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Thread #150459   Message #3539789
Posted By: GUEST,Musket shiny and veiny
20-Jul-13 - 02:19 PM
Thread Name: BS: Reflections on Religion and Atheism
Subject: RE: BS: Reflections on Religion and Atheism
Aye, you see, you get it. Some fail to see the technical difference. Not all people who don't have a view would like to be lumped with x whilst x can have many reasons for dismissing a religion, but indifference isn't one of them.

I seem to notice that not having faith is seen by some as denial. It isn't. It means you don't go to a church, mosque, temple etc any more than you collect pocket watches, watch soap operas or play cricket for your local village.

I am not in denial about not indulging in bell ringing or heli skiing, but my responsible adult gets a kick out of both. I don't say that non guitarists are in instrumental denial or if you don't drink beer, there is something wrong with you.

The more religious people get curious about indifference, the more I feel like provoking them. I suppose if you are brainwashed into thinking a myth has substance, you feel the need to give people a chance to share your delusion. It isn't always helpful.

There is no reason to suppose there is anything in religion, no reason to conform other than the need for religious organisations wishing to have control over you and no reason why intelligent people should fall for thanking a myth for the good things whilst waffling away reasons for the bad things. If I were to accept a God, I would accept he killed those school children in India the other day. He is responsible for the busy mortuary close to my office, for the disappointment that drives many to suicide... Luckily, I fail to see how he could exist. He'd be a bit of a bastard lately if he did....

There is a good side. Most people who express a faith and attend services can differentiate between belief and belief. It's just the dodgy ones riding on their respectability and good will that need questioning. (Not to mention their apologists.)