Started by cspanther, April 19, 2008, 01:27:45 AM
QuoteBut Dawkins is retarded too. I only see two logical beliefs (Dawkins is a shabby philosopher); there was no uncaused cause is my atheist conclusion; time is infinite. Or a Deist supernatural thing; that started this catastrophe we call "life". = me? my belief? plain and simple agnostic.
Quote from: "i_am_i"Atheists organizing to do what? To accomplish what? I always thought that being an atheist means that I'm on my own, with my own thoughts and my own way of living my life. So what would we do? Sit around and talk about how there's no such thing as god? It seems that it would be better for atheists to join community groups, to be involved in making people's lives better, to work to get food for hungry people for example. But I don't see any point in atheists getting together just for the purpose of getting together as atheists. Just because someone is an atheist doesn't mean that we'd have anything else in common. I mean, surely there are some Republican atheists out there.
Quote from: "Whitney"One thing most atheists tend to have in common other than disbelief in a god is a tendency to be open minded and more able to approach those with differing views in a civil manner. We are all human and, being so, have a natural tendency to want social connections. In my experience organizing freethought meetups and talking with fellow atheists in person is that we do have a lot in common while having our differences....just as you would find in any other social group. In my town there is a community of freethinkers called the North Texas Church of Freethought and they manage to get around 150 people (mostly atheist) to willingly attend monthly services. I'm currently in San Antonio for a Freethinker Conference and it is expected to have almost 200 people in attendance (maybe more, but then we might run into space issues). We had libertarians, democrats, and maybe even republicans all in the same room tonight (my hotel room...Squid was here too!!!) and the commonality of not being religious or theistic brought us together.We may not agree on everything and some atheists may be assholes; but we can find enough common ground to make a community that most can appreciate. After all, it tends to take a certain type of personality to be openly (or at least admitting it to yourself) atheist in the society most of us live in.
Quote from: "elliebean"Arrogance?I think you've missed the point a little.Many atheists feel very stongly about their atheism and/or hold it to be important to their identity. But I can't see most atheists seeing this as something that can closely identify them or create some kind of tie with anyone else. It just isn't enough in itself.
Quote from: "elliebean"That said, I think it's possible and worthwhile to organize as many of us as can be reached between those kinds of extremes, it just severely limits our numbers when one considers everything that must overlap for that to happen. At the very least, a certain amount of understanding is necessary between people who espouse different types of atheism, eg. strong, weak, etc. This forum seems to have made a good start at that.