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Lucretius — Part I — The Fear of Death

Part I – The Fear of Death

Death awaits us all.
Need we fear death?

On my office bookshelf, I have a 54-volume set of the Great Books of the Western World. Most of these books now are available on the internet. But in the days before the internet this set of books was a valuable resource to have on hand.

It’s easy to see why some of the authors were included. Books by Plato, Aristotle, Shakespeare, and Milton certainly belong in the set. But I often wondered about the inclusion of other authors. For example, why have a book by this Lucretius fellow? Who in the world was he? What is the importance of his little book On the Nature of Things?

These questions displayed my ignorance at the time. This obscure, almost forgotten author from the late Roman Republic wrote a book that is transforming our world. His book On the Nature of Things was the inspiration for much of the Renaissance and Enlightenment as well as the liberal establishment today. But first his book was lost for more than a thousand years.

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Atheist Beliefs — Part III

Atheist Beliefs

Part III – Scientific Racism

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Atheism is a belief system. Atheists don’t like to admit it but it is. They want us to believe atheism is based on scientific facts, not beliefs. However, the basic tents of atheism are unproven and cannot be proven. You must believe atheist doctrine in order to be an atheist.

This discussion of atheist beliefs is divided into three sections. The first section examined ancient atheist beliefs. Lucretius produced the most complete statement of this system of belief during the first century B.C. in his book On the Nature of Things. The second section concerns the growth of atheism and the application of atheist doctrine to new areas such as science and business. This third section discusses one of the ugliest developments of atheism—scientific racism.
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Atheist Beliefs — Part II

Atheist Beliefs

Part II – Modern Applications

Atheism is a belief system. Atheists don’t like to admit it but it is. They want us to believe atheism is based on scientific facts, not beliefs. However, the basic tents of atheism are unproven and cannot be proven. You must believe atheist doctrine in order to be an atheist.

This discussion of atheist beliefs is divided into three sections. The first section examined ancient atheist beliefs. Lucretius produced the most complete statement of this system of belief during the first century B.C. in his book On the Nature of Things. This second section concerns the growth of atheism and the application of atheist doctrine to new areas such as science and business. The third section discusses one of the ugliest developments of atheism—scientific racism.

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Atheist Beliefs — Part I

Atheist Beliefs

Part I – Ancient Beliefs

Atheism is a belief system.  Atheists don’t like to admit it but it is.  They want us to believe atheism is physically rational, based on scientific facts, not beliefs.  However, the basic tents of atheism are unproven and cannot be proven.

But in spite of their protests, the United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on August 19, 2005, in the case of Kaufman v. McCaughtry, defined atheism as a religion.  In its opinion, the Court stated the following:

Without venturing too far into the realm of the philosophical, we have suggested in the past that when a person sincerely holds beliefs dealing with issues of “ultimate concern” that for her occupy a “place parallel to that filled by God in traditionally religious persons,” those beliefs represent her religion.  . . . We have already indicated that atheism may be considered, in this specialized sense, a religion.  If we think of religion as taking a position on divinity, then atheism is indeed a form of religion.

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