Sunday Atheism Blogging
I haven't even made it through the comments yet, but I just have to pass along this great Sunday blog topic from my girl, Greta Christina. Why won't she call me, oh why oh why? Heh, anyway:
Atheists and unbelievers: What, if anything, would make you believe? Worship?
Myself, it would pretty much have to be a very direct miracle, and personal appearance by the supposed divinity in question. The miracle would have to benefit me, and at the same time, lots and lots of people I didn't know. And I'd have to have a long, serious conversation in which I received real answers from a tangible divinity who didn't avoid my questions or shirk the hard problems like some Villager. Pretty much nothing less than that. The Sun standing still for a day would be good, or maybe sending me back in time to the day I first thought my loser husband "may be interesting" with the knowledge that he is not so I could avoid that path, and a bank account in my name instantly swelled to about a billion dollars that no government would question. Unselfishly: the instant end of every pediatric disease on the planet, forever. Clean fusion comes close, but I think humans will eventually get there without any help.
Truly, the biggest "miracle" I can imagine a divinity pulling off: explaining to me in a way that I can concur, why so many innocents "had" to suffer. Innocent animal and plant life, too. More than stopping the sun or moving back in time, it would be a truly impressive miracle if a divinity and its believers could convince me that all the suffering in the Universe is "necessary." Count on a fusion power rocket to a beachside resort on the Sun, before that happens.
Congrats on the keynote, woman. As always, you rock. If I have any complaint, it's that you don't talk enough about how ridiculous non-Abrahamic traditions are, too. The monotheists don't have a monopoly on Silly, take it from me.