It almost seems like atheists don't want to believe in God. Do you just simply not want to believe in God because you don't want to give up your own free will?
ADMIN EDIT: Mercedes has left ThinkAtheist.com on her own accord. This discussion will remain, however do not expect a response from the author.
Another important aspect of the entire exercise is that even amongst ourselves, there is not 100% concurrence on every aspect of our non-belief. You'll find little pockets of side-debates and discussions sprinkled throughout these 36 (37 now) pages. I was a participant in some of these digressions.
It is far too easy for such a community to fall into complete harmony (with plenty of handshaking and patting on the back all around!); it's a great thing that there is so much disagreement (even when we agree), and someone poking the nest with a stick is often exactly what is needed to stir that up.
But the thing is, Holy, that you are directed by your Owner's Manual to go out and convert others to your beliefs. While, yes, we believe the world would be a better place if more people thought for themselves, we feel no compulsion to bring that about. Besides, if we converted them from thinking like you, to thinking like us, would they really be thinking for themselves, or would they still be sheeple?
Every community is splintered if you look deeply enough.
" ...the entire Atheist community needs to organize and agree... "
Why? I don't see the need. Also, what's the point?
If there's something you think needs to be said, then not everybody has to agree on it. Who is in the class of people who have to agree, anyway? That's an administrative nightmare.
arch, you're right; we really have no way of knowing. But you and I make lots of decisions without knowing; we make them on probabilities.
The probabilities here are as Holo said.
Go back and look at Mercedes' early posts. Her dogma is plain to see, except for those who refuse to see. It continues through all of her posts.
Yes, her defense is weak. That's the purpose of dogma: to trick a believer into thinking a weak defense is strong. It tricked a few people here as well.
@Tom Sarbeck, RE: "arch, you're right; we really have no way of knowing." - well, I certainly can't argue with you, because with two or three pages of comments, all without the aid of "Reply" buttons, I'm not sure what you're saying I'm right about, so I don't know if i was right or not!!
Could you refresh my memory a little more, as to which comment of mine you're referring to? I usually try to include a reminder, such as the, "RE:" above, but I'm not clear on which comment you mean.
Posts have been coming in so fast that replies show up many screens later. When I want to backtrack I put my left thumb at the down arrow and scroll up until my thumb conceals the down arrow on an earlier post. It usually works, but going back several screens takes time..
I was referring to your saying we don't know Mercedes' motives and she and others might benefit from the replies I think she suckered us into composing and sending.
She was playing the "Why don't you...? Yes, but...." game that ends only when well-meaning responders tire of hearing "Yes, but [that won't work because....]" and realize they have lost the game.
The psychologist Eric Berne described win-lose games in his 1970s book Games People Play.
He pre-dated Wikipedia by many years but his book achieved fame and some of the games he warned against might have entered the culture.
Yeah, his book did enter the culture. Google "eric berne games people play" and you can get a free PDF or Kindle version of his book.
I recall Bernes's Games well, I was particularly fond of his, "Now I've Got You, You Sonuvabitch!"
Yes, Tom, she may have been playing us, or she might have been sincere - I tend to extend the benefit of the doubt. Worst case scenario, is we got to dust off all of our old arguments, and as I mentioned, there may have been silent lurkers who got some questions answered. Besides, I wasn't doing anything anyway --
Interestingly, by your tone, I can't infer that you hold a great deal more respect for those, "Old, white people in Kansas and Mississippi" than I do.
As do I, but from a somewhat different perspective. And I'm sensing there may be just a glimmer of hope for you too --
That's what I thought about myself, until I realized that people were pointing out that I left a "transitional" fossil, that proved for all time that evolution is a valid course of study.
You have no way of knowing what your assorted electrons may one day become --