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All it would take for me to renounce my atheism, would be for an amputee to regrow his/her missing limb.
So long as Taoism doesn't make any unreasonable claims as to the existence of a creator and his/her/it's desires it should be considered a Philosophy or a Culture rather than a religion, if by definition, religion is restricted to the belief in God, would you not agree?
I'm interested other people's opinion as well as yours, is Toaism a religion or a philosophy?
Or another question:
Is the label of religion restricted to the belief in God? I can't find any definitive definitions
Sience hasn't answered the basic question yet. What is life, How ddi it come about. They can't create it, they've been trying for years, no success. They are baffled. They refuse to look in the right place. They have not the wisdom they think they have.
I noticed that nobody has challenged the notion that faith ignores evidence. Nothing could be further from the truth. Faith thrives upon evidence. First, keep in mind that there are many kinds of evidences.
Also, the OP asked where theists get their knowledge. The answer is simple: nature and revelation. Theists see the hand of an intelligent, compassionate hand in the beauty and order of the world.
Where did man derive the morals from? Can he honestly claim to understand the morals of the creator of the universe, or that a creator is even required for our existence?
And by the way, i am glad we have secular society; if we still had theocracy or religion encroaching on state affairs, our freedoms would be much less, they'd advocate libel laws, punish and condemn homosexuals and in many cases advocate genocide.
If you really truely believed that an ancient book was evidence of your God's intentions and desires you wouldn't have a problem with racism, genocide and the scapegoating of one's own moral responsibility - the essence of your Vicarious Redemption theory.
The more and more i read the side from the "Christian" it seems that they have a lack of understand of what the true beliefs and commands are in the doctrine.
Yet us Atheists are the ignorant ones? How is this? We are humble enough to admit we don't yet know the origin of the universe, scientists admit this fact, yet Christians and other religions claim they know what did it, and what it's desires are.