We (atheists & agnostics) spend much of our time refuting religion. We sometimes become defensive in our stance that reason and logic should prevail above all else (and rightly so). But has there…Continue
"Would you explain what is meant by happiness?
Also, your response has me recommend reading or listening to The Moral Landscape by Sam Harris. If at some point this happens, I would be curious to see your thoughts about the content and…"
"Happiness is the goal of life, and religion can make some people happy. That's pretty much it, aside from the whole "you don't know, it could be true" bit. The happiness argument is actually what kept me a…"
""...God is a kind of cultural "social seed" within the brain/mind of the believer and works more like Music or ideas or like political ideologies than religious tradition alone."
Very well said. It's an idea that…"
"Loss of identity in countries that were former colonies makes people ask themselves what it means to be Australian, American, Nigerian or South African. Religion gives them structure, a reason to get together, gives them tradition and…"
"One of the arguments for religion I always battle to refute is the position that the uneducated, below-the-breadline masses need something to keep them in check.
Also, the comment, "People will always find something to war about so there's…"
"I listened to Dennett the other day on "Big Ideas" making some good points about that.
When our government (I'm talking about Holland) once in a while thinks it must make a public display of it's decisiveness and kick refugees,…"
"I have yet to hear a good argument for any particular religion. The best argument for a god, in my opinion, is the fine-tuned argument. However, this argument is very unconvincing and doesn't lead to any certain conclusions or proof of a god."
"There are some psychological benefits and in early civilization it was our only way of dealing with things we didn't understand but, obviously, this is no longer the case. Even if it does have some benefits it has, at the very least,…"
"The only way I can make sense of your question is simply to quote Neil Tyson.
Neil deGrasse Tyson - Called by the Universe (begins around 18:53)
The goal here is not to make everybody a scientist. That’s not the goal.…"
"I do think we have a natural desire to live on after our death's, but I think nowadays we have good secular ways of thinking of our own metaphorically living on - through the children we raise, difference we make in the world, people who's…"