This was originally posted on FSTDT, but I like it and wanted to save it to a blog. I feel very strongly about this group (T4C) and groups like it.
Last night, I put on some music (surely satanic) and went on over to Teens-4-Christ to read. The thread "Women Working Outside the Home" caught my eye in the "Q&A" section. Some of the girls are having a hard time accepting the dogma. I remember the feeling when my teacher laughed at me and told me I couldn't be president because I was a girl! Then I imagined all those girls at their computers feeling the same when Brother Randy tells them they can't work if they have a family and if they do they are just greedy. I think of the tears in their eyes when they realize that they are under their father and then under their husbands.
9/11 was a conspiracy, so I am told. Appearantly, the U.S. government decided to kill off a large portion of those citizens living in New York for some undetermined reason.
Of course, 9/11 was just one of the more recent conspiracies that the U.S. government has been involved in. There are many people disappearing every day, leaders being killed, and there are even aliens running experiments on humans on a routine basis. All of these things and more are being done either with the consent of the U.S. government, by a secret society who acts through the U.S. government, or with the tacit approval of the U.S. government.
I am diagonally parked in a parallel universe. Like Arthur Dent from "Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy", if you do not have a Babel Fish in your ear this blog will be completely unintelligible to you and will read something like this: "boggle, google, snoggle, slurp, slurp, dingleberry to the power of 10". Fortunately, those who have had the Babel Fish inserted in their ear, will understood this blog perfectly. If you are familiar with this technology, you will know that the Babel Fish lives on brainwave radiation. It excretes energy in the form of exactly the correct brainwaves needed by its host to understand what was just said; or in this case, what was read. The Babel Fish, thanks to scientific research, reverses the problem defined by its namesake in the Tower of Babel, where a deity was supposedly inspired to confuse the human race by making them unable to understand each other.
I know most atheists on here who read the bible many times over, but have you ever even taken a look at the Quran?
The Quran still exists today in its origional language (unlike the bible) and there is only ONE version. The only version is in arabic, and can be translated into other languages though it loses some of its elequence and meaning. some arabic words are not available in english. Nonetheless, these are the translation to help you understand the Quran and listen to it in its origional language at the same time:
At the end of the eighteenth century, a small collective formed to oppose british rule among 13 colonies in North America. They forged a document in which they expressed their distress and outlined the reason to which they had to fight the reigning monarch.
Among those who fought against the armies that were dispatched stood a man named George Washington. His mother told him to stop fighting, effectively saying that he should shut-up and behave. He, along with many of his compatriots, refused to allow familial allegences prevent him from following his own beliefs. They refused to betray theirselves even if it meant causing disharmony with their families. Many of them even lost their families, and more.
What should a rational responder look into if they want to be able to respond rationally? The simple answer is everything, but no one person can know all so we should probably narrow down a few points. I think the way we should go about this is by having basics and give a starting point. Most of this will center around an atheist view point and this is something that should have input from others, mainly when it comes to specific areas.
A. Logic: This is the most basic foundation for finding knowledge and evaluation ideas.
B. God Arguments: There are many(300+), but you need to know a few common ones and how to break them down.
I love theology, but I believe in no religion. This makes me an atheist.
Typical scene in which a stranger tries to figure me out:
Stranger: So, how is your relationship with God?
Me: I have none, I am an atheist.
Stranger: *gasp* You must be saved!! You should ask God to forgive your sinful soul! And I thought you were a decent person!! *runs away, terribly frightened*
Common Misconceptions about Atheism:
1) I do not HATE the world - in fact, I probably see more worth in it than you.
2) I do not ride with Satan every weekend collecting followers and burning Christian homes. (sorry guys, this is funny)
God almost certainly does not exist.
"Almost certainly" implies that it is impossible to completely disprove the existence of anything. If you don't believe me, try it. Try to disprove, without the shadow of a doubt, the presence of the spaghetti monster. But, when someone proposes a claim, (God exists), it is entirely their responsibility to PROVE that He does, rather than the atheists response to prove that He doesn't. What if I was to say that the spaghetti monster is invisible, takes up no space, and is everywhere at the same time. And made everything and is everything. Why? Because over 33% OF THE WORLD (that's 2.1 BILLION people) believes a book that says so. Out of 4,300 known religions in the world why do so many people pick Christianity? Good question. Let's have a look at some facts.
I have been debating theists on myspace, the rrs, and now even youtube. It is amazing to me that from the most ignorant to the most intellectual (such as the apologists) the theists are always redefining themselves in order to over come the logical fallacies presented to them by the rational thinkers. It's almost as if their religoin is "evolving" and molding itself to fit science's or just even plain rationality's complete annihilation of their arguments. The best is when they use straw men arguments, because it's the only way they can then argue defeat an argument (that they themselves set up). They argue from ignorance and they usually chase red herrings. And when all else fails, they throw the faith card at ya.