I honestly don't see how you are disrespectful by any means like a couple of those people previously have said. I think they are just closed minded who hate the fact people are different and go against their beliefs. I find you very knowledgeable, respectful, and interesting. I wish there were a lot more people like you.
People are allowed to feel disrespected for just about any reason. I honestly can’t help what people feel disrespected over so I’ve found it is best to not worry about it. When someone says that something I do or say is disrespectful I basically say so what? That is an issue for the person who feels that disrespected, not for me. They should figure out why what I did or what I said made them feel that way and more likely than not it has to do with their own hyper sensitivity than with anything I actually did. Thank you for the message though I definitely appreciate it.
You are right, perhaps I misunderstood your caption about what you hate precisely, my apologies. I guess I would caution against using the word ignorance in my direction though seeing as how your interpretation of religion is simply not correct, at least not Christianity. I do appreciate the speedy reply. I guess I just get slightly confused when people have such harsh opinions of religion and claim their belief in nothing is not a belief in itself. Do you think evolution is how we came to be?
There is no perhaps about it, you clearly misunderstood it completely. Then you turn and come back with some arrogant nonsense about how I don’t understand Christianity. There are thousands of interpretations of Christianity, I’m quite certain you feel yours is correct (hence why you believe it) but that is simply egotistical and a clear symptom of solipsism. Atheism is by definition not a belief in itself, it is the denial of the asserted claims of others, anyone capable of understanding a simple definition would understand that. Evolution is clear scientific fact, I’m not even going to attempt to debate it because there is literally no point in arguing over it. If you ignore mountains of scientific evidence I quite doubt you’d listen to anything I say. I feel this will likely be the end of our interactions, at least publicly, I hate spending times catching someone up to speed on the absolute basics of a topic before they can even attempt to join in to a conversation. You clearly have plenty to learn.
I get that religion is an often misused platform from which self-righteous preach but to say that atheism is any better is quite a long shot, especially given the standard you set here. So you're saying it's ok for you to hate people and to stop them from believing in God but if they think the same thing towards you it is because they are stupid and brain washed? Seems kind of irrational, not to mention under a godless existence what's it matter, we are all leading meaningless lives anyway.
How can you expect us to engage in a proper discussion when you can’t even do me the favor of representing my views correctly? I make it quite clear countless times that I do not hate people, but I hate religion. I can hate the belief and not hate the believer. You’re completely misrepresenting my view and what I believe so the vast majority of what you say isn’t worth responding to, it isn’t my view.
As for the other parts of your message there are a few very very important factors that separate Atheism from any religious view. Those are dogma and faith, two things that every religion has but that Atheism completely lacks in a general sense. There is nothing related to Atheism that requires a faith based view and there is no dogma to the single non-belief that is Atheism. That is what makes Atheism more accountable, we don’t have to rely on “faith” or “tradition” to justify our world views, we have to find another real way to be accountable for our views and beliefs, whatever they may be.
As for your parting message, that is just the type of small minded thinking that I absolutely despise. I see it as quite the opposite because if you really believe religion and believe that you have all of eternity waiting for you then this life doesn’t matter. Most religions are anti worldly, putting a greater importance on the “after life” than this life, on what comes next than what you’re actually living. Don’t dare be so ignorant to think that Atheism is the world view that devalues this life, quite the opposite, it is one of the only ones that can really celebrate it. That is why it matters, that is why it is important, because this world and this life is the only thing we can really know is real.
I've just had it with fucking "religious freedom" It's all about doing what they want and deny other people of it. It's like "You don't get to eat ice cream because it's what I eat" fucking christians. Sorry. I come to you a lot to rant.
It’s quite alright. I am honestly a bit amazed that in this day and age so many people are really considering such things. Instead of giving religion more special rights it should be getting less. I can only feel that this is a symptom of religion being backed in to a corner. So many of the small minded religious bigots hate the fact that they are forced to accept other people in (what they see as) “their” society, in to “their” businesses, and in “their” country. Egotism and solipsism is a characteristic very closely tied to religious belief so it is no surprise that it is all about them. They just want to be able to deny other people access to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness because apparently other people being happy makes them furious.
I've heard some pretty stupid remarks about atheism. "[I] know there's a god, I'm just denying it." "Something awful must have happened to you." Do you have advice for convincing people that none of that is true? That atheism isn't pessimism?
If I had a good answer to that I would be able to solve a lot of the issues facing Atheists everywhere. Unfortunately people would rather be afraid and make silly assumptions about things that they don’t understand. Most religious people think that non-believers must have some kind of “defect” in order to not believe because in their mind there is no good reason that someone wouldn’t believe otherwise. The only thing that will ever really overcome this is time and education. When these people finally either understand what non-belief is like or are forced to face it with someone they know or love comes out to them as a non-believer. Until that happens thought unfortunately you’ll probably be met with many silly and even offensive assumptions. I’ve had several people insinuate that I must have been abused by a priest as a child to have the “anger” towards religion that I do. Certainly not the case, I simply have a fully functioning conscious.
Has there ever been a question Christians have asked you that has truly stumped you?
In a way very often I am stumped. I have no problem though saying that I don’t know to some very complex questions. I have been often asked “Well how did life begin? How did the earth get here?” very difficult questions that really there is just no good answer to as of yet. Often demanding immediate answers is part of the biggest problem with religion, it gives people very bad answers to very serious questions. It attempts to make very definite claims on very unknown things. People are afraid to admit they don’t know but in many ways to me that is a fun part of life, not knowing everything. We still have something to learn, mysteries to solve, riddles to answer, and I think that is fantastic. Unfortunately I think a lot of that magic is lost on the religious, if anything gets too complicated for them they’ll just stamp “G O D” on it and move on. We will never find out real answer that way, only by continuing to explore and question will we have any hope of uncovering answers.
"Cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it" - Voltaire
Your blog is awesome and fantastic and one of the better atheist blogs out there! Not sure where you're from, but you have my support from the UK!
Thank you, I know I have lots of awesome people in the UK that follow my page but unfortunately I am in the United States. The country where people’s right to be assholes is more important than the right to be different.
And also, not meant to be offensive, but not all Christians are against science and don't believe in evolution. Not meaning to come off rude.
Yes, I get it the bible is the “one true inspired word of God” except for the parts that you don’t personally agree with and the stuff you are forced to admit is wrong because of science. Just saying, a bit hypocritical.
Though I respect peoples choice to be atheist, I don't think you should bash Christianity or any other religion. You should be kind and respect everyone. :)
I will respect that you can make whatever choice you like when it comes to what you believe, but there is nothing saying that I should have to respect the belief itself. There are a great number of beliefs out there that are only worthy of condemnation. I respect you too much as a human being to respect your religion. An important counter question though is if I am to assume you are a female and a Christian, how can you really respect a religion that has such a history of disrespect to women? Christianity is very arguably the greatest source and producer of misogyny and patriarchy in the Western world. The majority of the religious world is still, unapologetically, patriarchal. I won’t bother to quote the anti-women passages of the bible to you, I’m sure you already know them, but if you were following what it supposedly teaches would you have ever sent me this message to begin with?
What happened to respecting everybody and their beliefs? Friggen stop being rude -.-
I could quite easily come up with a long list of how religion has continually disrespected not only non-believers but all of humanity in general but what is the point? If you cared to be aware of it you already would be. I do not respect religion, I believe I make that quite clear. In short though this is my page, I will post or say whatever I like. No one is forcing you to view it so you can take your whining and sniveling back to whoever is filling your head with naive views of the world.
You are truly one of the most honest and inspiring people I have ever encountered on the internet. This blog is incredible and thank you for running it.
Thank you and I do greatly appreciate it. When I get messages like this it makes me a little sad that I am not more active on this page than I am. Truth is though sometimes I get very tired. I’ve had this page for years now and I know I couldn’t possibly see or hear it all when it comes to the discussion of religion but let’s just say I’ve seen most of it. I have grown very little patience for the average uninformed Christians and I find myself having very little patience when I enter in to a discuss with them. It is frustrating nearly to the point of infuriating that the vast majority of Christians I discuss with are abysmally ignorant about anything that wasn’t pushed down their throat in Sunday school. Maybe I’m just getting old and losing all the hope I had that reform and change really is possible, maybe I realize most people just don’t want to change, maybe I’m just so sick of the word “faith” being used in place of evidence, Either way I have found distancing myself from coming on this page every day and staying on top of current events has been a bit of a relief. Ignorance really can be bliss, lately it seems that is a bit of what I need. I’m not going anywhere anytime soon though but perhaps my URL name is becoming even more fitting than it was in the past.
Imagine if some incredibly advanced civilization visited our planet from billions and billions of miles away and as they came down they found most of the world on their knees, hands clasped, mumbling to themselves asking for all sorts of unusual favors and special treatment. Wouldn’t you be a little bit embarrassed? Or would you honestly turn to these advanced being and say “I’m talkin to ma gawd and he’s gonna fix little Timmy’s tumors if I just keep a prayin real hard!?” Sometimes I am honestly ashamed to be the same species as people like you.
So what do you think about demons? Witchcraft? And astral projection? And why do we all want to be in a beautiful place? Like paradise? Why do we choose beautiful places rather than ugly places no matter who you ask or their age. People say God put humans in a paradise but things went wrong. Its like he put in our hearts that we want to be in a paradise and not some ugly place. Its just weird. What do you think?
I think that the very idea of “demons” and evil spirits is actually one of the most detrimental ideas ever imagined. For so long people wrote off illness and mental disorders as being the work of “demons” and since the source was seen as demons people supposed the cure could only be found in religion. We were completely wrong and as a result we spent hundreds of years attempting to figure out how best to handle “demons”, knowledge and ideas that are beyond worthless to humanity now. The very idea caused thousands upon thousands of people to not only suffer the disease but in many cases the equally terrible and humiliating “cure” that was meant to drive out these demons.
Witchcraft and astral projection can generally be summed up together as basically bogus. Since so many people, especially in under educated areas, have belief in witchcraft and “magic” of sorts they may have some sort of subconscious affect, basically the same as a placebo, but there is genuinely nothing to “witchcraft” worthy of note. Astral projection is simply a trick of the mind. The mind is amazingly powerful, so much so that we often discount the abilities it may have and supposed astral projections are one of the things that seems to push the limits of what we believe our brain to be capable of.
When it comes to beauty it really is as the old saying goes “in the eye of the beholder”. Many areas will seem extremely beautiful and pleasing to us for aesthetic reasons because they are pleasing to our eye. Theses place may induce feelings of tranquility, serenity, or happiness. This is simply how our mind is wired to react and even though it generally holds true there is still the matter of personal preference. I know many people who are more fond of an image of a murky swamp than rolling green hills.
As for the old stories of people once being in paradise it is just another story from religion. It is human nature it seems that people will romanticize places and times that they never experienced and the biblical idea of a garden of paradise is this idea taken to the extreme. There is no reason to ever think that early humanity lived in some blissful paradise, chances are far more likely that the earliest homo sapiens suffered a rough and brutal existence. They likely rarely lived to late 20’s or early 30’s at best, suffering and competing for basic survival, fixed in the middle of the food chain always caught in a balance between running for their lives and chasing food for survival. If there is ever going to be any form of paradise it is up to us to create one, it is not something we will simply “find”.
People are like not all of us religious people are stupid or crazy. I don't think they are crazy either but then they worship something the don't exist. Pray to statues. I just respectfully ignore people's religions. Still, you see the problem here.
I think there is a problem in communication, that is the problem I see here. What are you even saying?
I've been thinking. It's not that bad if a person believes in a religion to keep them happy. It's that when religion become huge and it became a gang. Leader and followers. This fucked things up a lot. people I know from pagan religions are just fine. I don't see them bringing up god and condemning people who don't share their believes. In the end it all comes down to a person's reasoning skills? How do you even explain a believer science? They need to figure it out themselves I think.
The wonderful thing about history and recording human events is that we don’t have to figure out everything for ourselves. We can look to others who have experienced things, others who have taken the time to gather knowledge, those that experiment and test the world. We rely on other people to form our views, our beliefs, and our outlook on the world all the time. There is no reason that when it comes to religion and the verification or rejection or religion that it should be any different. When religion is shown to be untrue it should be dismissed and cast away the same as other unsound ideas but unfortunately that doesn’t happen.
A person believing in religion to be happy is no different than a drug addict taking dangerous drugs to be happy. Now many people would say that if someone wants to do that kind of thing they should be free and welcome to do it but I don’t know many people that would encourage drug addicts to continue to take more damaging and harmful drugs “as long as it makes them happy”. There is a very real and powerful harm that can come to the people that are impacted by the religious believer. Pagan religions are no different than the Judeo/Christian religions in many aspects, most Pagans are a bit more rational but their religion is just as silly and untrue. There is no reason to encourage one over another unless it is simply a matter of your own personal preference.
In the end a person’s reasoning skills when they give in to fantasy and mystical beliefs will never be as reality based as a skeptic who eschews mysticism and magic. Someone who can say with no hint of sarcasm that they believe in some magical divine being is always going to be one step closer to accepting another absurd magic “faith” based belief than the skeptical non-believer is. The last thing this world needs is more “faith”, when what we all need is a big strong dose of reality.
As an atheist myself, I've always figured religion formed long ago to make sense of the world, but now that we know science people still grab ahold of it to become okay with the idea of death. Maybe it's just me, but my Christian mother seems happier in life than me because she believes my dad is still alive in some alternate reality. Honestly, I WISH there was afterlife. You seem so content with the idea of nothing else. I wish i was. Do you just not think about it, or are you truly happy?
I can related because my father passed away when I was very young. Take a moment to consider though, what would you father really want for you to do with your life? How would he want you to feel? Would he want you to spend time worrying if you will ever see him again, fretting away your life, worrying about what will happen after it or would he want you to live and experience life as much as you possibly can right now well you have the opportunity? Your father would want, more than anything, for you to be happy and to live your life. I am quite sure he’d want you to remember him fondly but he would want those memories to be a gift, not a burden that holds you back.
Like all people I have my ups and downs in life but in the end I do believe I am a truly happy person, much more so than most the people I come across in life even if I don’t always outwardly portray it. The fact that we are alive in the world at all is a privilege. For me personally the most important thing is perspective. I try to keep in mind just how fantastic my life is, how great I have it. So many people want to compare themselves to the biggest and the best, I prefer to compare myself to the lowest and worst off. I don’t like that they have to be in their position in life but if they can make do and find a will to carry on with life, why shouldn’t I? We live at a fantastic time in history, I carry a device in my pocket that can bring up info from across the world in less than a moment, I can explore science, history, cultures, the world in general in ways that people before us could never even imagine. It is absolutely amazing to be alive, the more we take time to remind ourselves of that the more we may be able to appreciate life.
When I see people that put so much hope and faith in to the idea of an afterlife it honestly breaks my heart at times. It is like someone looking out a window waiting for someone to come back that will never return, wasting away life on a false hope that will never come true. Without a doubt I have seen that it can give people hope, but it is a false hope, it is no better than the con artist mediums that will lie about a departed loved one in the hopes of being paid. Don’t let the memory of someone you love be tarnished by holding back in life because of them. We will all die, that’s what makes those of us still alive the truly lucky ones.
If we really had eternity to spend together the time we spend on this earth would mean almost nothing. What is 30 or 40 years with a loved one when you’ll be spending infinite time with them in the future? The moments we share now with loved ones are so precious and I hold them so dearly, I think if I honestly believed I had eternity of the same waiting for me I’d put less importance on it now. It is because of the fact that I know I only have this life, this one chance, this opportunity to experience my family and my loved ones that I love it that much more. It is also why it makes me so happy, I have a chance that so many never will.
if ever that you will die later... are you 100% sure that you will go to heaven?
I’m actually quite happy to say that I am 100% certain that I wouldn’t. Even if everything we know about the world was wrong and such a place did and could exist I still wouldn’t want to be a part of it. Even if it was shown that the Christian god really did rule over some celestial North Korea where you sit around on clouds abjectly worshiping some incorporeal dictator I’d have no part of it. I’m quite glad for that, I find it hard to believe that anyone would really celebrate such eternal forced slavery.
Knows there's no afterlife... Wastes life trying to make Theists look stupid... You're one clever dude...
So am I supposed to live life with reckless abandonment? Am I supposed to simply forget or not worry about the fact that this world will continue on after I die? Am I supposed to not think about the fact that I have children who will inherit this world, that they will have to suffer the consequences in the future of what is done today? The reason I work to disprove religion is because it matters, it matters a lot. Anyone that attempts to dissuade me from my purpose is either jealous, afraid, or just worried that we may succeed. Whatever your reason is for attempting to discourage me from working on a very important cause, thankfully, it won’t affect me one bit. I’ll continue to do what I do no matter how many silly little messages you want to send me about it.
Honestly it somewhat depends. Many of the ancient religions were just as silly and ridiculous as their modern counterparts but sometimes they were treated a bit differently. The Greeks in particular had a marvelously complex and detailed religion but they didn’t treat it the same way that most modern people treat religion. Sure they worshiped the gods and sought their favor but they didn’t believe that these gods were literal entities in some far off magic place that they were actually talking to. They treated these entities much more like ideas or the essence of the particular thing or idea they represent. Generally they wouldn’t fight and kill each other over their gods because they knew their gods wouldn’t care, they weren’t people to be petitioned the same way many Christians treat their god. In some ways it is honestly really sad that even though we have progressed so much in so many areas we have really failed in some of the places that should be most important.
The fact that I have no belief in the afterlife pervades the way I interact with my family. I can never say good bye without also saying I love you. I know that if something is to happen I will never see them again, I will never have another chance. I want to know for certain that if, by some unfortunate chance, I don’t see them again the last words that will ring in their ears from me are “I love you.” Don’t miss the opportunity to let people know what they mean to you, you never know when it may be your last chance.
yeah maybe you should not love religion but let God enter into your heart. Religion can't save us! only God can :)He is the way, the truth and the life :) we are only pilgrims in this world. don't love the world. and instead of hating try to love
When people like yourself spout this mind numbing bullshit do you actually expect a positive reaction from a non-believer? When you ramble off a bunch of grotesquely idiotic rhetoric do you expect me to just smile and nod and say “Thank you!” as if you’re telling me something I haven’t already heard dozens of times before? I’m sure that it gives you some kind of good feeling or special little tingle to spread your message to other people but every time you do it to someone who hasn’t asked for it you are simply reinforcing many of the reasons that people despise religion so much. Perhaps you’re just callow when it comes to these type of discussions but approaching a non-believer with soppy garbage is likely only going to be met with vitriol. Do us both a favor and if you’re going to bother to message me at all at least make it intelligent.
The amount of people that follow the disgusting pig of a man Rick Warren is ridiculous. He puts up a basic tweet with my username and dozens of his followers within minutes favorite it when it is a completely pointless tweet. People that so willingly surrender their thought are honestly frightening. He could raise an internet army of idiot lemmings on a moments notice.
If everyone in the world was an Atheist, do you think it would be a better place? Because obviously, in the past (and present) religion has caused much pain and strife. It's obviously done far more evil than it has done good. I get why religion was created all those ages ago, in order to control people and keep them from acting out too violently. But now with law and order, religion isn't needed, and I honestly feel like most Atheistic people have as much morals as theistic people,if not more so
I think you pretty much answered your own question there. I have absolutely no doubt at all that the world would be a better place if we didn’t have religion. I have said many times in the past that the very future of our entire world could hinge upon the rejection or further propagation of religion. For the major religions of the world their “end game” would more or less require a complete annihilation of all humanity. It is honestly one of the most sickening and disgusting aspects of the major religions in my view. There are actually some people in the world that would see major atrocities as a welcomed sign that their “god” is at work. In order for us to really be able to progress, for us to really move towards a better future and a better world it is necessary that we push religion aside, It is the only sensible choice.
I have been a huge fan of Asian culture even longer than I’ve been a fan of religious discussion. I feel confident in saying it is basically just another form of insanity, a different flavor. Who knows what the Chinese may have accomplished if it wasn’t for ridiculous Taoist beliefs that held them back for centuries. In some fundamental way the true nature of religion will always break through regardless of where in the world you find yourself.
I see that you have a very brilliant mind and that's always a gift, but I must warn you that knowledge in excess can corrupt as bad as religion. You can't regard things of the supernatural using your senses and do not judge a person by what you read.
Your entire message seems a bit disjointed and I have to say I fail to see the entire point really. I entirely disagree that knowledge corrupts. Being intelligent and having a large assortment of knowledge can be burdensome in its own way but there is no corrupting agent to knowledge itself. No one has really ever suffered from too much knowledge unless it was by the fact that they weren’t personally able to accept and handle that knowledge. That aside though there is no such thing as the “supernatural” by definition. If it was to occur in our world it would then fall in to the realm of being a “natural” phenomenon, immediately losing all “supernatural” qualities such a thing may have. You’re not entirely off basis though because I acknowledge and realize we can’t entirely trust our senses, our senses are imperfect and easily deceived, but that is why we are able to rely on science for verification and confirmation of what we perceive around the world. I’ve also found personally what you read about a person can often be a more accurate reflection of that person than what you hear from them themselves. People wear masks, they hide their true nature.
Do you know how I can get excommunicated from the Catholic church?
Or well… how can you be taken out of the Church’s list of Catholics?
It is way more difficult than being taken off of a catalog mailing list or a telemarketer’s call list. In short they will do everything possible including outright ignore your request to keep you on the registry. They need numbers to seem important so they’ll do whatever they can to keep the numbers high including flat out misrepresent their members. For an actual answer there are some website available simply by googling “How to be excommunicated from the Catholic church” that may provide some assistance but from everything I’ve ever heard it is an almost impossible task.
I am always out here and around. I’ve honestly been trying to distance myself from being online so much lately. I’ve found that it helps with my general anxiety and depression. During the winter months especially I tend to feel more down than usual so for my own well being I don’t spend a lot of time on the internet. In some ways I feel like I’m coming to the end of what I can really do or say with this blog. I have said a lot in the many years that I have been here and the general movement towards secularism seems stronger than ever. I don’t plan on giving up on this page entirely any time soon but I guess I am just at a low point when it comes to motivation and passion for this page. Who knows, that may change, but for now my own personal well being has to be a higher priority. Thank you for the message though, I do appreciate it. :)
Do you enjoy tea or coffee? Silly question I know, but I just get the feeling that having a conversation with you over hot tea or coffee would prove to be endlessly fascinating.
I enjoy a good cup of coffee once in a while. I’ve honestly tried to get better about drinking more water and cutting down on caffeine but it is definitely a work in progress. I enjoy a nice green tea once in a while as well but definitely drink far less tea. :)
I am an atheist and currently a third year at a med school in Durham, NC. I traveled to Tembe, SA this summer to assist assist in health clinics with a Christian organization. I noticed an earlier post on just praying to help those dying (which I agree is horrendous). But I guess it now irks me when other atheists seem to think Christian groups only do missions to throw bibles, when this was truly just saving lives. Are you against any Christian missions entirely, or just bible ones?
The short answer would be yes I oppose any and all “Christian” missions for one very simple reason, it can be done much easier, usually cheaper, and with a lot more integrity through secular means. I am not discounting that you likely did wonderful work but the problem is that Christianity has to be tied to it at all. If it was simply a mission of helping, giving, and taking care of people there would be absolutely no need what so ever to tie Christianity to it. I have heard too many stories in the past of people being forced to say they are Christian or recite bible verses in order to just receive help to believe that they were all lies. It is absolutely vile that these “Christian” groups go out to provide help but will only help those that fall in line with their belief system.
In many ways the entire reason that these charities wrap themselves in a Christian agenda is because their proselytizing is still top priority. Charity is simply a means to an end. They are looking to built a Christian kingdom, they want it to dominate the world. Who easier to convert than the uneducated and impoverished? They use providing help and aid as a simple in to establish camps in these areas and “spread the word”. Many times after these missionaries leave the areas are worse off than they were before the “aid” came in to help to begin with. They’re often stripped of their culture, their traditional religions, and their heritage. A quote from Desmond Tute sums it up perfectly :”When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said ‘Let us pray.’ We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.”
What do you think of sudden attack on same sex marriage and homosexuals all around the world? I know Christianity etc has always been against it. But it's within this year I see a lot of attacks on homosexuals by governments. Russia, India etc. Are we as human race regressing? Is it like a thing to attack homosexuals when they can't solve real problems like hunger, economy etc? What do you think?
If you look at this history of things honestly the last few years (15-20) are almost nothing compared to what things were like closer to 75-100 years ago in most areas. The reason people are attacking the rights of homosexuals is because they can no longer attack homosexuals directly themselves. There used to be a time in the United States where it was against the law to be homosexual. They made someone’s sexuality illegal.I have a good friend who used to tell me how when she was growing up her father had to be escorted by two armed police men any time he came to the state of Indiana to visit her because he was an open homosexual and it was against the law in that state. I guess the thinking was that if he attempted to kiss a man they would be right there to arrest him or something. It was ridiculous but that was the way of the times.
I think overall we are progressing, in most areas when it comes to how homosexuals are viewed. There are certain areas of the world that seem to be working harder than ever to attack homosexuality and “stamp it out” (as if that were possible) but those areas of the world are being condemned by most. It is going to be extremely interesting to see how things play out as we get closer to the winter Olympics being held in Russia in February. Hopefully out of whatever controversy erupts something positive will emerge. I am still getting fully caught up on the situation in India and am honestly not well enough informed to even know what that whole ridiculousness stems from.
The strangest thing is if you look at ancient history in most areas of the world homosexuality wasn’t “embraced” but it was seen as no big deal. In ancient China and Japan people would take part in homosexuality and no one thought it stranger or “sinful”. Ancient Romans were also known to indulge in many homosexuals sex acts but as the power of the church and religion grew they looked to suppress it. Homosexuality prevents procreation and therefor homosexuals can’t produce an army of young soldiers of god. It may sound simplistic but that is basically what it comes down to at the root. Christianity is mainly worried about continuing and spreading their message and anything that works against that is going to be labeled as a “sin”.
Regarding the quote, people with cancer don't choose to have cancer. But people choose to have religions so I feel like it's entirely different. It's not their fault that cancer patients have cancer but religious people don't have an excuse. Because it definitely is a choice.
It all depends on the situation. I think the amount of people that make a conscious choice in relation to their beliefs or religion is minimal. The most common way religion is passed on is through indoctrination, forcing it upon a child before they have the comprehension skills to really process what they are being given. Honest belief isn’t really a matter of simple choice for most people as it is. I couldn’t suddenly just make the choice to believe in god, at least not in any genuine way. The same really has to be said for giving up religion, giving it up is by far a much easier path in my view but it is still something that has to be built to. Most people don’t snap from being a believer one moment to a flat out Atheist the next, the transition often takes people years.
I have said many times in the past that when we boil it down religious people are the victims of religion. Religious people are the first victims of their own religion. This often spread and infects in to other areas of their life, voting in line with their religion, evangelizing to friends and neighbors (or worse, strangers), distancing themselves from non-believers or even other denominations and religions, insulting themselves in an echo chamber of reassurance on their beliefs. Even if it doesn’t cause them to do vile acts it still causes them to sell out their intellectual integrity and believe things that no person could possibly genuinely believe if it wasn’t for religion. It is harder to maintain sympathy for these victims though because they do have the power to break the chains, they hold the key to free themselves from this imposition, yet most are too afraid. I often feel a wide range of emotions when I sit and seriously reflect upon the nature of a religious mind but perhaps the one that hits me the most is simple pity.
I've heard the "energy can never be destroyed, only displaced" argument before, but there are different types of energy. Don't you think that the energy that composes living matter, chemical energy, does after a time simply loses its potency, like when a battery finally "dies" as we like to say, and becomes inert? Wouldn't you agree that likewise, consciousness ends with the cessation of brain activity?
Why would you possibly think that energy would or even could “lose its potency”? There would be no good reason to think that it would and inert energy is not the same as non-existent. Even when energy isn’t actively doing anything it still exists and is still part of the whole that makes up our universe. Batteries aren’t energy themselves, they hold energy, the energy they once held is used on other things and expended but that energy still exists, the battery is merely a vessel. I have absolutely no reason to think that consciousness would continue on after death, I believe that consciousness is dependent upon our brain and physical bodies and without those what we know as “consciousness” would not be able to exist.
I'm not saying that we don't have reason to be upset with religion---we do. But we should not forget to promote the benefits of education in addition to exposing the ills of faith. We should be pro-science, not just anti-religion. Cheers!
If you simply take a look at my blog you will see hundreds of posts dedicated to eduction, science, and furthering reason and logic. This is exactly what I have done.
“In the course of the great Taiping rebellion, which was only crushed in 1864, the exotic “Christians” routed the Manchu trash wherever they met it, took Nanking and all the cities along the Yangtze River, and created panic in Peking. Burning Buddhist and Taoist temples, and substituting Christ for Confucius as they went along, they could almost certainly have overrun the whole country had they made up their minds to do so. Six hundred cities and towns were destroyed in the course of their crusade, and an empire that had a population of 400 million in 1850 was down to 267 million by 1862, it is said.”—Dennis Bloodworth - The Chinese Looking Glass
(☆u☆) Ar3 you also of th3 opinion that a soul is a ridiculous conc3pt ?
What most people traditionally consider to be the “soul” is an absurd concept that couldn’t possibly exist in reality. With that said though I am not as down on the possibilities of what might happen after death as many people would think. I am actually quite comfortable in stating that some form of reincarnation takes place. Obviously one of the most basic scientific concepts can be summed up as energy is never created or destroyed simply converted. We obviously have some form of energy that animates our thoughts and our bodies. That energy will never disappear, even when we’re dead, it will simply transfer in to something else.
To be clear I don’t think this energy retains any memory, it doesn’t identify itself as you and it certainly doesn’t hold your experiences and memories. It is an essential and important part of you but it is essentially entirely apathetic to “who” and “what” you are. We don’t have bodies, we are bodies. What makes us is strictly material and even if any matter of our “energy” or whatever you would like to call it survives past the physical death of our bodies there is absolutely no good reason to think that whatever that is, is us, or could be recognized as us. It simply returns to the cycle of the universe to continue on the pattern that has been repeating since the beginning of time.
I have an ask asking for book suggestions to become more informed on the topic of Atheism and religion, I would suggest these books as a great start and they already come with helpful links to PDF or Audiobooks. Hope this helps as it is a great base.