Courage! Do Not Strive To Be Triumphant.

Courage is not the triumph over fear but what happens when we do what is right despite fear.

You can avoid fear by walking away.

Triumph is not defeating fear, rather it is ignoring it so that you can get on with what has to be done.

It can be said that doing what you need to when all around you tell you it is not possible is courage.

It can be said that courage is when all around you cannot see a way to accomplish what is needing done but you do it anyway.

Courage is the act of being insolent to your fears.

The word triumph is what those who were not there use.

A SYRIAN HORROR: WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT

myatheistlife:

Yeah, America has a gun problem alright. Just compare it to Syria. Please note that this macabre story is being promoted by self proclaimed Christians. You know, the 70 times 7 kind of Christian.

Warning warning warning but please look so you can be horrified at christian persecution. Nothing in there about inhumanity and doing something to stop it, just christian persecution. What a lovely way to put the atrocities. Murder, terrorist, persecution, horror, warning… please think of the children.

Did I miss anything? Oh yeah… god, god help us, god told them to do it, god god god, pray for us, pray to stop the religious extremists… pray pray pray… and pass the bullets.

Originally posted on These Christian Times:

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BEFORE YOU GO ANY FURTHER I ADVISE YOU THAT THE CONTENT YOU WILL READ AND VIEW IS VERY GRAPHIC. I LITERALLY CRIED WATCHING THIS HORROR. PLEASE BEFORE YOU CLICK ON THE LINK  BE AWARE THAT IT IS VERY GRAPHIC AND HAS CHILDREN THAT HAVE BEEN MURDERED BY SYRIAN PEACEFUL AL-QAEDA REBELS. I CANNOT FATHOM THE TRAGEDY BEHIND THIS. PLEASE VIEW WITH CAUTION IT IS VERY DISTURBING AND GRAPHIC. I WAS DEBATING PUTTING THIS ON HERE, BUT I WANTED PEOPLE TO KNOW WHAT WE ARE AGAINST. PLEASE FORGIVE ME IF YOU ARE DISTURB BY CONTENT. THIS IS WHO WE ARE SUPPORTING IN SYRIA. WHERE IS THE OUTCRY???  WHERE IS THE MEDIA OUTCRY OF A CHRISTIAN CHILD THAT  WAS BEHEADED. PLEASE WATCH WITH CAUTION AND FORGIVE ME. 

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Bad Thinking. Something From The Past

I found this half note/half post in the drafts. It was from before my hiatus so I can’t remember where it came from and I appear to not have made a note of that. I’m going to go with it anyway.

The thinker - Rodin

In defence of my position, let’s see how well I can speak to the points made by this blogger:

Since my Atheism Dilemma series of posts have been so popular, I have decided to continue writing more posts.  These posts exist to show the incoherence of atheism as a belief system.  In this post, I will focus on the Atheism Dilemma of Appeal to Assertion.

An Appeal to Assertion is a fallacy that entails a premise to be true just because it was stated and repeated.  Atheists are guilty of this fallacy.  They assert many things regarding God, Faith and Religion.  Here are a few and my response to them.

Assertion:  God is Imaginary
Many atheists claim that God is imaginary or exists solely in the imagination of the human person.  At first, the assertion seems coherent; God is invisible, no one can hear Him, see Him etc.  Kids have imaginary friends and these friends seem to have this characteristic of invisibility.  However, there is a problem with this assertion: proof.

Objection:
In order for this assertion that God is imaginary to be taken seriously, the one making the claim must provide evidence of this.  For God to be imaginary, God must be shown to exist in the synapses within the Thalamus and Neocortex.  To date, no such evidence of this exists.  Moreover, imaginative beings cannot affect the material world.  God as an imaginative being cannot heal, answer prayers or manifest Himself in the external world outside of the human brain as an agent that can manipulate matter.

There is a problem here. The first assertion made is that god is not imaginary. This is the assertion that all believers make by virtue of believing in a god. This assertion is unproven. I know that this sounds like a game of semantics but you can’t assert something and then ask me to prove you wrong if you offer no evidence. There is no reason to believe that gods are not imaginary. Of course they skip right over the fact that they have made the original assertion and in the objection goes on to state even more unsupported assertions. Pot, meet kettle.

Assertion:  God is a myth
Atheists assert that God is part of mythology.  While gods such as Zeus, Thor and the like are considered mythology, atheists include the God worshiped by monotheistic religions are part of mythology.  Jehovah, Yahweh, Allah, Jesus are all considered mythological beings.  The problem with this assertion is that there is no proof.

Objection:
In order for something to be considered mythology, it must have a human origin. Mythology is a collection of stories or apothegm that originate from an author or authors.  We know that mythological gods have an origin in specific authors and can classify them as such.  In order for God to be classified a myth, an author or authors must be present.  In other words, for God to be a myth, He must have His origin in human authorship.  No atheists have provided evidence that God was authored by a particular human author.

Here we see the blogger say that all other gods are myths, but the christian god is not. No proof or evidence is offered, simply the assertion that their god is real and not a myth. In the objection we find a really convoluted piece of reasoning. The problem is that we can show the books and have named the authors of the holy texts of monotheism. Even more damning is the fact that there is literally no physical evidence to support the first 5 books of the Judeo-Christian mythology. These religions, and by inference Islam, look exactly like myths.  While there was some help here and there, clearly the OT is based on the works of Jewish clerics and the NT is about half the work of Paul of Tarsus. I think that nails it down pretty tightly as being authored by humans.

Assertion:  Which God?  There are many Gods to choose from, they all cannot be right.
When theists mention God for a particular reason, atheists often respond: which God?  They do this in an attempt to equate God with other folk versions of gods.  This is done to present God as a deity competing with other deities.  The problem with this assertion is that there is a clear lack of comprehension between folk religion and revealed religion.

Objection:
While there are over 3,000 different designations and descriptions of gods in human society, this does not mean that God is automatically disqualified.  Man has always had belief in a supreme being or creator.  This is a common trait found in every culture throughout the globe.  We are even wired to have belief in God via the VMAT2 gene.  Throughout human history, man has attempted to define and classify this ultimate reality of a supreme being.  Man has used language with its limits in order to describe God.  Some defined God via their understanding of nature or natural phenomenon.  Others defined God via what is experienced in human life such as emotions, sex, pleasure, and so on.  These gods are all manifestations of the limited ability of man to describe the ultimate reality of God.  There is only one God and man in his limited capacity has tried to define him based on the limits of human experience and language.  The 3,000 + gods we know are how man has attempted to describe the one reality called God.

Here we get the ‘oh, but you’re not using my description of god’ bit. With over a million versions of god there is absolutely a reason to ask ‘which god’ or ‘what do you mean when you say god’. To assert that this is a fallacious assertion of some kind is just begging the question… what do you mean when you say god?
In the objection we get the fine print: all gods are just descriptions of the real god, which is apparently not describable. Quite how this blogger knows they are all descriptions of their god is left to our imagination. This blogger can know but the rest of humanity is sadly in the dark. They did mention ‘revelation’ so maybe their god spoke to them to tell them all the rest of us are wrong. Who  knows. Basically this boils down to the blogger saying that atheists can’t know anything about the blogger’s god because god is indescribable… yet the blogger knows somehow. This revelation things is tricky. It sets things up where you can’t tell them they are wrong because their god didn’t tell you, it told the blogger and nobody is allowed to argue with this because that is blasphemous.  The blogger also ‘knows’ that mankind has always had a belief in a supreme being or creator. It’s a dubious claim since writing was not invented for a very long time. Just the same humanity always had a belief that the Earth is flat and the Sun is perfect sphere and the universe revolved around the Earth — well, until science took hold. Now we know better. For someone wanting to point out fallacies, this blogger isn’t doing so good.
These are some examples of assertions made by atheists that are fallacious and said due to lack of education.  When one critically examines the assertion and compares them with facts, one will see how easy they are to refute.
Appealing to assertions may be a quick method to stump theists who are not well prepared in arguing logically; however, they backfire when cross-examined.  Atheism has another dilemma here that does damage to the claim that atheism adheres to logic and reason.  It is obvious that atheism possesses neither of these.
The last sentences just make my head hurt. This blogger made more assertions than they refuted? Apparently making unsupported assertions is because of poor education. I don’t know what to tell you on that one.
The problematic part of this blogger’s post that I like best – the assumption or assertion that atheism is a monolithic group, and well defined world view or something similar. Clearly they do not understand what the word atheism means or have gone to particularly great lengths to expound on what they think is wrong with what they perceive to be ‘atheism’.  In either case, atheism makes only one claim: there is no credible evidence to support belief in gods or the supernatural.
This is not the sum of those that support belief but it is a significant part.

Violence … Becomes … Us?

I’m quoting the entire post because it is short. It is from vindicius blog. We have always been violent. As Pinker says, violence is at an all time low. Look at the news around you and remember that this is the least violent this planet and species has ever been. One might argue that this is the most civilized we’ve ever been but I think there is room to argue on that point.

How much of the violence in the news is religiously oriented? Did gods make people do that? Does it matter, they use god as an excuse. Perhaps it was much more brutal, but when apes killed other apes over territory it was at least honest. Killing with divine sanction is just murder with an alibi that you’re following orders. Whose is not certain but none will argue much if you say god told  you to do it, that it’s god’s law you were enforcing. It’s a shame that gods won’t enforce their own laws so we can live in peace.

From 2001 A Space Oddessy - unknown credit

 

The Freedom to Kill

The illusion of gun violence is becoming quite annoying. We seem to be under the impression that it is only guns that kill our children, the neighbors down the street or the people in another country. We seem to think that a gun is by its nature a very bad thing. We seem to think these things because we are not thinking rationally, but overly emotional.

To illustrate my point: If someone were to place a gun on a table or surface of some sort, the gun would not randomly begin pointing at people and shooting at will. A baseball bat will not bludgeon to death anyone all by itself, nor will a knife begin slashing people by way of freewill. Bombs explode, but their parts will not arrange themselves in the order they are eventually found.

No, these are not weapons, but tools. And tools do not become weapons until they are placed in the hands of those who intend to use them as such. We have become (or worse, still are) a people who assess blame on the object of the crime and not on the person responsible. A trend does not illustrate truth, for the only trend in murder is the human being responsible for the act. It has been this way throughout our existence, though we seem to forget ourselves as the prime tool in need of repair.

I can call for mental-health reform all I want, though in the world of today we seem to distance our mental illnesses far from the reality of our troubled nature. Deep down we all have the freedom to kill, and that is certainly something to be afraid of. But so long as we ignore the darker side of our natures, we will forever drown ourselves in the depths of denial. And that is not a place where humanity can survive.

Is a gun really different than the bone in this picture? Does the tool change the problem? Should the gods have removed all the bones from the face of the earth? Would it have helped?

 

Did we become violent … or did violence become us?

 

What say you, my hairless ape cousins?

 

MAL

News That Doesn’t Suck

Believe it or not, there is good news in the world. Somewhere, someone is doing something to help someone else. It probably won’t make it onto Youtube or the local news so here is a bit of ‘some’ that you can enjoy

 

 

Let’s not forget that the world of science is diligently working to make life better for all of us animals.

 

God’s Motivational Squad

So many believer blogs put up these motivational things, like somehow this helps. For me it just brings up questions. Lets examine this:

 

I saw this one tonight with a nice calming picture:

You sin? God forgives. You worry? God’s in control. You’re empty? God restores. You’re alone? God is with you.

So my brain start expanding on this:

  • What if you got pregnant by your husband and neither of you want a child right this moment? What say you god? (god is in control?)
  • What if you just got shot by a nutjob with a gun? What say you god? (god is in control)
  • What if you just got told you have 6 weeks to live? What say you god? (god is with you?)
  • What if your child just got told they have 6 weeks to live? What say you god? (god is with you?)
  • What if you just learned of an earthquake that killed 7500 people where your family lives? What say you god? (god is in control?)
  • Oh, so your time share just got reduced to toothpicks by a hurricane? What say you god? (god restores?)
  • Ahh, your twin sister just was diagnosed with genetic based brain tumor? What say you god? (god is with you?)
  • Lost a limb in a car crash? What say you god? (god restores?)

These motivational things are so depressing.  They sound good at first but when you think about them it’s basically a very well decorated ‘screw you’ … That’s the kind of thing I don’t need.

The message here is that god is some kind of snake oil that cures everything, except there is no evidence that prayer has ever worked. There is no evidence that god ever stopped any of the bad stuff from happening to anyone. He just sits back and watches … apparently.

You’re much better off with good insurance. Yep, “gecko not god”. Wonder if that fits well on a bumper sticker?

 

For those not in the US, one insurance carrier uses a Gecko as it’s mascot/icon

Take That, Biblethumpers!

myatheistlife:

This is worth a reblog… a good smack down is a good smack down

Originally posted on The Embers of Justice:

Just found this on Have a Gay Day’s Facebook page.

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