Atheists On Religion, Science, And Morality (The Point)





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Published on Aug 18, 2012

Can we prove there is no God? Does it make sense to equate religion with science? Do theists have a monopology on morality or is secular morality superior? Was Richard Dawkins right to bring up the religious beliefs of Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney? Cara Santa Maria (Senior Science Correspondent, Huffingtonpost.com) leads this week's panel on 'The Point' to discuss these issues and more with Michael Shermer (Publisher - Skeptic Magazine), Sean Carroll (Theoretical Physicist - Caltech), and Edward Falzon (author of 'Being Gay Is Disgusting'). Special thanks to James Randi (Founder: James Randi Educational Foundation), Paul Zachary "PZ" Myers (Blogger: Pharyngula.org - Professor U Of MN-Morris), and AJ Johnson (Development Director for 'American Atheists') for sending in their points.

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Can't we all just enjoy life and stop living preparing for death.
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Paul Lambert
we need to grow out of this religious stuff. it is holding us back as a species.
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Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
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My position on god is that I don't know whether a supernatural supreme being exists or not, but I am 100% sure that if one does exist, it's not the god from any religion. All religions are basically false, designed to manipulate and control masses so that the conmen who lead them can acquire power and enrich themselves. Then conversely I think that a modest belief in a non-religious god (whether real or not) can have benefits in some extreme circumstances, like for example a survival situation where most people would simply give up and die, people with faith will continue and may have a slightly higher chance of survival.
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The basis for morality is the agreement between human beings on what is or is not moral. That is arrived at by the careful and logical consideration of the relationships between harm and benefit. when a god makes a commandment that "thou shalt not murder" and then goes out and commands people to murder...that directly negates any basis for morality. Religions do not produce moral systems they produce dictators.
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Jason Ries
Sweet, I'm all in baby. Atheism means there is no justice provided you avoid being caught by those around. It feels real good. I can do whatever I want because goodness doesn't matter and truth and beauty are subjective. I just need to use a little discretion and be very careful not to get caught. I intend to seek my own personal pleasure and avoid all pain and discomfort at any cost until I pass away. 
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The Pharaoh
It's not our job to proof a negative, we aren't making the claims, if you go around trying to dictate our lives you had better demonstrate your claims are legit. I don't and would not ever say there is no gods or goddess, but with out a demonstration of a supreme being i'm not going to acknowledge such thing. Books, human hearsay will NOT ever cut it as evidence for the existence of something living beyond reality.
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Cara Santa Maria is a triple threat Smart, hot, and atheist. Oh my. ♥
David Fahey
Cara, you're beautiful, now take that shit out of your lip!
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الجهل قوة
I don't like PZ Myers. That is all.
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