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Christianity Thomas on 22 Jul 2009 09:50 pm

What is the TOP reason you are advocating atheism?

A great thread from the forums:

If you could take a moment, could you please tell me, in your own words, what is the TOP reason you are advocating atheism?

The answers are interesting.

2 Responses to “What is the TOP reason you are advocating atheism?”

  1. on 23 Jul 2009 at 5:11 am 1.C Woods said …

    I don’t advocate atheism. I advocate tossing out unreasonable myth and superstition. The problem is that the more one argues against long-held, albeit irrational beliefs, the more believers dig in their heels and believe even more strongly.

    A society filled with a majority of people who believe in superstition and myth is a society that will not be able to progress emotionally nor intellectually and ultimately will fragment into factions that cannot agree on anything. When anyone thinks s/he is in possession of the whole truth, bad things happen. Reasonable people may believe in a scientific theory, but they are open to changing their minds when new evidence is discovered. Those who think they know the entire truth will never change their minds. Those who fly planes into buildings, bomb abortion clinics, shun, beat or kill gays, picket soldiers’ funerals… –they think they know the whole truth.

    Eventually most Greeks gave up Zeus, Romans gave up Jupiter, Scandinavians gave up Thor, Egyptians gave up Isis. The problem is that they replaced their old gods with new ones, so not much changed.

    If everyone could look at one’s own belief system the way s/he looks at other religions, one might see the folly of one’s own irrational beliefs. Dave Barry said that no matter what your religion, everyone else’s seems crazy. To an atheist they all seem crazy.

    Independent, reasonable, rational people search inside of themselves instead of outside of themselves for their emotional health. They rely on reason, not fantasy, in order to grow intellectually.

  2. on 23 Jul 2009 at 5:22 pm 2.Boz said …

    “I don’t advocate atheism. I advocate tossing out unreasonable myth and superstition.

    Isn’t that atheism?

    “A society filled with a majority of people who believe in superstition and myth is a society that will not be able to progress emotionally nor intellectually and ultimately will fragment into factions that cannot agree on anything.

    You mean like the former USSR & China?

    “They rely on reason, not fantasy, in order to grow intellectually.”

    You mean what you believe to be fantasy? Lets ignore the millions over time who became great scientist, physicians, leaders and educators who believed in God.

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