Why I Don't Need God | The Hitchens Challenge

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    Why I Don't Need God | The Hitchens Challenge

    The vulgar assumption that without god mankind would have no morality: Without god, humans are capable of doing anything. Without god there is no moral restraint on human beings.

    Christopher Hitchens, you know who he is/was. Christopher Hitchens challenged people to name two things:

    1) Name a moral action undertaken by a believer, that you believe cannot be undertaken by a non-believer, or name a moral statement made by a believer, that you believe cannot be undertaken or made by a non-believer.

    2) Name something wicked that only a believer would be likely to do, or something wicked that only a believer would be likely to say.

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    name something wicked said or done, that can only be attributable to someones faith.

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    here is a fraud pretending to answer the challenge:

    Taking the Hitchens challenge Tom Flannery
     
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    On hio statement: "Without god there is no moral restraint on human beings"........being just "a vulgar assumption"

    It seems that just he had eccentric opinions on the existence of God, he also had non-standard opinions on the meanings of the words 'moral' and 'restraint'.


    How much of his unbelief may have sprung from his bohemian way of life?
     
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    I've asked this question before but it's worth repeating.

    Who is the the moral man; is it the man who believes in god and does good works out of fear of a punishment or to attain some reward in the afterlife or is it the man who does not believe in god yet does good works for their own sake not motivated by fear of punishment or reward in heaven?
     
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    Another Dante thread........like slowing down to peek at a car-wreck.
     
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    Believers are human, just as unbelievers are human. We all make the same mistakes.
    Nothing, good or bad, can be attributed to one or the other. The difference is, we Christians know that when we've sinned, we will be forgiven if we ask for forgiveness and truly repent of it. We are no different in our actions than non-believers. I also don't know of any Christian that does good for others JUST because they're afraid not to. That's a ridiculous statement.

    Tell me....do you believe in forgiveness? Have you ever told someone you forgive them for something they've done to you? Has anyone ever said they've forgiven you for something you've done?
     
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    Personally, I'm not all that interested in motivations for doing good work as long as the good work is done. But, I think to add to the perceived motivations you mentioned - reward in an afterlife or fear of punishment - guilt also adds in. Some religions motivate also by guilt.

    Also, I have to think that many current self-proclaimed atheists (really most are agnostics) were exposed to religions as children. As with me (not an atheist, but I am an agnostic theist), I cannot say that my current morals were not influenced by early exposure to religion because I have no control to compare.

    Can we ever really have a control experiment?
     
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    The very fact that moral action exists is evidence that there is a God. The challenge undermines his entire argument.
     
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    Or is it the very fact that a God exists is evidence that humans are moral?
     
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    And yet every society feels it necessary to set such rules usually with religion. One thing I've learned over the years. If a law exsists it's because people are willing to break it.
     
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    address teh challenge

    ::: fail ::: http://www.usmessageboard.com/relig...d-god-the-hitchens-challenge.html#post4981772 ::: fail :::
     

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