The search for a book of answers

As an atheist coming from a Catholic upbringing, I’ve experienced the philosophical turmoil that one goes through after having their ideals turned upside down.

Previously answered questions for the basis of existence, morality, and what we should do regarding our existence in this world are suddenly questions that need answering again.

No book exists, but one is being compiled by man’s existence. How to treat each other right. How to respond when confronted with questionable ethics. Our book of ethics is being written as the result of an accumulation of bad decisions. We are slowly adapting and adjusting from clearly nonsensical ones. Science’s knowledge base is growing exponentially.

This is where our book of answers will come. From ourselves.

-AB

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  57 comments for “The search for a book of answers

  1. July 12, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    I loved this post. I too grew up under the umbrella of christianity and found it difficult, yet ultimately liberating to face up to these questions. The reason it was liberating was the level of clarity it gave me. What I mean by this is I was so troubled by certain ideas that came with Christianity, such as original sin and the concept of prayer, that no matter how hard I tried, it simply didn’t make sense to me. I had to endure life of a believer to appease those around me.
    It was only when I stopped looking for answers through other believers (who were unhelpful, critical and also offended by my line of questioning) – but on my own accord was I able to really judge for myself the veracity of the truth claims of the Bible.

    • July 12, 2014 at 11:10 pm

      Thank you. I feel the same way about a lot of those issues. After having your ideas closed off from opposing views/knowledge for so long it’s almost overwhelming how much you realize you don’t know.

      “It was only when I stopped looking for answers through other believers..was I able to really judge for myself the veracity of the truth claims of the bible.”
      It’s my opinion that this statement encompasses a large majority of the process by which many have lost faith. I can only hope more would try it haha.

      Thanks for commenting!

  2. July 13, 2014 at 1:49 am

    Our Western Heritage which is over 2500 years old, has already developed a complete set of ethics that are at least 2000 years old.

    The human experience has proven that religion is the only cultural medium that effectively transmits ethics and morals to civil society.

    Proof of that is every civilization in human history grew up around religion.

    Yet the greatest mass murders and societal collapses were committed by atheists.

    • July 13, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      Well, well, well, SOM, you finally inferred something sensible, if contradictory. The bible pegs god as the greatest mass murderer. You require that distinction is deserved by atheists. So you worship an atheist you believe is a god, that beastie which, by your reasoning does not believe itself to be a god.

      Cute.

      • July 13, 2014 at 2:19 pm

        Roger,

        Since the Bible clearly describes God as the Creator, God of Providence and the God of Judgment, atheists are the one’s who peg God as a mass murder by inventing a bizarre alternate reality and then assigning it God Almighty.

      • July 13, 2014 at 3:04 pm

        So atheist invented the flood story and the other genocide, infanticide, murder, and foreskin hunts in the bible?

      • July 13, 2014 at 3:14 pm

        Roger,

        Was the US guilty of genocide by bombing Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan back to the stone age?

        Destroying evil is not genocide. So God who is all good did not commit genocide by destroying evil.

        The atheist’s inability to make objective moral judgments is one of the reasons atheism is such a malignant, nihilistic belief.

      • July 13, 2014 at 3:26 pm

        Roger I’m sorry for silence of minds idiocy. He can’t read definitions.

        The definition of genocide is: “the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation.”

        Did god do this? Yes or no. Yes he did. It doesn’t matter whether his intentions were good or not BY DEFINITION. 🙂

      • July 13, 2014 at 5:29 pm

        Reagent,

        War is deliberate killing of a certain kind of person, namely the enemy. Wars like World War II are not genocide.

        On the other hand, when a regime names a group of people like the Jews, or the political opposition, enemies of the state, and sets out to murder them all, that is genocide.

        Like Roger, you demonstrate the atheist inability to make even the most rudimentary moral judgments.

      • July 13, 2014 at 5:33 pm

        Silenceofmind,

        It doesn’t matter what definition you would like to assign to the word genocide. You can’t change it.

        I gave a quoted definition that applied to God. I’d like a response in kind. Instead of your opinions.

        And are you saying that God has never had a group of people (ethnic or religious group) slaughtered, and pillaged? I’d be glad to look up that verse in the Bible. Which you’ve obviously not read.

      • July 13, 2014 at 6:27 pm

        Reagent,

        Just as US forces in World War II did not commit genocide by exterminating the minions of the evil Nazi and Imperial Japanese regimes by the bushel, neither did God commit genocide by exterminating evil men from the face of the Earth.

        Atheists have generally grown in cultures that were completely Christianized, but in the ancient world of the Noah evil, not good was the order of the day.

        That means that murder, rape, theft, extortion, torture, bestiality were the common processes of man.

      • July 13, 2014 at 10:11 pm

        SOM,

        Either you’ve exposed a wordpress bug, or you’re repeating yourself over and over.

      • July 13, 2014 at 10:14 pm

        Roger,

        Repetition is the mother’s milk of pedagogy.

        Repetition is particularly necessary when dealing with atheists because they are so intellectually challenged.

      • July 13, 2014 at 10:32 pm

        Ahh, yes you are dogmatic, if nothing else. Actually, that’s pretty much it.

        Regarding the possible wordpress bug, I’ve located the actual fault. There appears to be a bug in your software. It’s similar to the Y2K issue. A design flaw failed to anticipate a need for service beyond a certain century. Thus there was insufficient variable space allocated, and faulty logic implemented to deal with future reality.

        You’re very much like a caveman, which I find rather ironic. Perhaps you could pray for an upgrade.

      • July 14, 2014 at 9:06 pm

        Yes, you’re absolutely correct.

      • July 14, 2014 at 9:37 pm

        Roger,

        In that case you atheists are saying that US forces, during World War II, committed genocide by going to war against Germany and Imperial Japan.

        The US forces committed genocide because they kill predominately German and Japanese people.

        Of course, such an atheist notion is stupid.

        You have shown once again how the atheist is completely unable to apply ethics or morality to any given situation.

        And that inability renders the atheist, stupid.

      • July 14, 2014 at 9:54 pm

        Oh, som. Yes, som. Thank you som.

        Recess is over now, som.

      • July 14, 2014 at 10:26 pm

        Yes Som, intervening in a war to stop human rights violations from being committed is the EXACT same thing as killing off entire villages or peoples because they were worshipping a different God. Very good point.

        -AB

      • July 14, 2014 at 10:40 pm

        Reagent,

        The United States did not intervene in World War II.

        The United States was bombed on December 7, 1941 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

        The cowardly surprise attack killed over 2000 Americans.

        Until 9/11, the Imperial Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was the highest death toll of any attack on American soil barring the Civil War.

        Exterminating evil is not genocide.

        Therefore God never committed genocide. He exterminated evil.

      • July 14, 2014 at 10:43 pm

        🙂 Yes Som, mothers, babies, and cattle essentially encompass the worst evils imaginable. God forbid…oh wait, he did. By slaughtering them all apparently.

        -AB

      • July 14, 2014 at 10:45 pm

        Reagent,

        God slaughtered evil in the exact same manner that US forces exterminated the mass murdering Nazis and Imperial Japanese.

        And yes, cows died.

      • July 14, 2014 at 10:48 pm

        Coauthor of this blog here. This is not my post but I just have to comment

        “The United States did not intervene in World War II.”
        False

        There are certainly humanitarian points to be made about the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki being acts of genocide, but no one will agree with you that the US “exterminated” either the Japanese or the Germans. We had a military conflict with them, but we never set out to exterminate the german and japanese races.

        -AD

      • July 14, 2014 at 11:02 pm

        And neither did God seek to exterminate anything but evil.

      • July 14, 2014 at 11:07 pm

        So when he drowned the entire planet in the flood you are claiming Noah and his family were the only ones who deserved to be spared?

        I remember that he was going to destroy Sodom and Gomorra but someone talked him into double checking. Turns out Lot and his family were decent enough to be spared.

        Surely if he was wrong about a city being purely evil he could be wrong about an entire planet.

        But then again how could he be wrong about anything? He is omniscient!

        -AD

      • July 14, 2014 at 11:26 pm

        Reagent,

        Before you can judge the God of the Bible you must first read the Bible.

        Clearly, you haven’t read it.

        That means you a nothing but a brainwashed village idiot who spouts atheist talking points.

        Get back to me when you get a brain of your own.

        You can do it! You’re human, not atheist.

      • July 14, 2014 at 11:29 pm

        I urge you to continue ranting. It gives people who can actually distinguish between ethical/unethical practices something to laugh about as they read through the comments.

        -AB

      • July 14, 2014 at 11:29 pm

        I have read the entire bible. Point out my mistakes if you will and I will point out yours. But I will not take your word for it

        -AD

      • July 14, 2014 at 10:51 pm

        I’m sorry Som, but I hate to say that REASONS do matter. The temper tantrums of an egotistic deity do not equate to stopping Nazis from mass murdering.

        I see that you ignored the fact that God’s orders were to slaughter entire villages (babies and mothers included). You only managed to read cattle. You’re selective attention is astounding.

        If you can’t see that, then I can only pray you’re never in a position to make choices of ethics 🙂

        -AB

      • July 14, 2014 at 11:04 pm

        Reagent,

        God only had a “temper tantrum” because you say so.

        And you are nobody.

        And a nobody like you gets to judge God.

      • July 14, 2014 at 11:05 pm

        Reagent,

        This conversation has absolutely nothing to do with rogue soldiers.

        Get a brain of your own. Educate it.

        And then Christianize your stupid atheist self.

      • July 14, 2014 at 11:21 pm

        Sounds just like something Jesus would say 🙂

        -AB

      • July 16, 2014 at 7:22 pm

        som,

        You’re just not a nice person, are you? Have you considered discussing this with one of your gods?

      • July 16, 2014 at 8:39 pm

        Roger,

        Recommending that an atheist get a brain and then Christianize his stupid self is an act of brotherly love.

        You’re welcome.

      • July 16, 2014 at 8:52 pm

        SOM you never addressed many of the points brought up against you. You are resorting to name calling.

        I’m also very disappointed in the amount of egotism you are showing. From your point of view we are all broken and in need of a savior. Christ did not call for his followers to proclaim mental superiority over everyone else.

        Something is very wrong when an atheist is acting more christ-like than a christian. No one has been persuaded by any of your arguments. Please expand upon your material instead of resorting to calling everyone on the thread an idiot.

        -AD

      • July 16, 2014 at 9:04 pm

        AD,

        I have addressed all your points.

        Logic, reason, evidence and common sense are invisible to atheists.

        But I have to try out of brotherly love.

      • July 16, 2014 at 9:09 pm

        You accused me of having never read the bible and that my interpretation of a few old testament stories was incorrect. But that’s all you said. Am I just supposed to take your word for it?

        You claimed the US never intervened in WW2. This is false

        You showed a misunderstanding of the words genocide and war and never clarified.

        I must reiterate that this name calling isn’t helping your case. Common sense is invisible to an atheist? Reason is invisible to an atheist? These are just silly things to say. I wouldn’t even go so far as to accuse all Christians of lacking common sense.

      • July 16, 2014 at 9:11 pm

        Reagent,

        You must have me confused with someone else.

        The US was the major allied force during World War II.

        I claimed that the US military bombed the Nazi and Imperial Japanese societies back to the Stone Age.

      • July 16, 2014 at 9:14 pm

        “Reagent,

        The United States did not intervene in World War II.

        The United States was bombed on December 7, 1941 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

        The cowardly surprise attack killed over 2000 Americans.

        Until 9/11, the Imperial Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was the highest death toll of any attack on American soil barring the Civil War.

        Exterminating evil is not genocide.

        Therefore God never committed genocide. He exterminated evil.”

        An earlier comment you made. Thank you for clarifying. I assume it was a typo

      • July 16, 2014 at 9:16 pm

        Reagent,

        Responding in self-defense to a ruthless attack is no intervening.

      • July 16, 2014 at 9:24 pm

        We also intervened in Europe. I am very confused by what you mean here. And we did more than just respond in self defense to the Japanese. We forced them to surrender and won the war. We dropped nukes. As you said the US was a major allied power what do you mean we did not intervene in WW2?

      • July 16, 2014 at 9:26 pm

        Reagent,

        Hitler declared war on the United States.

      • July 16, 2014 at 8:53 pm

        som,

        You really are more like a juvenile than an adult in your behavior. That reflects poorly on christians. I suggest you ask one of your more mature and astute christian brethen to help when you get in over your head.

        Are you going to say something uncomplementary about atheists? I can’t wait.

        Let it rip. Go ahead. My friends can’t wait to see what you have to say about us.

      • July 16, 2014 at 8:58 pm

        Roger,

        Just as God descended to the level of the ancient Hebrews, the modern Christian descends to the level of atheists.

        After all how can the lowly, the ignorant and the downtrodden learn the finer things life unless the Christian pour out the compassion that God Almighty poured out into him.

      • July 16, 2014 at 9:17 pm

        Oh, som. Your parents and your god have both let you down. You’re hateful (although the last reply was weak), and you believe your god not only approves of it, but requires it.

        Damn, som, that’s lame. I suggest a new therapist and drugs. Or you might try humor. Yeah, that’s it. Take a funny pill. You really need it.

        Ok. Your turn. I’d suggest leading with how terribly unfunny atheists are. You could move right into hellfire, if you can devise a smooth segway.

        Can’t wait…

      • July 16, 2014 at 9:19 pm

        Roger,

        Atheism is a rejection of our Western Heritage, the very thing that powered the rise of the greatest civilization in human history.

        Maybe you should concern yourself with your own parents instead of judging mine.

      • July 16, 2014 at 9:49 pm

        Don’t know your parents. Can’t judge them. You’re different.

      • July 16, 2014 at 9:53 pm

        Roger,

        We are all different except for atheists who seem to have been factory reproduced out of the same cookie cutter,

        Most atheists think exactly alike. It’s uncanny.

        You all believe in the same hoaxes (like global warming and ObamaCare), and have the exact same moral and ethical blind spots.

      • July 16, 2014 at 10:36 pm

        I am humbled by the magnificence of your ineptitude. It is seldom that such a combination of dogma required compulsion, juvenile emotions, disdain and bigotry toward large groups, and a fundemental absence of creativity are found in a single person, much less a single thread of discussion.

        Allow me to assist in your response.

        Frankly, your best response is no response. You could leave me hanging. Kinda empty, isn’t it?

        Open with “Humbled?! Ha! You should be…” Then you move through propping yourself up, while cutting me down. Viscous. You da man.

        Now some might take great offense at the word “bigot”. You should examine this. Availing yourself of an opportunity to paint me as mean spirited would be great.

        Let’s have a look at a definition of bigot.

        a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.

        OYG, you really shouldn’t touch that one, som. It is, after all, the picture perfect description of you. Hell, there are whole web sites devoted to that subject.

        Hmmm, I’m going to suggest you go with my first idea and quietly scamper into your corner, or under your rock, or back into your cave.

        See y’all soon.

      • July 16, 2014 at 10:40 pm

        Roger,

        It doesn’t escape notice that in your verbose, rambling, gibberish comment you didn’t once deny my claims.

        Your are an atheist who believes in the utterly absurd notion that everything happened all by itself.

        Respond to that before you start babbling nonsense about everything else in the hallucinated atheist alternate multiverse (another example of atheist-created idiocy).

        Also respond to the claim that atheists believe in the same hoaxes like global warming and ObamaCare.

        You won’t respond with anything but gibberish because you know I’m absolutely right.

      • July 16, 2014 at 11:12 pm

        Ok. As you wish.

        Bigot.

        Oh, have I mentioned I take no direction from you? Just say’n.

        Later.

      • July 16, 2014 at 11:14 pm

        Roger,

        A true and proper atheist would have called me a racist-bigot-sexist-homophobe.

        Jeez, you can’t even get being an atheist right.

        What’s a Christian like me to do?

      • July 16, 2014 at 11:27 pm

        Haha! Well, I have no interest in malice. As is my way, I was striving for honesty and accuracy. Bigot works well on both counts.

      • July 17, 2014 at 12:16 pm

        Sorry…I usually don’t BUT…

        Did you just use “compassion” by insulting and judging others?

        I really think you missed the part about being humble, showing kindness to all and just being … well…not a jerk.

      • July 18, 2014 at 12:57 am

        EMIl,

        Rebuking the atheist for being a barbarian is indeed an act of compassion.

        That is because atheism is a rejection of the intellectual heritage that took man from the slavery and the horse and buggy to liberty and a walk on the moon.

      • July 18, 2014 at 5:51 am

        No dear friend, that was science! Delving into the wonderful naturalistic universe we live in, feeding our curiosity and using our imaginations to solve the real problems we have.

        Religion had always held that if we question, if we “go there” or reach an understanding of our world, we would be treading on god’s territory. Have you forgotten, it was the church that punished those who said the world was round, or the earth merely an object circling the sun, or held back the populace from learning to read – even the Bible.

        Religion did not, does not and will not guide us to solve our problems. It retards our development and creates false divisions and barriers for human, and real development.

      • July 18, 2014 at 8:40 am

        EMil,

        Christianity is what powered the rise of modern science.

        Haven’t you noticed yet how not one other civilization in human history was able to progress past slavery and the beast of burden except Christian Western Civilization?

        It was the Catholic Church who exercised the power to quash nonsense that shepherded the development of modern science.

        In fact it is present day atheism that has impeded scientific development by driving huge and precious amounts of funding to hoaxes like global warming and alternative energy (solar and wind).

      • July 13, 2014 at 3:31 pm

        Uhha.

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