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Too many times in forums (not just ATS) I see Theists and Atheists attacking each other.
It can get really ugly as each group bashes the other while they try to shove their beliefs down each other's throats.
I don't know that it is organized or not, but it just seems like there is a nasty war going on between extremists of the two "factions".
Why people attack each other for their spiritual beliefs has always been beyond my scope of understanding.
. If someone is a Theist what in your religeon teaches you to attack and ridicule people who don't share your belief system?
I wonder sometimes if this "war of beliefs" is something that may be propogated by TPTB.
Many orthodox people speak as though it were the business of sceptics to disprove received dogmas rather than of dogmatists to prove them. This is, of course, a mistake. If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time.
While "Can't everybody just get along?" is always a legitimate question, sometimes there are legitimate answers.
If someone is a Theist what in your religeon teaches you to attack and ridicule people who don't share your belief system? And if someone is an Atheist why do you attack and ridicule people for not disbelieving as you do?
So do you think TPTB and the MSM could be behind some of this ugliness that is spreading like the plague? I'd be interested to know what others think.
I think the problem lies in the fact that most those threads are intended to attack someone else's belief.
If you have questions that deal with the existence of God or want to ask if Mohammed actually was a real person or a myth, then please start a new discussion with a meaningful, appropriate title and you may then dominate a new discussion with this theme in mind. Please do not interject into deeper religious topics the question of the reality of a higher being? Unless stated in the topic, we are assuming in this forum that we've moved on past that point. Imagine discussing algebra while someone keeps interjecting that they still don’t believe in addition. The very reason that classes such as these have prerequisites is so new ground can be covered in the subject.
So yeah....responding to "Which Bible passages do you find comforting?" (or whatever variation of that) with "Lolz the Bible is fake and Jesus never existed and God is just a thing made up by the elites to control the masses" (or whatever variation of that) isn't really appropriate.
""Lolz the Bible is fake and Jesus never existed and God is just a thing made up by the elites to control the masses"
Often demeaning people for spiritual belief. Hell, a popular author has an entire book calling them all delusional.