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  1. What better attraction for con artists than a...

    What better attraction for con artists than a large group that proudly proclaim and constantly demonstrate their gullibility?
  2. ^^^ Those quotes sound like a severe case of...

    ^^^
    Those quotes sound like a severe case of xenophobia.
  3. I haven't seen that, "Atheists always say,...

    I haven't seen that, "Atheists always say, 'Christian sources are biased!'". What I see is questions such as, "what conformation is there for that?"

    How is objective evidence found? By finding...
  4. But wouldn't the portrayal of Pilate in the...

    But wouldn't the portrayal of Pilate in the gospels make the Romans the opposite of what the Jews hated Rome for? If Pilate was shown as the iron fisted control freak Roman governors actually...
  5. You apparently don't understand the idea of the...

    I agree,they have been persecuted by a lot of Christians but just a mention, interestingly, not realised by many people they were protected by Muslims in their respected countries, living...
  6. Whether the idea of a Flavian Jesus reflects...

    Jesus would be against worshipping and giving tribute to other gods, but you must pay your dues if you live by their governance (Romans) because they have ways if you don't, if you know what I mean....
  7. Yes, given that the Romans were anal about...

    Yes, given that the Romans were anal about recording events, the fact that there is no record of a rabble rouser performing miraculous feats, for the Earth splitting open and the dead rising from...
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    Joseph Campbell's career was pretty much...

    Joseph Campbell's career was pretty much dedicated to studying the common themes in the world's religions and myths and wrote several books on the subject. However, he didn't, as far as I know, make...
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    What is Religion? A firm belief that the...

    What is Religion?

    A firm belief that the absurd is reasonable, the impossible is common, and that believing makes it so.
  10. The ratio of length to width for the ark would be...

    There is a difference between making an observation and experiencing an emotion. Religiously biased people have a quantifiable difficulty differentiating between these two experiences. This...
  11. It is "Christians" that write things like the...

    There was a whole list of things that were known in Biblical times and took science hundreds of years to catch up. For example, the Bible mentions the "springs of the deep" in the oceans and it...
  12. Yes Lumpy has posted this claim several times....

    Yes Lumpy has posted this claim several times. Apparently he is a student of Vladimer Lenin who is credited as saying, "A lie told often enough becomes the truth."

    But then that quote has also...
  13. :D You are right if it is large groups of...

    If there were an ounce of truth to that the world would be a much, much better (and safer) place.[/QUOTE]

    :D You are right if it is large groups of religious fanatics. I was thinking of small...
  14. That wasn't the question. Very good scientific...

    The studies continues so that there is a beter understanding in contexts where the bibles concerned. The list I provided above of Christians who helped in the last fifty years to revolutionize life....
  15. NO!

    Just damned, you throw in yet another strawman. Where did I imply that the Hawaiian religious fanatics opposed astronomy?[/QUOTE]Didn't @ you.[/QUOTE]

    NO!
  16. Just damned, you throw in yet another strawman....

    Just damned, you throw in yet another strawman. Where did I imply that the Hawaiian religious fanatics opposed astronomy?
  17. I didn't say a majority of Hawaiians supported...

    Damned, you are all over the place. You are apparently conflating religious beliefs of a small minority of Hawaiians with national politics. As with most such controversies, in this case a small but...
  18. Damned, you are all over the place. You are...

    You paint quite a scenario. Reality is that groups with little power have always throughout history protested. depending on the restraint of those they are protesting against for their safety. Groups...
  19. You paint quite a scenario. Reality is that...

    I am not an apologist. I am a realist. I recognize how the world works and even when it works against what I consider "right", I know that the world doesn't really give a shit what I think should be....
  20. I am not an apologist. I am a realist. I...

    If you and your army conquered the U.S. and imposed your own laws then, yes you would be able to do whatever the fuck you want.[/QUOTE]

    So you are an unashamed apologist for imperialism. I...
  21. If you and your army conquered the U.S. and...

    King Kamehameha was the first to conquer all the other kings and subjugate the Hawaiians on all the islands of the archipelago. All world history is about one group conquering another group. If you...
  22. Really? What new finding has religion made in...

    A lot is being discovered by studying the texts and with new contexts and interpretations, the studies don't stop.
    [/quote]
    Really?

    What new finding has religion made in the Bible in the last...
  23. King Kamehameha was the first to conquer all the...

    King Kamehameha was the first to conquer all the other kings and subjugate the Hawaiians on all the islands of the archipelago. All world history is about one group conquering another group. If you...
  24. Or as a bumper sticker I once saw said: "The...

    Or as a bumper sticker I once saw said:

    "The Bible says it
    I believe it
    That settles it"

    Thus displaying absolute certainty, zero thought.
  25. Maybe political and emotional but not irrational....

    Maybe political and emotional but not irrational. Mauna Kea already has thirteen telescopes on its peak because that location is one of the best in the world for optical observations. To place the...
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