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  • Why are you atheists so angry?
  • nickf
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    … and now I realise I’m repeating myself in response to repeated arguments posted many times before and have just spotted a giant snickers bar.

    Exit stage left, pursued by a (imaginary) bear…

    Bit worried about you there – those imaginary bears can be dangerous. Bop them on the nose, I reckon. Or is that sharks?

    surfer
    Free Member

    Fortunately for us, several of the best universities tend to disagree.

    I look forward to its enlightening output. I am sure we will make great strides when we understand if unbaptised children are going to Hell or just Limbo 🙄
    Maybe you can enlighten us on any output of note or contributions to critical thinking etc?

    Frodo
    Full Member

    You could make a case for saying it’s the primary catalyst in the development of theological thought – certainly has been since the Enlightenment.

    So how do you explain the treatment of say ….women, Gays and in some religeons non believers?

    I’d say that pretty much all the abrahamic religeons are still well behind the times and are being dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century in a vain bid to survive as a viable inclusion on modern life.

    Come on …tell me where I’m wrong! 😀

    RustySpanner
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    Elf, just have a read of the Bible.

    Lots of nastiness, smiting and eternal damnation for those who don’t believe.
    I don’t want to spoil the story, but it doesn’t end well for the hero.
    Shame, as he comes across as basically a nice bloke. Bit preachy though.

    As to calling people idiots, I’m not trawling back through countless posts just to find an example.

    My point is that mockery is an essential part of human nature and by extension the way we interact with each other.

    Is it reasonable to express an opinion completely contrary to the sum of human intellectual knowledge and progress and NOT expect a bit of ribbing?

    GrahamS
    Full Member

    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUbjpwyesk0[/video]

    Elfinsafety
    Free Member

    Elf, as a gay bloke I have had a lifetime of religious nutters (including my own family) telling me I was going to boil in hell etc. A quick google about ex-gay ministries and all that sort of stuff will give you loads of examples.

    I never said that all religious doctrine was for the good and of benefit to all people everywhere. Quite the opposite in fact. I myself rejected Islam as it was not right for me. But I still feel that certain tenets of faith are important to me, in terms of my own personal rationalisation of my existence on this planet and within Human Society.

    HTH – to be fair he does call himself an idiot lots, but there are also other victims…

    Especially Binners, it seems! 😆

    Is there a bit where I’ve called Rusty Spanner an idiot then?

    As to calling people idiots, I’m not trawling back through countless posts just to find an example.

    Ah, so without proof of the existence of such an incident, can we therefore safely claim that it never happened? 😀 😉

    crikey
    Free Member

    So, how would you propose that such moral codes were propagated and spread without the framework of organised religion?

    Are you suggesting that religion predates any kind of morality?

    …or is it perhaps more likely that religion reflected and codified the existing moral framework of the societies in which it was produced?

    Think about while you blow up your water wings, and search for more religious building pictures with which to muddy those rising waters….

    joolsburger
    Free Member

    OK Let’s just see how the three main beliefs of the Abrahamic religions stack up.

    You have a “soul” an eternal part of you that never dies.

    When your body dies this soul continues on and either spends eternity in paradise or spends eternity in hell and is subject to no end of pointy hurty things and nashing of the teeth etc.

    The deciding factor in this fairly important allocation of next life streaming is based upon how “well” you live your life and that in turn is based upon a number of “rules” laid down in several books which may or may not be accurate and have certainly got a lot of conflicting statements about the “rules”.

    Oh also there is absolutely no physical evidence of any kind for any of the above.

    So where do I sign up, sounds like a great deal. frankly if you believe any of the above I think it’s likely you need professional help and quite strong medication.

    Elfinsafety
    Free Member

    Think about while you blow up your water wings, and search for more religious building pictures with which to muddy those rising waters….

    No, you think about how such moral codes wooduv bin disseminated without the framework of religion, in the context of Human history.

    I’m actually quite a good swimmer. I can happily splash about in the deep end and everything. 😀

    RustySpanner
    Full Member

    Elf, stop prevaricating and answer the question 🙂

    Anyone would think that you were trying to divert peoples attention away from the real issues ….. 😀

    Cougar
    Full Member

    how would you propose that such moral codes were propagated and spread without the framework of organised religion?

    Two thousand years ago, you may have had a point. It’s hardly required now though, is it?

    people are invited to argue in defence of a mangled cliche of orthodox Christian belief, a process that would first require considerable investment of time explaining what we do believe, then continuing with the debate. Given the hostile environment in which that would be taking place, it’s not really surprising that most folks who could, don’t bother.

    You’re saying you have the means to put us right, to avoid being misrepresented and to settle all the debates. But you can’t because we’re all ‘hostile’?

    Ignoring the irony in that claim for a moment, don’t you think perhaps that there would be a lot less hostility if you put forward your sensible beliefs instead? If we’ve all misunderstood, I’d love to be corrected.

    My understanding of it or how I’m interpreting it is… that God, any God, IS personal… so unless you find your own one you can’t have proof ???

    Years ago, when I was still getting my head around faith, I came up with the idea that “god” is exactly that, it’s like part of the psyche. So when people “pray,” they’re steeling themselves up and providing self-support in the same way that an athlete (say) might give himself a pep talk before a race or whatever. There’s no actual ‘god’ involved, but in talking to god you’re actually giving yourself a talking to.


    Are you just saying that it is a balance of probabilities rather than a “faith”?

    Pretty much, aye.

    If so, fair enough. But the point stands: if you accept that, on the balance of probabilities, humans are not likely to be the most advanced lifeform in the universe then can you still truly call yourself atheist?

    Can I not? Assuming an advanced life form exists, does that make them gods? Did they make the Earth in six days, including creating light three days before creating a light source, and everything?

    Elfinsafety
    Free Member

    No, you answer the question.

    Is there a bit where I’ve called Rusty Spanner an idiot then?

    Come on, Scientific Method and all that.

    😉

    I win again. This is too easy…

    Two thousand years ago, you may have had a point. It’s hardly required now though, is it?

    We woon’t be here now, it it was not for then.

    GrahamS
    Full Member

    > So, how would you propose that such moral codes were propagated and spread without the framework of organised religion?

    Are you suggesting that religion predates any kind of morality

    When you say to a child “Don’t do that!” and they say “Why?” then a simple answer is “Because the bogeyman will get you.”

    That is the founding basis of pretty much all religious teaching that I have encountered and seems to be the framework on which humanities “moral code” was established and passed on. So in that respect I… I… *gnashes teeth* I agree with Elf.

    Elfinsafety
    Free Member

    It’s for the best, Graham. The sooner everyone else does it, the better a place the World will be. 😐

    Cougar
    Full Member

    We woon’t be here now, it it was not for then.

    And?

    Why we (arguably) needed religion != why we currently need it. And “but we’ve always done that” is the worst reason to do anything. By that logic we’d still be burning witches.

    chutney13
    Free Member

    You can’t simple discount the role Religion has had to play in Human History, simply cos you don’t share the views of others.

    i’m not, i’m just suggesting that you have your cause and effects slightly schewed. you’re implying that without religion no rules would exist, i’m suggesting that religion is an example of rules, not the dictator of rules.

    Elfinsafety
    Free Member

    Why we (arguably) needed religion != why we currently need it. And “but we’ve always done that” is the worst reason to do anything.

    That’s not actually what I’m saying though, is it?

    Rusty Spanner’s going to turn up next with some silliness but no answer to my question asking him to prove his allegation against me, in an attempt to divert attention away from the fact that his allegation may very well be unfounded and unfair….

    RustySpanner
    Full Member

    This is like the Manchester v London music debate all over again…. 😀

    He’ll stop twitching in a minute and start a thread about bus shelters.

    MrKmkII
    Free Member

    i think it’s interesting that all tags have been deleted except for the one about bingo wings and the one about angry birds and the tagageddon one. two out of three of those left are pretty offensive, i’d say. says something about the moderator charged with removing tags 😮

    GrahamS
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    Can I not?

    It was a philosophical question, not a statement.

    Assuming an advanced life form exists, does that make them gods? Did they make the Earth in six days, including creating light three days before creating a light source, and everything?

    Don’t confuse the Christian bible story with theism in general.

    I don’t believe in the “Gods” of any of the world’s religions, past or present, that I have encountered.

    But the ET question means I accept there are “supreme beings” out there (or at least “more supreme than us”) whose form and power I have no real notion of.

    They may even choose to “seed” worlds.

    Does that make them gods?

    And if I accept they might exist am I not an agnostic rather than an atheist?

    ditch_jockey
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    You’re saying you have the means to put us right, to avoid being misrepresented and to settle all the debates. But you can’t because we’re all ‘hostile’?

    Well that’s your redaction of what I said, but you’ve kind of made my case for me by taking a moderate observation and ridiculing it by adding a fair amount of hyperbole that was never intended. You then deride the ‘irony’ implied by your re-interpretation of my statement, and then wonder why folks like myself prefer not to get involved in discussions like this.

    I’m going to decline the offer to articulate what I think – I’ve spent 20 odd years as a Christian, 5 of them at theological college, trying to gradually piece together an understanding of a world I find unimaginably complex. As I said earlier, I still regard my worldview, and myself, as a “work in progress” both of them are exceedingly frail in places, and I’m not prepared to parade either of them on here to have the crap kicked out of them for someone else’s amusement.

    CharlieMungus
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    I’m 5 pages late, but it makes no sense to blame the pope. If as you say there are 135 million Catholics in Africa, the pope is talking to only about 13% of the population and given that many of those don’t really do exactly as he says, we might reasonably be down to less that 10% of the population. So a real minority of Africans are influenced by the pope yet you still claim it’s the fault of the Catholic Church?

    If you want to support that claim, you would need to show that countries with high proportions of Catholics have a higher incidence of HIV / AIDS. Feel free to do so.

    The ESP reference was because people who claim to be open-minded about evidence usually aren’t.

    Cougar
    Full Member

    That’s not actually what I’m saying though, is it?

    What are you getting at, then?

    D0NK
    Full Member

    I never said that all religious doctrine was for the good and of benefit to all people everywhere. Quite the opposite in fact. I myself rejected Islam as it was not right for me. But I still feel that certain tenets of faith are important to me, in terms of my own personal rationalisation of my existence on this planet and within Human Society.

    are we back on the aids/hookers thing again?

    CharlieMungus
    Free Member

    I myself rejected Islam as it was not right for me.

    Apostasy!!!

    Cougar
    Full Member

    Don’t confuse the Christian bible story with theism in general.

    I’m not being wholly serious, you know.

    They may even choose to “seed” worlds.

    Does that make them gods?

    You’re going to have to elaborate on that, I’m not sure what you mean exactly by ‘seeding’. If you mean populating other worlds, that’s not the work of gods, it’s the work of immigrants.

    Elfinsafety
    Free Member

    Don’t confuse the Christian bible story with theism in general.

    This is the common mistake many atheists make in discussions of this kind; to reduce things down to Christian doctrine and teachings. Which ‘agnostics’ such as myself don’t follow anyway.

    And yet again, a discussion on atheists, ie those who believe there is no God, shifts instead to a debate about organised religion, mostly Christianity.

    How does that happen then? Do atheists not think there are more schools of thought than provided by just the mainstream religions?

    RustySpanner
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    CharlieMungus – Member

    I myself rejected Islam as it was not right for me.

    Apostasy!!!

    A pasty?

    You’re right you know, it’s about time for a bite.

    mcboo
    Free Member

    Given there are 100-200bn stars in our galaxy, and 100-200bn galaxies in the Universe it’s a fair assumption is it not that our little planet isnt the only one on which life has evolved? Thats got nothing to do with the existense or otherwise of god but it does remind us what a tiny focus on little old planet Earth religion has. That reflects the fact that these books were written when mankind struggled to understand the world and the cosmos not to say the sheer unpleasantness of Iron Age life and death.

    leffeboy
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    deciding factor in this fairly important allocation of next life streaming is based upon how “well” you live your life

    I’m fairly certain that isn’t what Christianity proposes. Other religions may differ. Share prices may go up as well as down etc.

    teasel
    Free Member

    And another thread to prove that the STW Massive can argue about absolutely anything.

    I can’t quite find a word to describe the majority of you but for the most part, you all need to take a long look at yourselves.

    FFS…

    teamhurtmore
    Free Member

    ditch_jockey – Member
    Theology, on the other had, induces a dogmatic belief that we have knowledge where in fact we have ignorance, and by doing so generates a kind of impertinent insolence towards the universe.”
    Good illustration of a man who demonstrates he knows sod all about theology.

    Not quite sure that I would agree with you there DJ!! Actually what Russell was doing here, in introducing his analysis of Western Philosophy, was to point out the challenge that we all seem to face in our every day lives and which philosophy (in his opinion) was best placed to tackle. He described philosophy as:

    Like theology, it consists of speculations on matters as to which definite knowledge has, so far, been unascertainable; but like science, it appeals to human reason rather than to authority….All definite knowledge…belongs to science; all dogma as to what surpasses definite knowledge belongs to theology. But between, theology and science is a no man’s land….

    …which seems to sum up the position that most people find themselves in. At least IMHO!!

    Elfinsafety
    Free Member

    you all need to take a long look at yourselves.

    mcboo
    Free Member

    teasel – Member
    And another thread to prove that the STW Massive can argue about absolutely anything.

    I can’t quite find a word to describe the majority of you but for the most part, you all need to take a long look at yourselves.

    FFS…

    Listen to the Milk Monitor. Since when did you get to decide what gets discussed? You certainly dont have a right to be offended. So get lost.

    GrahamS
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    You’re going to have to elaborate on that, I’m not sure what you mean exactly by ‘seeding’. If you mean populating other worlds, that’s not the work of gods, it’s the work of immigrants.

    I mean “seeding” in the sense that we’re not currently entirely clear about the whole origin of life on Earth, primordial soup, creation of DNA thing.

    So if life on Earth was kickstarted by an alien then are they “a God”?

    I’m not being wholly serious, you know.

    Me neither. I’m just putting off work 😀

    Do atheists not think there are more schools of thought than provided by just the mainstream religions?

    I do like the point, made by someone on here I think, that Christians (and other religions) actively reject thousands of other Gods and hundreds of thousands of years of religion and spirituality.

    Atheists just reject one more than that 😀

    BigButSlimmerBloke
    Free Member

    INBATS

    teamhurtmore
    Free Member

    An alternative perspective/question may be to ask why (some!) religious people are able to find peace. Is there something in their faith/experience/teaching that allows them to avoid the things that cause anger in others?

    Not suggesting that peace is exclusive to religion, but perhaps agnostics and atheists could focus on what leads to this peace. Cotton wool or something more profound and real?

    Tiger6791
    Full Member

    If a Dog could run backwards does then there would be a goD.

    </End of pointless forum thread>

    Elfinsafety
    Free Member

    Tooundred! 😀

    Good solid building this, uses proven contruction techniques and maffs and stuff to produce a stable, long-lasting dependable structure.

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