”I respect you as a person, too much, to respect your ridiculous beliefs”
-Richard Dawkins quoting Johann Hari
”Is being so strident about my atheism like going to a playground and telling the children there that Santa Claus isn’t real? The wierd thing is children manage to grow out of Santa Claus”
- Firstly the guy ask whether atheists claim that it is possible for god to exist. He then asks whether atheism also accepts people who claim that it’s impossible for god to exist. What he is trying to do is to make every individual atheist become one mass. We could ask the same about Christianity (could be any religion). For example you could ask whether christianity agrees with abortian, but then also ask whether christianity accepts people who disaggree with abortion. BOOM. Two sides of the same coin.
- He then goes on to ask atheists whether they believe in some parts of the bible, his arguement being that the bible contains place names (such as Isreal) and people who are historically correct. He says that if you believe in some of the bible you can’t just pick which ones, or if someone dissagrees and doesn’t agree with any of the bible. Well he goes back to the fact that Isreal is an actual place, fact. But this arguement isn’t an arguement. I could say that London exists, but that there are fairies flying around it. I can’t claim that I am right just because London really exists.
- He asks whether there is such a thing as objective morality (there are always good things i.e. helping someone. and there are always bad things i.e. murder). He says that if a really poor person were to steal from his boss, would it be ok. Lets ignore the fact that he can ask for help. In fact no. The man can get help. morality is not objective. It is dependant on every single circumstance. Killing is wrong, but would you let a muderer butcher an entire village, or kill him after seeing him start.
- He goes on to counter the atheist arguement of why is there suffereing in the world? The guy quotes the bible, fair enough. But can I just point out that if something bad happens to people, in religious eyes, it’s god’s almighty plan. But if something good happens, it’s a gift; a miracle. I only see this as the religion moulding itself around random events to prove god’s existance.
- His last point is that atheism only offers death, with a meaningless existance. And that religion offers you life, eternal life. As an atheist I don’t see my life as meaningless. I might invent a revolutionary creation, or help thousands, or even one person. I might have a child who does one of the extraordinary things mentioned.
I have one life on this planet. I plan to live it to the fullest. And the I will be greeted by death.
I don’t mind dying as I was dead for many years before my birth.
It is not as in the Bible, that God created man in his own image. But, on the contrary, man created God in his own image. – Ludwig Feuerbach
I personally think that this should be the only commandment.
People who don’t like their beliefs laughed at shouldn’t have such funny beliefs
Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach a man how to fish and he will eat for a lifetime; give a man religion and he will die praying for fish.
We must respect the other fellow`s religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
This is exactly how I feel when told that I should not put my atheistic point across.
Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too? – Douglas Adams
On the first day, man created God.