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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Thinking

Ashford, UK

#12089 Feb 4, 2013
rio goes psycho rather often.
rio is very sensitive about islam for someone "with no religion"!

“Life may be sweeter for this”

Since: Nov 08

Fennario

#12090 Feb 4, 2013
01Justsayin wrote:
"Atheism is not a philosophy; it is not even a view of the world; it is simply a refusal to deny the obvious."
-Sam Harris
--American Neuroscientist
Sam Harris was on Bill Maher's show last Friday.

Since: Jan 13

Location hidden

#12091 Feb 4, 2013
It aint necessarily so wrote:
<quoted text>Sam Harris was on Bill Maher's show last Friday.
That dude bores me. Was the interview at least entertaining?

Since: Feb 13

Riverside , CA

#12092 Feb 4, 2013
Lets hope that religion will eventually go away, its the only way we will ever have world peace!!

Since: Jan 13

Location hidden

#12093 Feb 4, 2013
It aint necessarily so wrote:
<quoted text>Sam Harris was on Bill Maher's show last Friday.
Youtubed it. It was a very interesting interview. Maher looked like a corpse as always, but the other guy did bring up some good points. Not enough to make me convert, of course. But I could definitely view them objectively. Still gonna hang onto my 1st amendment rights.
Adam

Stoke-on-trent, UK

#12094 Feb 4, 2013
trekx wrote:
Lets hope that religion will eventually go away, its the only way we will ever have world peace!!
Playing devil's advocate, but if you have one worldwide religion which was a single sect you could ? in theory achieve the same thing.
Adam

Stoke-on-trent, UK

#12095 Feb 4, 2013
It aint necessarily so wrote:
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"I'm sorry, but there's no nice way to say this. If you fill your child's mind with images of Satan and the horrors of hellfire, you're a sick individual, and you are mentally ill."
Agreed. Religion in its devout form is mental illness. Esp. those who have a perverse sense of enjoyment in the imagined eternal punishment of others in hell. UNderstood in this context, being "saved" is not something I would want.

Since: Feb 13

Riverside , CA

#12096 Feb 4, 2013
Adam wrote:
<quoted text>
Playing devil's advocate, but if you have one worldwide religion which was a single sect you could ? in theory achieve the same thing.
Maybe but it would still lack logic and reason. only Atheists have this because we see reality for what it is, not what we hope for it to be ...
Thinking

Ashford, UK

#12097 Feb 4, 2013
Maybe you could get a mobile to go over your cot?
01Justsayin wrote:
<quoted text>
That dude bores me.

Since: Jan 13

Location hidden

#12098 Feb 4, 2013
Thinking wrote:
<quoted text>Maybe you could get a mobile to go over your cot?
Lol While my "cot" now comes in the form of a comfy king size bed, I wouldn't be opposed to the idea of having a mobile. I think they're lovely!

Roland_Deschain

“Naturalism - Nature is Enough”

Since: Nov 07

UK

#12099 Feb 4, 2013
01Justsayin wrote:
"Atheism is not a philosophy; it is not even a view of the world; it is simply a refusal to deny the obvious."
-Sam Harris
--American Neuroscientist
This quote is from "An Atheist Manifesto", "A Dig led by Sam Harris", "Sam Harris argues against irrational faith and its adherents". Here is a link.

http://www.truthdig.com/dig/item/200512_an_at...

"The atheist is merely a person who believes that the 260 million Americans (87% of the population) who claim to never doubt the existence of God should be obliged to present evidence for his existence and, indeed, for his benevolence, given the relentless destruction of innocent human beings we witness in the world each day. Only the atheist appreciates just how uncanny our situation is: Most of us believe in a God that is every bit as specious as the gods of Mount Olympus; no person, whatever his or her qualifications, can seek public office in the United States without pretending to be certain that such a God exists; and much of what passes for public policy in our country conforms to religious taboos and superstitions appropriate to a medieval theocracy. Our circumstance is abject, indefensible and terrifying. It would be hilarious if the stakes were not so high."

Since: Jan 13

Location hidden

#12100 Feb 4, 2013
Roland_Deschain wrote:
<quoted text>This quote is from "An Atheist Manifesto", "A Dig led by Sam Harris", "Sam Harris argues against irrational faith and its adherents". Here is a link.

http://www.truthdig.com/dig/item/200512_an_at...

"The atheist is merely a person who believes that the 260 million Americans (87% of the population) who claim to never doubt the existence of God should be obliged to present evidence for his existence and, indeed, for his benevolence, given the relentless destruction of innocent human beings we witness in the world each day. Only the atheist appreciates just how uncanny our situation is: Most of us believe in a God that is every bit as specious as the gods of Mount Olympus; no person, whatever his or her qualifications, can seek public office in the United States without pretending to be certain that such a God exists; and much of what passes for public policy in our country conforms to religious taboos and superstitions appropriate to a medieval theocracy. Our circumstance is abject, indefensible and terrifying. It would be hilarious if the stakes were not so high."
Cool

Since: Jun 07

Location hidden

#12101 Feb 4, 2013
01Justsayin wrote:
<quoted text>
That dude bores me. Was the interview at least entertaining?
You're a creationist, of course intelligence bored you.

Since: Feb 13

Riverside , CA

#12102 Feb 4, 2013
Lets just put it this way, to be religious (any religion) you first have to be taught that religion. But to be an Atheist you dont have to be taught anything at all, its just a natural state of mind and the way we are all born ...
Adam

Stoke-on-trent, UK

#12103 Feb 4, 2013
trekx wrote:
Lets just put it this way, to be religious (any religion) you first have to be taught that religion. But to be an Atheist you dont have to be taught anything at all, its just a natural state of mind and the way we are all born ...
There is a third option, make up your religion as you go along. There are a few theists like this on topix.
insidesecrets

Santa Fe, NM

#12104 Feb 4, 2013
It aint necessarily so wrote:
<quoted text>
There are no other points of view regarding the subject matter of science.For example, there is a science called obstetrics.


It is still science.
It aint necessarily so wrote:
<The only other point of view is stork theory. We will continue with the imperialism of not offering children that choice.
Do you doubt or deny that if your bible taught that children came from storks that you would be arguing for stork theory to be taught in the schools, and calling it indoctrination and imperialism if it weren't?
There is no stork theory in the Bible. It is the product of Scandinavian folklore.

You will not make atheism shine by bashing Christians and spreading disinformation. You will not conquer hatred and intolerance with hatred and intolerance. Atheism must stand on its own merits, whatever those are. That's what you should be promoting.
Thinking

Ashford, UK

#12105 Feb 4, 2013
What is your issue with the scientific method?
insidesecrets wrote:
<quoted text>
Are YOU listening? Is our government?
<quoted text>
If all it takes is one quote to condemn the whole of Christianity in your world then you should not have no problem with one quote indicting science.
"For 200 years we've been conquering Nature. Now we're beating it to death." - Tom McMillan
insidesecrets

Santa Fe, NM

#12106 Feb 4, 2013
Thinking wrote:
What is your issue with the scientific method?
<quoted text>
Most of the time, scientists know what results they want, and that can influence the results they get.
Thinking

Ashford, UK

#12107 Feb 4, 2013
Prove it.
insidesecrets wrote:
<quoted text>
Most of the time, scientists know what results they want, and that can influence the results they get.

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#12108 Feb 4, 2013
insidesecrets wrote:
<quoted text>
Most of the time, scientists know what results they want, and that can influence the results they get.
Even if that were true (and its not) the second that other scientists tried to replicate the results of the first, the first scientist's work would be exposed - which is why scientists don't try to create a preconceived result. They might hope for a specific result, they might think they are going to get a specific result, but the don't influence the result.

See...that's how science works.

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