Atheism to Defeat Religion by 2038

Atheism to Defeat Religion by 2038

There are 23584 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

Aue, Germany

#12299 Feb 5, 2013
insidesecrets wrote:
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The development of one's moral consciousness through "action" which in turn gives meaning and dignity to life.
In this society the atomic age does not in the slightest way influence the downfall of the nuclear facts and the end of our race!

“Think&Care”

Since: Oct 07

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#12300 Feb 5, 2013
insidesecrets wrote:
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Neither will ignoring transcendent human experience add to one's knowledge. An atheist looks into the abyss and sees nothing.
because there is nothing to see.
The theist experiences God, and the abyss opens unto worlds of knowledge.
No, the theist imagines God and that opens unto worlds of nonsense.*Knowledge* is based in testability and the detection and correction of previous errors. Mysticism has only the imagination and no limits to restrict that imagination to truth.

“Think&Care”

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#12301 Feb 5, 2013
insidesecrets wrote:
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Spirituality will never fade away. It is an integral part of human nature. When you can stop obsessing on religion to the point of fear, your intolerance will dissappear. "The only thing you have to fear is fear itself."
I don't fear religion. I fear the religious. Once you believe in an absudity, you are primed to commit atrocities.
You can make your preference known without contempt, rudeness and disrespect.
But contempt is reasonable for superstitious nonsense leading to immorality.
There is room enough for every sail (including Christianity) out on the intellectual sea. Every theology and philosophy contains wisdom. To deny the Christian a voice because of your own personal bias is to be a bigot.
No theology contains wisdom. At best they have a few ideas about morality. But even those are distorted by the overall superstition as to be irrelevant.

Philosophy occasionally has some wisdom or some cautionary tales. But way too often, philosophers get tied up in nonsense questions and delude themselves into thinking they are doing something leading to truth. They tend to make assumptions that are known to be wrong and to attempt to justify the prevailing dogma. Since there is no way (usually) to actually test their ideas, they argue endlessly about nothing.
Henry

Aue, Germany

#12302 Feb 5, 2013
Givemeliberty wrote:
God-stuff..... God-stuff.... We are made of god-stuff....
..... Ladies and gentlemen I think we have found an idiot Christhole who's stupidity reaches new uncharted depths.
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We in the nuclear age have only the facts of extermination by the mankind to real end to get. Religions are of minor existence. I know of course the brainwashed majority will not be able to get the real facts of its life anymore before the supergau!

“Think&Care”

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#12303 Feb 5, 2013
insidesecrets wrote:
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In other words, you have "faith" in Science and it's ever changing theorizing. Only through the belief in God is one able to comprehend an absolute in such an uncertain world.
Garbage. A belief in God only gives you the justification to stop thinking. In other words, you neglect the duty for thinking.
insidesecrets

Albuquerque, NM

#12304 Feb 5, 2013
polymath257 wrote:
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And this is your basic mistake. There are such things as illusions and false sensory perceptions. Your 'mystical experiences' have been scientifically analyzed (ever read the book 'The Variety of Religious Experiences'?). They are illusions caused by the brain, often under stress or drugs. That is why religious ritual often involves stressful postures, for example.
Ever read the book "Infinte Mind"? The supposition that mystical experiences are illusions is a figment of science's imagination. You cannot test what is not physical in origin. You can only test what is a physical manifestation of the unseen and even then, your understanding of what you perceive is limited by your lack of knowledge regarding transcendental experiences.
Henry

Aue, Germany

#12305 Feb 5, 2013
insidesecrets wrote:
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In other words, you have "faith" in Science and it's ever changing theorizing. Only through the belief in God is one able to comprehend an absolute in such an uncertain world.
Well brainwashed does not change in the least the religious garbage in our nuclear desaster.
insidesecrets

Albuquerque, NM

#12306 Feb 5, 2013
polymath257 wrote:
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I don't fear religion. I fear the religious. Once you believe in an absudity, you are primed to commit atrocities.
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But contempt is reasonable for superstitious nonsense leading to immorality.
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No theology contains wisdom. At best they have a few ideas about morality. But even those are distorted by the overall superstition as to be irrelevant.
Philosophy occasionally has some wisdom or some cautionary tales. But way too often, philosophers get tied up in nonsense questions and delude themselves into thinking they are doing something leading to truth. They tend to make assumptions that are known to be wrong and to attempt to justify the prevailing dogma. Since there is no way (usually) to actually test their ideas, they argue endlessly about nothing.
Opinions do not facts make.
insidesecrets

Albuquerque, NM

#12307 Feb 5, 2013
Hedonist wrote:
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In other words you don't understand the meaning of "faith" and know absolutely nothing about science.
But do you really need to go out of your way to post in these threads and show everybody how proud you are of your ignorance?
I'm a theist, remember? I know all about faith.
insidesecrets

Albuquerque, NM

#12308 Feb 5, 2013
polymath257 wrote:
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Garbage. A belief in God only gives you the justification to stop thinking. In other words, you neglect the duty for thinking.
Personal biases do not truths make.
Henry

Aue, Germany

#12309 Feb 5, 2013
It aint necessarily so wrote:
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Fromt he August 21, 2009 appearance of Sam Harris on Bill Maher's show:
BILL MAHER: How did you get to where you are, and what advice would you give to kids today who wanna break into atheism?
SAM HARRIS: Well, I started there, and that's kind of the point.
MAHER: You did?
HARRIS: Yeah, unless you're indoctrinated at some point early on -- it's kind of like smoking -- you tend not to pick it up later in life.
MAHER: As a child, you were an atheist?
HARRIS: Atheism has no content.
This may be, but nuclear supergaus are not waiting for humans to realise their hopeless situations! Go ahead with your fairy tales!
insidesecrets

Albuquerque, NM

#12310 Feb 5, 2013
Givemeliberty wrote:
I bet those scientists see god-stuff all the time under the microscope but refuse to publish it!
Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahah a!
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They do. They just don't recognize what they see as Intelligent Deisign.
insidesecrets

Albuquerque, NM

#12311 Feb 5, 2013
Hedonist wrote:
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No, they are not.
"It is equally undeniable ...that the Ten Commandments have had a significant impact on the development of secular legal codes of the Western World." - U.S. Supreme Court, Stone v. Graham - Cheif Justice William Rehnquist
insidesecrets

Albuquerque, NM

#12312 Feb 5, 2013
Henry wrote:
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This may be, but nuclear supergaus are not waiting for humans to realise their hopeless situations! Go ahead with your fairy tales!
With climate change gathering momentum, nuclear destruction is the least of mankind's worries.
Thinking

Gillingham, UK

#12313 Feb 5, 2013
intelligent design simply isn't.
insidesecrets wrote:
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They do. They just don't recognize what they see as Intelligent Deisign.
Thinking

Gillingham, UK

#12314 Feb 5, 2013
"You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth."

Well that crock has certainly improved my life!
insidesecrets wrote:
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"It is equally undeniable ...that the Ten Commandments have had a significant impact on the development of secular legal codes of the Western World." - U.S. Supreme Court, Stone v. Graham - Cheif Justice William Rehnquist
insidesecrets

Albuquerque, NM

#12315 Feb 5, 2013
Thinking wrote:
intelligent design simply isn't.
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I say it is.
insidesecrets

Albuquerque, NM

#12316 Feb 5, 2013
polymath257 wrote:
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because there is nothing to see.
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No, the theist imagines God and that opens unto worlds of nonsense.*Knowledge* is based in testability and the detection and correction of previous errors. Mysticism has only the imagination and no limits to restrict that imagination to truth.
The theories of science are trips into the imagination,

Since: Dec 11

Location hidden

#12317 Feb 5, 2013
insidesecrets wrote:
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"It is equally undeniable ...that the Ten Commandments have had a significant impact on the development of secular legal codes of the Western World." - U.S. Supreme Court, Stone v. Graham - Cheif Justice William Rehnquist
Can you give some examples?

As I pointed out, the US contradicts four of the ten.

“Leave That Thing Alone!”

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#12318 Feb 5, 2013
insidesecrets wrote:
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Spirituality will never fade away. It is an integral part of human nature. When you can stop obsessing on religion to the point of fear, your intolerance will dissappear. "The only thing you have to fear is fear itself."
<quoted text>
You can make your preference known without contempt, rudeness and disrespect.
<quoted text>
There is room enough for every sail (including Christianity) out on the intellectual sea. Every theology and philosophy contains wisdom. To deny the Christian a voice because of your own personal bias is to be a bigot.
LOL! Christians HAVE a voice, do you not pay attention to the daily news??? No one is denying them a voice... the fact that they want that voice to speak for all of humanity is where they cross the line!

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