I believe that the philosopher-rabbi Mordecai Kaplan was right when he said, “It is hell to live without hope, and religion saves people from hell.” I urge my atheist brothers and sisters to see things as Spinoza urged, sub specie aeternitatis —“under the perspective of eternity.” And to try a little positivity. Last Sunday I took two high-school girls to cold spring labs to meet Dr.James Watson. One of the girls wants to be a research scientist, and the other has no idea yet, but I think she will be a great writer. I think they also both want boyfriends. I want them to stay smart and not dumb down to get a boy. Watson spoke and listened to the girls, and they left, I hope, proud about being smart. I know that Jim believes way more in Darwin than in Deuteronomy, but he also believes that at Cold Spring Labs the most important thing is not whether you are a man or a woman, not whether you believe in God. The most important thing, as he says, is “to get something done.” Now there’s an atheist I can believe in.
Atheism is more than a belief. It is an ideology/doctrine, a belief system and a lifestyle. In a nutshell it is values based.
Atheism, in this day and age when religion is all around us, is not simple non-belief. Ignorance is non-belief. Atheism is a conscious decision to disregard the gods and theology proposed in different religions.
It’s disbelief. It’s making a stand and saying, “Your theistic belief system is bunk, and here is why I think so”. The irony is that such a stance is the creation of another belief system, which can turn itself into a religion.
a) Athiesm is certainly an IDEOLOGY.
Here is what I mean when I say atheism is an ideology…….
1 The body of ideas reflecting the social needs and aspirations of an individual, group, class, or culture.
2. A set of doctrines or beliefs that form the basis of a political, economic, or other system.
BASIC DOCTRINE’S OR TENETS OF ATHEISM
There is no definitive atheist organization that defines the absolutes of atheism, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some common, there are basic principles that atheists, as a whole, tend to adopt. Listed below are some of them.
Pease note, however, that not all atheists accept all of these tenets.
1. There is no God or devil.
2. There is no supernatural realm.
3. Miracles cannot occur.
4. There is no such thing as sin as a violation of God’s will.
5. Generally, the universe is materialistic and measurable.
6. Man is material.
7. Generally, evolution is considered a scientific fact.
8. Ethics and morals are relative
33rd annual ATHEIST CONVENTION in Seattle, Washington, in April of 2007
Let me list here the experience of a person who attended the 33rd annual ATHEIST CONVENTION in Seattle, Washington, in April of 2007. He had a very interesting experience and he learned things he did not expect.
While sitting in the crowd, listening to speakers, and watching the atheists’ reactions, it dawned on him how utterly religious they seemed to him. He is not trying to say they believed in a God but they acted as though it were.
As he sat there, watching, taking notes, listening, he formulated a list he thinks is accurate and representing of what he saw at the convention. Have a look.
a) No God, anti God, Pro-homosexuality, anti-Christianity.
b) Atheism is a belief. I know that many atheists will disagree with this, but the atheists gathered around a COMMON BELIEF of no God or lack of God and the need to increase what they perceive as separation of church and state in America.
a) Created a problem and offered a solution. The problem was religious oppression in society with atheistic ideals as the solution.
a) Gathered in groups with meeting times. Now, atheists don’t meet nearly as frequently as Christians do in their churches. However, they do have state meetings, national meetings, and regular gatherings.
a) The lectern from which speeches were made, their ideas were promoted, and their reasons for their belief system were validated.
a) The atheists sought converts to their cause. They frequently spoke about getting the idea of atheism out into society, and to move people away from theism.
6. Celebration over converts
a) Rejoiced when converts to their BELIEF SYSTEM were announced. There was applause and excitement when there were announcements about people who had “come out of the closet” and announced their atheism.
7. Zealous for their cause
a) They wanted their cause and belief system expanded to the extent of changing America to reflect their thinking.
a) Only they have the truth. The atheists repeatedly spoke of how atheism was the truth and that theists and deists were ignorant of facts and reason.
9. Us against them mentality
a) There was a profound description of the division between atheism and theism with the atheists being the ones who were defending themselves against the intrusive theists.
10. Concerned about public image
a) This is normal. They were very concerned with how they were perceived and wanted to change their negative reputation.
11. Lack of critical thinking
a) This is common everywhere. Though they thought they were rational, by far most of the arguments and comments weren’t.
12. Misrepresentation of opposing views
a) Again, another common trait among people who gather in groups, have a common ideology, and see others as being less enlightened.
13. Voting block
a) The atheists mentioned voting as a group in order to progress their cause in society.
a) This is normal for groups. We don’t all see eye to eye. However, they all held to atheism even though they had disagreements about some particulars.
a) They didn’t have tithing, but there were plenty of things for sale. In addition, let’s not forget to mention how they sought donations to help cover the costs of promoting atheism, paying speakers, renting facilities, etc.
I think it rather ironic that those who are AGAINST REIGION so much, are in actuality so RELIGIOUS themselves. I couldn’t help but smile and see the natural tendency of people to gather around an IDEA, develop a CAUSE, and then PROMOTE it.
ATHEISTS have gathered around NON-BELIEF and want that non-belief PROMOTED in society.
This blog looks at exposing Atheism and Atheist for what it is.... I'll be concentrating more on Atheistic beliefs and Atheistic violence. Let me start off with a quote from Finnish killer and Atheist.... he said quote I am ...... "a cynical existentialist, anti-human humanist, anti-social social-Darwinist, realistic idealist and GOD-like ATHEIST. "I am prepared to fight and die for my cause," he wrote. "I, as a natural selector, will eliminate all who I see unfit, disgraces of human race and failures of natural selection." Pekka Eric Auvinen - Finnish killer of seven students and Atheist.