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The Sleep Delusion

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 23, 2012 by Mrsbeard

I’m quite stressed and tired but I can’t put this book down! Here are some more of my favorite quotes from The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins!

The Argument from Degree. We notice that things in the world differ. There are degrees of, say, goodness or perfection. But we judge these degrees only by comparison with a maximum. Humans can be both good and bad, so the maximum goodness  {79}  cannot rest in us. Therefore there must be some other maximum to set the standard for perfection, and we call that maximum God. – Thomas Aquinas and the 5 Proofs of the Existence of God

And the witty Dawkins rebuttal:

You might as well say, people vary in smelliness but we can make the comparison only by reference to a perfect maximum of conceivable smelliness. Therefore there must exist a pre-eminently peerless stinker, and we call him God.

And I love his prose, simply humorous if nothing else! Here is a great example:

Let me translate this infantile argument into the appropriate language, which is the language of the playground:

‘Bet you I can prove God exists.’

‘Bet you can’t.’

‘Right then, imagine the most perfect perfect perfect thing possible.’

‘Okay, now what?’

‘Now, is that perfect perfect perfect thing real? Does it exist?’

‘No, it’s only in my mind.’

‘But if it was real it would be even more perfect, because a really really perfect thing would have to be better than a silly old imaginary thing. So I’ve proved that God exists. Nur Nurny Nur Nur. All atheists are fools.’

I have, however, met many of the wonderful ‘proofs’ collected at http://www.godlessgeeks.com/LINKS/GodProof.htm, a richly comic numbered list of ‘Over Three Hundred Proofs of God’s Existence’. Here’s a hilarious half-dozen, beginning with Proof Number 36.

36. Argument from Incomplete Devastation: A plane crashed killing 143 passengers and crew. But one child survived with only third-degree burns. Therefore God exists.
37. Argument from Possible Worlds: If things had been different, then things would be different. That would be bad. Therefore God exists.
38. Argument from Sheer Will: I do believe in God! I do believe in God! I do I do I do. I do believe in God! Therefore God exists.
39. Argument from Non-belief: The majority of the world’s population are non-believers in Christianity. This is just what Satan intended. Therefore God exists.
40. Argument from Post-Death Experience: Person X died an atheist. He now realizes his mistake. Therefore God exists.
41. Argument from Emotional Blackmail: God loves you. How could you be so heartless as not to believe in him? Therefore God exists.

Turtle Pace

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 11, 2012 by Mrsbeard

Sorry I haven’t blogged in a while. I’ve really lost my passion for blogging but I hope I can regain my motivation and get back into it. I’ve heard a few people telling me to hurry up and write so I figured I should get my A into G and write something.
Hope you all had a lovely Easter.

You may or may not like my post today but hopefully you may find it amusing or may be able to relate to what I am about to discuss.

Because I think most religions are silly (the beliefs not the people) I am going to list my top favorite arguments against Atheism!

NAT’S TOP 5 ARGUMENTS AGAINST ATHEISM

1. Stalin and Hitler were Atheists!

This argument really annoys me! There is very little evidence to prove that Hitler was an atheist. He was rasied as a Roman Catholic and once stated that he would always be a Catholic. Futhermore Hitler actually refers to God creating the Arian race  and that he was doing the work of God in Mein Kampf. Although Hitler disliked Jewish people and wished for the world to be primarily Arian, the motivations behind genocide were due to his nationalism not his faith be it Christian or Atheist. While Stalin was a known Atheist his religious views were not motivation for his crimes. He did however use Atheism and Atheist propaganda to as means to construct a communist society. None the less what he did by using Atheism was wrong, no Athiest will deny that bu his religious views were not the root of Stalin’s evil. And besides, there are plenty of religious terrorists and criminals as have there been many morally sound Atheists.

2. Science does not answer everything/You can’t prove evolution

No science does not answer how the universe came to be nor what the “purpose” of “life” is. Science does not acknowledge that it knows everything, in fact, science is upfront in what is known and what is unknown. I agree with the Darwinian principle of there is not purpose to life in a metaphorical sense. Scientists from many fields are trying to solve those “gaps” in our knowledge of the universe and the current things that are “unexplainable”. Religion is all too quick to deduce that God can fill in all those gaps of knowledge or knowing. Just because scientists cannot explain it (at the moment) does not mean that God had a role in the creation of the world and all the living things. It has been proven that evolution has taken place in animals and in humans, even in dinosaurs. Genetics participate in a large role in evolution not to mention catching all those criminals who left DNA behind at a crimescene. Boring argument, go read a book. NEXT!

3. Morality doesn’t exist without God.

Shall I list all of the aid and humanitarian organisations that have no religious affiliation? Or should I list some non-believers who have changed society for the better? If I was looking for morality I would also not look to the bible where God advocates genocide, rape, incest and slavery.

4. You just need to believe or you need to have a personal experience.

I have believed in God in the past…. and then I was then shown that religion wasn’t for me, so I cannot say that I was not willing. I will not say that all people have hallucinated when having a Godly vison but I do believe that some people have had false visions; drug, illness and stress are all possible causes. “No amount of belief makes something a fact” – James Randi

5. Pascal’s Wager/Failsafe/”Better safe than sorry”

Blaise Pascal was a French philosopher who proposed that it would be better to live a faithful life and find out that there  is no God you loose nothing rather than living an Atheist life and being surprised when you are sent to Hell. He suggested that even if you didn’t really believe in God that living your life accordingly was better than finding out that you were wrong. Like they say “better be safe than sorry”. Thats fantastic but if I went to Hell I wouldn’t believe that I was actually there. Furthermore, how does going to a place called Hell give me evidence of God existing? While I may (I doubt) will have to accept my fate at the gates of Hell I would be pleased that I lived a life that I saw as truthfull and honest. I cannot deny how I feel and what I believe, why hide it?I feel that living honestly will always outweight the “shoulds” and the “ought to’s”.