Atheism to Defeat Religion by 2038

Atheism to Defeat Religion by 2038

There are 23869 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.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Psychology Today.

Richardfs

“Formerly "Richard"”

Since: Mar 12

In the beginning e=mc^2

#14962 Apr 22, 2013
MUQ wrote:
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Ans.
Please report me again and again and write in your complaint, that you are unable to provide reasonable and logical answers to my comments, hence I should be banned from the thread!!
This is the natural justice for which your nations are famous for, are they not?!!
Still no comment from you on:-

Is this because you agree with the murder of young girls?
spudgun

Stoke-on-trent, UK

#14964 Apr 22, 2013
MUQ wrote:
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a. Many verses of Quran and sayings of prophets tell the importance of these Daily Prayers. In fact offering prayers is the test to distinguish between a Muslim and a Non Muslim. etc.
Praying five times a day is a collosal waste of human time and energy in a completely pointless task. If God is all powerful and all good, he will do the right thing irrespective of what prayers are offered to it. An all powerful being would not need prayer. Prayer makes no sense. And besides, dont you ever think the being you are praying to could be imaginary?

What are the chances that you have the right god and right religion, out of all the various conflicting ones on offer. The fact is our beliefs are largely formed by our upbringing and community that we live in, and have little to do with any particular sky entities. And yes Allah was believed to live in the sky, as proven by the night flight. And has only be relocated to an alternate dimension since science has disproved sky beings living above our heads.
EdSed

Hamilton, UK

#14965 Apr 22, 2013
Well I like him :-)

The funny thing is that in some respects he seems a decent guy. He would probably be mortified at any suggestion he might break a law, or do anything immoral. He's quite open about his whereabouts and the formative influence of him by his father. What he says exemplifies why some people can see religion as a sort of cancer or illness. Religion is so obviously and frequently parent-given, it's not god-given. I see him as ignorant, not intentionally irresponsible. I don't think the ignorance is willful. I think he's genuinely as daft as he sounds.

(Thanks to Nightserf for video by Matt Dillahunty of the Atheist Experience)

Since: Jun 07

Location hidden

#14966 Apr 22, 2013
spudgun wrote:
<quoted text>
Praying five times a day is a collosal waste of human time and energy in a completely pointless task. If God is all powerful and all good, he will do the right thing irrespective of what prayers are offered to it. An all powerful being would not need prayer. Prayer makes no sense. And besides, dont you ever think the being you are praying to could be imaginary?
What are the chances that you have the right god and right religion, out of all the various conflicting ones on offer. The fact is our beliefs are largely formed by our upbringing and community that we live in, and have little to do with any particular sky entities. And yes Allah was believed to live in the sky, as proven by the night flight. And has only be relocated to an alternate dimension since science has disproved sky beings living above our heads.
These are all intelligent thoughts. You cannot really expect them from a mentally ill person who has been brainwashed by religion

Richardfs

“Formerly "Richard"”

Since: Mar 12

In the beginning e=mc^2

#14967 Apr 22, 2013
NightSerf wrote:
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That badly?
It could never be bad enough this low life supports:-

1. The marrying off of children.
2. Thighing.
3. The murder of young girls.

Mud is the lowest of the low.

We are seeing into the mind set which gave us 9/11, Bali bombings, The Boston Bombing and Taliban.
EdSed

Hamilton, UK

#14968 Apr 22, 2013
NightSerf wrote:
On the superiority of secular morality:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =cq2C7fyVTA4XX
Nit-picking perhaps, but I dislike the term 'secular morality'. Arguably, religion makes the term secular necessary.

For me there's only human morality and (as I think the video indicates) it really takes all of humanity, not just religionists or non-believers, to determine what's moral and what isn't as best we can.

Matt's correct - just as 'facts' change over time (e.g the round Earth was thought flat) so morality changes. We learn from previous generations. Muq was taught (apparently) that age 15 or puberty is an age of concent. That might have been more moral than earlier teaching, but it is unacceptable to most modern people. Islam (or any religion) isn't relevant to that question.
spudgun

Stoke-on-trent, UK

#14969 Apr 22, 2013
Burma 'policy of ethnic cleansing' against Muslims, claims Human Rights Watch
youtube video
&li st=UUPgLNge0xqQHWM5B5EFH9Cg &index=1

Buddhist attacks on Muslims burying scores of unidentified bodies in mass graves.

Religious violence is seemingly common, even in supposedly peaceful religions like Buddhism.
Thinking

Harlow, UK

#14970 Apr 22, 2013
I know that islamists deserve our contempt but the Burmese police video of a burning muslim was awful.

The indifference shown by passersby spoke volumes.

spudgun wrote:
Burma 'policy of ethnic cleansing' against Muslims, claims Human Rights Watch
youtube video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =AFXY_1nA1uwXX&list=UUPgLN ge0xqQHWM5B5EFH9Cg&index=1
Buddhist attacks on Muslims burying scores of unidentified bodies in mass graves.
Religious violence is seemingly common, even in supposedly peaceful religions like Buddhism.

Since: Mar 11

Scottsburg, IN

#14971 Apr 22, 2013
Sad how religion leads people to actions like this. Burma fears an Islamic take over and sadly it leads to tragic actions like this.

So much for Buddhists being peaceful.
spudgun wrote:
Burma 'policy of ethnic cleansing' against Muslims, claims Human Rights Watch
youtube video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =AFXY_1nA1uwXX&list=UUPgLN ge0xqQHWM5B5EFH9Cg&index=1

Buddhist attacks on Muslims burying scores of unidentified bodies in mass graves.

Religious violence is seemingly common, even in supposedly peaceful religions like Buddhism.
EdSed

Hamilton, UK

#14972 Apr 22, 2013
Givemeliberty wrote:
Sad how religion leads people to actions like this. Burma fears an Islamic take over and sadly it leads to tragic actions like this.
Perhaps it's simplistic to blame religion per-se, or entirely. It is tribalism that is part of the problem. Religion and religious teaching do compound the seperate identities and the problems.
Givemeliberty wrote:
So much for Buddhists being peaceful.
<quoted text>
From:
http://rationalist.org.uk/articles/4021/the-d...
..However[,] I have no doubt that Buddhist religious belief, as it was practised at the school, did a great deal of harm. Nowhere was this more in evidence than in the ramifications of the belief in karma. At first glance, karma is a lovely idea which encourages people to be good even when nobody is watching for the sake of happiness in a future life. It's a bit carrot-and-stickish, but so are a lot of the ways in which we get people to not routinely beat us up and take our stuff. Where it gets insidious is in the pall that it casts over our failures in this life. I remember one student who was having problems memorising material for tests. Distraught, she went to the monks who explained to her that she was having such trouble now because, in a past life, she was a murderous dictator who burned books, and so now, in this life, she is doomed to forever be learning challenged.
Unquote.

Since: Apr 08

Watford, UK

#14973 Apr 22, 2013
MUQ wrote:
Ans.
01. Every extra-martial relationship does not require killing the parties. This applies only if one or both commit adultery and they produce "four eye witness" for the crime.
This is not what "I" like, this is the punishment from their Creator, who is more merciful than the "most merciful and humanitarian" amongst you.
If you don't like it - change it. You don't have to remain a barbarian.

By the way, here in the UK we abolished the death penalty. That makes us much more merciful than your imaginary creator.
MUQ wrote:
02. Homosexuality is an abomination and sexual perversion of highest order. If the crime is proven and "four eye witness" testify to the act, the punishment is same as that of adultery.
Crime? You are sick. You would see people killed for loving each other?

It's all about freedom - something that's alien to you.

Tough titties.
MUQ wrote:
03. As said earlier, "men-women equality" is a myth and there is "no society on earth" where there is equality between sexes.
Men and women are complimentary to each other and they have rights and duties which are according to their nature.
No women is to be killed for "demanding" extra rights than she has been given by Her Creator.
PS:
So it is you people, who should crawl into caves and do not propagate sexual immorality in the world.
When are Saudi Arabian men going to have to wear hijabs?

Since: Apr 08

Watford, UK

#14974 Apr 22, 2013
spudgun wrote:
Burma 'policy of ethnic cleansing' against Muslims, claims Human Rights Watch
youtube video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =AFXY_1nA1uwXX&list=UUPgLN ge0xqQHWM5B5EFH9Cg&index=1
Buddhist attacks on Muslims burying scores of unidentified bodies in mass graves.
Religious violence is seemingly common, even in supposedly peaceful religions like Buddhism.
Yet all we hear from people like Muq is how gays must be killed because homosexuality is evil.

Seems to me that religion causes far more problems in society than homosexuality does.

Since: Apr 13

Location hidden

#14975 Apr 22, 2013
gregory

“It's just a box of rain...”

Since: May 07

Knoxville, TN

#14976 Apr 22, 2013
EdSed wrote:
Well I like him :-)
The funny thing is that in some respects he seems a decent guy. He would probably be mortified at any suggestion he might break a law, or do anything immoral. He's quite open about his whereabouts and the formative influence of him by his father. What he says exemplifies why some people can see religion as a sort of cancer or illness. Religion is so obviously and frequently parent-given, it's not god-given. I see him as ignorant, not intentionally irresponsible. I don't think the ignorance is willful. I think he's genuinely as daft as he sounds.
(Thanks to Nightserf for video by Matt Dillahunty of the Atheist Experience)
True, and he's no crazier than some of his Christian counterparts who live all around me. But there are not many steps between approving of or at least tolerating the extremes that some will go to over religion and committing such acts oneself. It makes me warier of my neighbors than I would like to be.
Imhotep

Saint Petersburg, FL

#14977 Apr 22, 2013
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
<quoted text>
You found it!
My bookmarked link points to an account that was deleted--likely forcibly by radical islamist.
That is one of my favorite YouTubers...
Thanks!
I keep a rather extensive library of links and information

I'm sure you've noticed most of my posts are ready formulated and just c/p to suit the reply

Once I've covered a given topic and provided the necessary links I store all this as notes or a word document that I can be easily copy and paste

I'm lazy and besides with all the high-tech gadgetry we have today it would be a true sin not to use it!

;)

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#14978 Apr 22, 2013
NightSerf wrote:
On the superiority of secular morality:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =cq2C7fyVTA4XX
Nice find!

Thanks. He makes some very good arguments.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#14979 Apr 22, 2013
spudgun wrote:
<quoted text>
Straight to the point. Same goes for the other prophets.
Yep. I seen no point in going for the subtle bits, when the main point is so ... ugly.

“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#14980 Apr 22, 2013
MUQ wrote:
<quoted text>
You should replace Anne Marie Walter as adviser, you share her views exactly, almost like a carbon copy.
You also need to be checked by some mental doctor.
Advisor to whom? If I were to replace her, I should know who I would be advising, wouldn't you think? And if my views are exactly like hers, why would my input be needed. Would you like us to be twice as loud and twice as infuriated, by your insane dogma? To share exactly, ones views would not be likened to "almost a carbon copy", but rather as a clone. How many doctors of psychiatry do you think would sanction the anal ripping of a newborn child, by his own father's penis? These are crimes far worse than just sexual battery, and rape, these type actions are a betrayal of the family unit, it is an assault on humanity itself, it is monstrous.

Yesterday at my house, a goose hatched two eggs. She and the male are guarding those babies, the male goose is as diligent as she is, in protecting their young. You freak could learn from geese. The young are not meant to be violated. A parent is meant by nature to protect the offspring. It takes a being a criminal and a pedophile to actually touch a child with your penis.
realist

Atlanta, GA

#14981 Apr 22, 2013
Hey atheists,you know that inner thought inside of you that tells you something you are about to do is wrong and you shouldnt do it.That is your GOD conscious that almighty God put in you. its called a spirit. God puts this spirit in everybody. every time you go against your GOD conscious you drift farther and farther away from GOD. finally you will one day call yourself an atheist because you lost your spirit and have no conscious.

your
Imhotep

Saint Petersburg, FL

#14982 Apr 22, 2013
realist wrote:
Hey atheists,you know that inner thought inside of you that tells you something you are about to do is wrong and you shouldnt do it.That is your GOD conscious that almighty God put in you. its called a spirit. God puts this spirit in everybody. every time you go against your GOD conscious you drift farther and farther away from GOD. finally you will one day call yourself an atheist because you lost your spirit and have no conscious.
your
How profound
I think I'll run right away to the nearest church
God desperately needs my money
He's been broke for prolonged period
I feel it's my duty to cough up a couple of sheckels

No wait!
This short video is proof positive you are correct!
Praise the Lord

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch...

Seriously I do appreciate you sharing your mythology with us.

;)

True Bible©

1. Do you believe in God?

A.Yes, I believe in the one TRUE God.
B.Yes, I have my own religious beliefs.
C.I'm not really sure but a sword to my throat would convince me.
D.Not, I prefer rationality.

2. Do you believe in MY God?
A. Oh totally.(That's a fine sword you have there).
B. Nah, I already have one of those.
C.There is no God. Gasp!
D. My ass itches

3. Do you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?

A. You bet! One time, two times, three times my savior!
B.Once in a while.
C. Jesus who?
D. No, I'll opt out.

4. Have you read the King James Bible?

A. Yes! Like OMG, it's my freaking life!
B. Yeah, it was decent.
C. Yes, but The Cat in the Hat was better.
D. I'd rather eat a thumbtack sandwich than read that garbage.

5. The TRUE meaning of the 6th Commandment:

A. Thou shalt not kill anyone for any reason.
B.Thou shalt not kill anyone except for the people who don't believe in the same God you believe in or people who don't believe in God at all.
C. Thou shalt not kill except if they really piss you off.
D. Slay away! More people have been killed in the name of God than for any other reason in history.
E. God killed all life on earth, that she created, except Eight inexperienced shipbuilders, One of which - get this - 900 years old!

The salvation of your eternal soul depends on how you answer the quiz.

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