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started by Katzwinkel on 11/22/09.

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"With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion."
— Steven Weinberg

by froggerus (55.06) on 11/23/09.

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"Faith means making a virtue out of not thinking." - Bill Maher

by otm_shank (54.55) on 12/1/09.

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Everyone is born an atheist. They have to be taught about the existence of nonsense like sky gods. Atheism is simply the default.

by froggerus (55.06) on 11/22/09.

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Just because it might feel better to think there is life after death is no reason to live in self-delusion. And while faith might cause some people to do good (which is immoral, since they simply act on a reward/punishment system), it was also responsible for September 11th.

by froggerus (55.06) on 11/22/09.

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Whether or not there is a God or a god or a supreme being or a flying spaghetti monster, there is something to be said for a system of self-delusion that allows one to allay the fears of inevitable oblivion. I know many people who take comfort in the general theory of God, gods, higher beings, ghosts, afterlives and the such. Whether or not they believe with any intensity, it's nice for them to be able to say, "Maybe after I die, I get candy."

I often times wish that I had never abandoned my faith. Or that it had never abandoned me. Or whatever. True nothingness is as scary as Hell (literally) and the very idea of it bucks against every natural impulse of self-preservation. My parents believe that they will move on to a better place; I believe that I will be forever deactivated. Who's better off?

by Katzwinkel (69.39) on 11/22/09.

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Faith was not responsible for the plane crashes of September 11th, 2001; radical fanaticism was responsible for the plane crashes of September 11th, 2001. To suggest that global atheism would abolish radical fanaticism is to turn a blind eye to human nature. It's easy to blame religion for all of the bad things in the world (and there are plenty of instances in which it's true), but if maniacal destruction didn't happen in the name of religion, it would happen in the name of love, or money, or nation, or family, or good ol' fashioned vengeance. And, if you ask me, the plane crashes of September 11th, 2001 were about all of the above, with a little religion thrown in for good measure.

by Katzwinkel (69.39) on 11/22/09.

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