""If God took you up on the mountain and told YOU to sacrifice your child to him, I'm sad to have to be the one to tell you this, but you never would have had the faith to trust him and plunge that knife down into your child."
I am so happy to find atheists, as we all share the same thought, and all of us all over the world are one, as all of us are surrounded and targeted by the evil religious powers, and with their evil intents of religious slavery, tyranny, exploitation aiming at controlling, and governing the independent and the enlightened and the illuminated free thought and intellect.
Well, looks like we have a lot in common. I did not begin with a life of religiosity though. Being born in a family of atheists, I was always an atheist but India is deeply religious so I have been in close contact with religious people of all sorts. I think this has led me to appreciate atheists and agnostics a lot more. ;-)
I just read your statement under "about me" and agree with your views completely. It's good to know other people are out there who can see the obvious patterns in all "religions." I am tribally Jewish, but rejected the organized aspects of this and all other religions really early on in my life. On occasion I have revisited the temple and still find the entire concept and the atmosphere impossibly narrow. Call me a pantheist, individualist, humanist. But man, it's hard to be out here on my own in this day and age of religious fervor. Everybody has a "church" they go to! I guess in the end people are just scared to be alone, or to have ideas and beliefs that go against their culture's general grain.
truly enjoyed reading your statement under "about me"...in my journey i have learned that it is a far greater thing to convert folks to rationalism and facing the true reasons for their belief than to work toward prosyletizing for a socio-political construct that has only really survived for reasons other than winning souls. i have yet to become desensitized to the abject idiocy of christianity. every time i write or talk about it, i cringe.
Paul: I just took some time to look at all the quotes you have in your slide show. I am very impressed! I thought I had found all the best quotes for my book, but you have a few I have not seen before. Wish I had seen them before I finished the book.
Paul: Great to hear from you. Sounds like we have traveled similar paths. I wish I had arrived at the conclusions you have much earlier, but glad I arrived, nevertheless. Have read the book? If so, please leave a review on Amazon. We are just starting the publicity for the book and are getting some good reviews. I am also very interested in your response to the book's concepts since you say you could have written it yourself. There is still much to write and explore in this area. I am thinking of my next book and will probably include more personal stories in it. I would love to hear more from you. If you haven't gotten the book yet, we can't seem to keep it in stock at Amazon, but you can order it directly from our website www.thegodvirus.net.
Paul wrote: "for example when male world leaders have disagreements, they start wars in which children are killed and women are raped. female leaders would be very hesitant to do this."
In nature, the male sex is often defending the female sex and offspring. The female sex doesn't do it because it's not psychologically or physically disposed to be able to --- usually. But there again, because it doesn't have the disposition, and therefore the experience, its defensiveness can be more grisly and incounsellable than the male's.
Well...That was one heck of an intro! I can only imagine how difficult it can be to break the bonds (tentacles) of religious dogmatism. Glad to see you are well on your way. Fortunately, as a life long "disciple of reality"... I never had to. Thanks for adding me to your collection of friends. Hope to bounce some thoughts and ideas off each other in the future.
A neat piece of writing, and I see your Epicurean point. However, most of us have arrived at the purist atheist view that the gods are entirely human inventions, existing only as neuron circuits inside the heads of the living.
More widely, you may be interested by the discussions and video films posted on the Nexus site "ORIGINS: Universe, Life, Humankind, Darwin...".
e.g. the video films of all 10 lectures about "Charles Darwin and his Legacy" given at Stanford University in the final months of 2008.
These lectures, by distinguished experts in their respective fields, include the discussion panels that follow each lecture and the highly informative Q&A sessions.
As Richard Healy says, this is a phenomenal occasion "to have access to instructive material from leading thinkers on evolution and the impact of evolutionary thought on a multitude of disciplines".