Three reasons why it pays off to be an atheist, and one why it doesn't

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  1. spidergoat Liddle' Dick Tater Valued Senior Member

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    But you would have to agree, their spiritual practice does not depend on the idea of a diety. Likewise for Taoists and Jains. Buddhism is pragmatic, and opposition to dieties would have brought about a backlash against them. Instead they absorbed the previous religious practices of a particular area, although these hybrid forms are mostly intended for the lay masses. Strictly speaking, one only has to follow the precepts and meditate.

    For me, rejecting God brought about the freedom of thought that made further development possible.
     
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  3. Mr. Hamtastic whackawhackado! Registered Senior Member

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    I know nada of eastern religion, but I know something of perception. Much of perception involves choosing to believe things are true. Clashes happen whenever thoughts occur regarding perceptions that are in direct opposition to each other. You say you rejected God, I say I accepted God. My path carries me down a parrallel path of development to you, and we may even intersect in the future. The "which is best?" debate is what I, personally, find stressful, hence why I've been more low key within the religion subforum.

    Neither side will validate the other, and self-validation is a reflection of weak wisdom at best.
     
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  5. spidergoat Liddle' Dick Tater Valued Senior Member

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    Buddhism is perception without choices.
     
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  7. Mr. Hamtastic whackawhackado! Registered Senior Member

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    So is tolerance. Everyone is not buddhist, however, nor is everyone tolerant. Ignoring the issue is an option, but tenuous at best. Humans want there to be something more than random chance to blame, and everyone wants something to trust in more than dumb luck. Theists choose to make deity this something. Atheists choose themselves. It's bordering on trivial differences, or hating your own reflection.
     
  8. PsychoticEpisode It is very dry in here today Valued Senior Member

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    Is this some psychological ploy? Am I supposed to rant on about something here? Jeezuz, you sound pissed off with God. In fact if I didn't think this thread's OP was inflammatory then I might believe my previous sentence wholeheartedly

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  9. SkinWalker Archaeology / Anthropology Moderator

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    Some atheists, perhaps, live with such convictions. However, most atheists (at least the ones I know and have read) have no conviction that they "know" there's no god. Nor does he/she seek proof one way or the other. Hence, the agnostic-atheist.

    Most atheists are simply godless. They accept that humanity has had many gods in the past and will likely invent many gods in the future, therefore, the current manifestations of gods are probably, likewise, inventions. Since there's no good reason to believe in a god and, since none appear to (apparently) exist, there's no reason to believe they do. However, should evidence be put forth, the atheist (most) are willing to revise their beliefs.

    The average theist on the other hand has no reservations whatever about stating that he knows his god exists and that he knows my lack of belief will result in going to a mythical hell. This, my friend, is conviction and an unreasoned and illogical one at that.

    At least I recognize that I cannot hope to test the entire universe and observe it all to discover whether or not a god exists. In that sense I'm agnostic since I understand the limits of my ability to know. Those deluded by religious dogma and doctrine are only deluded because they think in such absolute and "convicted" terms.
     
  10. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    This seems (to me) to be the prevalent theist view of atheists yet theists are disturbed that we mock them. Hypocrites wearing theist colored glasses.
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  11. Simon Anders Valued Senior Member

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    I notice that you did not also correct spidergoat who said:
    Also the definitions supplied in this forum contradict each other, and not just between theist and atheist definitions, but also with these groups.
     
  12. scorpius a realist Valued Senior Member

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    do you even know what is an atheist??
    you dont know many sucesfull atheists do you?
    she does? ...news to me!
    seriously how many atheists do you personaly associate with to state such BS lie.
    answering to Imaginary friends is talking to your self.
    you mean more deluded

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    wait until you kiss your gods azz and praise him for a billionth time..and realize you still have an ETERNITY to go!!

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    .now wouldnt that be a total HELL?
     
  13. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    No god has come running to me.
    Any atheist that any god has come running to, please let us know.

    Of course.
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  14. Michael 歌舞伎 Valued Senior Member

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    1) Mental freedom
    2) Rational thought
    3) Better understanding of humanity

    4) If there was a God (or Alien Overlord) then there may be some consequence of denying its validity? Hell comes to mind.
     
  15. swarm Registered Senior Member

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    What a load of self serving crap.
     
  16. swarm Registered Senior Member

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    As usual you are mistaken.

    The only thing an atheist states with conviction is that the theist can't just declare their favorite god exists by fiat.
     
  17. swarm Registered Senior Member

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    Of course many of them realize the deities are just mental constructs.

    Well except for rejecting your notion of god.

    And of course there is always the plain old secular Buddhists.

    Why do theists always whine about this strawman?
     
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  18. Leo Volont Registered Senior Member

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    Yeah, Greenberg, you tippeetoed around it but, DUH!, Atheists don't have any moral contraints! No rules!

    They are like Protestants forgiven of all their sins, without even needing to be Baptized.

    Look at the Russians. After three generations of Materialistic Marxist Education and a Godless Society they are CONVINCED that there are no morals, no rules... so NOBODY make more money off of Crime, Pornography, and White Slaving than those Russian Born-Atheists.

    Really, Atheists are just Big Cockroaches.
     
  19. swarm Registered Senior Member

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    You are completely mistaken and projecting your issues on others.

    There is plenty beside random chance without any need for throwing in the towel and positing deities. Not every one has your need for blaming or your in ability to rely on yourself instead of external things like dumb deities or dimb luck.

    Theists just pretend to make deity this something. But ultimately it is a lie and that is a poor basis for growth.
     
  20. swarm Registered Senior Member

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    Ah the other lie of the theist.

    You people have no shame.
     
  21. swarm Registered Senior Member

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    No.

    A good god will not punish you for having the courage of your convictions.

    An evil god like the xtian one, you are better off in hell.
     
  22. Leo Volont Registered Senior Member

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    Greenberg Greenberg Greenberg.... Atheism does absolutely no harm to the Individual. Why should it. They can live without the rules that hold everybody else back. Atheists make out like Bandits and CRIME does PAY.

    The problem with Atheism comes only when a Society en masse becomes Atheism. You see, Civilization needs an accepted Morality. Society needs rules.

    Yes, yes, On Line Atheists INSIST they know the difference between right and wrong. I am sure they do. The problem arises the moment they see any conflict or serious inconvenience in taking the High Road. They did a study at a major University, administering tests that were supposed to be basis for very valuable Scholarship Grants. the Subjects were left alone in the room but in every case the Professor 'accidentally' left the answer key in the room but had to leave for an emergency but said he would return and just leave the test on the desk. The Theists for the most part did the test honestly, while some Protestants, Forgiven of their Sins did exactly as the Atheists did, but ALL of the Atheists flipped through the answer sheet.

    Atheists know right from wrong, but whereever profit or convenience is involved, they will do Evil faster than your head can turn.



     
  23. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    It is theists who have no contraints. They pick which "morals" to follow & choose which to claim to follow & which to condemn. There's nothing noble or High Road about the "morals" of theists. The Holy Babble is the worst possible example of morals. Anyone who believes people should suffer horribly for eternity for any reason is SEVERELY lacking in good morals. More so when that reason is simply not believing in a god who won't show itself.
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