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athgarvan

ATHEISM

Atheism seems to have taken over in Ireland. It is the thing to profess whether one understands what it means or not. This 'trendy' atheism, whose sole purpose is to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, is just as self-serving as any unbending religious doctrine.

Is atheism a benign force in history?
Is everything morally justified in the absence of gods?
Is atheism a religion?

Does atheism generally place its faith in some other absolute (be it humanism, the march of history, materialism, the economy, or even hedonism - cuius venter deus est)?

Both atheist and believer wants disease conquered, poverty banished, war eliminated. But is it Stephen Fry's 'manic God' or man's mismanagement of the earth is the cause of them in the first place?

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If I do not believe in an all-loving God why should I bother with anyone outside myself? Many, many, live that way in any case.

I'm a Catholic but I also reject the image of a male God. It is just handy to refer to a mystery by some name. It is those who, like Stephen Fry, do not believe who promote these weird notions of some old bearded gentleman in the sky who spends his time letting people in and out of pearly gates and doing nothing about little children with cancer.

What does 'spirit' mean outside the notion of God?
we have groups here in the US who still prefer the "old man in the sky image"


what does "god" mean outside of the usual judeo-christian context?

spirit can be that which animates - the life force -
which can be given an image - one that resonates with the believer

can an "all loving god" be the image for the impulse to aid - to want the good?

what if instead of "all loving god" one says the "life force" impels us to "encourage life and support the good"?
the result is the same

i am impressed that you have left the image of a male god!
it is still being used to restrict women

"what does "god" mean outside of the usual judeo-christian context?"

I think that some Eastern groups make a better effort at trying to enter into the mystery we call God than we Judeo-Christians do.

To me human life and spirit is merely a sharing in the Divine Life and Spirit.