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  • I'm an atheist

    36 27.48%
  • I'm agnostic

    25 19.08%
  • Buddhism

    6 4.58%
  • Hinduism

    1 0.76%
  • Islam

    2 1.53%
  • Christianity

    39 29.77%
  • Other

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nihilogen View Post
    The strongest steel protects the softest cargo.
    exactly!...cool new avatar by the way. Didn't recognize you for a second.
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    whatever
    I've had this ice cream bar, since I was a child!

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    i was raised jewish-ish and there are certain traditions I like, but I can't rly be bothered to keep
    up with it. i like religions in theory but in practice my eyes glaze over.
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    One thing that pisses me off is when people bitch about how a loving god would never sentence a man to death or let your damn puppy die. If he's the master and author of all creation, he couldn't give less of a shit about your petty human ethos. Mercy is an ant crying out to a titan. Might makes fucking right. If the most powerful entity in all damn existence speaks, it is law, and if the petty humans fail to give him his sacrifice because they want to spare one life, the entire species endures his wrath.


    That's why a lot of atheistic scientists strike me better than a lot of agnostics, because they came to their disbelief in a creator out of LOGIC, not this "ethos" bullshit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    Just out of interest, what idea is that? I'm not challenging, just clarifying.
    The idea of organizing rituals and stuff. When you introduce a structure into someone else's life, if they accept it, everything they do(/believe) within that structure becomes routine, something that it's there and is a constant, and this leads them to never question it.

    Eg if I decided to be a catholic and went to church every Sunday, sooner or later it would become a habit, as opposed to something I do because I believe in the meaning it has (ie it would induce a trance-like state). I would attend weekly masses and respect what the pope says because I'm used to it, not because god commands it or because I want to go to heaven, and this is what most people do where I live (90% of the so called good christians here have never had a bible in their hands and just blindly follow what the priest says. The relationship between many of the followers of an organised religion and their authority figure is like the one between sheep and their shepherd dog). Not everyone is prone to this and it probably depends more on the individual than it does on the organisation of the religion, but still it happens a lot and I know it would happen to me. I don't hate organised religion (as long as the worshippers leave me alone), it's just not for me.

    Also if organised religion has nothing to recommend it are you suggesting that disorganised or unorganised religion is some how superior or preferable?
    Nah, it's just a matter of personal preference and beliefs.
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    Worship is something we do. It can be done in the style of a particular religion to a particular God. But actually worship is a human capability. So we have the capability to worship anything.

    However the act of worship is very powerful, so society usually codifies it into a religion or practice.

    And worship is very powerful because what we worship, we become.

    Traditionally we knew what we worshipped, as it was mapped out for us in our religion. However mainly in the West, religion is falling into disuse, and so we don't know now what we worship.

    So now it is up to each of us to discover what we worship, for that is what we are becoming.

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    I would say I am an atheist, as I do not believe I have any reason to believe in a diety. That being said, I really like a lot of the ideas espoused by Taoism and Confucianism...but to say I am either one of those things would be dishonest as I do not observe any rites/holidays/or traditions. I merely find a lot of the ideas fascinating and inspirational.

    As for WHY I am an atheist...it's because while I believe that "God", such as it is, can not be proven or disproven I do not feel I have any compelling reason to choose to believe and follow the doctrines and traditions in these religious sects.
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    You forgot to mention the Jains. They'd be so pissed off they'd curse you to eternal hell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robowolf View Post
    The idea of organizing rituals and stuff. When you introduce a structure into someone else's life, if they accept it, everything they do(/believe) within that structure becomes routine, something that it's there and is a constant, and this leads them to never question it.

    Eg if I decided to be a catholic and went to church every Sunday, sooner or later it would become a habit, as opposed to something I do because I believe in the meaning it has (ie it would induce a trance-like state). I would attend weekly masses and respect what the pope says because I'm used to it, not because god commands it or because I want to go to heaven, and this is what most people do where I live (90% of the so called good christians here have never had a bible in their hands and just blindly follow what the priest says. The relationship between many of the followers of an organised religion and their authority figure is like the one between sheep and their shepherd dog). Not everyone is prone to this and it probably depends more on the individual than it does on the organisation of the religion, but still it happens a lot and I know it would happen to me. I don't hate organised religion (as long as the worshippers leave me alone), it's just not for me.



    Nah, it's just a matter of personal preference and beliefs.
    I know what you're talking about because its one of those catch 22's how you manage to create a vehicle for the preservation of the knowledge of the ages across generations while keeping its vitality, personally I think that its only a matter of any organisation being as good as its membership or the individuals who make it up.

    If this is a problem which can be conceived of so easily then a solution can be conceived of too, perhaps not so easily but anyway, you know.

    My point was that sometimes the primitive or spontaneous state which preceeds organisation or officialdom is undesirable whatever the real problems are with the organised and official state of affairs. Its my view when it comes to the formal codification of law too.

    On that note dont you see the same processes alive and well in many other things too? Comic Con and geek culture for instance? I see it, I think its almost inevitable.

    There's a great book if you get a chance to ever read it called Geek Wisdom, highly recommend it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nihilogen View Post
    One thing that pisses me off is when people bitch about how a loving god would never sentence a man to death or let your damn puppy die. If he's the master and author of all creation, he couldn't give less of a shit about your petty human ethos. Mercy is an ant crying out to a titan. Might makes fucking right. If the most powerful entity in all damn existence speaks, it is law, and if the petty humans fail to give him his sacrifice because they want to spare one life, the entire species endures his wrath.


    That's why a lot of atheistic scientists strike me better than a lot of agnostics, because they came to their disbelief in a creator out of LOGIC, not this "ethos" bullshit.
    I agree, and it is the hard facts of math and logic that make the god claims of every religion impossible. The only reason that I affix agnostic as a prefix to my description is to indicatethat, though incredibly unlikely and ridiculously anthropocentric, a diest-style diety could exist. I respect what the religious teachers of old brought to the table, but it is really time to move on. Morality has been rethought over the millennia and evidence counters much of their thought. All ideas die someday.
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