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Post time 2006-11-8 18:52:12 |Display all floors
Originally posted by greendragon at 2006-11-8 15:29
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Researchers Crusade against American Fundamentalists

http://www.spiegel.de/international/spiegel/0,1518,444787,00.html

Researchers Crusade against American Fundamentalists
By Jörg Blech

In the United States, atheists are becoming an ostracized minority. But now evolutionary biologists are trying to turn the tables: According to their argument, religion is the source of evil. Morals and selflessness are not God-given - they are the result of evolution.
When Richard Dawkins, a zoologist at Oxford University, steps up to the altar he seems visibly pleased to see the pews in the church fully occupied. In the best Queen's English, he reads from his book: "The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully."

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At first his words are greeted with laughter, and then with resounding applause from his audience of 600. Despite the venue, the spectacle that took place last Thursday in the First Parish Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts was in fact the opposite of a religious service. Indeed, if the man delivering the sermon had his way, he would in fact be jettisoning religious faith altogether.

Richard Dawkins is a passionate believer in the theory of evolution, and he has written countless books in which he explains it to his millions of readers. Now, at the age of 65, Professor Dawkins is presenting his legacy to society in his latest book, titled "The God Delusion."

With the zeal of a scientist, Dawkins explains why "there almost certainly is no god" and calls upon the faithful to renounce their faith. "You can be an atheist," he tells his audience, "who is happy, balanced, moral and intellectually fulfilled."

The packed church in Cambridge (a frequent venue for authors reading from their works) isn't the only place where Dawkins' message is resonating with surprisingly large numbers of people. His broadsheet against religion strikes a nerve in an era characterized by conflict among the world's religions. The book has quickly shot up the bestseller lists in Great Britain, Canada and the United States. In the coming weeks, the author plans to embark on a book tour beginning on the American East Coast and ending in California.

A faith-based president

Professor Dawkins will have his work cut out for him as he traverses the country from the Atlantic to the Pacific. According to a recent survey conducted by Newsweek, 92 percent of Americans believe in one god. And historian Arthur Schlesinger is convinced that the presidency of George W. Bush is the "first faith-based administration in American history."

With God's help, Bush led his country into a disastrous war against Iraq. And the anti-American sentiments blossoming throughout the world are to a large extent attributable to the fact that many people are simply fed up with the stubborn and holier-than-thou attitudes of America's self-styled "born-again Christians."

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Hello, see the statement above Mr. Naga? It's THEIR god that cause a lot of miseries and casualties. if indeed THEIR god so almighty and powerful, THEIR god should prevent this, but it didn't. So why should we worship THEIR god?

Regarding why the people can accept... maybe the evangelist provide hamburger or coke for those who are willing to believe in them. Some of the evangelist here in China suggest that today's western military and economic supremacy is the work of their god, try to lure young souls to be with them. But with the defeat of Bush in mid-term election, seems their god won't support right wing nuts anymore, it's a pity.

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Post time 2006-11-10 18:00:30 |Display all floors

Reply #99 northwest's post

Amazing that you can figure out what Mr. Green is saying.

I can't make heads or tails of it.

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Post time 2006-11-10 21:47:28 |Display all floors
Originally posted by wchao37 at 2006-11-10 18:00
Amazing that you can figure out what Mr. Green is saying.




I'm just guessing. But the talks about monotheist god surround limited topic, it's all about blood, war, expanding influence, converting followers, revenge, jews supremacy, ethnic cleansing, invasion etc etc. It has nothing to do with benevolence, tolerance or harmony.

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Post time 2006-11-12 06:56:06 |Display all floors

Religion is a virus

The idea of religion seems to be a virus in the sense of a meme.   The definition of meme is a unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another.  Examples of memes are tunes, catch-phrases, clothes fashions, ways of making pots or of building arches.  Religion is not based on science or reason.

God is a delusion just like Santa Claus, the Easter bunny, angels, fairies, Mr. Right, and a Cheap Date.  These do not exist.

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Post time 2006-11-12 09:23:46 |Display all floors
Originally posted by alanw337 at 2006-11-11 04:56 PM
The idea of religion seems to be a virus in the sense of a meme.   The definition of meme is a unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by  ...


Imagine by John Lennon

Imagine there's no Heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one
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Imagine there is no religion....
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Post time 2006-11-12 14:51:22 |Display all floors
People the western God is real and all powerful!
We will all be judged in the last days.
The last days are coming soon so be prepared.

P.S.

There is only one God and none before or after him!

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Post time 2006-11-12 15:30:25 |Display all floors
Originally posted by hangul at 2006-11-12 14:51
People the western God is real and all powerful!
We will all be judged in the last days.
The last days are coming soon so be prepared.

P.S.

There is only one God and none before or after hi ...


?Western god? and then you say only one god? Where's the eastern god? What are your points? Contradict remarks.
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