[QUOTE=Derpamix;1144942]The OP is a moron, nothing he says should have any merit whatsoever. I'm simply defending other people for their right to choose.
I'm not an atheist, I already told you my stance earlier.[/QUOTE]
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[QUOTE=0Angel0;1144940]This! Nature is awe inspiring all on it's own. I don't need to be religious to be amazed by a thunderstorm or rendered speechless by a sunset. Studying how it all works just makes it take on a whole new level of awesome. The natural doesn't need a supernatural explanation to be any more splendid than it already is.[/QUOTE]
In fact, a supernatural explanation pales in comparison to the wonder of the real thing. This was the point of Richard Dawkins' book [U]Unweaving The Rainbow[/U]. I highly recommend it.
Derpy- You sound depressed dude. But you're an atheist whether you hate the connotation of it or not. And your sympathies towards certain absurdities are misguided.
[QUOTE=Mr. Slate;1144375]RichMahogany attempted to answer the original question with his best try......but you have failed....try again[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=Mr. Slate;1144954]RichMahogany attempted to answer the original question with his best try......but you have failed....try again[/QUOTE]
Oh look, the talking parrot is back. Squuuuuaaaaaaak! Try again!
I think that it's simply part of human nature. My God is better than yours. My belief or lack there of is better than yours. My diet.........and many other aspects of life.
I think this world would have been a better place if we were more accepting of others and their choices.
[QUOTE=Derpamix;1144917]You can claim not to be a zealot, but when talking about religion you intentionally downplay it by calling it a fairy tale, or some condescending effect thereof. I'm not religious, or a believer, but I don't understand why you can't have respect for someone else as a human being not to think of them as a lesser person. [B]It's pretty disrespectful to see the way atheists address everyone religious as if believing in nothing automatically makes them a better person[/B].[/QUOTE]
Hey Derp, my apologies, it just occurred to me that I called you a "her" in a previous comment. I think I just assumed that was you in your avatar. Sorry about that!
Regarding the bold bit -- I agree with the spirit of what you say, though I'll point out that everyone considers their own beliefs to be "right", otherwise they wouldn't believe them. Think about it... if you thought someone else's belief about something was better than yours, then you'd believe that instead. However, it's how we [I]act[/I] in regard to these differing beliefs that you're addressing, and that's where I really agree with you: people should recognize that they may be wrong, and that we're all on our own paths. No one is superior to anyone else because of the conclusions they've come to about the universe.
So cheers to you, and to this fun discussion, but please stop painting this horrible picture of atheists as total assholes. I can't speak for all atheists, but we're not all what you seem to think we are!
This is what I really wanted to address though...
[QUOTE=Derpamix;1144917]Reality is depressing, what's wrong with wanting to believe in a little magic? I'm sure all of you have experienced some from of phenomena that you couldn't explain. Sure, it's likely you can explain away everything via some chemical reaction, but it's comforting to have an imagination and let your mind wander a bit to traverse unknown terrain that you can't explain away with science.
Have you ever fallen madly in love with one person out of billions and thought you saw the face of God in them? That first glance when you lock eyes with them, it's kind of magical. Dunno just rambling now.[/QUOTE]
I'm going to agree and disagree with you. I'm depressed too. I've dealt with terrible depression that's had me close to suicide on a number of occasions for almost 20 years. I've only barely hung on at times. So I agree that reality [I]can[/I] be depressing, but that does not necessarily mean that reality [I]is[/I] depressing. It's all in how you perceive it.
Reality is also marvelous, and fascinating, and beautiful beyond measure. Music and art, love and friendships, or the big stuff like the unbelievable complexity of life, the strangeness of the quantum world, the unfathomable vastness of the universe, the mysteries of consciousness, and so on.
Don't make the mistake of thinking that awe and appreciation for the wonders of reality go away just because a person doesn't think a god made it. The universe is a pretty amazing show whether it has a director or not.
Lumifer -- that cartoon was awesome.
[QUOTE=Derpamix;1144942]I'm simply defending other people for their right to choose.
I don't think any reasonable person here would debate that. I consider religion rather silly, but I absolutely support people's personal freedom to choose to worship as they please, so long as it doesn't infringe on others. I consider myself an atheist, on Dawkins' spectrum I would be a de facto atheist, meaning I don't claim to know for certain, but I consider the possibility of a higher being to be so improbable that I live my life under the assumption that there is no god.
[QUOTE=Paleobird;1144963]Oh look, the talking parrot is back. Squuuuuaaaaaaak! Try again![/QUOTE]
Seriously, his troll job was off to a good start with the original post, but I'm now quite sure OP has an IQ in the double digits :D
[QUOTE=Derpamix;1144917]You can claim not to be a zealot, but when talking about religion you intentionally downplay it by calling it a fairy tale, or some condescending effect thereof. I'm not religious, or a believer, but I don't understand why you can't have respect for someone else as a human being not to think of them as a lesser person. It's pretty disrespectful to see the way atheists address everyone religious as if believing in nothing automatically makes them a better person lel.[/QUOTE]
I don't want to pick on anyone's posts specifically, but what really irritates me about atheism is that:
1) Religious people are regarded as naive or weak.
1) The "God" they [I]don't[/I] believe in is invariably the same "God" that religious people [I]do[/I] believe in. This is going out on a whim, but could you entertain the idea that something exists beyond this concrete boundaries of religion?
I sympathise with religious people, and with atheists. We're all looking for answers. I became atheist at the age of 13, and remained atheist for 10 years because it answered all my questions. Then, when the questions started again, I had to investigate, and adjust my beliefs. The only thing I have found satisfactory in explaining life is Quantum Physics, and an understanding that the Bible is a jargonic text, never meant to be interpreted literally. If you read the bible with the meaning of the words in mind it actually makes sense. Examples: Adam = man, Eve = Life (Man develops self awareness because of the knowledge that Life brought him to). Water = consciousness. (Christ walking on water represents man learning to master consciousness).
The historical "evidence" that Jesus existed is sketchy to say the least, but that doesn't mean that these texts are fairy tales with some heavy handed morals thrown in. I believe there was a time when people did not live to work, or have lists of things they needed to tick to make them happy. At some stage, people recognised that mystery was in abundance, and they devoted lifetimes to understanding these mysteries.
Unfortunately religion has subverted these texts and presented them as literal presentations of truth, rather than a series of formula.
It irks me that Atheists keep saying they don't believe in God, because it's religion that they don't believe in (usually just one religion. Most atheists I know haven't studied theology extensively). The interpretation of "God" as a "creator" is so narrow.
I like to read books that are totally oppositional to what I believe because it challenges me and keeps my mind open. "The God Delusion" is the most ignorant and pompous piece of writing I've had the misfortune to waste my time on.
I usually keep quiet during these discussions because they really make my blood boil. Why can't we look for the similarities between what we believe instead of constantly picking out the differences? We all say we want a peaceful world, but no one's prepared to start with themselves. [/rant]