Video by Famous Atheist Pat Condell on “Islamic Cultural Terrorism” and a History of Other Famous Atheists
Other Famous Atheists
They are Frenchman Diderot,the one responsable for the famous Encyclopedie in the Age of Enlightenment,Darwin,Bertand Russell(philosopher,mathematician,who won the Nobel Prize and wrote “Why I am not a Christian”).Freud,the founder of psychoananalysis was also an atheist,and Jewish.
The Modern Founder of Sociology was an Atheist
He was Auguste Comte (1798-1857) from France.He invented the word sociology and said the development of human consciousness could be divided into three stages:
3.And the Scientific, or “Positive”.
In the first, theological stage, humanity located the causes of events in superhuman beings (gods); in the second, these were transformed into metaphysical abstractions; in the third, both previous stages are surpassed and humanity addresses itself exclusively to observed phenomena. Comte’s social evolutionism explains away religion as a relic of the past.But he recognised that human beings needed a replacement for religion, and he instituted a Religion of Humanity whose saints are those who helped humanity.
His secular religion or Religion of Humanity was complete system of belief and ritual, with liturgy and sacraments, priesthood and pontiff, all organized around the public veneration of Humanity
Proof that Science is just Science,it has no Religion
You often read about “Muslim Science” or “Islamic Science”.Comte created sociology all by himself,with no Muslim influence.In his time the Father of Sociology was not known since the 14th century.It turned out a Muslim,Ibn Khaldun, had created sociology before him.When that was discovered in the 19th century he was given credit.So to say Muslim Science is just as illogical as to say Atheist Science,science is just science.
He was born in Tunisia and is the father of sociology and the book that establishes that claim was his Muqaddimah (known as Prolegomenon in English).Ibn Khaldun wrote the work in 1377 as the preface of his book about world history, the Kitab al-Ibar (lit. Book of Advice), but already in his lifetime it became regarded as an independent work.He introduced the scientific method to the social sciences.
To read more about the Myth of an Islamic-Muslim science:
Herbert Spencer (1820-1903)
He was an English philosopher. Spencer advocated a evolutionism and is famous for inventing the expression ‘survival of the fittest‘ in his Principles of Biology (1864). Spencer himself is rather unfairly accused of having been a Social Darwinist,but his views lend themselves to propagandistic use by Social Darwinists.He said both the physical world, living organisms, human consciousness and human societies evolve. Spencer rejected traditional religion, but he was strictly speaking agnostic rather than atheist, since he did not consider that human beings were capable of absolute knowledge whether that be a God or not.
The Great Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)
He was probably the greatest philosopher of the 19th century.He was an atheist who proclaimed that “God is dead”.His masterpiece is “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”(1885).Zarathustra,or Zoroaster(as he was called by the Greeks) was a Persian who lived some 500 years before Jesus(or 1000 BC according to others) and originated the religion called Zoroastrianism.In Nietzsche’s work we have a different Zarathustra who preaches that “God is dead” and about the Superman.
The Greatest Philosopher of the 20th Century was an Atheist and an Ardent Nazi
Martin Heidegger(1889-1976) began as a sincere,believing Catholic Christian intellectual and ended as an atheist.His masterpiece is “Being and Time”(1926),the most profound philosophical work in that century.Yet Heidegger was also a Nazi party member from 1933-1945.It was as if Plato had been a Nazi or Aristotle or Kant.
To know more about Heidegger and Nazism read:
Atheists and Mass Murder like the Holocaust
Eichmann(1906-1962) was an undeniable atheist,of this there is no doubt,he affirmed it before being hung in Israel and he was the man directly in charge of the Holocaust since 1942 when he was given the position of Transportation Administrator of the Final Solution which put him in charge of all the trains that would carry Jews to the extermination camps.He can not be charged with killing 2 million Jews from the end of 1939 till the first half of 1942 but certainly he killed 4 million or 66% of the Jews killed in the Holocaust.
In 1944 he was sent toHungary after Germany had occupied that country.He said he would release up to one million Hungarian Jews, if the Western Allies would supply Germany with 10,000 trucks and large quantities of soap, tea, and coffee.It was rejected and so he deported 430,000 Hungarian Jews to the gas chambers.
His ideological opponents,but also atheists,were the Communists.Communism is an atheistic ideology founded by Karl Marx,a Jew and atheist.Under Stalin,Mao Zedong,Lenin,the Derg regime in Ethiopia,and others 100 million people have been killed in time of peace,not war,in the 20th century.
The Founder of Pakistan,Muhammad Ali Jinnah(1876 – 1948) , was an Atheist
Pakistan or Land of the Pure,that is to say the Muslims,was founded because the Muslims did not want to live with the Hindus.The man responsible did not believe in Islam though he had been raised as a Muslim.
He was the president of the All-India Muslim League from 1916 till Pakistan’s independence on August 14, 1947, and as Pakistan’s first Governor-General from August 15, 1947 until his death on September 11, 1948.So an atheist was the chief of all of India’s Muslims for decades.He also ate pork and drank liquor,both forbidden in the Koran.
Jean-Paul Satre(1905–1980),from Atheist to Theist
He was the leader of existentialism and in 1938 wrote the novel La Nausée (Nausea) which is a manifesto of existentialism and is one of his most famous books and his play Huis-clos (No Exit), contains the famous line “L’enfer, c’est les autres,” or “Hell is other people.”He is also famous for:
1.In 1964 was offered the Nobel Prize in Literature but refused it.
2.His mother was of Alsatian origin and the first cousin of Nobel Prize laureate Albert Schweitzer.
3.He later began his own magazine called Le Temps Modernes (Modern Times) and his philosophical masterpiece is Being and Nothingness (1943)
4.He was the most eminent supporter of the FLN in the Algerian War of Independence of 1954-1962.The Front de Liberation Nationale was a terrorist organization that killed 3,000 innocent men,women and children of European extraction,civilians in 8 years, who lived in Algeria.The FLN also killed about 70,000 Muslim-Algerian civilians,but it is less than the 100,000 civilians killed the Muslim-Algerian terrorist FIS(Front Islamique du Salut/Islamic Front of Salvation)
5.Though he knew of Stalin’s crimes and the millions who died under communism he kept silent,refusing to condemn.
6.He even wrote an introduction for Franz Fanon’s (1925–1961) book “Les Damnes de la Terre”(The Damned/Wretched of the Earth).Fanon was a member of the FLN,so he knew they were killing innocent civilians,and so did Sartre.Fanon wrote his bookt shortly before he died and he was from Martinique.
7.So Sartre condemned France for killing and torturing innocent Arabs during the Algerian war,at least 400,000 Arab civilians were killed by the French army yet it was alright to kill innocent people of European descent in Algeria.In the end 1 million people of European descent but born in Algeria and most of the 120,000 Jews born in Algeria(the rest went to Israel) left in 1962 to live in France,in fear of their lives.
8. He was arrested for civil disobedience in the student revolution of 1968 in Paris. President Charles de Gaulle intervened and pardoned him, commenting that “you don’t arrest Voltaire.”Some Voltaire,the historical Voltaire defended human rights and Sartre did not,unless you were non-white.
His friend and ex-Maoist, Pierre Victor (A.k.a. Benny Levy), who spent much of his time with the dying Sartre and interviewed him on several of his views said that Sartre had a change of mind about the existence of God.This is Sartre’s before-death profession, according to Pierre Victor: “I do not feel that I am the product of chance, a speck of dust in the universe, but someone who was expected, prepared, prefigured. In short, a being who only a Creator could put here; and this idea of a creating hand refers to God.”
His lover in particular,the feminist Simone de Beauvoir(1908-1986),author of the feminist masterpiece “The Second Sex” was of Sartre in her “Cérémonie Des Adieux.” Later on, she revealed her anger at his change of mind by stating, “How should one explain this senile act of a turncoat? All my friends, all the Sartreans, and the editorial team of Les Temps Modernes supported me in my consternation.”
Antony Flew,the Most Famous Atheist of his Time for Decades,became a Deist
Antony Flew (1923 – 2010) was a British philosopher.He argued that one should presuppose atheism till empirical evidence of a God surfaces. He also criticised the idea of life after death,the free will defence to the problem of evil.
In 2004 he became a deist,one who says there is a God but who never intervenes,it is in his 2007 book “There is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind”, with contributions from Roy Abraham Varghese. This book has been the subject of controversy, following an article in the New York Times magazine saying that Flew had mentally declined, and that Varghese was the primary author.Atheists like PZ Myers and Richard Carrier say it is true and others (including Flew himself several times) saying no.
Flew created the No True Scotsman Fallacy Argument
It appears in his 1975 book, Thinking About Thinking.
Here it is:
“Imagine Hamish McDonald, a Scotsman, sitting down with his Glasgow Morning Herald and seeing an article about how the “Brighton Sex Maniac Strikes Again.” Hamish is shocked and declares that “No Scotsman would do such a thing.”
The next day he sits down to read his Glasgow Morning Herald again and this time finds an article about an Aberdeen man whose brutal actions make the Brighton sex maniac seem almost gentlemanly. This fact shows that Hamish was wrong in his opinion but is he going to admit this? Not likely. This time he says, “No true Scotsman would do such a thing.””
A Simpler Demonstration
Teacher: All Scotsmen enjoy oatmeal.
Student: My uncle is a Scotsman, and he doesn’t like oatmeal
Teacher: Well, all true Scotsmen like oatmeal.
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