reply to post by BenReclused
As a personal observation:
I'm not aware of any adults, who are actively seeking to disprove the reality Santa Clause, his elves, the Easter Bunny, or even the Tooth Fairy. I
must be missing something, but, proving that something doesn't exist, certainly does, seem like a farce...
As an agnostic atheist I really do not care about disproving the existence of a deity. Not Altjira, Baiame, Bamapana, Banaitja, Bobbi-bobbi, Bunjil,
Daramulum, Dilga, Djanggawul, Eingana, Galeru, Gnowee, Kidili, Kunapipi, Julunggul, Mangar-kunjer-kunja, Numakulla, Pundjel, Ulanji, Walo, Wawalag,
Wuriupranili, Yurlungur, Cihuacoatl - a goddess whose roaring signalled War, Centeotl - the Corn god, Chalchiuhtlicue, Chantico, Chicomecoatl, Ehecatl
- the god of the Wind, Huitzilopochtli - a god of War and the Sun, Huixtocihuatl, Itzpapalotl, Ixtlilton, Feasting, and Games, Macuilxochitl - the god
of Music and Dance, Mayahuel - a goddess of Maguey, Metztli - the Moon god, Mictlantecihuatl - the lady and goddess of Mictlan, the underworld,
Mictlantecuhtli - the lord and god of Mictlan and the dead, Ometecuhtli - the god of Duality, Patecatl - the god of Medicine, Paynal - the messenger
to Huitzilopochtli, Quetzalcoatl, Teoyaomqui - the god of dead warriors, Tlaloc - the great Rain and Fertility god, Tlazolteotl - the goddess of
Licentiousness, Tonacatecuhtli - the creator and provider of Food, Tonatiuh - Tonatiuh was a Sun god, the eagle, and heavenly warrior, Xilonen - the
goddess of young Maize, Xipe Totec - the god of Seedtime, Xochipilli - the god of Feasting and young Maize, Yacatecuhtli, Bomazi, Bumba, Belenus,
Bran, Brigit, Ceridwen, Cernunos, Dagda, Danu, Epona, Gwydion, Lugh, Lyr, Manannan mac Lir, Morrigan, Nemain, Nuadha, Ogma, Yahweh, Chang E, Chi You,
Gong Gong, Guanyin, Guan Di, Nuwa, Pangu, Xi Wangmu, Zao Jun, Hisagita-imisi, Abuk, Denka, Juok, Nyalitch, Abassi, Atai, Anubis, Aten, Atum, Bast,
Bes, Geb, Hapi, Hathor, Heget, Horus, Imhotep, Isis, Khepry, Khnum, Maahes, Ma'at, Mont, Naunet, Neith, Nephthys, Nut, Ptah, Ra, Sekhmnet, Sobek,
Set, Tefnut, Thoth, or any other deity of which there are many, many more. If people want to believe in such things that is fine, however when they
adhere to the dogma sorounding such things that is when I object. I object to their dogma the mytho's/religion surrounding their personal deity which
drives them to act irrationally.
Religion is fundamentally collective, and has served societies in fostering union, but also in inciting xenophobia and violence (especially against
“unchaste” women and “impure” minorities), often on a mass scale. Nonbelievers need to further advance the cause of rationality by discussing
it openly; doing so, as uncomfortable as it may be at times, will help puncture the aura of sanctity surrounding faith and expose it for what it is.
It was only a couple days ago when a poster started a thread who was pretty desperate to find meaning to life and one of the things he said was he was
afraid he was going to burn in hell. That is when religion has become destructive yet that person thought more religion was what he needed. It is
instances like that which are why I will expose religion as false. As far as a creator/deity being real I can neither prove nor disprove nor do I try.
Religion on the other hand can be deconstructed.