Is the Internet the End of Religion?

Jun 14, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Religion Dispatched

Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett, half of the "Four Horsemen of New Atheism," recently indulged an Oxford audience with an hour-long conversation about the "evolution" of religion.

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“I Am No One Else”

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I'd wager not the end of religion, but it will require religion evolves to survive the free access of information, in other words, religion will have to accept reality or lose all it's followers in the next few generations.
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Is the Internet the End of Religion? In a word, YES.

However, most people only seem to change their minds when compelled to do so. Reason by itself won't be enough, but international communication will ultimately be fatal to superstitions and backward, oppressive cultures.
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The one true religion, Jehovah's witnesses will never be stopped. You can even read about the different ways Christendom has tried to stop Jehovah's witnesses, since 1914.

Despite persecution and hatred the witnesses are still obedient to Jesus as our heavenly King, no amount of interference will stop the preaching work, the telling of the good news of God's heavenly government.

It will be God's Kingdom that will destroy religion on this earth, for they are all teaching false doctrines. The book of Revelation the prophecy for our time, assures us that Jesus is in control. Daniel 2:44

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JEHOVAH is GOD wrote:
The one true religion, Jehovah's witnesses will never be stopped. You can even read about the different ways Christendom has tried to stop Jehovah's witnesses, since 1914.
Despite persecution and hatred the witnesses are still obedient to Jesus as our heavenly King, no amount of interference will stop the preaching work, the telling of the good news of God's heavenly government.
It will be God's Kingdom that will destroy religion on this earth, for they are all teaching false doctrines. The book of Revelation the prophecy for our time, assures us that Jesus is in control. Daniel 2:44
Yes, yes, yes....~~ The Jesus is in control~~.

You should pray.

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Nontheist wrote:
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Yes, yes, yes....~~ The Jesus is in control~~.
You should pray.
Tell that to the Jews, Muslims, Mormons, Pope, Hindus, etc.

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IF Jesus is control and allowed President Obama to be elected, why to the Christo-nazis evangelical fundies hate him so much?

IF Jesus is in control and he never said a damn thing about homosexuality, why do the Christo-nazis evangelical fundies hate the GLBT community?
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And if we don't sin, Jesus died for nothing.

And if Jesus is the answer, how daft was the question?
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Are you kidding? Religious organizations are make a fortune from internet solicitations!
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EdSed wrote:
And if we don't sin, Jesus died for nothing.

And if Jesus is the answer, how daft was the question?
The answer is 42! Still working on the question! Giggle.
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I'd wager not the end of religion, but it will require religion evolves to survive the free access of information, in other words, religion will have to accept reality or lose all it's followers in the next few generations.
The internet has not been the death of Faux News. The uncensored nature of the internet means that along with factual information, there's tons of nonsense posted by various crackpots and lunatics. If you are looking for any factoid to support any position at all on any subject, you can find someone on the internet who agrees with you.

In America, christians have erected an entire Potemkin village of christian culture that mirrors secular culture, but with jesus layered as a veneer over it. From literature, like the "Left Behind" series (I use the term 'literature' loosely to include these crude potboilers, to music, like the 'worship anthems' advertised on late night TV, to dating sites like 'christian mingle' that assure the True Believer never ends up dating a heathen, to TV channels filled 24/7 with people babbling aboug jay-zus-suh (it's beyond me how they get three syllables out of that, but they do) to their own 'science' like the Creation Museum and insitutions of higher ignorance, like Bob Jones University and Liberty University. The existence of information outside the cocoon means nothing, because the cocoon was constructed to keep that information out.

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Amused wrote:
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The internet has not been the death of Faux News. The uncensored nature of the internet means that along with factual information, there's tons of nonsense posted by various crackpots and lunatics. If you are looking for any factoid to support any position at all on any subject, you can find someone on the internet who agrees with you.
In America, christians have erected an entire Potemkin village of christian culture that mirrors secular culture, but with jesus layered as a veneer over it. From literature, like the "Left Behind" series (I use the term 'literature' loosely to include these crude potboilers, to music, like the 'worship anthems' advertised on late night TV, to dating sites like 'christian mingle' that assure the True Believer never ends up dating a heathen, to TV channels filled 24/7 with people babbling aboug jay-zus-suh (it's beyond me how they get three syllables out of that, but they do) to their own 'science' like the Creation Museum and insitutions of higher ignorance, like Bob Jones University and Liberty University. The existence of information outside the cocoon means nothing, because the cocoon was constructed to keep that information out.
Actually, viewership across all channels on traditional media, radio and TV, has declined noticeably. ;) The internet is easier to get access to what you want and you can even pay to avoid commercials, something Cable was suppose to be, so people are losing interest in other forms little by little. It's a slow, but very steady, shift. Traditional media will have to adapt fast or lose all their viewers.:p Though it's not related to the OP, I love watching technology that refuses to evolve die off.
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Amused wrote:
<quoted text>The internet has not been the death of Faux News. The uncensored nature of the internet means that along with factual information, there's tons of nonsense posted by various crackpots and lunatics. If you are looking for any factoid to support any position at all on any subject, you can find someone on the internet who agrees with you.

In America, christians have erected an entire Potemkin village of christian culture that mirrors secular culture, but with jesus layered as a veneer over it. From literature, like the "Left Behind" series (I use the term 'literature' loosely to include these crude potboilers, to music, like the 'worship anthems' advertised on late night TV, to dating sites like 'christian mingle' that assure the True Believer never ends up dating a heathen, to TV channels filled 24/7 with people babbling aboug jay-zus-suh (it's beyond me how they get three syllables out of that, but they do) to their own 'science' like the Creation Museum and insitutions of higher ignorance, like Bob Jones University and Liberty University. The existence of information outside the cocoon means nothing, because the cocoon was constructed to keep that information out.
Let's not forget that organizations like businesses can pay search engines to show their results first.

This means organizations like "the Christian Post, and the Heritage Foundation, with unlimited funds, can ensure that their skewed poll results and political "information" come up before any reputable sources.

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The one true religion, Jehovah's witnesses will never be stopped. You can even read about the different ways Christendom has tried to stop Jehovah's witnesses, since 1914.

Despite persecution and hatred the witnesses are still obedient to Jesus as our heavenly King, no amount of interference will stop the preaching work, the telling of the good news of God's heavenly government.

It will be God's Kingdom that will destroy religion on this earth, for they are all teaching false doctrines. The book of Revelation the prophecy for our time, assures us that Jesus is in control. Daniel 2:44
Jesus is dead.
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guest wrote:
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Let's not forget that organizations like businesses can pay search engines to show their results first.
This means organizations like "the Christian Post, and the Heritage Foundation, with unlimited funds, can ensure that their skewed poll results and political "information" come up before any reputable sources.
Beyond that, anyone willing to pay fairly low hosting fees can put up any manner of lunatic nonsense on the internet. There is both good information and utter insanity up there. To the extent the internet makes it easier for loons with similar delusions to find each other and form their own virtual communities, the internet can even be a force that promotes irrationality. Email forwards create urban myths, which are sometimes random and stupid, and sometimes started by people with political or other agendas. The sheer repetition of this nonsense can reinforce belief.

You can lead horses to water, but you can't make them drink. You can lead christians and other theists onto the internet, but you can't make them surf onto pages that promote science and rationality. If they choose to keep in their own virtual communities, surfing only pages that promote their pre-existing religious convictions and provide only the side of the argument they were prepared to hear, the internet will not undermine their faith, but only confirm their biases and provide the comfort of a virtual community of believers that backs up their physical community of believers.

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Jesus is dead.
There's no proof he was ever alive.

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EdSed wrote:
And if we don't sin, Jesus died for nothing.
And if Jesus is the answer, how daft was the question?
Someone tell me how natural human behaviour can be excused and "cancelled out" by the death of a random bearded homeless man whom nobody ever knew or even had any evidence even existed.

Actually, don't bother, it's just pitiful how you people lie.
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Someone tell me how natural human behaviour can be excused and "cancelled out" by the death of a random bearded homeless man whom nobody ever knew or even had any evidence even existed.
Actually, don't bother, it's just pitiful how you people lie.
Your comment is another fine product of British education.
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EdSed wrote:
<quoted text>Your comment is another fine product of British education.
As I note is yours, your a Jock godbot I gather, do you rant & rave like Paisley in Ulster? Or are you one of the other mob ?
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proud anglo saxon wrote:
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As I note is yours, your a Jock godbot I gather, do you rant & rave like Paisley in Ulster? Or are you one of the other mob ?
I am not particularly nationalistic/patriotic and I'm not religious at all. Have you heard this...
http://www.atheismuk.com/2012/03/31/atheism/y...
It might be better if the language were cleaned-up. Atheists are getting a bad reputation.

I think this is quite good too...
http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Hope you enjoy.
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Science, truth, and knowledge will be the end of religion. Not happening anytime soon, but it has begun.

Unfortunately, the internet is woefully lacking in truth and knowledge. It isn't helping.

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