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Originally posted by Clearskies
The supernatural exists because of evolution according to a computer program?
Some people have been saying this for years.
(they're still wrong.)
People get PAID for this research?
I haven't been able to find a decent paying job, yet.
Well, Johnsky (if that is your real name.)
aren't people priveledged (or stupid) to have you as a shepherd for their ignorance and weak-willed character?
How philanthropic of you.
[edit on 27-5-2008 by Clearskies]
Originally posted by johnsky
However, religion only takes hold if non-believers help believers out – perhaps because they are impressed by their devotion.
I can field this one, or at least one version of it.
I readily do what I can to keep those who are in a religion, and cannot bring themselves out of it, in it.
Why would an Atheist do this?
Because those who cannot formulate conclusions would perform rather poorly without someone instructing them as to how they should act, and what they should believe. It is therefore in their best interest, and in the interest of others, for Atheists to do what they can to keep the religious in religion.
Quite frankly, if person X needs a book to tell him how to act in society, I'm not going to take that book away, I wouldn't be able to trust person X if he wasn't being told how to act.
Atheists and agnostics however, have formulated their own morals based on what is best for everyone. (If they don't, they don't last very long.)
Anyone who is able to do what is right, without any form of input, simply because they know it's best for everyone, I can trust to the end.
Anyone who doesn't formulate those morals. I do what I can to ensure they end up in a religion. At least there, there will be some form of control over them.
This system of freedom based on ability to self regulate works so well, that I'd be willing to bet Atheists and Agnostics created religion so we have somewhere to shove the people who can't self regulate.
I think this is garbage. Sorry but religious books especially The Bible and The Quran have examples of and calls to violence in them. I think people dogmatically believing and following these books without question can lead to terrible things such as war, starvation (DONT eat pork), misery (NO sex before marriage) etc. People over the world dogmatically believing their religious texts alone are true just results in a fractured world and discord.