Atheism to Defeat Religion by 2038

Atheism to Defeat Religion by 2038

There are 24182 comments on the Psychology Today story from Apr 25, 2012, titled Atheism to Defeat Religion by 2038. In it, Psychology Today reports that:

My blog posts on religion have attracted a lot of controversy. Religious people are annoyed by my claim that belief in God will go the way of horse transportation, and for much the same reason, specifically an improved standard of living.

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Henry

Wünnenberg, Germany

#10774 Jan 20, 2013
polymath257 wrote:
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No, religious truths *claim* to be absolute. But they are not. In fact, they are mostly wrong of meaningless.
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Yes, science has the ability to modify its beliefs to repair its mistakes. Religions, however, simply claim that their new ways have always been done. Science is honest and religion is dishonest.
Right, science is always based on reality and variable. Religions are myths or worse crimes.
EdSed

Hamilton, UK

#10776 Jan 20, 2013
Henry wrote:
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.. never heard atheism is an adjective. For my 70 years of my being an atheist I never heard atheism is no movement...
Then perhaps it is time to reconsider these ideas, Henry, as we ask people to reconsider their ideas about the existence of an Abrahamic god?
From:
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/atheist
Quote: Adj. 1. atheist - related to or characterized by or given to atheism; "atheist leanings".

Atheism simply means 'One who disbelieves or denies the existence of God or gods'. We don't believe in Pixies either.

Your reply dignifies religion. Perhaps like many people you aren't conscious of the fact that 'atheism' and 'secularism' are essentially religious terms in that if there was no belief in god(s), we wouldn't need those words.

I think religion is declinging and that will make the world a better place, but it won't be atheism triumphing over religion. It is simply the case that an ever increasing number of people are seeing religion for what it is - superstitious gobbledygook.

There are many (and an increasing number) of atheist groups. I don't think this is most accurately described as an atheist movement succeeding over religious movements. I think it is best described as an ever increasing number of people seeing religion for what it is - superstitious gobbldygook.

I don't call myself atheist (though I don't object to it). Atheists are what religionists call non-believers. In my view, we seem a very disparate bunch and aren't a coherent or alternative movement.
Henry

Wünnenberg, Germany

#10777 Jan 20, 2013
Hedonist wrote:
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And exactly how do you know that this is an "absolute moral standard"? Are you claiming to be the keeper of the "approved list" of these "absolute moral standards"?
Where do you get this list of "absolute morals"? The just come to you in a dream or did you hear a voice dictate them to you or what?
In the Abrahamic mythology Jehovah commanded his followers to kill all witches. Do you accept that witches are real and it is your moral responsibility to kill them?
Do you follow all the laws and commandments as documented in your holy scripture? If not, how do you decide which commandments to follow and which to ignore?
Now, I am not (happily) living in Africa and so on, so your opinion about (never existing) witches is amusing for me. BTW I am an atheist.
EdSed

Hamilton, UK

#10778 Jan 20, 2013
tiddlywinks wrote:
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Then why do they claim to be on the march in America?
I don't think all atheists are claiming to be on the march. I'm not. That happens to be the title of some articles and correspondence. I suppose, sometimes atheists do march...
From:
http://reasonrally.org/about/
"The intent is to unify, energize, and embolden secular people nationwide, while dispelling the negative opinions held by so much of American society… and having a damn good time doing it!"

And there is a growing amount of atheist music..
http://www.atheismuk.com/2012/03/31/atheism/y...
and John Lennon's imagine?

Put that together with atheist groups and meetings and I suppose it could be said that atheists are marching.

As with everything in life, it is a matter of degree not absolutes.
Henry

Lugau, Germany

#10780 Jan 20, 2013
The serpent was right wrote:
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Although I have to sadly agree, one can only hope. Religion preys on the guilt, pain, and hoplessness of humanity. It demands indoctrination from birth, so as to continue and propagate it's parasitic hold on humanity. The good news is, that more and more people are leaving the myth behind. As people become better and better educated, they will eventually outgrow the infantile need for an invisible sky-gremlin, and will lose the fear that religion uses to keep the sheep in line. I may not see it in my lifetime, but I hope my children or at worst my grandchildren will one day see a world void of the plauge that is religion.
The nuclear age is of course a thread for the survival of mankind as a whole!
Henry

Lugau, Germany

#10782 Jan 20, 2013
BBSting wrote:
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Religion's truths are absolute. Science's truths are always undergoing modification.
Sorry, religions are not truths but myths! Science are based on realities!
Lincoln

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#10783 Jan 20, 2013
Henry wrote:
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Religions are myths, at the worse the are crimes. Many scientists are of course atheists.
Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot all atheists murders.
Crimes of atheist leaders plagued the 20th century.
Many Scientists are left handed
Henry

Lugau, Germany

#10784 Jan 20, 2013
Lincoln wrote:
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Depends on the atheist.
Different atheists. different beliefs. There is no atheist Pope :-)
Can You tolerate other opinions?
Atheists are based on science. Atheists are not against different opinions, but religions are myths and rather worse!
Henry

Lugau, Germany

#10785 Jan 20, 2013
rio wrote:
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And the West supports him, like it supports Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Yemen, Oman, etc... that all have Sharia law !!!
All great friends of the West...
The islamist countries are often fight against atheism, so do of course other religions too!

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#10786 Jan 20, 2013
Lincoln wrote:
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Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot all atheists murders.
Crimes of atheist leaders plagued the 20th century.
Many Scientists are left handed
By all accounts, Hitler thought he was a good Christian.

Communism is NOT the same as atheism. In fact "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need" is derived from the Bible -- Acts 2:44-45, Acts 4:34-37. There are lots of Christian communistic "communes" in existence today (i.e., Quakers).
Lincoln

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#10788 Jan 20, 2013
Hedonist wrote:
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By all accounts, Hitler thought he was a good Christian.
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Take a History class ?
Thinking

Leighton Buzzard, UK

#10789 Jan 20, 2013
Buy a kazoo.

Hitler was a christian.
Lincoln wrote:
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Take a History class ?
MUQ

Dammam, Saudi Arabia

#10790 Jan 20, 2013
Thinking wrote:
Buy a kazoo.
Hitler was a christian.
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Hitler was a Christian like we have most Christian in Western countries.

They have a Christian sounding name and they "celebrate" Christmas and Easter and New year.

That ends their "Christianity part of the life". For rest part of their lives they are like "any other people"!!

And "every one loves" these "broadminded Christians"

Why blame Hitler for being a Christian?

Since: Mar 11

Portage, MI

#10792 Jan 21, 2013
Why do Muslims blow themselves up to kill non Muslims?
MUQ wrote:
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Hitler was a Christian like we have most Christian in Western countries.
They have a Christian sounding name and they "celebrate" Christmas and Easter and New year.
That ends their "Christianity part of the life". For rest part of their lives they are like "any other people"!!
And "every one loves" these "broadminded Christians"
Why blame Hitler for being a Christian?
Adam

Stoke-on-trent, UK

#10793 Jan 21, 2013
Givemeliberty wrote:
Why do Muslims blow themselves up to kill non Muslims?
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In a word - virgins :) As difficult it is for us to believe, they actually think they will go to a more favoured part of heaven to luscious gardens to be rewarded with 72 virgins to indulge themselves, and slaves to see to their every need and whim.
Adam

Stoke-on-trent, UK

#10794 Jan 21, 2013
MUQ wrote:
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The least developed countries in the world:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Least_developed_...

I note that many of them are Muslim nations. A coincidence?
Adam

Stoke-on-trent, UK

#10795 Jan 21, 2013
What hold back a countries development... religion. Religions hold back the empowerment of woment, the hold back education, and encourage larger families. That is WHY these countries are so poor, and their people starving.
Thinking

Leighton Buzzard, UK

#10796 Jan 21, 2013
So when will islamic Female Genital Mutilation end?
MUQ wrote:
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Hitler was a Christian like we have most Christian in Western countries.
They have a Christian sounding name and they "celebrate" Christmas and Easter and New year.
That ends their "Christianity part of the life". For rest part of their lives they are like "any other people"!!
And "every one loves" these "broadminded Christians"
Why blame Hitler for being a Christian?
Thinking

Leighton Buzzard, UK

#10797 Jan 21, 2013
Even more often, why do muslims blow themselves up to kill muslims?
Beard envy?

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21115652
Givemeliberty wrote:
Why do Muslims blow themselves up to kill non Muslims?
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Since: Mar 11

Cuyahoga Falls, OH

#10798 Jan 21, 2013
True they even act like animals amongst each other.
Thinking wrote:
Even more often, why do muslims blow themselves up to kill muslims?
Beard envy?
www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21115652
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