I have strong opinions about this subject. I believe in science and evolution. I think a notion of god is preposterous. How can anyone, when considering the Holocaust, think there is a benevolent being who influences happenings in the Universe? My favorite philosopher, Epicurus, said it best:
“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?”
And this was written in the 4th century B.C. in Greece, where and when everyone believed that there were many gods who influenced everything in daily life, like the weather.
I was once misguided and believed there was a god. But then I found that belief in god compromised my intellectual integrity. Belief was not congruent with what my reason dictated. An afterlife, karma...these things just don't make sense. Now I am comfortable with my beliefs. While my conclusion is not what I would have preferred, honesty and truth are more important than what I WANT to be true. __________________________________________________
Interesting articles, etc. I will be adding to this section over time.
* Five quick tips that can help you determine if that science article is actually nonsense. Common sense, but most people are clueless.
* Great and brief (10 minutes) talk by Sam Harris.
“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements - the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution and for life - weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way for them to get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today.”
― Lawrence M. Krauss
"Science adjusts its views based on what's observed. Faith is the denial of observation so that belief can be preserved."
- Tim Minchin (Australian comedian, actor, writer, musician and director)
"If we wish to draw philosophical conclusions about our own existence, our significance, and the significance of the universe itself, our conclusions should be based on empirical knowledge. A truly open mind means forcing our imaginations to conform to the evidence of reality, and not vice versa, whether or not we like the implications.”
― Lawrence M. Krauss, A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing