all religions have good intentions.
All religions(very nearly all) have just as many bad intentions as good intentions, would be a more accurate statement.
and we respected each other. we acknowledged our differences.
"respecting people and their beliefs" is not really a good thing,
respecting people is all fine and good, but their beliefs need to come under
as rigorous scrutiny as that expected as the many fields of science.
you can't have it both ways I'm afraid...
Us Atheists don't believe we're the "chosen ones" or that we have to do anything in particular to
get to probably imagined places of infinite happiness.
Thus, Atheists do things(unless they're sociopaths, etc) out of the inherent goodness of the their own
selves, not because of fear of punishment or not getting to a certain place.
i am not challenging anyone's belief system. am not trying to change anyone's mind. as i said, all shapes and all sizes. and this is not about bashing anyone's beliefs that are different. in fact, it is about tolerance. tolerance of maybe learning that you may not be on the chosen path, and having to live with that.
this could easily be taken as you trying to challenge beliefs and trying to change minds.
"tolerance of maybe learning that you may not be on the chosen path, and having to live with that. "
sounds a lot like "I'm on the correct path, sooner or later you'll have to see that and live with it" .
if such proof was real and it was discovered
the only thing it would prove is that Aliens exist(in light of text not being enough proof),
it would have to be some unearthed item of technology that could not have existed then, now,
or even several 1000 years in the future. .
i don't see what good it could do to prove that billions of people's belief system has been fraudulant.
we don't have to prove it. that's the thing. the onus is on the person doing the claiming to prove
their beliefs correct and true.
Also, religious people *could* turn violent if they ever came to the realization what they believed for so-long, even life-long,
was fraudulent. Much more violent than they already are though? It remains to be seen.