Religions Promote Pseudo-Morality

All religions have some form of self-shaming institution such as “sin” or its equivalent such as karma or something else often used to describe actions that create negative self or other outlook where truly there is none. This idea of sin points out how religions promote pseudo-morality. The easiest aspect to grasp about pseudo-morality is when it is claimed that you can do something immoral to yourself that is pseudo-morality. True morality is how one conducts themselves with others. There is no ethical violation of self. To understand this concept considers how consent violations are unethical and how one does not need to get consent from oneself. Thus, there cannot be a consent violation against self and the aspect of sin is pseudo-morality, which promotes that there can be a violation of the self. Some will try to say that the violation is of a god but this is wrong because this is saying that someone else has control over what ethical things you do to yourself and what you do to yourself under your own consent. Likewise, another aspect of pseudo-morality is how religions seem to take the position that those people over there are different. Once you separate yourself from others, it is a short step from that to dehumanizing them. Once you do that, you open the door to hate people and dehumanizing hate tends to lead to violence. Imagine you are god with all the normal powers claimed by religions: What would you do, to (for) the world, if you were god for a day? What wrongs would you right? What diseases would you wipe...

Philosophy to The Rescue

We do not have a religious faith problem we have a scientific reality problem if one would accept scientific realism over religious faith’s antirealism there would be no religious faith problem. Some may wonder how philosophy helps anything. To answer this we must recognize what is unique about philosophy and not just in how it is an aid in expressing oneself with precision or helping one in learning to think critically, rationally, or skeptically. Neither is it to write books and articles beyond the understanding of the general public or research philosophers publish just for one another. Rather philosophy’s value harkens to its historical mission who is not merely to find the truth, but to use the truth to improve the quality of human life. Philosophy cannot be allowed to be thought as unscientific or irrelevant because A to Z philosophy is involved in (almost) EVERYTHING and has the potential to change the very fabric of who they are as human beings. Philosophy was originally meant to change lives and it can and should be that way again today since everything under the sun is relatively a subject for philosophy. Therefore, philosophy to the rescue means we can assert the truth that truth is always open to future correction. Truth is not a limited commodity but can be understood by approximations, warrants, conjectures, or levels of certainty. Understanding then requires critical reflection. It is valuable to be reasonable and have an inquiring mind. Thus, it is rational to have reasonable skepticism as well. More specifically, scientific skepticism which is to point out that whatever way the knowledge of anything...

My Written Discussions, Responses and Debates

My Written Discussions, Responses and Debates “Accommodationist” Atheist? I Just Say NO. Secular Sunday School Atheist (Accommodationist Atheist): Good to see you Saturday. Glad you got out to an event. Thought you’d be around to talk, but you left early. We’ll get our chance to talk soon enough. Damien Marie AtHope: I realize I don’t fit there and so I left and also left the group. Others have the right to do atheism their way. I am just not into that style I feel out of place an so I need to do my own thing not disrupt the rights of others. I am just to firebrand atheist and that is not against others just my style. I see I will not fit in here and do not feel here needs to change for me nor am I going to change for here. I have tried to make it work and still wish others well but I felt out of place. I don’t want to argue or feel I don’t fit and I see others do and that’s good but I felt I needed to go. Accommodationist Atheist: I wouldn’t have guessed, but I understand, and I’m sorry to hear it. I thought I was the one that didn’t fit in there. I think atheists sometimes put too much emphasis on being individualistic and independent and not enough on being connected personally to a group. Of course you need to do what’s right for you. Good luck with your book. Damien Marie AtHope: Thanks most of the people I talked to are accomodationism atheists so many are more like you...

Battle For Evidence?

Challenger, You seem to put a great deal of faith in atheism. It must be difficult in proving that God doesn’t exist. Damien Marie AtHope, I seem to have a rational standard to what I believe. I am epistemically rational and value the ethics of belief. Addressing The Ethics of Belief: http://damienmarieathope.com/2016/02/29/addressing-the-ethics-of-belief/ Challenger, How do you scientifically prove that randomness is your creator? Even physicists believe in a theory of everything, which means there is a divine stability of the universe. Damien Marie AtHope, You would be redefining what you accept as the term creator to that which is only saying everything is natural world connected. Yes, there is only natural world or it’s a non-real world claims to try and add magic god status when it has never even been shown to be anything supernatural. Challenger, The natural world is governed by a set of rules. Damien Marie AtHope, And? Don’t be Boxed in by Abstraction: http://damienmarieathope.com/2016/12/15/dont-be-boxed-in-by-abstraction/ Challenger, My suspicion is that you suffer from pride. Damien Marie AtHope, Challenger and if I have all the pride in the world what does that have to do with my truth? Challenger, God hates pride. Damien Marie AtHope, Challenger what is a god? What is a god? Just an Empty Label: http://damienmarieathope.com/2016/11/16/what-is-a-god-just-a-empty-label/ Challenger, When you pass into the next stage of life with such pride, you’re going to regret it. The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord. Damien Marie AtHope, what is a Lord? I Am a Strong Atheist: “I am psychologically certain god(s) don’t exist”: http://damienmarieathope.com/2016/11/05/i-am-a-strong-atheist-i-am-psychologically-certain-gods-dont-exist/ Challenger, According to the Bible, there is coming a day...

Two Atheists philosophers: debate “spiritual”

Two Atheists philosophers: Damien AtHope (Autodidact Philosopher) and Challenger (with a MA. Philosophy) debate “spiritual” Challenger, A lot of philosophers discuss “spiritual” things that have nothing to do with the supernatural. “Hadot acknowledges his use of the term “spiritual exercises” may create anxieties, by associating philosophical practices more closely with religious devotion than typically done (Nussbaum 1996, 353-4; Cooper 2010). Hadot’s use of the adjective “spiritual” (or sometimes “existential”) indeed aims to capture how these practices, like devotional practices in the religious traditions (6a), are aimed at generating and reactivating a constant way of living and perceiving in prokopta, despite the distractions, temptations, and difficulties of life. For this reason, they call upon far more than “reason alone.”” http://www.iep.utm.edu/hadot/#H5 Damien Marie AtHope, God has many definitions yet lack epistemic justification, If there is some “spiritual” I want to hear a clear and evidence rich offering with valid and reliable reason one evidence full with adherence to epistemic rationality. Challenger, Hadot’s concept of spiritual exercise is based on ancient philosophy and is quite secular in nature. It has been adopted quite a bit by a lot of cognitive behavior therapy as well. There is something to be said against viewing philosophy as a mere handmaiden to science, though. So, cognitive behavioral therapy is not necessarily needed to think there’s a philosophical point to spiritual exercises. I wrote a bit about this issue a long time ago here. https://www.facebook.com/notes/ethical-realism/what-it-really-means-to-be-spiritual/215937618383 Damien Marie AtHope, here are two of my blogs Spiritual Woo Woo, Trying to Make Magic of Reality  and Addressing The Ethics of Belief Challenger, The second link you posted right now is not...