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Why should an atheist care about the fine points of various religions?

Started this discussion. Last reply by MB Jun 11, 2011. 19 Replies

I read some posting on Pharyngula recently that cited the Courtier's Reply, which is a much older…Continue

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MB replied to W Preston Gardner's discussion Why should an atheist care about the fine points of various religions?
"I think the most important reason for knowing a bit about religions is that they have such an importannt impact on the world we live in. Our Western society is like it or not deeply bedded in the Judeao-Christian tradition.   Add to that the…"
Jun 11, 2011
Nick G. replied to W Preston Gardner's discussion Why should an atheist care about the fine points of various religions?
"Simply put, know thy enemy!"
Jun 10, 2011
Brian Wood replied to W Preston Gardner's discussion Why should an atheist care about the fine points of various religions?
"Mainstream christ-tards provide cover for fundies.  "We must respect their faith."  Well, no, we don't.   If christ-tards don't respecxt me because I dismiss their way of thinking as entirely worthless, I guess…"
Jun 10, 2011
atypican replied to W Preston Gardner's discussion Why should an atheist care about the fine points of various religions?
"Because: Understanding the prevailing mythologies=Understanding some very important truths Because: People tend not to respect people who dismiss their way of thinking as entirely worthless Because: Religion is of a nature that it cannot be…"
Jun 10, 2011
Frank Key replied to W Preston Gardner's discussion Why should an atheist care about the fine points of various religions?
"The more details I learn about all religions, the better I understand religiously inclined family and friends. Religious dogma twists reality in so many different ways and knowing those ways is essential for me to untie the knots and bring some…"
Jun 9, 2011
MikeC replied to W Preston Gardner's discussion Why should an atheist care about the fine points of various religions?
"It's also just kind of neat-o. Gives you something else to learn. When my parents took me to church (that stopped in 1986, I'm 38), "we" were Lutheran. Lutheranism is sort of Catholic Lite. You take Communion, and do a lot of…"
Jun 9, 2011
W Preston Gardner commented on Brent Feeney's blog post Talk radio that speaks to Atheists
"It sounds good but I couldn't stand to listen to any radio program for three hours. I have tried a lot of podcasts but many of them babble on and on and on. I would rather have someone talk about one topic, in depth, for say half an…"
Jun 5, 2011
W Preston Gardner replied to eric stone's discussion Anyone know of an objective tally for number killed by Inquisition
"It depends on what you count. If you throw in the Albigensian Crusade, it would be much higher (that was tens of thousands by itself, I think).   I am curious about whether you could even get the Catholic Church to say that the various people…"
Jun 5, 2011
atmonauta replied to W Preston Gardner's discussion Why should an atheist care about the fine points of various religions?
"Epicurus said sthing like that :'a man's most valuable virtue is the sense not to believe'"
Jun 5, 2011
W Preston Gardner replied to W Preston Gardner's discussion Why should an atheist care about the fine points of various religions?
"Sure. I am interested in all the ways that the human mind can deceive itself. There is some famous quote from Richard Feynman, saying that science is what we do to keep from fooling ourselves."
Jun 5, 2011
W Preston Gardner replied to W Preston Gardner's discussion Why should an atheist care about the fine points of various religions?
"Yes, agreed.   You will probably find that you don't have to learn very much before you know more than Christians know about each other. Frequently they don't even know a lot about their own sect. I grew up a Methodist and never knew…"
Jun 5, 2011
W Preston Gardner replied to W Preston Gardner's discussion Why should an atheist care about the fine points of various religions?
"Yes, I agree, and my more cynical reason is "divide and conquer": if the religious people are divided then it mutes some of their power."
Jun 5, 2011
Boo replied to W Preston Gardner's discussion Why should an atheist care about the fine points of various religions?
"the major religions of today are epically interesting; just the same as any other mythology. it has implications in all sciences and social sciences: psychology, biology, anthropology, physiology, sociology, etc. since they all are nonsense, what…"
Jun 4, 2011
George replied to W Preston Gardner's discussion Why should an atheist care about the fine points of various religions?
"Anyway, I am interested in hearing from other atheists who take the time to try and understand, say, the distinction between evangelical Christianity and fundamentalist Christianity I'm currently reading Fundamentalisms Observed, which is an…"
Jun 4, 2011
Silverevilchao replied to W Preston Gardner's discussion Why should an atheist care about the fine points of various religions?
"While I don't necessarily believe in the ideas of the religious, I do find it interesting because I like to see how the myths explain things before science existed. I also like comparing the differences and similarities between different…"
Jun 4, 2011
Jimmy Clay replied to W Preston Gardner's discussion Why should an atheist care about the fine points of various religions?
"Religious ideology might be empty, but religion itself is still very real. I actually have a hard time remembering all the details about the different religions, but it's interesting learning the strange stuff people believe, strange religions…"
Jun 3, 2011

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At 5:49pm on June 3, 2011, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Hello Preston, and welcome to this rational world of Internet atheism---a haven from the superstitions and fictional god of the masses. 

"Well-founded common sense inevitably leads to atheism."

We invite you to make good friends by joining the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with its 475 discussion topics and 2700 members.

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At 1:10pm on June 3, 2011, Ken said…
Hello and welcome to the Nexus!!  We are certainly glad to have you join us.
At 9:11pm on June 2, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, W! Glad you could join us. :D

Please consider joining a group to meet people and talk about anything that's on your mind, Hang With Friends.

 
 
 

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