Originally posted by Spoodily
Atheism is as much religious as Christianity. A belief that one can declare with absolute certainty the presence or absence of 'God' is both
arrogant and ignorant.
Seriously? We don't base our "beliefs" on a piece of paper that came from a plethora of random people through out time, which are completely
contradictory and about as empirical as Santa Claus.
We base our decision on scientific theories (which, are not layman's theories) and most often then not philosophy and then conclude through a
plethora of empirical data points that: God does not exist, doesn't need to exist, doesn't matter if it exists.
While you may run around and believe that Atheists meet up every week/month on a certain date to pray, hold rituals, talk about personal faith, and
share their mystical experiences (which is what Religion is described as), we'll go and live our lives to the fullest and enjoy every passing moment
knowing there's nothing after to prepare for. It's all we got.
Ignorance? Arrogance? In today's world everybody has been taught in a specific way to believe. It's all part of upbringing. To claim people are
ignorant of a belief is like claiming those that don't celebrate the image of the Easter Bunny are ignorant. I'm going to be so bold as to say every
child on this planet is born an Atheist. It's the influence that effects the way you think later on.
Arrogance? It's us Atheists who usually get treated like the scum of the Earth (where's that Christian kindness?) in the United States of America, a
country founded upon a principle of "Religion doesn't matter", the founding fathers were Deists after all. Obviously, it'd be an extremely hard
thing to comprehend but the moment Darwin solved the problem of life, an amazing amount of Deists turned to Agnosticism or Atheism.
Unfortunately, I know deep down that anyone of those folks if they were to be running today for the presidential office wouldn't even make it into
Also, there are very few people in the United States that can truly call themselves Christian. If they were to do so, they'd not be allowed to cherry
pick through the bible and dismiss everything in there that their common sense tells them that's wrong. All morality is derived from the book (no,
not Lord of the Rings)
Titus 2:9-10 slaves are ordered to, “Be submissive to your master and give satisfaction in every respect."
Joel 3:8 God warns that, “I will sell your sons and your daughters to the Judians, and they shall in turn sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far
Tim. 6:1-2; “Let slaves regard their masters as worthy of all honor."
Obviously, slavery is morally just in the Bible. A sign of the times, one can say, but can't everything else be said in that same respect?
There's a lot to be said but what's the point? This country is overrun by Christian evangelists and or desperately misinformed kind hearted
Christians that believe what they're being told in Church is all that is in the book. Only if they'd look and study a little further.
Edit: I'd also like to add some true arrogance: I went to private school (Christian, both middle and high) and studied theology for 7 while being
there. Mandatory study. Church was also mandatory. I never really cared to think about god before middle school. I was morally just before religion
entered my life. I still am, but what made me start down the path of Atheism was the Bible itself. Go figure. Hey, at least the book taught me that
ignorance is NOT bliss and knowledge is power.
[edit on 27-9-2007 by Donoso]