Wow. You CAN post a peaceful post.<quoted text>You and I have gone round and round on this site for sometime now. Lots of insults hurled around, obvious frustrate on both of our parts. I do have a tendency to think to often in terms of absolutes. I really don't like dealing in absolutes, so I will give you this. I don't absolutely KNOW that God does not exist. He/she/it/ may very well exists somewhere at sometime. My position however is that until there is solid empirical evidence that such a being exists, I will continue to LACK a belief in such a being.
Having said that, I strongly believe that religion in general is dangerous. You have heard my reasoning many times, but I'll offer up these examples and see if we can't have a dialog. These are some of the reasons I believe religion to be a danger to our society.
1.) If organized Religion is anything it's divisive. It pigeon holes groups of people who hold opposing religious beliefs, and those who have no beliefs. It makes it almost impossible for people with different beliefs coexists in a meaningful manner. I can't possible be friends with someone that tells me that because I don't believe as they do, that I deserve to be tortured FOREVER.
2.) When you assume that Goddidit, then the search for the answer is over. Creationists turn their backs on well established scientific facts concerning evolution. "We, and everything living things were created by God." Which means look no further into the origin of our species, the journey is over before it begins. "I'm against religion because it teaches us to be content with not understanding the world around us."
Thats all I have for now!!!!
You said "I don't absolutely KNOW that God does not exist." You aren't an atheist, you're agnostic. Maybe an agnostic atheist. It's good that you've opened up at least that much to admit there's a possibility of God - whether you believe it or not.
1. Organized religion is divisive by nature. There are many different religions that share different views & rules, even within Christianity. What we need to do is learn to get along with each other, regardless of what our personal views are.
2. I disagree. I think that when you believe "Goddidit", it leaves you wide open to search for the answer of HOW "Goddidit". There are many religious scientists that are on the same path to knowledge that non-religious scientists are.