Tuesday, March 24, 2015
"Atheists: Inside the World of Non-Believers", CNN Special Report
“Atheists: Inside the World of Non-Believers”, one hour, started out by showing the ostracism some young adults faced after telling their families they no longer believed in God. It seemed clear that in many families, the energy driving the marriage and the rearing of children seems to come from faith. A typical CNN link is here.
On the other hand, rational adults don’t want to believe something just because it is scripture, and because they were told by others in family or peer group to believe it. Yet some parents are quite insistent that there can be no argument with scripture.
In fact, the mathematics of cosmology and string theory may indeed predict that consciousness associated with free will persists, and that there must be an afterlife (although Stephen Hawking disagrees). It’s quite remarkable that the universe progresses from strings or sub-atomic particles to conscious beings with free will who can reverse entropy.
CNN has aired a commercial by little Ronnie Reagan for the Freedom from Religion Foundation, and little Ronnie says he has no fear of hell. But some other networks have refused to air it.
The documentary features Dave Silverman (President, American Atheists) which aired commercials on CNN before and after but not during the show. Richard Dawkins and Jerry DeWitt appeared.
The documentary featured a pastor who kept preaching even though he says he no longer believes, and his voice was disguised.
I can remember a communion chant at MCC, “I’m a believer, not a doubter.” There ought to be a movie titled "The Rapture of the Believers".
And some people have proselytized to me.
The documentary didn't mention the term "agnostic" which was often used when I was growing up.
The program also presented AtheistTV. I think that the deepest dualities inn our ethical dilemmas – balancing the rights of the individual with stability for the group, and deeper fairness, are addressed in all major religions.