I was reading this and just wondered what others thought about it.
Answer by 3libras at 3:27 PM on Mar. 8, 2013
This nothingness makes me wonder why you would live a "good" life and not a life that you do whatever you want legal or not.
What "nothingness"? We live on through those who knew us and loved us. Today is my grandmother's birthday. She's been dead for nearly twenty years, now, but when I think of her, I recall her humor, her loving nature, her laugh, and the abundance of love I felt from her. When I die, I hope to live on the same way - that those I loved will remember me as loving, kind and full of humor. I have plenty of incentive to do the right thing, and none involves a believe in an afterlife or rewards or punishments from some invisible god. I do the right thing because it's what makes life most harmonious, and it's the legacy I hope to leave.
Answer by jsbenkert at 3:26 PM on Mar. 8, 2013
"If atheism is true, it is far from being good news. (If atheism is true it is neither good news NOR bad news it is simply a state of life. What YOUR perspective is is what makes the news good or bad. And that is dependant upon the individual. A negative individual will see only the negative, much like the author. A positive individual will see room for understanding and growth. Learning that we're alone in the universe,We dont' know that we are alone in the universe and odds are we aren't we just have not derived the technology to detect other life. What that other life is may vary as well it may likely simply be a microorganism which we cannot communicate with. It does not mean we are "alone" However I think the author is talking of lonliness not aloneness. Lonliness is an emotion and again is dependant upon the individual.
Answer by KristiS11384 at 2:45 PM on Mar. 8, 2013
"If atheism is true, it is far from being good news. Learning that we're alone in the universe, that no one hears or answers our prayers, that humanity is entirely the product of random events, that we have no more intrinsic dignity than non-human and even non-animate clumps of matter, that we face certain annihilation in death, that our sufferings are ultimately pointless, that our lives and loves do not at all matter in a larger sense,."
- Kristi pretty much went over all that bit by bit - I don't see it the way this has been put in the article. I think that we just have entirely different views of the world and why we are here and whatnot.
Answer by charlotsomtimes at 9:49 PM on Mar. 8, 2013
Answer by charlotsomtimes at 9:52 PM on Mar. 8, 2013
Is there more to it than just the question? I clicked on the link, and all I saw was, "Where are the honest atheists?" with comments below. Is there an article that just didn't load?
Anyway, to answer the question as I saw it posted, we are everywhere. There is nothing inherently dishonest about being an atheist, and many of us ARE atheist because we're sick of what we see as the lies of religion.
Answer by jsbenkert at 12:36 PM on Mar. 8, 2013
Answer by NotPanicking at 2:00 PM on Mar. 8, 2013
So it's an article trying to sell that "honest atheists' will say "The world is better believing in a god" but that's not honesty. It's flawed logic. Taking the excerpt that 3 libras copied I'll explain.....
Answer by KristiS11384 at 2:44 PM on Mar. 8, 2013
Answer by KristiS11384 at 3:12 PM on Mar. 8, 2013
Answer by KristiS11384 at 3:49 PM on Mar. 8, 2013