posted on Dec, 2 2012 @ 05:06 PM
All religions have one thing in common: Dogmas. These are things that are not under debate. This is the thing that separate religious people from
atheists. Because in todays political climate it has suddenly become offensive to point out how incredibly stupid religious ideas are. If you do that,
it's wrong. People even claim that you are narrow-minded if you point out what incredibly stupid ideas people have. In fact, it's the opposite.
Dogmas are important because some ideas are necessary for the internal logic of the religion to be intact. So, no. Atheism is not a belief. As they
said in ancient Greece: There is a difference between logos and theos. Belief and logic. These things are different. Sadly, many people fail to see
this distinction. You can believe all you want, but hard data is the truth.
It's not that religion hasn't got it's purpose: Creating an imaginary father-figure to unite people who otherwise would be in conflicts is the
right thing to do. The irony is that if you got too many of those imaginary father-figures around, you'll end up with a whole different conflict.
You'll have to tell people that you created these father-figures only because it served the need for higher power for certain individuals. But,
you'll also be in another mess. This father-figure will be programmed into children from their early years. It's hard to remove programming like
that. And, there is this dogma. Discussing religion is wrong. And, there is probably a basic need to believe. And for many, this imaginary father
figure will also serve the need for something to love.
But, it's offensive to point out the incredible stupidity behind religion. That's why many simply don't point out that belief and facts are two
very different things. Facts are beliefs, but they are regularly tested and can some times end up as nonsense. To point out that religion is nonsense
is seen as offensive, because religions have dogmas. So, that's why one way of thinking is more useful than the other. In primitive cultures we
relied on religion. Now, we rely on something else. But, there is a cultural lag. So, many will just smile and nod when faced with religious farce.
Remember my key point, though. One has dogmas that can't change, the other way of thinking has theories that can be proven wrong.