On Sat, Sep 8, 2012 Jason Resch <jasonre...@gmail.com> wrote:
>You call yourself an atheist,
I do, but that's only because I also have the rather old fashioned belief
that words should mean something.
> which means you reject every notion of God, of any religion, does it not?
Apparently not. If we live in a world where words mean whatever Jason Resch
wants them to mean then I'm not sure if I'm a atheist or not. However I do
know that the idea of a omnipotent omniscient being who created the
universe is brain dead dumb. And I do know that I have never heard any
religion express a single deep idea that a scientist or mathematician
hadn't explained first and done so much much better. You tell me if that's
good enough to make me a atheist or not.
> you cannot simply reject the weakest idea, ignore the stronger ones,
That is just about the most ridiculous statement I have ever heard in my
life! The key to wisdom is to reject weak ideas and embrace strong ones
regardless of where they originated.
> rejecting the idea of Santa Clause won't make you an atheist
I am a Santa Clause atheist and you are a Thor atheist, and in fact you are
a atheist for nearly all of the thousands and thousands of Gods that the
Human race has created over the centuries, I just go one God further than
> In my post, I showed that the notion of God as eternal, immutable,
> unlimited, self-existent truth appears in many religions. Do you reject
> this concept of God?
No, I don't reject that true things are true, and I don't reject that a
being that was eternal and knew everything that was true would have
superpowers, and I don't reject that Superman in the comics had X ray
vision or that Harry Potter was good at magic. Perhaps you find this sort
of fantasy role-playing philosophically enlightening but I don't.
> I have studied some of the beliefs of other religions.
So have I and I've concluded that to a first approximation one religious
franchise is about as idiotic as another.
> I am showing the common themes: "self-existent" and "cause of existence"
Just saying that God caused Himself to exist without even giving a hint as
to how He managed to accomplish that interesting task is as vacuous as
saying the Universe cause itself to exist with no attempt at a explanation
of how it works.
>> The following sentence has identical informational content: "in the
>> beginning was stuff, and the stuff was with stuff, and stuff was stuff".
>> Funny ASCII characters do not make things more profound.
> > Logos is not a meaningless term,
Logos has more meanings than you can shake a stick at, none of them
profound; "Logos" can mean a reason or a speech or a word or a opinion or a
wish or a cause or a account or a explanation or many other things; when
religion says "in the beginning there was logos" it means "stuff"; but I do
admit that "logos" sounds cooler than "stuff" and is more impressive to the
> and therefore the above expresses a meaningful idea about the notion of
Yes, the sentence "at the beginning of stuff there was stuff" is not only
meaningful it is also without question true, its just not very deep. Oh
well, you got 2 out of 3.
> which is almost word-for-word identical to Keppler's quote below.
If God is geometry like Kepler thought then I'm not a atheist. If God is an
ashtray then I'm not a atheist either.
> mathematics is a form of theologh.
OK two can play this silly word game, theology is the study of the
> > Only a fool would say truth does not exist so with that definition God
>> certainly exists.
> > Ahh, so you are not an atheist after all.
In the English language I'm a atheist but In the Jasonresch language I am
not, the definition of "God" in that language is whatever it takes to be
able to say "I believe in God". The important thing is to be able to chant
those 4 words in your mantra, what the words actually mean is of only
> This is not re-inventing language to keep the ASCII letters "God", this
> concept of God has existed in Hinduism for thousands of years.
I might be impressed if only you had bothered to say what "this" is.
> I had quotes from religions texts saying that "The infinite truth is the
> source of Brahman",
So the Brahman has infinite truth because He is omniscient and He is
omniscient because He has infinite truth; and a black dog is a dog that is
black and a dog that is black is a black dog. This is the level of
profundity that I've come to expect from religion.
> and "Brahman is the totality of what exists".
If Brahman and Universe are synonyms then Brahman certainly exists, but I
am not impressed by the depth of Indian religious thought.
> This is Platonism before Plato, and not so easy to refute.
That is absolutely true, it would be very very difficult to refute that the
totality of existence exists; but I'm not sure that proves that the ancient
Indian philosophers were deep thinkers.
> Do you really see no connection at all between the notions of
> mathematical truth and some of the ideas found in these religions?
I think that saying "God is mathematics" does not help in the slightest
degree in figuring out how the world works and provides zero philosophical
value; although is sounds nice as long as you don't think about it.
> I see you ignored the names of God in Islam,
Names? What the hell difference would it make if God's name was Seymour
Butts or I P Daily?
> as well as the Sikh mantra, which are very clear on this. "There is one
> creator whose name is truth", and among Islam's names: "The Eternal,
> Immutable, Truth".
Do you really care what these jackasses sing in their mindless mantras? I
> Platonism is the most common viewpoint of modern mathematicians, and this
> leads to the existence of infinity.
OK, there is no largest integer. What does that have to do with a
omnipotent omniscient conscious being who created the universe?
> many religions already profess that God is the infinite:
Crossword puzzles are more fun than this sort of silly wordplay.
> "Everything that is", "Totality of Existence",
So everything is everything. Wake me up when religion says something
John K Clark
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