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.


Quotes: Day 4

As a caveat, before I share the next set of quotes, I need say am not sharing them so that you believe them, not in the very least! I know some of the thoughts he expresses have been superseded by time and for the non-believer like me, they appear to be cow dung. My aim is for us to have a glimpse of how members of how species have tried to answer the questions of why things are as they are. There are those who created gods, for which we suffer to date or rather, a great percentage of the planet’s population suffers under bondage and still a great number are exploited by pastors, priests and mullahs. The Buddha, and whoever his disciples were, developed a godless philosophy, a way of living that is earth bound, that asks us to live a good life just as Epicurus in his many writings advised that we live a good life, so that if there are gods, they will be proud of us or something to that effect. So take the quotes with a grain of salt and while at it, yours truly would like to hear your thoughts.

With that out of the way, below, is what can only be described as ten commandments.

  1. Kill not; but have regard for life
  2. steal not, neither do ye rob; but help everybody to be master of the fruits of his labour
  3. Abstain from impurity, and lead a life of chastity
  4. Lie not, but be truthful. Speak the truth with discretion, fearlessly and in a loving heart
  5. Invent not evil reports, neither do you repeat them, Carp not, but look for the good sides of your fellow-beings, so that ye may with sincerity defend them against their enemies
  6. Swear not, but speak decently and with dignity
  7. Waste not the time with gossip, but speak to the purpose or keep silence
  8. Covet not, nor envy, but rejoice at the fortunes of other people
  9. Cleanse your heart of malice and cherish no hatred, not even against your enemies but embrace all living beings with kindness
  10. Free your mind of ignorance and be anxious to learn the truth, especially in the one thing that is needful

The ten commandments 2.0

I would have preferred that we keep this till we get to the commandments later as we go along with our systematic bible study but I think since it does no harm to have an updated version of the commandments as conceptualized by the late C. Hitchens.

You are free to create your own version so that by the time we get there, you will have made enough contributions to this great human endeavour.