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Old 02-08-2012, 03:13 PM
 
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Atheism is not a religious cult, but a cult of reason maybe.

Science and rational thinking have given atheism a foundation of intellectual respectability much greater than it could attain on its own in the real world.

I think Richard Dawkins' "God Delusion" helped sway a lot of people to atheism who might have been on the fence about the issue. And it has caused a lot more people to question their beliefs.

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Old 02-08-2012, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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When people can't wrap their tiny mind around a concept, you repeat it in the vain hope that it might just sink in............. not likely, but I'll keep trying.

Now did you have a point to make?
The point is, use an actual argument, not a tired cliche.
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Old 02-08-2012, 05:29 PM
 
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Science and rational thinking have given atheism a foundation of intellectual respectability much greater than it could attain on its own in the real world.
I am not really sure what you mean by the real world. The real world is the world of science and rationality. I agree that before humankind had really developed rationality as an art, a pursuit of truth for its own sake, often religious doubters would just substitute a different fairy story for the one they started with. Even after the initial development of philosophy, through the middle ages, doubters made sure to substitute something for God, if only so they were not beheaded, hanged, or burned at the stake.

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Old 02-08-2012, 06:03 PM
 
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I am not really sure what you mean by the real world. The real world is the world of science and rationality. I agree that before humankind had really developed rationality as an art, a pursuit of truth for its own sake, often religious doubters would just substitute a different fairy story for the one they started with. Even after the initial development of philosophy, through the middle ages, doubters made sure to substitute something for God, if only so they were not beheaded, hanged, or burned at the stake.
By "real world," I'm referring to people and society in general. I think we live in a time where science is explaining a whole lot things so well that more and more people are questioning whether there's a need anymore for a God in this universe.

Basic questions that have intrigued the imagination, like: where does the universe come from? why do humans exist? what is consciousness? what is morality and love? what is our ultimate fate? ... are all being answered more and more by science as time goes on. The guesswork is slowly being taken out of these issues.

Eventually, science may completely replace religion as a kind of belief system for most people. This seems to have already happened in some countries.

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Old 02-08-2012, 06:31 PM
 
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Some atheists do treat the institution of science like a religion, and in that sense atheism can feel quite cultish at times. But that is a minority of the whole.
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Old 02-08-2012, 06:32 PM
 
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Atheism is not a religious cult, but a cult of reason maybe.

Science and rational thinking have given atheism a foundation of intellectual respectability much greater than it could attain on its own in the real world.

I think Richard Dawkins' "God Delusion" helped sway a lot of people to atheism who might have been on the fence about the issue. And it has caused a lot more people to question their beliefs.
The God Delusion converted both me and my dad to atheism. I've since changed my beliefs but my dad is still atheist, through and through.
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Old 02-08-2012, 07:42 PM
 
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The point is, use an actual argument, not a tired cliche.
Weeellllll cliche's ain't against the rules of C-D, but off-topic posts are
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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The point is, use an actual argument, not a tired cliche.
The key is in the A ... A-theism
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:53 PM
 
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Atheism isn't a religious cult. Atheism is merely the disbelief in all gods.
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:15 AM
 
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Atheism isn't a religious cult. Atheism is merely the disbelief in all gods.
But soldiers fight for a cause.
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