Hello everyone,It not so bizarre that atheist and religious preachers share so many things in common than they would admit.Firstly, both have contradictions in what they preach, yet both see nothing…Continue
"Religion isn't adaptive, it's reactive. It's reacting to attacks against its putative authority while attempting to maintain that same authority. Its problem is that, being based in a lie, indeed a series of lies, it truly…"
"It's part of human nature, belief in a deity or an afterlife is not an inherent part of human nature.
On the contrary. Human perception is terribly fallible. The human mind is a meaning generating, pattern seeking machine. In the…"
"Human beings are meaning-makers. We create meaning in a million different ways, art, music, dance, growing plants, friendship, love, dedication to helping animals or children or to saving the earth, etc. You surely have activities in your life where…"
"I disagree that religion is adaptive today. Perhaps a thousand years ago having a religion gave a population an edge in competition. Today's survival challenge isn't to compete with neighboring populations for apparently limitless…"
"The atheist community could to with some humility and introspection at times.
In particular, I see a tendency to deify science and certain scientists such as Darwin as if he were a patron saint. While it is certainly true that science has cured…"
"Provocative, but not the atheism I practice. Skepticism/humanism is not arrogant about absolute truth; it claims only temporary truth.
Secrets of existence? Hell, I'm just trying to get through this life alive and without any…"
"Well said, Loren. Let's face it: the atheist is a profound threat to beliefs and practices in which people have invested enormous amnounts of time and energy. To live freely and happily without any of this crap must be profoundly…"
I agree with alot of what you say but I wouldn't say that aversion to a critical examination of religion is 'inherent', I personally think that is how some leaders have shaped their religions into being too…"
"I would agree that superstition is "natural" to the human animal. Likewise, rape, bullying, theft, over eating, sloth, and child molestation are also "natural" to the species. However, through the use of tools like…"
"I'd say Muslim paradise, all the gardens, palaces and rivers, food that taste a thousand times better than earth's and the halal river wine, not to mention all the women there are extremely hot. Of course, without having to pray five times…"
"I've always had an issue with equating Atheism with science. I can understand why the two would be linked in people's minds. I view Atheism as embracing the rational and abandoning the irrational. For example, believing…"
"This is a very provocative post. I have very little to add to the excellent comments that follow -- saved me the trouble of writing them.
There is a clear bright line between science and religion (which may not be all that evident to people…"
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