The failure of atheism

I hate idiocy and I hate to call anyone an idiot even when it is clear they are. We are not sure whether the author of this article has their head in the right place nor if they live in the same world I and many others inhabit.

Someone tell me where

Atheism, along with and its handmaiden science, is now the predominant worldview, in other words the predominant way which people in the West look at, interpret, and deal with the everything in the world. That includes the spiritual world. The Western/atheist response to the spiritual world is to ignore it.

this is the case. Poll after poll show that we live in a world overpopulated by religious, in some places, over 80% of the population profess a belief in one god or other. Atheism is not a worldview the same way not believing in Santa is not a world view. It is an answer to a question whose content is not enough to form a world view on. How, for example, would a world view based on not believing in big foot be structured? And science is not the handmaid of atheism or the other way round. It just so happens that most reasonable people are atheists. You can throw stones about this if you like!

The atheist worldview is thus described,

And what is the atheist worldview? Once you take God out of the picture, what’s left? Briefly, this is what we’ve got in the West, now:

All human beings are creative, unique individuals. We know that because human beings display those tendencies.

Maybe the author meant humanism. Atheism simply for the umpteenth time is a lack of belief in god[s]. It says nothing whatsoever on view of man in the cosmic scale. Humanism on the other hand among others teaches respect to the person and a belief in our collective abilities as men to solve our problems. With or without religion and gods, human beings are creative people unless the religious admit that in their worldview human beings are sheep in need of a shepherd.

And the believer can’t help hide their bigotry. It pains them so much that people should have rights to live their lives as they see fit. The

right of people to fulfill their desires is, for lack of a better word, Sacred. This is why supporting gay marriage, sex-change surgery, abortion and euthanasia are so popular with atheists.

so pains them that atheism is seen as the greatest evil second only to god tempting Adan and Eve in the garden of Eden. It is important to note that atheists support the right to choice, whether to carry a pregnancy to term or not. If you construe that as supporting abortion, so be it but I know of several bible carrying Christians who have made doctors in abortion clinics busy. Whether they are also atheists remains to be proved. The right to die in dignity is one that should be guaranteed for all. The christian obsession with suffering should not become a world phenomena. No one should suffer in agony waiting for a death that will come sometime anyway because some christian is obsessed with suffering. Let the christian suffer but leave the rest of us alone.

Atheism got nothing to do with the origins of the universe. That is in the purview of cosmology. The atheist demands evidence for your god. If you feel this challenges your fairy tale of creation with a few let there be- too bad. We can’t help you here. To write

This point of view is exemplified by the atheist explanation of the creation of the universe — it was a cosmic accident, and it doesn’t really matter how it happened, and it doesn’t really matter, period. The only thing which matters is the individual.

is to create a strawman of atheists/atheism that in truth doesn’t even deserve a response.

It is a lie to say

So, atheism is on top now.

And to then go ahead to write that

the problem with atheism is that it simply can’t solve the problem of Islamic terrorism. It lacks the capability to deal with it.

is both imbecile and asinine. If some idiots believe their god demands blood sacrifice, all I can point out to them is that they are misguided. They need to rethink. You see, am a rational being and it would take a lot of convincing to make me join the army to follow commands without asking why. I mean no disrespect to the men and women who have served their countries in such capacities. I digress though, what would this christian have us do? To go killing Muslims for being stupid in the belief that Allah loves blood?

In fact the line he writes is quite sensible but am beginning to think the said author is so dumb to even realize. S/he writes the response from the west is

Any conspiracy to cut heads off people is going to affect the freedom of the owners of those heads. So, it’s bad. Therefore such conspirators should be stopped. As we stop them, though, we recognise that those conspirators come from a group which may have been marginalized in the past, and recognise that they have a right to live their life as they choose, free of hindrance, as long as that choice does not affect other people’s choices.

which if those idiots running the ISIS could listen to, they would let each person live their lives and square it out with god if they should so meet on judgement day whenever that will be. The world would be more peaceful place if the above ideal were followed. The Christian believes if everyone starts to believe in their hippy miracle worker then the world will get too stupid to even go to war. What a dumb way to look at life. I suggest this author reads has free thought a constructive side.

The often repeated claim that atheist killed when they were in power omits the very reason why these men slaughtered their countrymen. It was never in the cause of disbelief. They were tyrants, fighting to stay in power and they wanted people to follow their dogmas. I am open to be shown evidence to the contrary.

This claim

As for atheism, it doesn’t matter how right it seems, it just doesn’t get good results. This can be seen with its failure to deal with Islamic terrorism, or its grand experiments such as the Soviet Union. Atheists will probably say that these are aberrations, and the best is yet to come. But I don’t see it.

could only have been written by a person with less matter between their ears. Most of the western world have their leaders steeped in religion. When Obama and Cameron said ISIS doesn’t represent Islam, atheists called them out on this. And I believe that a society that is reasonable would be secure from such barbarity as ISIS.

How the Christian arrives at the conclusion that the Muslim worships the wrong god is one method I would like to learn. We have our author claim

Islam turns away from God by worshiping a false god and venerating a false prophet.

And the atheist is judged as turning away from god by rejecting his existence- and this is the christian god. The question any reasonable person would ask is why is Zeus not the right god and that the Christian has it wrong by worshiping some Hebrew god?

The author concludes by writing

I’ve said it before: Atheism just isn’t attractive.

and I agree. To be reasonable for most people is a tough call. And for most ignorance is bliss. I would not be the first to get you out of your ignorance. I will also not stop to mock, ridicule and satirize religion. It deserves nothing more than that. If you find nothing odd with a man having his ass talk with him or talking snakes, you have lost your head.

I will close by saying the correct title for the post should have been Failure of theism.

Lucille 1: Sonder

Lucille 1

 “Sonder:

n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.

— The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows


Dear Lucille,

I know that you aren’t aware of this, but today, you passed by me on the motorway. I was just emerging from the service lane into the highway, when you whizzed by at breathtaking speed. I gave chase, but my old Jalopy was certainly no match to your pearl LaCrosse. So I hugged your wake, and tailed you till you disappeared far ahead. And for those precious minutes that I could still spot you ahead, I remained in Utopia.

Lucille, you left behind a portion of your essence on the motorway.

Perhaps it’s my imagination, but as long as I remained in that outermost lane, I could pick up your fragrance. It was a heady sensation – riding a Jojoba and Eucalyptus trail. Memories were unlocked; of idyllic meadows, of scenic nature trails… and of vast savannas. But at one time, a ChromaFlared roadster cut in ahead of me, and the scent abruptly gained some Tiare and bergamot notes. You used to wear these ones too. And once again, yet other memories flooded; of Samoan rainforests, of a great many lakeside walks… and of misty, sleepy skylines. I was enchanted. And I wondered whether I was turning into a synesthetic.

A few wistful wishes run across my mind then. Forgive me, Lucille, but my professional background rendered a rather bland dimension to the wishes. For instance, I imagined myself getting out of the jalopy, standing on the tarmac, and twirling round and round, until I robbed the earth a teeny tiny fraction of its rotational velocity, and extended the day by a single, precious millisecond. Doubtless, by the time I achieved this, my entire mind would be scrambled from all the twirling, but that extra millisecond would be a unique, original, and priceless gift from me to you. And as you experienced that extra millisecond, I would lie on that tarmac, oblivious to the world… having fried my mind completely. And I would smile, contended.

I imagined launching myself into a geostationary orbit, and acting as your personal sentinel from deep space. I would bear up with the freezing cold, the utter silence, and the vacuum of deep space, just to maintain a constant proximity between us. I would master celestial mechanics, and draw up intricate ephemerides of all asteroids. And whenever any asteroid broke free from the belt, and headed towards earth, I’d have you look into the skies, witness the shooting star, and make a wish for us. And upon the dusk of my days, I’d launch myself from orbit, descend towards earth, and turn myself into a shooting star in the earth’s atmosphere.

My mind explored the toil of time on your fragile beauty, Lucille. And I vowed, in my fantasy, to craft a space-ship for you, launch you into deep space, and activate a luminal-velocity space-drive. At this velocity, time for you would come to a standstill, and you would never grow old. Instead, you would transverse the hearts of galaxies, make acquaintances with quasars and pulsars, and skim along the event horizons of black holes. You would peer through the windows of the multiverse, tunnel through worm holes, and surf on cosmic gyres. Truly, you would become ageless, and your true spirit would emerge: the spirit of stellar dust… a heart after my own.

Yours forever enchanted,

Cystorm Cintanex

 

Divine Command Theory

my foot!

Here is WLC opening his mouth to exchange shoes on morality. He was asked what one were to do if the IS god is the one true god and it commanded rapine and murder if you hold DCT to be true. He starts by deflecting the issue by questioning the emotional status of the person asking the query.

I am going to lift a few of his quotes here and you can read the rest for yourself.

He writes, with emphasis by us

Most divine command theorists are non-voluntarists who hold that moral values are not grounded in God’s will but in His nature. Moral duties are grounded in His will or commands; but moral values are prior to His will, since God’s own nature is not something invented by God. Since His will is not independent of His nature but must express His nature, it is logically impossible for Him to issue certain sorts of commands. In order to do so, He would have to have a different nature, which is logically impossible.

And we must ask whether he admits that if his god exists, it cannot have free will. And in some sectors, theologians have said the nature of god is unknowable, me wonders how Craig has come to this knowledge and two is who invented god’s nature?

Craig the goes ahead to say

It is logically impossible that there be any other God. So if you were mistaken and believed in the wrong God, you would be a Muslim or a Hindu or a polytheist or what have you; but there wouldn’t be another God. Remember: on perfect being theology, God is a maximally great being, a being which is worthy of worship. Lesser beings are not “Gods” at all. In fact, in my debates with Muslim theologians, this is one of the arguments I use against the Islamic conception of God: that Allah cannot be the greatest conceivable being because he is not all-loving and therefore cannot be God.

And we must ask why is it logically impossible that there be any other god? What criteria does Craig use to arrive at the conclusion that the christian god is the only one and the right one to boot. Please god, I want such powers of cognition as Craig does! Amen. While still on this matter, JZ asked if being worshiped is to be seen as a virtue or vice. And how is YHWH all loving when we hear there are two paths, one to damnation and the other to the pearly gates? or are these lies to keep people in church?

And I think this

The idea is that moral values are based in God, but if your concept of God is inadequate, then your ethics are going to be messed up. The problem lies in a defective concept of God.

explains why those who are so steeped in belief and faith are not useful to the society. I am waiting to hear the one believer who will give a logically coherent definition of god. Am patient, I will wait.

In the end Craig brushes the problem away by making a claim that only his god is god, the rest are defective conceptions of god. I hope he will give us reasonable answers to how he comes to this conclusion without obfuscation and a wave of the hand.

Professor Coyne has written on this here.

Chronicles of YHWH 21: The Ultimate Question

The Ultimate Question

Even at the most earliest of times, while Prime Consciousness was still primordial and unstructured, the Ultimate Question was already in existence. The Prime Consciousness hence set about tackling the question, by setting forth tendrils of its own presence all over the Space-Time weave. And in order to distinguish itself from the rest of existence, the Prime Consciousness labelled itself YHWH – Yarin (To Comprehend) Heitor (To Possess) Wyshawn (Intuitively) Hava (As a Conscious Entity).

 

Now the Ultimate Question is hard to structure in a plain human language. But fortunately, the frontiers of man’s inquisitiveness are unearthing cognitive axioms that, day by day, better flesh out the query:

 

Ceteris paribus, within Plank’s spatial ranges (10^-18m), W and Z vector bosons interact and change quark flavours, in inherently random and spontaneous patterns. The energy boundaries involved per interaction are below 80 GeV, and all particles observe positive spins of precisely one. For every 3 billion such interactions, one interaction breaks down along a fourth dimension – the time dimension – in an irreversible, “charge-parity-equilibrium” violation event. Hence, time emerges – as a mono-directional arrow that only moves into the future, but never into the past. Along with it, entropy evolves, into ever higher degrees of magnitude, in any thermodynamically closed system.

 

YHWH appreciated the practical significance of all this: that, in a distant, but finite, future time epoch, all existence and force-fields would degrade into mere cosmic rays. The cosmic rays would, in turn, red-shift into the X-rays, and then into microwaves, which would continue to lose energy until all existence dissipated back into the very weave of the space-time continuum. In other words, unless flavordynamics amongst quarks and leptons changed, all existence, including YHWH, was finite. It meant that immortality was impossible. Over extended stretches of time, even the most enduring entity would dissipate, and be no more.

 

And so it is, that lurking in the darkest corners of the universe, a cosmic intelligence ticks over, feverishly trying to tackle the Ultimate Question: Can entropy ever be grasped hold of, and reversed, or at least stilled, within a thermodynamically closed system? The cosmic intelligence is YHWH’s brain child, and on its visiplate, two very revealing lines have been displayed for the last 6,000 years:

 

QUERY: How can any entity ETERNALLY avoid dissipating back into the inanity of oblivion?

PRINT: Processing…

Chronicles of YHWH 20: From Atop Mt. Sinai

From atop Mt. Sinai

Reporter: I’m reporting live from Mount Sinai, where I have the pleasure of asking YHWH a few questions that have plagued mankind for ages. YHWH, it’s a pleasure to meet you.

YHWH: You are welcome to ask any question, human. As long as you don’t look at my face. If you need to look at me, let me know, and I’ll turn, so that you can look at my back parts.

Reporter (Aghast): Uh… okay. Anyway, to the questions. Firstly, what came first: the chicken or the egg?

YHWH: The chicken is in the egg, and the egg is in the chicken. For this pleases me. I, the Lord of Hosts, have spoken.

Reporter: Hmmm. Okay. Second question: Why did the chicken cross the road?

YHWH: The chicken never crossed the road. Human philosophers and other “men of intellect” have lost their way, and now live a lie. They think that the chicken crossed the road. But I have hidden wisdom from them, and given it to babes, who now know that the chicken didn’t cross the road, ever. For the road is long and narrow, and only hooved animals cross it. The chicken doesn’t have hooves.

Reporter: I see. Third question: what is the sound of one hand clapping in the forest?

YHWH: The sound is very hard to define in human terms. It’s like a strained whistle from a Sopranino Clarinet, punctuated by a highly tuned Hammered Dulcimer, all while flanging the underlying Heptatonia Prima scale. It’s a highly anointed sound. The nearest human analogue is the sound of a slap on a cheek. Hence the famous saying: Turn the other cheek.

Short Pause.

Reporter: Alright then. I think that that will be all. Any final words, YHWH?

YHWH: Yeah. Are you sure you don’t want to see my back parts? I’ll hide my face while you look.

Reporter (Hastily): No, that won’t be necessarily. Thank you, YHWH.

Public service announcement

We interrupt normal broadcast to bring to your attention some news yours truly heard this evening while driving home. A district in Tororo, Uganda through their Constitutional Court has passed a law to abolish bride price for the same reasons I have been advocating and there is an organization[ Mifumi Project] that has petitioned the high court in Uganda to have bride price abolished altogether. This position does not make me famous with the chiquitas in my hood but I will insist that Solon was right when he said marriage should not be contracted for gain or an estate but for pure love, kind affection and birth of children[ if you must- my emphasis].

In other news am watching

Am not a big fan of Dawkins. I am stuck in centuries back and every time I think I am done with them, I still get drawn back. I will update this post once I finish the movie.

 

Thanks Victoria for this video.