• Atheists are more interested in Religion than most Religious People
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[QUOTE=strayebyrd;32546232]in religion threads, do you seriously try and prove that you are the rational one by being a snippy twat to everyone who disagrees with you in the slightest? Because that's all I've really seen you do so far. You attack people and use sarcasm like that makes you smarter. You are literally the atheist giving other atheists a bad name at this point[/QUOTE] Oh yeah, I'm so sorry. Let me give an honest consise and polite response to something that AK'z posts again. And then he can continue to ramble like a crazy person. Sometimes there isn't a fucking point in trying to actually converse with someone. For example. [quote]Yes, I don't see how that's a problem. You people think that science is the answer to anything and everything. Well, I don't. Deal with it. [/quote] How the hell am I supposed to respond to this? How is [I]anyone[/I] supposed to respond to this? The man is so thick he thinks you need to know the precise origin of something in order to know anything about it. And of course his standards for being able to "know" what the origins of something is are so stratospherically high they're physically impossible to fulfill, bar creating a time machine and rubbing his face in the fucking singularity itself. Not to mention the great fucking flaw of the premise of that statement, that you have to know how something was made in order to know anything about it. General Relativity? Do you know how the fabric of space came into existence? Throw it out. Biology? I don't think so, abiogenisists/darwinists! Get rid of those vaccines this instant. Electronics? Do you know how the Electromagnetic force was [B][I]CREATED(PS GOD DID IT!!!)[/I][/B]? Didn't think so. I already threw out my computer and am sending this post through telepathy. And you know what? Even if he did see the problem in that, it wouldn't fucking matter. Because he doesn't even know what the hell Big Bang Theory actually is outside of a mediocre sitcom. You want something constructive? Here, I'll fucking explain it for you. Around fourteen billion years ago, all matter and space was condensed into an infinitesimally small area. I'm sure you know what matter and spacetime are, right? Good. Anyway, from what we can tell at a certain point that fantastically dense and miniscule dot of matter began to expand at a terrific rate. Meaning that spacetime as well as matter were drawn apart. Imagine a rubber band with paper clips attached to it, with Space being the rubber band and matter being the paper clips. Anyway, at this point, matter is nothing more than a seething froth of radiation and energy, but with time it begins to cool into physical material; the base elements that we know of today. And from there it's just time and astrophysics. So there. I was informative. If I get a half decent reply back I won't ever be a condescending prick ever again. Maybe. [editline]29th September 2011[/editline] [QUOTE=AK'z;32546274]Nah, he's a good guy. I just confused the shit out of him in the past with some psychedelic words. ;) [editline]30th September 2011[/editline] Nope, just you.[/QUOTE] If by psychedelic you mean grammatically incorrect and unparsable, then yes.
[QUOTE=Megafanx13;32546554]He's stated specific reasons as to why he believes in God, and I'm analyzing them. Trying to talk people out of the conversation gets us nowhere.[/QUOTE] I'm not saying get out of the conversation, I'm explaining what reconstructionism is. Reconstructionist Jews don't believe that there is a personal god, they believe god is an abstract.
[QUOTE=Megafanx13;32546460] Kind of defeats the point of a "put your faith in religion and its practices" if you get rid of all the practices.[/QUOTE] Isn't it better that way? I don't see any reason to dislike people because they have the sense to realise that being gay or being a woman doesn't make someone a lesser person regardless of what they are told to believe.
[QUOTE=strayebyrd;32546574]I'm not saying get out of the conversation, I'm explaining what reconstructionism is. Reconstructionist Jews don't believe that there is a personal god, they believe god is an abstract.[/QUOTE] who cares what word you attach to "person who makes shit up because they don't like the original"
[QUOTE=AK'z;32546487]How's that? I have never in the history of the world mentioned the words "I am an atheist".[/QUOTE] What? I'm not saying you are i'm saying you act like them.
[QUOTE=squids_eye;32546612]Isn't it better that way? I don't see any reason to dislike people because they have the sense to realise that being gay or being a woman doesn't make someone a lesser person regardless of what they are told to believe.[/QUOTE] In the same way that it's better for people to not hate the Jews because they think they're benevolent magicians than to hate them because they're money lenders.
[QUOTE=Megafanx13;32546460]However, you just that you believe God made you think certain thoughts: Either you believe God gave everyone free will or you don't, but at least be consistent. Additionally, how do you think he made it easier for you to get a job, or for a friend to lend you money without you asking for it if not through manipulation of those people?[/QUOTE] I would say it's because the people involved are Christians who pray and are receptive to God's will. Just to explain the one about the job, it wasn't widely advertised and wasn't open for very long. I called the company and they just happened to have a software engineer position that needed to be filled when I called. It may be a coincidence, but I seem to have a lot of happy coincidences when I pray about it.
[QUOTE=AK'z;32525766]If you guys can stomach it... here's the full 19 minute interview from the OP. [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTSbfs32yCU[/media][/QUOTE] Did they put booze in the old ladies' coffee? She gets crazier the more she drinks!
[QUOTE=Mr. Scorpio;32546634]In the same way that it's better for people to not hate the Jews because they think they're benevolent magicians than to hate them because they're money lenders.[/QUOTE] I'm not sure you get my point. Why complain because someone doesn't follow ridiculous outdated rules based on what an old book says but does follow the parts which make sense? (The whole not being a prick part)
[QUOTE=st0rmforce;32546687]I would say it's because the people involved are Christians who pray and are receptive to God's will. Just to explain the one about the job, it wasn't widely advertised and wasn't open for very long. I called the company and they just happened to have a software engineer position that needed to be filled when I called. It may be a coincidence, but I seem to have a lot of happy coincidences when I pray about it.[/QUOTE] Did the thought ever cross your mind that you happen to both pray and have happy coincidences, and they don't have to be related in any way. I tie my shoes and have happy coincidences too. I also pick my nose and cut my toenails. Why is prayer any more responsible for your happy coincidences than my basic upkeep is for mine?
[QUOTE=st0rmforce;32546687]I would say it's because the people involved are Christians who pray and are receptive to God's will. [/QUOTE] [img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7f/Religion_distribution_Africa_crop.png[/img] Most of South Africa is Christian. A lot of it still looks like a godless shithole to me.
[QUOTE=squids_eye;32546723]I'm not sure you get my point. Why complain because someone doesn't follow ridiculous outdated rules based on what an old book says but does follow the parts which make sense? (The whole not being a prick part)[/QUOTE] Because you're doing it for the wrong reasons. On one hand you could not hate gays because, you know, that's fucking stupid, or you could not hate gays because it's fucking stupid and your word is also better than that of the book of the supreme being you worship. It's idle fantasy 99 times out of 100, but it's still wrong.
[QUOTE=Mr. Scorpio;32546789]Because you're doing it for the wrong reasons. On one hand you could not hate gays because, you know, that's fucking stupid, or you could not hate gays because it's fucking stupid and your word is also better than that of the book of the supreme being you worship. It's idle fantasy 99 times out of 100, but it's still wrong.[/QUOTE] First of all, I'm an atheist, I don't hate gays because it's fucking stupid. Second, doesn't the new testement have some section which says that most of the old testement is bullshit? That's the arguement I have gotten in the past when I questioned people about it.
[QUOTE=st0rmforce;32546687]I would say it's because the people involved are Christians who pray and are receptive to God's will. Just to explain the one about the job, it wasn't widely advertised and wasn't open for very long. I called the company and they just happened to have a software engineer position that needed to be filled when I called. It may be a coincidence, but I seem to have a lot of happy coincidences when I pray about it.[/QUOTE] So Christians are by default receptive "god's will"? What about Hindus, Jews, or Muslims? Are they not receptive to God's will? Even if that were the case, you [I]just said[/I] that God gave people free will, so unless he came down and asked that job interviewer or your friend, it was manipulation of their actions. [editline]29th September 2011[/editline] [QUOTE=squids_eye;32546783][img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7f/Religion_distribution_Africa_crop.png[/img] Most of South Africa is Christian. A lot of it still looks like a godless shithole to me.[/QUOTE] Most of those African countries are Christian, yet they are still poor and downtrodden. Perhaps they just weren't as receptive to God's will as you, st0rmforce? [editline]29th September 2011[/editline] [QUOTE=st0rmforce;32546687]I would say it's because the people involved are Christians who pray and are receptive to God's will. Just to explain the one about the job, it wasn't widely advertised and wasn't open for very long. I called the company and they just happened to have a software engineer position that needed to be filled when I called. It may be a coincidence, but I seem to have a lot of happy coincidences when I pray about it.[/QUOTE] Also, why do you even attribute it to God, nothing about the situation you've presented seems to even remotely suggest a connection if there even is one, outside of your "when I prayed, these things happened". I'm willing to bet that there are plenty of times where you pray, and nothing happens, so what's the reason there? Does God just tell you to deal with it on your own at specific times, or what?
[QUOTE=Mr. Scorpio;32546749]Did the thought ever cross your mind that you happen to both pray and have happy coincidences, and they don't have to be related in any way. I tie my shoes and have happy coincidences too. I also pick my nose and cut my toenails. Why is prayer any more responsible for your happy coincidences than my basic upkeep is for mine?[/QUOTE] Uh, yeah. Of course the thought crossed my mind. I'm a cynical bastard. These are events that happened to me, not to you. There are fairly simple ways to explain every one, but for me, they don't feel like coincidences. You can't tell me how these events felt, you haven't experienced them. I have my reasons, but I can't explain them and even if I could, there'd be no point because they're completely personal. Hey for all you know, I could be making all of this up. I can't prove anything, I'm just trying to explain what I believe and why. I've just had enough of people thinking they know everything about my faith and constantly spouting bullshit.
[QUOTE=imasillypiggy;32546150]Fighting generalization with generalization. I was explaining how dumb generalizing is.[/QUOTE] fuck how did i not read that quote oh well, I'll edit that out
[QUOTE=st0rmforce;32547170]Uh, yeah. Of course the thought crossed my mind. I'm a cynical bastard. These are events that happened to me, not to you. There are fairly simple ways to explain every one, but for me, they don't feel like coincidences. You can't tell me how these events felt, you haven't experienced them. I have my reasons, but I can't explain them and even if I could, there'd be no point because they're completely personal. Hey for all you know, I could be making all of this up. I can't prove anything, I'm just trying to explain what I believe and why. I've just had enough of people thinking they know everything about my faith and constantly spouting bullshit.[/QUOTE] So you can't explain them, are aware that they could very well could be just coincidences and have no verifiable connection to a god of any sort, yet believe it because you feel it? I'd still like to know why you think God doesn't give poor African Christians a job or two, especially after that "Christians are more receptive to God's will" thing.
[QUOTE=deaded38;32546219]Yes, I don't see how that's a problem. You people think that science is the answer to anything and everything. Well, I don't. Deal with it.[/QUOTE] It's not the answer to everything but its the means of how we get the answers. You assume religion has all the answers and you're just taking some random bronze age people's word for it over factual evidence. I'm sorry to break this to you but the Abrahamic religions are just evolved versions of ancient Babylonian religion (which we now call mythology), and there's archeological evidence to back it up. Here is some proof to back up my claim: [url]https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Panbabylonism[/url]
[QUOTE=Megafanx13;32546907]So Christians are by default receptive "god's will"? What about Hindus, Jews, or Muslims? Are they not receptive to God's will? Even if that were the case, you [I]just said[/I] that God gave people free will, so unless he came down and asked that job interviewer or your friend, it was manipulation of their actions. [editline]29th September 2011[/editline] Most of those African countries are Christian, yet they are still poor and downtrodden. Perhaps they just weren't as receptive to God's will as you, st0rmforce? [editline]29th September 2011[/editline] Also, why do you even attribute it to God, nothing about the situation you've presented seems to even remotely suggest a connection if there even is one, outside of your "when I prayed, these things happened". I'm willing to bet that there are plenty of times where you pray, and nothing happens, so what's the reason there? Does God just tell you to deal with it on your own at specific times, or what?[/QUOTE] I'll haphazardly reply to this then I need to sleep. I DON'T KNOW! I'm a Christian partly because I don't have all the answers. I originally said that I believe in god because at a number of times in my life, things have happened that to me feel like there is something behind the scenes in control. I mentioned that individually none of them are very interesting, but they are enough overall at a personal level to change the way I look at life. Somebody asked me to list them. I listed a few. Everybody had a nice laugh. I don't fully understand it, I don't expect you to understand it at all, but I'd like to think that maybe you now have a slightly better understanding of my delusions. I don't just blindly follow the bible or my religious leader. I don't just do as my parents told me to do (My parents aren't Christian and I didn't set foot inside a church until the age of 12) I don't just believe because I don't "believe in science" (I hate that phrase, but I can't think of the real wording) I don't believe because I'm not capable of understanding the world around me.
[QUOTE=st0rmforce;32547568]I'll haphazardly reply to this then I need to sleep. I DON'T KNOW! I'm a Christian partly because I don't have all the answers. I originally said that I believe in god because at a number of times in my life, things have happened that to me feel like there is something behind the scenes in control. I mentioned that individually none of them are very interesting, but they are enough overall at a personal level to change the way I look at life. Somebody asked me to list them. I listed a few. Everybody had a nice laugh. I don't fully understand it, I don't expect you to understand it at all, but I'd like to think that maybe you now have a slightly better understanding of my delusions. I don't just blindly follow the bible or my religious leader. I don't just do as my parents told me to do (My parents aren't Christian and I didn't set foot inside a church until the age of 12) I don't just believe because I don't "believe in science" (I hate that phrase, but I can't think of the real wording) I don't believe because I'm not capable of understanding the world around me.[/QUOTE] Next time you are at a prayer meeting or whatever, could you bring up some of the points and questions in this thread and the other religion based ones? It would be interesting to hear the point of view of who ever leads the group or whatever.
[QUOTE=st0rmforce;32547170]Uh, yeah. Of course the thought crossed my mind. I'm a cynical bastard. These are events that happened to me, not to you. There are fairly simple ways to explain every one, but for me, they don't feel like coincidences. You can't tell me how these events felt, you haven't experienced them. I have my reasons, but I can't explain them and even if I could, there'd be no point because they're completely personal. Hey for all you know, I could be making all of this up. I can't prove anything, I'm just trying to explain what I believe and why. I've just had enough of people thinking they know everything about my faith and constantly spouting bullshit.[/QUOTE] Say what you will about me. I'm an asshole, I'm condescending, I'm sarcastic and I'm pessimistic. But I have never, and will never tell anyone, be they in real life or on the internets, that I refuse to reconsider my beliefs for any reason, or at any time. We don't know everything about your faith. But what we don't know is most likely trivial and unimportant. What is important is that we know that people are easily fooled and that they look for patterns in things. They look for order. What you're describing isn't a series of divine interventions, it's the warped image of reality created by the human brain unhindered by reason, and we know this because what you're describing is exactly what you naturally and subconsciously seek to find. Read a bit about the psychology of pattern seeking. You might just find it relevant.
I've never understood why christians/muslims/jews/whatever dismiss other religions as being "false". If you believe in a god, how the hell can you be sure that you have the right one? It's a downright fallacy. Also, what Mr. Scorpio said, pattern seeking. If you could remember all the times you prayed without getting a "response" of some sort, it would outweigh the times it happened greatly. There was this study about reinforcement and association in pigeons I read about some while ago. Basically, when a pigeon pecked on a metal plate, a food pellet would drop. The pigeons associated the pecking with food, and kept on picking. The scientists then turned off the mechanism, so food would not drop. The pigeons tried pecking a few times, and then stopped, observing it didn't work. But when the scientist set the plate to respond at random intervals, the pigeons would peck furiously for a long time, before giving up. You see, when they didn't know when they would get the food, they kept on trying, and thus reinforced the idea of a reward. When a religious person prays a bunch of times, and then finally something good happens, they associate it with the prayer, like the pigeon with the food, and keep on trying, attributing the failed times as the mysterious ways God works in. i dunno, i'm tired, whatever.
[QUOTE=Kopimi;32524084]It [b]does[/b] concern them. Religion concerns everyone. It is a source of prestigious and ill informed political decisions. Gays can't get married because the bible says it's wrong. Abortion is an evil evil sin, so you better ruin your life and raise the child miserably in a single mother's underfunded home on welfare or else you go to hell you darn sinner. Entire WARS are started over religion. It's extremely ignorant to say that "those silly atheists are upset over something that doesn't even affect them", because religion has shaped the entire framework of modern society. And as far as atheists being more interested in religion than religious people, how is that a bad thing? If anything it's just a sign of how poorly educated religious people are about their own religions. You act as if its this pathetic caveat for atheists to actually research and be knowledgeable about a subject just so they can be well informed. The fact that atheists are better educated in religion than the people who think they need to change people's lives through legislation based on a book they don't even fully understand is extremely disheartening.[/QUOTE] This, this so fucking much.
[QUOTE=Rankxerox;32552317]This, this so fucking much.[/QUOTE] Not really. Plus Gays not being able to marry is not the end of the world... civil partnership is allowed. And he exaggerates precisely how religion affects directly how society works. It's not like businesses have to follow a religious code does it? Nobody has to follow any spiritual code. Fair enough, we have bad situations involving religion because people have become over-extreme.. but these aren't just simple "reading a book" type of problem. Someone being stoned to death is not a spiritual code, it's merely a pathetic decision made by an extreme/closed minded individual. There is plenty wrong with the world on that level. But in terms of a book being a book... I see no issue at all.
Wrong, they are just trying to discover infalible proofs that religion is shit so they spent lots of time there
[QUOTE=AK'z;32555844]Not really. Plus Gays not being able to marry is not the end of the world... civil partnership is allowed. And he exaggerates precisely how religion affects directly how society works. It's not like businesses have to follow a religious code does it? Nobody has to follow any spiritual code. Fair enough, we have bad situations involving religion because people have become over-extreme.. but these aren't just simple "reading a book" type of problem. Someone being stoned to death is not a spiritual code, it's merely a pathetic decision made by an extreme/closed minded individual. There is plenty wrong with the world on that level. But in terms of a book being a book... I see no issue at all.[/QUOTE]Earlier you asked me where I got the right to speak for everyone? Now I need to ask you where you (and other religious people) got the right to pick and choose what to believe out of your holy texts? It says you stone adulterers, so why the fuck aren't you stoning them? Oh right, because atheists thought that was insane, and then your religious leaders decided to pander to the times rather than actually follow their religion. [QUOTE=strayebyrd;32546533]it's more about respecting the culture and the concept of an esoteric 'god' without clinging to the rigid and clearly outdated moral practises which were designed in a bygone era.[/QUOTE] The culture and the concept of an esoteric "god" are just as outdated as the moral practices you are describing. Yet somehow, modern religion is magically better than the mythology it evolved from. You can not, on one hand, tell me the Bible is the last will and testament of God/Jesus/Whatever, and then on the other hand tell me we should really just believe in the concept. Christianity is full of so many bullshit interpretations of the same warped and mistranslated book it would set your head spinning if you had to learn about them all.
I had a christian doctrine as a child, until I interested myself in it. Questioned myself various things, and came to the point I don't believe in that. Might be someone else's case. Still, I'm not atheist but agnostic. Ego: There might be A god, but for sure it's not the chistian God or Jesus, Allah, Zoroaster, whoever. Everyone who claimed to speak or write the world of a god is clearly an idiot who tried to scam fools. But, yeah, in my opinion, while there are people that believes without a particular reason, Everyone who doesn't believe got atleast a reason to do so.
I think it's mostly because religious people have no idea what they are talking about half the time really. Basically, it's so atheists can prove them wrong, but half the time they are just ignorant. For example, the whole doomsday thing a few months back when the bible clearly states "no one knows the day or the hour" or something like that. Many Christians just choose what they like from the Bible or don't know the full story.
[QUOTE=FlakAttack;32556468] Now I need to ask you where you (and other religious people) got the right to pick and choose what to believe out of your holy texts? It says you stone adulterers, so why the fuck aren't you stoning them? [/QUOTE] Again... why are people assuming I'm atheist or religious without me saying "I'm religious" or "I'm an Atheist". Makes no sense... And onto your point, you are now condemning the religious for not stoning people because it says it in the book. Firstly, the books aren't a "set of rules" in any way. In many ways, the books have been re-edited to mean things that are different from the original intent (apparently). That being said, it clearly seems that you are jumping the gun with the one-liners you find in a book that obviously requires some thinking through. Agree?
I use to be a hardcore atheist but then I stopped because eventually I just realized that people who believe in imaginary things controlling the world aren't really people I'd like to talk to. [editline]1st October 2011[/editline] But I do have faith that alien lizard people run the US banks.
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