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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Thinking

Andover, UK

#139309 Nov 20, 2012
It's strange what some people obsess about in their scriptures. Like those christians that obsess about gays but ignore other bible messages when they obstruct healthcare for all.
Clementia wrote:
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I don't know about other religious, it has no spiritual significance in sikhi, BUT it has a very political, logical and symbolic importance.
I'll try and find the post where I explained all this to Khatru.
The Guru granth sahib is against every ritual done for God. It even questions, why do we pray to God? If he is omnipresent and is within all hearts, surely then he must know what is in our minds?
The sikhism you see today is not the actual teachings of the GGS. Our mecca (akal takat, in golden temple) has forgotten the teachings of GGS and has started their own religion, for their own greed. Keeping hair has been giving spiritual significance, by these fools and not the GGS!
blacklagoon

Boston, MA

#139310 Nov 20, 2012
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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Catholics aren't Christian.
der
This is why they have different names.
Moron
Catholics to Christians is the same as carrot is to vegetable. Celery is a different name than carrot but both fare still vegetables. Why is it overtime I post you i feel like I'm dealing with a 12 years old. YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN. Avoid it all you want, but you are classified by everyone else on the planet as a CHRISTIAN. Learn to deal with it. I know it's difficult but do give it a try!!!!

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#139311 Nov 20, 2012
Thinking wrote:
I don't think my interpretation will help you. My knowledge of Guru Nanak is next to nothing. I understand Sikhism was born ~500 years ago of an urgent need to find a good way to live in between competing Hindu and muslim communities, and that's about all. I listen to the piece at 7.45pm on Radio 4 each morning which is sometimes Sikh. The Sikhs I know don't try to proselytise, so that's all I know.
My logic is this:
There could be an all powerful god that was not compassionate. If so, I despise it.
There could not under any circumstances be an all powerful god is compassionate. Evidence rules this out.
Any other "super being" is not really a god, it's just something we could probably out Evolve.
I haven't seen any evidence for any god anyway, so I live my life assuming there isn't one.
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Yes, sikhi was created for those people who wanted to live in peace with eachother, but who weren't being allowed to in hinduism/islam. Even if it was for four days, sikhi gave men freedom! But now even the verses from the GGS have been taken out of context and sikhi has been corrupted.

Yes, we don't convert. But these days baptism is being mentally forced on us sikhs and it makes me f*cking angry!!!!!!

I've never listened to radio 4, I'm always listening to asian network.

But from my understanding of GGS, people like you are the true ones. From the bottom of your heart you do believe in the 'God' that sikhi talks about, because you can't bear to see children dying of leukemia! That is the state religious people should be in, but most of them are too obsessed with worshiping God from thier mouths and trying to get other people to say God from their mouths.

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#139312 Nov 20, 2012
Thinking wrote:
It's strange what some people obsess about in their scriptures. Like those christians that obsess about gays but ignore other bible messages when they obstruct healthcare for all.
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LOL, so true.

"You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."

"let he who is without sin, cast the first stone."

Who the hell hasn't sinned? Oh, but then most religious people think they're perfect!

Our sikh religious body thinks that 'sikhism' will die if the sikh identity is not kept alive. That's why they force the hair thing. And if 'sikhism' dies then how will these people make money? It's all about bloody greed!! They don't care if the true message gets out or not. It's the same with all the other religious organisations.

Since: Mar 11

United States

#139313 Nov 20, 2012
I'd wager he belongs to one of those nutty Sarah Palin churches that scream the Pope is the Anti Christ and such.

He is a verified loon with a sub 88 IQ no doubt.
Karma is a_______ wrote:
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Dude, seriously are you that friggin dumb????
Definition of CHRISTIAN (Merriam-Webster)
1
a : one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ
Last time I checked, Catholics believe in Jesus. In fact, if you were to say study world history you would know that the Catholic church is the "ancestor" of all western Christianity sects. Catholicism was the only Christianity in Medieval Europe until Martin Luther came along
blacklagoon

Boston, MA

#139314 Nov 20, 2012
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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Idiot. That sums you up in one word....
"God SAID", so He has a mouth? Why does God need a mouth? Why do you want God to have hands? Why do you want God to have eyes?
So you can try to scrutinize Him. Good luck with that.
I don't "Want" God to have anything, I'm just going by how your God is described in your holy book, and by the way other Christians, and that includes Catholics, describe him to me.

Since: Oct 10

Location hidden

#139315 Nov 20, 2012
KittenKoder wrote:
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Which end hurts the people again?
Both if wielded properly.

Since: Oct 10

Location hidden

#139316 Nov 20, 2012
Double Fine wrote:
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You glued your hands together for a bet?
Using what?
Bad judgement?

Since: Mar 11

United States

#139317 Nov 20, 2012
Well said indeed. I never get tired of these idiots who come on here trolling and spamming like crazy but then get indignant when they are treated as such, even to the point of screaming to the mods! Our muslim spambot Muq has made over 58 complaints on me and counting Lol!

I'm like, if you don't like what atheists say, why come to the atheism forum?

Sorry but they can't have it both ways.
Adam wrote:
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No you are the troll. THis is an Atheism forum last time I checked. You and your fundie friends like to dictate your fundie batshit crazy beliefs onto us, not the other way around.
Thinking

Andover, UK

#139318 Nov 20, 2012
Next time you see a shouty christian proselytising on the street corner, consider saying this to them:

"And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites [are]: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward." - Matthew 6:5

I don't believe there is an underlying safety net that you call god below but I have a strong sense of what is right and wrong. I'm not out to wreck that which some people use to get them through tough times.
Clementia wrote:
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Yes, sikhi was created for those people who wanted to live in peace with eachother, but who weren't being allowed to in hinduism/islam. Even if it was for four days, sikhi gave men freedom! But now even the verses from the GGS have been taken out of context and sikhi has been corrupted.
Yes, we don't convert. But these days baptism is being mentally forced on us sikhs and it makes me f*cking angry!!!!!!
I've never listened to radio 4, I'm always listening to asian network.
But from my understanding of GGS, people like you are the true ones. From the bottom of your heart you do believe in the 'God' that sikhi talks about, because you can't bear to see children dying of leukemia! That is the state religious people should be in, but most of them are too obsessed with worshiping God from thier mouths and trying to get other people to say God from their mouths.
Thinking

Andover, UK

#139319 Nov 20, 2012
Asian Network and Radio 6 nearly got axed, didn't they? Glad they didn't. BBC radio is a marvellous institution.
Clementia wrote:
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Yes, sikhi was created for those people who wanted to live in peace with eachother, but who weren't being allowed to in hinduism/islam. Even if it was for four days, sikhi gave men freedom! But now even the verses from the GGS have been taken out of context and sikhi has been corrupted.
Yes, we don't convert. But these days baptism is being mentally forced on us sikhs and it makes me f*cking angry!!!!!!
I've never listened to radio 4, I'm always listening to asian network.
But from my understanding of GGS, people like you are the true ones. From the bottom of your heart you do believe in the 'God' that sikhi talks about, because you can't bear to see children dying of leukemia! That is the state religious people should be in, but most of them are too obsessed with worshiping God from thier mouths and trying to get other people to say God from their mouths.

Since: Sep 11

Location hidden

#139320 Nov 20, 2012
Dave Nelson wrote:
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Oh, my young fellow inmate trapped in this material world.
First, technology and physics employed by us proves that the effect on the rock and humans is the same. Very widespread.
Now, let me clue you into a hard fact of physical life. You can only do what you are allowed to do by superior forces. You fight one directly and you will lose. You will get worn out even if it is slightly stronger than you. Knowing where to stand and use leverage of various sorts is the key to getting what you want done, but even then you have to be allowed to get into those positions to effect such. All the way down to the most basic of actions, including thought. Something has to move out of the way for your puny force to express itself. You have a universe of much stronger forces than you restricting your initiatives. All moving at a very rapid pace, and from your perspective, in an incomprehensible pattern. Something as simple as the gravity holding the earth in orbit is also holding you, plus the galaxy holding the sun and earth and you. They are far away, but they have you firmly in their grip. You dance to their tune. Period. You have the illusion you can move on your own if and when you desire. This is hard physics. The universe is bound by very strong forces in relation to you.
It lets you think you exist the way you are.
If that physical universe moves according to your will, it is because there is a leverage you possess on a dimension you can't see letting you act.
I get a sick feeling in my stomach every time I see one of your transparent attempts to feign wisdom. Just stop it. The fact that a magnet can exert a force on a piece of metal does not "prove" that we are being "controlled" by EM. You are bordering on delusions of grandeur - thinking you have "figured it all out." From "my" perspective - the universe is incomprehensible - but not to you, right? You know the secret of the magnets!

Seriously, please stop spouting this garbage at me. It's cool if you wanna believe this nonsense. What you can't do is claim a few simple facts - that magnets exist and that our blood has iron - and then expect me to believe you when you say that we are being controlled by the EM gods.
Loren Eberly

Mount Vernon, OH

#139321 Nov 20, 2012
Hold Elected Officials Accountable:

The majority of us the Government of this Representative Republic that vote and the nonvoters that sit on their dead hands and whine; Are responsible to hold President, Governor, Representatives of US the Government, County Commissioners, Township Trustees, Mayors, City Council, School Administrators and Board Members accountable.

To comply with USA Labor Law, The Constitution, and demands of Natural Law: what Mother Nature, God, or Whatever Power decreed to be the reality of the real world, democracy, capitalism, the US Constitution, and free, fair, and affordable commerce and common sense demands.

Demanding every Stockholder, corporation, farmer, business, outsourcer sweatshop, and nonprofit, tax-exempt, organization and Church; markets the cost in the wholesale and retail price of his or her product and service; of every worker, consumer, and taxpayer's wages (union contract), healthcare, pension, investment and independent business profit.

This enables every worker, consumer, and taxpayer to pay healthcare insurance premium or pay healthcare provider. Pay ALL taxes and pay for every product and service they use for life. With money derived from wages, investment profit, and independent business profit.

And enables every parent to educate, love, nurse, nurture, discipline, protect, and provide; for every child (job) they conceive. And fund schools, infrastructure, local and national security, government services, and etc.; with money derived from wages, investment profit, and independent business profit.

President, the Justices they appoint, and Elected Officials hold Union workers, consumers, taxpayers, and America’s grandchildren’s children, Government employees, Parents, Teachers, Veterans, Police, Firemen, and Fathers disqualified for affirmative action with white skin, Representatives deny Collective Bargaining Rights accountable.

To fund Illegal drug users and Illegal Immigrants, lottery, casino, and keno losers, unemployed Union workers replaced with nonunion workers, Human Traffickers, waitresses that pander for life for $2.00 per hour, slaves in enterprise zones, low-income child labor, consumers, and taxpayers, volunteers without wages, and nonunion workers willing to work for fewer wages than they can afford life. That pays with welfare checks, food stamps, housing vouchers, and Medicaid.

Pay property tax on state appraised value of their American Dream to fund schools. Pay interest on lottery winners winnings Legislators invest in school bonds, Pay for all stimulus packages, tax abatements, tax incentives, tax refunds, tax credit, and tax exemptions.

Pay sales tax on the more stock dividends (money) OPEC Nations, Enron Stockholders, Wal-Mart Stockholders, Hillarys, Chinese, Foreign and Domestic Investors and Stockholders (money marketers) market quarterly. In the wholesale and retail price of every product and service Human Beings use for life. And School Boards and Government needs to build, maintain and operate schools, infrastructure, and provide local and national security, and Government services. That gets only product or service.

Defying USA Labor Law, the Constitution, and Realities demands is bankrupting USA. Makes free, fair, and affordable commerce IMPOSSIBLE; Makes funding schools IMPOSSIBLE; Makes balancing every budget IMPOSSIBLE; Makes Union workers, consumers, taxpayers, and Americas grandchildren's children life UNAFFORDABLE; and created Ohio’s $1.35 trillion budget deficit, the $40 trillion social security and the $16 trillion national debt. America’s grandchildren’s children are responsible to pay Chinese, Foreign and Domestic Investors and Stockholders interest with this debt until they are 18 years old.

America’s grandchildren’s children cannot afford life and pay this debt with the $7.25 per hour Government mandated labor wage in a hundred million years.

Since: Sep 11

Location hidden

#139322 Nov 20, 2012
I'm not trying to be mean, but please, cut it out. If you have some hard evidence outside of the patterns you find in your mind, by all means share it, that would be interesting. But pointing out that we have iron in our blood and that EM exists as a force does not tell me that we are "dancing to a tune." If you mean to say that our senses are not an authoritative source for information about reality, and that "things" and forces and even dimensions might exist that we are not privy to, I would agree with that. But all this EM nonsense is your belief, and not anything more.

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#139323 Nov 20, 2012
Adam wrote:
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A good point. I'd go one further and say prayer is not only not needed, as an all knowing god will know everything, but prayer is also superstition. It is superstition because people believe they can magically effect future events by saying magical words.
I understand what you're saying, but I think it also depends on your understanding of pray. In sikhism, God is like your conscience and inner strength. This is an example of a prayer by my 10th guru;

O Lord grant me the boon, that I may never deviate from doing a good deeds. That I shall not fear when I go into combat. And with determination I will be victorious. That I may teach myself this greed alone, to learn only Thy praises and when the last days of my life come, I may die in the might of the battlefield, Guru Gobind Singh.

That is a prayer they said before they went into a battle. In this prayer the guru didn't say, O God magical kill my enemies! God is within and he's not going to do any magic, you have to fight on your own in this world, but talking to your inner self will motivate you and give you inner strength. The 'God' concept in sikhism was meant to help you awaken your self-belief. Most Hindus at that time thought God was going to come out of the sky and help them, I believe pray like that is pointless.
Nikki

Haacht, Belgium

#139324 Nov 20, 2012
RiversideRedneck wrote:
Do you think should zap us all with fuzzy feelings & fix everything for us?
While I would love to have a sugardaddy in the sky that would fix all the evils in the world I'd be satisfied if your god could be so kind as to send a mental message not to kill innocent people to the more batsh*t members of your religion every now and then.

Since: Sep 11

Location hidden

#139325 Nov 20, 2012
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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I can't speak for "many Christians", just one. If you have a question for me (and not all of Christianity), them ask.
Ok, why can you not see the distinction between so called "hard atheism" and "soft atheism?" It has been explained to you many times. Does it make you feel better to think that we would be christians if we didn't "believe" so strongly in atheism?

Since: Feb 08

Tampa, FL

#139326 Nov 20, 2012
Clementia wrote:
The problem is that most religious people don't want to understand atheists and vice versa.
Since many (perhaps even most) atheists were once religious people, we understand religious people quite well.

Since: Feb 08

Tampa, FL

#139327 Nov 20, 2012
Clementia wrote:
I'm saying we should look at God scientifically. Why do you have to make the God belief a 'cuckoo concept'?
Tell you what: Tell us how one would go about looking at God "scientifically".

I think we'll quickly come to the answer to your question.

Since: Feb 08

Tampa, FL

#139328 Nov 20, 2012
Clementia wrote:
"random quantum fluctuations"......I can agree with that but not the "random" part.
Oh? Why not?

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