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"Entire Biblical story and 9/10ths of
Christian history is based
on a universe that does NOT
in the least resemble
that in which we actually live."


"The whole Christian myth
originated
in primitive, savage minds."







George Washington:

"Religious controversies are always
productive of more acrimony
and irreconcilable hatreds
than those which spring
from any other cause."










" From the dawn of humanity,
there have been those who doubted the 'official religion'.

( Often privately,
since being sacrificed
to the local tar pit
or volcano
'Mountain God' / 'Holy Mountain' ;

being banished outside the town walls
to the garbage dump
or being "examined"
by The Inquisition"
had little appeal.)

With the rise of the printing press
more people recorded their doubts
studies and assessments.

We live in a fortuitus time when the results of these studies
are freely available to anyone who decides to find them.

We have very many who are very happy being 'Good without God'."











Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865):

"My earlier views of the unsoundness
of the Christian scheme of salvation

and the human origin of the scriptures

have become clearer and
stronger with advancing years,

and I see no reason for thinking
that I shall ever change them."









DIVINE INSANITY:

God killed himself on the cross
to save his own creation
from his own wrath!

???










"The average believer
does not reflect on
the ridiculus propositions
she / he has been lured
and conditioned into accepting."








"When something good happens
we are urged to see 'The Hand of God'

When something bad happens
it's "Nature"



















James Madison (1751 - 1836):

"The purpose of separation of church and state
is to keep forever from these shores
the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe
in blood for centuries."






Why do you emphasise that clergy have special responsibility ?


"Devout people are trained to rely on their priest / minister.

They are seen to be in a special relationship with the Divine.

They are thought to be experts in what they teach.


Any teacher of anything has an obligation to teach what is correct

& to be informed properly on the subject matter,

including facts that might cause thought & re-assessment."











The green sidebar on called.htm has some Bible verses
that came as a shock
when I really thought about them,

yet I'd read the Bible from childhood,
as a theological student
& as a minister
and had NOT really realised the implications.










Some groups who were also making very strenuous , different, efforts,
believed and tried to teach as "God's Truth" extremely different doctrines.
( some examples: LDS - Mormons ; Jehovah's Witnesses; etc )

One student had come to college from a church with which the SA had significant shared tradition.
He became quite upset when in a Bible class he was taught the SA's interpretation of some verse.

It apparently clashed importantly with what his previous church had taught him,
and apparently the instructor would not concede any validity to that interpretation.
( I wasn't in his class, & don't remember the issue.)

Most people in all these different groups just totally discounted the existence,
and claims to "Truth", of the others;
including the group of which I was a member.



Understanding came when I realised that all distinctive subcultures,
have developed, instilled & reinforced, thought habits
that automatically made their own group
the final authority on some matters.

( A "tribalisic" way of interpreting and interacting with a wider culture. )


Only by mentally and emotionally "moving outside" the group can we attempt
to objectively judge the validity of those beliefs.











"El Credo falso"

"The Beliefs are false"








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Quotes about religions:


"The confidence with which a belief is held
becomes confused with evidence that the belief is true.

Those who appear most sincere
are assumed to be the most truthful,

Those who are doubtful
and questioning are assumed to be less reliable."


About 2300 years ago, Epicurus wrote:

"Either God wants to abolish evil and cannot,

or He can and does not want to,

or He cannot and does not want to.


If He wants to but cannot, He is impotent.

If He can but does not want to, He is wicked.

If He neither can nor wants to, He is both powerless and wicked.


If God cannot abolish evil, why trust him to create good?"




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Question with boldness even the existence of god;

because if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason

than that of blindfolded fear.


Thomas Jefferson


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One God, father-son-ghost?

Holy Trinity "Me, Myself, and I"


Triune god: "Buy one god, get two free"


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"God" is always the equivalent of "I do not know."




N. Ireland is a land of religious division and sectarian violence.


Ancient beliefs divide people.


Humanism,

which omits belief in the supernatural,

including all gods and goddesses, devils and angels, hells and heavens,

offers an escape from the mistakes of the past.




" I have never, in all my life, not for one moment,

been tempted toward religion of any kind.


The fact is that I feel no spiritual void.

I have my philosophy of life, which does not

include any aspect of the supernatural and which

I find totally satisfying.


I am, in short, a

rationalist..." -- Isaac Asimov




"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."

"Keep an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out."


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Atheist: n: a person who rejects unsubstantiated claims


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Giordano Bruno (1546 - 1600 )

Burned at the stake by the church :

"The foolish renounce this world and pursue an imaginary world to come."


Michel de Montaigne (1533 - 1592):

"How many things that were articles of faith yesterday are fables today."



Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862):

"I did not see why the schoolmaster should be taxed to support the priest,
and not the priest to support the schoolmaster."




Robert Green Ingersoll (1833 – 1899):


"Eternal punishment is eternal revenge,
and can be inflicted only by an eternal monster.


Infinite punishment
is infinite cruelty,
endless injustice,
immortal meanness.


To worship an eternal jailer hardens, debases, and pollutes even the vilest soul."


"There can be but little liberty on earth while men worship a tyrant in heaven."


"The place to be happy is here,
the time to be happy is now
and the way to be happy is to make others so."



"Happiness is the only good,
reason the only torch,

justice the only worship,
humanity the only religion

and love the only priest."


Who can overestimate the progress of the world if all the money wasted

in superstition could be used to elevate and civilize mankind?

--


ALL Gods come from the same place
-- IMAGINATION!



I believe that when I die I shall rot, and nothing of my ego will survive.


I am not young, and I love life.


But I should scorn to shiver with terror at the thought of annihilation.


Happiness is none the less true happiness because it must come to an end,

nor do thought and love lose their value because they are not everlasting.


-- Bertrand Russell


Let us help and support one another

for we are on our own in this

vast, indifferent, universe.






-- Faith is the great cop-out,


the great excuse to

evade the need to think and evaluate evidence.


Faith is belief in spite of,

even perhaps because of,


the lack of evidence.


  • Richard Dawkins



To live without god beliefs is intellectually stimulating.


To find one's own purpose and be responsible for one's own life is exciting.


To be free of the imagined surveillance of good and evil spirits is liberating.


To seek a peaceful world through work and friendship and civic action is life-affirming."


Marie Alena Castle


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"Life is but a momentary glimpse at the wonder of

this astonishing Universe and it is sad to see

so many dreaming it away on spiritual fantasies."


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I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for

truth; and truth rewarded me.


~ Sylvia Ashton Warner ~


" Truth is, all gods are a product of our imagination

Know the truth and the truth shall set you free."


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