Religion checked "none"

  • The deist says, "I believe in the existence of God, on purely rational grounds.
  • The agnostic says, "I cannot prove it, but it is possible that God exists."
  • The atheist says, "I believe that God does not exist."
  • The secular humanist says, "Human beings have the capability of being ethical and moral without the need for religion or God."
  • The dualist says, "Reality consists of two basic, opposed, and irreducible principles that account for all that exists."
  • The philosopher says, "What is called reality is merely the construct of one's mind."
  • The scientist says, "Everything can be known in time and reduced to formulas which will allow humans to manipulate the material and organic universe as gods."
  • The pagan says, "All religions are false because God exists in the natural world."
  • The hedonist says, "I do not rely on a God to guide my actions. I am ruled by the pursuit of pleasure."
  • The capitalist says, "Money defines God and its pursuit is the end and means of existence and, therefore, the justification for ignoring those people whose fault it was to remain poor.
  • The nationalist says, "A superior nation or state or leader has the right and duty to impose its values upon others by force or slavery for the sake of creating a uniform or at least homogeneous world.
  • The libertarian says, "The rule of law should prevail, but only when it does not infringe upon individual rights."
  • The evangelist says, "Jesus Christ is my personal savior, but I have no idea what Church I belong to."
  • The theodicy-ist says, "It can be proved that God's goodness and justice exist in the face of apparent existence of evil; if for nothing else, than that God's non-existence would be worse."
  • The others say, "I haven't given it much thought. I am too busy with my "life."

"Done with religion"

The story of the "done":
  • In my search for the purpose of existence and to answer the question of how something came from nothing, I thought that others had found the truth. So I joined religion.
  • At first I was an initiate and if the "truths" fell short of my expectations, I was sure that it would all be revealed in time. I felt safe as knowledge would be revealed to me when my leaders saw that I was ready.
  • Having reached the level of the leaders, I discovered that the "secret truth", which they had withheld from me for so long, was just a series of "secret handshakes". 'But surely,' I said to myself while trying to not feel the panic that was rising within me, 'the founder had certainly discovered the Truth!'
  • I realized that the followers, not wanting to accept the shortcomings of their deceased leader, had pretended that their founder was God or, at least, a superhuman. But a human cannot be God and neither can God be a human.
  • Since the founder was dead, I suspended my blind belief and examined the hearsay evidence. After an exhaustive search, I came to the conclusion that the founder had merely convinced his followers that he knew the Truth, thus deluding himself and others.
  • I realized that those who claim to belong to a certain religion are actually deluded because the failure to follow even one rule had effectively nullified their membership.
  • Although I am now an expert of religion, I have gained nothing. I must be honest to myself and say, "I am done."

Nones Dones Arise! The New Non-Religion.

Hello Nones-Dones (Religion checked None or Done with Religion) and those who are joining us,

Let me tell you a story of the non-God. A Googolplex ((10**(10**100)) is the highest number that we can imagine that is less than Infinity, and you might say that is the replacement for God. (Google would like that!) The evidence of science conjectures that once upon a time a point the size of a fraction with a Googolplex as a denominator suddenly became our universe consisting of matter and energy (light and dark matter) in an event that had a probability of occurring equal to a number like a Googolplex. (Note: It is important that we do not use the term Infinity because in Infinity, nothing exists: the "chicken" or the "egg" cancel each other out.)

Perhaps the existence of our organic life shares a similar probability of occurring, unless we find that aliens exist. Then we would have a Googolplex of alien cousins!

Like Einstein we desperately believe that "God does not play dice with the universe," but is there any proof that shows this to be true? On the other hand, Quantum mechanics proves that probability rules. Religious Faith, that requires 'the purposeful suspension of critical thinking', is not going to save us from annihilation and neither will probability.

Clearly, the statement that God does not exist has to be the first step towards positive action. Thus, rather than relying on God to save us from our self-inflicted destruction, we would have the freedom to imagine a society that works together for a common good. Perhaps God would be embodied in such a society, if it were not entangled by laws, money, and selfish actions.

To do so, requires the answers to such questions as: Is the will-to-do-good innate within us? Is it possible to have faith in humankind? Is it possible for the rule of law to be just? Can love be separated from self-love?

Now is the time to grow up and leave 'the house of many mansions' of our Father-Mother in the sky that has trapped us. The 'free will of God' is just a license to commit all sorts of atrocities in His/Her Name. It is time to be accountable to yourself and your own conscience!

We have to stop empowering a few narcissistic personalities, who have used our apathy and the desire of future riches to enslave us. Yet, we must avoid being carried away by those 'isms', like communism or socialism or populism that have failed before. Blind religious belief, technological mind control (commercials) and the fear of physical punishment is so yesterday.

Do we dare to imagine a world where peace and love prevail? Can we restore hope in a future?

Let's try!