Posts Tagged ‘atheism’

“How Should Atheism Be Taught?”

February 1, 2018

The endowment of the country’s first college chair for the study of the subject draws attention to the complexity of nonbelief in America today.

By ISABEL FATTAL 

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2018/01/how-should-atheism-be-taught/551885/

Paarsurrey comments:

I find following points interesting in the above article:

  1. 61 percentof “nones” said they believe in God
  2. When the New Atheism movement began, campus organizations such as the Secular Student Alliancestarted to grow in popularity, said Stephen LeDrew, a sociologist of secularism and atheism. After a while, though, many young people turned away due to what they perceived as the Islamophobia and misogyny of the New Atheist movement, a movement that they expected would align with progressive values. These kinds of concerns are compounded by the fact that self-identified atheists are disproportionately white, male, and highly educated when compared with the general public.
  3. “a philosophical approach to the world that emphasizes the methodologies of science, logic, and reason in facing up to questions of … how we should act in the world today,”
  4. Appignani was adamant that it is “strictly academic”; he said the point is that young people will now be “exposed” to the study of nonbelief and will “be able to choose” what they agree with—“and not be ostracized in the process.”https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2018/01/how-should-atheism-be-taught/551885/I

I agree with the point # 4 above that the students should have a chance to know about Atheism  and the Religion in the schools, colleges and the Universities before they are engaged in the pursuit of their active life and the professions .

 

 

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Indiana School District Sticks to Its Guns

January 29, 2018

“Indiana School District Sticks to Its Guns After Atheist Group Demands Pastor-Led Program Be Banned”

https://ijr.com/the-declaration/2018/01/1055313-indiana-school-district-sticks-to-its-guns-after-atheist-group-demands-pastor-led-program-be-banned/

 

Paarsurrey comments:

Instead of complaining against religious education the Atheism people should ask room for imparting their own no-creeds stance. They don’t have anything like that so they only insist on not giving any religious education. In a way it only acknowledges their failure of their viewpoint. Right, please?

Regards

“God does not exist” can be dismissed without evidence

December 9, 2017

Does one’s parents (father and mother) exist/existed? What evidence one sought of them when first time one got to know that they were/are one’s father and mother? At what age one got to know it, please?

Thread: ““God does not exist” can be dismissed without evidence “Debating Christianity and Religion Forum Index -> Philosophy

Post 1: 
Paarsurrey Wrote:


The assertion “God does not exist” can be dismissed without evidence 

“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
Christopher Hitchens

Right, please?

Regards

Post 4: 
Mr.X wrote:
What if someone gives their reasoning that God doesn’t exist?Also, by the same logic, the assertion “God DOES exist” can be dismissed without evidence

Paarsurrey wrote:

Does one’s parents (father and mother) exist/existed? What evidence one sought of them when first time one got to know that they were/are one’s father and mother? At what age one got to know it, please?

Regards

Status of women in ancient Atheism people’s civilizations

December 5, 2017

There existed no worthwhile Atheistic or Agnostic society in the ancient* in any large numbers. Had it been so?

I would like to know status of women in those cultures or civilizations. That is why sometimes I think that there was no worthwhile Atheist Agnostic culture anywhere in the world in the ancient times; might be no Atheist Agnostic existed in those times; and it might be simply a recent growth

Thread: “Status of women in ancient Atheism people’s civilizations Forum:Debating Christianity and Religion Forum Index -> Philosophy

Post 1:
Paarsurrey wrote:

There existed no worthwhile Atheistic or Agnostic society in the ancient* in any large numbers. Had it been so?

I would like to know status of women in those cultures or civilizations. That is why sometimes I think that there was no worthwhile Atheist Agnostic culture anywhere in the world in the ancient times; might be no Atheist Agnostic existed in those times; and it might be simply a recent growth. Right, please?
Please correct me if I am wrong.

Regards

___________
*Ancient:
In the Adam’s times
In the Noah’s times
In the Pre-Veda period
In the Vedic period
In the Post-Veda period
In the times of Buddha
In the times of Krishna
In the times of Moses
In the times of Zoroaster
In the times of Jesus
In the times of Socratess

Atheism- as a counter-reaction of the wrong creeds of Christianity

November 5, 2017

Later when people in the West realized the wrong concepts of Christianity they altogether denied G-d and started becoming atheists; a counter-reaction of the wrong creeds of Christianity.

Thread: “Atheists believe there is no God” “What a hoary canard it is
Debating Christianity and Religion Forum Index -> Science and Religion

Post 298: 

[Replying to post 295 by paarsurrey1]

Quote:
Atheism as admitted here by them is a position/no-position of ignorance, so in ignorance they see things topsy-turvy and in the whimsical ways …

D——s wrote:

I beg to differ. I was raised in a very Christian household and was saturated with the subject from birth until I left for college at age 18. It was Sunday school and the main service every Sunday morning, another service on Sunday night, then again on Wednesday night. We had two full weeks of “vacation bible school” in the summers, a week or so at a place called the Missionary Plantation Bible Camp in the mountains of NC each summer (where the first seed was planted in my head that something was seriously wrong with this whole idea), a prayer (“grace” or “the blessing’) before every meal, more religion in the boy scouts, and on and on and on. I think before it was all over I’d read the bible through twice, and I would not call myself ignorant of Christianity by age 18 … at least the Presbyterian/Baptist version prevalent throughout the U.S. southeast where I grew up. But there was nothing at all taught about other religions, other than that they were all “wrong.”‘

I eventually decided to study the different religions of the world, their origins and general beliefs, etc., and came to the conclusion that there is zero evidence for any of the thousands of gods that humans have invented in their heads over the millennia, including the Christian/Islam/Jewish flavor, or any other, having ever existed. These stories were mostly developed while humankind was scientifically illiterate and thus had no understanding of how nature worked, and gods were a convenient explanation at the time, and people in power came to realize that organized religion could be a useful tool for control of populations. So the various religions became entrenched and as has been pointed out on these forums many times most people adopt the religion of their parents or region as young children, and stay with it. Just look at a map of the distribution of religions:

http://www.religioustolerance.org/worldrel.htm

So it is not always ignorance that causes people to reject religions ideals … just the opposite. Simple analysis of the probability that any of them are actually true shows that the probabilities are so low that it is impossible to believe them.

paarsurrey1 wrote:

There is no compulsion to believe in Allah-the-One-True-God, he has given this option to every human being whether they believe in Him or not, and I am satisfied with it:

[76:1] In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful.
[76:2] There has certainly come upon man a period of time when he was not a thing spoken of.
[76:3] We have created man from a mingled sperm-drop that We might try him; so We made him hearing, seeing.
[76:4] We have shown him the Way*, whether he be grateful** or ungrateful^.
https://www.alislam.org/quran/search2/showChapter.php?ch=76&verse=0
*the right path
**he becomes a believer
^ or denies to become a believer
OOOO
There could be others who have subscribed to Atheism and then they left it, totally disgusted with it.

I believe in one’s example my sentence in the last post fits, if one doesn’t mind, please :

Quote:
Later when people in the West realized the wrong concepts of Christianity they altogether denied G-d and started becoming atheists; a counter-reaction of the wrong creeds of Christianity.

If I may ask one:
Did one study Quran from cover to cover, please.

Regards

Belief in the One-True-God is the default position

November 5, 2017

Belief in the One-True-God is the default position; when one is off this position or derailed from the right path due to different factors one could become believer in many gods or just an atheist, not believing any gods. 

Thread: “Atheists believe there is no God” What a hoary canard it is

Debating Christianity and Religion Forum Index -> Science and Religion

 

Post 295: 

[Replying to post 292 by paarsurrey1]

Quote:
Though Atheism is not supported by any reasonable and positive evidence. It is just a claim without a positive reason. Right, please?

b—–b wrote:

No, not right, thank you.
Atheism arises as a result of the failure of theists to support their position by what would be considered reasonable and positive evidence. It requires no reason itself as it is the natural default position.

It is my opinion that all religious belief is the result of upbringing. Even if some people don’t accept the beliefs of their parents and peers fully, the seed is still there to allow acceptance under the right conditions later on. But for those who do develop strong beliefs from an early age, there is no question that the evaluation of evidence played any part in it. The question of evidence comes into play much later when those people try to shore up their beliefs by retrofitting whatever they can muster and claim as supporting evidence.

paarsurrey1 wrote:

Welcome to the forum and this thread also.
Atheism as admitted here by them is a position/no-position of ignorance, so in ignorance they see things topsy-turvy and in the whimsical ways, nevertheless they are lovely people:

Belief in the One-True-God is the default position 

Belief in the One-True-God is the default position; when one is off this position or derailed from the right path due to different factors one could become believer in many gods or just an atheist, not believing any gods.

Example:

Jesus was a Jew and believed in the one true G-d; he expressed this in a very clear and straightforward terms.

Yet Paul invented Trinity and made Christians believe in it; and later there were some Christian denominations that worshiped Mary also making into four deities.

Later when people in the West realized the wrong concepts of Christianity they altogether denied G-d and started becoming atheists; a counter-reaction of the wrong creeds of Christianity.

Regards

November 2, 2017

Atheism is definitely a position and a negative one, but they deny it to avoid the burden of proof for it. They cannot give proofs, the same kind of proofs they demand from the believers, the only thing they do is to deride and ridicule the believers and their religions and put one religion against the other. Their position is position of DOUBT and uncertainty. I believe that they just leapt into the dark and they made darkness as their abode.

Thread: “Atheists believe there is no God”
What a hoary canard it is Debating Christianity and Religion Forum Index -> Science and Religion

 

Post 256: 

H———-a wrote:
[Replying to post 1 by T—–i]

I disagree that not believing in God is not to hold a position. Atheists hold the positions that there is “no God”, this IS a position and so is a belief with a burden of proof as much as the position to believe in God.

This is why I could never agree with the notion that Agnostics or Skeptics should be labeled as Atheists.

For a belief is defined by something we are CONVINCED by,. Agnostics and skeptics are NOT convinced, and so should not be labelled theists or atheists.

Its completely false to claim there can only be two positions, or that atheism hold no position, and after years debating with them as I was labelled to be one I found proof of this over and over.

I am not convinced by either argument, though I think the argument for God is stronger than the argument against God, and the argument against religion is stronger than the argument for religion. But to call me an atheist when I have not dismissed the idea of God is ridiculous, just like it would be to call me a theist just because I think the argument for theism is stronger. That does not mean that I am CONVINCED by the argument that God exist or the argument that God doesn’t exist. In fact I am not.

If you look Atheism up you will find that the Christian are right on this point.

Atheism: “atheism is the rejection of belief that any deities exist.”

Rejection: “the dismissing or refusing of a proposal, idea, etc. ”

Belief: “acceptance/confidence that something exists or is true, especially one without proof.”

See Websters dictionary and Wikipedia.

So Atheism is to DISMISS ACCEPTANCE of God existing. That is not what agnostics do, hence agnostics should not be labelled atheists. Further, to dismiss acceptance IS a position, just like it would be to reject a law or marriage proposal. A position can be both in favor and against.

If theism is a 1 and Atheism is a rejection of 1 (-1), that does not mean everything can be labelled simply in two categories of 1 and -1. There is also 0. And what about those who don’t believe in God, but KNOW there is a God? Yes for a atheist that argument is dismissed on faith without proof, for we don’t know if anyone know there is a God or not.


Quote:
Atheists hold the positions that there is “no God”, this IS a position and so is a belief with a burden of proof as much as the position to believe in God.

Paarsurrey wrote:

I agree with one that Atheism is definitely a position and a negative one, but they deny it to avoid the burden of proof for it. They cannot give proofs, the same kind of proofs they demand from the believers, the only thing they do is to deride and ridicule the believers and their religions and put one religion against the other. Their position is position of DOUBT and uncertainty. I believe that they just leapt into the dark and they made darkness as their abode. Nevertheless, it is their choice and they are entitled to it. If one could believe in Atheism without any evidence/proof why one cannot believe in One-True-God.
Regards

Is Atheism a superstition?

October 23, 2017

Thread: “Prayers for my child” Forum: Debating Christianity and Religion Forum Index -> Physical Fitness and Health

Post 8: 
Re: Prayers for my child

[Replying to post 7 by D———–t]

Quote:
Do religious people believe in ghosts or not? If not, then what sense do angels and demons make?

Paarsurrey wrote:

The Truthful religion has no teachings to believe in”ghosts” or to believe in myths or to have superstitious beliefs/no-beliefs.
Fors instance we don’t believe in Atheism as it is just superstitious to believe in notions that are neither supported by “Religion” nor by science. Right, please?

Regards

Further reading.

When God Goes Away, Superstition Takes His Place

Atheism is the position of ignorance.Is it?

October 12, 2017

https://debatingchristianity.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=889143#889143

Post 11: 
2——–d wrote:
To the best of my knowledge, there has been no experiment which data refutes the hypothesis that God exists. Or Zeus, for that matter.

R—-21 wrote:

Really? We can’t refute the hypotheses that a man throwing lightening bolts lives on top of Mount Olympus?

If we can refute the claims made by religious scripture then we can refute the deity it describes. The Greeks were not describing deities that actually existed. Maybe there is a god, but it clearly cannot be Zeus.

Similarly we can look at many of the claims made in the bible and see that they are not true. Some of the easiest are from the book of Genesis. We know that the creation story, the garden of Eden, Noah and the flood, the tower of Babel, Jonah and the great fish, and others are purely myths or legends. So if a supernatural god exists, it cannot be the one described in Genesis.

We can continue this exercise through other books of the bible or any other religious scripture to separate the wheat from the chaff. The further we go, the more gods get eliminated until only the truth remains.

R—-21 wrote:

Quote:
We can continue this exercise through other books of the bible or any other religious scripture to separate the wheat from the chaff. The further we go, the more gods get eliminated until only the truth remains.

Paarsurrey wrote:
Agreed,with Atheism admitting that their position is of ignorance, they are out of the probe about believing One-True-God until they open their hearts and minds for the probe with unprejudiced mindset. Of course, the Atheism people have a right to disbelieve, however irrational this may be, though.

The method suggested by one appeals to me and the next step is between the believers themselves to define and probe which God to believe who has truthful verities and absolute attributes that exist, are very manifest in the Universe, and we believe no rational, prudent and unprejudiced person could deny. Right, please?

Please correct me if I am wrong.
Anybody, please

Regards

Atheism is the position of ignorance.Is it?

October 10, 2017

https://debatingchristianity.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=888924#888924

Post 17:  “Science does not support Atheism, does it?”

[Replying to post 16 by W—m]

 

Paarsurrey wrote:
Is the position/no-position of Atheism people claiming it to be “default position”?:


W—m wrote:
Atheism is a position, not a ‘no position’.
As a position, it is one of ignorance in that ‘the default position of a new born is ignorance’. Not as in ‘atheism is ignorance.’The reasoning is that we are not born knowing that GOD does or doesn’t exist. We are born ignorant of such things. Such things are not contemplated, and in that, it is a neutral position.

Thus atheism is a neutral position and the default position of every new born


Quote from W—m:
Atheism is a position
As a position, it is one of ignorance

Paarsurrey wrote:
Thanks for agreeing, if I understood one correctly, that Atheism is the position of ignorance.

Though I don’t agree that a child is ignorant. A child is endowed with the seed of knowledge and learning that flowers forth as the child grows year after year to adulthood and beyond.
So, why ascribe a child with “ignorance”, please?
With due respect, I will like to state that it is perhaps the Atheism people who stick to ignorance all their lives?!
Please correct me if I am wrong. Right, please?

Regards

OOOOOOOOOO

Research:

Secret #3 The Absorbent Mind

It begins with a knowledge of his surroundings. How does the child assimilate his environment? He does it solely in virtue of one of those characteristics that we now know him to have. This is an intense and specialized sensitiveness in consequence of which the things about him awaken so much interest and so much enthusiasm that they become incorporated in his very existence . The child absorbs these impressions not with his mind but with his life itself.

~Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind

The child has a different relation to his environment from ours… the child absorbs it.  The things he sees are not just remembered; they form part of his soul.  He incarnates in himself all in the world about him that his eyes see and his ears hear. ~Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind.

“…if we compare our ability as adults to that of the child, it would require us sixty years of hard work to achieve what a child has achieved in these first three years.” ~Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind

“Impressions do not merely enter a child’s mind; they form it.” ~ Maria Montessori

https://archive.org/stream/absorbentmind031961mbp/absorbentmind031961mbp_djvu.txt

https://ami-global.org/montessori/montessori-quotes

  • Montessori, Maria (1948). The Discovery of the Child. Madras: Kalkshetra Publications Press.
  • Montessori, Maria (1949). The Absorbent Mind. Madras: Theosophical Publishing House.
  • Montessori, Maria (1914). Dr. Montessori’s Own Handbook. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company.
  • Montessori, Maria (1912). The Montessori Method. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company.
  • Montessori, Maria (1936). The Secret of Childhood. New York: Longmans, Green

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