Brief History of Disbelief (2004)

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A mini-series which follows the history of atheism.

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 Himself - Readings (3 episodes, 2004)
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I'm a rationalist, and although we have no need to preach or sell anything, I am glad to see a program that I do so agree with.
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Absolute Truth? What a proclamation! – to suggest that you or anybody is in possession of all possible knowledge or absolute truth.

Even if you could approach that possibly, it implies a finite cosmos – and where the infinite is extremely difficult to comprehend, a finite universe is impossible to conceive.

At best religion is simply a way to create a finite understandable existence – a way to use our common conscience experience to illustrate the thing.

I don't find any logic in the necessity of a 'creator' just because we perceive our material existence – in fact that again implies the finite 'who created the creator' – or if you describe God as the infinite, then I don't understand how or why the infinite has any interest in our corporal affairs – what monumental conceit!

Most commonly, religion is used to acquire and maintain power and authority to force social order through the threat of supernatural retribution.

Most often this social order has been for the good, but often it has been politically motivated, extreme, socially repressive, and sometimes down right evil – just look around today.


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