Only if someone asks, or brings up the subject. I discuss it quite a lot with my next-door neighbour and good friend who has never had a belief in something supernatural inculcated into her. I challenge the claims and assertions of believers that experiences they have had could not have originated and been entirely generated by their evolved brains, especially in spaces like this. I do not have a blog, I do not advocate atheism via Face Book, posters, standing on a street corner with megaphone, or entering into public discussions and I've certainly no intention of writing a book about it. Good luck to those who do.Quote
I call Susan an "evangelistic" atheist in that she advocates an atheistic POV,
Pleas, please tell me how anyone can practise not believing, ie. practise a lack of belief, in something supernatural!!Quote
but she's clearly not a "practicing" atheist. Practicing atheists, like the famous four horsemen (Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Daniel Dennett) interact, disagree, and even squabble--just like practicing Christians.
Now here I'm going to quibble a bit. I think the definition of Christian is becoming less rigidly restricted to a belief in the living Christ etc. I might develop that idea later.Quote
Daniel Dennett even goes to a Christian church on Sunday (his sister is a Congregational minister). He knows why he is not a Christian and he makes good points.
And people are not banned from going into places of worship because they do not hold the beliefs held by others there, you know.
So you keep asserting. That is incorrect and 'drifting' about is not something I do. I take positive action about what I do and those who actually know me would confirm this!Quote
Susan does not have the philosophical background to participate in such discussions. She just "drifted away" from Christianity without ever articulating or discussing specific points of disagreement.
You would probably like your beliefs to go unopposed, but that is not going to happen.
Translation: your supposition that I have such a supposition.Quote
I do not know, nor have I have ever read or heard of, an atheist who separates atheism into brands.Quote
that her brand of atheism
I have never said or supposed that any atheism is supported by science. That is clearly not so, since science relies on facts and Theories which stand scrutiny and simply does not enter into a field where a starting observation is not possible. Neither belief nor non-belief is observable. I am clear that all facts and Theories which are claimned by those in the disciplines of science to be objective are open to challenge and that those that are incomplete come under a general heading of 'all facts unknown at the moment'.Quote
is supported by science is simply to quote or paraphrase others rather than draw her own conclusions.
If I quote any established fact or Theory to someone or in a discussion then it is up to the person challenged to provide better and more objective facts to correct me.
And I think I'll say here that you appear to lack one area of understanding in science in that you allow 100% faith/subjective ideas to be considered as truth, and promote them in your worship work, even though they are not objective. You have the right to do that as it is not against the law, but it is, without doubt, an entirely faith belief.Quote
That's because she doesn't have sufficient grounding in science to form her own conclusions.
The Christian church believes a whole raft of impossible things about this time of year which is sad. The Spring equinox and natural revival of growth etc have been noted and revelled over since way, way before the supposed resurrection of a preacher who lived 2,000 years ago.Quote
Yesterday in town there was quite a large group, obviously from a local non-conformist/evangelical-type church, singing about 'the blood shed for me'. sigh* They had a good trombonist with them though.
I could have joined in - I have a good memory for words, especially of hymns sung over and over for years, and it was a lovely day, but after a short rest on one of the many seats available for ancients like me, continued my walk homewards.