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The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions


The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions

Militant atheism is on the rise. In recent years Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens have produced a steady stream of best-selling books denigrating religious belief. These authors are merely the leading edge of a larger movement that includes much of the scientific community. In response, mathematician David Berlinski, himself a secular Jew, delivers a biting defense of religious thought. The Devil's Delusion is a brilliant, incisive, and funny book that explores the limits of science and the pretensions of those who insist it is the ultimate touchstone for understanding our world.


Filio Scotia's picture

Yes some prominent atheists are writing books and getting a lot of attention. What else is new? Let us not forget that religious beliefs – Christianity, Judaism, Islam and the others, have existed for many millenia, and have survived people and times that were far worse than some loud mouth atheists. They can shout their unbelief to the heavens, but nobody outside their small circle of friends and sycophants is paying any attention to them. 

It's a law of the military universe that the General who makes better use of troops, strategy and equipment wins battles. Those who do that all the time win wars. Ergo, at Waterloo, Wellington was a better general than Napoleon.

Religions were built around the thoughts of people who had the idea of right and wrong who tried to pass it on to others. This was in the first nibble of the forbidden fruit when homo sapiens' brain developed past the animalistic. Some accepted the ideas other not. As the minds of Homo sapiens grew finally about 1500 years or so the minds of a few grew to the point that they suddenly became aware ot higher knowledge which flowed into their minds from other dimensions. Socrates, Zoroaster, Buddha,John and his cousin Jesus,Paul and others after them. They brought the teachings to others and they guided others into this state of minds as they could. On the day of Pentecost there was a group who received the light as a group. There have been others through history who have received this illumination. They are the Illuminati who are have been scorned throughout history and even today others who are disliked are branded Illuminati who have no idea what it means.Edgar Mitchell was one and I suspect that Armstrong also. They are among us today but we are all blinded by Religion that we still renounce their teachings and fail to understand their ability to know things and do what we call miracles or call the miracles the work of some perceived wrong by some made up devil.We have had people through the ages who have received this light. Walt Whitman Maurice Bucke who wrote extensively about it and thousands.
Our religions today have been hollowed out to simple rule making for the masses and the idea of the
speaker has a line to some God who gives him direction and how to build a temple has no similarity to the original awakening of a mind thousands of years ago. It is simply an attempt to control the population and suppress attempts to improve the knowledge of those people who have their minds elevated to knowledge of the cosmos. We are schooled in the ideas that the atomic world is all there is and other dimensions are a dream. If we can't see it and mold it it is not true. We can't see the soul,gravity and many other things past what is made of atoms. If you saw a soul or gravity what was it,s shape or color. You can see the results produced by them but you didn't see either.
Religions today have a checkered past and we can see the results today in the actions they take. The muslims have their killing brigades who kill any who accept anything else and the Catholics had 1000 years of this oppression even had a bishop in the middle ages who bragged he could behead a heritict with one swipe of his pike. We had good Christians who killed witches on our own continent who adhered to these teachings. All religions have strayed and lost the content of the original teachers who had the first hand illumination. Few understand the phenomenon and fewer still have heard of it. Atheism as you call it is in all sense people who understand that any God worthy of existence would not demand the slaughter of anything to atone for a so called sin let alone human slaughter. This was a made up by human ritual thousands of years ago and the sweet smell of the roasting was for the benefit of the priest who made it up.They would be rightly be called Agnostics who are seeking a true meaning of existence and higher understanding of our place and future in the cosmos. If you demand a God look to the Cosmos which is made up of atomic things and unknown information and dimensions and energy which has been around past our ability to understand in our small understanding of the term everlasting.