profile image60
            Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Not at all. It is behavior such as you are displaying right now that convinced me you guys are full of s***.

            But I love it when believers get upset when I turn the tables on them. All that does is convince me you do not even know what you are saying half the time.

            Not sure why you are unable to accept that sometimes people make a rational decision based on the evidence. In this case, the lack of evidence combined with this type of behavior from people who do believe.


            So - thank you once again for showing me the truth. lol

            1. aka-dj profile image79
              aka-djposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              Hey Mark.
              What logical, rational, educated and free thinking led you to drink and smoke? (Oh and gamble---although you don't gamble).
              I've been meaning to ask you that for ages, Just keep forgetting.

              PS. I'm glad you chose to quit (at least one)! smile

              1. Mark Knowles profile image60
                Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                Why are you interested? I started drinking and smoking when I was 13 years old. My parents smoked, the priest at the church boarding school I went to was a heavy drinker and smoker - so I figured it was OK. Not sure the words "logical, rational, educated and free thinking" apply to a 13 year old. lol

                As I got older - I discovered it was not good for you and have since quit smoking and cut down on drinking in an effort to lose the weight I put on while quitting smoking.

                But - thank you for reminding me once again why I despise your holier than thou religion.

                You are right - you cannot trust your parents or the church to teach you right from wrong - you have to learn it for yourself and deal with it yourself when you want to make a change.

                1. Disappearinghead profile image91
                  Disappearingheadposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  Ah I was right. The catholic connection explains why you've bcome a born again atheist on a personnal mission to correct the world of its religious evils.

                  Listen to yourself sunbeam " It is behavior such as you are displaying right now that convinced me you guys are full of s***. " Hello Pot, I'm Kettle, you're black.

                  1. Mark Knowles profile image60
                    Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    No sweetiepie. Never been a Catholic. Sorry - that is the problem with never listening to anyone and just spouting your holier than thou hatred. Sorry your god has been proven to be a figment of your imagination. You must be very angry. Don't take it out on me though. Is that what Jeebus would have done? wink

        2. peptalk profile image61
          peptalkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Actually having a belief system or believing that there is something more does not make me feel more important than I am.  Rather, for me anyway, it is an acknowledgment of my insignificance.

          I think that I have a soul (you can call it whatever you want) and that every other living thing has one too.  I believe that these 'souls' are part of some greater whole and connect us to everything around us. 

          Believing that there is something beyond human consciousness does not necessarily equal believing in human superiority.

          1. Mark Knowles profile image60
            Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Good for you. But - there is a huge difference between having a belief system that there is "something more" and having a belief system that includes a god - with rules and "morals" to follow.

            I take it you just believe there is "something more" and none of the other stuff.

            I believe we are part of something larger than ourselves also. Any fool can see that - but to give it a name and build churches to it? And then start telling people what it wants? That is where you lose me.

            Trouble is - most peopel do not seem happy with saying there is "something more" and need to go teh step further. I am glad you do not do that.

            Of course - that means it makes absolutely no differnece that you believe there is "something more" as it does not impact on you me or anyone else and might as well not exist. In fact - I am not even sure why you mentioned it.

            Why did you mention it if there are no instructions, rules or anything?

            1. peptalk profile image61
              peptalkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              I am not a fan of churches.  To me, they are like clubs where you either belong or you don't.  I don't belong, no biggie.

              A demon, overhearing the Good News Christ was teaching became worried for hell.  He ran to Satan and told him that there was some guy telling people that all they had to do to get into heaven was love each other and be good people.  Satan thought about it for a minute and then laughed, saying "this is good news, hell's going to be better off than ever... all I have to do is institutionalize it!"

              Three quick points here (assuming I can ever do anything in less than 500 words):
              1.  I am a human being, a talking animal with a really big brain and super spiffy fingers.  Its a great body and works really well but I don't KNOW anything, I don't carry around the answers to the meaning off life... I leave that to my dog... and I am far more likely to be wrong than right.  So I can't very well go around pushing my beliefs on someone else.  I can argue like crazy but it wouldn't do any good... and what if I led someone into that huge pit over there because I was so buy worrying about his cataracts that I couldn't see my own blindness?

              2.  God is a really great word, it's much easier to say than "something beyond myself" for one thing, it gives you a tiny little three letter word to focus on.  The problem is, again for me, that when you focus to hard on the word you miss the point completely.

              So, I believe in a God of sorts.  MY God (and I am using this very loosely) is not some guy sitting in judgment, waiting for me to screw up and hoping that I run around judging everyone else or telling them all my rules.

              3.  There are rules.  Maybe they needed to be written down, maybe not.  I'm fairly certain that every decent person could have figured them out all by themselves though.  I don't know that they will save your soul, I don't know that a soul needs to be saved.  At any rate the 'rules' are pretty simple; be good to each other, try your best to be a good person, don't attack, harm, vilify, lie about, other people, fight for things that are wrong and live the best life you can and learn as much as you can.  When I try to follow these rules of basic human decency, I am happier.

              I live in a world that is so absolutely beautiful in its intricacy and interconnectedness that being a good person seems like the best way to celebrate my connection to it. 

              I see no problem with atheism in that the word simply means that a person does not believe in a deity.  Being an atheist does not necessarily mean that a person does not have a set of moral beliefs regarding his/her conduct.

              1. Pandoras Box profile image82
                Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                The thing is that by uing a word like god you confuse the issue.

                Who made the rules? What happens if you break them?

                I can't quite agree with this post. The problem for me is that people with soft beliefs like this tend to unknowingly give cover for the people with the hard beliefs. A god is not a 'something out there', it's a personalized deity, not an unknown thing. You have defined the source of the magic of life as a sentient being. In doing so you have claimed what cannot possibly be known.

                Your rules, besides reminding me of Jerry Springer smile, you don't mention where they come from. What makes them rules? Is there a supreme reward or punishment associated with them?

                The implication in your post is that they come from your god.

                1. peptalk profile image61
                  peptalkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  My "rules" come from the belief that to be cruel to each other is simply wrong, there is no point to it and nothing to be gained.

                  The "punishment" is that you cannot fully develop or be fully happy by perpetuating cruelty and ugliness in an already cruel and ugly world.  To expect a reward is ridiculous.

                  1. Pandoras Box profile image82
                    Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    Good enough. smile

            2. Pandoras Box profile image82
              Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              Yeah I agree. I have no problem with people who believe in some kind of something special let us say in the world. I have no problem with pagans because their beliefs are harmless and nonjudgmental of others. I have no problems with buddhists, etc.

              I just feel that people who make up gods and assign human characteristics to them, proclaim their history and set forth their rules for mankind, people in short who claim to 'know god', I believe these people are dangerous to society.

              As soon as somebody says "my god is _____" (fill in the blank)they have gone astray, no matter what their intent.

              1. peptalk profile image61
                peptalkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                For me, I can handle the "my god is ______" but I can't handle the "My god says ________"

                I once got into a huge argument with someone over "the dominion over Earth" issue.  My friend thought that was a great excuse for shooting ground squirrels, because we are after all superior in Gods eyes.  I felt that if God wanted fewer ground squirrels, he would deal with it on HIS own (my friends god is a Man... he explicitly stated this) and we had no business shooting the cute little guys....

                Now, this example of using "my god says ______" is a deep root of evil in the wrong hands.  Using God as a means to an end is plain WRONG.

              2. Valerie F profile image61
                Valerie Fposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                "Pagan" is too broad a term to even be relevant, and not all "pagans" are or have been harmless, nonjudgmental sorts.

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        Deborah Sextonposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I'm not a Christian however I have never had an atheist cause me to reexamine my belief there is a God.

  3. kess profile image61
    kessposted 6 years ago

    The similarities of Atheism and christianity is this.

    The Atheist is zealous of eradicating the knowledge of God and they therefore preach to all there is "no God".

    Not realizing they  only succeed in perpetuating the knowledge of their God called "no God" within themselves.

    The Christian in their zeal to eradicate death, they preach  to all  to abstain from sinning. Sin to them is in everything as it is written or not written in the book.

    Not realizing that they are responsible for perpetuating the same death within themselves and others.

    For death is the knowledge of sin and it's consequences.

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      Twenty One Daysposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      spot on, Kess. spot on.

      consciousness is knowledge which builds into systems called logic, thought, reason, beliefs, anti-beliefs. both atheist & theist are self taught/self caught in the loop of the Need To Know.

      one accepts death as its finite point of absolution.
      the other fears death because of that absolution.

  4. Niteriter profile image78
    Niteriterposted 6 years ago

    I think Mark's goal is just about to go down to 19,999.

  5. Niteriter profile image78
    Niteriterposted 6 years ago

    Where do athiests gather to worship?

    1. aka-dj profile image79
      aka-djposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      That's an EASY one to answer. Hub Pages. lol

      1. Niteriter profile image78
        Niteriterposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Good One! Mark is off somewhere drafting something really nasty for the next believer who dares to pop his head up. He has a goal of humiliating 20,000 believers before (or by, I forget which) 2012.

      2. Freya Cesare profile image78
        Freya Cesareposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        big_smile big_smile big_smile

      3. Pandoras Box profile image82
        Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        You don't get around much, do you?

    2. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
      Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Religious Forum threads

  6. aka-dj profile image79
    aka-djposted 6 years ago

    Define atheism....."nothing exists outside of the natural"

    Purpose...."no purpose, other than to harass those who do believe in (anything) outside the natural world."

    That seems to be the behavioral expression of their "contribution" hmm

  7. Niteriter profile image78
    Niteriterposted 6 years ago

    I hear swimsuits are the usual attire. You appear to be fittingly prepared.

    1. tantrum profile image62
      tantrumposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Oh ! So it's true ?
      Hell is a Sea of Iniquity?
      hmm

      1. Niteriter profile image78
        Niteriterposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I see iniquity in so many pleasing places. I guess I'll be seeing you in hell.

        1. tantrum profile image62
          tantrumposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          I'm sure we'll have a great time ! I love swiming.
          No matter where ! lol

  8. Jerami profile image79
    Jeramiposted 6 years ago

    there are people that have become worse that the thing that they hate. And they do it self righteously!!
      They have allowed their hate to consume who they are.
       
       It would seem that some people have declared war against freedom of speech for others while staunchly defending their own.!

    1. peptalk profile image61
      peptalkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      We always hold our own freedom more dear than that of others.

      1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
        Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        True...especially if those others disagree with us... hmm

        1. peptalk profile image61
          peptalkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          So lets beat them up and steal their legos.

          1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
            Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            http://www.sherv.net/cm/emo/laughing/rolling.gif


            that was funny

      2. Pandoras Box profile image82
        Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I don't think that's true.

    2. Pandoras Box profile image82
      Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      No kidding. I agree. Those god believers are real hypocrites.

  9. tantrum profile image62
    tantrumposted 6 years ago

    lol lol lol

    Children,... please !!!
    lol

  10. WriteAngled profile image92
    WriteAngledposted 6 years ago

    I do not see the point of the original question.

    Atheism is the conviction that deity, in any of the various definitions proposed for this concept by various spiritual traditions, does not exist.

    Atheism is a state of mind. It does not have and does not need to have a purpose.

    There are atheists who believe that since this life is all they have and life is precious, they must try to make it the best sort of life for the largest number of people they possibly can. There are atheists who believe life is meaningless, so the thing to do is to get the maximum personal pleasure while they can.

    Likewise, there are believers of various religions, and people of no fixed religion but on various spiritual paths, who believe that their spirituality must also be expressed in action to help relieve suffering and oppression. There are other believers who believe physical life is secondary to the promised afterlife, so the thing to do is to focus on "saving" themselves and others.

    In both cases, I refer to two ends of a spectrum. However, when people of any and no beliefs, who are near the "action" end of the spectrum come together to fight for a better world, true change can happen here and now.

    1. Rishy Rich profile image79
      Rishy Richposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      'Atheism is a state of mind. It does not have and does not need to have a purpose...' I think its an old concept... Since we already have some Atheist movements & personalities like Richard Dawkins, harris & hitchens are either trying to establish the purpose of Atheism or already have given some directions.

      1. Pandoras Box profile image82
        Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Ah but those aren't claimed to have come from god. we can embrace those movements or not as we freely choose and still retain our status as atheists. The vast majority of atheists are people who will never bother mentioning it to anyone save perhaps to their closest friends and family and that is fine. There is no purpose to it, it just is.

        It is very simply a lack of belief in the existance of a god. There's no mission statement involved.

        1. Rishy Rich profile image79
          Rishy Richposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          "There is no purpose to it, it just is...." - There goes its weakness.

          I believe Natures rule of thumb is : Nothing survives without a purpose. But it did survive for a long time. Didn't it? May be there is a purpose which is not clear to everyone...

  11. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
    Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago

    Atheism is a religion, based on faith in the non-existence of a supreme deity. A faith that cannot be proven logically or with scientific methodology.

    The adherents to this 'Faith' attempt to convert non believers(people that believe in a supreme deity) to the Faith of NON-Belief. (Just like the believers attempt to convert them to belief).

    Both groups offer the same arguement as proof, "Isn't it obvious, the proof is everywhere."

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      (Q)posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Still haven't read up on the "Burden of Proof" fallacy yet? You keep falling into this one, almost every time.

      1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
        Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Quippy...


        http://www.sherv.net/cm/emo/laughing/rolling.gif

                        qui.....ppy

    2. Mark Knowles profile image60
      Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Sweetie pie - as much as you wish to avoid the burden of proof - it is yours.

      I know, I know - you do not feel you need to justify your ridiculous beliefs - I guess because you cannot.

      I make no such statement as you just lied and said I did. I see no evidence of a god. None. especially not his fan club. lol

      1. peptalk profile image61
        peptalkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Help!  I'm lost, who is Sweetie pie and where can I find what she/he lied about?

        1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
          Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Sweetie pie is anyone that disagrees with Mark. He has a belief that insults make him look cooler or something...

          1. peptalk profile image61
            peptalkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Can I beat him up and steal his legos? 

            Ummm.... sorry!

      2. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
        Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago in reply to this


        Which you attempt to use as proof to support your unfounded opinion that therefore there is no God.

        Lack of proof, is not proof

        1. Mark Knowles profile image60
          Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Sweetie pie - you cannot keep using that argument. It makes no sense. I know, O know - it is hard having to justify your ridiculous beliefs and this is a good way of distracting from the fat that you believe something that does not exist - but it will not change the fact that the burden of proof is yours.

          Sorry sweetie pie. This is how it works. You make the assertion - you provide the evidence. It must be very frustrating for you. sad

          1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
            Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Precious,

            I'm not frustrated in the least. I'm sure in time you will be able to understand these pretty simple concepts, all you need to do is apply yourself to the learning process.


            YOU CAN DO IT!!!!   I have Faith!!!

          2. peptalk profile image61
            peptalkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            I don't understand the need for proof either way.

            Faith is belief without proof.  You have faith that there is no God though you have no proof.

            Sweetie Pie's have faith that there is a God though they have no proof.

            I believe that when a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it that it does make a sound though I have no proof.

            1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
              Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              In fact there is no proof either way.

              That is the problem for Mark. Mark believes that only if there is concrete evidence of a thing can that thing exist.

              I however believe that things exist that we are unable to prove the existence of, things like God.

              Someday, I believe, we may be able to prove the existence of God. Much like we can now prove the existence of Love, a thing 1000 years ago we could not.

              1. peptalk profile image61
                peptalkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                And viruses.... don't forget them.

                1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
                  Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  and Star Goats!

                  1. peptalk profile image61
                    peptalkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    lol!  Noooo.... don't forget the Star Goats!

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              (Q)posted 6 years ago in reply to this

              Sure, why bother with proof of anything? Let's just open up the doors to our imaginations and pretend all sorts of things exist that are apparently swirling around us in some other realm, that can end the universe with the flick of a wrist.

              Of course, those how prefer some evidence in our world are the same people who brought computers, internet connections and these forums to those who prefer to imagine existing the bogeyman and all the hobgoblins that go bump in the night.

              Sycophants is a term that comes to mind.

              1. peptalk profile image61
                peptalkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                I have a bogeyman!

                I didn't say that proof wasn't a good thing.  What I said is that there are things that we have no proof of but believe in... this is faith!

                Having faith doesn't mean that we have to stick our heads in the sand and pretend that faith alone will get us where we want to do. 

                I have faith that there is something more than me.... my bad if there isn't but my faith does no harm to anyone so long as I don't run around trying to shoot it into someone else's veins.

            3. Mark Knowles profile image60
              Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              LOLOLO

              And you do not see the difference between believing something is there with no proof and not believing something is there with no proof?

              Like all religionists - you prefer to bring my decision making down to your level - and that is offensive.

              Which is why a blind belief in god, combined with aggressively attacking anyone who does not believe the same as you do will always cause conflicts.

              Always has done and always will do.

              I mean - look at sweetie pie number 65 - shouting that lack of proof is not proof. lol

              And he is lying because I would like to bet he does not apply that rule to any other area of his life. But - because he is trying to justify a ridiculous belief - he is forced into lying and attacking me because I will not believe.

              But - when I hand him an empty rucksack and tell him it will work as a parachute - I bet he asks for proof before jumping out of an airplane at 20,000 feet. lol

              Double standards - yet another reason for constant conflict caused by a belief in a god. Too bad really. pity none of the believers understand this. sad

              1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
                Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                No, that isn't what I'm saying...

                I see your Fallacy now.

                What I'm saying is I believe that the rucksack will not work as a parachute, if you want to change my belief to one of it functioning, then YOU MUST PROVE IT otherwise I will remain with my belief.

                The burden of proof lies with the person that is trying to convert the others belief.

                I am not trying in anyway to convert you to a belief in God, I am simply stating that I do believe in the existence of a supeme deity, one that I name God.

                1. Mark Knowles profile image60
                  Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  Oh I see. So - who are you trying to convince of its existence? I mean - if you are not trying to convince any one of anything - why bother telling any one? Are we seeing which came first yet? Do you think I would bother telling you your invisible friend does not exist if you did not already tell me that he is there? 

                  Come on, Sweetie pie - you can do better than that.

                  1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
                    Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    No one, I'm simply stating that I believe.


                    Because you continue to ask, and tell me I'm wrong/stupid/ignorant/delusional/a sweetie for this belief of mine.

                    ???

                    Yes


                    roll

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                  (Q)posted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  Yes, we know you do. You have no evidence for your "supreme deity" other than your own blind faith. Yeah, we get that Mikel. So what? The burden of proof still resides with you to demonstrate your god exists. You don't have to do such a thing of course, but that still doesn't preclude the fact that your faith in such a deity is delusional.

                  1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
                    Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    http://www.sherv.net/cm/emo/laughing/rolling.gif

                    still makes me laugh....Quippy...


                    lmao...



                    quIppY

                  2. Don W profile image83
                    Don Wposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    Depends on whose making a positive assertion.

                3. Pandoras Box profile image82
                  Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  And whenever you publicly state such a belief, we reserve the right to point out that it's baseless and generally dangerous to society.

                  1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
                    Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    No more baseless than your baseless assertion. If your belief isn't baseless show me the proof.

                    and rampant barbarism by non-believers is just as dangerous to society as is rampant religious zealots.(I would place you in the latter category, along with Precious and Quippy)

                    being delusional about being a non relgious person because you are a member of a religion that has blind unprovable Faith in the NON-existence of a deity, makes you one of them.

              2. peptalk profile image61
                peptalkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                no... I see no difference.

                Some people BELIEVE that there is nothing, fine.
                Others BELIEVE that there is, fine also.

                I do NOT believe that the rucksack will work as a parachute, not because of blind faith but in the fact that the rucksack is tangible.  I can see it, touch it, turn it inside out and come to the conclusion that it won't work.
                There is no FAITH to it.

                I don't KNOW if there is an all powerful being, I wouldn't even be willing to argue that there is or isn't, but I FEEL that there is something beyond me.  That is faith.

                Personal belief and faith does not mean that that someone needs to go and convert others in order to validate themselves.  A belief in something, even if that belief is that there is nothing, is better than no belief at all.  Having beliefs means that at least you have thought about life, which is a good thing.

                1. Mark Knowles profile image60
                  Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  Well - you seem to be coinfusing atheism with something else. I never said there is nothing. I don't know what there is - or even if there is anything after I am dead.

                  I have said I do not believe there is a god.

                  Apart from that - who knows? No one - start telling me you do and I am laughing in your face. Start giving it a name - and I am laughing extra hard.

                  See - the trouble is - that we are part of something bigger than ourselves. And people like sweet pie number 65 feel obliged to name it and start telling us it is a person. lol

                  And I do not think that having a blind belief is a good thing. Read any history book. wink

                  1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
                    Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    NO and again NO I do not nor have I ever said God was a person....


                    I have stated many many many times that there is no way we (humanity) can know What God is, except that God is more than us and not understandable to us.


                    God is not a man, God is not a woman. God is not a human.

                    God is more...

                  2. peptalk profile image61
                    peptalkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    I just stated that I don't know!

                    We ARE all part of something bigger. 

                    I also stated earlier that God is, in my opinion, a convenient word (ie label) to put on something that is virtually impossible to define.  If you focus on the word, and the characteristics that the word implies, you miss the bigger picture. 

                    Personally, if God, or whatever you want to call the something bigger, is a PERSON, then I am going to spend the rest of my life being very frightened!

                  3. Disappearinghead profile image91
                    Disappearingheadposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    You say "I don't know what there is - or even if there is anything after I am dead. " Well instead of be offensive to everyone, why don't you put your money where you mouth is and go and find out. Then come back and tell us what you found. But it's no use saying that you don't know what there is if you are just going to sit around on your arse.

                    Do you think Columbus would be remembered if he just said "I don't know what's out there on that ocean, but I can't be bothered to go and look. Instead I'll just be rude to everyone else who does."

                2. Pandoras Box profile image82
                  Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  Some people believe that there is a god. Their belief is based on nothing tangible.

                  Other people do not believe there is a god based on lack of any evidence.

                  I think it takes quite a twist of logic to state that you see no difference, and i have to wonder why you would do that.

                  1. peptalk profile image61
                    peptalkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    Because faith doesn't require evidence.  Maybe pushing your belief on others does, but faith doesn't.

                    You must have some faith that there is no god.  The lack of evidence, of anything tangible gives you this faith.  All I am saying is that that lack of evidence doesn't necessarily mean that there isn't a god, no more than it means there is.

                    The point being that it doesn't really matter if there is or there isn't a god.

    3. Pandoras Box profile image82
      Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Atheism isn't a set of beliefs, therefore it is not a religion. Most atheists won't even publicly admit their atheism, let alone engage in discussions about it.

      1. Rishy Rich profile image79
        Rishy Richposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        @Pandoras box:

        "Most atheists won't even publicly admit their atheism, let alone engage in discussions about it."

        They wont admit bcoz either they r scared of attacks from different religious groups or they r ashamed to face their religious friends nd family members since atheism is considered a sin. However, similar situations were dealt by early Islamic & Christian preachers who chose not to preach immediately into public. Rather they chose to talk with their close friends and relatives first.

        "Atheism isn't a set of beliefs; therefore it is not a religion." - It may not be a religion but a set of believes can be easily assigned to it:



        "All children are born Atheists; they have no idea of God."
        -Baron d'Holbach

        1. Atheism is the position which claims that there are no deities. it is the rejection of belief in the existence of any deities. Not necessarily it rejects each and every system of the society.

        2. God and other religious beliefs are human inventions, created to fulfill various political, psychological and emotional wants or needs.

        3. The idea of God implies the abdication of human reason and justice; it is the most decisive negation of human liberty, and necessarily ends in the enslavement of mankind, in theory and practice. On the contrary, Atheism is a gift, an example of a broad unbiased mind. Therefore, it is the duty of atheists to free mankind from such enslavement.

        4. Atheism puts humanity as an absolute source - favoring humanity as the absolute source of ethics and values, and permitting individuals to resolve moral problems without resorting to God.


        5. Atheism promotes absence of religious motivation - that belief in gods does not motivate moral action, religious action, or any other form of action;


        6. Active exclusion of the problem of gods and religion from intellectual pursuit and practical action

        hmm

        1. thisisoli profile image64
          thisisoliposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          I like the way you say we have beliefs, and then fail to list any.

          "Belief is lack of reason or fact, atheism is reason and fact without belief."

  12. AnythingArtzy profile image81
    AnythingArtzyposted 6 years ago

    atheism was originally meant as a non belief in God. I do not believe it's a religion as some would have it. I'm not against "atheists. they simply don't believe. Period. doesn't make them less of a person or any less smart anymore than it makes me irrational, ignorant, an idiot or stooge because I do believe. some non believers then tell us Christians we name call or think we are better because we believe. kinda the pot callin the kettle black. and that goes both ways people. If you are a true christian then act like it.

    Let it rest ok. Nobody is better. what you believe is simply what you believe. Nobody will ever win this argument which shouldn't be an argument at all. There is no purpodse to athiesm unless you make one yourself. It's simply a non belief. I just don't get why some have to be so hateful to each other over "religion", which is different from Christianity, on these forums. You can't force any belief on anybody it's wrong. and it'a equally wrong to judge each other like that.

  13. Bill Manning profile image72
    Bill Manningposted 6 years ago

    Here's a scenario that I like to use to explain how I think. Let's say there is a shipwreck and two kids age 6 survive and end up on a deserted island.

    They don't know anything about any religion, gods or anything like that. They survive and grow up. The only thing they know is that they are who they are, humans.

    They gather food, eat, sleep, play and so on. That's it, that is what life is all about. They never think about any gods or other things like that because they never where exposed to it. Life just "is"!

    So that is how I think. You are born, grow up, live life and die. That's it, that's everything. Now if you want to call it any name, go ahead. Or don't call it anything.

    It's not a belief, or practice, or any thought. It's just living life in it's pure form, accepting both the good and bad of raw life. Of not making anything up to somehow make life more bearable. smile

    1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
      Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Or is it because they aren't exposed to the education of civilization, and that they are unaware that one day they will die?

      Since they have no concept of life and death, they do not ponder what comes next, if anything?

      1. Pandoras Box profile image82
        Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        The education of civilization!!!???

        The grasping of ancient peoples to explain away death is what you call the education of civilization!!!???

        You might want to do some catching up.

        hmm roll

        1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
          Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Ok Pannie, since you wont leave me alone...

          The education of Society (that better?) The fact that society knows by experience that people die. A fact that may or may not be apparent to two children shipwrecked on a deserted island. Do to the lack of experience of other people that these two hypothetical people have.

          Atheists do have a set belief, or they(humanity) would not be able to 'Name' the set of beliefs (in this case atheism.)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atheism

          the definition of a religion and or a belief system does in fact classify atheism as a belief system. The definition to both of these terms are listed in my hub 'Atheism the religion of non-belief"...

          1. Mark Knowles profile image60
            Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            From the article you linked to:

            Atheism, defined most narrowly, is the position that there are no deities. More broadly defined, it is the rejection of belief  in the existence of any deities, with or without an assertion that no deities exist.  The broadest definition classifies atheism as the absence of belief that any deities  exist.

            The term atheism originated from the Greek ἄθεος (atheos), meaning "without gods", which was applied with a negative connotation to those thought to reject the gods worshiped by the larger society. With the spread of freethought, skeptical inquiry, and subsequent increase in criticism of religion, application of the term narrowed in scope. The first individuals to identify themselves as "atheist" appeared in the 18th century.

            Atheists tend to lean towards skepticism regarding supernatural claims, citing a lack of empirical evidence. Common rationales for not believing in any deity include the problem of evil, the argument from inconsistent revelations, and the argument from nonbelief. Other arguments for atheism range from the philosophical to the social to the historical. Although some atheists tend toward secular philosophies such as humanism, rationalism, and naturalism, there is no one ideology or set of behaviors to which all atheists adhere.

            In Western culture, atheists are frequently assumed to be exclusively irreligious or unspiritual. However, religious and spiritual belief systems such as forms of Buddhism that do not advocate belief in gods, have also been described as atheistic.


            LOL

            I wonder if you actually read what you linked to? lol lol

            We atheists do not have a set of beliefs. Why do you feel the need to tell untruths Mikel? Is that what god tells you to do into your head?

            1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
              Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              Belief system:
              From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
              -a life stance
              -a religion.
              -a world view
              -a philosophy.
              -an ideology

              1. Mark Knowles profile image60
                Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                Uhuh. None of which apply to not believing in something.

                Now, sweetie pie - we have talked about this before. Using words in ways that bear no relationship to the actual meaning just causes confusion and ill-will. I know that you like to cause ill-will and conflict - like your god told you to, but still........

                I suggest you go look those words up and then tell me how any of them apply to not believing there is an invisible super being watching out for us. wink

                1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
                  Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  Believing that there is no tooth fairy...is still believing.
                  Believing that there is nothing after death is still a belief.
                  Believing that God never existed, is a belief.
                  Believing that leprechauns don't exist, is a belief...


                  you understand that so far precious?

                  1. Cagsil profile image80
                    Cagsilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    Nice play on words Mikel. roll

                  2. peptalk profile image61
                    peptalkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    you stole my line!

                  3. Mark Knowles profile image60
                    Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    I understand that you are attempting to shift the burden of proof away from yourself, yes.

                    Not believing you is still not believing you.

                    Understand sweetie pie? I do not believe you when you tell me there is an invisible super being. I see no evidence for one and your behavior is convincing me you are sadly deluded and very lonely. Further more, my common sense tells me that you are wrong in your assertions - and of course - I cannot prove it does not exist.But that does not mean it does exist.

                    A lot of lonely people make up imaginary friends. And there is nothing wrong with that - just don't expect me to be able to see Him. wink

                  4. Pandoras Box profile image82
                    Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    A belief does not a belief system make. I believe the grass is green. I don't create doctrine out of that or base my life on it.

              2. Pandoras Box profile image82
                Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                You neglected the words "can be" which are very relevant. A world view can be a belief system, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it is. Incidentally I clicked on religion, and it provided a nice long list. Atheism wasn't on it.

                1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
                  Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  those definitions are a direct copy and paste from the online source listed.

                  Me being the first to list Atheism as a belief doesn't negate it fitting the definition.

                  1. Pandoras Box profile image82
                    Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    Neither does it make it so, o prophet!

                    Put it this way. I don't *believe that there is no god* I just *have a lack of belief in any of the god concepts which have been presented to me*.

                    Show me a god worth believing in with a bit of legitimate evidence and I might *believe in that god*.

                    Even if you can make a *belief* out of my *lack of belief* you still do not have a *belief system* and therefore you have no *religion*.

                    Atheism is not a religion, it has no set of beliefs and no mission statement.

          2. Pandoras Box profile image82
            Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Tell me what an atheist's set of beliefs are. No I won't go read your hub. Tell me here what an atheist's set of beliefs are.

            The fact that people -and pretty much all life forms- die does not mean that there is a god.

            1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
              Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              Are you an atheist? What do you believe?

              In my opinion the belief system of an atheist is one of the non-existence of a supreme deity. That belief is what makes it a belief system.

              Trying to convert others to that same belief makes it a 'Religion' in my humble opinion.

              1. Pandoras Box profile image82
                Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                Well you're really reaching. A set of beliefs you live your life according to is a belief system. A system is not a single thing, that would be a unit. My belief unit is that your belief system is mistaken. I don't live my life based on that belief unit, or based on any other single unit of belief. I believe my dog farts, I don't base my life or worldview on it.

                Very simply a UNIT IS NOT A SYSTEM. See that's where you're confused.

                1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
                  Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  Ok you need me to list at least two things that an Atheist believes in order for it to 'qualify' as a system...talk about 'reaching', but ok...

                  'Atheist's Beliefs' the doctrine(first edition)

                  1 The Christian God is a psycopath.
                  2 The religious are a threat to society.
                  3 The belief in a God is a danger to society and has been proven to be so over countless generations of constant warfare.
                  4 It cannot be proven to exist therefore it does not exist.
                  5 Religious belief in a God is a form of indoctrination and mind control.

                  Want me to continue??? Or do you get the point?

                  1. Pandoras Box profile image82
                    Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    Not all atheists believe the things you have listed. I don't even believe all the things you have listed.

                    All atheists however share a lack of belief in god, and that is the only thing all atheists share.

    2. peptalk profile image61
      peptalkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      But those same children may also eventually develop a belief that there is something that provides the food they gather,  keeps them safe form storms, and helped them survive the shipwreck.

      1. Mark Knowles profile image60
        Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        They may. That sill not make it soi. wink

        But they may also come to understand how they fit in with their environment and learn to respect it. They will also - most likely - come to the conclusion that they will also die - seeing as everything else dies in their environment and they will probably be injured and notice they are growing older.

    3. Pandoras Box profile image82
      Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Bingo!

      Except for that anthropology and sociology would suspect that your innocent six year olds would eventually make up a god, to explain why the trees bore fruit in the spring, or why the fish came up the stream at a certain time of the year, or why the storms came and wrecked their treehouse.

      All the same I like your post. Pure life. With all the knowledge we do possess in today's world, you would think we could put away our make-believe, and maintain a wonder and a thirst for that which we do not yet know, instead of letting it waste away on imaginary gods.

  14. Bill Manning profile image72
    Bill Manningposted 6 years ago

    Oh I suppose some would think about where they came from and all that stuff. Then they might try to invent a higher form and presto, once again we have religion!!!! smile

    I was using that scenario to explain how I think, not theirs. Life just is, it's here and now. My purpose is just to live, nothing more. smile

    1. Pandoras Box profile image82
      Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Good for you Bill Manning.

      (insert little cheering smiley face dude here)

  15. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
    Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago

    @Precious

    http://www.sherv.net/cm/emo/laughing/rolling.gif


    Thanks for playing...

  16. kess profile image61
    kessposted 6 years ago

    The love of ignorance causes unbelief in God.
    Not the lack of evidence.

    Their desire to remain in blissful ignorance will cause them to reject all and every proof.

    Look, how many do you see  seeking to truly know?
    The proof is clear in  their questions and statements.

    The one who loves the knowledge of truth, will have a desire that causes him to seek until he finds.

    You who already believe, seek my friends you will find your undeniable proof just as I did.

    Then you can only laugh at the confused shallow mirth of the willingly ignorant.

    1. Mark Knowles profile image60
      Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      No - more laughing at the condescending statement you have just made. lol

      Thank you for validating my lack of belief. wink

    2. peptalk profile image61
      peptalkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I don't agree.  Those who do not believe in a God don't necessarily have a love of ignorance.

      I see many who follow Christiosity rather than Christianity who NEVER seek for anything.  I see many Atheists who seek their entire lives.

      I see many Atheists who can easily be defined as better Christians than many Christians, despite the fact, or maybe due to the fact, that they don't believe that there is a God.

      And.... I do not require undeniable proof.  If we require it, we have missed the boat.

      1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
        Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Well Said.

    3. Pandoras Box profile image82
      Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      This is very insulting and self-righteous. And I am supposed to remain sweet and kind when believers are spewing such hateful crap as this?

      I feel QUITE PERSECUTED! mad

      That aside, sweetness, what you have basically just said is that the proof of your god is all in your head. I agree. You should give your imagination a rest.

      smile smile smile

  17. peptalk profile image61
    peptalkposted 6 years ago

    Okay.... now I am having a hard time following what we are arguing about!

  18. Pandoras Box profile image82
    Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago

    By the way, I'm not arguing with you. I tend to speak in short tones, getting out the points that come to my mind. Please don't think I am trying to bash you or whatever.

    If you start a 'poor persecuted me' thread like goldenpath I'll lose all respect for you.

    1. Mark Knowles profile image60
      Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      That was rather funny. Totally convinced me that they all want to be be a martyr. Passive aggresive attacks until some  one cracks and then they are happy. Especially as it was "tell me where I am provoking this" and then start arguing when I did.

      TOLERANCE of my irrational bleiefs - that is all I ask. I will then completely invalidate anything you say by playing the "esoteric knowledge" card. lol

      1. peptalk profile image61
        peptalkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        LOL.... consider your irrationality tolerated..... but you have to return the favor or I will bite you!

    2. peptalk profile image61
      peptalkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Not me!  Persecution isn't my thing!

      No, you weren't arguing with me at all, nor I with you really.  It's just that I don't have much of a problem with someone putting a face of their God, my problem is when they put their own face on their God, so to speak! 

      The fact of the matter is that I am perfectly okay arguing either side of the coin.  Having a God or not having a God will not change the way I choose to behave.  LOL.

      big_smile

  19. 0
    sneakorocksolidposted 6 years ago

    Mark! Sky fairy, really! Is that all you got? You are obviously way more intelligent than the religious so help us and prove there is on God, no Jesus and no Holy Spirit, please.smile

    1. Mark Knowles profile image60
      Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      You prove it every time you open your mouth, sneako. lol

      1. 0
        sneakorocksolidposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Not good enough! You are the expert show us the goods! C'mon you say it all the time so you must have some proof. Don't let your fans down give them a reason to go on, show us your proof.smile

        1. Mark Knowles profile image60
          Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Sweetie pie - the burden of proof is on you. Too hard to understand? You are the one claiming there is an invisible super being. I don't believe you.

          Show me.

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            sneakorocksolidposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            It's been there all the time! You've convinced yourself you have more proof that God doesn't exist. Lets see it!

            Sorry I've got to go to the bank. I didn't mean to be impolite and start something and go, but I gots to go!

            1. Mark Knowles profile image60
              Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              So - no proof then? Nothing at all. Good luck at the bank. I hope they have some money left. lol

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                sneakorocksolidposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                I've got mountains of proof! I'm convinced you're the one who says it's all fantasy. So c'mon darling lets see what you got!

                That goes for any non-beliver put up your proof or adimt you're wrong on all levels and we'll help you find the answers you can't find for yourself. It's easy, put your foolish pride aside and recieve the blessings you deserve.smile

                1. Pandoras Box profile image82
                  Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  lol

                  Mountains of proof, huh? lol

                  Somebody alert the press.

                  Wait, are these proofs anything like the proof you claimed to have that supposedly proved atheism is a religion?

                  roll

      2. Pandoras Box profile image82
        Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        He's got a point there...

  20. 0
    sneakorocksolidposted 6 years ago

    It's ok to be wrong as long as your nice about it!big_smile

    1. Pandoras Box profile image82
      Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Then by that standard I guess you're doubly wrong?

      wink

  21. earnestshub profile image88
    earnestshubposted 6 years ago

    It is irrelevant if someone is identified as an atheist or not. You need no belief system to recognise that an invisible, horrible entity does not exist any more than the sun god it all started with did.
    Sanity is not exclusive to atheists, anyone can not believe in the tooth fairy. smile

    1. Valerie F profile image61
      Valerie Fposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Earnest, respect being a two-way street, I have this suggestion. You don't call God the tooth fairy, and I don't call what you believe in The Big Nothing.

      1. earnestshub profile image88
        earnestshubposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I can handle what I believe being called the big nothing Valerie.

        I understand that you try to be civil, the problem is that what religionists believe is offensive to me, my family and friends.
        Who among non believers has a theory that involves death and torture for not believing it?
        Non believe is just that. I do not believe that you, or your god have any say in my life at all, and I deny your perceived "religious right" to have your god tell me or my precious little ones that they will rot in hell for not swallowing what amounts to retold bits of bronze age information that is psychotic, incomplete and totally unproven! Nothing personal. smile

        1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
          Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          an example of Atheist's Doctrine... Thank You Earnie...smile

          1. earnestshub profile image88
            earnestshubposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            No, an example of common sense. smile

            1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
              Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              and we even have a name for the atheist's doctrine...'common sense'... again thanks for the help Earnie

              1. earnestshub profile image88
                earnestshubposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                Not believing any crazy belief requires no doctrine, just common sense. smile

        2. Valerie F profile image61
          Valerie Fposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Errm.... Lenin, Stalin, Ceucescu, Hoxha, Mao, Pol Pot, Castro, need I go on? They didn't have just a "theory." They enacted torture and death for people who didn't believe as they did, and all were hardline, militant atheists.

          Now I believe that if God had no say in your life, you wouldn't even exist.

          And where, pray tell, have I said you would rot in Hell? I agree that it's not really for me or even for God to say. But that's because I believe Hell is entirely self-imposed, and nobody goes to Heaven against their will.

          1. earnestshub profile image88
            earnestshubposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            I did not say that others did not commit these horrible crimes, but I am not speaking of the Inquisition  or history here, I am pointing out how many religious wars are going on now.

            The book you believe in and take your beliefs from is quite clear on non-believers, or do you ignore scripture you don't like. I thought you were supposed to swallow the whole thing?

            1. Valerie F profile image61
              Valerie Fposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              You asked who among non-believers has a "theory" involving death or torture for people who don't believe as they do. I was just answering that question with a few examples.

              The Book I believe in is quite clear on non-believers. It also says quite clearly that people go to Hell because of their own choices. Neither Heaven nor Hell are forced on anyone.

  22. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
    Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago

    @ Precious,

    http://www.sherv.net/cm/emo/laughing/rolling.gif

    again, Thank You sooo much for playing, but now it is Pannie's turn. You be a good boy and go play with the other little boys, or hit the books like you should have already.

    1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
      Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      didn't you get the memo Precious???

  23. peptalk profile image61
    peptalkposted 6 years ago

    You guys are soooooo mean!  It's very funny!

  24. earnestshub profile image88
    earnestshubposted 6 years ago

    Good morning sneak! Same time, same bat channel. smile

  25. qwark profile image60
    qwarkposted 6 years ago

    Atheism?
    Hmmmm, lets see, atheism is to deny the exisence of god/s.
    What is this 'god" thing? The dictionary only offers "opinions" in ref to a definition.
    If this god thing cannot be factually defined and is only, conceived in terms of opinion and exists as an abstract concept which is imagined to be, metaphysically, a supernatural entity (divinity) which cannot be known and is incorporeal, what is there to deny?
    If there is nothing to "deny" how can "atheism" exist?
    The only thing that can be denied is the "abstract concept:"..god.
    I can consider the "concept:" atheist.

  26. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
    Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago

    I agree Your assertion is baseless.

    Lack of proof proves nothing at all.

    resorting to name calling so soon?

    Please do.

    True and admitted many times, there is no proof either way therefore it comes down to faith, and belief either way.

    Again NO Lack of proof does nothing at all, it neither proves nor dis-proves anything to prove or dis-prove something PROOF IS REQUIRED. 

    I understand your fallacy and the delusional thinking that leads you to this silly question.

    Incorrect, it most certainly is a religion.

    A lack of belief is a Belief a belief in the negative.

    YET...

    The lack of belief IS a belief

     
    Believed by many people, which makes it both a belief system, and a religion. A simple unit of belief would be true if it were only believed by a single unit(person) which clearly it is not, it is believed by many.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image93
      Marisa Wrightposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Mikel

      We've been through this "lack of proof is no proof" thing before.

      So you're saying there's a 50/50 chance that Santa exists?  The Easter Bunny?  People believe in both those entities although there's never been a confirmed sighting of either. 

      What is your definition of the word "belief"?  You seem so determined that atheists must "believe" something, so maybe we're misunderstanding what you mean by that word.

      Atheists are not interested in proving God does not exist. As I said, most atheists would change their mind in a second if you could provide incontrovertible proof.  Atheists just see no reason to incorporate the views of a hypothetical being into their world view.

    2. Pandoras Box profile image82
      Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I didn't call you any names. I asked you if you understood the term baseless, how is that calling you a name?

      Alot of people believe the grass is green, does that make us a religion of green grass worshippers? I don't think so.

      Your arguments are completely illogical. Why don't you just admit that you were mistaken?

      Go ahead say it. I was mistaken, atheism is not a religion. If you insist on clinging to illogical arguments instead, then how am I supposed to respect that?

      1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
        Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Yes, O Prophet... remember that line????

        1. Pandoras Box profile image82
          Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Oh yeah. Okay, guilty. But by predicting that atheism will turn into a religion you bring it on yourself.

          Okay, okay, I'm sorry for calling you a prophet.

  27. Pandoras Box profile image82
    Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago

    I gotta go, been real.

    I'll check in later Mikel to see if you've finally admitted that you were mistaken about atheism being a religion.

  28. earnestshub profile image88
    earnestshubposted 6 years ago

    I knew it! There is a 50/50 chance that Wiley willy wobbles is god, the only true god and I am 50% likely to be right.

    I will say Mikel your logic matches your maths and science! lol

    1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
      Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      If only you could read, Earnie...then talking to you might make a little bit of sense...But as things are...

  29. thisisoli profile image64
    thisisoliposted 6 years ago

    Atheism is often called a belief, usually by religious people, but that is technically incorrect, since Atheism works on science and fact.

    I have just rambled on about this in a different post, but to both religious and non-religious people I would strongly suggest that you read 'The God Delusion'. It covers pretty much all aspects of the religious argument, and explains why God does not exist, and debunks most of the usual religious arguments.

    It doesn't bring much new to the table, but it does compile a lot of previous research regarding God all in to one well constructed book.

    It even brings the research on prayer in to the limelight (It uses the statistical normal result of a combination of experiments for fairness, which was a study on heart surgery patients, which concluded that prayer makes no difference if the patient doesn't know, however if the patient knew people were praying for them, then it can heighten the chance of complications by around 40%, this is generally put down to either stress or performance anxiety. There have been a number of similar tests which have alll showed the same thing.

    While I know most religious people rarely include science in to their belief, I think this books would be a good read for anyone who wants to know more about the atheist/theist debate.

    1. earnestshub profile image88
      earnestshubposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      A very good read, your post, and the god delusion. smile

    2. Pandoras Box profile image82
      Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Yeah it's a good read. I also recommend Sam Harris' and Christopher Hitchens' books.

  30. earnestshub profile image88
    earnestshubposted 6 years ago

    Yes I think it is clear enough on non believers too!

    They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.  (2 Chronicles 15:12-13 NAB)
    See any choice here? ... or should I quote another 30 or so such statements just to be sure? smile

    1. Valerie F profile image61
      Valerie Fposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      But what does it mean to seek the Lord, anyway? I don't think it means you have to worship as "everyone else" does.

      1. earnestshub profile image88
        earnestshubposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        The bible like the quoran does not tolerate non believers. smile

        1. Valerie F profile image61
          Valerie Fposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          God does not tolerate people who don't tolerate God. That's all. And why should He?

          1. earnestshub profile image88
            earnestshubposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            His omni-ness? I have to tolerate people I don't like, and I'm only human! smile

            1. Valerie F profile image61
              Valerie Fposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              Hey, if someone denied you even existed or called you a petty, psychotic, sky fairy, they have no right to complain if you don't allow them to hang out at your place.

              1. getitrite profile image80
                getitriteposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                Your "god" sounds very human--weak and insecure.

                1. Valerie F profile image61
                  Valerie Fposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  It's not insecure to assert your right to not keep company with people who hate your guts or deny your existence.

            2. Pandoras Box profile image82
              Pandoras Boxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              Hah! Good point.

          2. Randy Godwin profile image92
            Randy Godwinposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            You said it!  Besides, he sacrificed his son to save us.  I always wondered why this means anything at all.  He just brought him right back didn't he?  If he had left him dead I could agree he actually gave up something for us.

          3. Mark Knowles profile image60
            Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            LOLOLOLO

            That is some unconditional love right there. God "tolerates" everyone. But only if they tolerate Him first. Sounds awesome. I can hardly wait to be tolerated. lol

            1. Valerie F profile image61
              Valerie Fposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              Think about it this way. What would you think of someone who called you a psychotic, petty, insecure sky fairy, but then acts all entitled to crash on your sofa and clean out your refrigerator?

              I'm sorry, but if you really hate God that much, don't blame him for giving you what you want- an eternity without God.

  31. earnestshub profile image88
    earnestshubposted 6 years ago

    It's simple enough. If you weigh 400 kilos and tell me you just won an olympic sprint, I'm gonna doubt you... a lot. Tell me a never seen divine entity controls me and can do everything yet does do nothing, and I'm not just gonna doubt you, I'm gonna laugh in your face!

    1. Valerie F profile image61
      Valerie Fposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Great. Because of the fact that most believers acknowledge the existence of this thing called free will, we'd be nuts to say God controls you anyway.

      1. earnestshub profile image88
        earnestshubposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Good point! smile... if you only use half the bible! smile

        1. Valerie F profile image61
          Valerie Fposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          I use the whole thing. You're the one who only uses bits and pieces without the rest of it to balance them out.

          1. earnestshub profile image88
            earnestshubposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            I just don't recall Jesus telling the old man he was a liar or denying what god was supposed to have said in the OT. I do not put as much emphasis on when god said all those hateful things, but that any god would say them at any time is illogical. Why would an omniscient god be neurotic? that makes no sense at all to me smile

            1. Valerie F profile image61
              Valerie Fposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              Why wouldn't an omniscient being be what we might call neurotic? Omniscience includes knowing every bad thing every person has ever even contemplated doing.

  32. earnestshub profile image88
    earnestshubposted 6 years ago

    I offered to throw one off the top of a building site once, does that count? lol

  33. Hokey profile image59
    Hokeyposted 6 years ago

    I believe in Wiley willy wobbles

    1. earnestshub profile image88
      earnestshubposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      He's just another god isn't he? lol

      1. Hokey profile image59
        Hokeyposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        My God. I have the book to prove it.

        1. earnestshub profile image88
          earnestshubposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Well.... if you have a book.... that's different! lol

  34. earnestshub profile image88
    earnestshubposted 6 years ago

    See what I mean about the covert abuse? lol He tried the "Thanks for playing" on me, Mark Knowles and others who oppose his view. We know what you mean by that OK Mikel? It is rude arrogant and dismissive. If you can't discuss with others in a civil way, you will not learn any more than you know now. WOW that is scary!!! lol

    1. Valerie F profile image61
      Valerie Fposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      And somehow it's not rude or arrogant to insult or belittle what people find most sacred, or demean them with insincere and belittling terms of endearment?

      Mark has already made it abundantly clear he thinks himself above believers.

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  36. earnestshub profile image88
    earnestshubposted 6 years ago

    Oh just spam! smile

  37. thisisoli profile image64
    thisisoliposted 6 years ago

    Atheist is not necessarily Anti-Theist.

    Also Atheism is not a belief.

    Belief is lack of reason or fact, atheism is reason and fact without belief.

    Religious people do sometimes annoy atheists in the same way that you would feel uncomfortable around a 30 year old who gets excited because Santa Claus is coming, or his almighty god the Spaghetti Monster told him to refrain from peanuts on Wednesdays.

    Religion has no rationality, it has been repeatedly dis-proven, but those who are religious fail to accept the scientific facts and reason simply because of belief.

    1. Will Apse profile image90
      Will Apseposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Repeatedly dis-proven? Come on. what is that meant to mean? Perhaps you mean that certain beliefs held by certain religious groups have been shown to be scientifically false, eg the Sun clearly does not circle the Earth as was held to be true by Christians for a long while (on the basis of assertion by Greek philosophers).

      Religion cannot be proven to be true or false. It just exists.

      1. Cagsil profile image80
        Cagsilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Religion doesn't just exist.

        It's man-made, written, created, imagined.
        It's man-perpetuated or purported for power and wealth.
        It's man-ineptitude to understand life.
        It's man-ill conceived notion of chaos otherwise.
        It's man-ideological system for control over the masses.
        It's man-attempt to give answers to life on limited knowledge.

        Religion is completely controlled, monitor and used to maintain a certain level of morality within Humanity, the whole of Civilization.

        However, as you can see by looking at Humanity as a whole. It is obviously working only for those who know the truth about it. Those people continue to perpetuate the hoax, knowing it's not truth about life.

        Those who don't know this are the sheep who follow because they honestly don't know any better. Most of humanity has literally been brain-washed by contradiction. That is evident in the hypocritical action of many. Those who use religion, so as to gain off the efforts of others? These people are out-right damaging humanity's chances to move forward.

        Plain and simple.

        There is no truth is religion. It's basis is a false notion. It may have been needed, when found by accident, centuries ago. However, it's time to grow up, put mystical inclinations aside and find a way forward that is beneficial for everyone within civilization of humanity.

        1. Valerie F profile image61
          Valerie Fposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          And if that way forward that is beneficial for humanity happens to be religion..?

          Also, who's to say what's beneficial for humanity? I recall various times when one group of people thought they were doing all humanity a favor by exterminating other groups of people.

          Many in our society still have it in our heads that we're doing the disabled a favor by killing them!

          With or without religion, we still have no clue what's good for us.

          1. Cagsil profile image80
            Cagsilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            I can see why you say that and I can also see that you cannot even figure out what's best for yourself? roll

            Groups? Labels, you just love them don't you. roll

            Trust, religion is NOT an answer to anything. The only reason it's lasted this long, is because people refuse to accept responsibility for every aspect of their life. They refuse to because they cannot grasp life.

            When they think about it, they simply cannot wrap their mind around it and rather not think about it.

            There are too many people acting in this manner. Also, It might be good if you looked at things from an individual perspective, because every time that you try to view things on a world-wide view, you cannot wrap your mind around it or even understand it.

            By your own words- you admit you cannot understand life. So, please. You keep trying to justify your belief in the "GOD" concept, when you actually have no ground to stand on. smile

            It's always a pleasure to see you Valerie and I really wish you would stop running yourself around in circles. smile

      2. thisisoli profile image64
        thisisoliposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        please, thats like saying the flying spaghetti monstor god is not disprovable or provable he just exists.

        Science has performed plenty of tests disproving god, but anyone who is religious just mutters something about infallible and wanders off.

        Even prayer is statistically over 40% more likely to do harm than good.

        1. thisisoli profile image64
          thisisoliposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Actually, my mistake here, Religion exists, God does not exist. Religion is an empty shell trying to support itself on a structure of misguided beliefs.

  38. Rishy Rich profile image79
    Rishy Richposted 6 years ago

    Pandoras Box"Atheism isn't a set of beliefs; therefore it is not a religion."

    - It may not be a religion but a set of believes can be easily assigned to it:



    "All children are born Atheists; they have no idea of God."
    -Baron d'Holbach


    1. Atheism is the position which claims that there are no deities. it is the rejection of belief in the existence of any deities. Not necessarily it rejects each and every system of the society.

    2. God and other religious beliefs are human inventions, created to fulfill various political, psychological and emotional wants or needs.

    3. The idea of God implies the abdication of human reason and justice; it is the most decisive negation of human liberty, and necessarily ends in the enslavement of mankind, in theory and practice. On the contrary, Atheism is a gift, an example of a broad unbiased mind. Therefore, it is the duty of atheists to free mankind from such enslavement.

    4. Atheism puts humanity as an absolute source - favoring humanity as the absolute source of ethics and values, and permitting individuals to resolve moral problems without resorting to God.


    5. Atheism promotes absence of religious motivation - that belief in gods does not motivate moral action, religious action, or any other form of action;


    6. Active exclusion of the problem of gods and religion from intellectual pursuit and practical action;

    1. Mark Knowles profile image60
      Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Atheism is a lack of belief in a deity - are you trying to organize us into a group of some kind and proposing that atheists adopt these guidelines?

      1. Rishy Rich profile image79
        Rishy Richposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        No Mark, I am not proposing anything ..u r already too well organized. And if I take guys like u in my group, i would be left with nothing but bags of legos and beaten screaming kids around me  wink

        1. Mark Knowles profile image60
          Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          I see. So - insulting me in public when you know nothing about me is acceptable behavior if you believe in an invisible super being?

          Beaten screaming kids huh? lol lol

          At least their virginities would be intact. wink

          1. Rishy Rich profile image79
            Rishy Richposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            I am extremely sorry if you find my last comment offending. It is not my intention to fight with sub-standards, neither to hurt them... big_smile  You r smart Mark, I really mean it... But what shocks me most is that the most so-called atheists here don't even understand the concept of atheism, just brags being one & argues about it with other catholic garbages. hmm

            1. Mark Knowles profile image60
              Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              Sorry sweetie pie - It appears you have not recieved a formal education, so I would not expect you to understand the concept of manners and common politeness. So - I forgive you.

              I see you are a big fan of telling poeple what they think though. That does tend to come along with a belief in an invisible super being.

              Catholic garbages? I make no particular distinction between the various garbage sects. They all look the same to me. wink

              1. Rishy Rich profile image79
                Rishy Richposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                1. "...It appears you have not recieved a formal education" - making assumptions is not an atheist way of talking, sounds like garbage to me roll

                2. 'I make no particular distinction between the various garbage sects.'...its a weakness in ur perception & understanding  neutral

                Dont put too much pressure in ur mind BooBoo bear, go nd drink honey, play lego, do watever suits u man. tc

                1. Mark Knowles profile image60
                  Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  Ah - Now I understand. Just another religionist come to have a fight. Very well done sweetie pie. I am sure god/muhamed/jeebus/whatever will be very pleased that you insulted an atheist today. Does that mean you get to go to special heaven?

                  You might want to be careful though. People tend to "assume" that you are uneducated if you cannot write sentences properly.

                  So - why is LOL "Catholic garbages" LOL any different to your garbages.?

                  1. Rishy Rich profile image79
                    Rishy Richposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    neutral...I am getting tired on this..so this will be my last reply to you. Because of your limited understanding ability, I am trying to explain it in three simple sentences:

                    1. There are levels of Atheists...

                    2. You are an inferior (weak) atheist

                    3. Because of booboo bears like you, we atheists are often embarrassed & our knowledge is often questioned.

  39. skyfire profile image72
    skyfireposted 6 years ago

    There are no level in atheism, Type ? Yes, that is the word. Weak atheism or Staunch atheism, Agnostic atheism etc etc.

    There are no levels in atheism.

    1. Rishy Rich profile image79
      Rishy Richposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      No levels? I would like to term  Richard Dawkins as a superior atheist , compared to mark...u got a problem with that?

      1. Mark Knowles profile image60
        Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        n wt r u?

        1. Rishy Rich profile image79
          Rishy Richposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          BooBoo...u r still here? didnt i tell u to go n play with ur legos !! lol

          1. Mark Knowles profile image60
            Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            u sur ur nt religionist? m wan a edumkashun pls.

            1. Rishy Rich profile image79
              Rishy Richposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              hav u lost ur mind?? wat language is dat??? told u not to put pressure in ur little brain...just concentrate inur legos lol

              1. Mark Knowles profile image60
                Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                s'engrish innit - sam wot u is.

      2. skyfire profile image72
        skyfireposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Duh, do you understand what i posted ? My point was about levels. There are no levels in atheism. Superior or inferior labeling is just for your personal satisfaction and i have no problem with that. You can carry on with that anger.

        1. Mark Knowles profile image60
          Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          This is a religionist sock puppet come to show that atheism is a belief system and religion with rules and an agenda. wink

          1. Cagsil profile image80
            Cagsilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Hey Mark,

            What Rishy is still yet to be determined? I'm not sure if it's a sock-puppet, or just someone who has a very highly established ego.

            He/She called me out the other day in a thread, wondering if I was a BOT or a real person. roll


            How sad is that? lol lol lol

            1. Mark Knowles profile image60
              Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              Could just be a troll - that is true. Ussually some one who claims to be an atheist, attacks me and starts spouting the rules and levels of atheism tends to be a religionist sock puppet, but I am open to the troll idea... smile

              1. Cagsil profile image80
                Cagsilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                lol cool lol

            2. Rishy Rich profile image79
              Rishy Richposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              I am really sorry about that Cags, I am new here and I didnt knw ur the Pamela Anderson of hubpages...lol lol  but wat kind of creepy wierdo calls himself a business in his bio...u should b delighted dat I at least gave u the status of a talking software...hahahha "A Free Advice Giving Business'' ... lol lol ... but you were right about one thing, no one is ever going to pay you for your advice anyway lol lol

              1. Rishy Rich profile image79
                Rishy Richposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                oh..btw...try to team up with Mark, two real life loser might make one online hero lol

                1. Cagsil profile image80
                  Cagsilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  Hmmmm......? Interesting that you bring that up. I see, you are not only not too bright, but very misunderstood too? roll

                  What is with you? So far, you've tried everything you can to discredit Mark, which isn't going to happen, but your attempt was a good try.

                  Battling with me, because Mark made you look like a fool, is only going to made a fool of again. So, this tact isn't in your best interest and most likely isn't going gain you any ground.

                  You argue from a defensive position and you cannot even attempt to gain any advantage from that position. You may play on words, in your attempt, but that will be obvious, in your next attempt to argue with me.

                  So, don't waste your effort. You cannot gain anything. It makes no sense. smile

                2. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
                  Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  http://www.sherv.net/cm/emo/laughing/rolling.gif

              2. Cagsil profile image80
                Cagsilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                You know nothing and it's obviously your semi-intelligent brain is malfunctioning yet again. But, that's okay, we can call you a doctor if you would like? lol lol

                1. Rishy Rich profile image79
                  Rishy Richposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  Sure..but u hav to run to the Doctor...just like Pam used to run in the baywatch...nd dont forget to wear dat red swimsuit.... wink

                  1. Cagsil profile image80
                    Cagsilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    I can see, the old saying remains true.

                    I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

                    Therefore you have a great day. smile

          2. skyfire profile image72
            skyfireposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            If atheism has rules and agenda then i'm going to earn 1000$ from 10$ investment in Marketiva Forex in just 30 days. *Beat this* lol

      3. thisisoli profile image64
        thisisoliposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Richard Dawkins is not a superior Atheist, he is a superior intellect in the subject.  just because he has studied atheism, theism, and everything in between, does not change the fact that neither Richard or Mark have any belief in god.

  40. 0
    sneakorocksolidposted 6 years ago

    You two need to love one another and see past your differences.big_smile

  41. Cagsil profile image80
    Cagsilposted 6 years ago

    Oh, btw- just to let you know.

    I'm not an atheist, so your religious garbage is exactly that..garbage.

    I reject all mystically faith based religions. smile

    1. Rishy Rich profile image79
      Rishy Richposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      oh...then I bet u must b "The Enlightened One"...or "The Enlightened PAM" with Glowing boobs lol lol lol

  42. tobey100 profile image60
    tobey100posted 6 years ago

    It serves a purpose???  That news.  Its no different that vegetarians trying to get the rest of us to quit eating meat, or environmentalist trying to get us to believe in global warming.  Just another group that wants everybody else to believe the way they do.

    1. Mark Knowles profile image60
      Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      No sweetie pie. No purpose. We just refuse to believe the garbage you believe. You do believe in a god and think He will destroy the planet right?

      But not through global climate change. lol lol lol

      Because you would not believe something like climate change with no proof. lol lol

      But the invisible super being? lol

      No problem. lol

      Not buying it sweetie. Sorry.

      1. tobey100 profile image60
        tobey100posted 6 years ago in reply to this

        You're absolutely right on all counts.  By the way, check out the avatar.  I'm a guy, not a sweetie and I don't remember asking you to buy anything.  I don't believe you state the purpose atheism serves either.  lol

        1. Mark Knowles profile image60
          Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          No purpose, sweetie pie. Like I said - we just refuse to buy your invisible sky fairy, and I personally find  it massively funny that you will accept that with no evidence and whine about climate change not being the way He decided to wipe us off the planet. lol

          Massively funny. And - if you think about it - it is pretty funny. wink

  43. 0
    sneakorocksolidposted 6 years ago

    The Rogue of Rationalization has spoken.

    1. Mark Knowles profile image60
      Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      LOL Sorry Sweetie pie.

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        sneakorocksolidposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        It's ok Buttercup.big_smile

        1. tobey100 profile image60
          tobey100posted 6 years ago in reply to this

          I'll just assume you all are liberal democrats that supported the Messiah Obama.  when you can't backup your belief or agenda, religious or otherwise, use name calling.  True to form as always.  Enjoy hell guys!

          1. Mark Knowles profile image60
            Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Like I said - Really, really funny.

            Not enough proof? lol lol lol

          2. 0
            sneakorocksolidposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Sorry man you got the wrong dude. My remark to Mark it just a shot across his bow. I very much a Christian and have supported that position always without fail. smile

  44. 0
    A Texanposted 6 years ago

    And don't call me sweetie pie unless we're dating!

  45. tantrum profile image62
    tantrumposted 6 years ago

    lol

  46. Mark Knowles profile image60
    Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago

    Wow - Interesting replies from the sweetie pies. lol

    Texan sweetie thinks I need to kill some klan members or I approve of them. An no - pretty much the only time I get told to "man up" is on anonymous internet forums by people 6,000 miles away. wink

    Sneako sweetie pie thinks the opposite of "christian" is "liberal democrat". Which coinfirms my belief that christianity is actually a political party and the god nonsense is just a front.

    Valerie sweetie pie does not see the irony in her remarks when she tells people that not believing in a god is warped, but gets very, very upset when some one takes the opposite position  and is unable to see which one came first. wink


    @Don - I think you may have missed my point. Which is that - being against an ideology on principal - in this case religion - is not bigoted if there are good reasons to be against it.

    I agree that there is no god and theism is merely an opinion. But - it is an opinion backed by an invisible super being that cannot, by definition, be wrong. Therefore - no compromise is possible and I think it is evil. Just like Nazism.

    1. Don W profile image83
      Don Wposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Being against something on a matter of principle doesn't make someone immune from the status of bigot. It's the form the "being against" takes which constitutes bigotry.

      Bigotry is intolerance of the opinions of others, particularly opinions relating to race, religion and politics. It often takes the form of obstinate, irrational animosity.

      If any of mine or your comments fall into that category then they are, by definition, bigoted. If they don't, then they aren't.

      There's no point saying I've got "good reason" to be a bigot therefore I'm not really a bigot. Every bigot believes he has good reason to be a bigot. Indeed that seems to be a characteristic of bigotry. All bigots believe their bigotry is justified.

      You can decide for yourself whether any of your comments fit the definition of bigotry, just as I can mine. But be aware that "good reason" is a red herring. As you know, almost anything can be rationalised by saying it's for "good reason", including bigotry.

    2. Don W profile image83
      Don Wposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Incidentally, by asserting that "no compromise ... is evil", you are backing yourself into a corner. Your argument is:

      No compromise is evil
      Theism is a position of no compromise
      Therefore theism is evil

      However, if you are not willing to compromise on the argument above then it is (by it's own definition) evil, and we can discount it as such.

      If you are willing to compromise on it, then one or all the premises must be changed, e.g. “theism is not a position of no compromise” or “no compromise is not evil” If one or both these changes are made, then the conclusion is falsified.

      In a nutshell, if the first premise is true, then we can discount it on the grounds that the premise is, itself, evil.

      1. Mark Knowles profile image60
        Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Ah. No - it is not evil because no compromise is possible. It is evil and no compromise is possible.

        The bible is clear on what is required. The end time must come and it must be destroyed completely. The religionists prefer to misinterpret this to mean the entire world. It does not mean that - it means religion.

        But - what do you suggest instead? I have genuinely spent 30 years attempting a compromise and one is not possible. The best you can squeeze from a religionist is grudging "tolerance," and an admission that because of "free will," some people will choose to deny the one true god and they will pay for that - and in the mean time we want to force your children to read the bible in school. 2,000 years of fighting against this and attempting a compromise - you have seen the results.   

        How do you suggest making a compromise with the perfect Word of God?

        1. Jerami profile image79
          Jeramiposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Can any person deny that the New Testament that we read and study is not the product of compromise that was created at the council of Nicaea in 326 AD.
             It would be logical to assume that there were some unscrupulous people attending this meeting; and voting.
             Kinda like the way things work at the US senate.

          1. Mark Knowles profile image60
            Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Politics.

            I thought that is what I said. No god - just politics. BS

            1. Jerami profile image79
              Jeramiposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              I don't mean to argue. Or present my beliefs as Fact.      It is just that I think that there is a God; but polotics and interpretated as to who and what he is has obscured the facts beyond recognition.

              1. Mark Knowles profile image60
                Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                Recognition and fakts?

                So - opinion and politics then?  OK. I agree...

        2. Mark Knowles profile image60
          Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Nothing then?

        3. Don W profile image83
          Don Wposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          If by compromise you mean ensuring people’s behaviour doesn’t adversely affect those who don’t have the same beliefs, then I understand and I absolutely agree.

          A theist is not entitled to behave in a way that adversely affects those who don’t share the same world view. But likewise an atheist or anti-theist is not entitled to behave in a way that adversely affects someone who doesn’t share their world view.

          So “compromise” in this context is not about policing people’s thoughts. It's about people balancing their attempt to live according to private, personal beliefs and values while ensuring the behaviour that stems from those beliefs and values don’t adversely affect those who don’t share them.

          Ensuring group decision making (politics) balances the private, personal beliefs and values of groups and their representatives with the public, commonly agreed values of a society seems the best way to do this.

          The key is deciding what those public, commonly agreed values are. That requires meaningful discourse. But discourse is usually only meaningful when started from a position of mutual respect. Religious intolerance on the one hand and anti-theism on the other are not positions of mutual respect but rather hatred and distrust.

          So what compromise would I start with? Theists and anti-theists starting from the position of “I accept your right to believe what you believe”. That's something to build on.

          Currently to non theists it looks like religious intolerance is the starting point of theism. And to theists it looks like the starting point of non theism is “I hate what you believe, and I will offend, ridicule and demean what you believe at every given opportunity”. Neither is conducive to meaningful discourse. So that's where I'd start.

          Preventing religious extremism is I think  a worthwhile goal, but trying to achieve that goal by being anti-religion, or even anti-theist seems silly. It's like trying to prevent political extremism by being anti-politics. All it does is create another "them" for "us" to hate, thus continuing the hate cycle.

          Compromise doesn't mean people changing their beliefs to something we find more palatable. Short of thought control, that can never be achieved. Compromise as I see it is about people balancing their behaviour.

          1. Beelzedad profile image61
            Beelzedadposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            While I would agree with much of what you have to say in regards to compromise, the problem starts where the parties are supposed to agree that they respect each others right to believe.

            Religious beliefs do not agree with anyone or anything that doesn't conform to the belief system. Non-believers are to die horribly and suffer for an eternity for their non-acceptance of those beliefs. As a result, an "Us vs. Them" scenario has already been established without either party having said a word to each other.

            How do we move beyond that?

          2. Mark Knowles profile image60
            Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Well - you have not actually answered my question and seem to have totally missed the point.

            If you genuinely think you have the perfect word of god in your bible, the best you can say - and I have been told this many times is "God gave you free will to deny his existence, and you will pay for this with eternal torment."

            The perfect word of god says that abortion is murder and wrong.

            http://hubpages.com/hub/whydidntigetachance

            How do you compromise with this? This person feels it is acceptable behavior to guilt young girls into not having an abortion and posting photos of dead babies and it is OK to try and make a few dollars selling Amazon and ebay rubbish off of this.

            Now - I am well aware that no one has the perfect word of god and it will always say exactly what that person already believes. But - they are blinded to this. The very fact that the religionists cannot agree what the perfect word of god says is enough to persuade me there ain't any such thing.

            I keep being told (by the religionists) to be more tolerant of their beliefs and the only reason they say the things they say like Valerie who thinks that not believing in god is warped - is because I make fun of their beliefs. They are quite prepared to ignore the fact that they have been saying these things for thousands of years and the bible tells me I am "warped," - never happened. Just a reaction to the "persecution" they are facing because they love Jesus.

            All you have really said is that you would like it if one side stopped ridiculing the other and "compromised."

            Taking one side away from the argument is not compromising.

            So once again I ask you how you can come to a compromise with some one who has been told by god to go forth and spread the word?

            I have tried being rational. But I have discovered that it is not possible to have a rational conversation with some one who thinks they are speaking for god.

            I am open to compromise and I genuinely do not care one whit what some one else believes. Until they feel the need to tell me about it. Until they feel the need to build churches to the invisible super being and have traffic stopped so they can get in an out of their edifice to god.

            Until the Arch Bishop of Canterbury goes on national television and lectures me about the ills of secular greed and then his church loses forty million pounds in a real estate deal in New York that involved illegally evicting rent controlled tenants from their homes to build luxury condos. wink
            http://internationalpropertyinvestment. … goes-south


            How do you compromise with the perfect word of god? By definition - it is perfect and if history can teach us anything about religion it is that there ain't no compromise when it comes to this.

            1. Don W profile image83
              Don Wposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              Clearly we're not going to solve the problem right here on this forum, but I think the general point yourself, earnestshub and Beelzedad are making is one that definitely needs to be addressed by theists.

              Where do you go from here? How do non theists and theists live true to their world views, in a way that doesn't adversely affect those who don't share their world views?

              I can say straight away that just asking the question is a positive step and is more fruitful than the trying to threaten, shock, and scare on the one hand or diminish, belittle and demean on the other.

              To start I think we really need to identify what the issue is. For many non theists, theism as a belief system is the issue. But is what people believe really the issue? Or is it how people behave? If someone's behaviour is not harmful, do we care what they believe?

              I guess we do if that belief leads to harmful behaviour. But tolerance of belief doesn't mean acceptance of harmful behaviour. Behaviour and belief are different. They may be linked, but it's only behaviour that affects other people's lives. So I think any compromise needs to be related to people's behaviour, not their belief.

              So the compromise from non theists is not about accepting harmful behaviour. It's about respecting people's right to believe what they will. Not advocating the eradication of theism as a belief system is an example of such compromise.

              But of course that needs to balanced with a compromise on the part of some theists. That compromise is behaving in a way that considers public, commonly held values, as well as private, personal ones. Not murdering a doctor who performs abortion procedures is an example of such compromise (based on a real incident). 

              Interestingly only a religious extremist would have difficulty with this. Likewise only an anti-theist would have difficulty with it. So effectively such compromise addresses the extremities on both sides.

              Very idealistic, but how could this be made to work in the real world, with people who are entrenched in their own world views? I honestly don't know. But I was asked how I think theists and non-theists could compromise and vice versa. I think this is one way.

              Perhaps an organisation of theists and non theists conveying a simple message with the backing of as many major theistic and non theistic congregations, groups, societies, associations as possible? A collective effort from individuals who don't share the same beliefs, but do share each other's willingness and desire to live in peace? A United Nations joint committee to investigate, report and make recommendations on religious/ secular integration? I don't know.

              I do know that not every theist is an extremist, just as not every non theist is an anti-theist. That's something to build on. Even "gods perfect word" can be interpreted in a way that is consistent with one of the major religions, Christianity. According to that religion's sacred text, even god told people to give what is ceasar's to ceasar (pay their taxes), i.e. to have some regard for common laws and values in society. Again, something to build on? Don't know.

              The main point is we don't all have to agree with each other. We do however have to find a way of living with each other. It's either that or just annihilate each other, which is the logical conclusion of theistic religious intolerance and non theistic anti-theist sentiment. Because people tend not to stop believing something just because you tell them to. So if anti-theists are serious about eradicating theism it will require more than words.

              Regardless of how difficult it may be, or how many false starts or mistakes (or long forum posts) are made along the way, surely the former is a better alternative than the latter.

              1. Mark Knowles profile image60
                Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                But - once again you have dodged the question and offered up some platitudes.

                I have read the bible. There is no room for compromise. None. It clearly instructs believers to go out and spread the Word, and the Word is - sadly - able to be interpreted to mean almost anything. And when you have an absolute belief that is interpreted to be the word of a god...

                Read any history book.

                So - for 2,000 years the Christian religion has been spread by hook or by crook and we are expected to compromise with something that offers no compromise.

                Do you think you could get a few churches torn down? persuade the Pope to stop saying that condoms are bad for preventing the spread of AIDS?

                Get them to give their vast wealth to the poor?

                I personally do not see a way of living with religionists that does not involve them slowly crushing all opposition. Or are you prepared to ignore the last 2,000 years?

                1. Don W profile image83
                  Don Wposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  Are you suggesting the best way to prevent religious extremism is to eradicate theism? To eradicate theistic belief, or some other suggestion? Either way what do you propose?

                  The ideas I suggested are nowhere near a perfect solution. I honestly don't know the answer. But please explain where you think anti-theism can go from here. When the ridiculing and demeaning of those who hold certain beliefs fails to eradicate that belief (which it will) what's the next step?

                  You mentioned getting a "few churches torn down". Is tearing down churches and mosques and temples the next step? What about when people gather to worship in their homes or gather in public places to worship? Bulldozers? Tear gas?

                  What about theistic texts such as the Bible, the Koran? Prevent people owning them, prevent people reading them? Teach kids god does not exist? What happens when some kids still develop theistic belief and join underground groups to gather and express their beliefs? Lock them up? Place them in a lunatic asylum? All for the sake of believing something you don't think they should?


                  You say look at 2000 years of history. Well theists have been crucified, mauled by wild animals, tortured, shot, "re-educated", you name it. Yet theism in all its forms is still here. Such belief is stronger than anything you can do to the individuals who hold it. History shows you simply can't force people to not believe something, any more than you can force people them to believe something. So I ask you Mark and any other anti-theist on the forum, where does anti theism go when name calling doesn't work?

                  1. earnestshub profile image88
                    earnestshubposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    Education will make a laughing stock of all religion, fairy belief is like that.
                    In the past we just accepted that the death threats from the fairy were OK, everyone had some threat that would work on the bone ignorant.
                    Now people are learning that all the science they poor crap on is doing a better job at understanding why people need a fairy. It will all come out in the wash soon. smile

      2. thisisoli profile image64
        thisisoliposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Don't argue on symantics, it is the argument of a person with no argument at all.

  47. Beelzedad profile image61
    Beelzedadposted 6 years ago

    If bigotry was the intolerance of any opinions other than ones own, there wouldn't be a case for religion, as there are no religious opinions, only scriptures, which is an ultimate truth. There is no bigotry there.

    Religion, on the other hand, is an ideology that teaches its followers to be intolerant of others opinions of their scriptures. Their truth is their absolute truth and nothing will change that. Those who don't agree will be sent to a lake of fire.

    I suppose the question should be then is whether or not the intolerant teachings of an absolute ideology should be tolerated.

    1. Don W profile image83
      Don Wposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      The most common religions are theistic. Theism is the belief in the existence of a deity. Such belief is merely an opinion as oppoased to a proven fact. So theism itself is based on opinion. The way this opinion (or any opinion) is disagreed with is what can constitute bigotry.

      Also theism is not an ideology, it is a world view. The former is less all encompassing than the latter which determines not only what one believes, but also one's entire approach to truth and knowledge.

      As for the idea of fighting intolerance with more intolerance. Personally I find it as absurd as the idea of fighting a war to end war. What a silly world we live in.

  48. Beelzedad profile image61
    Beelzedadposted 6 years ago

    I had to check the dictionary, theocracy is listed under ideology along with other examples. smile

    1. Don W profile image83
      Don Wposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Yes theocracy. But theism and theocracy are not the same thing.

      Theism is a Weltanschauung (German literal translation: "world view"). It is an all encompassing set of assumptions/propositions relating to everything. The main proposition is that a deity exists, which forms the basis of an approach to truth and knowledge, theories of existence, theories of the nature of everything including oneself etc.

      Theocracy is a form of government, a political ideology. It is the application of a theistic world view, specifically relating to the process of group decision making, i.e. politics.

      Theocracy constitutes a political ideology. Theism does not. The latter, being much wider in scope than the former, constitutes a world-view.

      1. Beelzedad profile image61
        Beelzedadposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Theism is an ideology and a world view, if you want to be pedantic. Seems you like to dismiss others out of hand so I'll not bother to respond anymore. smile

        1. Don W profile image83
          Don Wposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          I believe theism is too wide in scope to be considered an ideology. So I'm disagreeing with your point, not dismissing it.

          Anyway your main argument was that theism is not opinion and therefore certain forms of ant-theism can't be considered bigotry.

          As opinion is defined as: "a belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty", and "a personal view, attitude, or appraisal", I believe theism most definitely constitutes opinion. Moreover atheism is also, by definition, opinion.

          1. Beelzedad profile image61
            Beelzedadposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            I'm not sure what 'wide in scope' has to do with the fact that theism is an ideology? Ideologies can be wide in scope, too. smile

            I'm also sure I didn't say anything about ant-theism, either.

            If an intolerant ideology like theism or religion or whatever you wish to call it is considered bigotry, then so is the intolerance of the KKK, Nazism and hate speech. We should be tolerant of their beliefs if we don't want to be labeled as bigots ourselves, correct?

  49. Hokey profile image59
    Hokeyposted 6 years ago

    I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.

    1. earnestshub profile image88
      earnestshubposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      .... just a lack of faith really. smile

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        hamstersmessiahposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        exactly...  Atheism IS NOT a religion.  it is a statement of disbelief.  most atheists i know don't think too much about it except when confronted by people in religious faiths who cannot understand that they do not believe in a god and who try to "save" them.  if religionists would leave atheists alone, they would find the same courtesy returned by atheists i am sure.  i have never had an atheist try to make me disbelieve in the Hamsterhood of the Plaid Lodge but i have had plenty of other competing religionists try to convert me.  you'll never see an atheist going door to door trying to get followers.  the only proseletyzing they do is from a position having been forced into it by religionists who cannot accept a lack of belief in a divine principle.  the problem is not with the atheists, it's with the religionists.  by the way, i may be knocking on YOUR door soon trying to get you to join the Hamsterhood of the Plaid Lodge.  us hamsters get around.

  50. Hokey profile image59
    Hokeyposted 6 years ago

    Funny but very true. I have christians, Jehovah's witnesses, and mormons try to convert me all the time. I tell them thanks but no thanks. This is my way of understanding. This works for me.

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      hamstersmessiahposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      i am not an atheist...  i believe in a divine principle...  my divine principle tends to be on the silly side as i am a big monty python fan.  now if john cleese were to knock at my door or michael palin, i would convert from the Hamsterhood of the Plaid Lodge immediately but most religions are far too serious for my taste and i like to play.

 
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