1. How Did You Become an Atheist?
a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how
devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived
by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If
there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that
will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”
Even if there is a god you can do what you want. Believers and non believers murder and rape. Fair secular justice is all we can aim for. Christian believers think those people are worthy of forgiveness solely for believing in Jesus.
We learn more about the Big Bang and the Cosmos everyday. I am open to learning more about all of that. Religion? not so much.
"Miracles are culturally accepted false beliefs."
Dawkins is an expert on evolutionary biology. I learned a lot from the "Selfish Gene"
Harris- fascinating information from his perspective on neurology. His book "Free Will" made me a more compassionate person.
We have evolved to patternistic thinking. We look for patterns even when they don't exist, our existential fears are comforted by the notion of a god so we look for notions of a deity to self soothe. Culturally we have also done this to solidify the group. It is pervasive and we indoctrinate our children to it before they even question. Its hard to go against that, so many don't even try, even though I would hazard to guess most harbor doubts.