Originally posted by buckky
Anyone who claims to be an athiest
and they know that they are correct in their view, is just as narrow in their thinking as the average fundamentalist. An agnostic on the other hand at least claims to know nothing, and it's up for grabs. How could any of us know for sure what the reality of eternity is ? It's the religious doctrines that turn so many th ...[text shortened]... an open mind on these matters.Don't assume you know what it's all about when thats impossible.
Why are .... athiests .... narrow minded whilst "an agnostic on the other hand at least claims to know nothing, and it's up for grabs."
I am an athiest and would suggest I am far from being narrow minded. Quite the opposite in fact. But is I say I am agnostic, then my narrow mindedness disappears because "... it's up for grabs."
I am an anthiest. I do not believe in god whatsoever. Why does that statement change me to be classed as "narrow minded?" Surely you could compare that statement to a person who drives a vehicle and a person who doesn't. The person who doesn't drive is not narrow minded, he has simply taken the view, the choice, not to want to learn to drive.
I have to say that as a new guy on RedHotPawn I am enjoying your different views very much. I also admit that I didn't expect this to get as many threads as it has - which is a nice surprice. But what I'm waiting for is, perhaps, the most important answer from a person who believes in a god. That question is, Why do you believe, has something happened in your live to actually MAKE you believe? I suspect not. Or at most one person will come through with a thought provoking repsonse.
I don't believe in god because nothing I have ever read, watched, listened to, even when I was at Sunday School (Does Sunday School still exist?) and I just cannot get my head around so many of the contradition that exist in the bible. At least from what I remember anyhow.
I went to church regulary for a period of about a year, as I tok my son so he could make up his own mind, and felt I was being spoken to as if I was a child and it was the headmaster up there at the Spectre telling us what we should and shouldn't do.
What actually made me stop going altogether was when this vicar said that god was more important than our families, and we should should care more bout 'His ' vies than our families. He then went on to say that the collection the past few weeks was appalling and that we must give at least 1/3rd of our net wages to the church!
Why, when at the time the Church was one of the richest organisations in the entire country should I starve my family so I can give 1/3rd of my income to church so I could have a clean conscious each week. That totally killed of everything for me, well killed off the miniscule of interest I had.
Although I stopped going my son continued for a further month before he asked, no told me, that he didn't want to attend any more. He now is under the same impression that I am, although I will say that I tried my absolute hardest not to let him hear my views on this matter.