I gather that many of us deny the religious doctrine of free will. It is one of the seemingly rational aspects of religion and it simply feels right. Its negation removes our individuality and reduces our accomplishments and personalities to some kind of Buddhism-like ego-free status and as being undeserving of recognition.
I don't intend to open discussion as to its validity. It has been dealt with here ad nauseam.
But for any of you who deny it exists, how do you approach…Continue
I was put into charge. Quack, qvack, qvack. I am bored and alone reigning supreme over the lifeless cosmos. Quack, qvack, qvack. Hmmmm. How about a little diversion? That's the ticket. Planet earth is as good as any.
How am I to know what my creator intended? Whence derive a sense of right and wrong? No impetus is apparent to me. Who am I to consult? I shall do as I please. The cosmos is my canvas and I shall play; plant the seeds of life and observe its evolution-spread the juice and…Continue
Any time a zealot commits an extreme act we hear how anomalous and senseless it is. Oh it is a departure from our religion which is one of peace, they'll say.
There is a greater awareness among atheists that the party line is a lie. Western religions are anything but peaceful. Their scripture is vicious. And by the very nature of the contract the religious adherent forfeits her right to reason contrary to the "word". Faith and obedience are in the recipe for religious…Continue
Did anyone else see Doctor Oz and his treatment of faith healing? Yuck, in what was purportedly an objective presentation Oz left the audience with an appreciation for the efficacy of faith healing. If the American populace is not ignorant enough, the Doctor added a dollop of dumb.
Probably some religious parents with ill children will ask JC's intermediary for a favor.
Recently joined AN curious to see how other atheists see things. In general I am impressed but you guessed it-not entirely.When atheists looks at a mass-murderer and the victim's entrails are exposed too many will ask whether the sociopath's third cousin once removed is in fact a cyclops. If I may use a cliche you are missing the forest for the trees. All of the speculation about JC is overdone. There is a focus on theology which misses the point. Obviously religion is a steaming pile of…Continue
Added by Glen Rosenberg on August 15, 2010 at 3:59pm — No Comments