Coping with Reality
Nature knows no religion!
Remains from the dark ages
Is it not a fact, the more education one had in ones life, especially in natural science, the less likely one is to hold irrational ideas, especially religious ones?
I am quite new to this amazing site, but noticed already some high quality contributions with a number of substantive arguments to prove my point.
Take this very well written hub [now unpublished] "The Righteous Atheist" by Mark Knowles for example, or read the blog "IAmAnAtheist" and ask yourself the question: "Am I a rational being able to understand the difference between Art and Science, Natural Science in particular?".
Most people resent being called irrational or delusional but that is exactly what many religious types are who keep talking about heaven and hell, angels and the devil as if these mythological concepts ever really existed or formed any part of our objective human reality which clearly divides all things ever made by humans at any point of their evolutionary development from all the other things which have been and continue to be brought about by Nature in all her forms of energy and matter.
But who made Nature? It surely must have been some sort of god!
The more enlightened way to ask this question, is: "How did all these Natural Processes unfold in this Universe since it first got started?" By answering this question, it becomes quite clear that Nature does amazingly well with out any of the super-natural deities man invented even before the start of organized religion, when fire, the sun and numerous other things were given super-natural, god-like status.
The best explanation I can offer for what the Big Bang may have been analogous to, comes from my own observation of the natural reproductive processes on planet earth. It's not hard to understand that when life on earth started to unfold, it was not just a variety of life forms which started to evolve over millions of years ... but with it evolved a multitude of reproductive processes as well ....
Take a look at yourself! Can you see a distant relative of uncle Joe, who lived in a cave during the stone ages, before humans had even developed iron tools and the use of a wheel? I guess you can't and nore can I. So where did you actually come from? Were you created out of nothing or since this is highly unlikely, is the only possibility ... some god did it?
Let's be honest and think of what must have happend when our parents did it. Your mom got that egg vertalized when your dad had his Mini-Big-Bang and ejaculated ... surprise, surprise the reproductive system worked like Nature had it work for all the other millions of earthlings evolving and growing up into mature life forms ready and able to study natural sciences, understanding that Nature is quite amazing in how she does all these things with out having to wait around for humans to invent invitro fertilization or ask some god for help!
So here we are! Is it so hard to imagine one mature Universe noticing another good looking one on a Friday night after work or on a sunny day in the park? They do what ever it takes - bingo - the Big Bang takes place and our Universe is born. So where does Mr. Smith or any of the other holy man come into the picture?
If you have any questions, just post them below. Save the really basic ones for after you google "Cosmic Evolution", and read up a little on that topic. They may even have a book or two at your local library on that subject.
Let's try, maybe we can advance the discussion to a more rational level ... :)