Religion and Morality

April 13, 2010

The Ranting Boy” has something to say about that topic as some kind of answer to a question I posted earlier.

I think it’s a good read and should be checked out, if somebody is interested in that topic.

Oh, and he’s good with Photoshop, too.


I officially envy PZ Myers

April 11, 2010

Not only does that guy sport a beard that, looking at the rate my facial hair grows, I will not able to grow in a year, he also writes things that sometimes speak from my heart.

Because of my sparse knowledge of the beautiful english language (yes, I consider that language beautiful) I am not able to write down anything similar to his “Sunday Sacrilege” Text.

We do not have immortality, but that also means we can throw away the irrelevant crutches of god-belief. We’ve walked successfully without them — cast them away, stand as a proud human being and meet fate without the wishful delusions of faith. That’s why this thought is a sacrilege — it says that we have no need of priests or gods or persistent ghosthood, ideas that have only hobbled us.

Do yourself a favor and read the full text over at PZ Myers’ Pharyngula, it’s really good.

Dawkins and Hitchens are going to arrest the Pope! …. Not really

April 11, 2010

It’s in the News that Richard Dawkins and/or Christopher Hitchens are going to arrest the Pope because of him covering up child abuse years ago.

As it turns out, Dawkins never said something like that. It’s one more example that you shouldn’t believe everything that’s written in the Newspapers or Broadcast on TV, especially when said Media belongs to Rupert Murdoch.

Or, as PZ Myers put it:

You can’t trust a Murdoch Paper

One Question regarding the Bible still bugs me

April 9, 2010

As an Atheist, I am not one of the “enlightened” people and therefore, I ask for a little help.

Living in Germany as an Atheist is absolutely no big deal, because Atheism over here is quite normal. At least it’s nothing other people worry about. Tell an average christian that you’re an Atheist and the answer will be something between “Good for you” and “Why is that?”.

For example, we don’t have a real discussion about creationism here (yet), because at the moment,  creationism is regarded as completely wacky, even by Christians. If you show Videos of the Creationist Museum or of Ray Comfort explaining creation, people think of it as comedy.

But, fundamentalist groups are trying to accumulate more and more political power, which could be an issue in the future, because christian fundamentalism is not regarded as a threat.

I follow the discussion in the USA with growing interest. For me it’s nearly unbelievable that being an Atheist can become such a big deal there. You’re regarded as untrustworthy, just because you don’t believe in the same fairy tales or in no fairy tales at all. For a rational thinking being, it should be the other way around.

I always read about moral issues like, Atheists can not have moral standards because they don’t believe in god, by whom all moral standards have been implemented.

I personally believe that moral standards evolve with a society or within it. Not killing your fellow human gives a society an evolutionary advantage because it furthers stability of said society.
Not killing, stealing or raping is a good thing in itself, it doesn’t get “implemented” by a higher authority.

This leads me (finally) to my question:

How exactly does one derive his moral code from the Bible?

I haven’t yet found anything in it that is not universal in itself, e.g. killing and stealing.

What puzzles me is, that in the Bible, murder, rape or slavery is actually just behavior, at least if it happens in the name of God. God himself kills many, many people for even the slightest disobedience. Fathers give their daughters to rapists, commit incest or are willing to sacrifice their own son.

I know that Religion consists mainly of picking and choosing, but I am really interested how to find morality in a Book, where genocide, slavery, incest, murder is considered a good thing when it’s done the right way.

If you’re willing to help me find an answer to that question, please post a comment. Even Website links would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance for your help.

True Words about Creationists

April 8, 2010

For most of you it’s probably old stuff from the stone age of the discussion, but I don’t get tired watching this clip.
The Part about the Creationist Museum is both hilarious and sad, because it’s true.

Atheist Quote of the Day

April 8, 2010

“Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time.”
-Richard Dawkins

Twitter was “Without God”

April 8, 2010

One of the trending Topics, for a short time, was “Without God“, where people tweeted about their thoughts of a world without god. For an atheist, this should have read “Without Gods” because there are much more gods people believe in than just one.

But anyway, reading about peoples thoughts was mostly fun, sometimes enlightening and sometimes downright creepy, because many people wrote, that they are nothing without God or that they would be lost.

I cannot imagine how insecure someone must feel to say such a thing or how someone draws self-confidence from bronze age myths to overcome this insecurity.
Maybe that’s a Bible thing.