General information about myself
Atheist and Hindu
I will later have other discussions. I will try to look into the assumptions of universe, science, spirituality, morality etc.
Welcome to TA shyam.
I think even if the debates haven't covered the Hindu conception of gods, the atheist lacks a belief in gods. You can insert any god and you will still be within the atheistic definition. Is there evidence that the Hindu gods exist? If no, which I presume is the case, why should we need a different argument against them?
The position Douglas Murray offered at the talk is one most religions would not be willing to take and I think he knows that too. In as much as I agree with him, religions can't make that compromise.
I am not here to defend Hinduism, I just stated my position.
I was talking about the concept of god, rather than god as a being. In this concept the energy can be refered as god. Well someone can say they do not believe in energy, then it is ok. As I have stated, for me the concept of god is search for knowledge and truth.
As for the position discussed by Murray, if religion cannot compromise then they cannot exist. The one that evolve may survive, the one that does not evolve will die as previous ones. If none evolves then there will be no religion - I doubt it. There are too many in this world who need a string of hope.
Welcome, sir. I liked your introduction. Of course, I can't speak for anyone else, but I think you'll get on well here..
I think you can contribute a lot to us by sharing a perspective of atheism that most of us (myself for sure, at the least) don't have.
Thank you, and, again, welcome...
I believe in shades of gray rather than black and white..!
Welcome shyam! You have a really interesting perspective. I'm sure we will learn a lot from you. I hope you enjoy yourself here on TA. People can get pretty passionate, so don't ever take anything personally! :-)
For a long time I also made the search for knowledge my "God." I still value that very much but it is no longer the focus of my greatest appreciation.
I will try to create another discussion on the concept of "GOD". The menaing of GOD is different, we cannot just assume the Abrahamic definition as the creator. If I say, for me GOD is energy. Does it make me Atheist ? I can prove energy exist. Science can understand that there may be a big bang, creation of universe, involving some form of energy transformation. Energy can help to create life and matter. Energy can be transformed. I can appreciate energy for all the 'good' and 'bad' things it can do.
I feel it has different meaning to different people, especially when we are translating everything in a general language - commonly English. We give word to new phenonenas and our understanding is still limited or very small when we consider the vasteness of space and time.