Departing the Vacuousness
Started by Red_Cloud, September 23, 2019, 06:40:16 PM
Quote from: Icarus on September 24, 2019, 12:26:28 AMMost of we skeptics have a mind set that requires solid evidence that is capable of supporting extraordinary claims. We have so little evidence to support claims of a christian God, Allah, ghosts, infallibility of the pope, or other pies in the sky that we have no need or desire to believe. There must be some reasons for entertaining a strong belief. In the case of Christianity, for example, Its' development and perpetration was in large part the work of the likes of leaders such as Emperor Constantine i or Augustas. The mass adoption and enforcement of a prescribed religion was a useful peacekeeping mechanism for the Roman Hierarchy. The boundaries of Rome were enormous and required much gold to finance the Roman armies that kept the far reaching tribes from mischief. Save the gold. To unite all those souls with a belief that they would be condemned to hell if they did not behave, was an effective tool. Mahayanna Buddhisms response was to create a god, a savior, and a heaven. Most people wanted to achieve nirvana but they wanted comfort in the here and now, along with the prospect of paradise to come. Siddhartha Gautama, the man, became Buddha the trinitarian god. He had to die so that he could be reborn as the Buddha. Sounds like he might have been a craven hustler or a deranged nut case to me. It did work out well enough to provide some ethereal comfort for the believers.
Quote from: Red_Cloud on September 23, 2019, 06:40:16 PMMy question is:- Can the Atheist believe in ghosts, out-of-body experiences, near-death experiences, astrological readings, palm readings, the crystal ball, etc., and still call himself/herself an atheist?