Forum Discussion: Negative Aspects of...

Forum Discussion: Negative Aspects of Agnosticism / Atheism

There are 7 comments on the About.com story from Jul 22, 2009, titled Forum Discussion: Negative Aspects of Agnosticism / Atheism. In it, About.com reports that:

One popular prejudice about atheists is that they are emotionless and logical. Apparently, insisting on valid and sound arguments for religion and theism makes one cold and emotionless.

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Pat

Granby, CT

#1 Jul 22, 2009
There is only one reason any person believes in god and that is because they want to, not because it is rational to. The theist finds the idea of a god appealing and doesn't really care if the belief is justified or not. It takes a lack of respect for truth to beleive in unsupported things through faith.
nina

Ottawa, Canada

#2 Jul 22, 2009
"I really don't want to lose my humanity and become some sort of machine that computes data"

this might be the dumbest worry I have ever seen.

you don't stop being a human or even the same person you were

having faith and then not having faith is not going to turn off your emotions, morality or creativity

if you stopped stressing about it so much, the creativity would come back

writer's block is a common thing and it goes away

“It's just a box of rain...”

Since: May 07

Charleston, SC

#3 Jul 22, 2009
The first step to atheism or agnosticism is changing the process by which we decide what to believe. As children, we simply believe what our parents tell us. As students, we extend that same authority to out teachers and those who write our text. Along the way, some of us recognize the flaws that are inherent in that model for passing knowledge from generation to generation and the potential for the endless transmission of flawed and untested precepts.

We become skeptics. We don't reject these ideas altogether, but we do look for ways of testing them because we realize that they are not axiomatic after all. Doing that does not make us cold or unemotional. A different way of examining reality doesn't change a person's basic nature. for my own part, I haven't noticed any decrease in my range of emotions or creativity. Nor an increase. We are who we are, and what we belive and how we evaluate ideas is only part of us, not the whole.
DavidKemp

Tampa, FL

#4 Jul 31, 2009
nina wrote:
"I really don't want to lose my humanity and become some sort of machine that computes data"
this might be the dumbest worry I have ever seen.
you don't stop being a human or even the same person you were
having faith and then not having faith is not going to turn off your emotions, morality or creativity
if you stopped stressing about it so much, the creativity would come back
writer's block is a common thing and it goes away
God inspires, not soil.
DavidKemp

Tampa, FL

#5 Jul 31, 2009
Why do I get the feeling that you are all Scientology rejects?

“Jesus forgives..... ”

Since: May 08

Location hidden

#6 Jul 31, 2009
Sciences is a subject that is used to prove that creation ever happened before,i.e, the existence of atoms.
Worldofhurt

Rochester, NH

#7 Sep 29, 2009
Pat wrote:
There is only one reason any person believes in god and that is because they want to, not because it is rational to. The theist finds the idea of a god appealing and doesn't really care if the belief is justified or not. It takes a lack of respect for truth to beleive in unsupported things through faith.
It's hard to fault the 'worshipper'... We all have approximately 70 or 80 years to live (hopefully a bit more but even then it's not like being 20 again) If you have a problem to solve that's 3 feet long and only 5 minutes to finish before you go do what you have to do, youre going to guess about the conclusion and if people have all ready left the answer written near the beginning for you, you will assume it is correct and move on. More gets done for you and yours. The problem I see with that is the equation might eventually make it so future generations have longer to figure out the equation and get past it to the next. To take the quick way for you and then provide the quick way for your kids seems to be the best way to go and to keep working on the equation and giving what you have to your kids, encouraging them to continue on is more troublesome but some of us can't help that we don't accept the provided guess.

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