Posts tagged atheism
Posts tagged atheism
My situation with my roommate.
We read this as a class in debate my senior year.
God’s Debris espouses a philosophy based on the idea that the simplest explanation tends to be the best (a corruption of Occam’s Razor). It surmises that an omnipotent God annihilated himself in the Big Bang, because an omniscient God would already know everything possible except his own lack of existence, and exists now as the smallest units of matter and the law of probability, or “God’s debris”, hence the title.
We had a very good debate after every chapter.
You can read the book for free here.
That’d be pretty epic.
I like this. A lot.
Ricky Gervais: ”Wow. No God. If Mum had lied to me about God, had she also lied to me about Santa? yes, but who cares? The gifts kep coming. And so did the gifts of my newfound atheism. The gifts of truth, science, nature. The real beauty of this world. Not a world by design, but one by chance. I learned of evolution—a theory so simple and obvious that only England’s greatest genius could have come up with it. Evolution of plants, animals, and us—with imagination, free will, love and humor. I no longer needed a reason for my existence, just a reason to live. And imagination, free will, love, humor, fun, music, sports, beer, and pizza are all good enough reasons for living.”
Bill Gates: “Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There’s a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.”
Isaac Asimov: ”If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words. I think he would prefer an honest and righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God, God, God, and whose every deed is foul, foul, foul.”
David Cross: ”Oh, so I was watching that show - uh, the fuck - the show where the, uh, there’s the guy on stage and then everybody in the audience believes that he, uh, has contact with the dead and spirits talk to him… Crossing…? No, no, no, no - it was church.”
Jodie Foster: “There is no direct evidence, so how could you ask me to believe in God when there’s absolutely no evidence that I can see? I do believe in the beauty and the awe-inspiring mystery of the science that’s out there that we haven’t discovered yet, that there are scientific explanations for phenomena that we call mystical because we don’t know any better.”
Ingmar Bergman: “When you die, you are extinguished. From beingyou will be transformed to non-being. A god does notnecessarily dwell among our capricious atoms.”
Douglas Adams: “If you describe yourself as ‘atheist,’ some people will say, ‘Don’t you mean ‘agnostic?’ I have to reply that I really do mean atheist. I really do not believe that there is a god - in fact, I am convinced that there is not a god, a subtle difference. I see not a shred of evidence to suggest that there is one. It’s easier to say that I am a radical atheist, just to signal that I really mean it, have thought about it a great deal, and that it’s an opinion I hold seriously. It’s funny how many people are genuinely surprised to hear a view expressed so strongly.”
Janeane Garofalo: “Organized religions and their dogmas only serve to indoctrinate the participants into sheeplike common behaviors. This type of blind assimilation promotes the popularity of top-forty count down radio stations and movie sequels. Skepticism towards groups, holy or otherwise, is enriching and makes you a far more entertaning person.”
Roger Ebert: “I hope to be spared as much pain as possible on the approach path. I was perfectly content before I was born, and I think of death as the same state. What I am grateful for is the gift of intelligence, and for life, love, wonder, and laughter. You can’t say it wasn’t interesting. My lifetime’s memories are what I have brought home from the trip. I will require them for eternity no more than that little souvenir of the Eiffel Tower I brought home from Paris.”
Katherine Hepburn: “I’m an atheist, and that’s it. I believe there’s nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for each other.”
Brad Pitt: “I’m probably 20 per cent atheist and 80 per cent agnostic. I don’t think anyone really knows. You’ll either find out or not when you get there, until then there’s no point thinking about it.”
Joaquin Phoenix: “I don’t believe in god. I don’t believe in an afterlife. I don’t believe in soul. I don’t believe in anything. I think it’s totally right for people to have their own beliefs if it makes them happy, but to me it’s a pretty preposterous idea.”
Daniel Radcliffe: “I’m an atheist, but I’m very relaxed about it. I don’t preach my atheism, but I have a huge amount of respect for people like Richard Dawkins who do. Anything he does on television, I will watch.”
Frank Zappa: “The whole foundation of Christianity is based on the idea that intellectualism is the work of the Devil. Remember the apple on the tree? Okay, it was the Tree of Knowledge. “You eat this apple, you’re going to be as smart as God. We can’t have that.”
Sarah Polley: “I don’t have faith in anything but my fellow human beings and the world around me. I have strong faith in people, but not beyond people. The world is a beautiful place, it’s a beautiful enough place for me to worship and have faith in and - it’s enough for me.”
SO BRAD PITT AND I HAVE MORE IN COMMON THAN JUST BEING REALLY REALLY GOOD LOOKING.
Fairly frequently, I hear Christians explain their interpretation of the Bible in an attempt to convince others that their religion is good. They basically say that fundamentalists have the wrong interpretation of the Bible, that they’re just picking and choosing what serves their purposes.
You can hear this defense offered to members of the GLBTQ community and others who struggle with accepting parts of religion. You can hear politically motivated apologetics offered by liberal Christians to distance themselves from conservatives. Sometimes I even hear it offered to atheists and agnostics, as if it’s the practice of the religion that we don’t believe in and not the whole god thing. They’re doing it wrong; we’re doing it right.
But, speaking as an atheist, how is that supposed to comfort anyone? If it’s possible for at least one group of adherents to interpret a religious incorrectly, how is someone outside the group supposed to have confidence in any other adherents? I assume that the people who claim to have the right interpretation go on faith. That’s no help to anyone outside of that group. How am I supposed to know that you’re doing it right? Are we supposed to go with the apologetics version of the Bible because it sounds better? The other side is doing what sounds best to them. Since so many claim to know the true meaning of scripture, a lot of people are bound to be wrong. So should we just pick the one we like best?
Re: religion. I try, y’all. I’m mostly really good at it. It gets awkward as hell when family or close friends are involved. Especially when they talk to me about church things and I am just like “um… okay, sure.” I feel like even talking about atheism is mean. I feel like saying anything other than whatever they want me to say is rude. That’s pretty messed up considering that people try to use religion as a reason to deny me and millions of other their rights.
(Fuck My Life)
+ hope for the future.
The Next Generation Is AWESOME!
Thomas Jefferson (or as Texas schoolchildren will soon be calling him, “Who?”) (via savagemike)
To paraphrase Stephen Colbert: “Texas has coined ‘division of Jefferson and History’.”