RE: [humanism-174] Aha!

From: Marni T.
Sent on: Wednesday, August 1, 2007 11:34 PM

Absolutely not, my good man! We have no prerequisites… except an open mind, perhaps.

Regarding your previous email, I must say that I know very little about Buddhism. I understand that Buddha believed in “Brahman”- is that a deity, or more like a “universal nature force”?

 

Mark T.

 


From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Todd Maher
Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2007 11:19 PM
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Subject: RE: [humanism-174] Aha!

 

I am a Christian. Do I have to be an Atheist to be a member?

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From: Marni Tiborsky
<[address removed]>Sent: Jul 31, 2007 12:25 AM
To: [address removed]
Subject: RE: [humanism-174] Aha!


Awesome Quote!

It is interesting to note that Joseph McCabe, author of “The Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers”, maintained that Buddha himself was an Atheist!

I was doing some searches for quotes myself- here’s a good one from Shelley:

 

If ignorance of nature gave birth to gods, knowledge of nature is made for their destruction.
-- Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Necessity of Atheism

A bit harsh maybe, but makes sense.

MARK


From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Maude
Sent: Monday, July 30, 2007 11:17 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: [humanism-174] Aha!

 

In going through quotes for tshirts I found the Einstein quote about Buddhism. I was mistaken in that he didn't say that if he were to subscribe to a religion it would be buddhism, but that if any religion were to mesh with his scientific view, it would be buddhism. I found this to be true myself, in that I do not really see buddhism as a religion but as a way of conducting one's life in order to encourage others to act morally and ethically. Also interesting is that buddhist college-level study is greatly consumed with courses on cosmology, and has been for 1000 years, way before Einstein. But here is the quote-not that it would ever fit on a tshirt-LOL!

 

The mystical trend of our time, which shows itself particularly in the rampant growth of the so-called Theosophy and Spiritualism, is for me no more than a symptom of weakness and confusion. Since our inner experiences consist of reproductions, and combinations of sensory impressions, the concept of a soul without a body seem to me to be empty and devoid of meaning.
     The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. The religion which based on experience, which refuses dogmatic. If there's any religion that would cope the scientific needs it will be Buddhism....
     If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
     The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge.
     Immortality? There are two kinds. The first lives in the imagination of the people, and is thus an illusion. There is a relative immortality which may conserve the memory of an individual for some generations. But there is only one true immortality, on a cosmic scale, and that is the immortality of the cosmos itself. There is no other.
-- Albert Einstein, quoted in Madalyn Murray O'Hair, All the Questions You Ever Wanted to Ask American Atheists (1982) vol. ii., p. 29





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