Don't dictate beliefs

Don't dictate beliefs

There are 11177 comments on the The Star Press story from Sep 5, 2012, titled Don't dictate beliefs. In it, The Star Press reports that:

No one else can say otherwise? That is basically saying those who do "believe in God" are better? Hardly.

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#10887 Jan 10, 2013
derek4 wrote:
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Lot of false in there.
You take the crooked path with science and all their blunderings.
I prefer the straight path with God.
LOL...wow

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#10888 Jan 10, 2013
derek4 wrote:
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Well that was boring, but I hope unloading your garbage made you feel better, lol.
Pot, meet kettle.

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#10889 Jan 10, 2013
derek4 wrote:
What is the truth about scientific research?
There is certain marvelous research that is amazing.
And there is research that does not deserve that distinction.
Dishonesty, fraud, money – these motivate much of our scientific research.
http://naturalbias.com/the-truth-about-scient...
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Have you considered starting a thread about science as opposed to spamming hundreds of off-topic posts?

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#10890 Jan 10, 2013
Just Think wrote:
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Have you considered starting a thread about science as opposed to spamming hundreds of off-topic posts?
There actually is a whole Topix Forum on science (" http://www.topix.com/science" ;) but he knows he'd be totally out of his league there.

His post aren't really about science per se, he's just showing off how much he hates things he so clearly doesn't understand.

“There is no such thing”

Since: May 08

as a reasonable person

#10892 Jan 10, 2013
derek4 wrote:
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Maybe God caused circumstances to “weed you out” from the ministry since you had nothing to offer. Who knows?
Or maybe the idea of any form of absolute truth is ridulous
KJV

United States

#10895 Jan 10, 2013
Lil Ticked wrote:
<quoted text>Actually, I know that is not entirely true. When I first came to Topix I was a full on believer working on becoming a pastor but, my encounters on here with certain posters swayed me considerably. They would post links, hit certain talking points and ask me questions. I listened to what they had to say, read their posted articles, and learned. During that time I also noticed that there are those that do nothing but abuse, from either side. I admit I was a noob to the interwebs blah blah blah.. long story short.. I learned two things. Yes, I am a skeptic but, I still find the history/ anthropology behind religious beliefs interesting, though not as much as I used to, and I dislike narrow minded douche bags.
"Yes, I am a skeptic"

A skeptic needs to dig deep and find his truth. I hope some day you find yours.

Since: Apr 08

Watford, UK

#10896 Jan 10, 2013
derek4 wrote:
By the way, it sounds like you need “IAN”(s) permission to post what is on your mind. You pore thang - how strange, lol.
You can't think for yourself? Why not? You write hymns, don't you?
Actually, it's common courtesy to acknowledge the originator of a post.

Particularly when it's one that makes you look really stupid.
DJ Hewlet

UK

#10897 Jan 10, 2013
Givemeliberty wrote:
Again why should anyone accept this creator is anything more than a figment of someone's imagination a delusion handed down generation to generation?
The bible is a hodge podge of legends collected from the Middle East. Why would it be so difficult for a writer to read or hear a story from a century ago and then pen his own similar story incorporating some of the same characters. Hell Joseph Smith did that, nothing special I could write some bible myth inspired fan fiction like he did, that doesn't prove that God is real.
All you have done is argue band wagon fallacy, injected your biased opinion and then went off on some random temper tantrum about an off topic subject like Darwin. Sorry but evolution has nothing to do with atheism.
I am not even asking for proof of God here, I am merely asking why I or anyone should accept him as anything more than a figment of someone's imagination.
It seems you don't have an answer as expected.
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What do you have if not figments of human imagination, or myths? It takes as much faith to believe that something comes from nothing (big bang) and nonliving matter produces life (evolution) as it does to believe in God.

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#10898 Jan 10, 2013
DJ Hewlet wrote:
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What do you have if not figments of human imagination, or myths? It takes as much faith to believe that something comes from nothing (big bang) and nonliving matter produces life (evolution) as it does to believe in God.
One is based on independently verified evidence and predictive modeling capability.

The other is based on fireside stories of some ancient goat herders trying to explain where lightning comes from.

Since: Apr 08

Watford, UK

#10899 Jan 10, 2013
Lil Ticked wrote:
<quoted text>Actually, I know that is not entirely true. When I first came to Topix I was a full on believer working on becoming a pastor but, my encounters on here with certain posters swayed me considerably. They would post links, hit certain talking points and ask me questions. I listened to what they had to say, read their posted articles, and learned. During that time I also noticed that there are those that do nothing but abuse, from either side. I admit I was a noob to the interwebs blah blah blah.. long story short.. I learned two things. Yes, I am a skeptic but, I still find the history/ anthropology behind religious beliefs interesting, though not as much as I used to, and I dislike narrow minded douche bags.
Am honest and refreshing post - thanks!

Since: Apr 08

Watford, UK

#10900 Jan 10, 2013
Bob wrote:
I need more beer anyone have any?
Marstons Pedigree!

I don't know if you can get it in your neck of the woods but it's well worth trying.

“There is no Truth in Faith”

Since: Dec 08

nowhere near a pound of $100's

#10901 Jan 10, 2013
DJ Hewlet wrote:
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What do you have if not figments of human imagination, or myths? It takes as much faith to believe that something comes from nothing (big bang) and nonliving matter produces life (evolution) as it does to believe in God.
The big bang theory does not include the concept of "something comes from nothing" and it might well be that life permeates the universe and grows where ever conditions permit. No creator required.

Since: Apr 08

Watford, UK

#10902 Jan 10, 2013
Tide with Beach wrote:
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I think that's just poorly articulated. You can believe without showing it, or perform the ritual without believing.
There is a distinction that can be made between religious culture and religious belief.
I certainly view religious belief as being a thing apart from religious culture.

Here in the UK we're getting less religious by the year but there's no denying the influence of Christianity on our culture.

Mind you, we've also been influenced by forces opposed to Christianity which really got started with the 18th-century Enlightenment and French Revolution and going all the way to Marxism-Leninism and the liberalism of the European Court of Human Rights.

Since: Apr 08

Watford, UK

#10903 Jan 10, 2013
EmpAtheist wrote:
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Im responding to you but hope the one you responded to reads this...
I left Christianity with the help of conversation like this too. I had many questions after the death of one of my good friends who was an atheist. I asked family and friends and the answers were very dodgy. I asked a couple preachers and they just repeated the same things I've heard for years that were completely irrelevant. Then I went to YouTube and found tons of Christians giving answers for what i wanted... they were always response videos to atheists... so to better understand what they were talking about i watched their videos as well..... long story short.... after several months i found myself on the other side of that fence.
So don't think that what you say doesn't make a difference... sometimes you plant a seed or just add a little water to make it grow. Nobody is going to change their mind from one sentence in a post.
Another honest post from the heart.

Thanks for sharing this with us.

Since: Apr 08

Watford, UK

#10904 Jan 10, 2013
Hedonist wrote:
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There actually is a whole Topix Forum on science (" http://www.topix.com/science" ;) but he knows he'd be totally out of his league there.
His post aren't really about science per se, he's just showing off how much he hates things he so clearly doesn't understand.
I guess it's fortunate for Dim that his god just so happens to hate all the same things that he hates.

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#10907 Jan 10, 2013
KJV wrote:
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Yes. He seems to think we are attacking his religion by showing the flaws that need fixing. Must kind of stick in his craw.
Atheism is not a religion, it doesn't matter how many times you try to lie, it's a lack of belief, nothing more and nothing less.

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#10908 Jan 10, 2013
May god strike me the f*ck down right is second.

Still alive,, theists are full of sh*t.
KJV

United States

#10909 Jan 10, 2013
Hedonist wrote:
<quoted text>One is based on independently verified evidence and predictive modeling capability.

The other is based on fireside stories of some ancient goat herders trying to explain where lightning comes from.
No, there is no verified evidence of spontaneous life. It's a myth.

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#10910 Jan 10, 2013
Still alive, god isn't real proven once again.

“I Am No One Else”

Since: Apr 12

Seattle

#10911 Jan 10, 2013
KJV wrote:
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No, there is no verified evidence of spontaneous life. It's a myth.
At least you're finally learning something. but still not enough to make it. Considering that your bible is proving less than adequate at explaining things, much less, incapable of providing anything beneficial to us, we'll keep looking for some real answer.

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