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'If one wishes to form a true estimate of the full grandeur of religion, one must keep in mind what it undertakes to do for men. It gives them information about the source and origin of the universe, it assures them of protection and final happiness amid the changing vicissitudes of life, and it guides their thoughts and motions by means of precepts which are backed by the whole force of its authority.'

'Religion is an attempt to get control over the sensory world, in which we are placed, by means of the wish-world, which we have developed inside us as a result of biological and psychological necessities.'

Sigmund Freud

Religion is based, I think, primarily and mainly upon fear. It is partly the terror of the unknown and partly, as I have said, the wish to feel that you have a kind of elder brother who will stand by you in all your troubles and disputes... A good world needs knowledge, kindliness, and courage; it does not need a regretful hankering after the past or a fettering of the free intelligence by the words uttered long ago by ignorant men.

Bertrand Russell

'Atheism is not a philosophy; it is not even a view of the world; it is simply an admission of the obvious. In fact, ‘atheist’ is a term that should not ever exist. No one ever needs to identify himself as a ‘non astrologer’ or a ‘non-alchemist’. We do not have words for people who doubt that Elvis is still alive or that aliens traversed the galaxy only to molest ranchers and their cattle. Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make in the presence of unjustified religious beliefs. An atheist is simply a person who believes that the 260 million Americans (87 percent of the population) claiming to ‘never doubt the existence of God’ should be obliged to present evidence for his existence-and, indeed, for his BENEVOLENCE, given the relentless destruction of innocent human beings we witness in the world each day.'

Sam Harris

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At 9:29am on May 24, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Greetings, Sigmund! I'd like to invite you to a group where we talk about anything on our minds, Hang With Friends. :D

At 9:25am on September 27, 2010, Natacha Girardot said…
Thank you for welcoming me, Sigmund. Actually, do you know if there is a nonvirtual group of Athests in or around Leiden, the Netherlands?
At 2:53am on June 22, 2010, Joelle DeMunno said…
Thanks so much. Can you provide any advice to a newbie to this ideology?
At 6:41pm on June 20, 2010, Tony G.III said…
Thank you for the welcome Sigmund and thanks for the link.

At 2:15pm on June 20, 2010, Hartmut Friedrichs said…
Also du bist auch hier richtig zu Hause. Tübingen und den Südwesten kenne ich allerdings kaum.
At 4:59pm on June 19, 2010, Hartmut Friedrichs said…
Hallo Sigmund! Ich bin in Frankfurt am Main geboren und habe den größten Teil meines Lebens dort zugebracht. Hast du auch hier länger gelebt?
At 2:34pm on June 19, 2010, Geraldo Cienmarcos said…
Good to know the "Friend me's" are not automated.
Facebook is terrible in that regard.

Gary the Grouch
At 12:01pm on June 19, 2010, Domestipithecus said…
Thanks for the welcome, Sigmund!
At 11:44am on June 19, 2010, Jim B said…
Thank you Sigmund for the nice welcome, it's good to be here with like minded free thinkers .... very refreshing ....
At 6:54am on June 19, 2010, Shelby Fisher said…
Thank you, Sigmund. I'm pleased to be a member.

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'Did Jesus exist?' vs. 'Did God exist?'

Posted on September 23, 2010 at 11:29am 41 Comments

In the beginning was the word, and the word was, like all words, a human invention, to label something that humans want to label. This gave shape to a concept that eventually led to an ontological fallacy (God-the-greatest-thing-I-can-imagine does indeed exist as a concept - that's the whole point - but that doesn't mean that God-the-greatest-thing-I-can-imagine also exists) ...

Whether a word represents 'the truth' is beside the point -… Continue

The Invention of Religion

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 3:04pm 2 Comments

Humans create religions in an attempt to make sense of the world and encourage social stability. They base their ideas on current scientific/intellectual and moral standards, combining current ideas about the world with what they consider plausible speculation about the unknown (and it is precisely 'the unknown' that they desire to explain or have explained).

In the case of constructing an explanation for the origin of the universe and human life, and what happens after death, in the… Continue

Ignorance is Enlightened Bliss?

Posted on March 8, 2010 at 3:17pm 0 Comments

Time and again theists present atheism as a ‘belief’ – reflecting the necessary ‘faith’ of their own standpoint. Aside from Sam Harris’s excellent point (‘Atheism is not a philosophy; it is not even a view of the world; it is simply an admission of the obvious. In fact, ‘atheist’ is a term that should not even exist. No one ever needs to identify himself as a ‘non astrologer’ or a ‘non-alchemist’.’), this raises a number of very important points.

1. Knowledge and ignorance. Atheists… Continue



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