My friend and cohost Jamie Soden wrote this awesome book about why free will is an illusion and also the flaws of Christianity. It’s an excellent 17 page book that won’t take you very long to read.
You can download it from here. Please read and write a review.
I want to quote a few of my favorite things from this book and tell why I like them.
“What if you are a rape victim? Could you then decide not to be depressed or not feel bad about being raped or molested as a child? Simple answer, you cannot, nobody of sound mind would like such things done to them, or others.”
On this Jamie could not have said it any better. We can’t just choose to feel good about being raped. I would hope that everyone knows this. Some things are just painful are we will do whatever we can to avoid them.
“Here’s the second problem, God who is all knowing and all powerful, creates predator and prey and Christians call it “intelligent design”
Well sorry but in my view and I’m sure others would agree with what I’m about to say here, if God necessitated predator and prey and the suffering of countless innocent lifeforms (not just humans) in order to keep a population “balanced” then he is a pretty lousy designer. Why not limit breeding in accordance with existing resources and carrying capacity of our and every other habitable planet in the universe instead? Better still, why not make plants all non carnivorous, all fungi non lethal and all animal life vegan and not hostile? Why does suffering need to exist? And Christians use this faith as –
– their comfort on their death beds, I take comfort in knowing that all suffering in nature wasn’t caused by an immensely unsympathetic madman, I also take comfort in knowing that when I die I will not be going to a place of eternal torture.”
This is the perfect summary of why the God of Christians and other monotheistic religions is absolutely cruel. It was apparently God’s design to have animals kill each other all the time and have a constant fight for survival. God is not omnibenevolent as theists claim. He’s not vegan and could only be described as a sadist for designing a system of such constant pain.
People such as Jamie and myself are able to see through this belief system and know that it can’t provide comfort to anyone except selfish psychopaths who are content thinking that God loves them even if he hates other humans and non human animals.
“I don’t care if people call me a “socialist” or “idealist” for saying this, I’m only making statements based on my experience and life observations. True morality was man made and therefore isn’t objective, but as long as other people exist, morality is useful and so are ethics. It is in fact idealistic to apply black and white notions on poverty by expecting everyone to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps when they didn’t have them to begin with.”
I’ve talked with Jamie about the topic of morality and whether it is objective or subjective. My take on this is slightly different than his. There are two types of morality.
The first type of morality is directly based on the hedonic imperative which Jamie mentions.
My opinion on it is this: Under the hedonic imperative, good is synonymous with pleasure and bad synonymous with pain. This is not a human invention because human didn’t invent the feelings of pleasure and pain. They are simply bound by these sensations and will seek pleasure and avoid pain.
The second type of morality is one that humans invent based on arbitrary feelings that have no basis in reality. This is the type of morality that religions are full of and that are harmful. Jamie’s book describes why free will is a false belief and the free will belief is at the core of the idea of “deserve”. All notions of people deserving things either good or bad are completely out of the picture when you understand that people don’t choose their thoughts or desires. The idea of punishing someone because they don’t believe in your particular god or because they feel attracted to the same gender is complete nonsense and isn’t a true form of morality, but is an action based on ignorance. It’s this type of morality which must be rejected but the first type of morality is what will still be in effect. In any case it’s a deep topic worth further discussion.
As a final note, I’m so glad Jamie finally wrote this down. George, Trick, and I have been telling him how much good he could do if he was writing and organizing his thoughts. He had already been writing tons of important things on social media, but too often they get lost in the trash heap of Facebook and Twitter. This will serve as a more permanent record of what Jamie has learned in recent years.