I guess it means you fear nothing.
And today we learn that religious people aren’t the only ones who can unnecessarily complicate things.
Atheism means not believing in a god. You can make it more complicated if you like, and you can even pretend that it matters, but it’s not and it doesn’t.
Technically, of course, the chart is accurate, but it’s just so fucking boring. Like the sort of person whose entire contribution to a discussion you’re interested in is a spelling correction. Yes, you are “right”, but fuck off.
Everything is doubtful. No one knows anything. However, educated guesswork is superior to conclusion-driven, emotion-based guesswork.
And “I don’t know” =/= “You’re right”.
This universe has been “finely-tuned for carbon-based life” in the same way that a hole in the road is “finely-tuned” for a puddle.
"Wow, look at that! It’s the exact size and shape necessary to hold the puddle. Look at it! It’s just right. What are the chances?”
The mere fact that it exists indicates that the chances are 100%.
No, smiley lady, not by chance. There are scientific processes we have recently managed to simulate, but understood for many years.
Religious fundamentalism’s relationship with science seems to be
- 50% “Science is rubbish and can’t be trusted to come to any sensible conclusions”
- 50% “Science has recently confirmed that Old Testament writers were accurate in their assessment of how the universe works.”
You will notice that these two views are mutually exclusive.
The Old Testament god thinks that abortions are OK sometimes.
Are conservative Christians trying to be more moral than their own god?
If you’re going to keep re-defining “god” to mean something that is more and more vague (and hence less provable) with each iteration, that’s fine, but don’t mistake that for transcendence or immanence. It’s just a desperate attempt to keep one step ahead of the science.
Or as those of us living in the real world call it, “reality”.
A common criticism of atheism is that religious people don’t want it forced down their throats. Christians are very concerned about their laryngeal integrity.
They might not realise that when atheists (or others) are finally allowed to implement equality laws, it won’t affect the Christians at all. They should feel free to conduct whatever gibberish they like as long as they leave me out of it.
You’d think Christians would be especially mindful of the problems associated with the death penalty.