Atheism requires as much faith as rel...

Atheism requires as much faith as religion?

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Atheism requires as much faith as religion? bearvspuma : The only problem with this rationalization is that ita s assuming all athiests are so because theya re intelligent in the ways of science and reasoning and all people that believe in a form of god are unintelligent.

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“a.k.a. GhostWriter2U”

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#173220 Aug 1, 2013
Chapter 2 of Matthew

Matthew 2

New Living Translation (NLT)
Visitors from the East

2 Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men[a] from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, 2 “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose,[b] and we have come to worship him.”

3 King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. 4 He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked,“Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”

5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said,“for this is what the prophet wrote:

6 ‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah,
are not least among the ruling cities[c] of Judah,
for a ruler will come from you
who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’[d]”

7 Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. 8 Then he told them,“Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!”

9 After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! 11 They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

12 When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.
The Escape to Egypt

13 After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream.“Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother,” the angel said.“Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”

14 That night Joseph left for Egypt with the child and Mary, his mother, 15 and they stayed there until Herod’s death. This fulfilled what the Lord had spoken through the prophet:“I called my Son out of Egypt.”[e]

16 Herod was furious when he realized that the wise men had outwitted him. He sent soldiers to kill all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under, based on the wise men’s report of the star’s first appearance. 17 Herod’s brutal action fulfilled what God had spoken through the prophet Jeremiah:

18 “A cry was heard in Ramah—
weeping and great mourning.
Rachel weeps for her children,
refusing to be comforted,
for they are dead.”[f]
The Return to Nazareth

19 When Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt. 20 “Get up!” the angel said.“Take the child and his mother back to the land of Israel, because those who were trying to kill the child are dead.”

21 So Joseph got up and returned to the land of Israel with Jesus and his mother. 22 But when he learned that the new ruler of Judea was Herod’s son Archelaus, he was afraid to go there. Then, after being warned in a dream, he left for the region of Galilee. 23 So the family went and lived in a town called Nazareth. This fulfilled what the prophets had said:“He will be called a Nazarene.”

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/...

“a.k.a. GhostWriter2U”

Since: Jul 13

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#173221 Aug 1, 2013
Luke 2:1-22 tells us why Joseph and Mary were in Bethlehem and that 8 days after Jesus' birth they went to the temple in Jerusalem. Check it out for yourself.

Luke 2

New Living Translation (NLT)
The Birth of Jesus

2 At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. 2 (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. 4 And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. 5 He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was now obviously pregnant.

6 And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. 7 She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.
The Shepherds and Angels

8 That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them.“Don’t be afraid!” he said.“I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in highest heaven,
and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

15 When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other,“Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. 17 After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. 18 All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, 19 but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. 20 The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.
Jesus Is Presented in the Temple

21 Eight days later, when the baby was circumcised, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel even before he was conceived.

22 Then it was time for their purification offering, as required by the law of Moses after the birth of a child; so his parents took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. 23 The law of the Lord says,“If a woman’s first child is a boy, he must be dedicated to the Lord.”[a] 24 So they offered the sacrifice required in the law of the Lord—“either a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/...

Need I say anymore?

“a.k.a. GhostWriter2U”

Since: Jul 13

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#173222 Aug 1, 2013
So with all of that Mr. Liberty, show me where *exactly* it says that Jesus was born in a house in Nazareth.

Since: Mar 11

Louisville, KY

#173223 Aug 1, 2013
All your socks were made in 2007 and you know it. This was pointed out to you before.
Roman Apologist wrote:
<quoted text>I only discovered this site last year. In 2007 I had other things to do. You make assumptions without evidence so well. Feel free to continue. I laugh at your foolishness.:))

Since: Mar 11

Louisville, KY

#173224 Aug 1, 2013
So we see Herod who died years before Jesus was born... Cough.. Sends the wise men. They go see Jesus at his HOUSE in Bethlehem. Not a manger. HOUSE. The family later flees to Egypt and then moves to Nazareth... Which didn't exist until the second century. Cough... Luke says the family lived in Nazareth and travelled to Bethlehem not that they had a house there.

Several errors there.
Roman Apologist wrote:
Chapter 2 of Matthew
2 Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea
7 Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men,
9 After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! 11 They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

12 When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.
The Escape to Egypt

13 After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream.“Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother,” the angel said.“Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”

14 That night Joseph left for Egypt with the child and Mary, his mother, 15 and they stayed there until Herod’s death. This fulfilled what the Lord had spoken through the prophet:“I called my Son out of Egypt.”[e]

16 Herod was furious when he realized that the wise men had outwitted him. He sent soldiers to kill all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under, based on the wise menÂ’s report of the starÂ’s first appearance. 17 HerodÂ’s brutal action fulfilled what God had spoken through the prophet Jeremiah:

18 “A cry was heard in Ramah—
weeping and great mourning.
Rachel weeps for her children,
refusing to be comforted,
for they are dead.”[f]
The Return to Nazareth

19 When Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt. 20 “Get up!” the angel said.“Take the child and his mother back to the land of Israel, because those who were trying to kill the child are dead.”

21 So Joseph got up and returned to the land of Israel with Jesus and his mother. 22 But when he learned that the new ruler of Judea was Herod’s son Archelaus, he was afraid to go there. Then, after being warned in a dream, he left for the region of Galilee. 23 So the family went and lived in a town called Nazareth. This fulfilled what the prophets had said:“He will be called a Nazarene.”

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/...

Since: Mar 11

Louisville, KY

#173225 Aug 1, 2013
I never said he was born in a house in Nazareth and you know it. The gospels wildly contradict each other as you have shown.
Roman Apologist wrote:
So with all of that Mr. Liberty, show me where *exactly* it says that Jesus was born in a house in Nazareth.
xianity is EVIL

Windsor, Canada

#173228 Aug 1, 2013
Skeptic- wrote:
<quoted text>
Apologists are modern day liars with no morals and no spine.
Roman Apologist wrote:
<quoted text>
Argumentum ad Hominem is a logical fallacy. It's usually used by somebody who attacks the character of a person rather than the argument itself, and in your case you do so with no personal knowledge of me. If stated without such personal knowledge this is a lie, and as such, is a demonstration of immorality. It fails to answer or critique the argument and seeks to demean the person instead which seems to be the easier task, thus revealing a "lack of spine."
Don't you defend Darwinian Evolution" as being true? If yes, you too are an apologist.
wrong
evolution is a proven FACT

apologetics are used by religitards to defend fantasy as if it were true,
can you comprehend that?

“Rising”

Since: Dec 10

Milky Way

#173230 Aug 1, 2013
polymath257 wrote:
<quoted text>
I disagree with your definition of atheism. It is the lack of belief in deities, not necessarily the rejection of such beliefs. I would also say the the reasonable position is lack of belief in the face of insufficient evidence. Of course, as the lack of evidence is prolonged to a sufficient point, it can also be reasonable to reject the belief. I believe that point has been reached.

I would tend to agree with you, but here in topix land we have to define everything very carefully. And in arguments with Buck via his citations of The Stanford definitions of psychology per say atheism is the denial of the existence of God. To which you or I may say is the the lack of belief But it can be argued in this way that atheism is a belief. Specifically the denial of god.

But when you say you are a unbeliever, because you are a free thinker. You change the playing field totally. And give them no legs to stand on.
To defining any belief you present has insufficient evidence to support the existence. You are not denying or rejecting. You are making the statement that you have not the evidence to say I'm denying the existence of anything. I'm denying you have evidence of anything you believe.

I know it's unnecessarily complicating a simple concept.
But it does shift the burden of proof back where it came from.
As I'm not denying or rejecting, I'm asking you to show me the evidence. I hope that makes sense.

Besides if you read into the definition of free thought, I think you will agree.

“a.k.a. GhostWriter2U”

Since: Jul 13

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#173231 Aug 1, 2013
Givemeliberty wrote:
So we see Herod who died years before Jesus was born... Cough.. Sends the wise men. They go see Jesus at his HOUSE in Bethlehem. Not a manger. HOUSE. The family later flees to Egypt and then moves to Nazareth... Which didn't exist until the second century. Cough... Luke says the family lived in Nazareth and travelled to Bethlehem not that they had a house there.
Several errors there.
<quoted text>
How do you come to that conclusion? I gave you the chapters and verses with the birth narratives. Your earlier claim was that Jesus was born in a house in Nazareth. That's plainly what you claimed. I asked you to show me where it says that, and you can't do it. I'm not saying that Luke says they had a house there. I'd rather not have to embarrass you with your posts, but I can show you exactly what you said.

As for your other assertion about me being here in 2007, I didn't even know this site existed in 2007. You're obviously confused and it's of little use attempting to dialogue with you.

“a.k.a. GhostWriter2U”

Since: Jul 13

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#173232 Aug 1, 2013
Aura Mytha wrote:
<quoted text>
I would tend to agree with you, but here in topix land we have to define everything very carefully. And in arguments with Buck via his citations of The Stanford definitions of psychology per say atheism is the denial of the existence of God. To which you or I may say is the the lack of belief But it can be argued in this way that atheism is a belief. Specifically the denial of god.
But when you say you are a unbeliever, because you are a free thinker. You change the playing field totally. And give them no legs to stand on.
To defining any belief you present has insufficient evidence to support the existence. You are not denying or rejecting. You are making the statement that you have not the evidence to say I'm denying the existence of anything. I'm denying you have evidence of anything you believe.
I know it's unnecessarily complicating a simple concept.
But it does shift the burden of proof back where it came from.
As I'm not denying or rejecting, I'm asking you to show me the evidence. I hope that makes sense.
Besides if you read into the definition of free thought, I think you will agree.
Are you claiming that God doesn't exist?
blacklagoon

Boston, MA

#173233 Aug 1, 2013
Roman Apologist wrote:
<quoted text>
Are you claiming that God doesn't exist?
I'm not sure what she's claiming but there is not sufficient evidence for anyone to believe a God exists unless they have an ulterior motive, have been brought up with a solid belief system and never found reason to question these beliefs, or don't care whether or not their beliefs are true. Fear of death, the comfort of knowing something greater than you exists, or not being able to deal with adversity would all fall under ulterior motives.

“Rising”

Since: Dec 10

Milky Way

#173234 Aug 1, 2013
Roman Apologist wrote:
<quoted text>
Are you claiming that God doesn't exist?
I claiming there is insufficient evidence to think god exists.

Since: Oct 10

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#173235 Aug 1, 2013
Roman Apologist wrote:
<quoted text>
Are you claiming that God doesn't exist?
I am.

Since: Mar 11

Louisville, KY

#173236 Aug 1, 2013
No I said a house in Bethlehem as stated in Matthew where they lived for two years before fleeing to Egypt and afterwards moved to Nazareth. In Luke they live in Nazareth and were traveling for the census and stopped off in Bethlehem where she gave birth in. Manger.

You seriously can't see the contradictions and errors there? Seriously?
Roman Apologist wrote:
<quoted text>How do you come to that conclusion? I gave you the chapters and verses with the birth narratives. Your earlier claim was that Jesus was born in a house in Nazareth. That's plainly what you claimed. I asked you to show me where it says that, and you can't do it. I'm not saying that Luke says they had a house there. I'd rather not have to embarrass you with your posts, but I can show you exactly what you said.

As for your other assertion about me being here in 2007, I didn't even know this site existed in 2007. You're obviously confused and it's of little use attempting to dialogue with you.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#173237 Aug 2, 2013
polymath257 wrote:
<quoted text>
Atheism is the lack of belief in deities.
Yep.

“I started out with nothing”

Since: Nov 10

and still got most of it left

#173238 Aug 2, 2013
Roman Apologist wrote:
<quoted text>
Atheism isn't the default position of humanity. The default position of humanity is exploration. If you put an average 8 month old baby on the floor you will see that the child's natural instinct is to explore the surroundings. The child won't sit there in doubt of whether anything exists. The child won't doubt whether or not he or she can climb or crawl. The child will explore and move wherever there aren't any obstacles, and will do so with an inquisitive open mind.
Atheism corresponds to the obstacles placed in the mental path of exploration by the individual. Obstacles to faith are self-imposed obstacles.
A new born is born with no concept of go, no belief in any god.

When a human has no belief in god they are atheists, i.e. the default position is atheism

What is learned later, whether it is by exploration or teaching is not the default position.

“I started out with nothing”

Since: Nov 10

and still got most of it left

#173239 Aug 2, 2013
Aura Mytha wrote:
<quoted text>
That sounds like the definition of free thought not atheism.
Free thought is a basis of atheism

“I started out with nothing”

Since: Nov 10

and still got most of it left

#173240 Aug 2, 2013
Roman Apologist wrote:
<quoted text>
Go for it. The "fundamentalist" extremism is based upon Calvinism, which I strongly disagree with. It is the bleakest view within orthodox Christianity and borders on the edge of being a cult. If John Calvin's theology is of the view that only the "elect" can have salvation, then he was contradicting the teachings of Christ.
Each of the 40,000 different sects of christianity are cults

“Rising”

Since: Dec 10

Milky Way

#173241 Aug 2, 2013
ChristineM wrote:
<quoted text>
Free thought is a basis of atheism

One possible yes, but not the only avenue to atheism.
I see it more a path toward enlightenment.

“I started out with nothing”

Since: Nov 10

and still got most of it left

#173242 Aug 2, 2013
Aura Mytha wrote:
<quoted text>
One possible yes, but not the only avenue to atheism.
I see it more a path toward enlightenment.
Nope not the only avenue, but atheism in itself can be enlightenment to an ex christian who is then free to think freely without the fetters of faith.

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