Skip to main content

View Diary: Atheist Digest '10: How I Became an Atheist (215 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  I'll try to. (4+ / 0-)

    And believe me, I'm well aware of how defensive it makes some people. A lot of the most convoluted and involved discussions I've had with theists have revolved around my confrontation of that topic. A lot of them will twist themselves into insane contortions to keep hold of that belief. I think it's just because it's constantly reinforced in churches. Scriptures are how organized religion attempts to keep their membership's beliefs cohesive over time, but I don't think it works very well.

    •  "but I don't think it works very well" (3+ / 0-)

      Scriptures are how organized religion attempts to keep their membership's beliefs cohesive over time, but I don't think it works very well.

      Because, in spite of their attempts to do otherwise, people from time to time accidentally think.

      "Certainly the game is rigged. Don't let that stop you; if you don't bet, you can't win." Lazarus Long

      by rfall on Sun Aug 01, 2010 at 11:18:48 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Again, I'm reminded of the meme theory. (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        SciMathGuy, XNeeOhCon

        There is a large diversity of religious beliefs among humanity, just like there is a large diversity of life on Earth. It's clear that religious ideas compete with each other for currency, in a very Darwinian fashion. The "scriptural authority" meme is an adaptation that inhibits diversification of beliefs, while others such as the American focus on individualism probably do the opposite and encourage the "budding" of new religious "species" from existing religious groups.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site