What are love, art and the question of spatiotemporal limits, if not evidence of something more? Can evidence be inconclusive? “I don’t know!”
Can human being’s confidence they know the will of a creator be construed to justify any immorality? Are all claims to know the will of a creator, equally questionable?
Can empathy exist without revelation? Does ‘survival of the fittest’ negate the notion of empathy?
Can negativity be positive? Should evil be hated?
Is ‘hope’ of value when it’s false?
Had you the means to invent conscious beings, that experience, joy and pain, would you? Is G-d love?
It is not merely ‘an ism’, but ‘the ism’.
A central tenet of virtually all religions is that this life is a punishment and that happiness awaits in the after life, yet ironically its those of us who believe this life should be cherished as the only life we are awarded, who are regarded as being unappreciative and pessimistic.
If most religious people would claimed that the profound nature of the Bible leads them to suspect that its claims are in fact true, I would be more inclined to agree, but since most of them insist it is unequivocally true, without access to anymore information than that available to me, I can only assume their certainty is more a product of wishful thinking than actual.
On the other hand if they do in fact have information unavailable to me, how can they attempt to convince others, when we simply aren’t equipped to understand?
Virtuous sensibility: “Thou shalt not kill”
Detrimental nonsense: “I am the Lord thy God”
A = Not
Theist = One who believes in an intervening god.
I am an atheist who believes in God. I believe the world was created by a conscious being. I don’t believe this being wrote a book giving a specific human a specific piece of land, split a sea or suspends nature in any way.
Telling a child to be confident regarding that about which you yourself have doubt, is indefensible.
Consuming a child’s youth with devotional service, is heartbreaking.
I often hear that “Christianity is not a Religion”. If Christianity is to believe in creation, revelation, redemption and salvation, in what way is it any less a religion than say Judaism or Islam?
Religious People often insist that atheism is a religion in attempt to show how atheists are hypocrites who at once both are religious and appose religion. This is a logical fallacy known as ‘equivocation’, where one definition of a word is deceptively substituted for a second definition. If you define religion to be ‘any strongly held belief’, some forms of atheism (namely anti-theism) may indeed be considered a religion, if you define religion as most of us do, to mean ‘theism’, atheism is not only not a religion, but it’s antithesis.