Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Facts about Atheists

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This video is NOT an argument for atheism… It’s a defense of atheists from right-wing religious — christian, muslim, jewish and other fundamentalist — hate-mongers. This video received the award for “Excellence in Humanist Communications” from the Harvard University Humanist Chaplaincy.

Comments

  1. #1 Ray Ingles
    September 27, 2009

    Interesting video. Nitpicking: Dennett is certainly a leading philosopher of the mind, and an avid student of evolution, but not an evolutionary biologist.

  2. #2 Bob O'H
    September 27, 2009

    Bigger nitpick: according to Wiki, E.O. Wilson isn’t an atheist either. I can’t confirm the rumours that he worships the Ant God.

  3. #3 Kaylin
    September 27, 2009

    No one ever said you can’t be intelligent or productive without a belief in God… the Bible’s just saying that it’s foolish to try to dismiss God and live your life without him, when it could be so much better.

    I have many atheist friends who still strive to live a good and moral life. Just because you’re an atheist doesn’t mean you’re depraved and morally bankrupt. You just have to wonder where those morals originate from.

    Also… since your list is rather biased, here are a list of great thinkers who DO believe in God.
    -Isaac Newton
    -Martin Luther King Jr
    -Abraham Lincoln
    -George Washington
    -John Adams
    -Patrick Henry
    -Copernicus
    -Galileo
    -Kepler
    -Pascal
    -Faraday
    -Kelvin
    -Samuel Morse
    -Wilbur & Orville Wright
    -CS Lewis
    -TS Eliott
    -JRR Tolkien
    -Jimmy Carter
    -Charlton Heston
    -Sam Walton
    -Dave Thomas
    -Johnny Cash
    -Elvis
    -Andy Griffith
    AND CHUCK NORRIS!

  4. #4 Jeff Knapp
    September 27, 2009

    Totally beside the point; that was a very cool piece of music. I love that very electronic sounding down-tempo stuff.

  5. #5 Rook
    September 28, 2009

    Kaylin:

    The problem is, MANY Christians feel that God is necessary to live a productive or moral life, and the quote from Psalms supports them: atheists are “fools” who are “corrupt” and whose deeds are “vile” and there is “no one who does good.”

    You may not understand just how deep this belief goes until you stand in our shoes. You’ve never had to “come out” as an atheist to believers in your family, and then have to explain to them that this doesn’t mean you’re going to go out raping and murdering people on the street for fun.

    This video was not meant as an argument for atheism, it was meant as a defense of atheists against intolerance. If you feel that your atheist friends can still live a good and moral life, then you obviously aren’t the target audience.

    The target audience is the roughly 50% of Americans who would refuse to vote for a qualified atheist for President, or the 48% of Americans who would object to their child marrying an atheist.

    Oh, and it also includes Chuck Norris, who is a prolific anti-atheist bigot. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?pageId=41572