the 10 commandments of atheists

I guess you have heard of the international contest where atheists were to offer modern alternatives to the famous Decalogue. A panel of judges selected what they felt were the ten winning entries. This post isn’t really about the creative exercise but about those theists like Ken Ham and others who seem angered that atheists could actually conceive of making commandments, the reserve of their god!

One would expect that since each entry has an explanation given by the author, the theist would at least read to understand but then it seems that is expecting too much.

The OP tells us these two

#9. There is no one right way to live.

#10. Leave the world a better place than you found it.

(non) commands are not only entirely baseless and indefensible on atheism, but are actually contradictory.

Our task here is to see whether this is the case. It has become apparent that most theists have the understanding of a roast potato. Atheism is a lack of belief in deities. To make it mean much more than this is to ask for too much and it will not hold. The statement that the above are indefensible in atheism is true not in the way intended by this theist but because atheism makes no claims.

The theist wants us to believe that the statement there is no one right way to live is a meaningless statement. But is it? What comes to mind is , is there one right way of being a christian? Is the asceticism the right one or is it being a monk, priest, nun or married? As there are different people and different interests, there cannot be any one right way to live.

To say live the world a better place doesn’t restrict you to one way of living. Struggle for freedom of expression in a place where this is prohibited leaves the world better than you found it especially if these fruits are achieved. There is no contradiction that ensues between 9 & 10 and if there is, kindly show me.

How such a creative exercise is reducible to

This sums up the entire exercise. Without God, there is no meaning and purpose to our existence. Without meaning and purpose, we can’t fail to reach out goal, and we can’t fulfill our purpose, because none exists.

is beyond my understanding. The theist having been fed by his pastor that he needs god to have meaning in his life and because he is unable to think for himself accepts this as a truth and lives his life with such belief. Anyone who doesn’t believe as he does is doing it wrong.

To argue that something is true because it appears in the buybull is to me evidence of how poorly one thinks. With such an argument, anything that appears in a book is true because it is written. How silly!

If he was trying his hand at ridicule, he failed, if at criticism he didn’t even make a dent. Atheists and any non believer has every right to creative endeavours, of which this was one. To throw tantrums at this is unreasonable.


Atheism and terrorism

If you are an atheist, you may have to reconsider your plans to travel to Saudi Arabia. The kingdom of Saudi Arabia has included in definition of terrorism

calling for atheist thought in any form, or calling into question the fundamentals of the Islamic religion on which this country is based”.

I sympathize with atheists in Saudi. If this isn’t an affront to freedom of thought, then I don’t know what is.

Meanwhile pope cuddles has said, or so I hear, that religions should not be ridiculed. That ridiculing someone’s faith is close to ridiculing his mother. Why should sincerely held beliefs not be open to ridicule and criticism? How can they be changed?