Sunday, August 15, 2010
[an earlier creed]
We originated as follows:
Nothing became chemicals.
Chemicals became microbes.
Microbes became worms.
Worms became fish.
Fish became lizards.
Lizards became mice.
Mice became monkeys.
Monkeys became people.
The first two steps occurred through still unknown processes.
The last six steps occurred through a process of Darwinian evolution and punctuated equilibrium. Basically, what happened is that life on earth was repeatedly devastated by natural disasters. Then, over the following several million years, new, more complex life forms would appear through a process of random genetic mutation and natural selection.
Judaism originated as follows:
About 2,500 years ago, a charismatic scammer named Ezra the Scribe ruled the Jewish community in Jerusalem. Using some earlier legends and myths as sources, he composed the Pentateuch and presented it to the Jewish people as being the authentic record of their origins. (In reality the Pentateuch is entirely fictional.) The Jews, not only in Jerusalem but throughout the Middle East, as well as the Samaritans who were enemies of the Jews, for some reason unanimously accepted it as being authentic and completely discarded any earlier historical records they may have had.
Free will is an illusion. In reality, we are merely soulless bags of chemicals and our actions are entirely predetermined and controlled by the laws of nature.
Atheists tend to be very coy and vague when it comes to defining their beliefs; they almost always talk about the negative - what they do not believe in. However the above is the clearest picture I have been able to glean from years of research, reading and dialog with atheists.
I find these beliefs to be clearly false for reasons I have explained here and here.
Many people nevertheless embrace atheism, either because it allows them to lead a life of selfishness and hedonism without guilt or because, if they are scientists, it makes them society's most important intellectuals while making the clergy completely irrelevant.
Posted by jewish philosopher at 11:14 AM