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  1. "Test"- for what, I wonder? A willingness to deny...

    They do. I know a geologist who routinely writes reports describing the age and geologic history of soil formations for projects, but also believes that that the world was created less than 10,000...
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    Is 'god' a concrete entity, or an abstract one? ...

    Is 'god' a concrete entity, or an abstract one?

    I think even we atheists would agree that the noun 'god' has some abstract meaning, despite the difficulties we have getting those who believe in...
  3. Sad but true. Neither professing belief nor...

    WAIT! You mean...
    An atheist pretending to be a Christian just to make money :eek2:[/QUOTE]
    Absolutely... Scum bags come in all flavors. I don't think anyone has ever claimed that all atheists are...
  4. For many years I kept up the list of Internet...

    For many years I kept up the list of Internet Infidels Deconverts, on the old II board. While there were lots and lots of people who had gone from believer to unbeliever, there were precious few...
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    As Sam Harris put it- Which is not to say...

    As Sam Harris put it-


    Which is not to say that mostly non-religious and scientifically savvy societies do not exhibit practices that appear strange and bizarre to other societies. But I would...
  6. I want to start a religion preaching evangelistic...

    I want to start a religion preaching evangelistic skepticism!
  7. I once asked a very similar question in a thread...

    When you ask "how would you react to this knowledge" ? Are you asking about reacting to the knowledge of the existence of "inorganic silicon-based life-forms" and the mother-creator as being as...
  8. I suppose I've been asked all of those nine, in...

    I suppose I've been asked all of those nine, in one form or another, over the course of my life. And not just in online forums like this one- though that has been the usual venue for such questions. ...
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    As a kid, the Sears winter/Christmas catalog was...

    As a kid, the Sears winter/Christmas catalog was what dreams were made of. Though it's been many years since I patronized Sears, I always have had a bit of a soft spot for the company due to those...
  10. Until we can agree on a coherent meaning for the...

    Indeed Lion it often happens,

    (sorry Lion late reply)

    :)[/QUOTE]

    Until we can agree on a coherent meaning for the word 'god', it's nonsensical. Meaningless. While we can treat it as a word...
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    “The first principle is that you must not fool...

    “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool.”
    -Richard Feynman
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  13. It is a very Christian thing to consider...

    It is a very Christian thing to consider themselves persecuted, or that they will be in the future.

    It always seemed to me that the whole 'turn the other cheek' ethos was clearly the best survival...
  14. :sadyes: ...

    :sadyes:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-cPo1wqxD8
  15. Learner, back in the nineties a fellow named...

    Learner, back in the nineties a fellow named Steve Locks did a great deal of research on philosophically informed atheists or agnostics who later became believers, of whatever sort. See Asymmetry of...
  16. Solipsism- my best argument against it is as...

    Solipsism- my best argument against it is as follows.

    Presuming we are brains in vats, then someone or something must have created both brain, and vat.

    But, that someone or something cannot...
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    If you see the light as coming from the left and...

    I've seen this a few times and yep, every single time I see them upside down at first, and then I glance at the bowls on the left and they're all turned over.[/QUOTE]

    If you see the light as...
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    I definitely consider myself a skeptic- but that...

    I definitely consider myself a skeptic- but that isn't the opposite of being open-minded. As the famous saying goes, I try to keep an open mind, but not so open my brain falls out!

    As Cromwell...
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    Score 1.6, 4%. I did the short version. ...

    Score 1.6, 4%.

    I did the short version.

    And I very much wonder how Trump would score on that test, answering honestly.
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    Like George S. Patton, I think that Sherman was a...

    Like George S. Patton, I think that Sherman was a born warrior. He fully recognized the horrors of war, but didn't let those horrors stop him. One of his quotes I agree with, addressed to Southern...
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    I've read that until well up in the 1960s, an air...

    I've read that until well up in the 1960s, an air traveler who knew what they were looking at could still see the path, some 70 miles wide, where Sherman's troops had burned their way across Georgia,...
  22. In the 'time' of that Deuteronomy verse, a woman...

    In the 'time' of that Deuteronomy verse, a woman who had been raped was considered soiled goods; often her only option was to become a prostitute, if she wasn't killed by males of her own family....
  23. There's a major problem here with defining the...

    There's a major problem here with defining the central term.

    I'm reminded of something from Robert Green Ingersoll:



    One reason to be an atheist can be called non-cognitivism- "I do not...
  24. 17952 Some churches have only two, but the one...

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    Some churches have only two, but the one I grew up attending had three- for Father, Son, and Holy Ghost- and were never sat in during any service.
  25. Thread: The death drive

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    Do you focus on life and light and joy, or on...

    Do you focus on life and light and joy, or on death and darkness and fear?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9G58EkHuW8
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