Originally Posted by: Tonja_ReneeIt is stated in the posting guidelines of this forum that Political and Religious discussions are not allowed.Hm, I wonder why... And that is not sarcasm.
Tread very lightly as warnings and/or banning could be possible for participating in a thread like this.
As long as people are respectable and remain civil, wheres the problem? They can simply ban the ones that get out of line, easy enough I would think.
Anyway, I don't have a religious affiliation. In society I would be considered an atheist.
Which automatically brings me to an immediate point, why does there have to be a name or word for a group of people for something in which you are not?
Is there a word for somebody who in not a guitarist/musician? Is there a word for somebody who doesn't have blond hair? Is there a term for not being a mechanic? No there isnt, why does there have to be a word or a name for not believing that there is the big guy upstairs?
Over all these years, the atheist term has became something that has such a negative connotation among society. Such as if one who would be considered an atheist must be immoral, or somebody who uses drugs, or he must be a criminal etc. I don't like saying I am an atheist because I know some people automatically stick me in one of those groups, outrageous!
I have been studying Objectivism for awhile. It was a philosophy that best suited me, because everything I read on the philosophy was how I was raised to begin with. But once I started studying it, it solidified what I already believed, it gave me essentially a foundation, an answer to why I believed what I always have.
One thing it teaches is that you don't need a religion to have morality. Man needs to be moral to simply work with other humans in order to progress in this world. That's a very simplistic way of putting it when it comes to the philosophy. Trust me, there's a lot more to it than that :p