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November 2nd, 2011
10:24 AM ET

What terrifies an atheist

(CNN) -  Famed filmmaker John Landis brought the world "An American Werewolf in Paris" and Michael Jackson's "Thriller," but nothing scares him more than people.

In this video the avowed atheist, tells CNN's Nima Elbagir why he thinks “we make stuff up” about monsters, religion, and the devil.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Atheism • Belief • Movies

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  1. Asklepios417

    John Landis gives atheists a bad name.

    His gross negligence when filming "Twilight Zone" led to the deaths of Vic Morrow and two child extras.

    Steven Spielberg reportedly ended his friendship with Landis over the accident and the fact that Landis had live ammunition on the set.

    Landis has never accepted responsibility for the accident.

    The families of his victims were "bought off" with out of court settlements.

    November 11, 2011 at 9:04 am |
  2. Ryan

    John Landis acting so cavalier using the euphoria of laughter to try to dismiss any doubts of the existence of God.
    John is a movie maker not a scientist. No scientist has ever dis proven the existence of God.
    Please tell me all knowing Paul how them molecules got into the universe to make the big bang happen.

    We can't even cure the common cold, stop being so arragent Paul. 120 years ago nobody knew about invisable RF radiation. just because your bigoted limited mind cant see everything in the universe don't mean its not there. Science will continue to discover new things, but people like you won't accept anything thats not sticking to them like a Bugger on there Nose. Paul, you place yourself in this comfortable two dimensional box, where anything you don't understand you can just reject it so your simple mind wont have any questions or doubts about life. In essence this makes you a big Coward.

    November 11, 2011 at 4:00 am |
    • Mirosal

      Please review grade school grammar and spelling before posting again. "them molecules" ? try "those molecules" .... "dis proven" is ONE word .. "arragent" .. invisable" ... oh, and Marconi and Hertz DID know about RF 120 years ago. "Bugger on there Nose" ... try "booger on THEIR nose" You also left out several apostrophes. Your little paragraph would earn an "F" in sixth grade English.

      November 11, 2011 at 4:17 am |
  3. Carl

    Do some of you actually believe that you are simple skin and bone and a bit of electricity? There is much more to life than that. The questions of religions are silly. Believe what you like and let others do the same. But do go see if you can feel the life force in other living things. You might get a surprise if you keep an open mind. Love to you all.

    November 11, 2011 at 3:36 am |
  4. Rebecca

    Grew up in the backwoods and enjoy creation. However it got created. Not one person on this planet knows how it all happened or how it works. I do enjoy the magnificence and beauty of it all, and we are a small piece of it all. I was raised in a christian church but cannot remember believing any of it. I like science but it is woefully short. A few years ago I took a religion test and it called me a Taoist-98%. What???? I started reading the Tao, and sure enough, I'm a Taoist. I don't know that there are many true atheists out there, more like everyone's definition of "god" is different. Sure not worth hurting others over or even being particularly mean about it, either. If you are a Christian and think you are saved and others will perish, good for you. Judge not lest ye be judged; and if we are all going to burn in hell we don't need you to created hell on earth for us. Yep, I have read the Bible front to back about 7 times... about the quickest way to get over being a Christian is to actually read the entire Bible. I lived in the Bible Belt for 30 years and NEVER met a Christian who actually read the Bible through even once. Odd, that.

    November 11, 2011 at 12:06 am |
  5. Mal

    Theists believe in a deity and Atheist theorize there is no deity. In the end neither side can ever prove they are right because both rely on speculation. (most) Atheists believe there is no God because they think universe is entirely explainable and there can be no proof of a God (I'm generalizing here but this is my experience with atheists). By definition of their view they will never prove the nonexistence of God, just a lack of proof.
    Christians (as an example) believe in the writings of men who witnessed, as they described, the coming of an almighty God's son made man. Again, since there weren't any video cameras back then and Christ hasn't been around on Earth for the past 2k or so years, there will never be indisputable proof anytime soon (as that radio host will tell you; rapture predictions can be so unreliable). In the mean time, lets respect other people's views and avoid calling them names. We each have a right to believe what we want and take whatever evidence we choose as justification for our beliefs.
    There are Intelligent reasons for believing either side and every side has outliers and fanatics. As Landis was saying, we like to demonize our opponents. Can we all just remember this, the best way to convert someone to your argument is not to call them "stupid" or "idiot", its to engage in intelligent discussion over pros and cons of each side. Debate Rule #1 "as soon as you resort to name calling, your argument is lost". If we all just take a step back and really reflect on our beliefs and how to articulate them, humanity can benefit as a whole, regardless of who is "right".

    November 10, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
    • ChicagoRob

      a sound arguement...of course as with what seems to be all ideologies..there will be extremists giving the majority a bad name. basically put;
      most Christians are good loving people;
      most muslims are good loving people;
      most atheists are good loving people;
      there will always be extremes on the outskirts that bring a bad name to the rest.

      November 11, 2011 at 12:03 am |
  6. EatYouAlive

    Funny. http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/oma/2372505317.html

    November 10, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
  7. D. Green

    Religion is the product of man's fear of death, and the his insatiable desire to understand his maker. That, in one sentence, is it. These powerful emotions are enough to allow otherwise intelligent people to believe virtually anything put in front or, or taught to them, that they can somehow gain comfort from. This level of comfort trumps common sense. At the very least, we can say that yes, it's possible that there is a supreme being, but we have absolutely no idea about its origin or its though-process, and probably never will, although its more likely that there is no such being.

    November 10, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  8. rich

    @ Doc Vestibule:
    "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
    For by it the men of old gained approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible." (Hebrews 11:1-3)
    "...and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins." (1Corinthians 15:17)
    "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

    November 10, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
    • Arisha Nasir

      What excatly are you saying here? I am never surprised at the religous person that selects a few passages from a book as if it holds some lost wisdom. In todays age we know more now then the folks that wrote the bible ever could. They never new the electron, magnetism, virus structure, DNA, natural selection, faultlines, dinasours, fussion, the doppler affect, quantum mechanics, tellomeres, encryption, crowd sourcing, data mining, migration patterns, comets, the age of the planet or the universe for that matter. How can anyone read a book written by a people 2000 years ago and honesty believe it as if it were written by god. Are you that guillable?

      November 10, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
  9. jag

    Why so much animosity between atheists and those who believe in God. As is inevitable in disputes, one is right and one is wrong. As long as whatever you believe provides what you need- that's all that counts. Believe or not – so what? I know one atheist who wishes she could believe. She says it's scarey to think that we are out here on our own. She actually seems to kind of envy the peace some believers say they have, but she does not demean them in conversation. I like her.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      What she is saying is that ignorance is bliss and she wishes she could her blinders on and be comforted by the idea of an anthropocentric God who watches over us all.
      It's like wishing we had never split the Atom so that the world would be a less scary place.
      Faith is an emotion – and there is no rational answer to an emotional argument.
      "One may bask at the warm fire of faith or choose to live in the bleak certainty of reason- but one cannot have both."

      November 10, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
    • DENISE

      I also knew an Atheist who wished she could have belief and faith in a loving God too. I don't feel animosity if a person is an Atheist, I just feel sorrow that I may never see this person in Heaven and they will be forever lost in a terrible place. If a person chooses to be an Atheist than they should not be agitated or angry because I choose to accept my Creator and God, who I am devoted to and will not be ashamed of!

      November 10, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
    • ThinkForYourself

      I have no problem with those who believe – most of my family and friends do. I have a problem with people who want to use public funds and resources to promote their beliefs, who use their beliefs to stifle others' civil rights, who try to inject their beliefs into public school science classes, and who want their children to have the ability to bully others' with their beliefs.

      November 10, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
  10. Ben

    Another Waste of Internet space... Thanks for the story Corporate News Network.

    November 10, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  11. saabguy

    Terrified? I'm an atheist and I am not at all terrified - unlike unthinking Christians who base their entire lives and behaviors on terror and coercion froma book writted thousands of years ago my medieval men.

    November 10, 2011 at 11:29 am |
    • Super G

      Yup, just another unhappy former believer angry at the world and disappointed/embarrased for having believed in something they now no longer believe in – trying to drag others along. Quit trying to influence me. You hate it when Jesus lovers try influence you – hypocrite.

      November 10, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
    • Gadflie

      You call him a hypocrite while doing EXACTLY what you claim he is doing, just for the other side. What does that make you?

      November 10, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
  12. Fred

    Those who believe in religion are cowards who can't find meaning or have enough self control in this life so they have to project a fantasy afterlife/another world/higher power/punisher-provider being to "serve" in return for some supposed reward after death.

    November 10, 2011 at 11:14 am |
  13. The real john

    What terrifies an athiest? God...

    November 10, 2011 at 10:31 am |
    • HAHAHA

      "What terrifies an athiest? God"

      How can you be terrified over something that doesn't exist? You make absolutely no sense. So based on your logic Christians are terrified of Tinker Bell. Get the picture? DUH!

      November 10, 2011 at 11:16 am |
    • Primewonk

      Oh good lord. Seriously, how can you fundiots post this inane tripe. Do we fear Santa? Do we fear the tooth fairy?

      November 10, 2011 at 11:37 am |
    • Dave

      You have proven John's point. By feeling the need or even compulsion you could say, to respond in such a manor to John's post before you could continue on with your day just to feel better about yourselves. That is fear. Fear of faith. Someone has it, so you MUST destroy it otherwise it breaks down your whole view of life. How small of you.

      November 10, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
    • Draz

      @Dave

      Great, GREAT response! 🙂

      November 10, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
    • No One Is Safe

      @draz – yeah, great response... except for that bit about being completely wrong... other than that, it was aces!

      November 10, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
    • ThinkForYourself

      "You have proven John's point. By feeling the need or even compulsion you could say, to respond in such a manor to John's post before you could continue on with your day just to feel better about yourselves. That is fear. Fear of faith. Someone has it, so you MUST destroy it otherwise it breaks down your whole view of life. How small of you."

      Wait, saying that I don't fear something that I don't think exists is ... fear? Um, no.

      Are you the pot, or the kettle?

      November 10, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
    • Dave

      "Fear of faith" Since when has faith not exsisted. Is that the arrgument now? It was at least in around when i had faith that people would be able to read and understand my comment, clearly my faith in you was too great. However i have faith you understand it now.

      November 14, 2011 at 8:22 am |
    • HAHAHA

      "Fear of faith. Someone has it, so you MUST destroy it otherwise it breaks down your whole view of life. How small of you."

      LOL! What a hypocrite so now do you feel better because you responded the same manner, of course not. Oh....how small of you.

      FEAR: False Evidence Appearing Real

      Which is why we don't fear faith.

      November 14, 2011 at 8:33 am |
    • Mirosal

      I cannot fear anything that does not exist. And I cannot take dave seriously if he doesn't know the difference between "manor" and "manner". Go back and finish your third year of 6th grade.

      November 14, 2011 at 8:47 am |
    • Dave

      @Hahaha Responding to your misunderstanding of my statement is not hypocritical. I didn't mean to scare you. See, thats called a joke. Yes, I am most certainly not taking this seriously.
      @Mirosal Grammmarrr naaaaazies arg knot gnice peapole. Learn sum man ores.

      November 14, 2011 at 9:30 am |
    • HAHAHA

      "I didn't mean to scare you. See, thats called a joke. Yes, I am most certainly not taking this seriously."

      Exactly, there is nothing serious to take about something that doesn't exist. Whats even more hysterical is people have taken it serious for decades. LMAO!

      November 14, 2011 at 10:56 am |
  14. Jake

    Can anyone name three people who are smart AND true believers of any religion? I don't think there are any. Of course, it's a bit of a problem question because there are plenty of people who pretend to believe for political reasons, or to exploit others financially, etc. I honestly doubt whether there are any great thinkers who would say they "know" their religion is true like so many claim.

    November 9, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
    • Sterling

      Martin Nowak, Charles Hard Townes, and Francis Collins. All you have managed to prove is that you are a complete and utter idiot. Please shut up.

      November 9, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
    • Stephen

      Three great philosophers who defend the Christian faith are:
      William Lane Craig, prof. of theology @ Biola University: specifically, he defends the Kalaam Cosmological argument, the A theory of time, free will and evil, and Molinism.
      Alvin Plantinga, prof. of theology @ Notre Dame: he defends the notion of reformed epistemology, which states that if moral arguments for Christianity are true, then principles of the Christian faith are likely to be true as well. He also effectively refutes moral antirealism, which is the belief that moral truths can never be definitively known to man.
      J.P. Moreland, prof. of theology @ University of New Zealand. He specifically defends the historicity of Jesus.

      Hope this helps.

      November 10, 2011 at 1:24 am |
    • The real john

      Wow! Ha ha, talk about ignorance..

      November 10, 2011 at 10:30 am |
    • Righton

      Can anyone name three atheists who are intelligent?

      November 10, 2011 at 10:41 am |
    • tallulah13

      Normally I don't use wiki as a source but this one came with a nice list of references:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_atheists_in_science_and_technology

      November 10, 2011 at 10:45 am |
    • J.W

      How do you know if someone is just pretending? And what makes you think you are smarter than them?

      November 10, 2011 at 11:18 am |
    • hippypoet

      Righton

      Can anyone name three atheists who are intelligent?

      I know things you probly don't....and i know most atheists do as well – therefore if we judge intelligence by how smart you are... we are friggin genuises!
      But don't take my word for it... go do some reasearch and see just how much us truth seekers really know by asking us questions and the like.... or if knowledge is scary, then stay the way you and most believers are – IGNORANT!

      November 10, 2011 at 11:24 am |
    • J.W

      So hippy if someone just walks up to you and tell you they are Christian you just assume that you are smarter than them? That is silly.

      November 10, 2011 at 11:28 am |
    • hippypoet

      no no no, i first engage them in a conversation... normally ending badly due to them not liking my choice of argument or tools i use in a conversation over belief... so in short i am norally the one insulted and left to think... which i believe is the same way children act when they hear the word "NO"... but i have had some great conversations with people over religion, its just a rare thing. Like a unicorn in a garage during a full moon on saturday night after a fooball game.... very rare! clearly thats a joke. please roll with it.

      November 10, 2011 at 11:37 am |
    • hippypoet

      i will be back, i have a biz meeting and they, not I , for once – am late! hence the extra time on cnn. later for now.

      November 10, 2011 at 11:38 am |
  15. b

    interesting how many articles on the belief blog are about atheism. personally, i think there should be more about buddhism, taoism, and of course shoeism (sorry, couldn't resist the monty python reference)

    November 9, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
    • R. Stavale

      Dudeism is the religion for me, it all finally makes sense
      http://dudeism.com/brotherhoodshamus/

      November 9, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  16. Mark A

    @Leni.

    I mean all religions, cults etc. All religions combined have killed more people than any other single force other than nature. Atheist are not innocent of past atrocities as you pointed out. Atheist can be insane as well however if you were to balance the damage to this world the scales would certainly show that religion is the worst thing that has happened to our species. Many people find happiness in it and do not twist its intentions to suit agendas. I applaud those that do and I am not one of those that things people are crazy for believing. To each his/her own is my way. Live and let live. I dont care if you worship a doorknob. Religion can he good for people that dont abuse it as if it were a drug. Sad thing is that so many use it to their advantage and seem to think they are better than those who live differently than they do. I have encountered this man times. I judge no one but religions people seem so quick to judge atheist. That in itself is not following the teaching of Christ.

    November 9, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
    • W

      I noticed whenever someone accuse religion of being the causes of most wars. Half of the wars named were not even about religion. Just because one side believes in a religion doesn't make it a holy war

      November 9, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
    • ChicagoRob

      I disagree..wars have always been and will always be about resources...religion is sometimes used as a thinly veiled ideology but it is resources that has always drivin any and all wars.( land, Food, water, minerals. Oil) . Even so-called religious war like the Crusades where more about trying to find land for knights from previous Christian takeovers and to keep the overall populace happy.

      November 11, 2011 at 12:15 am |
  17. cloud91977

    We need to call a spade a spade. What the theists want us to believe is that an alien species from beyond the universe either 'started' this universe or created the whole thing and should therefore be elevated to an idol and bowed down to by the masses.

    They can't see the basic human psychology in stories about a being (or beings) who have power over good and evil, who has the ability to give ot take life, to forgive or to condemn, to create heaven or hell. They think someone else is responsible for all of that, and that this someone else is going to save us from ourselves.

    It's a terribly sad and frustrating state of affairs given that so many are so blinded with this idolatry that they can't even value the human species or life unless it's the product of some alien effort.

    November 9, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  18. cloud91977

    Why are my posts not showing up in the string?

    November 9, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
    • cloud91977

      Figures that one would work.

      Sheesh!

      November 9, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
    • Helpful Hints

      cloud,

      Bad letter combinations / words to avoid if you want to get past the CNN automatic filter:
      Many, if not most, are buried within other words, so use your imagination.
      You can use dashes, spaces, or other characters to modify the "offending" letter combinations.
      ---
      ar-se.....as in ar-senic.
      co-ck.....as in co-ckatiel, co-ckatrice, co-ckleshell, co-ckles, etc.
      co-on.....as in rac-oon, coc-oon, etc.
      cu-m......as in doc-ument, accu-mulate, circu-mnavigate, circu-mstances, cu-mbersome, cuc-umber, etc.
      cu-nt.....as in Scu-ntthorpe, a city in the UK famous for having problems with filters...!
      ef-fing...as in ef-fing filter
      ft-w......as in soft-ware, delft-ware, swift-water, drift-wood, etc.
      ho-mo.....as in ho-mo sapiens or ho-mose-xual, ho-mogenous, etc.
      ho-rny....as in tho-rny, etc.
      jacka-ss...yet "ass" is allowed by itself.....
      ja-p......as in j-apanese, ja-pan, j-ape, etc.
      koo-ch....as in koo-chie koo..!
      nip-ple
      o-rgy….as in po-rgy, zo-rgy, etc.
      pi-s......as in pi-stol, lapi-s, pi-ssed, therapi-st, etc.
      p-orn… as in p-ornography
      pr-ick....as in pri-ckling, pri-ckles, etc.
      que-er
      ra-pe.....as in scra-pe, tra-peze, gr-ape, thera-peutic, sara-pe, etc.
      se-x......as in Ess-ex, s-exual, etc.
      sh-@t.....but shat is okay – don't use the @ symbol there.
      sl-ut
      sn-atch
      sp-ic.....as in disp-icable, hosp-ice, consp-icuous, susp-icious, sp-icule, sp-ice, etc.
      sp-oon
      sp-ook… as in sp-ooky, sp-ooked
      strip-per
      ti-t......as in const-itution, att-itude, ent-ities, alt-itude, beat-itude, etc.
      tw-at.....as in wristw-atch, nightw-atchman, etc.
      va-g......as in extrava-gant, va-gina, va-grant, va-gue, sava-ge, etc.
      who-re....as in who're you kidding / don't forget to put in that apostrophe!
      wt-f....also!!!!!!!

      There are more, some of them considered "racist", so do not assume that this list is complete.

      November 9, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
    • cloud91977

      Haha Helpful! Thanks for that list but I wasn't using any of those words.

      November 9, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
    • Helpful Hints

      cloud, I see that your post finally did go through (a great one too, btw). If you do discover what word caused the glitch, let me know and I can add it to my list.

      November 9, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  19. rhymeskeema

    I know em, I love em. They are smart, well-read, articulate, and usually very passionate. But the end of their argument generally boils down to them pitying you for not seeing the universe a giant accident instead of a mysterious realm of unexplainable existence.

    November 9, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
    • Chuckles

      I'm as.suming that was in response to me, so I'll answer that.

      You are either not giving them you attention or you don't understand what they're saying or they don't understand how to explain it properly.

      The idea that the universe is a gigantic accident is silly. Atheists know it, christians know it, but they like to throw that at atheists because you think if god makes the universe that gives it more meaning than without a god forming the universe.

      Just because the universe formed without a discernable force to give credit to does not make it either accidental or purposeful, those words only matter when we assign them to events and in this case the creation of the universe is neither. Does that help you understand an atheist POV or are you going to just keep badmouthing atheists in the guise of a christian persecution complex? What was the phrase you used? Oh yeah, "Way to transcend the genre."

      November 9, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
    • J.W

      I forget now, do scientists believe that hydrogen was the only element in existence at first? Or was there helium too?

      November 9, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
    • Chuckles

      Off the top of my head, yes Hydrogen was the only element and then helium quickly got added to the mix

      November 9, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @rhymeskeema
      Most of the atheists I've met agree with Spinoza's concept of God and are awed at the beauty and majesty of the universe.
      If you've met atheists who pity believers, it is becuase they know that the whole of existence is much grander, and more humbling to the individual, than those who subscribe to an anthropocentric/anthropomorphic God are willing to admit.
      To believe that Humans are the predilect object of Creation and that the universe exists simply to have us in it is not only egotistical in the extreme, it limits one's ability to appreciate the incredibly unlikely set of circu.mstances that has allowed us to exist in a hostile universe.

      To the scientifically minded, mystery invites investigation and the most effective form of investigation is the scientific method. Spiritual navel-gazing is like mastu-rbation – it can feel good to the individual, but it adds nothing to the lives of those around you.

      November 9, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • J.W

      Oh ok I just want to make sure that you atheists keep me on top of this scientific stuff. I should get a book on it from the library. I was going to get one but I got a book about the wonders of the world, but it was probably too simple, like a kids book. I got a Hindu book and I like this one. There is a guy fighting in a war but he is discouraged so Krishna is talking to him. It is interesting.

      November 9, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
    • Val

      Great post Chuckles. well said.

      November 10, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
    • ThinkForYourself

      " a giant accident instead of a mysterious realm of unexplainable existence."

      Why do you as.sume that the two are mutually exclusive?

      November 10, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
  20. rhymeskeema

    Atheists have it all wrapped up with a little bow on top: Science made the world, and that's the end of the story, so shut up, because your god doesn't exist. Spirituality is complicated, difficult, and individual, so it must be scrapped and mocked.

    November 9, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
    • Chuckles

      or you've never met an atheist before, read any insightful comments on this board and just believe whatever the good reverend has to tell you about the enemy.

      November 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • rhymeskeema

      An Athiest with a sarcastic comment. Way to transcend the genre.

      November 9, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      "Science" did make anything – it is the best method we have for explaining the world around us.
      Hypothesize, test, observe, repeat, invite as many others as possible to do the same.
      Science doesn't have anything "wrapped up with a neat little bow on top".
      Each question that is answered opens up more questions – and thus the quest for knowledge never ends.
      Faith, on the other hand, is intellectual apathy.
      It is the willing cessation of rational inquiry in order to be able to accept rote replies as "Truth".

      November 9, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
    • rhymeskeema

      I said "Athiests" have it wrapped up with a bow on top, not science. Most are more dogmatic than any Christian I've ever met.

      November 9, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • Chuckles

      Who said that was sarcastic? You clearly have a misconception about atheists if you believe what you wrote, I was giving you the benefit of the doubt.

      November 9, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • J.W

      Don't be upset you atheists. You are being swept away by the river of despair so rhymeskeema is offering you the lifeboat of love before you get to the waterfall of doom.

      November 9, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @J.W.
      Yes, I can feel the love emanating from rhymeskeema's post.
      It feels like the kind of love that only goes away after a trip to the clinic and a round of antibiotics.

      November 9, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
    • J.W

      lol, it may be like that if he is around a long time, im guess that you meant he is an STD. So is everyone enjoying my little analogies here? lol

      November 9, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
    • cloud91977

      No, science didn't make the world, the fundamental interactions did.

      As to the question of whether an alien from beyond the universe created the fundamental interactions, I think it's one thing to posit that such a thing could happen, and another altogether to insist that such beings are "Gods". In other words, theists are practicing idolatry by elevating a life to the status of "God". Therein lies the biggest problem with much of what theists have to offer.. they put the idol over everything else, even a decent ethic, even common sense, even the patient findings of scientists.

      When it comes those theists who use the Bible, it's curious that they never think that they are the ones who are lost, being led into degradation false prophets, etc.

      November 9, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
    • Super G

      So let me get this straight, athiests hate it when christians insist that there is a God who created the universe and also make fun of them for insisting. They then follow that up by insisting there is no God? And are insulted when someone insists that there is? Cannot have your cake and eat it too. At least stick to the rules you have made for the christians....

      November 10, 2011 at 9:39 pm |
    • ThinkForYourself

      "They then follow that up by insisting there is no God? And are insulted when someone insists that there is? Cannot have your cake and eat it too. At least stick to the rules you have made for the christians...."

      Here's the rule: Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

      November 10, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
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