CHARLESTON, SC—Reddit user dawkins_disciple_666 posted a long, meandering rant online Thursday wherein he argued that atheism is the only mature, rational position one can hold regarding the existence of God.
The 34-year-old Redditor was converted to atheism by a series of memes on the internet, sources discovered Thursday.
Jordon Peterson discusses why it’s easy to bash Christianity and why it doesn’t make you smart. Lively discussion of preserving not well explained heritage is important, the possible escaping the responsibilities that Christian lays on people, the meaning of sacrifice ancient and modern. He segues into the idea that idea of personal sacrifice to a benevolent God is a frightening concept. He finishes by saying the bashing of Christianity at the level of universities is a terrible thing. The level of cynicism is completely anti-humanity. Segement is about 10 minutes long and video starts at close to the beginning.
Def 1: A contingent being is a being such that if it exists, could have not-existed or could cease to exist.
Def 2: A necessary being (or non-contingent being) is a being such that if it exists, cannot not-exist (and therefore could not not-have-existed and cannot cease to exist).
Note: I use ground-reason essentially to do the work of the German Grund, a word which neither the English “ground” nor “reason” sufficiently captures in meaning, since it unites the sides of being and knowing, the ontological and the epistemological, in one.
Sy Garte discusses how raised as a red diaper baby, he over came his childhood indoctrination to embrace Christianity. His study of science in graduate school made him question the Markist/atheist beliefs his parents raised him with. You can listen to the entire interview here.
As philosopher Edward Feser has pointed out, some atheists are simply not intellectually serious. They may be very ignorant or uneducated, directly dishonest, deeply confused, ill-informed, willfully obtuse, ideologically dogmatic, or just plain stupid; the end result is the same: it is not possible or fruitful to have a serious, rational discussion about God with such people. Here are some red flags which will alert you that you are dealing with an intellectually dishonest or defective atheist: