Monday, November 8, 2010

Being An Atheist

I'm surprised at the amount of people I talk to who misunderstand what I mean when I tell them I'm an atheist. It doesn't mean I worship the devil (I don't even believe in him); it doesn't mean I am a Pagan, Wiccan, Buddhist, or anything of the sort; it doesn't necessarily mean that I am part of a rising tide of youths who are sick of the religious controlling our every thoughts and actions and restricting our freedoms.
But I am.
But that's a story for another post. Today I discuss why atheism is, as a great atheist once said, not a denial of Theism but instead a close, personal relationship with reality. The great Christopher Hitchens is given credit for saying, "That which can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence." This is certainly applicable in the case of every major religion whose creeds involved accepting some sort of higher power, or "God" but refused to grant any evidence beyond, "Well the Earth is kinda nice to live on, so a god must have designed it!"
Today we know this is due to millions of years' worth of mutation, adaptation, and evolution. We also know now that less than one millionth of one percent of the universe is habitable to humans. Turns out that all-powerful and all-knowing magic man in the sky was pretty inept after all.

God has hidden in many places beyond man's ability to perceive. In pagan days, God(s) was/were used to explain the rotation of the sun around the earth. Once Galileo came along, God was then used to explain natural phenomena such as earthquakes and hurricanes. But then once plate tectonics and meteorology came along, God began hiding before the creation of the Universe. What happened? Apparently in Old Testament times God was a fairly common visitor to the human race. Nowadays we'd have to cross dimensions just to catch a glimpse of the guy.
But soon those dimensions will be crossed. And God will run out of places to hide. The younger generation is largely waking up to this fact. But, as I said, that is a post for another day.

13 comments:

  1. Hey I just got hit with like 5 ad's and couldn't even read your post!

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  2. I'm a hardcore athiest, so I'm glad I found your blog. Will follow!

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  3. I have Hitchens book God Is Not Great here, very entertaining read. I was shocked when I heard he is dying of cancer. I then read that many christians are praying for him, which made me happy again :)

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  4. i'm agnostic, but to not explay what is agnosticism i just say ppl that i am atheist ...
    feels bad, bro, living among stupid people

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  5. awesome post dude, you have a way with words :)

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  6. interesting read, thanks for sharing

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  7. Couldn't say any better! When people ask me if I've got any religious beliefs, I just don't know what to answer because it always end up in an argument about what is the best thing to believe in!

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  8. I just don't give a shit. I'm more agnostic than anything, I guess; although the widespread ignorance and misinterpretation is fairly annoying, yes.

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  9. Its really hard to see anyone in the science field follow religion faithfully. It's almost as if they dont believe in what theyve experienced first hand.

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  10. really liked the 4th pharagraph =D

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  11. People keep twisting there belifes to match what science has already proven, theres a chance there could be a god but theres no way god what religons believe god is.

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  12. this is relevant to my interests

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