Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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Atheism Revisited

          Atheism is, in essence, Humanism.  Humanism is "an outlook or system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters. Humanist beliefs stress the potential value and goodness of human beings, emphasize common human needs, and seek solely rational ways of solving human problems"[1], man decides everything: but which man?  Humanism has been declared a religion.  Therefore we now have a religion where there is no authoritative basis for belief.

          "John Dewey described Humanism as our "common faith." Julian Huxley called it "Religion without Revelation." The first Humanist Manifesto spoke openly of Humanism as a religion. Many other Humanists could be cited who have acknowledged that Humanism is a religion. In fact, claiming that Humanism was "the new religion" was trendy for at least 100 years, perhaps beginning in 1875 with the publication of The Religion of Humanity by Octavius Brooks Frothingham (1822-1895), son of the distinguished Unitarian clergyman, Nathaniel Langdon Frothingham (1793-1870), pastor of the First Unitarian Church of Boston, 1815-1850. In the 1950's, Humanists sought and obtained tax-exempt status as religious organizations. Even the Supreme Court of the United States spoke in 1961 of Secular Humanism as a religion. It was a struggle to get atheism accepted as a religion, but it happened. From 1962-1980 this was not a controversial issue.

          But then Christians began to challenge the "establishment of religion" which Secular Humanism in public schools represented. They used the same tactic Atheists had used to challenge prayer and Bible reading under the "Establishment Clause" of the First Amendment. Now the ACLU is involved. Now the question is controversial. Now Secular Humanists have completely reversed their strategy, and claim that Humanism is not at all religious, but is "scientific"."[2]  God, on the other hand, is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

          In Atheism, every man gets to decide for himself what is moral, legal and legitimate because there are no absolutes. 

          Richard Dawkins is regarded as the most famous atheist in the world, but admitted he could not be sure that God does not exist.  He told the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, that he preferred to call himself an agnostic rather than an atheist.[3]  An agnostic is one who believes, within himself, 'I don't know, but it's not worth the effort to find out'.  Therefore, without a belief system, he sways whichever way the wind blows. 

          In atheism, because there is no God, there is no Creator.  Because there is no creator, one must necessarily believe in evolution.  Because there is no fact basis for evolution there is no basis for believing, and no basis for existence.  Therefore the old saying, " I think, therefore I am"[4] (in other words, "I am thinking, therefore I exist), applies to everything. Consequently since you think you are, you must also have thought up the world and everything in it; therefore you are the creator of your own world. 

          Because of the religious tolerance expressed in our founding documents, the non-religious are given the liberty to espouse and practice their unbelief.  However, the militant and most aggressively rampant atheistic activists try to undermine and destroy the foundations which give them their choice not to believe.  As with many  'animal species' the atheists are now in the position of biting the hand that feeds them.  I suppose this comes from their evolutionary hypothesis.

[1] Google
[2] http://vftonline.org/Patriarchy/definitions/humanism_religion.htm
[3] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9102740/Richard-Dawkins-I-cant-be-sure-God-does-not-exist.html
[4] René Descartes


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