Pride of the Faithless: Examining the Intersection Between Arrogance and Atheism

Feb 15, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Daily Nexus

One of the weirdest things about being an unbeliever is having complete strangers unload a dump-truck full of unspoken assumptions on you when they first learn about your lack of faith.

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CunningLinguist

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Bertrand Russell
"Religion prevents our children from having a rational education; religion prevents us from removing the fundamental causes of war; religion prevents us from teaching the ethic of scientific cooperation in place of the old fierce doctrines of sin and punishment. It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a golden age; but, if so, it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door, and this dragon is religion."

It is the 21st century... you know its a myth...;-)
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CunningLinguist wrote:
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...It is the 21st century... you know its a myth...;-)
Exactly. The only difference between a dogma that is 'mythology' and one that is 'theology' is the number of people who still take it seriously.

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While arrogance is one of the less pleasant human attributes, but it is nevertheless within the range of normal human behavior. As such, it would be surprising to find any subpopulation that is entirely free of it, and I doubt that atheists are more prone than is the norm. I rather doubt that the same is true of most true believers. I have observed quite a lot of it from the believers in this forum along with more normal levels among the regular atheist contributors.

We all have our flaws and foibles. I think it best to ignore them and address the deeper issues when we can.

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NightSerf wrote:
While arrogance is one of the less pleasant human attributes, but it is nevertheless within the range of normal human behavior. As such, it would be surprising to find any subpopulation that is entirely free of it, and I doubt that atheists are more prone than is the norm. I rather doubt that the same is true of most true believers. I have observed quite a lot of it from the believers in this forum along with more normal levels among the regular atheist contributors.
We all have our flaws and foibles. I think it best to ignore them and address the deeper issues when we can.
I agree.

Let me begin:

"I can see Michelle Obama's ass from my porch".

Please discuss.

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Feb 16, 2013
 
Is anyone else having trouble accessing The Daily Nexus website? Google is showing "This site may be compromised".

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MrDesoto1 wrote:
Is anyone else having trouble accessing The Daily Nexus website? Google is showing "This site may be compromised".
It appears to have been hacked-- my browser says it cannot find it at all.

Pity.

I'd have liked to read it directly.

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Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
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It appears to have been hacked-- my browser says it cannot find it at all.
Pity.
I'd have liked to read it directly.
Agreed. I would have deleted the article from our news page for that reason if there weren't already two comments about it.
Besara

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Feb 17, 2013
 
Atheists and Beleivers, both have feelings.

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Besara wrote:
Atheists and Beleivers, both have feelings.
Of course.

The chief difference is, atheists don't think having feelings is somehow magical proof of invisible sky-daddies.

Whereas most believers do.
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We have ushered in the American Age of the Spiritual and Emotional bankruptcy. It is the cornerstone of the Progressive Ideology. It is highlighted by the lack of Patriotism which defined the voting majority in November.

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Dan Salazar wrote:
We have ushered in the American Age of the Spiritual and Emotional bankruptcy. It is the cornerstone of the Progressive Ideology. It is highlighted by the lack of Patriotism which defined the voting majority in November.
Silly bigot: you can be a patriot and NOT be a religious moron.

Just ask any of the thousands of atheists in America's military; the fact that they (unlike YOU) are willing to serve and to die for their country is about as high as it gets, as a >>patriot<<.

As for "spiritual bankruptcy"? Indeed-- people are waking up to the FACT that the majority of your religious groups were already "spiritually" bankrupt and corrupt to the core--- their leadership does not believe in the swill they are selling.

But morons like you DO believe in the Magic Jewsus™...

... which is even sadder than all the rest.

That an actual adult human being, still believes in ...

... fairy tales.

... meh.
bohart

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Feb 20, 2013
 
I find your lack of faith disturbing

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Dan Salazar wrote:
We have ushered in the American Age of the Spiritual and Emotional bankruptcy. It is the cornerstone of the Progressive Ideology. It is highlighted by the lack of Patriotism which defined the voting majority in November.
Interesting, why is it all evidence actually opposes this? Those nations who are discarding religious nonsense before us are doing better than us, turns out that the less religious a nation is the more productive they are in all areas, and the less crime they have. Pretty strange considering your assertion here.
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Interesting, why is it all evidence actually opposes this? Those nations who are discarding religious nonsense before us are doing better than us, turns out that the less religious a nation is the more productive they are in all areas, and the less crime they have. Pretty strange considering your assertion here.
You mean like north korea????

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You mean like north korea????
Actually, they are not atheist, they believe their ruler is a god and thus are theists, just like you. Anymore stupid assertions you want to attempt?
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I agree.
Let me begin:
"I can see Michelle Obama's ass from my porch".
Please discuss.
Too bad Topix doesn't have a "judge it" icon for racism.

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Amused wrote:
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Too bad Topix doesn't have a "judge it" icon for racism.
Indeed.

I suppose they could substitute a crucifix? Or perhaps one of those islamic scythes? Maybe a swastika?

I dunno which one would be more accurate-- they are all worthy symbols of racism and bigotry...

... maybe one of the KKK's bonnets with a cross-on?

Oh! I know!

The symbol for Fox News! That would work beautifully!

<snerk>

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