Monday, 11 August 2008

Atheism - a new religion ashamed of being a religion

Remains of a tiny fraction of ~2,000,000 victims massacred by an atheist regime led by Pol Pot.
As most (if not all) of the Atheists I have met so far seem to have a real problem with semantics and accepting the fact that Atheism, like any other religion, is based on belief, I will follow Jesus's example and explain it using plain words (plus a pinch of elementary Logic).

Let us start...

When one asks a question "Does God exist?", one will get the following answers from the following different categories of people:

Theist: Yes.

Agnostic: I don't know.

Atheist: No.

Let p represent the statement "God does exist.". Here are the statements made by our actors:

Theist: p

Agnostic: p v ~p

Atheist: ~p

Agnostic's statement (p v ~p) is a tautology and, as such, is always true. The other two are not tautologies and, before any of them can become anything more than just a mere hypothesis, must be proven. Since neither Theist (p) or Atheist (~p) can prove their hypothesis, neither of them can be called a fact. Everyone who still maintains that one of these hypotheses is true, is nothing more, than a believer. This is an unquestionable fact and anyone who tries to fool you into thinking otherwise is denying the laws of Logic and, as such, should be called either a fool or a charlatan.

Q.E.D. ;)

Actually, let me share one more thing with you.  Here is a definition of religion by a titan of modern anthropology, professor Clifford Geertz, who studied religion and defined it as a "system of symbols which acts to establish powerful, pervasive, and long-lasting moods and motivations in men by formulating conceptions of a general order of existence and clothing these conceptions with such an aura of factuality that the moods and motivations seem uniquely realistic.".  Atheism, Buddhism, Christianity, Communism, Islam, Judaism - they all have something in common: each of them is a religion.  Two of them are different from the others in one respect though - the followers of those two usually do not like to admit that they are part of a religion… probably because religion is just opium for the masses and nowadays everyone wants to be special ;).

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