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The Irrationality of Theism
by Samuel Thomas Poling
edited and adapted by Brian Sapient
suggestions by Todangst
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What good does religious belief do for humanity? What does theism bring that a secular view cannot? It is commonly believed that it makes people happy, especially on the death bed, as well as over it. A preacher once asked me how I, as an atheist, would comfort the parents of a fallen, dead, and buried child. To see them standing over their little girl’s grave, then slowly looking up at me with tears in their eyes - looking to me for answers or comfort. He asked me how I would, as a secular humanist, console, banish the grief of, and give hope to, a dying old friend during his last moments in his dark hospital room, on his death bed.
There are many such famed arguments for theism (rhetorical ploys, appeals to emotions). Some of these arguments do give people some level of comfort to believe in deities, in Gods - especially if theism is all they’ve ever known as for standings on faith. Theists are typically raised as such from their mothers arms. If not then they are suckered in later with bribes of eternal paradise or frightened with the threats of hell. Some are lured by other lies, false or inconclusive evidence, and fail to apply proper doubt and skeptics. These beliefs become natural to us; because we are taught them in our infancy. We are taught dogma before we are able to critically examine them.
But then again, why should they doubt the existence of God? It’s easier to believe? Isn’t it more comforting to believe? Isn’t a loving God that will take care of you, even after death, what you want to be true? Maybe it is. And when a human wants something to be true they tend to not question it that much. These things can be accepted with only the slightest of evidence or none at all. Some believe emotion can be a substitute for evidence. However, if it’s something people don’t want to be true, such as death being the very end with no afterlife, they will doubt it until it is raw. Unpleasant things will not be so willingly believed, real or not. Proven or not.
Whether you want it to be true or not isn’t always the answer given by the theist, even if it is the reality of why they believe. Commonly you will hear that it is a faith issue. For some reason faith is held as a virtue not only by the pastors, but by God himself. For some reason God is glorified by blind faith. This so-called all-intelligent, all-knowing, all-powerful, loving God actually wants his greatest creations to surrender their very minds to him without proper evidence of his existence. That is what God calls glory. That is what the church calls glory. They actually consider it a virtue. And it is, by its own merit, the opposite of reason and the abstinence of rationality.
People of the religious creeds of the world separate their worlds of reason and faith -faith for their doctrine, reason for everything else. Why is it that all of God’s great reality relies on thinking and evidence, where as he, himself, is somehow above that? Being the intelligent, loving God that he is, why doesn’t he hold reason highest of all? He expects the ultimate, final form of stupidity from his greatest of subjects. And they do it. They surrender their minds to what could not exist. In every other aspect of their lives they can be helpful, loving, intelligent people but where religions black, cold hand reaches, and it does indeed reach far into the deeply faithful’s lives, it continues to sever the ties of reason and put on a highest pedestal sheer idiocy. Where this hand reaches, reason vanishes.
After all, reason must vanish. All lights must be put out for someone to believe something is there when it isn’t. If the light of reason were to be left on all would see the reality and there would no longer be religion. So how does religion continue? It preaches faith. From the cradle to the grave, it preaches faith. It turns out the light wherever it can. The religion that exposes faith as what it really is, stupidity, does not last long.
Faith is considered a virtue by the majority of human kind. This isn’t so much our fault, evolution works in baby steps. Human beings are intelligent, but not that intelligent yet. We’re getting there, however. Religion is fading. The age of reason is blooming and the light of truth is growing. The murderous cold hands of the church are retreating. Their Gods shrink with them. And as losers usually do, they are getting angry. I wonder, and worry, how this cornered beast may lash out.
When cornered the theist usually changes his mind. Suddenly he claims reason is why he is religious. With sincere curiosity the atheist will ask for reasoning. After all, a loving God may be what the atheist wishes to be true as well. The theist may have some strange news objects found in deserts, tombs found empty, witness testaments, and so forth. Such reasoning and evidence is fine, and I suggest the atheist to encourage it. However these claims are typically and unfortunately riddled with observers bias, logical fallacies, and inconclusive sources. For example the empty tomb argument is odd. They must prove Jesus body was put in there, they must prove that it was the correct tomb that it was returned to, they must prove it wasn’t stolen, and then they must prove that all the claims are not lies, and the witnesses are not liars. Even then, all they would prove is that it was found empty which would be nothing more than a mystery. Supplying he must have risen from the dead as an explanation would require even further evidence.
What if the theist is correct? Another favorite argument is Pascal's Wager. If the theist is wrong then all believers and non believers simply die and receive the same fate. However, if the theist is correct then when the believer dies he gets heaven and when the non believer dies he gets hell. Pascal’s Wager then states that the logical choice must be belief, because you have nothing to lose only to gain. The theist will warn and threaten the atheist: We believers better be wrong for your sake.
The unfortunate truth is that the theist does have something to lose by believing. By their own merit faith is the surrender of the mind. They believe they know the answer to some of the greatest questions that can be asked whereas the skeptic is ever searching, thinking, and pondering. The skeptic will make discoveries and the theist will not. The skeptic will think and the theist will not. The skeptic will be mentally free and the theist will not. Pascal has a hidden cost. You must gamble with your mind. The catch is you lose it not matter what you gamble your mind with faith and it will snatch it away. It isn’t a wager, it’s a price.
What is the theist purchasing? What could be more valuable than the ability to use the human mind to wonder the greatest of mysteries? Heaven is what they think they are buying. Eternal paradise. Their fellowmen have bribed them without giving them the money. They have taken advantage of the young and the foolish. The pastors of the past had acquired themselves serfs. This isn’t the goal of the pastors of the present (usually) for it is just the stupidity of it all that has been kept alive. They bribe their fellowmen thinking it is with wisdom of their ancestors when it is actually with the greed of their ancestors, the lust of power of their ancestors, and the stupidity of the serfs.
But if the theist is right, made up fantasy or not, isn’t it still at least a chance at heaven? Isn’t that what they are purchasing by forfeiting their reason to the ever hungry fiend of faith? Not at all. We do not know a thing about the after life. It is just as likely God saves all atheists and damns all theists as it is the other way around. If there is a God, a creator of a universe filled with reason - then I would actually expect it to be more likely for this God to prefer the atheist, the rational, over the faithful and willing fools. But if there is such a rational God I doubt he’d damn even the theist. No rational God would be as childish as to invent a hell.
What good is Pascal’s Wager then? You are purchasing, if anything, a greater chance at hell for the definite cost of your mind. Are you willing to pay?
Don’t pay. If you want to believe in God, don’t let it be out of fear. Don’t give in to bribe either. Hold reason high. I admit the human reason isn’t much as of today. It isn’t strong enough to do anything instantly. Reason takes time at everything. Reason is also very fragile. Emotion, desire, rage, and lies can trash it to death. It is a weak thing to rely on. But it is the only thing to rely on. Reason does not stand the chance we wish it would, but it is the only thing that stands at all. Don’t give it up for anything. Not for fear or hope, not for love or hate, not for house or horse. No matter how beautiful it may be, nothing is as beautiful, nothing as wondrous, nothing as miraculous as the human mind. There is no God, heaven, hell or world worth the price of reason. If there is a God who disagrees with that, then he is no God of mine.
Theism enjoys a myth of a devil. A demon that comes and tricks you into turning from God, giving up a magical center-core for some tempting prize, and then ruins the rest of your life, and even after. There is a devil, I’ll give the theist that much. However the irony of it is religion is that very devil. Heaven is the prize it temps you with. Reason is the God it turns you from. And that magical center of yours, that soul of yours, that up-most important thing you can ever possess - is your mind. Religion is tempting. What can be more temping than eternal paradise in a heaven? Now, without any evidence that it will be delivered, will you make that deal with Pascal? What is your reason worth to you? What is the ability to wonder the greatest mysteries of the universe worth to you? There is a devil who seeks your very soul. He doesn’t live in casinos. He is clever. What he seeks to take from the foolish is much more valuable than money.
Perhaps God does exist and he is exactly as the Bible portrays him. And when you die, if you are an atheist, you will be damned to hell. Would it pay to be an atheist then? As a further and final refute to Pascal’s bullshit, I say yes it does pay to be an atheist then. If there is a God who will damn a human being who has the courage and intelligence to think and doubt then he, most definitely, is no God of mine. It is no God of any thinking man. Heaven will be a place of fools and cowards. Hell will be the land of the intelligent and the brave. Where would you rather go? Will you live among the chosen of the most evil spirit in existence, or will you burn among all with all the very best of his creations? Define torture to me. Is it fire or is it mental slavery? I suppose reality is training and breeding ground for the slave, heaven is the work field, and hell is the rejection. Do you still love this God? Sorry, I was born with a shred of courage and love for freedom. I don’t love this God. I hate this God. I love courage, freedom, and reason. I have a severe disdain for the opposites of it fear, servitude, and faith (stupidity). As Luigi Cascioli said on the show, Faith is the truth of imbeciles. So why believe? Unless suffering is something that is okay with you, fear is your friend, servitude your joy and stupidity the outcome of your mind, why do you believe? Relax; God wouldn’t bless so many of us with intelligence if he meant us to be serfs. If there is a God, he wouldn’t mean for us to be creatures of faith.
Religion and theism are looking rather irrational, and they will remain so until God is proven. It is a negative thing to be a theist all around. Good cannot be the result of stupidity. Putting on a blind fold is not a logical or helpful choice. However there is still the argument that it comforts you. If the blindfold was off you would see that a God is not proven and that it is likely that death is the end of ends. That isn’t very comforting, is it? So wearing the blindfold does one thing well, it comforts the living and especially the dieing. Or, does it?
The theist knows they do not know the answer to the God or afterlife questions. So when they claim they know God, or his will, or when they speak in his name, they are lying. To not know God and to say you do is meeting the definition of lying. Even though they are ignorant of whether or not there is actually a God, they are lying because they say they actually know there is one, when they do not. It is possible someone out there definitely does know the answer, and I urge them to come forward with their reasoning and evidence, but until then we do not know. The lying theists, who do not know the truth, one way or the other, claim to. Lying is a sin, so to be the best Christian you cannot be a Christian at all. But, how, then, are they comforted? Pretending to know the answer isn’t making it any more likely. How does it comfort them? It doesn’t. They’re lying about that too. Not just to those around them, but to themselves. They want to trick their own minds. If you chant it enough you’ll believe it. If you go to church enough with so many other people who believe it, you’ll further convince yourself, won’t you? You’ll throw dirt over reason, trying to hide it from yourself. There will be a constant inner struggle for the rest of your life. Are you comforted in knowing you are lying to yourself?
So the child is born. Soon he is old enough to start making out what his parents are saying. They tell him about God, the afterlife, heaven and hell, morality and sin, Jesus and Satan. The child trusts his parents. After all, the child that doesn’t trust his parents blindly usually doesn’t live very long. Children can’t be skeptical yet, they’re too young. Cars will hit them and snakes will bite them. But other than all the important things the child learns, the child hears from his parents lip’s a lie. The lie the parents tell themselves. They want it to be true so desperately they need more people around to join in their faith to help validate it. Hearing them tell their children about God and explain him away is an attempt at the parent to comfort him/herself. The child believes. At the formidable years of childhood, the child listens to this hogwash.
Then this child gets older. Skepticism peeks out. As the knowledge of our world increases the doubt does as well. Soon the Easter bunny and Santa Claus vanish from the child’s belief system. Most likely, however, the growing intelligence won’t break the chains of the religious belief. But it will try.
As the boy follows his parents through the store, battles will begin to wage inside of his skull. Is there really a God and a heaven? But such thoughts are scary to the child. As a matter of fact, not many thoughts scare people more than the thought of death being the very end. There is nothing more frightening, other than hell, which will also play a part. Asking that very question, even only inside of his own head, the boy will tremble with fear. After all, God is all powerful and he can hear your thoughts - your doubts. Do you want to go to hell forever when you die, child? How dare you question! With horror and frustration the lad struggles not to think those doubting words again. But how can you not think those words? In order to know which words not to think, you’ll have to think them, won’t you? Just say it! Just say it! Scream it! I doubt God! No, no, you can’t say it. God is right there, waiting to throw the ultimate horror at you. Don’t say it, don’t think it. And so the child chants inside of his own head, after all it is the only chance he has not to think those words. I love God, I love Jesus, I love God, I love Jesus, I love God, I love Jesus, I love God, I love Jesus - Sooner or later the child will forget the subject and think about something else. Until later when the whole thing happens again. This happened to many of us at the Rational Response Squad when we were young. This is what our childhood was. For the most part we kept it to ourselves, after all why would our parents lie to us? They love us, they wouldn’t do that. Or would they? Maybe they’ve been lied to by their parents and they just don’t have the guts to admit it. It’s hard to admit that your parents didn’t care enough about you to teach you only what they knew existed in reality. Its hard to admit your parents don’t have enough care for you to teach you only what they could philosophically defend.
So the child grows older - into a teenager. He’ll learn some arguments for God’s existence and attach to them with hardly any questioning. He’ll see that show on television where scientists use that machine to get readings from that woman’s head when she claims she is hearing God’s voice. He’ll tell himself, the next time you worry whether or not God exists, just remember that show. They wouldn’t be lying. That was conclusive. That made sense.
Maybe the child may hear the fallacious watchmaker argument. However when you learn and study evolution you realize there are explanations for how things can become so complex, and no god is utilized in the process. Natural selection will ultimately create something complex that works - no intelligent design necessary. If an animal is born with slightly worse genetics, that animal won’t likely live long enough to pass them onto the next generation, whereas the animal with slightly superior genetics will have a better chance of passing those on. So by dieing or living, reality, without the slightest intelligence, choosing better genetic plans and codes that get passed on, slowly advanced, to what is considered today to be the most complex known thing in the universe - the human mind.
The watchmaker argument states that when you find a watch on the ground, with all its complex working parts, you assume it was created by someone with intelligence, and that you can make the same conclusion if you look at something as complex as an animal. Therefore there must be an intelligent creator of all life, right? Well, the problem with this argument is that even if you found that watch and assumed it was created by an intelligent creator, you’d be wrong. And as such, you’d be wrong if you found an animal and assumed it had an intelligent creator.
Find a watch. Go searching for the watchmaker. See what you find. Someone merely composed the parts of the watch together using plans that were also pieced together throughout the centuries of humanity. Go looking deeper and deeper. Find the watch maker. Where do those parts come from, where are the initial plans? You’ll find there are hundreds, thousands, millions of humans involved over the ages in advancing to the current watch design. You’ll go all the way back to the sundial, discovered because of the way of sun and shadow. Natural phenomena is the watchmaker. Humans used that natural phenomena and then worked together over the ages to evolve their watch design. Human thinking, itself, evolved using natural phenomena. Life challenged itself, killed off the weak and left the strong to get stronger. It was a process of many intelligences, many forces, all with their own processes into becoming. Its funny how the watchmaker argument in this sense is actually more proof of evolution than a god. You just have to question; don’t accept anything with blind faith, one of the dirtiest and disgusting phrases I know.
What about the natural forces? They are complex, surely a God created them? Perhaps someday well be able to dissect the laws of physics the way we can a watch or the origins of species. But until we can, let us not pretend to know an answer, let alone be satisfied with it. Guessing is not truth. Just because it is the only thing you can think doesn’t mean it is correct. The correct answer is the truth. I don’t know. The atheist will say this. The theist will not. The theist will lie. The theist will pretend to know, and stop looking for the truth.
And without much regard for intelligence, the teenager will hold this argument high and try to use it against the occasional doubt that pops into his mind. If he does not become intelligent and brave then he will never be free from the falsehood. And I must stress that courage must match the intelligence. All the intelligence in the universe won’t get further than the lack of it, unless it is carried forth without fear and prejudice. Fear is the problem the intelligent theist must overcome.
Most do not. The teenager will become a man. He may go to a church and preach his convictions with other fools to empower his cowardice and stupidity. He may decide that God is more important than man and love the unproven deity over his own neighbor. His own freedoms will be sacrificed for nothing and he will attempt remove those same freedoms from his fellowmen in the name of what he doesn’t even know to exist. If he is truly faithful he knows a little suffering here on earth won’t compare to what will happen to those poor heretics in the hereafter. His nation he will try to drag back to God. Wars will be fought. Lives will be lost. Towers will be flown into all for the same kind of faith. If you live it, and live it with so many others, it must be true. That’ll silence the doubt. That’ll quench your fear and cowardice. If it is blood that satisfies terror-of-death’s thirst, then it must be blood.
But things aren’t always to such an extreme. Man kind is evolving. Those who are religious are not as much as they were in the older days. Sure, they still seek to take away harmless human rights for the sake of what they don’t know to even exist. Sure, they sacrifice what they know to exist for what they don’t know to exist. Sure, it affects many aspects of their already too short lives. But at least they are not burning anyone anymore (for the most part). This is allowing more atheists to exist. And they are now increasing in number. People are starting to love people instead of Gods. Of course there are still extremists out there, but they are diminishing.
The man will live his life out, wasting much of it for literally nothing at all. He may have children. He will kneel before them and read to them from the good book to be sure their minds and lives are as infected as his. Then some day he will find himself on his death bed, surrounded by his family. Words of the afterlife will be shared. God and his glory will be passed around as everyone in the room, for the last time together, continues the lie they so desperately must keep. And with this struggle, this falsehood, this lie in his mind, this man’s brain will die off. Desperate, pathetic, irrationality is the last thing his head will hold. And that will be the end. His last moments nothing more than given up. Given up for absolutely nothing, like most of his life was.
His family will mourn, but keep the lie alive in their hearts and mouths. The lie they told themselves for so long, for their whole lives to help them in their time of grief will be told again in this final act. Stealing the reality away from this last moment he has on Earth is that metaphorical devil I spoke of. Instead of embracing all of the good times shared together, holding what we know to be true in highest regard, the usual theist will ponder the better place that he will be going to. In this final act, reason will get shoved under a blanket again so this one last lie can be muttered. And they’re gone, forever. All the minutes lost talking about unproven lies will never come back, nor will all the years lost talking about them and God before hand. The devil has taken his dues.
Nothing could add to the horror of hell except the presence of its creator, as Robert G. Ingersoll once said. But the true horror is what happens in reality due to religion. Countless men and women have died or have had their lives thrashed and minds lost thanks to faith. And due to the fact I love the human mind more than anything else in existence, I greatly detest religion for what it does to it. While I have life, as long as I draw breath, I shall deny with all my strength, and hate with every drop of my blood, this infinite lie. So be it.
I was once asked by a preacher how I would comfort parents as they stood over the grave of their dead little girl. What I would say to them when they look up at me with their watery eyes. Would I lie to them? The fact that a reality is unpleasant doesn't give us a justification to create fantasies about it. If I greatly desire a parachute to be on my back as I fall from a sky scraper when there is one, it doesn’t justify me actually believing there is. We should hold to beliefs for reasons, not for the comfort it allegedly brings. We all have to die some day. Maybe there is an afterlife but believing in it is foolish, pathetic, unjustified, and a waste of thinking. Hoping for it is all we can do. Lying about it will not respect the parents or their daughter. We should speak of the good times. We should love what we knew about her – not the unknown fantasies she might now belong to.
I was once asked by a preacher how I would comfort an old dying friend as he lay in his death bed, in a dark hospital room with only me beside him. How could I ever comfort a man when he is at the scariest moment of his entire life? I’m not sure. It would be a hard thing for me to speak at all. But I am sure as hell of one thing. I won’t waste my last chance. There is no lie grand enough to trade a moment of honesty and love for. It’s up to you to embrace reality, and not the irrationality of theism whenever possible. We can no longer allow what we don’t know to be true, steal away from us the only life we’re sure we get.
Samuel Thomas Poling: Blog 99, The Irrationality of Theism
Edited and Adapted for the Rational Response Squad by Brian Sapient
THOUGHTS COMPILED BY MEMBERS:
Theism is irrational because it depends on theistic faith, belief with no evidence. Belief with no evidence is irrational because it leads to disagreement rather than agreement, and rational discussion cannot progress without agreement. If 100 people base a belief on faith, you will get 100 disagreeing answers to a question. But if the same people base a belief on evidence, given sufficient evidence, they will all arrive at agreement with the same answer......Belief without evidence is irrational because it has no use, it is not able to help us make reliable predictions, which is the basis of all reason. .... Thus theistic faith is irrational. - Natural
Todangst agrees with natural -
To follow along with what Natural said:
Faith is belief based on desire. Period. Theistic faith is not an epistemological position, it's a rejection of epistemology itself... it's the claim that one can hold to a belief without any reason.
The desires to hold to such beliefs are inculcated into us before we are even capable of going to the bathroom on our own. To learn to question what we have been told, is to step into adulthood. Todangst
So I asked her [my mother], if Charles Manson were to accept Jesus Christ as his savior would he gain entrance into heaven? "Yes", she answered. I was floored! So I said, "Let me get this straight. If I brokered world peace but didn't accept Christ as my savior, then I would go to hell. But if Charles Manson accepts Christ into his heart, then he'll go to heaven?" Again she answered, "Yes". This is why theism is irrational. It may be worth noting that she later became the leader of a female gang in Texas and is now a recovering drug addict. My sister's other daughter had two children out of wedlock and her son is a meth addict........................Speaking for myself, I feel that I don't need to be kept in line under the threat of punishment from some higher being. I'm a good person and always try to do the right thing simply because its the right thing to do. Christians and other proselytizing religions help their fellow man, not to do good for good's sake, but in order to convert people to their religion. So atheists are undoubtedly more moral than Christians!. - Darwin5223
An essay? I can sum it up in one word. One word: Leviticus.
It just seems so ridiculous to me that some omnipotent god, with infinite power and knowledge, would care about whether or not I eat something with a cloven hoof. - Hierophant
Science is testable, and ultimately fixes its flaws through further observation. Theism has no observational data, is not fluidity, and is a vice on comprehension. There is no denying that there are many scientist and philosophers that subscribe to the God concept, however this is merely due to compartmentalization. Compartmentalization is where you sectionalize your thoughts into what is criticized and what is not. With theism, rational people can rationalize and critically look at everything, except when rationality and criticality are applied to their beliefs, they won’t allow it, and they do not accept that their beliefs can be critiqued. The world then sees the most intelligent people become the most ignorant by not allowing critical thought to dissect the concept of God. - Brad Joslin (Bashh)
Many theists claim they have good reasons to believe that their God exists. I do not doubt their sincerity, but I explicitly deny the fact that they have good reasons. As of right now, every single argument for the existence of God has been shown to be fallacious.......The theist not only has no evidence in his or her favor, but the theist must deal with various arguments against the existence of God; this is where the theist’s metaphorical goose is cooked. - Chaoslord2004
i think the rationality of theism for me has mainly been a question of mechanism. the idea of a god who controls or guides our lives is still lacking insofar as a definite mechanism with which he controls same. there is no such "invisible hand" as i see it, and as so far as good things happen to bad people, or vice versa no understandable way exists of control..........and every buddhist or christian or muslim or hindu i have ever talked to had drawn a blank when it came to mechanism... the way things have to work, every time, the same way. i know thats what i trust about science. not that it will work every time, but that when it doesnt, i have a reasonable chance to find out why... not just blame it on a thing i must accept i can never understand. fuck that. we were made for better things.
“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.”
its cheesy but apt. i think - drunkyGriffin
Theism is irrational because I am not a god.
We should not work to end theistic belief because the very beauty of freethinking is that there will always be a diverse community of people believing different things.
Instead, time and effort should be put into ending dogma, and the effects of dogma on a democratic civilization (Creationism in schools, Religiosity, Breakdown of Sep. of Church and State) to uphold an entirely non-biased secular view, theist and atheist alike. - IncognitoNoncognitivist
Theism is irrational because it objectifies idealisations of human existence and posits them beyond human experience, and leads to delusions of deferred gratification, a tolerance of the status quo, whether it be a caste system or class system. Modern society has sufficent rational capabilities in terms of moral/practical knowledge to check those aspects of scientific knowledge that operate on what can be done over that which should be done and if anything moral reasoning is inhibited by theism, as it detaches it from human authorship of the world. 100 words yet? - MeTarzanYouGod
So, what is faith?
Christians say it is their belief in God and Jesus, etc. They believe in these concepts while they are still unproven by logic or evidence. Christians say it themselves; if they had proof for God or Jesus, it wouldn’t be faith they were operating off of. It would be knowledge. So, people believe God and Jesus just because?
Obviously not. There is always a reason to everything. People don’t just find out about Jesus and God on their own. They are taught it. By parents, or pastors, or priests or friends. So, faith, regardless of what the Christians may call it, is not faith in God or Jesus or the Bible. It is irrational blind faith in people. They believe what their parents taught them to be truth, and do not question it. Infants are programmed this way.
“Don’t eat that berry, its poison.”
“Don’t touch that snake, it’ll bite you.”
“Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins. He’s your savior whether you like it or not.”
Faith is a substitute for knowledge. Knowledge is actually knowing something because of logic or evidence, but Christians say it themselves: “If we had evidence, it wouldn’t be faith.” Of course it wouldn’t. Faith is imitation knowledge. People may say they know their religion to be true, but quite obviously they do not. They can’t know, or its not faith at all. And yet they believe it with all their heart.
So, when someone says “I have faith,” they are just saying, “I believe because I was told to.” They are just saying “I believe because I don’t think about anything and just accept these things are truth.” That’s exactly what faith is: the absence of knowledge and the absence of thought. How much more irrational can you get? Not much................
.............But obviously not all theists are Christians. Theists come in many shapes and forms; however, they are almost always the same in the aspects already mentioned. To believe in a God is to shake off responsibility for your own actions. It is to deny harsh realities, such as death and suffering. People say this is God’s great plan, and that God works in mysterious ways. So, now you don’t even know what you believe in? You don’t even know how this ‘God’ does things and you still believe? What is it you believe in? That there’s a God, but you don’t know anything about him, you just know he’s there somewhere? How can you know this? You don’t. You’re acting insane. You’re being irrational........
Delusions are the most irrational things: Things people believe are true even when it makes no sense at all. To be rational is to think. To be a theist is to not think. Theism is the opposite of rationality. - Nick_Poling
Theism is irrational because it fails to meet the standards of evidence required of rational beliefs. In order for a belief to be considered rational, the probability that the belief is true must be above fifty percent; unfortunately, however, beliefs do not come with neatly quantified probabilities. Consequently, for beliefs like theism, it is our task to examine all of the evidence available to us both for and against the belief and then determine which direction the evidence points. Then, to be a rational person, we should choose to accept beliefs supported by the evidence available to us and reject beliefs unsupported by the evidence. In the case of theism, my experience thus far has convinced me that not only are there no good arguments for theism, there are many good arguments against it. My purpose in this essay is to explain briefly why I accept this sort of evidentialism and have concluded that theism is unsupported by the evidence and should therefore be considered irrational.
There are at least three potential responses to the line of reasoning above and hopefully we can make short work of the first two; specifically, it may be claimed that (a) One is entitled to believe in God irrationally, or (b) That belief in God is properly basic and therefore can be held rationally without evidence or arguments in its favor. In regard to (a), if one admits the irrationality of theism yet choses to believe anyway, there is little hope. Since such a person's belief in God is likely based heavily on emotion, the defender of (a) will probably not be persuaded by arguments no matter how strong they are. The best chance for the defender of (a) may be the gradual illumination of men's minds by science described by Darwin. In regard to (b), I find such Reformed Epistemology to be deeply flawed and question-begging. It is striking that the position that belief in God is properly basic and therefore can be held rationally without arguments or evidence in its favor must itself be defended. However, upon defending this position, it has become an argument that attempts to rationally justify belief in God. Thus the defender of (b) cannot argue for his or her position without falling into contradiction. Furthermore, even the leading Reformed Epistemologists admittedly can provide no sufficient criteria for properly basicality if theism is accepted as properly basic. Consequently, (b) appears to be a self-defeating position.
Quite obviously, the third response to my opening paragraph would be (c) That theism is rational. The defender of (c) will simply claim that I have either improperly evaluated the evidence for and against theism or that I have not examined enough of the evidence before reaching my conclusion. This is fair enough for it may well be the case. I will therefore take it as my duty for the remainder of this essay to explain why I believe various theistic arguments fail and atheistic arguments succeed. (Goes on to list theistic arguments and debunk them brilliantly and contrast them with atheistic arguments)
In conclusion, it may benefit us to note that any faith-based belief cannot be held rationally; because faith provides us with no method for distinction between true and false propositions, it is clearly epistemologically invalid, thus an appeal to faith cannot salvage anything lost here. In the final analysis, theism is irrational. For anyone concerned with responding to "irrational emergencies," belief in God should put us on the highest alert. Until humanity is satisifed with taking a fully natural view of ourselves and our place in the universe, humanity will be inevitably plagued by the God delusion and the tangible consequences of irrational belief. For this reason, it is in the best interest of humanity to abandon theism and it is our moral obligation to facilitate this change - Skepdick (Richard Spencer)
Who are we dying for? What justifies death? Which God? Which moral, ethic, or value? One is good for a certain person but isn't for another. If Christians believe their beloved is in heaven why don't they celebrate? Instead they mourn.
It's because they're not sure. Lack of faith is a sin. Yet they feel they are free of sin because someone died for them. They can do what they will because Jesus took the fault. Each God from each country throughout the world has crippled it's people. Each one is man made to make what we do easier. You all need a scapegoat so you invent god after god to do that.You have invented gods from Zeus to Jesus to take the blame and you think you're washed clean of all the evil you do.
You have no proof of any gods but yet you are brain washed to think any diety is real from birth. Mankind has weakened itself from the parents to the pulpit throughout life.
Destractions are put up like road blocks so we won't look into what's true. From movies, to star's lives,to cellphones, and our own needs to pull us away from looking into the big picture. You are sheep like your Christ said. Blind and stupid. As long as somone other than yourselves was nailed to that cross you don't care. You just care [that] it wasn't you......
.......Everything is done for a reason according to your God. What is the reason? Speak up and state it instead of making lame excuses that it was meant to be.
You have no clue what's after death than I do. At least I admit it instead of hiding behind a God that there's no proof of. You go by a book of hearsay, written by authors AFTER your god was dead, and vile [god] on top of that. - Robyn Hanson
Theism is irrational because it doesn't get me laid. And anything that doesn't serve the higher purpose of getting a piece of ass is completely irrational. - applesforadam
Theism is irrational because it takes the healthy concept of pride and confidence in oneself, a theme that I believe the Bible to be more accurately interpreted as, and rapes it into an unconditional love in oneself - resulting in a harrowing display of bigotry.
Instead of falling in love with a "God", the theist is actually falling in love with certain (good) human attributes. That isn't wrong. But then they claim these attributes as unique to themselves (having a "personal relationship" with God), fall in love with the idea of God/good-human-attributes flourishing inside them, and, in turn, fall in love with themselves - selfishly, to the point that they view their neighbors as lesser, whether or not they admit it.
Not only is this damaging to the victim's concept of the world and relationships with non-theists, but it also begins to decay his/her ability to make wise choices in how he/she relates to fellow theists. - Static
theism, is (with no pun intended) a self-fulfilling prophecy by design. the answer to all challenges eventually reach the entropic "the bible-koran-torah-bhagavad/god/theprophet/gaia says so." part of the problem is the core of theism, the question of whether god exists at all. this question is answered incompletely and responsibility for this decision or revelation is relegated to "faith". this faith is the lynchpin axiom for the theist argument. - William
there are many reasons why people must re_think and deny god theories, but i will only mention one. believing things illogical and false, in such a basic topic for the growth of your personality, for sure will lead to great confusions and contradictions in each and every part of your life later. -and through this you leave the doors open to others, who claim to have power and knowledge of all that facts, to easily occupy your head.- Vasilis
Theism promotes the loss of personal responsibilty, decision-making and reasoning ability. Individuals involved in a religious organization lose more of their personal strengths the longer they stay affiliated.......After admittedly becoming 'one of a flock' these people are then groomed to accept anything that is delivered in fancy packaging from someone who holds more power. Therefore, this 'flock' is easily mobilized by devious politicians and corrupt clergy. The 'flock' has causes handed to them with a mandate "Help or Burn in Hell." With such limited options, these undereducated voters march to the polls, voting on bills they neither understand, nor are truly concerned about.
After getting followers hooked on a godhead, it is simple to point to a leader in any community and deem them "chosen." In my opinion, Theism in The United States has reached an alarming level that needs to be addressed immediately before it has an even more devastating affect on our policies and culture. - Otterpop
The irrationality of theism is, ultimately, that it replaces magnificent truths with unimaginative lies; it replaces human compassion with inhuman intolerance; and that it replaces endless potential with arbitrary boundaries demarcated only by the fear of imaginary gods on the part of those who choose that benighted path. - ellechero
Theism is irrational because humans are notorious for inventing gods for things we don't understand. The farther back in human history goes, the easier religion is to disprove. While planets, stars and moons were once gods to men, science has given clarity and shattered any remnants of a belief in "sky gods" we can call them. As the human mind progresses and science unfolds our universe, religion has receded down to something intangible that exists only in minds. This is the last stand for religion, because it has collapsed to a point where family tradition is the only way to guarantee religious indoctrination, and every day a believer questions faith to the point of nonbelief, as I have done and so many of you have also done. While some people become "reborn" christians, far more neglect and forget about it. Like a fever on the human race, religion has been broken and it's only a matter of time. - evolvebeyondgod
Theism is irrational because it provides a scapegoat for the theist's own actions and an intangible/unreliable feeling of comfort. The catch-all sin machine is divine forgiveness. There exists no need to right the wrongs committed in life if you will be forgiven or punished after death. The loopholes for forgiveness truly make it near impossible for a believer to feel like they are NOT 'saved' by their respective deity. This creates the divide between those responsible for their own actions and those whom cannot feel any responsibility.
Accountability after death is unenforceable without the fear of a deity's wrath. However, each of the mainstream religions has given their god(s) the divine attribute of LOVE for their believers.
Theism has covered its bases by both fear and reward for the faithful. True geniuses refined the modern faiths into something that soothes the human nature. This is the true evil involved with theism. The label of irrational is the thinking human's way of describing something judged evil by its ethical and logical examination.......We can give them all of the evidence that their religions are hoakey. The irrational part is their disregard of the logic due to their comfort level.
Just as humankind created their god, so too can they destroy it. It is this death of theism that I wish that I could be alive to see and sincerely hope to precipitate with human caring and compassion without imagined help.
Try to remember and please remind me, from time to time, that we must hate the game and not the players. Irrational behavior can be of any ideology and shows no bias for gender, race, sexuality, intellect, or economic situation. - darth_josh
Since our species has had the ability to question its surroundings and origin, it has at the same time tried to -answer- these questions. What kinds of answers have we come up with? We've assigned trancendental powers to the sun, the moon, the stars, rivers, trees, and animals. When we realized that this was silly, we still wanted our questions answered so we came up with the idea of unseen "gods". When science and empirical evidence came around, more and more of the claims that used theism to explain the world were also seen to be silly. However, certain members of our species have continued to use their god or gods to explain certain things. There have been many different gods from cultures all over the world, going back to the very beginning of recorded history. The beauty of gods is that anyone can make one up. You don't need any evidence. You just say that yours exists. And it is the reason everything -else- exists. How can you get more irrational than that? - Dave