Post Number:#16 May 8th, 2012, 4:03 pm
A Poster He or I wrote:Garycgibson, Tibbir, and Fanman,
Have you ever considered that some of us atheists (such as myself) are atheists for ETHICAL reasons? We consider the concept of God immoral. I acknowledge the historical necessity of the concept in the social evolution of the human species, but consider the concept now to be outmoded and its continued use and belief to be the surest path toward the mid- to long-term extermination of the species.
While I agree religious wars have caused a lot of grief and destruction. They have also caused a lot of good things to. I might point out that most of the renaisance scientist were searching for truth In what they thought of as the The spirit of Truth AKA the Holy Spirit.
Aethism is to my mind a relatively new phenomenon. For instance Socraties was executed for being an Aetheist.
Have you ever considered that some Christians are christians for ethical reasons.
I am a part of a family which is part of a community which is part of a culture which is a part of the human race. My goal in life is to bring peace to all these people. This is because I strongly believe that we are all part of a thinking entity which is bigger than me at each level up there are more nodes and if we can work together in peace we will have a better global brain.
So tolerance is my by word. That does not mean that I think being an atheist is foolish and so I will argue my case for Christianity.
That does not mean I aprove of the spanish inquisition or the more recent aberation of pedefile priests or the Roman Catholic persistence in condeming Birth control in an over crowded world. The church and the acts done in the name of the Church are far from perfect.
I will continue fighting the Christian cause because I ethically think it is the right thing to do. I think loving your neighbour as yourself is a good start for world peace. Living a life of service is a good thing to do.
I also think that loving the lord my god which subsumes the Universe and this planet is a good reason to fight the ecological problems we are facing. To push for the widest community possible on this planet. Because I think we need as many people thinking about the end of oil which is going get dire within a couple of years and the end of cheap food due to over an over crowded planet are not issues we should all be dealing with individual or in one country but globally as a global ciommunity.
Philosophy for me is a tool to solve these problems. How to unite people into the common cause we all need to look after the human race.
I think on this thread we have got to the point where the theist have stated their case the atheists theirs and there is not much more to say, unless we start listening to each other and helping each other.