A belief that they lack a belief,
while condemning your belief,
and pushing their “lack of belief”
on everyone else!
If you “lack a belief”, why would you have a need legislate law for a lack of belief?
Thousands of atheists gathering in DC for Reason Rally:
By Michael W. Chapman | June 2, 2016
Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University, and former psychiatrist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital who has studied transgenderism and sex-reassignment surgery for 40 years, said the condition is a “mental illness” and to enable it is equal to “collaborating with madness.”……….
Read More at: http://cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/johns-hopkins-psychiatrist-support-transgenderism-and-sex-change-surgery
There are only three possibilities that I can see:
1. Theism (belief that God exists).
2. Atheism (belief that God does not exist)
3. Agnosticism (I don’t know)
If atheism is defined as a “lack of belief” then one can NEVER make a positive claim of assertion that God does not exist, because that is a belief. Having no affirmative belief in something is not humanly possible unless one is never exposed to the concept. Once a person is exposed to a concept or idea a belief is automatically formed.
Matthew Lieberman, a psychologist at the University of California, seemed to demonstrate how beliefs help people’s brains categorize others and view objects as good or bad (which is a belief); and this done mostly unconsciously.
When Lieberman showed a group of people photographs of expressionless black faces, he found neurological triggers in the amygdala – the brain’s panic button. It was triggered in almost two-thirds of the subjects studied. There was no difference in the response between black and white people.
Lieberman said: “Even people who believe to their core that they do not have prejudices may still have negative associations that are not conscious.” This is a belief! Though I do not subscribe to the notion that the brain causes belief but instead the belief triggers the brains response.
Dr. Michael Shermer wrote: “We form our beliefs for a variety of subjective, personal, emotional, and psychological reasons in the context of environments created by family, friends, colleagues, culture, and society at large; after forming our beliefs we then defend, justify, and rationalize them with a host of intellectual reasons, cogent arguments, and rational explanations. Beliefs come first, explanations for beliefs follow.”
Atheism cannot be a “lack of belief”, after all they believe it don’t they? And that is self refuting.
In 2007 Atheist Sam Harris said “Atheism is not a philosophy, just as non-racism is not. It is not a worldview, though it is frequently portrayed as one.”(1) What a violation of the basic laws of logic! It is impossible to NOT have a worldview. Anyone that says they do not have a worldview has a perspective on what a worldview is and a belief of why they don’t have a worldview; which is in essence….a worldview!
So Sam Harris states a belief about atheism while denying any belief at all, but he clearly believes it!
At the same conference that Sam Harris attended, Richard Dawkins stated “Religion is not the root of all evil, but it gets in the way of [determining] how we got here and where we find ourselves. And that is an evil in itself.”
But doesn’t Dawkins reject the existence of moral good or evil? After all he did write “The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose [i.e. no God], no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference.” (2)
These are observable basic inconsistencies in the atheistic mind. I would call it Doctrinal problem inside the church of atheism.
- Matt Purple, CNSNews.com Correspondent,”Religion Must Be Destroyed, Atheist Alliance Declares”, October 03, 2007
- Richard Dawkins, “God’s Utility Function”, Scientific American, November 1995, p.85