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Featured Re: What use does an atheist have for deities?

Discussion in 'Religious Debates' started by LuisDantas, May 24, 2019.

  1. LuisDantas

    LuisDantas Aura of atheification
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    From another thread, where I unfortunately can not post:
    Deities (in this case, the Hindu Devas) are powerful symbols of certain ideals or doctrines.

    It is not only possible for an atheist to make constructive use of them (at least if the misconception that we actually believe in their literal existence as deities proper can be avoided), it is in my opinion the proper way of using deity-concepts, even for theists.

    I truly wonder if early theists ever expected people to go to the lengths that some modern theists go.
     
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  2. Enoch07

    Enoch07 It's all a sick freaking joke.
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    So basically you're saying an atheist can use deities in the way Christian's use a cross?
     
  3. syo

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    Absolutely not. The Gods are real, they are not symbols.
     
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  4. Father Heathen

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    Some forms of Satanism are atheistic, in such Satan is a symbolic rather than literal figure.
     
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  5. crossfire

    crossfire Antinomian feminist heretic freak ☿
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    How do Christians use a cross?
     
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  6. Enoch07

    Enoch07 It's all a sick freaking joke.
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    I am aware. Thanks though!
     
  7. Enoch07

    Enoch07 It's all a sick freaking joke.
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    It's a symbol that represents Christ and his values, which we try to live by as best we can. But the symbol itself has no power or is to be worshipped in and of itself.

    Hopefully that makes sense.
     
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  8. Father Heathen

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    Even Lord Xargoltus, the god I just made up on the spot?
     
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  9. crossfire

    crossfire Antinomian feminist heretic freak ☿
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    In nontheistic paradigms, archetypical unconscious content that comes into consciousness can be mistaken as "other." (See the Tibetan Book of the Dead for more.)
     
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  10. syo

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    Does he hold universal truth?
     
  11. Father Heathen

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    I wonder if the noose would have became such a symbol had Jesus been hanged rather than crucified. Still, odd to me that an instrument of torture and death came to symbolize what it has. I don't know if Jesus would be very comfortable around such imagery upon his return.
     
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  12. Father Heathen

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    He does now, yes.
     
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    To scare vampires?
     
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  14. syo

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    Prove it.
     
  15. crossfire

    crossfire Antinomian feminist heretic freak ☿
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    OK, so like the buddhist Dharmachakra, then?
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  16. Father Heathen

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    Pray to him and find out.
     
  17. syo

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    I can't pray to the unknown.
     
  18. Father Heathen

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    Your faith is weak.
     
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  19. syo

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    You sound like a christian.
     
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    All the Gods are real, and they are also powerful symbols. You can be both, just as a ship Captain is both a real person, and the walking embodiment of the ship itself.
     
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