Atheism requires as much faith as religion?

Atheism requires as much faith as religion? bearvspuma : The only problem with this rationalization is that ita s assuming all athiests are so because theya re intelligent in the ways of science and reasoning and all people that believe in a form of god are unintelligent. Full Story

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#129085 Oct 11, 2012
Hidingfromyou wrote:
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So, no, you aren't a biologist, don't have any training in it, don't understand the first thing about biochemistry and yet make authoritative statements on how biology works.
Lightbeamer, you are fundamentally dishonest.
Is it all as good for you as it is for me?

“What's left to defend?”

Since: Jan 11

Freedom

#129086 Oct 11, 2012
RiversideRedneck wrote:
The only way liberty will erode is if people continiue to elect politicians that are hell-bent on ruining America & making us more in debt.
Do you really think there are politicians in office that want America to fail?

Isn't there a better way to make your point?

“Why does my ignorance”

Since: Mar 11

justify your deity?

#129087 Oct 11, 2012
lightbeamrider wrote:
yes.
<quoted text> Never claimed authority. You have to be trained to understand abiogenesis? Only those trained? Isn't that like a cult? A secret society? You on the other hand speak on the Bible and when i asked you to read Exodus 1 you replied to post it and you will. Does that mean you do not even own a Bible? Does that mean you have no training on the Bible? Not one Theology class? My beliefs also speaks about hypocrisy. If i am dishonest it has nothing to do with rejection of abiogenesis or self created universe. One can reject these propositions on logic alone.
Yes, you have to be trained to understand abiogenesis. Do you understand how organic molecules function in oxygen-free atmospheres? I don't. Do you understand how organic molecules are even formed? How do they bind? How long can they be before they're unstable? What environments allow them to be longer? Under what conditions do nucleic acids form? What are the likely precursors to RNA and why?

You're not even remotely qualified to make claims about abiogenesis. Doing so is dishonest.

I am qualified to read archaeology. I'm trained in their methodologies and have a solid foundation in the basics of their field. So, yes, I can read the work done in Bible archaeology and take an informed side. If I read their research papers, I could understand what methods they used and the limitations of knowledge they can claim.

No, I don't have a Bible. I've read the Bible 4 times. I've moved between countries so many times, I stopped lugging it around. The Bible is freely available on the Internet, in all kinds of translations. If you want me to read a specific part of it, post a link to it.

Unlike you, I do not hold the Bible as any kind of authority. I really don't care to remember one religion's myths and tales. It's totally worthless in my life, has nothing to do with my research, has nothing valuable to say about anything I do. So why would I have one?

“Why does my ignorance”

Since: Mar 11

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#129088 Oct 11, 2012
lightbeamrider wrote:
<quoted text> Is it all as good for you as it is for me?
Yes. When I am incompetent, I say so.

“What's left to defend?”

Since: Jan 11

Freedom

#129089 Oct 11, 2012
Hidingfromyou wrote:
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Yes. When I am incompetent, I say so.
I've never heard you say that.

:)

Since: Sep 10

Long Beach, CA

#129090 Oct 11, 2012
lightbeamrider wrote:
<quoted text> Is it all as good for you as it is for me?
This is what you have to resort to at this point?

“Why does my ignorance”

Since: Mar 11

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#129091 Oct 11, 2012
Tide with Beach wrote:
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I've never heard you say that.
:)
It's not something I am.

:p

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#129092 Oct 11, 2012
Hidingfromyou wrote:
Unlike you, I do not hold the Bible as any kind of authority. I really don't care to remember one religion's myths and tales. It's totally worthless in my life, has nothing to do with my research, has nothing valuable to say about anything I do. So why would I have one?
I cut out the preaching part of your post. Abiogenesis and self created universe is totally worthless in my life and i would add totally worthless in an objective sense to say the least. i know some believe these things and i also know i have no control over whatever fantasies haappen in the heads of others. Biology has little to do in my life so i don't spend a lot of time on it. Professionalism is expected and i do not see a lot of it in your posts. I tire of your self promotion and your browbeating concerning Biology. It is in bad taste. Obviously you do not care about truths of the first order and are content to live your life with blinders on when it comes to what really matters and you have that right. Have a nice night. By the way. Am skeptical of your claim you read the Bible four times.

Since: Sep 10

Long Beach, CA

#129093 Oct 11, 2012
lightbeamrider wrote:
<quoted text> I cut out the preaching part of your post. Abiogenesis and self created universe is totally worthless in my life and i would add totally worthless in an objective sense to say the least. i know some believe these things and i also know i have no control over whatever fantasies haappen in the heads of others. Biology has little to do in my life so i don't spend a lot of time on it. Professionalism is expected and i do not see a lot of it in your posts. I tire of your self promotion and your browbeating concerning Biology. It is in bad taste. Obviously you do not care about truths of the first order and are content to live your life with blinders on when it comes to what really matters and you have that right. Have a nice night. By the way. Am skeptical of your claim you read the Bible four times.
Truths of the first order?

What's that all about?

“Why does my ignorance”

Since: Mar 11

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#129094 Oct 11, 2012
lightbeamrider wrote:
<quoted text> I cut out the preaching part of your post. Abiogenesis and self created universe is totally worthless in my life and i would add totally worthless in an objective sense to say the least. i know some believe these things and i also know i have no control over whatever fantasies haappen in the heads of others. Biology has little to do in my life so i don't spend a lot of time on it. Professionalism is expected and i do not see a lot of it in your posts. I tire of your self promotion and your browbeating concerning Biology. It is in bad taste. Obviously you do not care about truths of the first order and are content to live your life with blinders on when it comes to what really matters and you have that right. Have a nice night. By the way. Am skeptical of your claim you read the Bible four times.
Abiogenesis is unimportant to almost everyone's life, with the possible exception of the scientists working on it.

Whether biology is useful in your life or not is an aside. You are dishonest when you claim to know anything about biological science. You are dishonest when you claim abiogenesis and evolution aren't science. You know nothing of these fields and make sweeping religious statements concerning them - dishonest.

I love that you claim to be speaking to "first order truths" through the use of dishonesty. That's quite remarkable.

Re: professionalism

1. How are you being professional by misrepresenting your knowledge on subjects you don't even understand the most elementary aspects of?

2. I do not come on here to make my CV better. I come on here to combat ignorance espoused by people like you in a manner enjoyable to the other reasonable, rational people that read these threads.

My professional life and my topix life are wildly separate. Just as I cannot imagine the world you live in, and could never fill your shoes, you haven't got a clue what kind of professional circles I live in. You don't seem to know the first thing about science, how it works or how people interact within it. The kinds of logical fallacies and ignorance you parade about would get you harshly criticized, to say the least.

Last, it doesn't matter if you don't believe me about the Bible. I've largely forgotten it entirely. I remember a few key phrases and some general stories, but nothing specific. I'm not proud that I read it so many times - I used to be. Now I consider that one of the biggest time wasting events in my life. I've tried picking up other "holy" books and reading them (the book of Mormon, the Koran, the Urantia, and some Japanese religion's books). I find them incessantly boring, utterly worthless in the logic department, totally wrong about reality and a gross waste of time (except for those interested in those cultures). Sometimes the Buddhist ones are funny, especially when people get chased by magical cows. Oh, and one new Japanese religion claimed some god or other Created the universe 80 billion years ago. I found that quite laughable.

But I do remember that lying is one of the 7 deadly sins. And doesn't it say something like "yaay, above all these, God hates lying the most" or something?

So why can't you be honest? Why can't you say "I don't think science will ever be fruitful in its research on abiogenesis because I have religious beliefs."

Because that's all you have Lightbeamer. You have a deeply felt religious belief that has you convinced that abiogenesis couldn't have happened. It has you so convinced that you don't even care to peruse the evidence for it, don't care to learn how such research is being pursued so that you could produce a valid critique on their work.

So just be honest and admit you are religiously convinced and cannot speak to the evidence or theory behind the research. Is that so hard for you? Is dishonesty necessary for your religion's "pursuit of first order truths?"

“Why does my ignorance”

Since: Mar 11

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#129095 Oct 11, 2012
Catcher1 wrote:
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Truths of the first order?
What's that all about?
I can't really speak for LB, but it seems as though to reach Truths of the First Order you have to misrepresent your knowledge by speaking on subjects you don't understand.

A tiny bit of Orwellian logic there.

Since: Sep 10

Long Beach, CA

#129096 Oct 11, 2012
Hidingfromyou wrote:
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I can't really speak for LB, but it seems as though to reach Truths of the First Order you have to misrepresent your knowledge by speaking on subjects you don't understand.
A tiny bit of Orwellian logic there.
Just so you know.

I have been rapt with the U.S. Vice-presidential debate.

Biden did a very good job.

“Why does my ignorance”

Since: Mar 11

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#129097 Oct 11, 2012
lightbeamrider wrote:
Never claimed authority.
Every time you make proclamations about biology.
You have to be trained to understand abiogenesis?
You at least have to understand organic chemistry, some basic geology, geophysics, and biology.
Only those trained? Isn't that like a cult? A secret society?
No, it's called "education."
You on the other hand speak on the Bible and when i asked you to read Exodus 1 you replied to post it and you will. Does that mean you do not even own a Bible?
I have one, not here. The Internet has free Bibles of all kinds of versions. If you want me to read a passage, post it or a link.
Does that mean you have no training on the Bible? Not one Theology class?
Not one theology class. Read the Bible, attending some Bible studies classes, found them to be full of nonsense and the absence of intellectual growth and left.
My beliefs also speaks about hypocrisy. If i am dishonest it has nothing to do with rejection of abiogenesis or self created universe. One can reject these propositions on logic alone.
Really, how?

By making religious claims that are specific to your religion? Sorry, that's not logic.

By invoking your version of "common sense"? Sorry, reality is not based on your common sense.

It's like your a volunteer football coach for some nice children and you're trying to tell someone how computers should be built. Sorry, LB, but you don't have any input here. You lack the basic fundamentals in all of the sciences you speak to and so simply cannot understand the problems within those disciplines. Your comments on them are so wildly off base, so naive and uninformed, it's painful.

“ The Lord of delirious minds.”

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#129098 Oct 11, 2012
Catcher1 wrote:
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Just so you know.
I have been rapt with the U.S. Vice-presidential debate.
Biden did a very good job.

I agree but he is an old professional with loads of experience in bull shitting and lying. lol

Since: Sep 10

Long Beach, CA

#129099 Oct 11, 2012
Aura Mytha wrote:
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I agree but he is an old professional with loads of experience in bull shitting and lying. lol
lol back atcha Aura.....

“In the beginning God Created..”

Since: Feb 12

Southern Illinois

#129104 Oct 11, 2012
timn17 wrote:
<quoted text>I don't think many people actively disdain religious people, and I personally have no problem with a personal belief in god.
I do, however, take issue with those who make it their personal mission to spread their belief - a behavior that is highly encouraged in certain religions, christianity being one of them. And I am especially against those who try to impose the archaic notions of their religion on science and social policy. If someone wants to think that we are magical creations and that evolution is false, or if someone wants to think that gays shouldn't have equal rights, that's fine so long as they remain personal beliefs. They are stupid personal beliefs, but they are personal nonetheless. It's when people make it their mission to impose their beliefs on everyone else that it becomes a problem.
I completely understand your position.

The Mormons come every year to my house to invite me to their church. Now a days I donít even answer the door. Iíve got a security camera. If I donít know them. I donít need to talk to them.

Iím not trying to be mean itís just that Iím not interested. I think in todayís world there are better ways to invite people without coming across as a nuisance.

I donít hate gays or wish them harm. They shouldnít be discriminated in the work place. At the same time the work place is not a platform for them to market their lifestyle. In fact they need to keep their lifestyle personal.

I donít want to know if someone is gay. Itís none of my business to start with. For example CNNís Anderson Cooper came out that he was gay. In my opinion he used his job to promote a lifestyle. Work should be about work and nothing else. I think it was very inappropriate in my opinion.

I donít know any Christian that is anti science. There are hundreds of science disciplines and I support them all. Saying Christians are anti science is a very broad statement and itís untrue.

You choose not to believe. Iím ok with that decision of yours. We wouldnít be free if we didnít have a choice. My concerns are very similar to yours. I donít want anyone trying to convert me and that includes atheist. I donít want anyone trying to strip away my freedom of choice. Nor do I want anyone trying to stop my freedom of religion.

We have the right to believe or not to believe and I want to keep that freedom.

Since: Sep 10

Long Beach, CA

#129105 Oct 11, 2012
Eagle12 wrote:
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I completely understand your position.
The Mormons come every year to my house to invite me to their church. Now a days I donít even answer the door. Iíve got a security camera. If I donít know them. I donít need to talk to them.
Iím not trying to be mean itís just that Iím not interested. I think in todayís world there are better ways to invite people without coming across as a nuisance.
I donít hate gays or wish them harm. They shouldnít be discriminated in the work place. At the same time the work place is not a platform for them to market their lifestyle. In fact they need to keep their lifestyle personal.
I donít want to know if someone is gay. Itís none of my business to start with. For example CNNís Anderson Cooper came out that he was gay. In my opinion he used his job to promote a lifestyle. Work should be about work and nothing else. I think it was very inappropriate in my opinion.
I donít know any Christian that is anti science. There are hundreds of science disciplines and I support them all. Saying Christians are anti science is a very broad statement and itís untrue.
You choose not to believe. Iím ok with that decision of yours. We wouldnít be free if we didnít have a choice. My concerns are very similar to yours. I donít want anyone trying to convert me and that includes atheist. I donít want anyone trying to strip away my freedom of choice. Nor do I want anyone trying to stop my freedom of religion.
We have the right to believe or not to believe and I want to keep that freedom.
Have any of the gay people come to your front door?

I'll bet your security camera hasn't captured one lousy gay person.

Huh?

“In the beginning God Created..”

Since: Feb 12

Southern Illinois

#129106 Oct 11, 2012
Catcher1 wrote:
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Just so you know.
I have been rapt with the U.S. Vice-presidential debate.
Biden did a very good job.
The VP did a hell of a good job. Like a dominant boxer. He was so powerful. His style was dominating the debate. But we canít judge a debate by style alone.

Ryan had a less aggressive and less dominating style but yet he didnít cower down in the corner. Nor did he let emotions trump his message. He was steady and confident.

Two different styles and two totally different messages for the American people. Had the economy been strong the last couple of years there would be no way the Republicans could win.

The economy has been a train wreck. I donít think Romney can do miracles with it but I do believe he could improve it. This is going to be a real close race. Right now I think itís a 50/50 chance for either candidate.

“In the beginning God Created..”

Since: Feb 12

Southern Illinois

#129107 Oct 11, 2012
Catcher1 wrote:
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Have any of the gay people come to your front door?
I'll bet your security camera hasn't captured one lousy gay person.
Huh?
The gay message doesnít come to the door but through the TV. Most gays are busy trying to make a living like everyone else.

“In the beginning God Created..”

Since: Feb 12

Southern Illinois

#129108 Oct 11, 2012
Tide with Beach wrote:
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Do you really think there are politicians in office that want America to fail?
Isn't there a better way to make your point?
I do think some politicians are corrupt and they donít have their constituents at heart. The State Iím living in is notorious for corruption. Two of our former State Governors are in prison. Not to mention the State finances have been plowed into the ground.

So to answer sometimes there are some who donít care about the people they represent.

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