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"Faith is not a good reason to believe in any one thing. It's a bad reason to believe in everything. Faith is not synonymous with any one idea; it is synonymous with any strongly held idea, true or not. But one thing faith is not synonymous with is a logically justified idea."

April 7, 2010

Raising Kids to be Theist Robots

I was told that I, or atheists in general, have the same old tired arguments against God. To be entirely honest, I think that's true. But there's a good reason for it. As atheists, we can only respond to those God claims that we are presented with. If we could prove a negative, then we would prove Gods can't exist and be done with it. But since we cannot, we have to wait for a new God claim to come our way. We get presented with a new claim and we have new arguments. It has been a very long time since I've heard an original God claim.
Seriously! It's been a decade at least. Sure, each God claim from each theist is a little different in a way that makes it special and unique for that person. Which is why they think their belief is so special and unique as well. But ultimately arguments for the existence of God fall into specific categories. Arguments over morality, justice, first cause and random chance. I haven't heard a special God claim in quite some time.

I also hear many of the same old tired arguments against atheism and evolution. The same arguments that have been debunked a million times over. Why do they keep getting brought up? Because there are families out there who raise their kids to believe everything they hear in church is all they need to know, that their minister is actually intelligent, and that science can't prove anything. Religious schools are known for giving higher than normal educations, and there's a reason for this. The kids that go to religious schools get forced to think a certain way. They are taught what to think and not how to think. They might come out of that private school with a real gift in mathematics, English and reading. They might be honor students and get a super cool scholarship. But they're ultimately robots. They seem to have intelligence, but really they're just fancy calculators. They have no logic skills to help them think on their own. They fall prey to logical fallacies and any claim that comes their way they deem to be unfalsifiable. This is not the way to teach a child, and it's not the way to run a society. These so called "smart Christian kids" come out of these schools and make the same old tired arguments for God and against atheism and evolution that their parents made, and their parents before them made. It doesn't change. They keep getting disproven and they keep raising their kids to think like robots with old programing.

Listen Theists! I'm only going to say this once!...

It's gotten to the point where if you say there are no transitional fossils, I'm going to have to call you a liar. We have filled so many gaps in the fossil record that we could make them into a flip-book for kids. Also, if you say Hitler was an atheist, I'm going to call you a liar, as well. Because you're either lying in regards to what you know about Hitler, or you're lying about knowing overall. Also, we've explained it enough times that if you confuse evolution with the "Big Bang" or Abiogenesis again, I'm going to laugh in your face. Don't come to me assuming all the information you need to know was taught to you at Sunday school. Your minister isn't a scientist, he's not even qualified to be a middle school science teacher's assistant. And if you don't recognize that he has an invested interest in lying to you then you need to take a look at this ocean front property in Arizona I'm selling.

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