Jesus Invented Radical Lifestyle Experimentation

by Frost on March 9, 2011

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Zen Buddhist March 20, 2011 at 7:26 pm

“I’ll stop being a militant atheist when there are no more militant Christians.”

Ha. Me Too. I’ll give up being a militant Buddhist when there are no more militant Christians trying to convert me.

NI March 10, 2011 at 5:47 pm

And I just realized I didn’t actually answer your question about why not hate the people who do bad things rather than the belief system that makes them do bad things. First of all, it’s not so much hate as self-defense; you don’t hate a black widow spider but neither do you want it in a position to do you harm.

And the answer to your question is that it’s religion that takes impressionable young children and turns them into monsters. Would some of them have the personality and temperament to have become monsters on their own? Perhaps. But religion at bare minimum greased the skids.

Frost, you claim to be a hard-nosed, unsentimental realist. Well, my position is the hard-nosed unsentimental position as it relates to religion. Sorry if you prefer this one sugar coated.

NI March 10, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Frost, because it’s a cost-benefit analysis: If you compare the good religion does (even before you factor in that you don’t need religion to do good) to the harm it does, it’s not even close. Given a choice, would you like to live in a heavily secular society like Denmark or France or Japan, or a heavily religious society like Iran or Sudan or Pakistan? And yes, there is a correlation.

And once you figure out that religion does way more harm than good, what exactly is the value in pretending anything else?

Mike March 10, 2011 at 4:37 pm

What’s up with the anti-masturbation trend on the young guys’ game blogs?

Masturbation is great, as looking at porn stimulated right hemisphere activities. Porn and masturbation are especially needed after a demanding day of using my “left brain.” I’ve also gone to the strip club for breaks when facing writer’s block or where my analytical skills are weak.

Richard Feynman used to work on his math problems at the strip club, and it makes sense.

Frost March 10, 2011 at 7:50 am

Thank you NI for proving my point. Why not reserve your hate for the people actually doing those things?

Neill, ever wonder how much more motivated you would be with 40 days of sexual frustration behind you? I don’t consider coffee, sleeping in, or the internet to be vices either, just interesting potential experiments.

NomadicNeill March 10, 2011 at 6:26 am

I’m concerned you consider sex a vice!

The Christian dogma has infiltrated your belief-system!

;)

NI March 10, 2011 at 6:07 am

Santa Claus doesn’t fly airplanes into buildings, doesn’t try to keep science from being taught in the schools, doesn’t start wars in the Middle East and doesn’t spread prejudice against gays. If religion were nothing more than charming mythology like Santa Claus I’m not sure even I would object. Oh, and Santa’s followers haven’t organized themselves to vote in candidates to make public policy based on what Santa would want.

jules March 9, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Paraphrasing Matt & Trey of South Park: I’d rather not be the asshole kid on the playground annoying everyone by running around explaining how Santa Clause doesn’t exist.

NI March 9, 2011 at 9:45 pm

I mostly agree with you except on one point: I’ll stop being a militant atheist when there are no more militant Christians. And if you think that makes me annoying, tough. Traditions like lent may have their value, but there’s no end to the harm done by religion.

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