You gotta stand for something, or you’ll fall for anything.
Defending Your Beliefs: Rebuttals to Religion
To be an atheist one does not need to know how the universe began, or be able to prove the nonexistence of God; one need only use critical thinking to examine the arguments in favor of religion and determine that they are insufficient for belief.
The religious have a tremendous stake in the propagation of their beliefs; both institutionally, for money and influence, and personally, to “save” others from an undesirable afterlife and to validate their self-identity. But because religion is based on faith, and not logic or evidence, their arguments will inevitably fall short.
The religious will argue to the contrary: that their beliefs are very much based on logic and evidence. The videos on this page, produced by Qualiasoup, address all the most common arguments in favor of religious belief, and using detailed and easily understood explanations expose them as logical fallacies and wishful thinking.
Be sure to visit our page about Evolution as well.
We are fortunate to live in an age and society in which it is acceptable for different people to hold conflicting viewpoints and beliefs, and to discuss and debate those beliefs publically. The better you understand the arguments on both sides of the religion vs. non-religion debate, the more empowered you will be to defend your beliefs.
At the AHA Annual Conference, Cenk Uygur [ ], shares two great things about being a humanist on THH #76 [ ].
“The enemy of humanism is not faith. The enemy of humanism is hate, is fear, is ignorance, is the darker part of man that is in every humanist, every person in the world. That is what we have to fight. Faith is something we have to embrace. Faith in god means believing absolutely in something with no proof whatsoever. Faith in humanity means believing absolutely in something with a huge amount of proof to the contrary. We are the true believers.”
~ Joss Whedon
QualiaSoup: Secularism, Atheism, + Critical Thinking Playlist
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“It seems to me that the idea of a personal God is an anthropological concept which I cannot take seriously. I also cannot imagine some will or goal outside the human sphere. Science has been charged with undermining morality, but the charge is unjust. A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.”
~ Albert Einstein