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  •  I have no need for god. (3+ / 0-)
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    Tim DeLaney, blueoasis, sagesource

    Simply because I've never heard anything even remotely compelling enough to justify belief in Yahweh or any of his variants over belief in Utu, Shamash,Enlil, Ra, Zeus, Thor or a celestial teapot. In fact the only arguments I've ever heard boil down to one or more logical fallacies such as an Argument from incredulity to argumentum ad populum.

    All that said, I don't expect anyone else to adhere to my needs for evidence. I recognise there are many religious people who are kind and charitable, in fact the religious beliefs of others are of little concern to me. What does concern me is the effort to increase the influence of a single religion in our politics, to force those beliefs on others through legislation.

    I take issue with followers of any particular religion only in so far as their silence in the face of the actions and declarations of their leaders. Nothing reflects worse on religion than the vocal minority that seem bent on returning the world to the good ol' days of the dark ages.

    •  I agree EXCEPT... (0+ / 0-)

      I would like to see more people drop the superstitious ideas even if they are not pushing them on others because that type of thinking still holds us back as a species. And, I feel sad when children are told that these ideas represent some kind of reality. it makes it hard for them to sort it all out when they are adults. Magical thinking is only great when it is labeled as such and there is no confusion about which category of life it belongs in.

      •  The problem I see is that (0+ / 0-)

        I don't fully trust human rationality, although it is a useful and necessary tool, because we are not capable of pure rationality. We didn't evolve that way, and I don't think it's physically possible for our brains to work that way. We do the best we can, of course, but I think I don't want to automatically reject out of hand the ideas generated by other ways our brains work. I respect the process of faith in others if it is approached honestly. That doesn't mean I always respect the ideas associated with faith.

        Gondwana has always been at war with Laurasia.

        by AaronInSanDiego on Sun May 19, 2013 at 10:03:34 AM PDT

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