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I'll leave most of the rebuttal to your post in the capable hands of the brighter casual reader.
But this misconception did stand out among the others:
Quod scripsi, scripsi
I wasn't really raised in a religious household, which I consider myself fortunate for. So there was never any pressure as far as religion went. When I was young I did attend a Southern Baptist church for a few years, but only because I was "dating" a girl who attended. As soon as we broke up I stopped going. When I was 17 I joined the Church of Satan because I agree with a majority of their views on things. I've been a member ever since. To be honest, religion has never really had a huge role in my life, which I'm perfectly fine with.
Last edited by Dr_Patrick; 07-09-09 at 11:43 AM.
I sent the Church of Satan a proposed "promiscuity pledge" (to conflict with the Christian "virginity pledge") and they didn't like it.
Then you obviously haven't thought about it enough.Originally Posted by Oftencold
Humans are inherently social creatures, we do not do well on our own. As such, we can operate through enlightened self-interest, treating others as we want to be treated in the hopes that our actions will be reciprocated. That's the very basis of a society, a group of common-thinking people who agree on a common set of morals and actions. Why worry about some imaginary afterlife when you ought to be worrying about tomorrow?Internally I can justify all manner of violent acts for the "greater good." And without the idea of immortal life, I see no reason to be concerned about any particular pain I inflict on strangers, since at death it would be as though they never were. Any suffering would thereby be erased, present and past.
Man never needed "superior" guidance in the first place, religion has been used to control the weak-minded through appeals to an imaginary higher force. All morality comes from man, we came up with it, we refined it, we tested it and rejected the concepts that didn't work and embraced the ones that did. And some people attributed those human-created concepts to a deity and used it to attain earthly power over others as a self-appointed mouthpiece of this imaginary deity.Man will never "outgrow" the need for superior guidance. It's the nature of our beast
Time everyone grew up.
No religion for me, thanks