Open Letter To Religious Fundamentalists

17 03 2008

Hi, thanks for reading this. I am more than happy to answer any and all of your questions but because email is so easily misinterpreted I would like state up front that my answers are not intended to insult or offend you personally. If you’re especially devoted to your religion I probably will offend you so I’d like apologize up front for that.  Seriously.  I’m not really trying to make you angry but I recognize that it usually works out that way when people disagree on topics like this.

So you really don’t believe in God?
Simply put, no I don’t believe in God.  As there is no evidence anywhere for the existence of a God of any kind.  With that point made I also find it a highly suspect claim that Jesus was His son.  Furthermore, since the only book that proclaims Jesus’ divinity is full of racist, misogynistic, contradictory, and false claims I find it difficult to believe the Bible is comprised of writings inspired by a perfect and loving God.  That said, if you have anything that can prove the existence of God I’m always looking forward to hearing it.

Am I blasphemous?
If by blasphemous you mean to ask am I being impiously irreverent or lacking in proper respect? Probably, yes. I am trying to be more respectful and less sarcastic but I find little that is not intellectually respectable to believe in God given the complete lack of evidence for His existence. I am regularly surprised at the persistent belief in the Bible and other religious texts, in the face of growing scientific knowledge that shows large portions of scripture to be completely wrong.  We can discuss this point further if you’re really interested but you should be aware that scripture carries no weight with me unless it’s when I use it to illustrate how little weight it carries.

What about the afterlife? What harm could it do to believe in Him when there’s so much at stake?
Ah yes, Pascal’s Wager. Let’s believe in god because we have an overwhelming fear of death and desire to explain the yet unknown. There are almost too many problems with that tired argument but let’s just check the main problems off.

1) Just because the story of god and heaven is somehow comforting doesn’t make it true.

2) Which religion or God is the right one? There are so many to choose from and since a belief in a generic God isn’t good enough I somehow have to pick the right one.  I presume you have made your choice and you in turn believe all the others are false, but what if you accidentally picked the wrong one?  Unless you have some real evidence to support your decision you appear to be in the same basket as me.

But Atheisim offers no hope of an afterlife! You’re giving up so much
See Pascal’s Wager above.  Until you have some evidence to back up your claims that you’ve found the one true religion I will continue to operate on the assumption that we all have one life and would do well to live it to the fullest by sharing the most love and doing the most good while we can.

If you think religion is a fiction why do you spend so much time writing about it? Why not write about Harry Potter or Peter Pan?
This seems like an obvious question, but if I must explain…I write about religion versus other popular fiction because people are not making life and political decisions that effect me based on those other stories. People are being manipulated by religious dogma on a massive scale and being taught to suspend their critical faculties in the name of faith. It’s sad and terrifying to watch a nation like the US making medical research decisions and social policies based on the writings of people who thought the world was flat and that we were the center of the universe.

You atheists are so arrogant and closed minded. You think you have everything all figured out through science but you can’t entertain the theory that God exists.
The difference between atheists and the faithful is that atheists don’t pretend to “have everything all figured out”, we only assert that there is no evidence for god. The faithful, on the other hand, not only presume to know of the existence of God without any evidence but also presume to know what He wants.  Further irony lies in the “virtue of faith” where doubt and questions are discouraged and acceptance of church doctrine is encouraged because they already have everything all figured out for you.

There are thousands of Biblical scholars and theologians who use logic and common sense incorporated into their faith, maybe you should look into their teachings too.
I have read some of it and have been consistently unimpressed.  I know there are thousands of people working to rationalize away the innumerable contradictions in the Bible and the multitude of ways where science has found nature and the cosmos to be in direct conflict with Biblical teachings.  If the Bible or any other religious text was written by the inspiration of an all knowing and inerring God one could reasonably expect that this sort of rationalization would be unnecessary.  Sadly it is clearly necessary because God doesn’t exist to inspire any books.

In Closing
I invite you to question your faith and think for yourself.  What do you have to lose by being skeptical for a minute?


Super J.

Why Does Jesus Cry 100% Of The Time?

17 03 2008

Consider that approximately 95% of Americans claim to believe in some sort of God while the remaining 5% of Americans are openly atheistic. On that count atheists hardly make a daunting force to be reckoned with and yet the faithful paradoxically strike a besieged and defensive posture in the face of any secular challenge. Some will even go so far as to quote religious passages that anticipate the logical dismissal of their beliefs and extol the virtues of clinging to their articles of faith. This is especially perplexing since all these quotes prove is that the men who wrote the Bible (or Koran or whatever) recognized how unbelievable and preposterous their stories were so they proactively added a few clauses to make their followers either ignore the facts as temptations of the Devil or to try and make them feel good about defending the ridiculous.

So why would the faithful feel so beleaguered and threatened? Is it possible that their faith is so frail that they cannot suffer the reasoned challenges of 5% of the population when they have everyone else by their side? Not exactly. The number that has them feeling so defensive is not the 5% attributed to the number of atheists but the powerful number 100. It is far more upsetting for people of faith when 100% of real science, 100% of reasoned logic and 100% of all physical evidence has weighed in against their beliefs 100% of the time. Science, be it studies of evolution, biology, cosmology, geology, paleontology, etc., appears to have always conspired to call out the lie that is God. The faithful struggle daily to deny and distort the facts to suit their tattered articles of faith, but reality keeps pressing in and corrupting their delusions.

They pray to their Gods and some even beg him to bring his wrath upon all the wretched blasphemers. If that makes them feel better that’s fine, but they need to come to terms with the fact that they’re not really upset with atheists. What is leaving them feeling so assaulted at every turn are not the minority of heathens but the unanimous majority of ever accumulating new facts that persist in begging the truth…the truth that they are likely wasting their time and paying devout homage to absolutely nothing.