Any definition of atheism that treats it as other than a religious position is rather silly, surely? These definitions all seem to be invented for the convenience of atheists.
There's more than one definition of atheism? And all these alternate definitions have been invented by atheist? for their convenience?
The idea that atheists want to encourage thought is mildly amusing. If you hold most atheists up to the light, ........blah ....blah...........blah why Christainity is shit".
Enough atheist propaganda. Atheism isn't about thinking, as any acquaintance with them shows. It's about convenience.
Boy you are so far off the mark, for a well educated person, and veering dangerously close to lunacy.
Questioning the beliefs handed down to us from a couple of
millennia of dubious reasoning is not encouraging thought?
What a bizarre assertion.
Atheism is about convenience?
Good lord man what are you on?
Horrendous atrocities committed in the PRC back in the day to stifle religion, resulted in significantly limited freedom of public expression of religion (particularly with reference to these Abrahamic religions which are undeniably the prime focus of this thread) that have been allowed to reemerge, producing an environment where belief systems remain in the only place they're of any practical benefit, ie. in peoples' own minds.
PRC, Are you talking about the People Republic of China?
Do you have anything that might resemble evidence for your assertions above? There is presently an awful lot of publicity around events the the RCC, that would suggest that beliefs left alone in peoples minds festered and erupted in very corrosive ways. Of no benefit at all.
And as an aside as an atheist Im not to keen on Hinduism, all that caste stuff. And although I have come to reject all the supernatural add on elements to Buddhism, I find a daily mindfulness of breathing meditation helps me with my day. But thats a story for another day.
hell bent on getting you thinking really hard about something they think it's a waste of the world's time to think about, is nowhere near as annoying as proselytizing Christians,
I wish everyone thought like you.
Isn't there some cat called Dick Dawkins who makes a living carrying on about it?
Last I heard he was an evolutionary biologist and author and made his living doing that. He did write on book specifically about religion.
"Makes a living carrying on about it" is as an inaccurate statement as one could make about his profession.
And anyway I was hoping you would dish the dirt on PA's most vociferous atheists.
It was the only sect of non-believers at University that I can remember had their own club about it, and regularly gave Christians airtime and a pulpit in loud debates,
Ya see there's yer problem, university debating clubs are just an excuse to get pissed and all the loudness was just built up thirst waiting to be sated. Not real life at all. Oh Wait.....
Many Thanks David (is it David or Dr?) didnt want to derail a thread.
and don't even go to Church.
How do you know they are christian?
Do they pray prior to the christmas gorgefest.
my co-workers are Mormons and I never even knew.
Heard of Mr Deity? The creator was raised Mormon, he's very funny talking about his childhood.
Yes, the atheists we hear from most often.
Oooo Who are they, pray tell?
but from the way they talk they're just the same as anyone else,
Damn, I was sure they grew horns.
Um thats a joke.....
There is nothing inherent in atheism which requires removing belief from other people, though some atheists do behave like that.
Gee Hope you werent thinking of me when you wrote that.
But if you were...
I don't want to remove belief in gods.
I would prefer people just to give up on it.
It will be a long process unfortunately.
Um solar water heaters......?
Touchdown had a horrifying record during the reality show boom.
Or Unscripted Television as Julie Christie has taken to calling it now.
Citing Candid Camera as the original unscripted television sheew.
A wicked thought: surely atheism is the most definite advocate of this particular view, in our day?
And yet, it took you, a presumably well educated person, to utter this superficial and inane statement.
Oh Boy and again...
applies to *all* religious positions, including "secularism" and "atheism",
whenever one feels tempted to say that all this religion has ever done is suppress science.
"Religion" wants to impose a status quo of its own reckoning. Anything that doesn't fit is excluded. I suppose that may be where any suppression may arise. Also its hierarchy targets people, its very personal.
Anyway enough apologia.
I read somewhere, Dr Haywood, you have some knowledge of alternative technologies.
Glass evacuated tube solar water heating, your thoughts?
Yeah, why cant humanity be one big happy family.
Cause that's all religions want....right?
"I do not greet them with icy rejection... because I know they've had icy rejection from every other house in the street, and I feel terribly, terribly sorry for them."
I feel sorry for them too, as I would for anyone who has imposed this on themselves.
Like the sound of your Grandfather.
Thanks for the compliment on my spelling skills, I'll go away and work on my comprehension skills.
*note to self don't write anything when on the way to work*