The Virtue of Atheism

atheism.pngThere’s an interesting article in the latest Wired magazine: The Church of the Non-Believers.

“Look at slavery,” he says. We are at a beautiful restaurant in Santa Monica, near the public lots from which Americans – nearly 80 percent of whom believe the Bible is the true word of God, if polls are correct – walk happily down to the beach in various states of undress. “People used to think,” Harris says, “that slavery was morally acceptable. The most intelligent, sophisticated people used to accept that you could kidnap whole families, force them to work for you, and sell their children. That looks ridiculous to us today. We’re going to look back and be amazed that we approached this asymptote of destructive capacity while allowing ourselves to be balkanized by fantasy. What seems quixotic is quixotic – on this side of a radical change. From the other side, you can’t believe it didn’t happen earlier. At some point, there is going to be enough pressure that it is just going to be too embarrassing to believe in God.”

Complete article.

  • anne greene

    I am so glad to see that you have included this article, and perhaps more will be willing to open their eyes and see the truth.
    Until everyone is able to open their minds as well to the truth of where humanity is and wherre we need to go, we will be mired in the muck of hatred because of the division of religions: if we can let go of god and religion and focus on moral decisions, we will all benefit equally!
    Thanks for the breath of fresh air!

  • anne greene

    I am so glad to see that you have included this article, and perhaps more will be willing to open their eyes and see the truth.
    Until everyone is able to open their minds as well to the truth of where humanity is and wherre we need to go, we will be mired in the muck of hatred because of the division of religions: if we can let go of god and religion and focus on moral decisions, we will all benefit equally!
    Thanks for the breath of fresh air!

  • Carmen

    Ann wrote: “Until everyone is able to open their minds as well to the truth of where humanity is and wherre we need to go, we will be mired in the muck of hatred because of the division of religions: if we can let go of god and religion and focus on moral decisions, we will all benefit equally!”

    Atheism will free us from “the muck of hatred”? The record of some atheistic regimes suggests otherwise.

    A Christian friend has brought some interesting books and authors to my attention. For example, the famous philosopher and atheist Antony Flew, has abandoned his belief that there is no First Cause: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antony_Flew . There are a number of other very important contributions to this debate – first
    and another and this one These are just a few sources for a more rigorous look at this issue.

    Carmen

  • Carmen

    Ann wrote: “Until everyone is able to open their minds as well to the truth of where humanity is and wherre we need to go, we will be mired in the muck of hatred because of the division of religions: if we can let go of god and religion and focus on moral decisions, we will all benefit equally!”

    Atheism will free us from “the muck of hatred”? The record of some atheistic regimes suggests otherwise.

    A Christian friend has brought some interesting books and authors to my attention. For example, the famous philosopher and atheist Antony Flew, has abandoned his belief that there is no First Cause: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antony_Flew . There are a number of other very important contributions to this debate – first
    and another and this one These are just a few sources for a more rigorous look at this issue.

    Carmen