Anarchy and Statism: When We Know The Price Of Big Government Is Our Liberty Why Are So Many Prepared To Pay It.
The Fallacy Of The Atheist Bus
Far from heralding a new age of reason, today’s Miltant Atheists and science fanatics are at the forefront of a counter-Enlightenment, leading the charge to a new dark age in which authoritarian agencies proscribe the questioning of dogma.
On 21 October 2012, a debate entitled ‘Atheism: what’s the point?’, was held at the Battle of Ideas gathering organised by The Institute Of Ideas with The Barbican Centre, London as its venue.
It was an intelligent and thoughtful debate, Battle Of Ideas sessions are fairly but strictly moderated, so all speakers are able to put their case and receive a fair hearing. The objective was to question the rise of militant atheism, the brand of unreason peddled by followers of Richard Dawkins and others (and in the interests of fairness I should point out that while robust in his criticisms of religion, Prof. Dawkins deplores the bullying tactics adopted by some of his fans to deny opponents a voice.) To the objective observer, and few of us are capable of being totally objective on this one, it looks very much as if Militant Atheism has become a religion with dogmas, a creed and a philosophy that demands the persecution of heretics.
We see the symptoms of the Zealotification of atheism very frequently in comment threads on internet article. Not long ago I had one 'scientist' who was upset with me because he could not answer my logical demolition of Big Bang theory, for which there is no more hard evidence than for the creation myths of ancient religions. Such 'proof' as is offered amounts to mathematical speculation on top of mathematical speculation.
This guy, while screaming "you don't understand science" at me, then decided that as it is a 'scientific fact' anyone who did not accept Big Bang as proven must be a young Earth creationist who believes God created everything around six thousand years ago, he would trick me into revealing myself.
"How old do you think the Universe is?" He sneered.
I told him that I did not know or care as it would make no difference to my life, but within my memory it has gone from around ten billion years to thirteen and a half billion, getting older every time a new, more sensitive, generation of equipment detects incoming energy from a more distant star.
"Well how old do you think our planet is?" he demanded.
Again I said I did not know or care very much, it was here long before I was and would remain here long after I have gone. but again if he wanted to pretend scientists, guesses are as good as facts, then it is estimated at four and a half billion years. I them preempted his next question by adding "The first simple life forms are estimated to have appeared around three billion years ago, more complex single cell creatures that have a structure resembling our body cells, around two billion years ago.
"Well you're not as stupid as I thought," he proclaimed. "But everyone understands Big Bang is the scientific consensus of universal origins."
'Everyone. What about the well supported theory of an infinite and self renewing universe? And what's this scientific consensus? Does he mean only people who agree with him are scientists? Very scientific of him, that.' I thought. Surely the stupid person in the argument is the one who can see only two possible positions, those of the religious fundamentalist and the science fundamentalist, from which to debate the nature of God.
If you are British you may remember The Atheist Bus a few years ago. A big red bus toured around London for a while and on its side was a poster that read: ‘There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.’
Francis Spufford, in a book titled 'Unapologetic: Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Can Still Make Surprising Emotional Sense', asked what was the most provocative word in the Atheist Bus slogan? Most supporters of the Atheist Bus project said ‘probably’; arguing that to an atheist there is no probably about it, God does not exist. Spufford’s main point of contention however was the word ‘enjoy’ - ‘stop worrying and enjoy your life’.
The point here is the underlying implication of this statement, that enjoyment, i.e. happiness, is a natural state that may only be altered by people having the fwar of God by preachers threats that unbelievers will face eternl torment, which is of course complete bollocks. The scriptures confirm that for us.
‘Enjoy’ implies that only those who reject God are capable of enjoying life, that religious people live in fear of the divine while secular humanists would find it impossible to be miserable. Does rejection of God free us from experiencing loss, bereavement, illness, death, and 'the heartache and the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to' (h/t Shakespeare.) And where does it leave people like me, I do not believe in The God Of Abraham, The Olympians of Greek myth, the Norse Gods of north European paganism or any other deities but I do not reject the concept of the divine. In fact among the educated classes the pagans, Romans, Greeks, Norse etc. did not 'believe' in their Gods and Goddesses in the way followers of the Abrahamic religions believe in Allah, God or Jehovah. The Gods were not personified as conscious beings except in stories, otherwise they represented the uncontrollable forces that shape our lives.
Atheist Bus was a reaction to evangelical Christian propaganda that promised all who did not accept Jesus as their Saviour were heading for hell. This made it rather out of place in Britain where only around four per cent of people worship regularly and evangelical Christians are a small fraction of those. The Atheist Bus however was a big success as militant Atheists rallied to the campaign in the way that Islamic jihadists response to calls for holy war.
But how is Atheist Bus different from the man with the sandwich board that proclaims ‘Repent, the end is nigh’ apart from its having been started by journalists and media people and therefore having a more sophisticated approach to spreading religious propaganda. Until the 1990s atheists were content to just quietly get on with living (not necessarily 'enjoying') their lives while leaving the raving and the fanaticism to the more extreme followers of religion.
Why has shouting down all arguments for religion now become a major part of he atheist belief system, why have those in society who like to present themselves as thoughtful, rational and logical suddenly prone to becoming completely irrational at the mention of God, Creation or Intelligent Design.? And what drives the anger they display when somebody challenges them? And if enjoyment of life is only something we can do without God, why do so many atheists seem miserable and permanently angry.
This use of the tactics employed by fascist thugs in the 1930s has become part wave of so-called 'progressive liberal' approach to debate, and the ‘four horsemen’ of the atheist apocalypse movement, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris, who all published polemical books ridiculing the 'superstition and magical thinking' to borrow a phrase from Dawkins, of those who practiced any religious faith around the same time as Atheist Bus took to the streets of London. It was not just people who regularly worship or who have a literal belief in the scriptures who were scorned, but those who simply thought 'there might be something bigger than us'. We should also stand back and look at the broad view to see what is driving this atheism as a religion movement, because the idea of atheism as a religion with science (not even a proper noun) as its god is rather disturbing.
The EU Just Forced Members to Accept Migrants Through Qualified Majority Voting,
The European Union’s (EU) own interior ministers today forced through a plan to allocate at least 120,000 migrants across EU member states, regardless as to whether or not the countries own populations, or their governments agreed. The new rule will see migrants redistributed across EU member states despite objections from Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, because QMV gives greater weight to the votes of the big EU member states than it does to those with smaller economies and populations ...
Electoral Reform in Britain - Is It Time for True Proportional Representation?
After every British election, when around a quarter of voters find the party they voted for is hardly represented in the House Of Commons (In 2015, 8 per cent of the votes equals just 8 of the 650 members, while a party with 13% has just one), people who believe in democracy try to start a debate about reforming the voting system. And as ever, supporters of the two main parties, which benefit most from the current undemocratic system, try to stifle debate.
Reasons Why This Pagan Will Not Vote Labour, Conservative Or Liberal Democrat.
As we prepare to vote in a General Election that we are told will change British Politucs forever, Ian looks at a choice of three main parties that basically offer the same set of globalist, multiculturalist policies and consideres which way a pagan should vote.
Corporate Capitalism Has Replaced Democracy In Western Nations.
Although this is about the UK General Election in 2015 it has much wider relevance, concerning what is happening in the democratic societies of the developed nation. For that reason this look at how corporate capitalism is usurping democracy and individual freedom will also be relevant long after that election in May 2025.
Cultural Marxism Curriculum: The Frankfurt School
Western civilization at the present day is in a crisis different from anything that has been previously experienced. Other societies have changed their social or cultural values under the influence of external forces or by gradual development. But none, like our own, has ever consciously faced the prospect of a fundamental alteration of the beliefs and institutions on which the whole fabric of social life rests being imposed ...
UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only Way To Feed The World
The Authoritarian Left And The Threat To Personal Liberty
Even as the United States government continues to push for the use of more chemically-intensive and corporate-dominated farming methods such as GMOs and monoculture-based crops, the United Nations is once against sounding the alarm about the urgent need to return to (and develop) a more sustainable, natural and organic system.
Ian reflects on his political position, has he realy moved from near anarchist left to reactionary right on the political spectrum, or have authoritarians hijacked the language of liberal and libertarian philosophy and perverted it to serve a neo fascist, big government agenda?
How We Create Reality - Part 1
We are often told by hippyish types we all live in our own reality. There's some truth in that but only a little, while our minds create a world from the information gathered by our senses (in some ways similar the how your computer builds an image of text and graphics on your screen), the worlds we create from the same data are similar enough, yet subtly different enough to suggest there is something more at work than a simple bilological computer
Is Biocentrism The Theory Of Everything And Does It Prove There Is Life After death - Weird science
Newtonian materialism and determinism, the orthodox creed of The Church of Scientism, is obviously as wrong scientifically as the idea that God created the universe in seven days arounf 6,000 years ago. While religious metaphor is perfectly acceptable to me, when I question the dogma of science, the science worshippers shout heretic and start a medieval witch hunt. Yet thee are many scientifically and logically sound ideas that offer better answers than determinism.
The Mummers: The Controlling system And The Illusion Of Freedom
We live in a world of deception, where truth is an ephemeral thing, slippery as an eel and shadowy as a spectre. What we are expercted to perceive as reality is just spin and misinformation designed to ensure the elite maintain their control. There's eff all you can do just get on with your life, say the shills for big government and authoritarianism. But are we really nothing more than slaves of the system?
Neuroscience Is Wrong. Human consciousness Did Not Spontaneously Occur Because Our Brains Got Big
One of the most obviously bogus of the new pseudo science disciplines in neuroscience. Not neurology, that is study of the brain - neuroscience is the study and subjective interpreatation of statistics obrained from electronically scanning the brain. So can these scientists really read your thoughts as they claim. Wel in a word, NO and anyone who tells you otherwise is having a laugh.
Lies, Damned Lies and ... umm... Those Other Things ... oh yeah, statistics.
Were I able to muster the kind of blind faith Mr. Chivers and other "science" nerds place in statistics I would invest it in one of the traditional religions and at least be able to convince myself there is a chance of being resurrected into the life eternal. As it is, unlike Science fans who proclaim their atheism but have a zealots faith in science, I am a true sceptic...
Anarchy In The UK And Elsewhere
The occupy movement are not anarchists. Rioters and protestors of the modern left are not anarchists. Such people have allowed themselves to become dependent on government, they could no more live without the sheltering authority than a tree could live without water. Real anarchy is a well thought out political philosophy though like most (all) political philosophies it looks good on paper but in it pure form is hopelessly impractical.
The Grand Illusion Of Self And The Key To Slowing The Ageing Process?
Science has for two hundred years dealt with the mystery of human consciousness by conflating the mind with the brain. In spite of a growing hill of evidence that the two are very different things and…
We all have an idea of who and what we are but is it anywhere near the truth. Science scoffs at notions like mind over matter but what if there is more mind than matter. The Hindu and Buddhist concept of Maya tells is what we think of as reality is an illusion ... (Index Philo and Sophia)
Our New Unhappy Lords
The title, a line from a poem by G K Chesterton is explained in the article. Every year our new, unhappy lords meet at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to plan the future of…
Liberal? What Does That Mean?
What is a liberal? Is it something to do with the kind of politically correct thinking that obsesses over minority rights while seeking to marginalise mainstream society? Is liberalism an authoritarian system that seeks to impose politically correct left wing ideology on everybody. Or is a liberal, as is argued here, a very respectable political postion whose name has been usurped by people reluctant to acknowledge their inner Nazi.
Theosophy For Beginners
With orthodox science and mainstream religion having failed to provide the answers to the great questions of life promised by both, people are looking elsewhere. No surprise then the nineteenth century belief Theosophy is attracting renewed interest from those seeking insigh into divine wisdom, the nature of god, moral philosophy and an understanding of our universe
Quantum Metaphysics or The God Experiments
The noise from militant atheists is becoming unbearable as they scream and shout about superstition and magical thinking. So what if science came up with something that turns upside down everything we thought we knew about the nature of the universe. Well it has, twenty years ago. Quantum entanglements, non - separability, oneness, once it enters the public perception we will suddenly have to see ourselves differently.
Are The Cultural Poles FlippingReligion and Science (which some people have turned into their religion) have failed to provide the certainties, the sense of security, that many people seek. First religious convicion was eroded by science and then faith in science collapsed when it's certainties dod not stand up to the logical tests of the real world. Can existentialims offer a third way or is its acceptance of uncertainty to challenging?
Get On Board The Athest Bus
A campaign by british atheists to raise money for a campaign to advertise atheism caused some guffaws, particularly from the non-evangelical wing of the British atheist community. Ad vertising the non - existence of God has about as much relevance as advertising that all soap powders are pretty much the same or that self control is a batter way to keep your weight stable than miracle weight loss products. If people believe in God they will just react scornfully. If they don't believe in God why spend money telling them he/ she/ it does not exist. And if they could not give a flying fuck either way....... well they couldn't give a fuck either way.
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Philo and Sophia
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