I would like your help on a few questions i pose to friends and family, mostly armchair moderate christians, a few agnostics, and some young nieces and nephews that are atheists but afraid to admit it to their parents...i would like some honest and thoughtful answers that i could possibly use in a section of a book i am writing, nothing that involves names ect; or even specifics of any kinds...its just a fill in section to take the writing from one chapter to another.  here are a few and i thank you for your answers.

1. Will there ever be a U.S. President that is an outright Atheist?

    a. If YES in what approximate year do you think this will happen?

    b. If NO why not?

2. Do you believe Atheism is an evolutionary process in the shape of: Evolved Intelligence>Civilization>Polytheism>Monotheism>Atheism...ect?

    a. Or Not, its just a choice we happened upon

    b. Or Yes but not necessarily in that order or any order at all or couldve been just atheism throughout

    c. Another situation(s)

3. What would/would not happen to organised religion if alien life was found?

4. What was your personal story in the denial of religion?

5. Do you believe, as i DO, that organised religion will die out and...

    a. It will make the earth a better/worse place for it

    b. It will direct the earths focus on prolonging our lives, advancing technology, eradicating disease, ect...

    c. It will never die out

    d. It will just take on a new form since there are people who will never be able to live without some semblance of a higher power

6.  CAN YOU ADD ANY QUESTIONS OF THE SORT ABOVE FOR DISCUSSION?

 

Thank you for your answers, support, and for being true to yourself.  We dont have to deny or justify anything, facts are facts and truth is truth.  I stopped believing in fairy tales and childrens fables when i was younger, and some of them were waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better than the bible, and more believable.  I am glad to have a community of like minded "friends" who i can share, discuss, argue and debate with.  I have been working on 3 books for the past 4 years, 2 of them are novels, one is a discussion of my personal atheism, how it affects my family friends and the like, how i relate it to the world and how it has shaped my view of other humans on this beloved planet of OURS.  I cannot express fully how helpful this site has been, our contributors and their works, both private and public, and how they and you all have shaped my still learning mind down new paths and unexplored directions.  thank you and keep on truckin.....  ~rookie~

 

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1. Will there ever be a U.S. President that is an outright Atheist?

a. If YES in what approximate year do you think this will happen?

b. If NO why not?

b. Because there will always be stupid and weak people.

I strongly suspect that President Obama is a closet atheist who just goes through the motions of believing because if he didn't he wouldn't be President. I also suspect Nixon and Kennedy of being atheists. Supposedly Nixon was a Quaker, but if you believe that... I think the most interesting President in terms of religion was Eisenhower who, by turns, was a River Brethren, a Jehovah's Witness, and finally a Presbyterian. (source)


2. Do you believe Atheism is an evolutionary process in the shape of: Evolved Intelligence>Civilization>Polytheism>Monotheism>Atheism...ect?

a. Or Not, its just a choice we happened upon

b. Or Yes but not necessarily in that order or any order at all or couldve been just atheism throughout

c. Another situation(s)

c. I think atheists can occur in any of the stages you listed. Your progression seems to turn atheism into something other than disbelieving in a theistic deity.


3. What would/would not happen to organised religion if alien life was found?

That would raise a lot of questions and seriously weaken whatever basis is left for believing in an earth-based religion.


4. What was your personal story in the denial of religion?

When I was in my late teens I thought I might enter the Episcopal clergy, but once I went to college and really seriously started looking at the evidence for religion, I became an atheist.

5. Do you believe, as i DO, that organised religion will die out and...

a. It will make the earth a better/worse place for it

b. It will direct the earths focus on prolonging our lives, advancing technology, eradicating disease, ect...

c. It will never die out

d. It will just take on a new form since there are people who will never be able to live without some semblance of a higher power

c. and d. are my choice (they aren't mutually exclusive). Some traditional religions will go on and some people will be attracted to hare brained New Agey kinds of yuppie religions.

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