Do you believe in God? If so, at some point in time, someone convinced you that God does exist. They used one of the ten arguments listed herein. How solid are these arguments and how do they stand up to basic science and reason?
Since the dawn of civilization there have been many arguments for the existence of God. Surprisingly, the vast majority of these arguments fall into the ten or so categories below. Not much has changed in the last 300+ years in terms of new claims or evidence. The same core arguments turn up again and again, often dressed in new clothes (such as “Intelligent Design” or invoking bits and pieces of “Quantum Theory” but they’re still the same arguments). How familiar are you with these?
“Nobody told me I had a clitoris. Nobody told me I was capable of having orgasms. For five years I was given “sex education”. It mostly consisted of periods and condoms. It didn’t talk about consent. It didn’t talk about the actual mechanics of sex, about arousal and lubrication and oscillation. It didn’t tell me a single thing about relationships and it didn’t tell me I had a clitoris. I only know now because of the internet. Nobody entrusted with my care and education has ever told me that the female orgasm exists, or about the parts of my anatomy necessary for it. I didn’t find my clitoris until I was eighteen, after six years of active sexuality. That makes me angry.”—
I’ve had librarians say to me, “People in my school don’t agree with homosexuality, so it’s difficult to have your book on the shelves.” Here’s the thing: Being gay is not an issue, it is an identity. It is not something that you can agree or disagree with. It is a fact, and must be defended and represented as a fact.
To use another part of my identity as an example: if someone said to me, “I’m sorry, but we can’t carry that book because it’s so Jewish and some people in my school don’t agree with Jewish culture,” I would protest until I reached my last gasp. Prohibiting gay books is just as abhorrent…
Discrimination is not a legitimate point of view. Silencing books silences the readers who need them most. And silencing these readers can have dire, tragic consequences. Never forget who these readers are. They are just as curious and anxious about life as any other teenager.
David Levithan, Supporting Gay Teen Literature
A couple of years ago I got involved in a letters-to-the-editor debate with a troll who was complaining the “gay and lesbian literature” section was too close to the young-adult fiction in the central library. He responded to my shoot-down by saying that I must be gay because why else would I be upset by his letter. Cool story, bro. Tell me more.
“Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.”—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (via delucazade)
“When I ask my students at the beginning of my Men and Masculinity course about “real men,” I get responses like, “real men aren’t afraid to show affection,” or “real men like to dance,” or “real men can cry in public and not care what anyone else thinks.” My students want to subvert the traditional “sturdy oak” model of masculinity. They mean well. But all they’re doing is swapping one unattainable ideal for another. Just as “real women have curves” delegitimizes countless slim women, “real men aren’t afraid to cry” shames those men who for any number of reasons are awkward about public displays of emotion. The contemporary “real man” ideal presents itself as inclusive, but it’s just another cultural straitjacket.”—Unknown (via lavender-labia)
something that i really find deplorable, and just all around disgusting, is thanking god for things. i’m not saying like, exclaiming “thank god!” which i do constantly, but actually attributing the hard work of others, or yourself to something so wildly ludicrous as a divine creator.
like. how dare you. i’m disgusted when people thank god for their awards or successes on television or in the news. what’s even worse is thanking god for something someone else had to do with. like. “thank god for all this good that is happening in our community!” or thank the hardworking community members who produce these public service for you to completely and unfairly attribute the actual good of the human spirit to the fairy tales you subscribe to help you cope with your cognitive incompetence.
not only is it incredibly unfair to incorrectly attribute their own, or others’ efforts, but its brutally selfish. how unfathomably self centered, and self righteous is it to think that of all the humans starving to death on earth, those without homes, those who have to worry about the bus they take being blown up because ofan entirely different religious problem, or those sold into sex slavery, that the omnipotent and benevolent god is worried about you? he’s omnipotent, right? he could solve all of the world’s problems (the world he created fraught with problems he designed) in the blink of an eye, but he’s focusing all his divine energy on you. this is behavior that is so morally despicable, i can describe no other course of action to be taken against them short of public hanging.
what. is wrong. with you? how dare you.
people say atheists are arrogant. they say we know all the answers, but what i think is arrogant is believing that something on the scale of the universe, made up of billions of galaxies, in turn made of billions of solar systems, each with their own separate number of planets, was made just for a well off, probably white american philistine.
Reblogging that last quote made me think of this —it’s a thing I wrote at the end of last May, about a week after I moved to New York City for a summer internship. I was so pissed off as I was writing it, and I still stand by everything:
There hasn’t been a single day when I’ve walked home this week and haven’t been catcalled at least once. For the first two days it was funny. By the third and fourth, it became expected.
Wait, expected? In what world is it okay to expect to be sexually harassed?
Yes, catcallers. Sexual harassment. You’re not being funny. You certainly aren’t being charming. There is nothing innocent about it.
What goes through the heads of these men? I don’t mean “I’m too good for them, so what are they thinking?” because, honestly, the guys in my age range are usually attractive. Until they open their mouths.
I’d like to give them the benefit of the doubt. I’d like to think that the thought process is something like, “My, that is a rather attractive young lady. I have taken an immediate fancy to her, and would like to get her attention. I’m going to approach her casually and strike up conversation.” But, because of some brain malfunction that’s attributed only to the Y chromosome, they accidentally say something like, “Yo, sexy! How you doin’?”
I figure it’s one of two options: A. They legitimately think that calling to a girl like she’s a dog will get them action or B. They like seeing young girls walking alone down the street look uncomfortable, because they think it’s funny.
There are so many things wrong with option B, so many ways that it contributes to the sexist attitudes of our current society, that I don’t even know where to start.
So don’t call me “Red.” Definitely don’t call me “white girl.” Let me walk the three minutes from the subway to my apartment in peace.
If, on the other hand, you’re actually an incredibly insecure boy who just doesn’t know how to handle a situation, here’s a tip. Walk up. Say “hello.” Ask my name. It’s not rocket science.
Thank you. Why is that even offensive. They’re colored people. White people are not colored people. If you don’t want that distinction to be made, then why is PERSON OF COLOR okay?
The reason is because “coloured” dehumanises the individual to nothing more than what their skin tone is. “Person of colour” reframes the individual’s identity and places emphasis on their personhood.
“Person of colour” is a PERSON who has a certain colour of skin, rather than “coloured” which is a certain skin colour who may or may not be a person.
ETA: There is, of course, also a long and racist history associated with “coloured” so that makes the word have awful and oppressive connotations (as opposed to the pure denotation of that word - which is how you are looking at it). Granted, those connotations are not immediately obvious if you didn’t know that information. But it comes down to the fact when someone says they find a term offensive and oppressive, you STOP USING THAT TERM AND YOU DON’T DEFEND THE FACT YOU USED IT and say things like “I stand by everything I said”.
If you didn’t know it was a slur, apologise for your ignorance and don’t do it again. Simple!
I have always wanted to ask this question, about the difference between “coloured people” and “people of color”, but I felt embarrassed by my own ignorance >_< I’m glad I know this now.
“You might say, “What a dreadful day,” without realizing that the cold, the wind, and the rain or whatever condition you react to are not dreadful. They are as they are. What is dreadful is your reaction, your inner resistance to it, and the emotion that is created by that resistance.”—Eckhart Tolle (via thelittlephilosopher)
a girl told me she was pro life yesterday. i told her she was wrong. she got mad at me and said she had a right to her opinion, and i said the human race had a right to throw her to the lions for treason against our species.
like, no, you’re dangerous, fringe, backwards beliefs aren’t protected by a fear of self induced shame should i attack them. i don’t respect your opinions because they’re your opinions. that’s such a dangerous argument. one of my best friends said that those certain arguments don’t exist because they’re “opinions,” and that they’re not facts, and that ethical relativism doesn’t make any one person right on a matter. fuck. that.
i’m not just talking about pro life issues, i’m talking about everything. religious beliefs, political beliefs, economic beliefs…these things are not so subjective. that just gives people the ability to believe that the earth is 5000 years old, and that our promiscuity can accurately measure our moral worth because of some conservative rhetoric they were fed by people who manipulate our system to disseminate their iron age philosophies to us because somewhere along the line democracy got mistaken for “your ignorance is just as good as my knowledge.”
we cannot be afraid to tell people when they’re so wrong. we must resist the urge to commit the faux pas of being rude on the basis of having the courage to enact social justice, and separate blind faith from verifiable fact. every day i’m reminded that people like rick santorum, kent hovind, pat robertson, sarah palin, and glenn beck exist, and believe in their heart of hearts that what they say is true. every day i’m shocked to be reminded that i have friends, old lovers, and relatives who think that the earth was created in less than seven days, around 5000 years ago. take a second to understand what that means. it means that despite the universe of data and research, they say “no, life did not evolve from a common ancestor over a period of three to four billion years ago, because despite the unfathomable amount of evidence, in genesis it says ‘in the beginning…,’ and you have to respect my belief.” i have (very, very few) friends and acquaintances that believe abortion is wrong, that it’s not a woman’s choice. they believe that having sex with someone you’re not committed to spending the rest of your life with is wrong. that if you have sex with more than one person over a short period of time, you’re an intrinsically bad human being. one friend of mine told me women ask to be raped because of the clothes they wear. some people believe that healthcare is not a right, but a privilege “earned” from “hard work.” my ex girlfriend’s dad tried to argue that non citizens, visiting or illegal, should not be given healthcare because they’re not citizens of the united states. he thinks we should abandon our duty to each other as human beings on the basis of nothing more arbitrary than what part of planet earth you were born on.
these, and many, many other dangerous, socially destructive views are enabled because it’s impolite to talk religion and politics. somewhere, somehow, the notion that if we believe something on no other basis that we believe it is true, our views, no matter how harmful, are free from criticism.
this is one of the most dangerous notions that could potentially destroy everything humanity has worked on thus far. it has enabled the GOP to become the most extreme, conspiracy ridden fringe party in our nation’s history, with a platform to potentially turn it’s radical and harmful ideology into public policy.
conservative and hateful rhetoric has had it’s voice because the double standard exists that we must respect their views, while keeping ours silent because they seem “offensive.” there is nothing more offensive than what our enemies espouse daily on radio, national t.v., and on the internet. so please, my followers, i implore you, next time someone says something crazy that advocates something fringe, and dangerous, such as pro life, religious aggression, slut shaming, racism, or any form of bigotry or intolerance, do NOT be afraid to tell them what a fool they are, and why.
Suppose the god of the bible does in fact exist… are Christians cowards?
Let me briefly qualify the reasoning behind my question. I see whether god does or does not exist as a separate issue from whether he is or is not worthy of worship. Yet there are some things which are practically unheard of. Such as anti-theist Christians.
It just so happens that god and the believer always see eye-to-eye. Logically this cannot be possible. Christians who believe in free will should agree, no? When was the last time you heard someone say god is a capricious, immoral monster… yet believes he exists?
How many Christians think god hates gays, but they themself do not have a problem with homosexuality? It seems that the Christians who do not have a problem with homosexuality tend to believe neither does god. And they tend to go to different churches or belong to a different denomination of Christianity with very different preachments and interpretations.
I will state my opinion up front. I believe that once you come to the conclusion that your god is immoral, you are no longer hindered by the dogmas which indoctrinate you. Once you oppose god you no longer need to make apologetic excuses and illogical rationalizations for your beliefs. And it doesn’t take long for you to thereafter lose your faith and realize it’s all bullshit.
Some Christians will say there is no such thing as an atheist, and that we are just acting as though there is no god so that we may defy him. But why the pretense? Pretending there isn’t a god won’t help us if there really is one. An omnipotent being would see right through that.
So, why are there no one who both disagrees with god AND believes he exists? Is a believer who disagrees with god too cowardly to admit it, or too fearful to not worship a god they believe to exist?
If god actually existed, wouldn’t there be a larger percentage of ‘believing non-worshippers’? If his existence were so obvious, and so undeniable, then those of us who are anti-theists would not necessarily be unbelievers. The lack of these sort of people suggests that either believers are all too afraid to stand against god, or is one further implication that he likely does not exist. Or possibly… both.
Ask your Christian friends. I have never used this before, but I think it is a strong common sense agrument. Let me know if you’ve ever made a similar argument, or if you use this, let me know how it works out.
This is one of many reasons I stopped PRAYING and starting DOING. Telling someone that an act of God was responsible for their loss, then expecting them to pray to that God for comfort seemed more than a little cruel. It only served as means of comforting myself…