Lazy Girl Posts Pt 2

So, do you believe in God?  This video will tell you why you shouldn't.  Watch it.  Or don't. But if you don't, Santa will know.  He knows who is naughty and who is nice. [youtube]GxA8_NIxQZc[/youtube]

  1. Wow. Interesting concept, but really flawed. It has apparently never occurred to the narrator/filmmaker to understand that, while there may be 4 billion people who are not Christians, most of them are adherents to some religion or another, and they equally view atheists as being inside their own “bubble of delusion” – people who are so blind to the obvious that they cannot see that this world, with its amazing sense of order, could not possibly have evolved by mere chance; nor could man possibly exist as such a reflective, sentient creature by mere natural evolution alone. The Christian, Muslim, Jew, or Mormon could just as equally ask the atheist to come out of his bubble.

    Additionally, other assertions or implications are made which are wide open to dispute. One that caught my eye especially (there are quite a few others) is that rationality is seen in this film as a virtue which ought to be more prized than any other. It can be argued that the “irrational” altruistic qualities which spring from religious beliefs (“Do unto others as you would have done unto you”, “Love thy neighbor as thyself”, etc., all of which go against the grain of rational self-preservation) are at the very least the equal, if not the better, of pure rationality.

    February 2nd, 2007 at 3:51 am
  2. Im sorry I can’t understand what you said with the Pope’s dick in your mouth.

    D Wallz
    February 2nd, 2007 at 11:16 am
  3. Regarding Tim’s comment on altruism: I’m not sure the golden rule necessarily necessarily counts as altruism, and I’m not sure altruism is irrational. If you believe that you should “love thy neighbor as thyself” because it is what god wants, and you wish to be rewarded in heaven or avoid punishment in hell, that’s hardly altruism. On the other hand, a rational person might decide to “do unto others” for a number of perfectly legitimate reasons.

    A rational person might even decide to act altruistically despite evidence that it doesn’t work or it doesn’t benefit them at all. The difference, I suppose is that they will admit it to themselves and others, rather than being dogmatic.

    February 2nd, 2007 at 10:25 pm

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