Posts Tagged ‘atheism’

It’s been two years since I finally admitted to myself that I was not struggling with doubt any more; I no longer believed in God. The creed below is what I can say with some confidence that I believe in today. I got a little silly with the language, and I did so on purpose, to help me remember to hold my new beliefs lightly.

Proposition 1: I believe that there is an objective reality; that what is, is; that a = a.

  • Clarification of the above Proposition: I believe that what is, is neither as good, as bad, or even as easily defined or comprehended as it first seems.
  • Corollary of the above Clarification: I believe that labels, like all nouns and symbols, are useful tools- if you remember they are not what actually is.
  • Addendum upon previous three statements: I believe that observation, experimentation, reason, and logic are the best tools we’ve yet found to learn what actually is.

Proposition 2: I believe that actions have consequences.

  • Corollary on Proposition 2: I believe that what we think, say, do, and choose matters.
  • Conclusion drawn from above Corollary and previous Clarification: What we think, say, do and choose matters, but rarely in the manner we expect or intend.
  • Corollary on above Conclusion and previous Addendum: We don’t really know what we’re doing, but that’s no reason not to do our best. Please refer to Corollary two statements previous.

Proposition 3: I believe that value is extrinsic.

  • Addendum on Proposition 3: I believe that we attribute value through ritual and sanctification (blessing, or intentionally making sacred/holy).
  • Corollary on Propostions 1 through 3: I believe that we create what meaning and purpose there is, and can, through changing our choices, change what meaning and purpose we create.
  • Addendum on above Corollary: I believe that empathy, introspection and reason are the best tools we’ve found yet for choosing what meaning and purpose to create, and that the ethic of reciprocity (popularly summarized as the Golden Rule) is the best starting point from which to employ our empathy, introspection and reason, with special attention paid to the resources we have to draw on and the needs which we can fill (including, but not limited to, our own).

Overly simplistic, yet still valid Conclusion drawn from everything said thus far in this creed (much to my pleasant surprise): I believe in love.

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The Emerson Avenger has re-written Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic, “I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General” to describe an Atheist Supremacist.

He’s asking for suggestions on improved lyrics. Anyone want to help him out?

While it’s on my mind, you might also enjoy, I am the very Master of the Modern Church Historical”, or (my personal favourite), “I am a very model of a Cartoon Individual” (links to a YouTube video).

Others have created/performed their own versions and presentations of this enjoyable melody.

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Wikipedia defines a coincidence as “the noteworthy alignment of two or more events or circumstances without obvious causal connection”. Sometimes, when faced with a coincidence, we may see a causal connection that is not actually there. Yesterday, I spent four hours cleaning my car- inside and out. Just as I was finishing and putting the floormats back inside the car, it began to rain. I could get the impression that washing my car caused it to rain (especially if it happened often, or I never listened to weather reports). I could further claim that scheduling picnics also causes it to rain, being in a hurry causes the photocopier to jam, and stepping into the shower causes the phone to ring. Instead, I see these things as events that coincide in time but are unrelated by any causal connection (one did not cause the other, nor were both caused by the same thing).

There is a tendency, in some Christian circles to look at coincidences and call them God-incidences, (more…)

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I found this comic today (click on the comic to find the site I found it on). I’ve been discussing things online as if I were an atheist (still not quite ready to admit I am one) for only a month, and this already looks painfully familiar.

Ecclesiastes 1: 9 What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun.

Edit: I wish I knew how to make that more easily readable for you.
April 20 Edit: Ha! Figured it out.

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So I’ve been reading various proposals on what people think they would find compelling enough to convince them, if they are atheists, to become theists, or, if they are theists, to become atheists.

I had been asked to think about this when I was getting my bachelor’s degree, and I couldn’t come up with a good answer. If I knew what would convince me to change my mind, I would have examined it to find out if it did change my mind. So, I just said, “I don’t know” and categorized the necessary information as that which I didn’t even know I didn’t know.

Pretend that made sense and go on.

Now, it seems, I’ve learned. What it took was (more…)

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