11th November 2011

“There are perhaps more atheists created from the unwitting repulsion generated by religious zealots than the careful work of the devil himself.”

Darryl James

11 Responses to “11th November 2011”

  1. NatureofReality Says:

    Perhaps how all atheists are created.

  2. captainzero Says:

    Since the Devil, being as mythical as God, cannot claim to have created ANY atheists, you have no choice but to look for other reasons. If one considers oneself a theist, I’m not sure a revulsion with religious zealots is sufficient to make one an atheist. Rather, it might be a catalyst by which one examines that belief and finds it less impressive than one was taught as a child.

  3. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    I was created by my Mom and Dad not by unwitting repulsion generated by religious zealots or devils.

    I am repulsed by religious zealots but that is hardly unique to my atheism.

    I’m repulsed by feces, vomit, Porta-Potties, dirty bathrooms, pedophiles, people who haven’t bathed in a while, and a variety of filth ridden animals and insects in addition to religious zealots. All for the same reason and it has nothing to do with religion and devils.

    The reason I never shake the hand of a priest has nothing to do with religion.

    This presumption that atheism has something to do with religiosity is precisely what bugs atheists. I don’t like being associated with relgious types. It makes my skin crawl. Like hanging out with perverts, or other sociopaths. I think of religious people as being closer on the scale to sociopathic behavior and try to avoid them. I tell my kids to stay away from them. Religion is a sickness.

  4. R J Says:

    this is a dumb-assed quote. when persons come to an atheistic

    viewpoint, there is NEVER one SINGLE contributing factor…..

    and it is usually after some periods of examination,

    evaluation, and serious introspection.

    and i’ll say this too……………..if a person is “sitting on the

    fence” about atheism, no raving zealot is gonna pull them in,

    or push them away……and the only devils in this life are

    are the ones that walk upright ……… and speak.

  5. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Hey R j agree completely. Myself I was born, as we all are, atheist and then never had to suffer through the sociopathic indoctrination.

    So I’ve never been inflicted with the sickness of religion. Pure and natural just like the day I was born.

  6. Jeff Says:

    For me it was the deadly combination of communicant’s classes at age 12, and what my school teachers unwittingly told me was an outrageous IQ (173 was the recorded number, which I wasn’t supposed to know, but I could read upside down at 7). ANYHOW, that lead to some very pointed questions for my pastor, who couldn’t answer them to any level of satisfaction, and a decision to quit the church at age 15, something that disappointed my mother, quite literally, to her dying day. She was trying to rectify her “mistake” during our last conversation, less than 4 hours before she found out how wrong she’d been (or how right, though I seriously doubt it).

    I didn’t inflict it upon my son until after he was past the age of reason, (in his case that might have been about 2 and a half, but I held off until he went to high school in 9th grade). Due to circumstances, he had to go to private school for high school, and the best within my budgetary restrictions was a Jesuit school. They took their shot, and missed that target completely. However there are some consequences with which I’m not comfortable, but that’s a whole ‘nother kettle of fish.

  7. Jeff Says:

    Sinjin,

    From Yesterday’s comments: The Origin of Consciousness is out of print, but can still be order via Amazon. In fact, you can read the forward and afterward on-line at their site. Also, there has been some work done in the area since his death, and there are some interesting things being discovered, both in the archaeology, and the psychology. Google “Julian Jaynes” to get some links.

  8. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Jeff I did add the book to my Amazon Wishlist which I essentially use as my reading list. I get Chase points at Amazon and use them to make my book purchases essentially for free.

  9. Rj Says:

    sin………….

    what are “chase” points with Amazon ????????????????

  10. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Chase Visa as in the Amazon Chase Visa card. I buy everthing on the card and they give me bonus points.

    Amazon gets preloaded with the points so I can just buy what I want and I get a lot of stuff free. Mainly books by choice, but you can use them for anything.

    I pay the bill off monthly so I avoid interest and I’m also a Amazon Prime member so I get 2nd freight free. Sure beats going to the mall.

  11. R J Says:

    SIN……………

    YOU’VE GOT THAT RIGHT !!!! I HATE MALLS !!!!!

    thanks for the info !!!!!!!!!