Eh "X doesn't hurt people, people hurt people" is a bit of a cop out. Just like with guns. Yes people start wars and hurt people and commit genocide. But religion helps. Kinda like guns and atomic bombs. Is a highly escalatory factor in most cases.
I’m not sure on what your argument is, if you’re making one..
I think it’s clear that most of you, at least the vast majority of those who took the time to reply, are in a similar situation as myself- ex religious people who started asking questions. This is fantastic news- when people start to logically assess the views given to them along with their birth certificate, reason prevails! Thank you to everyone who took part, it’s nice to interact with you all!
While Einstein may have been agnostic in some of his viewpoints, he certainly never believed in a personal god, as this article implies. And I can’t help but find it amusing that people who use the “something can’t come from nothing” argument are adamant in insisting that this argument does not apply to god himself, a being who would have to be immensely complicated and who either always existed or himself came from nothing, and then, to create the universe, had to create it from nothing. The belief in a god answers none of the “something can’t come from nothing” questions and in fact raises the level of complexity to the question immensely.
On the other hand, the answers proposed by quantum physics, barely hinted at in this article, explain the paradox far better than any proposed god could. Empty space is constantly creating particles and anti-particles, which violates no physical laws because the net energy of these particles is always zero. The current evidence that the universe is flat also gives credence to this idea, as it shows that the net energy of the universe is also exactly zero.
And to so derisively dismiss the multiple universe theory as an explanation for the “fine tuning”, I first must point out that the multiple universe theory was not brought forward because it “solved the fine tuning” problem, but because the mathematics of quantum physics demand it. And also, to suggest that 10 to the 500th universes does not explain why our universe was so finely tuned is just plain ignorance. Toss the dice enough times and you will get any result that you want. 10 the the 500th universes is a HELL of a lot of dice tosses.
And also for fine tuning, all that we can conclusively demonstrate as existing is life on an almost microscopically thin film on this one tiny rock orbiting an average star in an average location surrounding an average galaxy out of hundreds of billions of galaxies. It is easy to demonstrate that 99.999999999999% of the universe is uninhabitable to us, and that life cannot exist there. You would think that an all-powerful god really interested in creating life might have created a universe a bit more hospitable to it.
And I’m not even going to get into the question of the personal god Yahweh or the Christian faith that this man believes in. Even if one buys the BS arguments accepting that some kind of god must exist, it is easy to demonstrate that this god cannot be called YHWH. All of the factors that make YHWH unique, the 6 day creation, the Tower of Babel and the distribution of language, the flood, and the Exodus, have been conclusively disproven and make him no more credible than the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
So, who is playing make-believe? Certainly the person who wrote this article, who either doesn’t know or can’t even honestly present the actual science, and who thinks that the answers he thinks are obvious actually “answer” anything.
A lot more of you have replied to my post asking about you all, and your religious experiences. So far it seems pretty much the same as last time, people used to be religious but lost faith. As I said earlier, that’s a promising sign!
If anyone still feels like adding their experience, I’ll take another look tomorrow (I run on GMT, unlike everyone else running the blog) and will post a final update then. Bear in mind that, as a contributor, I can’t see any asks, so please use the input on the post!
Update: it seems some people are talking about the character limit, so if you’re wanting to write more than the box allows, put it in a reblog and I’ll read it there. Thanks!
(And if I forgot to mention you here and you’ve submitted something or promoted me, please tell me! I want to make sure you get the recognition you deserve for being so awesome.)
I’m reblogging this again for the exposure and to say that you’re welcome! It’s pretty awesome to be able to think that I was the first submission. :D Especially after seeing the popularity it’s been getting. :D Go follow this blog everyone!
i used to be catholic, but when i was ten my dad and granddad died in the same month, and people told me god had a plan and that's why it happened. and i still remember me thinking that i don't want to believe in a god whose plans required my two most beloved members of my family dying. that's what started it all, and now i'm an atheist.
After that little survey of our followers, it’s amazing to see that almost everyone who has replied so far was from a religious background. That’s actually a really exciting result, it bodes well for the future that people are thinking sceptically about the views they’re brought up with!