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><Do hindus, Monotheists and animists? atheism falls under the definiotion
>religion as it cannot to my mind be irrefutably proven, and therefore
>requires an element of belief.>
>Nothing can be irrefutably proven. All knowledge is contingent,
>but_all_religions claim to have, divinely revealed, absolute knowledge.
>atheism is, therefore, is the rejection of religions' claims to absolute
>knowledge. After all the fact tht some religions have one god, some many,
>some no 'gods' at all, is actually irrelevant, what matters is that they
>make claims of absolute knowledge and require followers to believe based on
>faith not evidence.
>Speaking personally, the balance of evidence against any particular
>being true is massively weighted against. Taking Christianity for
>you have contradictory doctrines, historically problematic content of
>religious texts, implausible (or explainable) 'miracles' in the core texts
>(and lots of faked ones subsequently), evidence of contradictions of
>practice by believers, evidence of wider behaviour apparently entirely
>contradictory to supposed following of the faith etc. etc.
>To quote myself (from this list many times before) rain dances don't make
From reading the first parts of Daniel Gasman's _Scientific Origins of
National Socialism_ I'm wondering how devoutly atheist Ernst Haeckel was. He
seems to have been rabidly anti-Christian, but if truly atheistic one has to
account for his views on pantheistic nature worship and panpsychism.
There's an undercurrent of Aryan proto-Nazi pagan/occultist sun-worship and
Nordic mythos I'm trying to come to grips with, especially if it relates to
Haeckel's Monist League (Monistenbund?). Gasman's book reminds me of some
issues I pondered while reading Richard Noll's _The Jung Cult_.
I've no clue what Hitler's views were. I've managed to avoid any serious
study of whatever made him tick. I guess my interests in German science and
philosophy would give me some background for his pathological twisting of
things. Every time I see _Mein Kampf_ in the bookstore I shudder at even
touching it, not to mention what people might think if they saw me reading
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