Not of the divine kind, far from that, it was more of studying the gathered pieces of a puzzle and suddenly seeing every one of them spontaneously perfectly falling in place. It was like the Eureka moment after discovering the Archimedes Principle, that made Archimedes forget to put his clothes on and run naked in the streets shouting "Eureka eureka I found it I found it" I am a little more down to earth and instead of running through the streets naked, I hurried to get a notebook and pencil to write it down before it would slip my mind. As a result of that I will try to make heads of tails of it for the first time in this text.
Richard Dawkins has a seven point scale to help people describe themselves with regard to their level of conviction about theism and atheism.
1. Strong theist. 100 per cent probability of God
2. De facto theist. Very high probability but short of 100 per cent
3. Leaning towards theism. Higher than 50 per cent but not very high
4. Leaning towards atheism. Lower than 50 per cent but not very low
5. Completely impartial. Exactly 50 per cent
6. De facto atheist. Very low probability, but short of zero.
7. Strong atheist. the type of I know there is no God
However I would even consider myself type 8.
It is like adding a step from the superlative to get the to exaggerative with the only purpose to show that I mean business..
Type 8 is a Type 7 with a serious attitude, because I seriously dislike the word atheist, it still indicates existence of theism and the religious principle, which I completely dismiss as an insult to any intelligence (including insects) and the summit of idiocy that is not even worth a split second of my attention.
If it weren't for the constant stream of divine creation apologetics I have to cut through every day, I would not even think of it -at all- .... like no one should..
The utmost preposterous idea alone that we were created, or intelligently were designed.... makes me wonder how human intelligence can be lowered to even consider this .... (silence)...
There are just no words I can use to describe the insanity of even the idea like we and the universe were made by some magical high and mighty "whatever" that hocuspocused us in existence.
IF we were created, it would more be like our existence is a particle size result of an experiment in a hadron collider, where our whole universe popped in to existence for less than a nanosecond representing for us a time span of a trillion years.. So at best our creators are scientists running this experiment and are totally unaware of us ..
Ridiculous one would say ? well considering the increasing rate of scientific discoveries, this idea is on the probability scale still an infinite of numbers Higher than (any) god being responsible..
However , this is not about Atheism versus Religion even though that is one of my favorite subjects.
After all the discussions in American Internet forums, being an outsider from the Netherlands I discovered something, that is far more disturbing, happening to the American people, and this is slowly spreading like a disease namely the slow death of objectivity in all people religious and atheist alike .
I used an American opinion website called Sodahead.com to see how far this was going, by writing carefully composed opinionated posts about "religion being hogwash" and as I expected the religious believers -Theists- did not agree and the non believer -Atheists- fully agreed .
Then I made some politically opinionated posts and there the outcome was, the conservatives disagreed and the liberals agreed, but there the difference between Theists and Atheists was not as much as the first result
Next I made a post about taking everything on faith or being skeptical in matters of religion with the fairly predictable outcome that Theists were in favor of faith and Atheists in favor of being skeptical
So far no earth shattering results but when I wrote a post about why the word “truther” has such a bad meaning to it suddenly everything changed, although the subject was entirely about the word, apparently no one read it because almost everyone showed to have almost an equal condemning opinion about the 9/11 truther movement as a bunch of nutcases with their head screwed on backwards..
Suddenly the conspiracy theories started flying, and of course everyone, Theists and Atheists alike agreed that these conspiracy theories all were lies of people with certain agendas.
I decided to introduce some of these conspiracy theories.
|Magic bullet diagram .|
#1 Where was the debris of American Airlines flight 77 that supposedly crashed in to the pentagon?
|where is the debris ?|
|Where is the debris ?|
Suddenly any sign of skepticism was gone , Theist and Atheist, Conservative and Liberal suddenly were one force defending the official government statement that both planes must have disintegrated on a molecular level due to the high velocity impact.
(The reason I chose this answer of many is because I know from very reliable scientific source that such molecular disintegration can only be reached in a nuclear explosion)
GONE was all skepticism in the Atheists.. Gone was all objectivity in Liberals ..
As one person they defended at least two incidents of which the official reports defied each and every law of Newtonian and other physics.
None of these people were uneducated (I might hope) none of them was stupid but in a strange manner they abandoned their principles of being skeptical and being objective about official statements when it came to the Kennedy assassination and the 9/11 attack.
Isn't this just plain weird ?
Even the Atheists who have become totally skeptical an rejecting every religious claim show they still have the tendency to believe what the other source of indoctrination, the commercial bought and paid for News Media with people of the likes of Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck and whatever biased and opinionated media personality of whatever news station wants them to believe..
Isn't this weird or is it just me ...