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  1. And with good reason. I have it on excellent...

    And with good reason. I have it on excellent authority that the young today have misplaced priorities:
  2. You don't seem to understand how mythology works....

    I recall that many decades ago many news outlets (press and television) reported that the U.S. destroyer, the USS Maddox, was attacked and fired on by North Vietnamese patrol boats in international...
  3. I recall that many decades ago many news outlets...

    I am sure you could. But a rational and reasonable person couldn't.[/QUOTE]

    I could but not so easily of course. If you found 4 news paper front pages (without the modern photo pics), from...
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    There has been a fair amount of talk about...

    There has been a fair amount of talk about colonizing Mars. I have suggested that, before there is such an attempt, they should first send a sustainable size population of maybe a hundred people to...
  5. As I said, it is a 'just so story' like almost...

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    The Flavians that the book claims commissioned the writers of "the Gospel propaganda" were a Roman imperial dynasty, Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian. Though the book does propose that Josephus...
  6. ??? The Flavians that the book claims...

    I can make very little sense of your post. :)

    'Names' Jesus? There are two entries in Josephus that appear to refer to Jesus. Neither may be genuine, or refer to Jesus. Personally, I'm not...
  7. I can make no sense of this post. Yes I said that...

    Just before that, you seemed to imply that Josephus did not mention Jesus. Or did I pick you up wrong? Were you saying that Josephus mentioned J the B as well as Jesus?

    You did seem to imply that...
  8. There is one I can think of off the top of my...

    There is one I can think of off the top of my head. Where Jesus is not mentioned in any other work than the Gospels that were written much later, John the Baptist is mentioned in Josephus' works.
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    It wasn't what he/they were lacking. It was that...

    The Q were not god-LIKE. They were omnipotent, omniscient petty immortal assholes.
    I never could understand how Picard could keep looking at Q and flat out telling him, "You're no god!" What...
  10. Apparently so. To bring it up to date, Jesus...

    Apparently so. To bring it up to date, Jesus would be like the guy that brings the extra keg for the frat party.
  11. To make the problem a bit less confusing, lets...

    To make the problem a bit less confusing, lets take your box with paper and make it an ideally isolated box that even light and heat can not escape or enter. No mass or energy can enter or leave the...
  12. I think the problem is that you are trying to...

    The energy in the laser beam comes from the electrical power applied not from the mass of the diode. - - electrical energy converted to light energy.

    Burning paper involves a very different...
  13. So the claim is that because religion has...

    Show your workings. Demonstrate how you come to the conclusion that supernatural ability claims made about Joseph Smith are exactly like the long standing claims made about Jesus.



    No. That's...
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    ? Evolution doesn't yield perfection. It only...

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    Evolution doesn't yield perfection. It only yields good enough for a species to survive sufficiently long enough to procreate. Religion tells us that perfection is god's bailiwick. Only one...
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    That is a rather odd criteria. Anything that...

    That is a rather odd criteria. Anything that someone doesn't understand is a mysterious thing for them. I would assume that how a television was designed and built would be a mystery to you and that...
  16. The energy in the laser beam comes from the...

    The energy in the laser beam comes from the electrical power applied not from the mass of the diode. - - electrical energy converted to light energy.

    Burning paper involves a very different...
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    I won't buy the omnipotent hype until I see him...

    I won't buy the omnipotent hype until I see him defeat Odin in a cage match.
  18. You seem to be confusing all too human musings on...

    The religious understandings of reality, goals, and how to attain those goals between the two have nothing in common. The societal lessons necessary for a coherent civilization (don't kill, don't...
  19. And exactly how would your conversion therapy...

    It clearly says unwanted.[/QUOTE]

    And exactly how would your conversion therapy make any difference for those who already see it as unwanted? It is those who want violent sex that you want to be...
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    I think that probably gender roles evolved in the...

    I think that probably gender roles evolved in the human species quite likely due in good part to the long period of dependence of a tot on the mother... the father doesn't give milk. The males became...
  21. You seem to have misread. It was pointed out that...

    You seem to have misread. It was pointed out that some people want this sort of sex. Or did you mean by 'unwanted' that you don't want them to want it?
  22. The first Christians came from Judaism but the...

    The "middle eastern culture" that spawned Christianity is called Judaism.[/QUOTE]

    The first Christians came from Judaism but the religion was spawned from Egyptian religions, Mithraism,...
  23. The religious understandings of reality, goals,...

    The religious understandings of reality, goals, and how to attain those goals between the two have nothing in common. The societal lessons necessary for a coherent civilization (don't kill, don't...
  24. You are conflating "truth" and "belief". I...

    You are conflating "truth" and "belief".

    I have no doubt that a true Christian believes the resurrection tale or that a true Muslim believes Muhammad's flying horse tale but the question was about...
  25. And it is claimed that Muhammad was taken up into...

    Let me rephrase it as: not the usual, normal everyday thing. And the frequency of claims (which matters here) regarding that bit written in the bible - people coming back to life and "flying off...
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