The God Delusion makes the case that the existence of a supreme being is supremely improbable, and that religious belief is not only wrong but deadly. Author Richard Dawkins
Meanwhile, youth enter oblivious, hands outstretched, fat cheeks and watery eyes staring skyward to the Lord.
They are to leave warriors. Convinced by arguments crafted from statistics and fear, these children of God are told they are to be the salvation of a generation in decline, one beset by the perils of pop culture, advertising and corporate greed.
They absorb those lessons, squealing in delight whenever a speaker mentions the righteousness of Jesus.
So goes the Acquire The Fire youth rally in Hamilton, part of a nation-wide tour promoting the idea of branding teens with God.
Ah, brings back some memories.
I actually found the interview with Dawkins quite interesting. No, I’m not a Darwinist. I don’t believe in the theory of evolution. I equate the idea of the big bang to being as probable as an explosion in a printing press producing a perfect dictionary. However, the main thing here is that to me, it just doesn’t matter. Okay, I don’t like the implications of social Darwinism. Hitler practiced an extreme form of social Darwinism, mixed in with his own rhetoric. If you weren’t part of the ‘superior’ race you were expendable. In fact, it was probably best to rid the world of the vermin.
And I definitely don’t think he’s advocating for religious freedom.
But there is something he’s pushing for, and that’s a change in perception. The point that atheists must lie in order to be elected in the US is not a good thing, for the atheists or for the religious. This is how we get so-called God-fearing religious leaders who turn out to be hypocrites. They prove their own lie by their actions, but they do damage the image of religion in the process.
To be honest with you, I just don’t see what difference it makes if people believe in God. Sure, there’s the idea of believing in a higher authority you have to answer to, but that hasn’t stopped politicians from lying, stealing, cheating on their wives.
Do I think it’s amusing that someone wants to convert me to atheism? Absolutely. I was raised atheist.
Really, I just find it intriguing that the same criticism of one group ends up being what the criticizing group is guilty of themselves. You find religious beliefs threaten your freedom as an atheist. So the solution is to convert enough of the religious so that you will have a majority and therefore be able to impose your values on believers.
You know, if we didn’t teach people facts but taught them to think and encouraged people to actually reason things out for themselves, think of how much energy normally invested in bickering would be saved.
For at the end of the day, does it matter? I mean, really? If the Buddhists are right, they can feel humble about it for eternity… or whatever would be appropriate there. Likewise any other religious group.
And if the atheists are right, once we’re gone our consciousness or spirit won’t be able to give a damn anyway. You know, this is one of the reasons I have a real aversion to authors who over-promote and use all kinds of marketing gimmicks. I figure, if you’re confident you’ve got the truth, you don’t feel anxious about it. You exude your confidence in your convictions. That will appeal to people without you saying a word. But when you feel the need to shove it down everyone’s throat and try to convert every single person you meet, it smacks of desperation and uncertainty. To me, anyway.
Maybe just from being there myself and being around too many who carried themselves that way.
All in all, I found the articles interesting. They made me think.