Isn't anyone going to defend the wonderful virtues of atheism? I mean it cost you your whole brain to believe in this stuff. That's a pretty big price. The least you could do is explain how it would be good for me and others. Won't anyone please describe the goodness of it?
Perry, this whole article is sad to me. It really is. I would say the goodness of atheism (which is a lack of belief in god due to a lack of evidence) lies in its roots of intellectual honesty. No one is disallowing the possibility of god/higher power.
Perry, the minute you are able to produce evidence for your beliefs and the existence of your god, I make you a promise, I will believe as you do. Once I have the evidence. Testable, and verifiable evidence.
Until then, count me in the atheist's corner in this discussion.
The problems with an atheist/theist argument like this is the parameter, metrics, and standards of evidence in play. Clearly in this case, we are not debating evidence, but defending a set of untestable beliefs while attacking anothers lack of belief.
Perry, it will always be your perrogative to believe in Jesus, his ransom sacrifice and the New Covenant. You have also in earlier posts described "personal" contact you ascribe to your god. And, it is also your perrogative to bring up subjects like this in the context you have chosen. In all of this, I have zero desire to dissuade you, thought I vigorously believe you are wrong.
I say that to be somewhat concilliatory. Yet, at the same time, just because you say it, doesn't mean its true. Atheists are not cult like, and do not suffer from cognitive dissonance. Sorry....
On this and another thread you have started, you maintain that Atheists suffer from Cognitive Dissonance and are cult like. To charecterize your statements could be rude, so I will simply say that this premise is wrong and discredited. You personally might disagree with atheists, as I do you. But I don't call your beliefs cultic, because they aren't. They are simply your beliefs.
What is somewhat amusing is how you have attempted to tie loose scientific and psychological tenents to your efforts to prove your god exists. I will let the reader judge for themselves that atheists, who have no physical evidence of Jesus as god (I specifically use your god in this) are as you maintain, refusing to see and worship Jesus because they refuse to consider the evidence.
Without real evidence, there can be no cognitive dissonance, no matter what definition any of us here uses. So I will leave off by saying, if I am a cultic non believer suffering from cognitive dissonance, what evidence would you have me consider? And does the evidence that you present, does it have a personality attached to it? Could another religion/god claim it as easily as "Jesus" could?
I actually don't expect you to answer this, as it appears you have set off a buzzhive. You can only answer so many questions, I understand that. I perceive that, in my opinion, you are attacking the atheist position because you feel you should. I know many Christians, (non JW's) who would totally disagree with your premise. That should be noted.
I personally reject your premise, because your data is neither testable or verifiable. Nonetheless, I acknowledge and celebrate your right to believe that all atheists are cultic.