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The Myths Against Atheism

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The 10 top myths against Atheism are :

1. Atheists believe that life is meaningless.
2. Atheism is responsible for the greatest crimes in human history.
3. Atheism is dogmatic.
4. Atheists think everything in the universe arose by chance.
5. Atheism has no connection to science.
6. Atheists are arrogant.
7. Atheists are closed to spiritual experience.
8. Atheists believe that there is nothing beyond human life and human understanding.
9. Atheists ignore the fact that religion is extremely beneficial to society.
10. Atheism provides no basis for morality.

Sam Harris, the author of “The End of Faith” and “Letter to a Christian Nation“, bursts these 10 myths against Atheism. He tried to prove atheists are normal people and only notion they have is to reject anything that is not yet proved. According to his theory, atheism does not mean that one has to grab some other dogma (like Marxism) and behave according to that. Atheism is restricted to rejection of religious dogma. The source of morality for Atheists changes to some modern books, laws and behavioural science rather than ancient holy texts, and by no matter they are immoral.

The most interesting was the myth 9, which says that “Atheists ignore the fact that religion is extremely beneficial to society.” It seems from his writing that Atheists are ready to accept the historical importance of religion but not as a source of morality. He says that if human beings are able to “choose” from good and bad texts of the Holy Books and also provide “better” interpretations for those “bad” texts, then why shouldn’t we directly bypass those holy texts and use our own choice.

However, the problem that I often see scientists and historians quoting against Atheism is the lack of alternative guideline. Human beings are still too weak to live without any guideline, specifically laid out to them by some supreme being. Rod Liddle suggests that we should leave God as he is since the drastic absence of God could create instable society since human beings will grab some other dogma. Sam Harris is yet to answer this “Moral Vacuum Dilemma” against Atheism.

Reference :
1) The Trouble with Atheism – part 1. (Youtube video – 24mins)
2) The Trouble with Atheism – part 2. (Youtube video – 25mins)

Atheism, Sam Harris, Myth.

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Written by Diganta

February 19, 2007 at 9:01 am

Posted in Atheism, Myth

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  1. Very informative post. Thanks a lot!

    Rezwan

    February 19, 2007 at 11:10 am

  2. Intersting and informative post.

    Prernapr3rna.wordpress.com

    February 19, 2007 at 11:15 am

  3. Intersting and informative post.

    Prerna

    February 19, 2007 at 11:15 am

  4. Thanks for the videos.

    I thought that ‘Atheism is becoming a religion in itself’ occured to only me. 😛

    Manas

    February 26, 2007 at 4:55 pm

  5. I think lost of people, maybe you, are confusing Atheists with non-religious or people not affiliated to any denomination or important religion.
    I think that for a true hard core atheist some of your “myths” are not just myths : 1,2, 10, perhaps 4,8,9. Although 6 and 7 are often true, they don’t have to be.

    Rajiv

    February 27, 2007 at 6:00 pm

  6. Atheist means whoever does not believe in a ‘personal God’ as described in the scriptures. ‘Often’ does need a statistical justification.

    horizonspeaks

    February 27, 2007 at 7:19 pm

  7. Atheists base everything on feelings. For example, it is not that they think life meaningless, it is that they think that as long as they get a feeling of meaning, then that is sufficient to get through life. Of course, they are correct; you can deceive yourself into a feeling that you have real meaning in life.

    It is the same with morality. In the largest sense of feeling, atheists do what they feel like doing. Maybe they don’t steal because they have bad feelings about getting caught or feel bad about the victim.

    So it isn’t that they don’t have a foundation for their actions, it is just that the foundation is mere feelings and who can account for feelings?

    10Matt39

    May 7, 2007 at 2:18 pm

  8. Science and Religion

    Science is different from religion. It does not pretend that it knows everything. There are even now deep questions about the origins of the universe that we don’t have answers to now though it is possible we may be able to answer some of them in the future.

    But the inability of science to provide answers to these questions does not prove that religious faith, tradition, or an ancient holy text has the ability to answer them. Science cannot prove that God does not exist, but this in no way establishes that God exists. There are millions of things whose lack of existence cannot be established.

    The philosopher Bertrand Russel had an analogy. Imagine that there is a teapot in orbit around the sun. It is impossible to prove that the teapot does not exist because it is too small to be detected by our telescopes. Nobody but a crazy person would say “Well, I’m prepared to believe in the teapot because I cannot establish that it doesn’t exist.” This means that maybe we have to be technically agnostics, but really we are all atheists about teapots with orbits around the sun.

    But now let us suppose that everybody in our society including our teachers and the sages of our tribes all had faith in a teapot that orbits the sun. Let us also suppose that stories of the teapot have come down to us for many generations as one of the traditions of our own society and there are ancient holy texts about the teapot. In this case people would say that a person who did not believe in the teapot is eccentric or mad.

    There are infinite numbers of things like celestial teapots whose lack of existence we are unable to establish. There are fairies, for example, and there are unicorns and goblins. We cannot prove that any of these creatures of the imagination do not exist in reality. But we don’t believe they exist, just as we don’t believe that the gods of the Scandinavians, for example, have any true existence.

    We are all atheists about almost all of the gods created by societies in the past. Some of us, however, take the ultimate step of believing that the god of the Jews and the Christians, like the gods of the Greeks and the Egyptians, also does not exist.

    Now here’s a version of this text in Interlingua. (For more information about Interlingua, use a search enging to search on the title “Interlingua in interlingua” or go to http://www.interlingua.com.

    Le scientia es differente del religion. Illo non pretende que illo sape toto. Il ha etiam nunc questiones profunde sur le origines del universe al quales nos nunc non ha responsas ben que il es possible que nos potera responder a alicunes de illos in le futuro.

    Ma le incapacitate del scientia de provider responsas a iste questiones non proba que le fide religiose, le tradition, o un texto sancte e ancian pote responder a illos. Le scientia non pote probar que Deo non existe, ma isto non establi de ulle maniera que Deo existe. Il ha milliones de cosas cuje existentia non pote esser establite.

    Le philosopho Bertrand Russell habeva un analogia. Imagina que il ha un theiera in orbita circum le sol. Il es impossibile probar que le theiera non existe proque illo es troppo parve pro esser detegite per nostre telescopios. Nemo excepte un folle dicerea, “Multo ben, io es preparate a creder in le theiera proque io non pote establir que illo non existe.” Isto significa que forsan nos debe esser technicamente agnosticos, ma vermente nos es omnes atheistas sur theieras con orbitas circum le sol.

    Ma que nos nunc suppone que omnes in nostre societate includente nostre professores e le sagios de nostre tribos habeva fide in un theiera que orbita le sol. Que nos anque suppone que historias del theiera ha venite usque nos trans multe generationes como un del traditiones de nostre proprie societate e que il ha textos sancte ancian sur le theiera. In iste caso le gente dicerea que un persona qui non credeva in le theiera es eccentric o folle.

    Il ha numeros infinite de cosas como theieras celestial cuje manco de existentia nos non pote establir. Il ha fees, pro exemplo, e il ha unicornios e gnomos. Nos non pote probar que iste creaturas del imagination non existe in le realitate. Ma nos non crede que illos existe exactamente como nos non crede que le deos del Scandinavos, pro exemplo, ha ulle existential ver.

    Nos es omnes atheistas sur quasi omne le deos create per societates in le passato. Alicunes de nos tamen prende le ultime passo de creder que le deo del judaeos e del christianos, como le deos del grecos e le egyptianos, anque non existe.

    hkyson

    December 10, 2008 at 9:57 am

  9. Atheism may well be spurred on by the refusal of religions to engage in self-criticism. I’ve just read http://deligentia.wordpress.com/2009/11/24/263/ on how foreign self-criticism is to religion, and, moreover, how religion misunderstands itself. You might be interested in it.

    stillhere4u

    November 24, 2009 at 4:30 pm


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