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#1    dougeaton

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 01:57 PM

I am an agnostic, and am often amazed at how atheist will accuse xians as well as theist in general of believing in an afterlife because of some kind of self centeredness.  Is this true?  I would think that belief in some god is based on what someone actually thinks as truth.  Many leave both camps, theist and atheist and accept a different view.

I think that atheism can be just as self centered......since each atheist is his or her own god, there is no higher authority, well unless it is some form of secular goverment.  I often think that no afterlife is a blessing=== since I am not sure I want to face myself at death, or god, or some kind of reward or punishment.

I think both atheism and theism are irrational, since neither can be proven, though I also believe that it is not irrational to believe either way.  Science and logic and rational thought have limits I believe and anyone who says differently will have to get rid of many beliefs....since what gives our lives meaning has more to do with metaphycial beliefs.

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Edited by dougeaton, 02 October 2012 - 01:58 PM.

If you must have  finale absolute answers, then become an  hard nosed atheist or a fundie of any religion, both seem to be black and white thinkers, and have only contempt for those who think differently.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 02:02 PM

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 02:06 PM

I'm atheist but I am by no means selfish or self-centered. I find myself to be part of society, a tangled web of views and opinions and different beliefs. I have mine that I share but I don't try to force them unless evidence has shown it to be true. My atheism isn't one of those 'facts'. I find myself ruled by emotion, even though they're chemical by nature, I cannot rationalize them into a concrete and logical explanation, I ride them out and don't try to control them. Other people's emotions are also another thing I feel controlled by, they express theirs and in response I feel likewise or differently. In short, I'm an atheist of the people, I feel that emotion is all we have and all we need along with knowledge and logic.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 02:12 PM

View Postdougeaton, on 02 October 2012 - 01:57 PM, said:

I think that atheism can be just as self centered......since each atheist is his or her own god,

I am not divine to myself.

View Postdougeaton, on 02 October 2012 - 01:57 PM, said:

there is no higher authority, well unless it is some form of secular goverment.

How is that self-centered?

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 02:14 PM

View Postdougeaton, on 02 October 2012 - 01:57 PM, said:

I think that atheism can be just as self centered......since each atheist is his or her own god, there is no higher authority, well unless it is some form of secular goverment.  I often think that no afterlife is a blessing=== since I am not sure I want to face myself at death, or god, or some kind of reward or punishment.
Do you have any real examples of this, or is this just what you think?


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Posted 02 October 2012 - 02:15 PM

My disbelief in a deity doesn't even effect my day to day life. It's just something that I don't bother with.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 02:21 PM

View Postdougeaton, on 02 October 2012 - 01:57 PM, said:

I am an agnostic, and am often amazed at how atheist will accuse xians as well as theist in general of believing in an afterlife because of some kind of self centeredness.  Is this true?  

More like Christians are afraid of death without an afterlife. Heaven is their security blanket.

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I would think that belief in some god is based on what someone actually thinks as truth.  Many leave both camps, theist and atheist and accept a different view.

And many don't.......not without facts and such......but these facts get in the way for a lot of theists.

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I think that atheism can be just as self centered......since each atheist is his or her own god, there is no higher authority, well unless it is some form of secular goverment.  I often think that no afterlife is a blessing=== since I am not sure I want to face myself at death, or god, or some kind of reward or punishment.

Ah, your usual attack on atheists.....we are not our own gods! Don't let anyone tell you otherwise....

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I think both atheism and theism are irrational, since neither can be proven, though I also believe that it is not irrational to believe either way.  Science and logic and rational thought have limits I believe and anyone who says differently will have to get rid of many beliefs....since what gives our lives meaning has more to do with metaphycial beliefs.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 02:26 PM

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I love people think that atheism is something that we actively participate in or reference when making any decision  I don't think that most people realize that atheists are the same as everyone else, we just believe in one less god.
Is your life defined by your disbelief in Thor? Or Zeus? Do you preface any decision you make with "Well, I don't believe in Ra, so...".

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 02:30 PM

I'm not my own god. A disbelief in god means i don't believe in any god of any kind. I answer to human authority just as much as the next person. I don't think I'm better than everyone else because I'm atheist. Maybe you should get to know a few atheists personally before you make these claims. I have Christian friends, and we're fine with each other. They don't try to force their beliefs on me and I don't force mine on them. Only time I retaliate is when I am being attacked.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 02:43 PM

I find agnostics to be wishy washy, that's okay to say, since people generalize atheists as self-centered and theists to be irrational, right?

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 02:43 PM

Making generalizations about athiests is like saying all snowflakes are the same.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 02:47 PM

View PostThe Mule, on 02 October 2012 - 02:43 PM, said:

Making generalizations about athiests is like saying all snowflakes are the same.

Quite correct. I have many friends who are religious. One in particular is very, very religious. Her and I get along just fine. Even when we get drunk and discuss religion...

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 03:00 PM

My goodness I found the idea in the OP strange...

I'm an atheist.  I LACK a belief in a deities.  If evidence (verifiable and testable) shows up, I change my stance but right now - atheist.

As for escaping reality...no, not even a little bit.  In fact, I would say the opposite.  

I don't get a mystical second chance for forgiveness by asking.  I have to earn that myself from whomever I wronged.  
I don't get a mystical get out of jail card for doing something wrong by asking.  I'm punished right here for that.
There is no mystical magical haven for me for living a good life and doing good things.  I do good things because I want the world to be better and the only reward I get is from myself.
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I'd say that many atheists face reality head on.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 03:08 PM

Followers of a certain religion share the commonality of shared but unverifiable belief in specific supernatural 'forces'.

Theists often fall into the mistaken belief that they can 'pigeonhole' atheists becuase of their lack of belief simply because we have a word to describe people who "don't believe".


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Posted 02 October 2012 - 03:28 PM

View PostHasina, on 02 October 2012 - 02:06 PM, said:

I'm atheist but I am by no means selfish or self-centered. I find myself to be part of society, a tangled web of views and opinions and different beliefs. I have mine that I share but I don't try to force them unless evidence has shown it to be true. My atheism isn't one of those 'facts'. I find myself ruled by emotion, even though they're chemical by nature, I cannot rationalize them into a concrete and logical explanation, I ride them out and don't try to control them. Other people's emotions are also another thing I feel controlled by, they express theirs and in response I feel likewise or differently. In short, I'm an atheist of the people, I feel that emotion is all we have and all we need along with knowledge and logic.

This is a very good and interesting response, and unique.

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