1st November 2008

“I'm an atheist, and that's it. I believe there's nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for people.”

Katharine Hepburn1907 – 2003

6 Responses to “1st November 2008”

  1. Oxymoronic Christhinker Says:

    And I’m a theist, believe there are some things we can know, other things in which we can have faith, and, yes, “that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for peopleā€ whatever their beliefs.

    And I always did like Katharine Hepburn.

  2. chris Says:

    Ah Katie! You had such class and such intelligence.

  3. Terence Meaden Says:

    Katherine Hepburn put it short and to the point.
    This commonsense answer is identical to that reached by those who study deeply the world of scientific truths which is ordered by facts, reason and experiment and no has truck with supposed “things in which we can have faith”, the latter being born of indoctrination biased toward the ambient religion.

  4. Joe Pro Says:

    And what is the theology that helps us define what “being kind to each other and doing what we can for people” looks like? Christians probably think they are already doing this. Muslims too. I’m not so sure about atheists – but I would hope so.

    I think human ethics is the answer.

  5. Tony Pro Says:

    Joe pro
    What do atheists need with theology?
    You and your ethics.
    Religion has no monopoly on good behavior.
    Religion has only given us a few laws to follow.
    Modern times would be in chaos had we not implemented a lot more.
    These modern laws voted on and followed by the people are the morals we need to uphold.
    Just another reason religion is needed no more.

  6. Joe Pro Says:

    Tony,

    I rest my case. Sounds like we are in agreement.

    But maybe I didn’t use the right word – theology. I was not using theology to = religion. I was using theology to refer to a generic system of rules.

    So what is the system of rules that a proper atheist should live by? That is what I’m suggesting is needed. I think we can get a good start by looking toward ethics.