My contention is that the believe in a god, especially without proof is inherantly destructive to humankind. Any good that might result is overwhelmingly subplanted by the tremendous evil that occurs.
Man has sufficiently progressed in knowledge to recognize what rules are beneficial to society without the having to succumb to unproductive and harmful superstition.
The belief in a punishing hell and a rewarding heaven and the promise of eternal life after death diminishes mankind and his exsistance.
Imagine life without the yoke of opression that is god and religion.
1. Given its historically ubiquitous and persistent presence, some form of "religion" appears to be a socially reinforced natural psychological outcome of our cognitive abilities relative to other species, associated with "filling the gaps" in our pre-occupation with our limited control over our lives.
Frank...its difficult to respond to you in that you have not shown me proof that you in fact exsit in this reality.
Having reread, I hope you took it that by 'mad' I meant angry, not crazed in some way.
I'm yet another atheist on a2k, of the supposed soft kind in that I am sans belief in a god or gods, as in a-theism.
Yeah...lol, I wondered at first if ya ment crazy but figured it was angry. Really its mostly sad not mad.
You see, I'm a convinced atheist. I have no doubt that not only doesnt god exist he cant exist. And I base that on emperical evidence. (although Frank cant see it) And I marvel at otherwise intelligent people when they allow some invisable boogeyman to control their lives. Its sad, but equally fascinating.
All religious text agree that god is (and I maintain, must be) omnipotant and included in that, omniscience.
The evidence is compelling in that it proves conclusively that an omniscient being would preclude the existance of our universe and physics as we known it.
Omniscience would violate Hiesenbergs Uncertainty Principle and not allow the formation of the universe and all in it.
I find it unreasonable that anyone would label that as naive.
Unlike a hypothesis, a principle is not negotible. HUP is a basic law of nature that can not be changed. For if it could we would cease to exist.
Simply put: the notion of an all knowing god is perposterous!
All of the world you suppose exists...may be an illusion.