I'm pretty sure Mr. Rodgers was a Presbyterian minister.
Yeah, but I sure did learn a lot about sweaters from him.
They just like to watch? I think all of them were/are teachers promoting education.
Where are Brian Cox, Stephen Hawking, Alex Filippenko (and the other male scientists from The Universe).
Also, no women? Amy Mainzer and the other female stars of The Universe, for example.
BTW, I don't recognize the guy on the right. Should I?
Rogers really said this--it's a legitimate quote, not just a meme attributed to him. Notice what this Presbyterian minister doesn't say. He doesn't say "Look to God. When things get bad, just remember there's a higher power you can't see..."
He said "Look for the people who are helping." In exactly the situation you'd expect a religious man to turn to a god, he instead turns to fellow humans. He points out that, in spite of what some may preach about sin, there are lots of good humans in the world. And that by being good to each other humans can make the world a better place. If that is not a beautifully humanist sentiment I don't know what is.
And Amanda is right. I don't remember him ever teaching that virtues had to come from God; he just taught that people should be virtuous. I don't remember him ever sneaking God into his show. I don't remember even hearing him mention his credentials as a minister; I've only read that from other sources. I certainly don't remember ever hearing him make some kind of crude comment in some other media, and then trying to defend it as "free speech" or "religious freedom", and turning people against each other, like some modern-day Christian TV stars.
Bob Ross, on the right, always ended his shows with "God Bless." I could deal with that as his voice was so soothing to listen to while he painted his many landscapes. His voice was almost like a sedative somehow.
Oh... I think I remember him now.
As a gifted Asperger’s syndrome person, I was a flaming advocate of logical, critical thinking, I denied God loudly when I saw yet more advertisements bemoaning those who did not believe. I was not respected for the logical considerations I raised but fool Christians demanded that their religion become the law of the land. I was so pleased when computer bulletin boards began, and even more pleased with the internet. Now I could address every fool I found. Realizing of course, I could not raise a Christian’s conscious beyond a strong and well set belief system. Especially given the roots in acquisitive mimetic desire, or the usual childhood coercive persuasion. Christians cannot imagine what it is to think like an atheist, yet atheists know full well what it is to believe. Christians cannot even consider such a thing. Thus part of their mind is blocked. I have a discussion coming later this week with a local minister, and I have put together 15 questions he cannot honestly answer. Let’s see what happens...
Hi Cojon - been a while but good to see you about. I have edited the post for you as I am a site mod. You are correct. The only way to understand what it is to be an Atheist is to be one. Keep us updated on the answers you get back :-)
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