Re: And the atheist movement begins...
But here is the deal. Religion has been the conduit for morality, or a way of living that you I think, once called common sense. And I would say, that this is the only positive thing religion has done, for humanity. Well not quite, religion has served to answer the questions of the inward man, that science cannot give answers to.
Originally Posted by Formaldehyde
Teaching atheism in school, is no different than teaching religion in school, except atheism is not and never has been a conduit for morality, which any society has to have to some degree for that society to endure. The group, the society, is from that which civilization arose. A large group of people, with codes of conduct, morality if you will, that allows the group to not disintegrate inwardly. How long has europe, lost their religious beliefs? How long does it take for a society to disintergrate without morality? A few decades? A hundred years? 500 hundred years? We do not know, since it is only in recent history that nations, societies have lost their religious beliefs, which gave them morality.
Since human history has involved religion, since the dawn of man, what happens when you take it away? We do not know! The effects may not be seen in decades, but in longer time frames. We need to go slowly here, in changing what man is, what man has used, what religion does. Its role in societies.
Science, atheism may not be a viable replacement for religions. One needs to really understand humanity, deeply before you tinker with what arose naturally, over thousands of years. There is, in most men a deep desire to know why he is here, who he is, why his inward being is so chaotic, such suffering, and why we kill one another so easily over ideology, over creations of thought. Science cannot answer these questions, and I doubt science will ever be able to do so. Yet religion does, and man needs answers, many men needs answers for their own sanity, their own conduct, their own actions in society.
There is in most men, if not all, a deep longing for the answers science can never provide. There is much more to the human consciousness, than a desire to know why when he drops an apple, it goes to the ground. There are things much greater than this, that affect his sense of exactly what he is, why he is here, and it trumps apples falling to the ground. Atheism has no answers, as it negates the traditional role of god and religion. Science has no answers, in this realm, to make life more bearable for the suffering, unless you want to just give the people a drug that makes them totally unaware of their inner problems, to make the brain not work properly, so as to not ask the age old questions of human existence.
"Like every other good thing in this world, leisure and culture have to be paid for. Fortunately, however, it is not the leisured and the cultured who have to pay." Aldous Huxley.