I was reading about the Origins of the World from The Nag Hammadi Library it sounds alot like what I've read in the Bible, Ezekiel 1 1-28.
After reading the Gnostics view of GOD, then reading what the Bible says no wonder there's Atheists.
At Alter Net there's a post about the new book by Jack Huberman called The Quotable Atheist: Ammunition for Nonbelievers, Political Junkies, Gadflies, and Those Generally Hell-Bound.
It's about collected powerful quotations against organized religion and belief in God from figures such as Richard Dawkins, Phyllis Diller, Frederick Douglass, Michael Moore, Katha Pollitt, and yes, Jerry Falwell.
"My aim in compiling The Quotable Atheist was to heal our broken planet, essentially by eliminating the religious part. Not with nuclear weapons or lesser acts of mass murder, no -- that's the religious style, nowadays, in certain quarters -- but through argument, persuasion, and most of all (since I know perfectly well that argument is utterly useless against dumb, blind faith, and just wanted to pay it lip service), the steady application of powerfully abrasive ridicule which will slowly but surely erode away the offending continent. I'm serious. Do I really believe this book will convert believers and turn them from the path of self-righteousness to the path of righteousness?"
You will have to go to Alter Net or buy the book to read anymore.
I find it very confusing when Atheists claim that there's no God, then they say that maybe Albert Einstein was one of them, an atheist.
That's interesting, I was at the hospital the other day and for some strange reason during my exam, the doctor and I got into a discussion about death and God.
He brought up the fact that Albert Einstein believed in a divine Being and the dicussion went from there.
See Albert Einstein "At first, then, instead of asking what religion is I should prefer to ask what characterizes the aspirations of a person who gives me the impression of being religious: a person who is religiously enlightened appears to me to be one who has, to the best of his ability, liberated himself from the fetters of his selfish desires and is preoccupied with thoughts, feelings, and aspirations to which he clings because of their superpersonalvalue. It seems to me that what is important is the force of this superpersonal content and the depth of the conviction concerning its overpowering meaningfulness, regardless of whether any attempt is made to unite this content with a divine Being, for otherwise it would not be possible to count Buddha and Spinoza as religious personalities. Accordingly, a religious person is devout in the sense that he has no doubt of the significance and loftiness of those superpersonal objects and goals which neither require nor are capable of rational foundation. They exist with the same necessity and matter-of-factness as he himself. In this sense religion is the age-old endeavor of mankind to become clearly and completely conscious of these values and goals and constantly to strengthen and extend their effect. If one conceives of religion and science according to these definitions then a conflict between them appears impossible. For science can only ascertain what is, but not what should be, and outside of its domain value judgments of all kinds remain necessary. Religion, on the other hand, deals only with evaluations of human thought and action: it cannot justifiably speak of facts and relationships between facts. According to this interpretation the well-known conflicts between religion and science in the past must all be ascribed to a misapprehension of the situation which has been described."
In other words, just as ,Baruch Spinoza believed God was Nature/Universe, good old Albert believed that there was something as did Spinoza.
Spinoca said Substance cannot be caused.
Proof: Something can only be caused by something which is similar to itself, in other words something that shares its attribute. But according to premise 2, no two substances can share an attribute. Therefore substance cannot be caused.
Substance is infinite.
So to Jack Huberman I'ld say, beyond the quotes everything is brought on, meaning wars and disagreements in this world today not because of religion, but because and about money.
God is fact and that's all to it. Just look at the point that all are waiting for this Country to start Stem Cell research.
We've just learned that extracted fat tissue through liposuction that don't require cultivation can produce 28 million cells that can be use for any number of things to cure man of just about anything.
Then there's other stem cells that repair damaged joints with patient's own stem cells called Three-dimensional fabric "scaffold" which repair cartilage damage in any joint.
So dont tell me that there's no GOD.