James Hart

Maidstone, Kent, United Kingdom

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James Hart
Posted almost 3 years ago
Is atheism a religion?
obviously there has to be personal input to what is agreed. i would point out that that quote is not one said by Jesus but by one of his followers, who was known to be sexist. i believe that the bible has been corrupted many times, like all religions, and so you should only look really at the areas where it can be trusted fully what Jesus himself says. he does not once mention sexism or homophobia, in fact he would often anger people with his love and compassion for women and other outcasts, he befriended tax men, talked to prostitutes and touched lepers, but like usual the bible got corrupted as has everything good in the world (communism ect) Jesus himself would be very angry im sure at what has eventually happened to a lot of what he preached, just one example is that many "Christians" are right wing when Jesus was openly a socialist. it happens in all walks of life just look at nuclear weapons to see an original idea to produce mass energy turn into a bomb of mass destruction. if you look at the core of the bible that is what you need to look at and then each person should make his opinions on that.
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James Hart
Posted almost 3 years ago
Is atheism a religion?
I agree there is a lot of hatred by religious people (as well as by non-religious people) but this is not due to the religion itself it is either corruption or misunderstanding most of the time it is used as an excuse to do bad things king henry the eigth for instance. and in many of these cases this as just been passed on through the ages, if you are to look back at jesus himself and his teachings; he was a socialist, a pacifist and totaly against any discrimination it is just over time it has been corrupted many times and has evolved into what it is now. they may not really be being saved but if they think they are saving thats what gives them their passion whereas i dont see how atheists can hold so much passion for something which translates into quite a depressing "reality" in fact i see in a lot of evangelic atheists that they only do it to push others down, and you dont need to be atheist to argue for gay rights ect. i do so and i am religious (not stupid religious though) and in fact if the change comes from inside it will be much more effective than if it comes from the outside, that whole thing about the sun and the wind trying to get the coat of a guy. and essentially all science says is that there was nothing then there was a big bang and then we were here, but however far you trace it back you are going to need something (whether its god or not) outside of our dimensions and beyond our comprehension to be able to create us. all in all science explains how and religion explains why, you cannot have one without the other.
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James Hart
Posted almost 3 years ago
Is atheism a religion?
Passion for what benefit? Atheism seems to be preached like it has major importance in the world when it comes down to it its just a belief in nothingness and so would have no effect (at least beneficial) towards people. Religious people preach so as to save people (or at least they think so) where as preaching atheism carries no reason for it.
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James Hart
Posted almost 3 years ago
As humans are we the universe's way of self preservation?
It was meant purely as personification to show the question is more about the universe than humans (I know badly put :S). That is not what im trying to get at, more whether we can go against certain universal laws just by being able to think, Heisenberg's observation theory, and therefore control the survival of the universe indefinately.
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James Hart
Posted almost 3 years ago
Is it possible to be simultaneously rational and religious?
As a christian and a science-lover myself, i can see both sides, and to me it seems, that they are not opposites but actually compliment each other, as long as you look at both sides with a pinch of salt and try not to believe that everything is 100% correct in both science and religion they can easily mix. In any sense to believe something is 100% correct is plain naivety. It annoys me when I hear religious people banging on about the seven day creation story and how all scientists are wrong although there is so much evidence out there. But vice versa i get annoyed when people close their eyes to religion completely and dispel it without thought and in many cases often hold an almost hatred towards religious people. In a way I am battling my arguement on two fronts against both creationist and evangelic atheists and both seem to tar the other with one brush and do not realise how much common ground there is. As Albert Einstein famously said "Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind."
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James Hart
Posted almost 3 years ago
As humans are we the universe's way of self preservation?
I agree with you there but what im trying to get at (I know, badly) is that as humans are conscious beings we can counter random movement and therefore control entropy, this would inevitably at least slow down the arrow of time but only if we could manage it on an extremely large scale (in theory of course). I am wondering whether this makes us: A, time machines (sort of), and/or B, the universe's clever way to attempt to elongate its life.
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James Hart
Posted almost 3 years ago
Do you believe we have true freewill?
In my own personal opinion I believe that seeing as we can even contemplate the idea of free will we must have free will. Current scientific knowledge may point to everything being predetermined and that if we knew the position of every molecule in the universe (dark matter included), its movement, speed, heat, weight ect we would be able to predict everything that will ever be. This is where my own opinions tell me this cannot be true, or at least if it is true; because we do not know everything about the universe we cannot make this value judgement. Either way you look at it, this will never give anyone any excuse ever to do something morally wrong.