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Christianity &Islam Thomas on 30 Aug 2009 01:03 am

An important thread on Reddit shows why it is so hard for theists to give up their imaginary friend

This is the thread:

Why is it so hard to give up God?

Both the statement and the comments are interesting.

7 Responses to “An important thread on Reddit shows why it is so hard for theists to give up their imaginary friend”

  1. on 30 Aug 2009 at 1:29 pm 1.Burebista said …

    I’m not sure why atheist are so guarded about being compared to religion. Read the comments. People being freed from the bondage of religion? It is a page right out of the evangelism playbook of religion.

    Visit the religious groups blogs and read about people being freed from the bondage of sin and atheism. Don’t look now, but you are one of them.

  2. on 31 Aug 2009 at 12:30 pm 2.Brian E said …

    Great article.

    Nice try Burebista; I like that line, the bondage of atheism. Yes, we put so much pressure and restrictions upon our members that they feel trapped! Please, that is nothing more than a pathetic play on emotion. When you truly understand ‘sin’ and evil, you will find there is no need to turn to your sky fairy to deal with them.

  3. on 31 Aug 2009 at 1:47 pm 3.Horatio said …

    Consider some of the terms atheists use to describe themselves: “Free thinkers,” “Free from religion,” “Rational,” etc. They use these self-descriptive terms in juxtaposition to statements of Christians as religious bigots, losers, and brainwashers. On the atheist.org website I read,

    “Critical thinking, objectivity, scientific methodology, and peer review are all hallmarks of Atheism. Submission, fear, credulity, and insupportable claims are the hallmarks of religious belief.”

    When I read statements like this, I can’t help but wonder which religion they are referring to. It can’t be Christianity, because the Bible teaches us to love God and love our fellow man. It teaches that the fear of the Lord is wisdom, that truthfulness is a way of life, and that eyewitness accounts of the miraculous is one of the evidences for its validity. Of course, the atheist would argue with all of this because he must, in spite of the facts. But still, if an atheist wants to attack religion in general and Christianity specifically, he should, at least, do so objectively. But this doesn’t seem to be the hallmark of the atheistic movement; at least not from what I’ve seen so far.

    Consider the following statements from Atheists:

    “Godism is consistent with crime, cruelty, envy, hatred, malice, and uncharitableness.”
    “As long as religious purposes are served, ethics, inquiry and reason are abandoned.”

    Are these the statements of tolerance, impartiality, truth, and sound judgment? Not at all. It seems to me that if the atheists who authored the above quotes were in power with their views of religion being cruel, evil, and unreasonable, would they then either imprison the ‘offenders’ or legislate complete and total annihilation of all things religious? Who would then be full of hatred, malice, and bigotry? It is something to ponder. Does atheism really teach freedom? No. It teaches bondage for its adherents and for those who disagree with it.

  4. on 01 Sep 2009 at 12:16 am 4.Denis Loubet said …

    Oh, come on, we atheists can’t begin to compete with your 2000+ years of uninterrupted religious slander.

    Atheists plot the persecution of the religious only in your fevered imagination.

    Criticism is not persecution.

  5. on 03 Sep 2009 at 6:16 am 5.3D said …

    “Does atheism really teach freedom? No. It teaches bondage for its adherents and for those who disagree with it.”

    Bondage? Really?

    I don’t speak for all atheists (no one does, it’s not an organized group) but very few atheists seek the abolition of religion. I believe in the right to worship whatever dumb shit you want to and I will defend that right to the death.

    However I also believe in strengthening our education and our society in general, which, I believe, would have the by-product of loosening the grip of religion.

    One of the ways to educate people is to call it what it is. Ridiculous things deserve ridicule. That doesn’t mean indiscriminately locking up religious people, the way Christians did to atheists for hundreds of years. Just addressing their views with the respect they deserve, i.e., none.

  6. on 03 Sep 2009 at 9:25 am 6.Horatio said …

    “very few atheists seek the abolition of religion.”

    Then you have not read this blog and others well. You haven’t read Sam Harris well and you have not learned from China and the former USSR.

    “I will defend that right to the death.”

    Cheap talk. Are you willing to go to the ME and China and put a stop to the persecution and murder of Christians in those nations? History says no. You last paragraph proves the point.

    Thomas Paine.

  7. on 05 Sep 2009 at 5:24 am 7.3D said …

    “very few atheists seek the abolition of religion.”

    “Then you have not read this blog and others well. You haven’t read Sam Harris well and you have not learned from China and the former USSR.”

    Cite a post from this blog that seeks to outlaw religion. Ridiculing and marginalizing religion isn’t the same as abolishing it.

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