Why Atheism Will Replace Religion

Why Atheism Will Replace Religion

There are 14668 comments on the News24 story from Aug 27, 2012, titled Why Atheism Will Replace Religion. In it, News24 reports that:

Please note that for this article "Atheism" also includes agnostics, deists, pagans, wiccans... in other words non-religious.

You will notice this is a statement of fact. And to be fact it is supported by evidence (see references below). Now you can have "faith" that this is not true, but by the very definition of faith, that is just wishful thinking.

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Henry

Schönheide, Germany

#7595 Mar 27, 2013
Lacez wrote:
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Ticked likes to pretend he's not religious, but then turns around and says he's not atheist. Can't be agnostic because he's choosing to attack people for their beliefs and you can't do that when you're unsure of your own.
Well, not the slightest idea of a god. But in the nuclear age we are on the verge of extinction anyway!
Henry

Schönheide, Germany

#7596 Mar 27, 2013
Lacez wrote:
<quoted text>
So where is this bigotry?
You're using words you don't understand again.
The ego?
I think your beat us there.
Who's the one saying that everyone is stupid but doesn't believe not disbelieve in a deity?
Whatever you say, there was never any god in the whole history of man!

“There is no Truth in Faith”

Since: Dec 08

nowhere near a pound of $100's

#7598 Mar 27, 2013

“There is no Truth in Faith”

Since: Dec 08

nowhere near a pound of $100's

#7599 Mar 27, 2013
RHill wrote:
<quoted text>
It's interesting to note that Momma Nature has managed the occasional all-natural fission reactor as well.
I assume you are talking about the one at the center of the earth keeping the iron nickel core molten.

“Think&Care”

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#7600 Mar 27, 2013
Ooogah Boogah wrote:
<quoted text>
I assume you are talking about the one at the center of the earth keeping the iron nickel core molten.
Probably not. There isn't a fission reactor at the core of the earth. Most of the heat is produced by alpha emission (which is not typically considered to be fission).

It is most likely that RHill was referring to actual natural fission reactors like the Oklo reactor in Gabon:

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

“There is no Truth in Faith”

Since: Dec 08

nowhere near a pound of $100's

#7601 Mar 27, 2013
polymath257 wrote:
<quoted text>
Probably not. There isn't a fission reactor at the core of the earth. Most of the heat is produced by alpha emission (which is not typically considered to be fission).
It is most likely that RHill was referring to actual natural fission reactors like the Oklo reactor in Gabon:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_nuclear_...
Verry interresting .... Thanks!

Since: Mar 11

Lexington, KY

#7602 Mar 27, 2013
Well that is what it basically boils down to. At the end of the day after all the philosophical brain gymnastics and such usually designed to throw doubt in one's mind it comes down to this.

We have to concept of god/s and we have for thousands of years. Where did the concept come from? How did these ancient people even come up with this notion?

Once we see that we can see the truth of the matter.
RHill wrote:
<quoted text>I dunno. That makes it sound like the odds are sort of 50/50, lending WAY too much credence to the possibility of a god.

“Educating the uneducated”

Since: Aug 12

Montreal

#7603 Mar 27, 2013
nanoanomaly wrote:
<quoted text>He's not against atheism.
Maybe you should read his posts because you obviously aren't.

Since: Mar 11

Lexington, KY

#7604 Mar 27, 2013
How could you possibly know that? That is a very bold positive assertion especially in the face of religious taught genocide being a good thing.

Perhaps you want to reword that?
nanoanomaly wrote:
<quoted text>When or if man becomes extinct religion will not be the cause.

“Educating the uneducated”

Since: Aug 12

Montreal

#7605 Mar 27, 2013
Ooogah Boogah wrote:
I'm not talking about how intelligent a person is though.
I'm speaking more of education.
One can be intelligent and not use it. Or one can be intelligent and use religion to their advantage.
There are many of those types around.

Though I realize what you're trying to say and I will rephrase:
The highly religious are diminishing, due to more people getting ahold of the facts.

For example, a lot less people are as religious as people from, let's say, 30 years ago.

Since: Mar 11

Lexington, KY

#7606 Mar 27, 2013
You often see self described agnostics claim that you can't prove or show proof for any god. That god is in essence unprovable or unknowable.

They think this makes them more open minded per se.

But I always wonder, how could you know this? To say that god is completely unprovable or unknowable one way or the other is a HUGE leap. How could you know this fact? Has this person traveled 1,000,000 years into the future and collected all possible data? Are we to believe that 1,000,000 years from now people will still be believing in the ancient Palestinian gods?

Now you can say, I think or it's my opinion that god is unknowable one way or the other. But to dictate this opinion on others is the very definition of fundamentalism.

Any god is a social construct created by ancient man when they were lonely, scared, or awestruck by events in their life. This god was a security blanket used to comfort and unite and sadly often to kill and destroy those not like you.

Humanity is growing up now and more and more we see it is time to put away such childish things.

“Blue Collar Philosopher”

Since: Nov 08

Texas, USA

#7607 Mar 27, 2013
nanoanomaly wrote:
<quoted text>He has an open mind.
http://www.essentiallifeskills.net/openmind.h...
You should try it sometime.
I had an "open mind" as a child; society took advantage and filled it with crap. I'm a little pickier these days. It's called 'Rational Skepticism'... you should try it.

“Blue Collar Philosopher”

Since: Nov 08

Texas, USA

#7608 Mar 27, 2013
nanoanomaly wrote:
<quoted text>Their minds, their business.
Really? You must hate teachers, priests and politicians.

“Blue Collar Philosopher”

Since: Nov 08

Texas, USA

#7609 Mar 27, 2013
Thinking wrote:
I'll take your post as a forward looking statement then.
<quoted text>
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has the Doomsday Clock set at 5 til Midnight. They constantly ponder these matters and I've never had any reason to doubt their assessment. I think they're factoring in biological weapons now-a-days. These are all terrible weapons and if that is how we meet our end then we will be getting exactly what we deserve. If anything, I guess I have a little more faith in Humanity than that, I am a Humanist after all and hope that our destiny includes traveling to other stars. In the near term, if any of these horrors are unleashed, it will, most likely, be by or in response to actions of people acting under some kind of religious influence. Our politicians and generals have managed to restrain themselves thus far (with a couple notable exceptions of course) but, I'm not sure that Fundamentalists (of any persuasion) would be so timid. Fundies scratch and paw the ground in anticipation of their long awaited Armageddon and a nuclear fire fits so well with biblical prophecy. That's why I am close-minded and bigoted when it comes to religion. It's scary and dangerous.

“Blue Collar Philosopher”

Since: Nov 08

Texas, USA

#7610 Mar 27, 2013
Givemeliberty wrote:
Well that is what it basically boils down to. At the end of the day after all the philosophical brain gymnastics and such usually designed to throw doubt in one's mind it comes down to this.
We have to concept of god/s and we have for thousands of years. Where did the concept come from? How did these ancient people even come up with this notion?
Once we see that we can see the truth of the matter.
<quoted text>
Ancient Man, every bit as intelligent as we are, exposed to a Nature unfiltered by our accumulated knowledge, with their own share of psychotics, munching who-knows-what psychoactive plant ... I'm surprised there weren't more gods. In fact, it's rather amazing that we aren't all still sacrificing goats and trying to tell the future reading their spilt entrails.

“Blue Collar Philosopher”

Since: Nov 08

Texas, USA

#7611 Mar 27, 2013
polymath257 wrote:
<quoted text>
Probably not. There isn't a fission reactor at the core of the earth. Most of the heat is produced by alpha emission (which is not typically considered to be fission).
It is most likely that RHill was referring to actual natural fission reactors like the Oklo reactor in Gabon:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_nuclear_...
That's the one! Did you see my link in Post 7538? An interesting idea that our Primordial Soup may have been warmed in such a manner. Certainly more stable over longer periods of time than most other energy sources. I wonder if anybody has looked for Stromatolites around Gabon.

Since: Mar 11

Lexington, KY

#7612 Mar 27, 2013
Indeed it is amazing we have come so far. But as you say ancient man came up with the notion and concept of god under conditions that were not, how shall we say... Optimal?
RHill wrote:
<quoted text>Ancient Man, every bit as intelligent as we are, exposed to a Nature unfiltered by our accumulated knowledge, with their own share of psychotics, munching who-knows-what psychoactive plant ... I'm surprised there weren't more gods. In fact, it's rather amazing that we aren't all still sacrificing goats and trying to tell the future reading their spilt entrails.
Thinking

Mirfield, UK

#7613 Mar 27, 2013
The clocks are changing soon.
RHill wrote:
<quoted text>
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has the Doomsday Clock set at 5 til Midnight. They constantly ponder these matters and I've never had any reason to doubt their assessment. I think they're factoring in biological weapons now-a-days. These are all terrible weapons and if that is how we meet our end then we will be getting exactly what we deserve. If anything, I guess I have a little more faith in Humanity than that, I am a Humanist after all and hope that our destiny includes traveling to other stars. In the near term, if any of these horrors are unleashed, it will, most likely, be by or in response to actions of people acting under some kind of religious influence. Our politicians and generals have managed to restrain themselves thus far (with a couple notable exceptions of course) but, I'm not sure that Fundamentalists (of any persuasion) would be so timid. Fundies scratch and paw the ground in anticipation of their long awaited Armageddon and a nuclear fire fits so well with biblical prophecy. That's why I am close-minded and bigoted when it comes to religion. It's scary and dangerous.

“Blue Collar Philosopher”

Since: Nov 08

Texas, USA

#7614 Mar 27, 2013
Givemeliberty wrote:
Indeed it is amazing we have come so far. But as you say ancient man came up with the notion and concept of god under conditions that were not, how shall we say... Optimal?
<quoted text>
I've been through a lot of storms that had me practically quaking with fear. Being armed with a fairly decent understanding of meteorology didn't really help that much. I feel a strong kinship with our ancient ancestors at such times. A hurricane is not unlike a tantrum thrown by some petty god. There's even the false calm and reversal of winds as the Eye passes over ... a petty FEMALE god.

“There is no Truth in Faith”

Since: Dec 08

nowhere near a pound of $100's

#7615 Mar 27, 2013
Lacez wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm not talking about how intelligent a person is though.
I'm speaking more of education.
One can be intelligent and not use it. Or one can be intelligent and use religion to their advantage.
There are many of those types around.
Though I realize what you're trying to say and I will rephrase:
The highly religious are diminishing, due to more people getting ahold of the facts.
For example, a lot less people are as religious as people from, let's say, 30 years ago.
https://www.google.com/search...

http://www.mormonsandscience.com/uploads/8/9/...

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