posted on Oct, 17 2011 @ 03:46 PM
This is on of the best thread's I've read in a long time here on ATS. I'm on page 13 so far, but I decided to post and make a few observations,
and just write my own thoughts. I am an atheist, or non theist, what ever you want to brand me. I was raised as a RC(Roman Catholic), my home city
is nicknamed the Silesian Rome... so religion played a big part back home.
An atheist like myself does not know how life began, we all have our own ideas about everything. There are those who pursue science, seeking to find
these and other answers. I personally feel no shame in not knowing, and not knowing something drives me to try to find it, be it by reading
scientific, philosophical or religious texts. I was never a true believer, I questioned everything from an early age, why, how and when. The answer
I was given was never enough, as the answer was "It's the will of God" most of the time. That was worse than just saying "I don't know".
The way that I see it, is that filling the 'unknown' with some supernatural entity is one of the worst things to do. Why? Because you tend to
leave it alone while claiming the question at hand as answered, when it is not. The way I see things is like a Dam(belief in a supernatural
entity/religion), with cracks(flaws in religious dogma/free thinkers) from top to bottom, the dam holds back water(science, and knowledge with
experience) which in this case take the form of questions, the water that passed through the dam are questions that have been answered. 'God did
it' are the fingers that theists use to try and plug the cracks, the more we learn, and the more we understand, the bigger the cracks become until
the dam breaks.
That's my view on science vs religion, to claim to know, that 'God did it'... or that 'this is what happened because I believe it', is what I
think is ignorant. Not trying to offend anyone, but it seems that the theist will be the one who claims to 'know' because they will fill the
unknown with an entity they 'know' exists without having any proof of said entity existing, except their faith...
Theists think that for something to 'be' it has to have a creator to exist. Why? because you don't understand the unknown as of this moment, so it
can't 'be' unless it has a creator? That's sad, plugging the hole with your fingers every time you attribute the unknown to a supernatural
I'm not a scientist, too many numbers, but those who work in their relative fields seek answers to the questions we all have. Yes they make
mistakes, and yes they HAVE to change their theories when new information comes along, I think that's called progress.
How did life start? I don't know.
What's the meaning of life? 42!, again I don't know.
Where do we 'go' when we die? I don't know.. but I'm going to Disney Land!
Am I wrong for not believing in a god? I don't know
No shame in saying 'we don't know'.
It's been a long day for me, so hopefully this came out as coherently as I think it did I'm OK.