Atheism is a hate group and a cult, they definitely brain wash. They can't brain wash the way they Moonies do because they can't kid nap people or take them to the farm or whatever. The reason atheist brain washing works is because it's voluntary, they are not forcing people into a process of socialization, they are finding people who want to be socialized then giving it to them. Why do I say "socialization?" Because I once studied in a class with a professor on the sociology of religion. The professor is a world famous sociologist in the field. His theory is that there is no such thing as barin washing per se, it's really a means of socialization.
Like the Moonies atheists cruse the net looking for lonely outcast types who want to belong to a group and feel alienated from mainstream. At that rate the brain washing is really just a process of socializing, teaching the new requite the right way to maintain his own set of verbal ques that will initiate acceptance in the group, and that's really all the brain washing one needs. We can see this process working in the website "God is imaginary--50 simple arguments (50 idiotic arguemnts).
What we are about to see is the author of that site imitating newbies into thinking like atheist, and keeping the attitude long enough to be accepted. When the new one is accepted he get's positive strokes form the group and he learns, "mocking religion = acceptance." If I say this I'll be accepted.
The is obvious becuase the process is not a set of arguments designed to encourage a person to think about the truth but a step by step process destined to set up expectations,show they are not fulfilled by religion, then supply positive reinforcement when the recruit learns to mock.
this is from the God is imaginary site:
It is easy to prove to yourself that God is imaginary. The evidence is all around you. Here are 50 simple proofs:
- Try praying
- Statistically analyze prayer
- Look at all historical gods
- Think about science
- Read the Bible
Watch the video
Look at the little sign on the left, proving the Bible is repulsive. it's not just wrong it's "repulsive." Of course that's hate. only a moron would be unable to see that it's hate, or someone who has been through the process and learned to turn off his critical faculties because mocking and ridicule have come to be seen as normal to him.
Look at the steps. Try praying. Why? Because we are going to look at what they say about that is "set up some expectations, see that God doesn't fulfill them, (of course they are going to be really stupid things that of cousre God do like "give me a million follows materialized out of thin air right now). So that will set up the sense that prayer doesn't work, but roe importantly i am reconfigured for saying it doesn't work. So this is not an analytical discussion about the possibility of prayer working it's a rank stupid insistence to have one's impulsive desires met so that when they are not met one will have a sense of "yes, God isn't real because he didn't do that."
his page on "try praying"
What would happen if we get down on our knees and pray to God in this way:
Dear God, almighty, all-powerful, all-loving creator of the universe, we pray to you to cure every case of cancer on this planet tonight. We pray in faith, knowing you will bless us as you describe in Matthew 7:7, Matthew 17:20, Matthew 21:21, Mark 11:24, John 14:12-14, Matthew 18:19 and James 5:15-16. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.We pray sincerely, knowing that when God answers this completely heartfelt, unselfish, non-materialistic prayer, it will glorify God and help millions of people in remarkable ways. Will anything happen? No. Of course not.
Here he did exactly what I said he would do. He set up a ridiculous expectation that anyone should know God wont do--and Christians have discussed plenty of times why this is not valid-- the real point is not that he really thinks someone is going to be convince. The point is two fold. (1) it leavens in the mind of the imitate a very slight sense that "yes he's right God didn't come through, it builds doubt with the idea "why don't God fix everything?" But the more important one (2) When they go to be with other atheists and they say "I did this and it didn't work of cousre" then they will be given positive reinforcement because they tried it. That will make them feel like part of the group and what they have learned from it is not only the socialization process "I am accepted for my doubt" but also the sense that mocking and ridicule is the natural way to deal with religion because it leads to acceptance by the group.
For an answer on why this method of interpretation scripture is simple minded and this is not a good representation of prayer see my essay. See also my essay on Metacrock's Blog "why doesn't God heal Stupidity?" The answer to why God doesn't heal all problems at once is the theodicy problem. That is a major issue. While I don't blame anyone for find it hard to have faith in the face of pain in life, that was one of my major reasons for being an atheist, there are good answers if you look for them.
Of course the issue prayer is totally misrepresented here. There is a lot that can be said on the atrocious exegesis, but for empirical studies about prayer that suggest it is effective see my orphan pages. There are about 14 studies that show prayer works. Also there are many more kinds of empirical evidence that prove God works miracles.
Of cousre the bottom line is prayer usually doesn't get us what we want exactly, when we want it and we are usually not patient enough to see the difference between our immediate desires and our true long terms desires. This simple minded approach capitalizes upon and prays upon the simplistic need to have what we want when we want it and psychological depends of the alienated upon accepted by the group. The I examine atheism the more I find this is the case, Atheism plays upon simple minded fallacy and immediate desires.