Atheism and depression

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I've heard from Ray Comfort and other public figures that atheism and depression go hand-in-hand, as if true happiness requires belief in Yahweh.

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Since: Sep 10

Earth

#1 Apr 13, 2013
Ray Comfort says "Atheism causes depression"? How Soviet of him.

He's hoping to build the lie and mentality that "all atheists are mentally ill" to justify imprisoning people in mental hospitals, to forcibly brainwash people.

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“you must not give faith”

Since: Jul 12

Nottingham, UK

#2 Apr 14, 2013
Heres a irony for you despite the fact that countries with an atheist majority are some of the happiest, the religious in countries with an atheist minority say that atheism is a cause of depression. This statement has something going for it precisely because it does not, because the religious keep spewing out this c*** it leads people to bully atheists and the atheists (quite righty) thinks s/he doesn’t deserve it which then gives them depression!

So yes atheism is a cause of depression because of a$$holes like you, and you, and you oh and especially you!
bohart

Newport, TN

#3 Apr 15, 2013
He says you will experience after death what you experienced before birth nothing.

Total Nihilism

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#4 Apr 15, 2013
Benjamin Frankly wrote:
Heres a irony for you despite the fact that countries with an atheist majority are some of the happiest, the religious in countries with an atheist minority say that atheism is a cause of depression. This statement has something going for it precisely because it does not, because the religious keep spewing out this c*** it leads people to bully atheists and the atheists (quite righty) thinks s/he doesn’t deserve it which then gives them depression!
So yes atheism is a cause of depression because of a$$holes like you, and you, and you oh and especially you!
So, in reality, what you are saying is that it's not >>atheism<< that is causing depression...

... rather, instead, it's religious >>bigotry<< that is causing it in some people.

So what else is new?

Religious bigotry is pretty much at the root of 99% of the world's troubles, even now...

... and what religious are free from some level of bigotry?

No, seriously... I can't think of any...

“you must not give faith”

Since: Jul 12

Nottingham, UK

#5 Apr 16, 2013
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
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So, in reality, what you are saying is that it's not >>atheism<< that is causing depression...
... rather, instead, it's religious >>bigotry<< that is causing it in some people.
So what else is new?
Religious bigotry is pretty much at the root of 99% of the world's troubles, even now...
... and what religious are free from some level of bigotry?
No, seriously... I can't think of any...
Yes I hope I was funny but it doesn't look like it, all I'm getting is agree.

“My hand is over my crotch.”

Since: Jan 10

It's time to put it to use

#6 Apr 16, 2013
Christianity caused depression for me because it teaches that I am going to hell just because of my sexual orientation,
Thinking

Ashford, UK

#7 Apr 16, 2013
Maybe hell is actually paradise. What better way for satan to annoy god than to outbling heaven.

No one can disprove this.
emperorjohn wrote:
Christianity caused depression for me because it teaches that I am going to hell just because of my sexual orientation,

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Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#8 Apr 16, 2013
Benjamin Frankly wrote:
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Yes I hope I was funny but it doesn't look like it, all I'm getting is agree.
:)

We really do need a convention of symbols that would indicate sarcasm, or humorous intent.

Do we not?

:D

Re-reading your post with a sarcastic voice, yes-- it does come across as funny, then.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#9 Apr 16, 2013
emperorjohn wrote:
Christianity caused depression for me because it teaches that I am going to hell just because of my sexual orientation,
That >>is<< abuse-- no two ways about that, no sir.

Sadly, but even the "do gooders" within that ugly religion cannot seem to overcome their majority of hateful sorts.

I suspect the only real cure for this sort of abuse, is to get homosexuality into the main stream such that, nobody much pays attention if a person is gay, straight, bi or whatever there genetic predisposition makes them out to be, upon puberty.

I do so look forward to the day, when a gay couple announce their intent to marry, that the only comments would be similar to: "where are you registered, dear?" and "Oh, we are so delighted for you dears-- it's about time you two settled down!" and "congratulations!" and "you two make such a >lovely< couple!" and so forth.

And school forms will have appropriate boxes for school kids to check, when filling out information about their parent(s).

Alas, that day is not yet-- but it is coming.

Polls seem to show that the younger a person is, the less of a big deal it is what a person's perceived gender is.

It's the old, ignorant haters that keep this going...
Amused

Salem, MA

#10 Apr 16, 2013
What would be more depressing than belief in an all powerful being that knows your every thought and act, and intends to torture you forever if you don't measure up to his/her/its judgment?

“Fortes Fortuna Juvat, ”

Since: Dec 09

Wichita. Ks.

#11 Apr 16, 2013
Amused wrote:
What would be more depressing than belief in an all powerful being that knows your every thought and act, and intends to torture you forever if you don't measure up to his/her/its judgment?
Marring the wrong person?

NAY your right I think it would be religion.

“My hand is over my crotch.”

Since: Jan 10

It's time to put it to use

#12 Apr 16, 2013
Thinking wrote:
Maybe hell is actually paradise. What better way for satan to annoy god than to outbling heaven.
No one can disprove this.
<quoted text>
In a religion in which a man was killed for working on the Sabbath or in which people are punished for not prostrating, I'd say hell seems better.

“My hand is over my crotch.”

Since: Jan 10

It's time to put it to use

#13 Apr 16, 2013
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
<quoted text>
That >>is<< abuse-- no two ways about that, no sir.
Sadly, but even the "do gooders" within that ugly religion cannot seem to overcome their majority of hateful sorts.
I suspect the only real cure for this sort of abuse, is to get homosexuality into the main stream such that, nobody much pays attention if a person is gay, straight, bi or whatever there genetic predisposition makes them out to be, upon puberty.
The cure would be the gradually abolition of intolerant religions such as Judaism, Islam, Christianity, and for humans to do away with abstract morals that have no bearing on Human survival.
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
<quoted text>

It's the old, ignorant haters that keep this going...
The same people who cling to their guns and religion with antipathy towards outsiders.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#14 Apr 16, 2013
emperorjohn wrote:
<quoted text> The cure would be the gradually abolition of intolerant religions such as Judaism, Islam, Christianity, and for humans to do away with abstract morals that have no bearing on Human survival.
<quoted text> The same people who cling to their guns and religion with antipathy towards outsiders.
That is correct.

But the internet is a game-changer, exactly as movable type was back in the day.

The latter made possible for the first time, super-cheap printing--so cheap that the printed word could be laid down on cheap paper, to be read >>once<< and >>once only<< and then tossed away....

... a daily newspaper. Unthinkable before cheap printing.

And the internet is the same sort of move-the-horizons game-changer.

For the first time in the history of the planet, it is possible for global, personal communication so cheap, that the individual messages aren't even tallied up against a cost.

Moreover, it opened the flood-gates to incredibly cheap and unlimited information exchange.

Such that, for the first time in human history, a person can learn the start-to-finish about a piece of scientific discovery-- can even critique along side the experts, the latest scientific publications.

And news-- actual, real, unabashed facts-in-a-row-- can be spread around the globe in seconds (not days, months or years-- or worse--never at all).

And the slightest question a person may think of, can be answered in an instant-- who wrote the bible? Was jesus a real person? Who wrote the constitution? Where did the idea of the golden rule originate?

... to name but a few.

And the kids who have grown up with this thing? Have come to see it as commonplace as breathing?

These kids, pretty much automatically, have learned how to weed out the garbage from reality....

... it simply that facts win out over lies, if given sufficient time and information.

So in the generations to come? Religion will take a backrow seat.

But the old farts have to die off, first.

.... give'm time.
Thinking

Ashford, UK

#15 Apr 17, 2013
I don't believe in satan, but if satan was actually good, the bible wouldn't say so. The bible is a biased marketing tool and cares not for truth.
emperorjohn wrote:
<quoted text>
In a religion in which a man was killed for working on the Sabbath or in which people are punished for not prostrating, I'd say hell seems better.
bohart

Newport, TN

#16 Apr 17, 2013
emperorjohn wrote:
<quoted text> The cure would be the gradually abolition of intolerant religions such as Judaism, Islam, Christianity, and for humans to do away with abstract morals that have no bearing on Human survival.
<quoted text> The same people who cling to their guns and religion with antipathy towards outsiders.
Wow!... Orwellian thought control as social policy.

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Since: Feb 11

Pale Blue Dot

#17 Apr 17, 2013
Study: Belief in an angry God associated with variety of mental illnesses

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/17/study-b...

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#18 Apr 17, 2013
Thinking wrote:
I don't believe in satan, but if satan was actually good, the bible wouldn't say so. The bible is a biased marketing tool and cares not for truth.
<quoted text>
Indeed.

I say, it's a good thing they are all equally myth (gods I mean)

Just from the scant descriptions of these beings, the human race would be in a world of hurt-- far more than now, even-- if these monsters were really real.

The human race has enough problems of it's own making, to have to also deal with the monster-gods of mythology (bible, quorian, etc)
Amused

Salem, MA

#19 Apr 17, 2013
Thinking wrote:
I don't believe in satan, but if satan was actually good, the bible wouldn't say so. The bible is a biased marketing tool and cares not for truth.
<quoted text>
Try asking a theist to prove that the bible was not written by his "satan" as the ultimate deception by the one theists call the ultimate deceiver. Certainly, the bible makes their god look pretty bad. If you were trying to write a book to turn people away from worshiping the biblical god, it would be hard to come up with something better than the bible for that purpose. Just ask the many posters here who became atheists as a direct result of reading the bible.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#20 Apr 17, 2013
Amused wrote:
<quoted text>
Try asking a theist to prove that the bible was not written by his "satan" as the ultimate deception by the one theists call the ultimate deceiver. Certainly, the bible makes their god look pretty bad. If you were trying to write a book to turn people away from worshiping the biblical god, it would be hard to come up with something better than the bible for that purpose. Just ask the many posters here who became atheists as a direct result of reading the bible.
That is a point, that almost sounds ... plausible.

Then I have to remember that there is as little reason to believe in satan (no matter how carefully he is painted) than there is for any of the other multiplicity of bible-inspired gods.

:)

I do enjoy making the godbots squirm when pointing this out, though... most amusing.

Have you read JOB: A comedy of justice, by Robert Heinlein?

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