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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xianity is EVIL wrote:
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you need to keep up with the times,bud
http://youtu.be/nZiROWO6iVs
Enjoyable. It is a good THEORY. As stated in title.

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au contraire
Several weeks ago, a ground-breaking study on religious belief and social well-being was published in the Journal of Religion & Society. Comparing 18 prosperous democracies from the U.S. to New Zealand, author Gregory S Paul quietly demolished the myth that faith strengthens society.
Drawing on a wide range of studies to cross-match faith – measured by belief in God and acceptance of evolution – with homicide and intimate behavior, Paul found that secular societies have lower rates of violence and teenage pregnancy than societies where many people profess belief in God.
Top of the class, in both atheism and good behavior, come the Japanese. Over eighty percent accept evolution and fewer than ten percent are certain that God exists. Despite its size – over a hundred million people – Japan is one of the least crime-prone countries in the world. It also has the lowest rates of teenage pregnancy of any developed nation.
Next in line are the Norwegians, British, Germans and Dutch. At least sixty percent accept evolution as a fact and fewer than one in three are convinced that there is a deity. There is little teenage pregnancy , although the Brits, with over 40 pregnancies per 1,000 girls a year, do twice as badly as the others. Homicide rates are also low -- around 1-2 victims per 100,000 people a year.
At the other end of the scale comes America. Over 50 percent of Americans believe in God, and only 40 percent accept some form of evolution (many believe it had a helping hand from the Deity). The U.S. has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy and homicide rates are at least five times greater than in Europe and ten times higher than in Japan.
All this information points to a strong correlation between faith and antisocial behavior -- a correlation so strong that there is good reason to suppose that religious belief does more harm than good.
At first glance that is a preposterous suggestion, given that religions preach non-violence and intimate restraint. However, close inspection reveals a different story.
All believers learn that God holds them responsible for their actions. So far so good, but for many, belief absolves them of all other responsibilities.
Consciously or subconsciously, those who are "born again" or "chosen" have diminished respect for others who do not share their sect or their faith. Convinced that only the Bible offers "truth", they lose their intellectual curiosity and their ability to reason. Their priority becomes not the world they live in but themselves.
The more people prioritize themselves rather than those around them, the weaker society becomes and the greater the likelihood of antisocial behavior.
Hence gun laws which encourage Americans to see each other not as fellow human beings who deserve protection, but as potential aggressors who deserve to die.
As for sex… Faith encourages ignorance rather than responsible behavior. In other countries, sex education includes contraception, reducing the risk of unwanted pregnancies. Such an approach recognizes that young people have the right to make their own choices and helps them make decisions that benefit society as a whole. In America faith-driven abstinence programs deny them that right -- "As a Christian I will only help you if you do what I say". The result is soaring rates of unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
Abstinence programs rest on the same weak intellectual foundation as creationism and intelligent design. Faith discourages unprejudiced analysis.
i think this shatters the thinking that morality is lost when societies become secular.
OK "YOU" die and ........ Bully for you. Misery loves company. You still can't prove anything.

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xianity is EVIL wrote:
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au contraire
Several weeks ago, a ground-breaking study on religious belief and social well-being was published in the Journal of Religion & Society. Comparing 18 prosperous democracies from the U.S. to New Zealand, author Gregory S Paul quietly demolished the myth that faith strengthens society.
Drawing on a wide range of studies to cross-match faith – measured by belief in God and acceptance of evolution – with homicide and intimate behavior, Paul found that secular societies have lower rates of violence and teenage pregnancy than societies where many people profess belief in God.
Top of the class, in both atheism and good behavior, come the Japanese. Over eighty percent accept evolution and fewer than ten percent are certain that God exists. Despite its size – over a hundred million people – Japan is one of the least crime-prone countries in the world. It also has the lowest rates of teenage pregnancy of any developed nation.
Next in line are the Norwegians, British, Germans and Dutch. At least sixty percent accept evolution as a fact and fewer than one in three are convinced that there is a deity. There is little teenage pregnancy , although the Brits, with over 40 pregnancies per 1,000 girls a year, do twice as badly as the others. Homicide rates are also low -- around 1-2 victims per 100,000 people a year.
At the other end of the scale comes America. Over 50 percent of Americans believe in God, and only 40 percent accept some form of evolution (many believe it had a helping hand from the Deity). The U.S. has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy and homicide rates are at least five times greater than in Europe and ten times higher than in Japan.
All this information points to a strong correlation between faith and antisocial behavior -- a correlation so strong that there is good reason to suppose that religious belief does more harm than good.
At first glance that is a preposterous suggestion, given that religions preach non-violence and intimate restraint. However, close inspection reveals a different story.
All believers learn that God holds them responsible for their actions. So far so good, but for many, belief absolves them of all other responsibilities.
Consciously or subconsciously, those who are "born again" or "chosen" have diminished respect for others who do not share their sect or their faith. Convinced that only the Bible offers "truth", they lose their intellectual curiosity and their ability to reason. Their priority becomes not the world they live in but themselves.
The more people prioritize themselves rather than those around them, the weaker society becomes and the greater the likelihood of antisocial behavior.
Hence gun laws which encourage Americans to see each other not as fellow human beings who deserve protection, but as potential aggressors who deserve to die.
As for sex… Faith encourages ignorance rather than responsible behavior. In other countries, sex education includes contraception, reducing the risk of unwanted pregnancies. Such an approach recognizes that young people have the right to make their own choices and helps them make decisions that benefit society as a whole. In America faith-driven abstinence programs deny them that right -- "As a Christian I will only help you if you do what I say". The result is soaring rates of unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
Abstinence programs rest on the same weak intellectual foundation as creationism and intelligent design. Faith discourages unprejudiced analysis.
i think this shatters the thinking that morality is lost when societies become secular.
Good post and points.

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<quoted text> Good post and points.
It would be if it had anything to do with what it responded to. I hope he cut copy and pasted it.

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Hmmmm..
I guess you wouldn't believe my nine incher, either, huh?
OK, tell us about yours again. With more detail than before. If you don't have the details and the memories, then it was definitely a dream on your part.
Typical self esteem issues. Just keep trying to top one lie with a bigger one, next time it'll be a 12 incher....I wouldn't believe you if you told me it was a 5 incher.

Tell you about my what again? Penis???? I'm sure I haven't said anything about it since I don't sport one, Sparky;0)

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Old theology "cherry picked" as usual,
rather than a defense of the atheist religion.
Science is silent on atheism,
Since there is no "religion" of atheism there is no defense. Yes, science is silent on atheism because atheism makes no claims. Science deals with the tangible world that we live in, that which can be observed, measured, quantified.

Science doesn't refute the unexplainable, it merely waits until possible explanations are available and tests them to see if they are constant. Since supernatural deities cannot be observed, science is silent on that subject as well.

Got it;0)

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<quoted text> Regulated for the benefit of the slave/servant. If you believe the Bible supports or approves of slavery, abuse of slave then make your case.
I'm sorry, I always make the mistake of assuming the other knows the subject which they're defending. You apparently don't know the mitzvah regarding slavery. You apparently don't know of the historical uses of the Bible passages regarding Ham, a passage tailor-made for the task. You apparently don't know of the multiple passages throughout the Conquest in which some "God" is claimed to command the taking of slaves from those whom they're not commanded to slaughter.

Which is odd because it's the very pasages to which you're referring when you speak of "regulating". If you can speak of that, obviously slavery is covered in the Bible....

...and is not condemned.

And that is the totality of my point. The owning of another of God's creation - God's "image" - is not condemned. You can rationalize all you like about degrees of "benefit" of being owned by another man, with the Bible-sanctioned ability to punish, to use, to sell, to breed, to auction precious mate and offspring, and if you're careful to do it right, to kill, but it took humans to realize, and fight, against those arguing directly from the Bible, that owning another human as so much livestock is fundamentally wrong. The God of the Bible was of little help in that regard.
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<quoted text> More moralizing and God blaming. Just can't grasp the concept.
I think you're wrong. I think you're presuming what I'm saying through your own biases rather than doing the simple human courtesy of reading what I actually said. I don't see that I've "blamed God" for anything, anything at all. I release God from such hopeful foolishness. I don't expect God heals any more than it causes pain. That ain't what I said. I said that the book from which you operate is purely and empirically the work of man. No God, no God to "blame". Man.
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<quoted text> Stop crying like a bitch. You select quoted from one of my posts and ignored others which would have added context. Like this.
Ouch. Such nastiness in this one, Obi-Wan. And he claims not to be frustrated. hmm...
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<quoted text>Slavery was universal and far more cruel and inhumane then the regulated slavery depicted in the Old Testament.
You're not clear here, but apparently you're making some kind of arbitrary distinction between slavery in one era versus another era? And you know this, how again? You have a time machine, I presume? You know what daily life was like for a slave in bronze-age Palestine? You're rationalizing yet again. "It wasn't so bad, coulda been worse, " is that it? Ooo-kay. That kind of argument fits neatly among those tacitly perpetuating the travesty of slavery for centuries after the "message from God".

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<quoted text>Corporal punishment was a normal form of punishment in the ancient world. You are unbelievable hypocrites when you whine about slavery depicted in the Bible, besides that most are biblical illiterates. They don't know what they are talking about and really don't want to learn anything. God depicted in Scripture always works withing the system to bring about results. Including slavery. You have zero objective basis to condemn slavery and your problem is more the Bible than actual slavery. Slavery is just a means to rant at the Bible.
Again, I think you presume far more than was revealed in my little post. I've got no problem with the Bible, as a work of historical literature. I believe Isaiah is one of the most fascinating of ancient works, with it's playful use of acrostics and chiasms, not to mention the national longing revealed in the lovely song cycles, although it's sad how Christianity crassly sliced and diced them into shards of self-serving "prophecy". Ecclesiastes is a seminal work of existential philosophy and has always been a personal favorite. Song Of Solomon contains some of the most kinky images outside of The Penthouse Letters. You presume much when you say I hate the Bible., just as you also presume as to my knowledge thereof, without even doing me the courtesy of inquiring. I suspect I've read my Bible as much as any layman, certainly more than the vast majority of "Christians" I've run across, but I don't say that as a brag, merely because I find myself accused with no evidence. Such is the way in conversing with a defensive Christian, ain't it? That reckless attitude would have fit right in with the Court of Assizes in 1690 Salem.

In truth, you Completely missed my point. I don't care how "regulated" the crime of slavery was in the Bible. What I said was, it's alleged to be a Word direct from God. A Word Of God would surely demand man rise above his depravities, not concede and seek to "regulate" them.

Imagine a parent acting that way. For instance, a child is naturally selfish and hurtful. By this "God's" standard, we wouldn't hold them to a higher standard to think beyond themselves and learn compassion. We would accept it and merely seek to "regulate" their selfish and hurtful impulses. Wait, now I think about it, that's what many do. I guess they are God-like.

So, yes, I totally agree with you - the Bible does not specifically prescribe slavery. It merely accepts it, and "regulates" treating other humans as chattel. And it wasn't so bad. So I'm told.

I would just expect a Word from God to transcend human frailties and depravities, not "accept" and "regulate" them. But you may have a lower standard for "God". If that works for you, well, I'm sure that's good for you. I'm sure you're not as nasty and defensive in real life as you are here. Right? You "regulate" such behavior out in the world, I hope.

You know what, Mr. Biblical-Literate? There is, in fact, one place in the Bible in which slavery is quietly denounced. It's one of the less popular writings, so unless you've actually studies the Bible, most folks ain't even aware of it's message. It is very subtle and nuanced, perhaps too much so, since even among the few that do know of it very often misunderstand it. The writer knows, just as you say, that it is socially revolutionary for the times, and so is very careful with his words, almost Socratic, in helping his audience to see it for himself, rather than have it dictated. The funny thing is, I've seen this Biblical slavery debate play out dozens of times in these forums, and >>not once<< have I seen one of you "Biblically-literate ", Biblical-slavery defenders bring it up. Even tho' it would be your strongest argument, not once have I seen it used. Now, ain't dat a hoot?

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HipGnosis wrote:
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I'm sorry, I always make the mistake of assuming the other knows the subject which they're defending. You apparently don't know the mitzvah regarding slavery. You apparently don't know of the historical uses of the Bible passages regarding Ham, a passage tailor-made for the task. You apparently don't know of the multiple passages throughout the Conquest in which some "God" is claimed to command the taking of slaves from those whom they're not commanded to slaughter.
Which is odd because it's the very pasages to which you're referring when you speak of "regulating". If you can speak of that, obviously slavery is covered in the Bible....
...and is not condemned.
And that is the totality of my point. The owning of another of God's creation - God's "image" - is not condemned. You can rationalize all you like about degrees of "benefit" of being owned by another man, with the Bible-sanctioned ability to punish, to use, to sell, to breed, to auction precious mate and offspring, and if you're careful to do it right, to kill, but it took humans to realize, and fight, against those arguing directly from the Bible, that owning another human as so much livestock is fundamentally wrong. The God of the Bible was of little help in that regard.
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I think you're wrong. I think you're presuming what I'm saying through your own biases rather than doing the simple human courtesy of reading what I actually said. I don't see that I've "blamed God" for anything, anything at all. I release God from such hopeful foolishness. I don't expect God heals any more than it causes pain. That ain't what I said. I said that the book from which you operate is purely and empirically the work of man. No God, no God to "blame". Man.
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Ouch. Such nastiness in this one, Obi-Wan. And he claims not to be frustrated. hmm...
<quoted text>You're not clear here, but apparently you're making some kind of arbitrary distinction between slavery in one era versus another era? And you know this, how again? You have a time machine, I presume? You know what daily life was like for a slave in bronze-age Palestine? You're rationalizing yet again. "It wasn't so bad, coulda been worse, " is that it? Ooo-kay. That kind of argument fits neatly among those tacitly perpetuating the travesty of slavery for centuries after the "message from God".
Hats off to you, sir! Well said.
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xianity is EVIL wrote:
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youre PROJECTING
and
LYING
you must be kristain
I noticed you didn't claim my argument was wrong.

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HipGnosis wrote:
<quoted text> Again, I think you presume far more than was revealed in my little post. I've got no problem with the Bible, as a work of historical literature. I believe Isaiah is one of the most fascinating of ancient works, with it's playful use of acrostics and chiasms, not to mention the national longing revealed in the lovely song cycles, although it's sad how Christianity crassly sliced and diced them into shards of self-serving "prophecy". Ecclesiastes is a seminal work of existential philosophy and has always been a personal favorite. Song Of Solomon contains some of the most kinky images outside of The Penthouse Letters. You presume much when you say I hate the Bible., just as you also presume as to my knowledge thereof, without even doing me the courtesy of inquiring. I suspect I've read my Bible as much as any layman, certainly more than the vast majority of "Christians" I've run across, but I don't say that as a brag, merely because I find myself accused with no evidence. Such is the way in conversing with a defensive Christian, ain't it? That reckless attitude would have fit right in with the Court of Assizes in 1690 Salem.
In truth, you Completely missed my point. I don't care how "regulated" the crime of slavery was in the Bible. What I said was, it's alleged to be a Word direct from God. A Word Of God would surely demand man rise above his depravities, not concede and seek to "regulate" them.
Imagine a parent acting that way. For instance, a child is naturally selfish and hurtful. By this "God's" standard, we wouldn't hold them to a higher standard to think beyond themselves and learn compassion. We would accept it and merely seek to "regulate" their selfish and hurtful impulses. Wait, now I think about it, that's what many do. I guess they are God-like.
So, yes, I totally agree with you - the Bible does not specifically prescribe slavery. It merely accepts it, and "regulates" treating other humans as chattel. And it wasn't so bad. So I'm told.
I would just expect a Word from God to transcend human frailties and depravities, not "accept" and "regulate" them. But you may have a lower standard for "God". If that works for you, well, I'm sure that's good for you. I'm sure you're not as nasty and defensive in real life as you are here. Right? You "regulate" such behavior out in the world, I hope.
You know what, Mr. Biblical-Literate? There is, in fact, one place in the Bible in which slavery is quietly denounced. It's one of the less popular writings, so unless you've actually studies the Bible, most folks ain't even aware of it's message. It is very subtle and nuanced, perhaps too much so, since even among the few that do know of it very often misunderstand it. The writer knows, just as you say, that it is socially revolutionary for the times, and so is very careful with his words, almost Socratic, in helping his audience to see it for himself, rather than have it dictated. The funny thing is, I've seen this Biblical slavery debate play out dozens of times in these forums, and >>not once<< have I seen one of you "Biblically-literate ", Biblical-slavery defenders bring it up. Even tho' it would be your strongest argument, not once have I seen it used. Now, ain't dat a hoot?
Peace in the light of knowledge and truth.
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So well put.

Ain't that a pip?

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Excellent, Hip.
So well put.
Ain't that a pip?
Well it comes from a New England Ivy League education.

No I didn't.

Prove it.

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I noticed you didn't claim my argument was wrong.
What argument? You didnt present any evidence. No creationist liar ever does.

Go on, insult dawkins to make yourself feel better troll.

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HipGnosis wrote:
I think you're wrong. I think you're presuming what I'm saying through your own biases rather than doing the simple human courtesy of reading what I actually said.
Lets assume you are correct and i did not read what you actually said. My whole point was you pulled out a particular quote and ignored everything else. You made all sorts of ignorant condescending assumptions. Do you expect others to read what you actually said and then exempt yourself from that same standard? Obviously you do.
I don't see that I've "blamed God" for anything, anything at all.
The overall tone of your post is contempt for God. You don't blame God for anything? With statements like this.

Could there be a more horrid example of the injustice of your God's apparent lassitude?
It is easy to see you are in denial.

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<quoted text>In real life you will see them sitting in the coffee shop deep in conversation with themselves, sometimes in a very animate manner. That is why they are usually very alone, as others tend to sit at least a table or two away. They do that at bus stops, parks, and other places, too.
If you two are going to keep striking each other, would you at least have the decency to get a room.

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<quoted text>If you two are going to keep striking each other, would you at least have the decency to get a room.
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HipGnosis wrote:
I'm sorry, I always make the mistake of assuming the other knows the subject which they're defending. You apparently don't know the mitzvah regarding slavery. You apparently don't know of the historical uses of the Bible passages regarding Ham, a passage tailor-made for the task. You apparently don't know of the multiple passages throughout the Conquest in which some "God" is claimed to command the taking of slaves from those whom they're not commanded to slaughter.
Other than confessing what you believe i do not know i don't see a response to any of my points regarding slavery in a world without God where there is no accountability to God. Do you believe attacking me validates your position, whatever that is? From what i can see you have a problem with people owning each other. Why is that objectively wrong in a world without God?
Which is odd because it's the very pasages to which you're referring when you speak of "regulating". If you can speak of that, obviously slavery is covered in the Bible....
...and is not condemned.
Slavery is the result of disobedience on a broad scale. There is Joseph in Genesis but he rose above his circumstances. Obedience brings blessings and disobedience brings curses which includes slavery. You will no doubt dismiss this as another rationalization.
And that is the totality of my point. The owning of another of God's creation - God's "image" - is not condemned.
What is your problem with ownership? They dealt with matters as best they could given their circumstances.
You can rationalize all you like about degrees of "benefit" of being owned by another man, with the Bible-sanctioned ability to punish, to use, to sell, to breed, to auction precious mate and offspring, and if you're careful to do it right, to kill, but it took humans to realize, and fight, against those arguing directly from the Bible, that owning another human as so much livestock is fundamentally wrong. The God of the Bible was of little help in that regard.
The abuse of power brought about judgement from the ''God of the Bible'' who you depict as impotent.(and you have no problem with God, and have far better understanding then us ''defensive Christians'' with,
reckless attitude would have fit right in with the Court of Assizes in 1690 Salem.

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HipGnosis wrote:
<quoted text>You're not clear here, but apparently you're making some kind of arbitrary distinction between slavery in one era versus another era? And you know this, how again?
Its not arbitrary but clear and the Justin quote was referenced where children were mutilated for the purposes of Sodomy and child prostitution. Also there was infant sacrifice on a mass scale. That is why you have verses in the Old which provides safe haven for slaves who escape from cruel forms practiced by Pagan nations. Also there was a qualifier for the Hebrews to remember they were slaves in Egypt and to treat others under their care in a humane manner. The Israelites were delivered from the''Iron Furnace''.
1.)If slavery is endorsed why are the Israelites delivered from Egyptian slavery via Moses?

2)If slavery is endorsed why does Elisha help the widow liberate her children from debt slavery?

3) If slavery is endorsed why are the Israelites commanded to provide safe haven to run away slaves from foreign nations?

Perhaps you can clear all that up for us. I have more questions i could ask.
You have a time machine, I presume?
No. Do you? I referenced the Justin quote.
You know what daily life was like for a slave in bronze-age Palestine? You're rationalizing yet again. "It wasn't so bad, coulda been worse, " is that it?
Exactly right, it could have been worse. A lot worse. They could have been mutilated for the purposes of repeated sodomy. Passed around perhaps? Any attempt to provide context would be treated by you as another rationalization since you already set that precedent. They could intermarry which would have meant a change in status. They could convert. You assume the worse but you do know relationships do develop under harsh circumstances. They had sabbath rests, religious holidays off. These are just a few things.
Ooo-kay. That kind of argument fits neatly among those tacitly perpetuating the travesty of slavery for centuries after the "message from God.
And you have no real problem with God? LOL.

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Typical self esteem issues. Just keep trying to top one lie with a bigger one, next time it'll be a 12 incher....I wouldn't believe you if you told me it was a 5 incher.
Tell you about my what again? Penis???? I'm sure I haven't said anything about it since I don't sport one, Sparky;0)
It's not a 5 incher.

Your NDE experience. More details on it. I seem to remember you having a dream where you were in another place totally removed from what was actually occurring to you. Everything was symbolic. You are basing your belief on that dream. Recollection of the details of your thinking at the time would be nice. Were you aware you just died?

I was highly aware of just what happened in my case, and the immediate surroundings. That scene I was about to step into may have been a "dream" like this one I had woken up from.

If you are a material conscious only thinking being the death process is not going to be so nice adrifitng off into sweet dreams. You have the circuitry of your thought process breaking down piecemeal. Your higher thought and control will be overridden by the Klaxon horns set off by your lower level brain circuitry, the more autonomic ones. They MAY be what initiates those "dreams" with chemicals, but you have to consider there is no reason for nature to have developed such a clean way to go, and that those dreams do require a lot of organization to even occur. A few seconds of seeming coherency is an awful lot of structured EM resulting in "thought". Especially when the machine producing it is failing.

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followerofSatan wrote:
Time out for a verse from the Atheists book.
Your Mother and Father brought you into this world..Not God
Your demise will be decided by fate..Not God
You are on earth for one reason, and for one reason only, to procreate, and when your time is up you will be placed in the ground, or in an urn as ashes in exactly the same as the billions and billions of others who were on the earth before you and have died.
There is no Judgment. You have served your purpose. Why would a man be judged by a God who has overseen Tsunamis, untold wars, earthquakes, and not lifted a finger ?
Be kind, be thoughtful, be nice, be considerate to your fellow men. Do good deeds from the heart, not from the want of attention or personal gain, and do unto others as you would have done to yourself.
All these things are common sense, you have no need of a written word or a God to show you the way to lead a satisfactory life, we all know when we have done wrong
Do not waste your time being afraid of a mythical being that you cannot see, cannot touch, cannot speak to, to discuss why it was that your loved one had to die in a distant war somewhere, or why it is that babies are born crippled for life in his name.
Have no fear of dying.
The only person you have to answer to is yourself, and what you failed to do in life, you certainly will not put right in death.
BOOK OF ATHEISM VERSE 1, CHAPTER 1.
This is very off topic. This is not a "Christian" or "Christian vs Atheism" message tread. In some century, people explain things, and it involved fearing a God or deity, some times just harsh beings capable of punishing. OK, it has nothing to do with "Atheism requires as much faith as religion?" I understand you have an issue with that piece of history, but instead of forming your beliefs around it you should just view it as what it is, part of human history.

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