Sunday, June 25, 2006

Man-Made Invention Of Soothing Religious Ideas

Doug Tennapel:

“When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realised that the Lord doesn't work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.” -Emo Philips

Among the many ways atheists spin moral guilt, they could read the above and say we create a creator to help make sense of right and wrong, to invent meaning where there is none. But it would be just as easy to say that I could have a much easier journey through life if I invented a scenario where there was no Creator to feel accountable to.

It's not the Theist who is guilty of inventing moral systems to have a more self-assured life, it is the atheist who removes guilt by explaining away the existence of sin, morals or meaning.

My atheist pal and I debate an argue over the existence of God and he insists that it is evolutionarily beneficial for this upright ape to create stories about a God to keep the tribe in check etc.;

"In order that primeval men, or the ape-like progenitors of man, should become social, they must have acquired the same instinctive feelings, which impel other animals to live in a body... They would have felt uneasy when separated from their comrades, for whom they would have felt some degree of love; they would have warned each other of danger, and have given mutual aid in attack or defence. All this implies some degree of sympathy, fidelity and courage. Such social qualities... were no doubt acquired... through natural selection, aided by inherited habit. When two tribes... came into competition, if... the one tribe included a great number of courageous, sympathetic and faithful members, who were always ready to warn each other of danger, to aid and defend each other, this tribe would succeed better and conquer the other." -Descent of Man, Charles Darwin

So now I've got him because he's saying humans are inclined to make up B.S. stories that are beneficial to him. What about the atheist then? Do the rules of humanity that have entrapped every person of faith somehow not apply to these elite brainiacs? Genius Christians like St. Thomas Aquinas or C.S. Lewis are actually stupid and fall victim to this human problem but atheists like Shermer, Gould and Dawkins are able to tap into the actual truth and cannot be seduced by stories?

“Nearly all peoples have developed their own creation myth, and the Genesis story is just the one that happened to have been adopted by one particular tribe of Middle Eastern herders. It has no more special status than the belief of a particular West African tribe that the world was created from the excrement of ants.” - The Blind Watchmaker, Richard Dawkins

If anything, they have swallowed the ultimate story that a fallen man would much rather prefer, that something came from nothing without an Intelligent Agent, that morals evolved, that I can do what I want with no repurcussions in the after life, that I may make up my own morality based on fashion, personal preferences, cultural preferences, or whatever I say 'science' discovered.

“We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.” - Richard Dawkins

...and I go one god beyond Dawkins, the god of unguided, spontaneous generation of life.

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