Who are you, what brought you here, where are you coming from, when were you made aware of AU, why did you decide to join...
I tend to follow these precepts spoken of many centuries past
What is religion? Compassion for all things that have life. – Hitopadesa.( Sanskrit text )
What religion do I profess ! None of all you name to me.
Why none? Out of respect to religion. – Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller(1759 – 1805)
All wise men are of the same religion, and keep it to themselves. – Lord Shaftesbury [Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury 1671 to 1713 ]
May discuss the so called Holy books of supposedly called religion to try to find a reason for it all.
I'm a dyed in the wool atheist, & don't buy a creator gawd thing. Any higher power in my opinion is nature, plain & simple.
In my opinion, Deism was and is the last groping of the religious to accept logic and reason and at the same time hang onto the idea of an all-knowing but at the same time disinterested Gawd.
i think i agree with you.
Deists like Diderot were comfortable with a god who doesn't interfere with human affairs
Is it true that many call themselves atheists because they have become frustrated with the hypocrisy of "traditional" religions?
To me, the biggest hypocrisy is for a given religion to claim it is the "one and only" religion.
Attached is my reflection on this condition.
I'm wondering if I should be considering atheism in this essay.
Are atheists hoping for something similar to enlightenment at the top of the mountain?
Do they point at the moon?
The Universe is too large to need a God or God(s), especially as most Deist Gods are a bit dense and out of touch with Physics and Cosmology. Dark Energy and Dark Matter are way more interesting than anything in a Holy Book.
If there is a God, he, she or it probably looks like this...
I live here and so do you. The universe is awesome, the God of the Bible is not awesome
For anyone who wonder what is written in bottom-left corner, here is:
“Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.”
― Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space
Why did you even bother?
I've heard that story before, and I can tell you what is irrefutable the story is utterly stupid beyond belief.