Before I start let me make a disclaimer: I found these quote a long time ago. I do not have the links for these quotations on hand. If someone questions authenticity of any one of these quotes in the comments I’ll try my best to find original links to the source. Also understand that I did not write any of this. The only time I am speaking is where it says “[Blogger comment:]”
First off lets start off learning a little bit about atheism. Why do Atheists State They Disbelieve?
“Atheists claim there are two main reasons for their denial of the existence of God and/or disbelief in God: the conviction that there is positive evidence or argument that God does not exist (Strong atheism which is also sometimes called positive atheism), and their claim that theists bear the burden of proof to show that God exists, that they have failed to do so, and that belief is therefore unwarranted (Weak atheism).”
“Manifestations of Atheism
There are three ways that atheism manifests itself:
* Militant atheism which continues to suppress and oppress religious believers today especially in Communist countries.
* Theoretical atheism: atheism of the mind — that is, believing that God does not exist.
* Practical atheism: atheism of the life – that is, living as though God does not exist.”
Attempts to dilute the definition of atheism
“Charles Bradlaugh, in 1876, proposed that atheism does not assert “there is no God,” and by doing so he diluted the traditional definition of atheism. Since 1979, many atheists have followed Bradlaugh’s thinking further and stated that atheism is merely a lack of belief in any god. The motive for such a shift in meaning appears to be to an attempt to shift the burden of proof regarding the existence of God to the theism side.”
“According to recent research by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, in the United States, a majority of those surveyed who were raised in atheist or agnostic households, or where there was no specific religious attachment, later chose to join a religious faith.
In addition, as noted earlier, in atheistic Communist China, Christianity is experiencing explosive growth.”
Atheism and Communism
“Karl Marx said “[Religion] is the opium of the people”. Marx also stated: “Communism begins from the outset (Owen) with atheism; but atheism is at first far from being communism; indeed, that atheism is still mostly an abstraction.””
“The atheism in communist regimes has been and continues to be militant atheism and various acts of repression including the razing of thousands of religious buildings and the killing, imprisoning, and oppression of religious leaders and believers.”
“China is a communist country. In 1999, the publication Christian Century reported that “China has persecuted religious believers by means of “harassment, prolonged detention, and incarceration in prison or `reform-through-labor’ camps and police closure of places of worship.” In 2003, owners of Bibles in China were sent to prison camps and 125 Chinese churches were closed.”
“North Korea is a repressive communist state and is officially atheistic. The North Korean government practices brutal repression and atrocities against North Korean Christians.”
“It has been estimated that in less than the past 100 years, governments under the banner of communism have caused the death of somewhere between 40,472,000 to 259,432,000 human lives.”
“Dr. R. J. Rummel’s mid estimate regarding the loss of life due to communism is that communism caused the death of approximately 110,286,000 people between 1917 and 1987.”
[Blogger comment: The crusades killed 10 million. Furthermore it was causes by one denomination of Christianity. Despite all of this Atheist blame all Christians while proclaiming religion to be the worst thing to ever happen to mankind. Clearly atheist communist are the biggest threat to humanity.]
EVOLUTION IN COMMUNISM
“The theory of evolution played a prominent role in regards to atheistic communism. Communists, in particular Stalinists, favored a version of Lamarckism called Lysenkoism developed by the atheist Trofim Denisovich Lysenko. Lysenko was made member of the Supreme Soviet and head of the Institute of Genetics of the Soviet Academy of Sciences. Later Lysenko became President of the All-Union Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Many geneticists were imprisoned and executed for their bourgeois science, and agricultural policies based on Lysenkoism that were adopted under Stalin and Mao caused famines and the death of millions.”
Atheists in America and Charity
“Concerning the issue of atheism and uncharitableness, the evidence indicates that per capita charitable giving by atheists and agnostics in America is significantly less than by theists, according to a study by the Barna Group:
[Blogger comment: Where are the atheist food banks? Where are the atheist hospitals? Where are the atheist orphanages? Oh that’s right there are none.]
Atheism and Mental and Physical Health
“Dr. Stephen Joseph, from the University of Warwick, said: “Religious people seem to have a greater purpose in life, which is why they are happier. Looking at the research evidence, it seems that those who celebrate the Christian meaning of Christmas are on the whole likely to be happier.”
“Duke University has established the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health. The Duke University Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health is based in the Center for Aging at Duke and gives opportunities for scholarly trans-disciplinary conversation and the development of collaborative research projects. In respect to the atheism and mental and physical health, the center offers many studies which suggest that theism is more beneficial than atheism.”
“Atheism and Suicide
See main article: Atheism and suicide
“Although there are recent studies relating to atheism being a causal factor for suicide for some individuals, an early proponent of atheism being a causal factor for suicide was the Reverend Dr. Robert S. MacArthur. In 1894, the NY Times stated the following in relation to atheism and suicide:
Dr. Martin urged that a great cause of suicide was atheism. It was, he said, a remarkable fact that where atheism prevailed most, there suicides were most numerous. In Paris, a recent census showed one suicide to every 2,700 of the population. After the publication of Paine’s “Age of Reason” suicides increased.”
[Blogger comment: Japan has the highest rate of suicide in the world. The country is also roughly 70% Atheist.]
“Atheism and obesity
See also: Atheism and obesity
Two of the major risk factors for becoming obese according to the Mayo Clinic are poor dietary choices and inactivity. According to the Gallup Organization, “Very religious Americans are more likely to practice healthy behaviors than those who are moderately religious or nonreligious.”
According to the Gallup Organization, “Very religious Americans are more likely to practice healthy behaviors than those who are moderately religious or nonreligious.”
Gallup further declares:
Very religious Americans make healthier choices than their moderately religious and nonreligious counterparts across all four of the Healthy Behavior Index metrics, including smoking, healthy eating, and regular exercise. Smoking is one area of particular differentiation between the very religious and less religious Americans, with the nonreligious 85% more likely to be smokers than those who are very religious
it appears as if non-religious are more prone to becoming obese than very religious individuals. The Bible declares that gluttony is a sin. Furthermore, the Bible declares the physical body of Christians to be temples of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, it is not surprising that many very religious Christians would leave healthy lives.”
“Atheism, obesity and self-esteem
See also: Atheism, obesity and self-esteem
There are preliminary studies indicating that individuals who reject Christianity in Western cultures have lower self-esteem than the Christian population. In addition, obese individuals can have lower self-esteem related to their obesity. In the United States, obese people are often stereotyped as being “lazy, lacking self-discipline and being mentally slow”. Poor self-esteem has been linked to an increase in suicide attempts and atheists have higher rates of suicide than the general population.”
Atheism and race [Blogger comment: Half truth]
“”In 2011, Beliefnetnews reported concerning the race and gender of American atheists:
From the smallest local meetings to the largest conferences, the vast majority of speakers and attendees are almost always white men. Leading figures of the atheist movement – Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens and Daniel Dennett — are all white men.
But making atheism more diverse is proving to be no easy task.
Surveys suggest most atheists are white men. A recent survey of 4,000 members of the Freedom from Religion Foundation found that 95 percent were white, and men comprised a majority.”
[Blogger comment: I only partly agree with this statement. Atheist mostly being white males is only true in western cultures. As I have stated before in this blog Japan is roughly 70% atheist. 99% of the population in Japan is Japanese]
“Atheism and evolutionary racism
See also: Atheism and evolutionary racism and Social effects of the theory of evolution
Since World War II a majority of the most prominent and vocal defenders of the evolutionary position which employs methodological naturalism have been atheists. The errant and ill founded writings of atheist Charles Darwin (see: religious views of Charles Darwin) , which became very influential in the late 19th century, provided a pretext for racism. Evolutionary racism refers to a racist philosophy based on Charles Darwin’s evolutionary theory. It assumes that men have continually evolved, and thus some races are more evolved than others. It replaces Christian morality with the atheistic “survival of the fittest” ideology of Social Darwinism.
Charles Darwin wrote in his work The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex:
At some future period not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace the savage races throughout the world. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes…will no doubt be exterminated. The break between man and his nearest Allies will then be wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilised state, as we may hope, even than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as the baboon, instead of as now between the Negro or Australian and the gorilla.”
“Irreligion and Superstition
In September of 2008, the Wall Street Journal reported:
The reality is that the New Atheist campaign, by discouraging religion, won’t create a new group of intelligent, skeptical, enlightened beings. Far from it: It might actually encourage new levels of mass superstition. And that’s not a conclusion to take on faith — it’s what the empirical data tell us.
“What Americans Really Believe,” a comprehensive new study released by Baylor University yesterday, shows that traditional Christian religion greatly decreases belief in everything from the efficacy of palm readers to the usefulness of astrology. It also shows that the irreligious and the members of more liberal Protestant denominations, far from being resistant to superstition, tend to be much more likely to believe in the paranormal and in pseudoscience than evangelical Christians….
This is not a new finding. In his 1983 book “The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener,” skeptic and science writer Martin Gardner cited the decline of traditional religious belief among the better educated as one of the causes for an increase in pseudoscience, cults and superstition. He referenced a 1980 study published in the magazine Skeptical Inquirer that showed irreligious college students to be by far the most likely to embrace paranormal beliefs, while born-again Christian college students were the least likely.”
Richard Dawkins, pseudoscience, and other errors
“Even renowned evolutionary biologists H. Allen Orr, David Sloan Wilson, and Massimo Pigliucci have called into question the power that Dawkins once had as an intellectual, since he has made elementary errors in The God Delusion.
In 2010, a new discovery regarding the eye further discredited the evolutionary quackery of Richard Dawkins. In addition, in 2010, the journal Nature featured an interview with the evolutionist, biologist, and atheist David Sloan Wilson who criticized Richard Dawkins for denying the evidence for the societal benefits of religion.”
Now, to be fair I should list positive things about atheism. Disclaimer: to be honest there’s not many positive things I can find.
1. Atheist tend to be “more intelligent”. The cold hard truth is the more intelligent one becomes the more likely they are to disregard religion. This makes sense from a Biblical standpoint as well. Verses as proof:
” King James Version (KJV) –1 Corinthians 1:
18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.”