I am an atheist. (both of my parents are)
No scraments, not baptised, not circumcisized, no nothing.
Does that make me evil or something? I think not. (Haven't killed anyone. Yet.)
I think it makes me OBJECTIVE regarding religions.
And guess what, people. I DO think that there is a superior being that is responsible for all this. Only, I'm not sure should I call it Shiva, Buddha, Yahve, Allah or whatever. I think that He doesn't have name, since names are "human call signs", a means to differentiate between individuals and God is only one (Monotheism), but I could be wrong.
I think that people that take words for granted are living in illusion. Bible was written by a men too, you know. Only, ones that wrote the scripts claim that those are words of God.
You should all read one Eric Von Deiniken's "God and Astronauts". He asks all sorts of questions about religion, false gods and such, and not all of them are rediculus.
Here are couple of my thoughts:
Christina, evolution is not a religion nor fact. It is a path that the history took. It is a set of events in chronological order. And I don't mean history as last 5000 years of history on this piece of rock we call Earth, I mean EVERYTHING, EVERYWHERE and since EVER. If you want proof, just take a look around you, close your eyes, open them and take a look around you again. What you would see is the CHANGE. That's evolution in it's true form. Gene changes (Darwin's concept of "Natural Selection") are only drop in the water.
Science vs. religion
Those two MUST complement each other. Both are in pursue of same goal: TRUTH.
Science is not all about PROVING stuff. Proving stuff is the way to establish undeniable truth. Religion takes a different approach to the undeniable truth. Problem is that the religion is being interpreted differently from person to person and it is being incorporated in lives differently from culture to culture. Those differences in interpretation made different religions altogether possible. If you familiarize your self with some of them (or, should I say "more than one" for most people here), you would understand that the main message is same all over the world. That doesn't prove that the God exists as you imagine Him. It only proves that people all around the world are more similar than are different.
Since when God has to prove that he created it all? If he did, that's the only proof you need.
And Christina, I'll quote Robin Williams:
"Fundamentalists are people that take words for granted. For example if the Bible says that 'in the beginning there was light', could that be a metaphor for the big bang? The fundamentalists would say 'No. God just went *click*'"
For all catholics (especially roman):
Religion and institution of church are NOT THE SAME!.
The FACT is that the Vatican is rejecting words of Jesus Christ. The rejected part says something like "God is everywhere."
Why? Church doesn't like the idea that you don't need to go to church (and give them some money, while you're there) to pray or hear the mass. Church likes to be a middleman between population and God.