"Then we disagree, at least wrt the concluding statement (quoted, above).
It's the first statement (quoted, above) that we agree on, but that I think is "something more" than just a rejection of some people's fantasies. I call…"
"No Dr. Bob...I would never call a past-time which has one story of a parachuter taking down a plane a highly dangerous activity.
I have no problem with those who are highly trained, have at most one gun, kept in a safe whenever it is not…"
"Atheism is not an ism like humanism or hinudism or communism is. It is nothing more than a negative belief.
Many people are default atheists...and in Vietnam for example...many are atheists because that is state policy.
When you think of…"
"Religion tries to take too much credit for the advancement of humanity.
It becomes all the more preposterous when they try to take credit for the advancement of women, freedom of speech, democratic principles, freedom from torture, sexual freedom…"
"The first review here covers some of what is being discussed. The other reviews are worth reading too. Religion tries to take too much credit for the advancement of humanity. It is only since the Age of Enlightenment when we started…"
"Fine, give thumbs up to God. Meanwhile science, not scripture, explains origins in ways that make it possible for us to discover the physical and biological processes that make us healthy or sick, and makes it possible to keep discovering new ways…"
"Atheism is also useful in providing a clarion call to rationalism and to question the ethics of theism. Atheism in failing to assert anything except in the negative belies its actual value to civilization. If and when humanity progresses beyond…"
"Atheism is useful as an ism in the sense that it raises awareness of many theists to an option they would otherwise not even consider. Also, it's enables a/our community to have a place to bitch and moan about being marginalized. I feel these…"
"@Pope...I see what you are saying.
One thing to be careful about is linking atheism to usefulness. Atheism has no intended use, no platform, no goals, no anything. That's why when people say "atheism isn't useful" they clearly…"
"Yes I am talking about innocent bystanders and those under our care. If a fully informed adult wants to do something deadly and it is not dangerous to bystanders...I could care less.
Dr. Bob...skydiving threatens the life of the skydiver...not the…"
"I might as JB this: Did science/medicine make this Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) treatment possible for PD, or was it just from praying to God? Watch this guy turn his symptoms off with a remote control! And this is only one example of science and…"