Peter for suggestions on where to go. Had I been present at the creation of the world, I would have proposed some improvements. Sensible men no longer belive in miracles; they were invented by priests to humbug the peasants. No matter how assured we may be about certain aspects of our belief, there are always painful inconsistencies, exceptions, and contradictions. As for the fanatics, whose number is legion in our own time, we might be advised to leave them to heaven.
They will not, unfortunately, do us the same courtesy. They attack us and each other, and whatever their protestations to peaceful intent, the bloody record of history makes clear that they are easily disposed to restore to the sword. My own belief in God, then, is just that—a matter of belief, not knowledge.
My respect for Jesus Christ arises from the fact that He seems to have been the most virtuous inhabitant of Planet Earth. Such ambiguity is not apparent to children or fanatics, but every recognized Bible scholar is perfectly aware of it. Some Christians, alas, resort to formal lying to obscure such reality. As I argued in Beloved Son, a book about my son Brian and the subject of religious communes and cults, one result of proper early instruction in the methods of rational thought will be to make sudden mindless conversions—to anything—less likely.
Brian now realizes this and has, after eleven years, left the sect he was associated with. If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss Bank. How can I believe in God when just last week I got my tongue caught in the roller of an electric typewriter?
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We face the nineties with a Court that relegates First Amendment rights to the level of any law, a Justice Department quite willing to establish first and second class citizenship determined by religious belief…a Christian arrogance and exclusivism reminiscent of earlier centures of religious persecution. Imagine encouraging [a child] to participate in such twisted rituals and worshiping of tortuous crucifixes and such like this from birth.
No wonder we have so many hateful and sadistic people in our society. Immaculate deceptions going on every day, still you follow the clowns who give the circus away. This whole Christian theology thing is that god came down to experience life through his son. Give me a break. And why would he not get laid, as he created the apparatus in the first place? Everything has a natural explanation. The moon is not a god but a great rock and the sun a hot rock. You have to claim Dogma, and therefore leave no room for rational thought. People whose history and future were threatened each day by extinction considered that it was only by divine intervention that they were able to live at all.
A good rule for interpretation is: If the literal sense makes good sense, seek no other sense lest you come up with nonsense.
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Since the Bible and the church are obviously mistaken in telling us where we came from, how can we trust them to tell us where we are going? I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. I tell them I have worked 40 years to make the W. What you should say to outsiders that a Christian has neither more nor less rights in our Association than an atheist. When our platform becomes too narrow for people of all creeds and of no creeds, I myself shall not stand upon it.
Stating the The Constitution guarantess that government may not coerce anyone to support or participate in religious exercises, the court held the First Amendment is violated by including clerical members who offer prayer as part of an official school graduation ceremony, even though attendance was supposedly voluntary.
The court concluding that attendance was in a real sense obligatory with the students indiced to conform.
United States, U. Weisman, U. The temperature of Heaven can be rather accurately computed. Our authority is Isaiah , Moreover, the light of the Moon shall be as the light of the Sun and the light of the Sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days. The exact temperature of Hell cannot be computed… [However] Revelations says But the fearful, and unbelieving…shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone.
A lake of molten brimstone means that its temperature must be at or below the boiling point, We have, then, that Heaven, at C is hotter than Hell at C. Clearly the person who accepts the Church as an infallible guide will believe whatever the Church teaches.
That the saints may enjoy their beatitude and the grace of God more abundantly they are permitted to see the punishment of the damned in hell. If forgers and malefactors are put to death by the secular power, there is much more reason for excommunicating and even putting to death one convicted of heresy. As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten, for the active power of the male seed tends to the production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex; while the production of a woman comes from defect in the active power….
A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider godfearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side. A God who kept tinkering with the universe was absurd; a God who interfered with human freedom and creativity was tyrant. If God is seen as a self in a world of his own, an ego that relates to a thought, a cause separate from its effect. An atheism that rejects such a God is amply justified. Nothing is more humbling than to look with a strong magnifying glass at an insect so tiny that the naked eye sees only the barest speck and to discover that nevertheless it is sculpted and articulated and striped with the same care and imagination as a zebra.
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Apparently it does not occur to nature whether or not a creature is within our range of vision, and the suspicion arises that even the zebra was not designed for our benefit. Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition. To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today. Imagine the people who believe such things and who are not ashamed to ignore, totally, all the patient findings of thinking minds through all the centuries since the Bible was written.
And it is these ignorant people, the most uneducated, the most unimaginative, the most unthinking among us, who would make themselves the guides and leaders of us all; who would force their feeble and childish beliefs on us; who would invade our schools and libraries and homes. I personally resent it bitterly and warn the people of Canada…. To rebel against a powerful political, economic, religious, or social establishment is very dangerous and very few people do it, except, perhaps, as part of a mob. To rebel against the scientific establishment, however, is the easiest thing in the world, and anyone can do it and feel enormously brave, without risking as much as a hangnail.
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I think he would prefer an honest and righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God, God, God, and whose every deed is foul, foul, foul. As it happens, Josephus, who mentions John the Baptist, does not mention Jesus. There is, to be sure, a paragraph in his history of the Jews which is devoted to Jesus, but it interrupts the flow of the discourse and seems suspiciously like an afterthought.
Scholars generally believe this to have been an insertion by some early Christian editor who, scandalized that Joesphus should talk of the period without mentioning the Messiah, felt the insertion to be a pious act. Although the time of death is approaching me, I am not afraid of dying and going to Hell or what would be considerably worse going to the popularized version of Heaven.
I expect death to be nothingness and, for removing me from all possible fears of death, I am thankful to atheism. My aim is to argue that the universe can come into existence without intervention, and that there is no need to invoke the idea of a Supreme Being in one of its numerous manifestations. Someone with a fresh mind, one not conditioned by upbringing and environment, would doubtless look at science and the powerful reductionism that it inspires as overwhelmingly the better mode of understanding the world, and would doubtless scorn religion as sentimental wishful thinking.
Religion closes off the central questions of existence by attempting to dissuade us from further enquiry by asserting that we cannot ever hope to comprehend. We are, religion asserts, simply too puny. Through fear of being shown to be vacuous, religion denies the awesome power of human comprehension. It seeks to thwart, by encouraging awe in things unseen, the disclosure of the emptiness of faith. Religion, in contrast to science, deploys the repugnant view that the world is too big for our understanding. Science, in contrast to religion, opens up the great questions of being to rational discussion, to discussion with the prospect of resolution and elucidation.
Science, above all, respects the power of the human intellect. Science is the apotheosis of the intellect and the consummation of the Rennaissance. Science respects more deeply the potential of humanity than religion ever can. The good Christian should beware of mathematicians and all those who make empty prophecies. The danger already exists that mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and confine man in the bonds of Hell. It is thus offensive and disgraceful for an unbeliever to hear a Christian talk nonsense about such things, claiming that what he is saying is based in Scripture.
We should do all that we can to avoid such an embarrassing situation, which people see as ignorance in the Christian and laugh to scorn.