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Atheism and the World - What Must We Do, and Why?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christopher Berman May 24, 2010. 7 Replies

Essentially, this is a discussion for exploring the basic questions of social ethics (and perhaps a pinch of politics) from an atheistic worldview.What is the 'utopia' (or maximal state of affairs,…Continue

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Enter Feste

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brenda Joanne May 25, 2010. 14 Replies

Hi all, I'm new here. Just became an atheist last February (after a terribly long exploration period), and graduated from a Christian college last month.Arrived here after looking for a way to get in…Continue

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Brenda Joanne replied to Christopher Berman's discussion 'Enter Feste'
"Do you think it is like a "secret society" where a special handshake would identify an atheist? LOL Seems you were brave and following in the footsteps of Darwin, who was one incredible man. Now just convince 10 others, and each of them…"
May 25, 2010
elaine kilshaw replied to Christopher Berman's discussion 'Enter Feste'
"Welcome from the United K. I was born with a mind of my own from a small child, and if some one told me to believe in a certain way I would insist I had a brain of my own and would take all things into consideration and then decide. I have so much…"
May 25, 2010
Christopher Berman commented on Martin Pribble's video
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"That guy is on top of it. It can be pretty difficult to think on one's feet when confronted by such ridiculous thought."
May 25, 2010
Christopher Berman replied to Brenda Joanne's discussion 'TV show LOST finale - They all went to heaven????'
"Really? You felt that, because Lost took a view of the afterlife that is completely open and pays no obvious tribute to any known religion, the nonbeliever is ignored as an audience member? The shapeshifting smoke monster didn't throw you off,…"
May 24, 2010
Christopher Berman replied to Brenda Joanne's discussion 'TV show LOST finale - They all went to heaven????'
"That article sounds a bit over-the-top. I watched it and greatly enjoyed the finale, finding it a fitting end to the series. Others I have talked to were equally pleased with it. Lost, as a show, is characterized by an extreme affirmation of the…"
May 24, 2010
Christopher Berman replied to Christopher Berman's discussion 'Atheism and the World - What Must We Do, and Why?'
"Again, I'm no historian. I haven't studied the area extensively. But as I understand it, the 'dark ages' were not actually so limited, and the phrase is really meant to talk about the area between the Roman empire and the…"
May 24, 2010
Allen Sneed replied to Christopher Berman's discussion 'Atheism and the World - What Must We Do, and Why?'
"What are other causes for the dark ages?"
May 24, 2010
Christopher Berman replied to Skycomet the Fallen Angel's discussion 'Sex, Homosexuality, Marriage, Biology, Religion, and America'
"There's nothing but ignorance and bigotry behind the rejection of homosexuality. Some of the ignorance and bigotry is willful. Most of it is not. This will largely be a matter of waiting for the older generations to die off."
May 24, 2010
Christopher Berman replied to Christopher Berman's discussion 'Atheism and the World - What Must We Do, and Why?'
"I agree for the most part, though I would point out that religion has certainly had some cultural and intellectual advantages throughout history as well. I'm no historian, but from what little I know, it is improper to blame the dark ages…"
May 24, 2010
Christopher Berman replied to Christopher Berman's discussion 'Enter Feste'
"Thanks!"
May 24, 2010
Jānis Ķimsis replied to Christopher Berman's discussion 'Atheism and the World - What Must We Do, and Why?'
"Half the world is going to have a hissy-fit about everything being in English. Although I think that English has a good chance of eventually becoming the global language, it's going to be a long battle. I think it might be easyer if Esperanto…"
May 24, 2010
Christopher McGuire replied to Christopher Berman's discussion 'Atheism and the World - What Must We Do, and Why?'
"I say stamp out Religion. I see it as a disease that is retarding intellectual growth in humanity. I believe that the pursuit of knowledge is (should be) humanities main objective. This poster mostly sums up what I think: "
May 24, 2010
Renshia commented on Christopher Berman's blog post 'Euthyphro's Question'
"“If you don’t believe in God, then what keeps you from murdering people?” My answer, smile and say "Not much"."
May 24, 2010
Christopher Berman commented on Martin Pribble's blog post '"An Atheist and his Natural Universe" from Atheist Climber blog'
"I agree with what you have written here, though I would still want to reserve the word 'natural' as separate from what is artificial or human-made, within particular conversations. You are right; insofar as there is nothing (that we know…"
May 24, 2010
Cara Coleen replied to Christopher Berman's discussion 'Enter Feste'
"That was a great response. I didn't attend a Christian college, but I was connected to a lot of brilliant pastors and apologists myself; I know that Christians do not all have low IQs (I'm sure there are atheists who have low IQs!). I just…"
May 24, 2010
Christopher Berman replied to Christopher Berman's discussion 'Enter Feste'
"Thanks for the congrats! There wasn't any one thing that led me to revise my religious identity; as I learned more about my religion, and as I subjected it to open criticism, I found two things: one, that there were many (many, many) different…"
May 24, 2010

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A recently deconverted graduate of a Christian college, interested in philosophy and academia.
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To connect to like-minded folks.
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Euthyphro's Question

Posted on May 23, 2010 at 4:30pm 3 Comments

“If you don’t believe in God, then what keeps you from murdering people?”



This has probably been the most persistent question I’ve gotten since deconverting to atheism. The question is, essentially, how can one be a ‘good person’ (or act morally) if there is no deity in which morality inheres. Of course, belief in God, in itself, is not what is being questioned, but whether or not that entity exists. None of the persons I have met would (as far as I know) claim that all… Continue

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