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Atheism requires as much faith as religion?

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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.

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“Jon Snow”

Since: Dec 10

The King in the Nor±h

#149933 Jan 24, 2013
Dave Nelson wrote:
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:-)
The typical Topix atheist will challenge you to define rationality. Then they will argue about the definition given in the dictionary, stating flatly they are free to define it for themselves as they see fit. Like the term atheism.
They do that a lot. It helps in their logic development process.
To them such is rational.
In your very limited reason skills, there are many things beyond the scope of.
But lets not dwell on your misfortune or shortcomings . Davey boy.

“Credulity is not a virtue”

Since: Apr 09

San Francisco

#149934 Jan 24, 2013
Anon wrote:
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When you have a graduate degree in physics, I'll give your arguments credibility. Right now you're just a Topix scientist, and that doesn't amount to much.
Someone with a graduate degree in physics would be unlikely to make the word-salads that Dave does.

“I see quantum effects”

Since: Jan 11

In the macro world.

#149935 Jan 24, 2013
polymath257 wrote:
<quoted text>Wow. Not even close. Where do you get this stuff?
In his hot tub.

He's been contemplating his fart bubbles again.

“I see quantum effects”

Since: Jan 11

In the macro world.

#149936 Jan 24, 2013
bohart wrote:
<quoted text>A total evasion.
Yah.

Right.

“I see quantum effects”

Since: Jan 11

In the macro world.

#149937 Jan 24, 2013
bohart wrote:
<quoted text>You are so far behind the times it's scary, scientists at Arizona state have begun new investigations into lifes origin rejecting the premise that life is like baking a cake,..all you need is the right chemicals in the proper amount and walla! life! It's a 19th century concept.
Walla?

Now who the heck was it that always said "walla"?

Eagle12

“In the beginning God Created..”

Since: Feb 12

Southern Illinois

#149938 Jan 24, 2013
The_Box wrote:
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Yes, and the modern term for marrying and having sexual relations with a 'bride' you've taken by force is RAPE.
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.
Part I
Judges 21:10-24
No reverence to rape, None.
http://debunkedevil.blogspot.com/2009/10/rape...
The writer presumes to think for its readers, entering in opinions about just how bad of a crime rape really is. It says "How anyone can get their moral guidance from a book that allows rape escapes me." Now, after butchering the English language, it again attacks the Bible using its own opinions, that the Bible condones rape, without looking at the actual text. Again it fails to realize that the Bible frequently tells stories of the Israelites' wrongful acts, but that by no means shows that the Bible is condoning what they are doing. Let's take at look at their so-called "examples":
1) Murder, rape, and pillage at Jabesh-Gilead (Judges 21. 10-24): First off I would like to ask a simple question: Where was the rape? It never says it outright in the verse, and therefore requires some very large assumptions from EvilBible in order to make this work for them, which they do without a thought. EB uses this syllogism: "The virgin's relatives were killed. The men who killed them took the virgins in. They got married, so it must have been equivalent to rape (notice EB also assumes the marriage was forced)" Syllogisms do not contain perfect logic, for example "fish can swim. I can swim. I must be a fish." Therefore, there is no reason to believe that this actually contained rape, let alone repeatedly. There were even regulations for how to deal with said regulation. Give them a peace offer (Deut 20.10-14). This verse even goes on to show how war captives were to be treated, as follows:
Provide them with housing (taking them in)
Allowing them 1 month to mourn.
Then allow marriage
If they divorce, no mistreatment.
Where's the rape? You should know by now.
2) Murder, rape, and pillage of the Midianites (Numbers 31.7-18): Almost the same thing as above. Again, they say "Clearly Moses approves of rape of virgins". Apparently EB sees the word virgin and immediately thinks rape. Rape, or even sex, is never mentioned in the entire verse. The process above still applies, as well.
3) More murder, rape, and pillage (Deuteronomy 20.10-14): Let's make a little checklist, shall we?
Murder: This is war, and peace was rejected, God even commanded to offer peace.
Rape: Still only says as much as the above two, rape's been inserted by EB.(Evil Bible)
Slavery: The word that here was translated as forced slavery can also be translated to simply mean work, which here could easily be a form of indentured servitude. Also, I already talked about how slavery in the Bible's time, not the same as America's early history: http://debunkedevil.blogspot.com/2009/10/slav...

Eagle12

“In the beginning God Created..”

Since: Feb 12

Southern Illinois

#149939 Jan 24, 2013
Part II

4) Laws of rape (Deut 22.28-29): Here Mariano was a great resource by providing the etymology of the verse. The word used here, translated as rape, is the Hebrew word shakab, meaning lying down. Taphas is the Hebrew word for catching, handling, taking hold, and isn't used. If you look at most other translations it merely says "a virgin, who is not betrothed, and he lays hold of her and lies with her." Where in the verse does it say the intercourse was forced? The verse even ends with "and they were found". It doesn't say he was caught, THEY were caught. This shows that they were engaging in fornication, not rape. This made them have to get married because the woman was not even previously betrothed.
5) Death to the rape victim (Deut. 22. 23-24): Here it is interesting to note than EB has been citing the NLT, and now switches to the NAB for the remainder of the article. The NLT's verse is even farther away from citing rape, while the NAB is closer, and therefore suits EB's purpose, deliberate misinterpretation, better. The NLT says "suppose a man meets a young woman, a virgin engaged to a man, and has sexual intercourse with her..." Again, no rape. This is fornication, and both are punished for it. They cannot get married like #4 because she is already engaged, so they must be punished, and God has rules set for that. Also, there is a part EB conveniently left out in the very next verse. It says "But if the man meets the engaged woman out in the country, and he rapes her, than only the man must die." Sound like condoning rape to you?
Also, for those who would point out the "but" to mean it meant it in the first part as well, literal translations of the first one say "but she did not cry out", and in the countryside crying out is far less likely to help at all. This shows that the woman was in fact raped, while if she didn't cry out people would know it wasn't rape.
6) David's punishment- Polygamy, rape, baby killing, and God's "forgiveness" (2 Samuel 12. 11-14): To start God is punishing David for polygamy and adultery, so condoning that is out of the question. Deuteronomy 17:15, 17 says: "You shall set a king over you...He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray." Let's try another checklist:
Rape: Absent. Lying with the neighbor is his wives committing adultery, no rape.
Polygamy: Present. God punished David for it.
Baby Killing: Present. God judged David because David had made followers of God look like hypocrites for committing adultery with Bathsheba. Capital punishment, explained here: www.debunkedevil.blogspot.com/2009/10/murder-...
Forgiveness: Present. The punishment for adultery is death, but God forgave David. Funny thing is, for EB this should be a bad thing.
7) Rape of female captives (Deut 21. 10-14): This was cited earlier in order to show that there wasn't rape, see the process at the end of #1. The process showed that they must be married in order to have sexual relations. None of this was forced, including the marriage. There's not rape, once again EB inserts a very disturbing misinterpretation.

Since: Sep 08

La Junta, CO

#149941 Jan 24, 2013
wilderide wrote:
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So if you do something based on "training and experience" you are not exerting free will? Wha?
Certainly not. Training means you were taught. Experience is what shapes that teaching into something different if such occurs. How do you think cultural differences came about?

You are taught not to do some dangerous things, but you do them to get a thrill or knowledge. That is free will.

“What game?”

Since: Oct 10

Location hidden

#149942 Jan 24, 2013
Dave Nelson wrote:
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You said particles are fuzzy. Not hard thingies. Perhaps that fuzzy stuff is thought, waves of some sort that then gathers other fuzzy stuff to create "life". Waves shaping waves. Kind of creating its own little world.
Fuzz creates the hard stuff that then creates more fuzz.
We have fuzzy thinking Topix atheists, so it must be possible.
Or something like that.

“Thank you GOD for JESUS”

Since: Jul 07

And thank you JESUS for caring

#149944 Jan 24, 2013
mtimber wrote:
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If God was outside of time and space, as He created it, then He would have to reveal that fact in some form.
To do this, He has shown, through prophecy, that this is the case.
It is a logical conclusion.
1. To prove God is eternal, He has to show knowledge that He operates outside the bounds of time.
2. God reveals the future through prophecy, operating outside of time.
3. God proves He is eternal.
Second Part:
1. The universe had a start, a first cause that was not of the universe.
2. That first cause has to show that it is outside of time.
3. God has shown He is outside of term and therefore the first cause.
Plenty of evidence that God is the Creator, using very simple logic.
God presents His own argument here:
Isa 42:8 I [am] the LORD: that [is] my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
Isa 42:9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.
Very nicely written :)

“Thank you GOD for JESUS”

Since: Jul 07

And thank you JESUS for caring

#149945 Jan 24, 2013
Adam wrote:
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No, atheists look at a rock and see a rock. They look at god-S and religion-S (in the plural) and understand that these are man made. Simple as.
GOD S man made? That's a first LOL

“Jon Snow”

Since: Dec 10

The King in the Nor±h

#149946 Jan 24, 2013
Serah wrote:
<quoted text>GOD S man made? That's a first LOL
Men made other men god, men made themselves god.
Is it so far to stretch of your brain spring , to realize ?

Get in line
.

Since: Sep 08

La Junta, CO

#149947 Jan 24, 2013
River Tam wrote:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =8g2ArhHlyykXX
Dreams can become reality, sweetness. Or seem that way.

It can get difficult figuring just where the dreaming actually started.

“Fortes Fortuna Juvat, ”

Since: Dec 09

Wichita. Ks.

#149948 Jan 24, 2013
Serah wrote:
<quoted text>GOD S man made? That's a first LOL
It is very simple.

God or gods are manmade to explain their existence.

It is really that simple.

“Fortes Fortuna Juvat, ”

Since: Dec 09

Wichita. Ks.

#149949 Jan 24, 2013
Serah wrote:
<quoted text>GOD S man made? That's a first LOL
If your god is not manmade then please show us your god.

If it is the god of the bible or the Qqran then please show a loving god and not the god of hate and evil that the bible and the quran proclaim as a god.

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#149950 Jan 24, 2013
mtimber wrote:
Would you expand on that?
Across time and societies, those calling themselves Christians have held many contradictory beliefs about morality.

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#149951 Jan 24, 2013
mtimber wrote:
No, the atheist wants to present the godidit argument as invalid whilst retaining the rockdidit argument as valid.
The "goddidit" answer is not an answer. It's usually referred to as the god of the gaps fallacy.

Is anyone saying a rock did anything? Anyone? Can you provide a quote from an atheist? You are committing the strawman argument fallacy.
mtimber wrote:
I am making the Transcendental Argument for the existance of God.
You can of course match that and make the transcendental argument for the creative powers of rocks if you want, but that might be a tough one...
Have you made your argument for the existence of God? I must have missed it.

“What game?”

Since: Oct 10

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#149952 Jan 24, 2013
Dave Nelson wrote:
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Dreams can become reality, sweetness. Or seem that way.
It can get difficult figuring just where the dreaming actually started.
In my world, reality creates dreams.

See how different we can be?

Since: Jan 11

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#149953 Jan 24, 2013
mtimber wrote:
Atheists look at a rock and think it replaces the need for God...
Which atheists?

I don't suppose you'd make claims without any evidence, now would you?

Where are you going to find these atheists you keep talking about, that do such weird things?

Since: Sep 08

La Junta, CO

#149954 Jan 24, 2013
River Tam wrote:
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In my world, reality creates dreams.
See how different we can be?
Why would reality create dreams? What would be the need?

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