Tag Archives: atheism

GodA Personal Story

I want to wrap up this series on atheism with a personal story about the point in time where I started diverging from the concept of God. I was very young then, about five years old. I had lost a pencil. It had just slipped out of my schoolbag, which was nothing more than a plastic basket with open weaves and a handle. When I realized that I had lost the pencil, I was quite upset. I think I was worried that I would get a scolding for my carelessness. You see, my family wasn’t rich. We were slightly better off than the households in our neighborhood, but quite poor by any global standards. The new pencil was, to me, a prized possession.

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The Origins of Gods

The atheist-theist debate boils down to a simple questionDid humans discover God? Or, did we invent Him? The difference between discovering and inventing is the similar to the one between believing and knowing. Theist believe that there was a God to be discovered. Atheistsknowthat we humans invented the concept of God. Belief and knowledge differ only slightlyknowledge is merely a very very strong belief. A belief is considered knowledge when it fits in nicely with a larger worldview, which is very much like how a hypothesis in physics becomes a theory. While a theory (such as Quantum Mechanics, for instance) is considered to be knowledge (or the way the physical world really is), it is best not to forget the its lowly origin as a mere hypothesis. My focus in this post is the possible origin of the God hypothesis.

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Atheism and Unreal God

The only recourse an atheist can have against this argument based on personal experience is that the believer is either is misrepresenting his experience or is mistaken about it. I am not willing to pursue that line of argument. I know that I am undermining my own stance here, but I would like to give the theist camp some more ammunition for this particular argument, and make it more formal.

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Atheism vs. God Experience

I have a reason for delaying this post on the fifth and last argument for God by Dr. William Lane Craig. It holds more potency than immediately obvious. While it is easy to write it off because it is a subjective, experiential argument, the lack of credence we attribute to subjectivity is in itself a result of our similarly subjective acceptance of what we consider objective reason and rationality. I hope that this point will become clearer as you read this post and the next one.

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Atheism and the Morality of the Godless

In the previous post, we considered the cosmological argument (that the Big Bang theory is an affirmation of a God) and a teleological argument (that the highly improbable fine-tuning of the universe proves the existence of intelligent creation). We saw that the cosmological argument is nothing more than an admission of our ignorance, although it may be presented in any number of fancy forms (such as the cause of the universe is an uncaused cause, which is God, for instance). The teleological argument comes from a potentially wilful distortion of the anthropic principle. The next one that Dr. Craig puts forward is the origin of morality, which has no grounding if you assume that atheism is true.

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AtheismChristian God, or Lack Thereof

Prof. William Lane Craig is way more than a deist; he is certainly a theist. In fact, he is more than that; he believes that God is as described in the scriptures of his flavor of Christianity. I am not an expert in that field, so I don’t know exactly what that flavor is. But the arguments he gave do not go much farther than the deism. He gave five arguments to prove that God exists, and he invited Hitchens to refute them. Hitchens did not; at least, not in an enumerated and sequential fashion I plan to do here.

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AtheismIs There a God?

Recently, I have been listening to some debates on atheism by Christopher Hitchens, as recommended by a friend. Although I agree with almost everything Hitchens says (said rather, because he is no longer with us), I find his tone bit too flippant and derisive for my taste, much like The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. I am an atheist, as those who have been following my writings may know. Given that an overwhelming majority of people do believe in some sort of a supreme being, at times I feel kind of compelled to answer the question why I don’t believe in one.

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Do You Believe in God?

Однажды у меня возникли проблемы из-за того, что я задал этот вопрос,,en,Человек, которому я задала этот вопрос, разозлился, потому что посчитал, что это слишком личное,,en,Поэтому я не буду спрашивать вас, верите ли вы в Бога,,en,Не говори мне,,en,я скажу тебе,,en,Я также расскажу вам немного больше о вашей личности позже в этом посте.,,en,вот сделка,,en,Вы проходите викторину ниже,,en,Это закончилось,,en,правда или ложь вопросы о ваших привычках и манерах,,en,Как только вы ответите им,,en,Я скажу тебе, веришь ли ты в Бога,,en,и если так,,en,Сколько,,en,Если тебе станет скучно, скажи,,en,вопросы или около того,,en,все нормально,,en,вы можете выйти из викторины и получить,,en,Ставка,,en,Но чем больше вопросов ты отвечаешь,,en,тем точнее будет мое предположение о вашей вере,,en,Easy Quiz Pro,,en,Нереально,,en,Unreal Blog с гордостью представляет вам Easy AdSense,,en,Как только у вас будет,,en,Гол,,en. The person I asked the question got angry because she felt that it was too personal. So I am not going to ask you whether you believe in God. Don’t tell me — I will tell you! I will also tell you a bit more about your personality later in this post.

Ok, here is the deal. You take the quiz below. It has over 40 true-or-false questions about your habits and mannerisms. Once you answer them, I will tell you whether you believe in God, and if so, how much. If you get bored after say 20 questions or so, it is okay, you can quit the quiz and get the Rate. But the more questions you answer, the more accurate my guess about your faith is going to be.


Once you have your Score (or Rate, если вы не закончили викторину,,en,нажмите на соответствующую ему кнопку,,en,Вы верите, что Бога нет,,en,Ты атеист,,en,и не могу понять, почему кто-то хочет верить в Бога,,en,Вы не знаете, есть ли Бог,,en,вы верите, что не можете знать,,en,Ты агностик,,en,Вы верите, что есть высшее существо,,en,высшая сила или жизненная сила,,en,но не обязательно то, что зациклено на человеческой морали,,en,и уж точно не то, что выглядит по-человечески,,en,Свободное мышление,,en,Вы верите в бога,,en,Есть бог,,en,хороший и моральный,,en,злится, когда мы грешим,,en,и наблюдая за нами,,en,не обязательно в антропоморфной форме или форме, как описано в Священных Писаниях,,en,В Священных Писаниях есть Бог,,en,рай и ад,,en,или реинкарнация,,en,Возможно, все религии указывают на одного и того же Бога,,en), click on the button corresponding to it.

         

Here is how it works. There is a division of labor going on in our brain, according to the theory of hemispheric specialization of brain functions. In this theory, the left hemisphere of the brain is considered the origin of logical and analytical thinking, and the right hemisphere is the origin of creative and intuitive thinking. The so-called left-brain person is thought to be linear, logical, analytical, and unemotional; and the right-brained person is thought to be spatial, creative, mystical, intuitive, and emotional.

This notion of hemispheric specialization raises an interesting question: is atheism related to the logical hemisphere? Are atheists less emotional? я думаю так,,en,и этот тест основан на этой вере,,en,Викторина проверяет, действительно ли вы,,en,левое полушарие мозга,,en,человек,,en,Если вы наберете высокий балл,,en,ваше левое полушарие является доминирующим,,en,и вы, вероятно, будете более аналитичными и логичными, чем интуитивными или творческими,,en,согласно моей догадке,,en,вы скорее всего будете атеистом,,en,Это сработало для вас,,en,даже если это не так,,en,теперь вы знаете, аналитичны вы или интуитивно,,en,Пожалуйста, оставьте комментарий, чтобы сообщить мне, как это работает,,en,Этот пост - отредактированный отрывок из моей книги,,en,По физике и философии,,en,В ожидании слова,,en,концепция бога,,en,викторина,,en,Экономисты,,en,Продажи и структурирование,,en, and this test is based on that belief. The quiz tests whether you are “left-brain” person. If you score high, your left-brain is dominant, and you are likely to be more analytical and logical than intuitive or creative. And, according to my conjecture, you are likely to be an atheist. Did it work for you?

Well, even if it didn’t, now you know whether you are analytical or intuitive. Please leave a comment to let me know how it worked.

[This post is an edited excerpt from my book The Unreal Universe]

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