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Submitted By: Gregor Mendel
I don’t have much more to say except to post this link and bring up this topic. I was speechless when I saw this article. It is brief, but addresses the major question: is it right to raise children with a particular religious background…. and is it right to force beliefs upon people via mutilation as punishment? I say no…
Professor Richard Lynn, emeritus professor of psychology at Ulster University, said many more members of the “intellectual elite” considered themselves atheists than the national average.
A decline in religious observance over the last century was directly linked to a rise in average intelligence, he claimed.
But the conclusions – in a paper for the academic journal Intelligence – have been branded “simplistic” by critics.
Professor Lynn, who has provoked controversy in the past with research linking intelligence to race and sex, said university academics were less likely to believe in God than almost anyone else.
A survey of Royal Society fellows found that only 3.3 per cent believed in God – at a time when 68.5 per cent of the general UK population described themselves as believers.
A separate poll in the 90s found only seven per cent of members of the American National Academy of Sciences believed in God.
Professor Lynn said most primary school children believed in God, but as they entered adolescence – and their intelligence increased – many started to have doubts.
He told Times Higher Education magazine: “Why should fewer academics believe in God than the general population? I believe it is simply a matter of the IQ. Academics have higher IQs than the general population. Several Gallup poll studies of the general population have shown that those with higher IQs tend not to believe in God.”
He said religious belief had declined across 137 developed nations in the 20th century at the same time as people became more intelligent.
But Professor Gordon Lynch, director of the Centre for Religion and Contemporary Society at Birkbeck College, London, said it failed to take account of a complex range of social, economic and historical factors.
“Linking religious belief and intelligence in this way could reflect a dangerous trend, developing a simplistic characterisation of religion as primitive, which – while we are trying to deal with very complex issues of religious and cultural pluralism – is perhaps not the most helpful response,” he said.
Dr Alistair McFadyen, senior lecturer in Christian theology at Leeds University, said the conclusion had “a slight tinge of Western cultural imperialism as well as an anti-religious sentiment”.
Dr David Hardman, principal lecturer in learning development at London Metropolitan University, said: “It is very difficult to conduct true experiments that would explicate a causal relationship between IQ and religious belief. Nonetheless, there is evidence from other domains that higher levels of intelligence are associated with a greater ability – or perhaps willingness – to question and overturn strongly felt institutions.” –Via:telegraph.co.uk
The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, and may not be those of the First Church of Atheism.
SUBMITTED BY: Jeff
The Truth is the idea held by those with the most influence. The Truth in itself is not what is important because obviously, the Truth can change overnite with a new discovery or advance, or rejection of such previous ideas thought to be the Truth.
What is paramount to the Truth is the motivation of the ones claiming to hold it.
I do not condemn Christians for wanting to save unborn babies. I do not condemn women who want to use abortion as birth control.
Both have the right to think what they want.
If we look for the Truth in this example as absolute, than it is simple, and the reason Christians have the moral high ground on this one: if all women had abortions, the human race would go extinct. If all men treated women as sexual objects to be violated and perverted, than the babies born of mass fornification would develop and grow in a vacum of family as the women are prostituted out and the boys are too, in a cycle of death and desperation.
If all women and men followed the teachings of Christ, then only had sex with a partner they have Wed for life and love the children born with all their heart, than the population grows with love which implies willing to forgive which implies social stability which implies education, which implies advancement, which implies new questions to find the Truth.
Atheism is actually a form of Christianity, you just don’t know it. You don’t want people to be judged for their actions. Neither did Jesus. You don’t want the current religious establishment to dominate your life. Niether did Jesus. You don’t want the current religious establishment to tell you your belief was wrong and you should be punished. Niether did Jesus. You don’t want the current morality police telling you what you can digest into your body. Neither did Jesus.
If you read the Gospels of the New Testament, you are reading first hand accounts of what Jesus actually said and did. The accounts have been cross tranlated and reduntantly verified as books were unburied with know translations that matched others.
Jesus’s accounting is written in read. If any person claiming to be a Christian (which, yes, any person can claim anything) but their actions or words are opposite of what Jesus said, call them on it. The Good Aethiest is very familiar with the Teachings of Jesus and how to unbridle them from religious dogma of today. The Teachings of Jesus are that one’s free choice to love themselves and the other’s around them is more important than religious police inditing its populace for doing just that. Jesus walked the earth. He was real. What he said was by both logically and moraly correct, as the two go hand in hand. Its illogical for a woman to want to kill the baby of her and her loving husband in the loving environment of their home and lives.
It is illogical to want to bring a baby into the world so the neglectful mother can let it starve, be abused, suffer, then die at her and a dominant sexual male that abuses and hurts her too. It would be morally unexceptable for her NOT to have the ability to terminate the pregnancy where the conception was one of rape, exploitation, servitude, drug addiction, or otherwise forced obedience to sexual abuse.
Again, both are True and both are directly opposite of each other. Even to the view of the people, the Christian wants to rush to the aid of the neglected baby, while the neglectful couple is spiteful that those that have “it” easier than them should come over and tell them why they aren’t good enough to take care of the baby.
Again total opposites in thought too, both wrong (The Christians are wrong for focusing on the baby and should instead focus on the couple by forgiving themselves for not liking the couple, forgive the couple silently for all the insults hurled, and the happily offer what ever they have to help the couple understand that they are loved by Jesus and that love not hate or spite or sexual perversion, will give on the freedom of all of life’s chains, whether coming from hateful “christians” or those whose freewill has turned from bad things to prevent even worse bad things into bad things because their fun, but no to the person who is being hurt.
Truth is when you don’t have to lie about any action you took to justify what you say, nor do you lie about actions someone else took to justify your claim to truth.
If you never tell a lie, you will never have to tell a second, or third, and so on.
Submitted By: Mike Walker
If a human father let his son die on a cross and he had the power to stop it. The world would think very badly of him. A god can let his son suffer and die on a cross and you praise him. A book can tell stories that god has killed more people than all the massmurders in history and you still praise him. He can drown, set on fire, deform, mutilate children and you can still praise him.
Believing in god seems so childish. On the play ground a child might say if you play with me I will give you a candy bar. God says if you believe in me I will give you something. People only believe in god because they want to be healed or go to heaven or whatever they think god might do for them. They pray to him to ask for things.
It’s hard to believe in a god that gives you something just because you believe in him. I don’t need a god to do anything for me. Maybe that’s why I don’t believe.
By the way Doctor’s are the first people that will go to hell. It’s because god heals people and doctor’s get paid for it.
Could ya please get god to heal a little faster. The world is haveing trouble affording medical insurance.
So many people have said to me. Why don’t you believe in god just in case? Don’t you think if a god is so smart and powerful to build a world he would catch on to my just in case scheme.
Why didn’t god have some commandments to protect children like thou shall not molest kids? Maybe thou shall not hurt kids. He was probably tired that day and didn’t think about kids. Maybe his tablet was not big enough for more commandments.
The christian community needs one thing very much and that is to have all the answers to questions. They need to get their act together and get the same answers to all questions. How can you get someone to believe you if you don’t have the answers or different answers to quetions? You will never be able to have the answers. Get used to the non believers being around because of that.
If god is so loveing and careing he sure is mad much of the time in the bible.
A survey completed by a college estimates that at current groth of non believers. In 40 years there will be more non believers than believers. I think the christian community is handling religion so poorly that this even will happen sooner.
My most important question is why do christians dislike us for not believing in god? Why is it such a big deal.
You tell me there is a god and my only option is to believe you. It seems I am not allowed to not believe. I wish you believed in this great country being free. I spent 20 years in the military for what I thought was protecting our right to freedom. Ya I was one of those atheist people in the military. I seen that article on no atheist in fox holes. In the military as a supervisor I learned that if you wanted your troops to do something. You had to lead by example. If your troops were to have sharp uniforms, your uniform better be sharp too. If they were to be on time and hard working you as a leader better be on time and hard working. It’s a shame god didn’t join the military and learn this valuable lesson. He don’t seem to lead by example.
When I got my dog tags the individual printing them didn’t have a label for someone who didn’t believe in god so they labled me as a prodistant. I didn’t know what a prodistant was.
Years ago in Philadelphia, people had to attend church in order to vote. They got rid of laws like that because of people rights to be free. I know one thing for sure. Christians are not going to give us our rights easily. We have to protect them very carefully. People have the right to be religious and we have the right not to be.
Protect your rights very carefully. They can be taken away so easily. Please be curtious while protecting those rights.
Submitted By: Mike Walker
Christian’s have it made. They can do anything they want and God will forgive them to do it again. They can kill, rape, commit adultry. If They don’t follow any of the 10 commandments god will forgive them. I don’t have anyone like that. I have to be good all the time.
Prisons are full of believers in god. You would think society would be free of all sin with so many godley people running around. No we have to have police to protect us from the christians who have a blanket I can sin card.
I have seen it written that 85% of people believe in god but they can only get 35% of them in church. God really seems to be a real dumbass to me. He wants people to be good and not sin but when they do he forgives them to do it again.
It’s fun to read the bible. Where else can you read a story about an old man who has two daughters that take turns getting him drunk so they can take him to bed and get pregnant by him.
Wher else can you read a story about gods favorite person Jacob. He and his wife can’t have children. Oh well wife says I can’t do the job the maid will do it for me. No one ask the maid what she wanted. Ain’t that rape?
In numbers chaperter 31 god told Moses to build an army of thousands to kill all the people of Median. They killed all the men all the male children, all women were killed except virgins. I wonder how they figured out which ones were virgins. Do they have a virgin tester? How do I apply for that job?. Didn’t moses bring down the 10 commandments like thou shall not kill. Why did god hire them to kill. Hey I want to have some fun too. How do I apply?
What’s the deal? I want to be a christian and have fun too.