It’s amusing to me to think how much religion has had to back off on it’s stand point of God and religion in the world from everything from the Bible and dogma is literally true, then science uncover evidences that disproves more and more claims of the Bible, then religion instead being king of the hill is now simply trying to justify why “people need religion.” They went from making complete fact based claims about history and the world to justifying the meta physics and that you can’t “disprove God” well to be fair we haven’t given science enough time or funding in my opinion. Religion is truly falling very clumsily from grace.
I was also thinking why must I proclaim I am an atheist, anti-theist, unbeliever, or non-believer to state my thoughts on the ridiculousness of a desert religion that was lucky to be taken up by the most powerful fool in modern day Europe, the ruler of the Roman Empire, and made it the state religion. To think of the world today where Christianity, Islam, and Judaism stayed in the middle east to kill and rape each other across the sands. ASIDE that point, I never have to proclaim that I am an anti-fairyist or non Santa believer. I don’t have to say as a point of interest in a conversation my beliefs on whether or not Elvis is dead. Why can’t we make this comparisons with the well established religions of today?
People may think that my attack on religions is that I hate the believers and that can’t be farther from the truth. To quote Ricky Gervias “suggesting I hate people with religion because I hate religion is like suggesting I hate people with cancer because I hate cancer.” I greatly admire and am extremely fortunate to be able to work with the athletes that I coach (*note I do not push my beliefs here at them at all).
Listening to Richard Dawkins’ “The Selfish Gene” has been probably some of the most beautiful language I have heard. It is technical and I’m sure very boring. But it seems (pardon the phrasing) magical that science could uncover such the beautiful and wonderful workings of our early life and what we are made of. This book hits the part in my mind that helps with the concreteness that we are evolved organic matter from an early earth that is similar to a soup pot. Which disproves much of the Bible and other holy books….as well as the fact that the most advanced nation (in ancient times) China NEVER heard of these Abrahamic religions until much, much later in history. How can this “God” want to save everyone but never expose itself to the Chinese who could already read! It doesn’t make sense.
Off of that why is atheism looked at as a dark and awful room where no one gets along and we’re all suicide prone people with no purpose of living. My friends and I are all fun, silly, loving, and generally enjoyable people whom to my knowledge have no awful thoughts on an early death or have dark personalities. Granted I have some dark, seemingly, thoughts and realizations on the world as it is. I don’t like to think the universe revolves around me. I know I’m not even a spec or the smallest conceived atom in comparison to the entire space of this universe and possibly MANY OTHER universes. So why would the creator of the universe possibly care at all about one species on a random planet in a random solar system in a, yes random galaxy. Please if you want to believe in a higher being don’t follow dogma and adopt a cosmic view of life (YouTube Neil deGrasse Tyson).
My dream lunch date would be with Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens. Brilliant and clever men. The combination of history, politics, science and reason I can only imagine would make for wonderful conversation. To think that in the wrong culture or time period these men might of been suppressed.