It is certainly preaching to the choir, but it is still edifying. It is clear and to what should be an uncontested point. Sadly, the point would be completely lost on many fundamentalists out there.
is anyone or anything's existence subjective?
Angela, so you think religion is useful to those living in the third world and that they need an alternative. No we don't need. People need to be freed from this madness of some middle Eastern god created by men in exile several eons ago and solve the current problems facing us.
Education is it's own reward. We don't need coloured glasses to look at reality. And I have met quite a number of atheists and they are seem to me to be doing very well for themselves. So cut the crap and tell me why you think people in the developing countries need religion.
In your response to archy where he mentioned me, you said he only knows one person and that his knowledge can not be true of the group. It is in that light that I told you there are several atheists I know here who are doing good for themselves and need no religion to hang on.
Ah, so you can't talk about empathy without mentioning Jesus? that is if I get you correctly?
So Angela, are you implying the Chinese or Japanese who is not into this Jesus business can't have empathy or can't know it? Or in which way is Jesus and empathy very similar or same?
As to whether increasing secularism has created a hole, I don't know, there is a bigger hole where I live created by religion. It follows from us against them mentality that runs deep in religious texts, which over time has made it hard for those around me to rise above religious bigotry and ignorance and so something to improve their lot.
Suzzanne, access to internet has improved greatly since any internet enabled phone allows you to do that. However, not so many people, and this includes the educated have met an atheist live alone hearing about atheists. We have an active atheist groups that have organised 2 debates on the existence of god which I wasn't able to attend.
A man struggling to survive may not have time to philosophize and to consider such existential issues. The education system is such that it produces people who only care about how to get a job and that's it. Not many of them think and it's sad.
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