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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#11375 Jan 15, 2013
Even some atheists defend the value of religion.

The included link is a Washington Post article where an atheist tells us that humanity is so much better off with religion than without it.

If the poor thing understands that much, he should convert and come out of his godless, empty religion.

http://onfaith.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/gue...

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#11376 Jan 15, 2013
A 2006 University of Minnesota poll of U.S. households reveals atheists are the most distrusted of minorities.

The respondents equate atheism with negativity such as immorality, criminal behaviour, materialism, and elitism.

That's very understandable since we observe no positive values in the atheist lifestyle.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_...

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#11378 Jan 15, 2013
This atheist writes about the depression of atheism.

He compares the meaningless of his life to that of a bug, lol.

He sees no purpose in life.

He seems to be teling us he is simply passing time, waiting for death and decay, like many atheists.

http://www.ebaumsworld.com/blogs/view/787903/

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Thinking

Leighton Buzzard, UK

#11379 Jan 15, 2013
It doesn't matter what you think.

Evolution is happening all around us without your say so.
derek4 wrote:
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WE?
I don't. That's why I reject the theory of evolution as a “load of tosh”, since you put it that way for us. Thank you.

“I Am No One Else”

Since: Apr 12

Seattle

#11380 Jan 15, 2013
Lincoln wrote:
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Not a big deal.
What do we do with our lives today?
How can we make the world a better place?
Peace
To make the world a better place, we must get rid of the bandwagons.

“There is no Truth in Faith”

Since: Dec 08

nowhere near a pound of $100's

#11381 Jan 15, 2013
derek4 wrote:
This atheist writes about the depression of atheism.
He compares the meaningless of his life to that of a bug, lol.
He sees no purpose in life.
He seems to be teling us he is simply passing time, waiting for death and decay, like many atheists.
http://www.ebaumsworld.com/blogs/view/787903/
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Meh!! I was dead for billions of years before I was born. I don't recall being inconvenienced in the least!
KJV

United States

#11382 Jan 15, 2013
polymath257 wrote:
<quoted text>No, it won't go that high. The error bars are much, much less than they were even fairly recently.

[QUOTE] The only reason I bring this up or seem concerned about it is in my life time the earth and universe has aged billions of years. And as you know the more time science puts on the books the odds of spontaneous life or the the mystery of the Big Bang seem to be come less concerning to the masses because the billions and billions of years is simple pretty hard to conceive."

[QUOTE]Science for a few years have give the age of the universe at 13.7 billion years then one of if not the top dog in science starts throwing around 15 billions years and no one blinks an eye at the addition of 1.3 billion years. That's a very long time. "

It's a factor of 10%. Our estimates are much better now than they were even a few years ago. We have the age down to within less than a percent. The figure of 15 billion years is a fair approximation.

I really think you are making a mountain out of a molehill. If I met someone who was 27-8 years old and I said they were close to 30, you wouldn't blink an eye. Hawking's estimate is off by the same factor.

You are beginning to sound like the man in the joke. He went to a geology lecture and the speaker asked if anyone knew how old the earth is. The man replied that it is 4,600,000,003 years old. The speaker asked how he got that figure, to which he replied that he had heard the same lecture 3 years ago and it was 4,600,000,000 years old then.

The point is that the amounts we are off tend to be in *percentages* of the true amount rather than actual number of years off. So we had an estimate of 15 billion years with a possible error of 10%. Now we have a figure of 13.772 billion years with a possible error of .4%.
The man at the lecture sounds pretty interesting I would like to meet him. LOL

I liked that thank you.
Lincoln

United States

#11383 Jan 15, 2013
KittenKoder wrote:
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To make the world a better place, we must get rid of the bandwagons.
WEB duBoise in "Soul of Black Folk" read about the death of his son.
The World is better today
KJV

United States

#11384 Jan 15, 2013
Thinking wrote:
<quoted text>It doesn't matter what you think.

Evolution is happening all around us without your say so.
Macro evolution has never happened there is zero proof that it had ever happened and it will never happen. Enjoy you fantasy but keep it to yourself.
Lincoln

United States

#11385 Jan 15, 2013
Big Bang 13.75 billion years ago.
Film at 11 PM
Adam

Stoke-on-trent, UK

#11386 Jan 16, 2013
KJV wrote:
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Macro evolution has never happened there is zero proof that it had ever happened
What an insanely stupid thing to say. The fossil record proves macro evolution. Try visiting your nearest museum of natural history, and learn something important, instead of ancient Jewish creation myths.
Adam

Stoke-on-trent, UK

#11387 Jan 16, 2013
derek4 wrote:
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Okey-Dokey --- I hope you get yourself “fixed”.
Thats a laugh. Recovering from Christianity took a long time, a full year. Free thinking. You should give it a try.
Thinking

Leighton Buzzard, UK

#11388 Jan 16, 2013
Evolution is Evolution and it's happening.

Your macro rubbish is just more religitard straw man BS.
KJV wrote:
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Macro evolution has never happened there is zero proof that it had ever happened and it will never happen. Enjoy you fantasy but keep it to yourself.

Since: Mar 11

Portage, MI

#11389 Jan 16, 2013
If macro evolution didn't happen then why don't we find saber tooth tiger remains beside T-Rex remains beside human remains?

As we dig through the layers we only find remains of animals and plants from that time period. So did god create all these animals and then wipe them all out and replace them with new ones?

Why didn't Noah let any Neanderthals on the ark?:))
Thinking

Leighton Buzzard, UK

#11390 Jan 16, 2013
Because Noah was too busy inventing getting pissed. There weren't two of every clean animal, he was just too drunk to make sense.
Givemeliberty wrote:
Why didn't Noah let any Neanderthals on the ark?:))

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#11391 Jan 16, 2013
KJV wrote:
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I understand that a person that does not know the Christian faith and is as it's commonly put on the outside looking in would not know that many can do what your definition of a Christian is and yet they are not one. Christianity is based simply on excepting the free gift of salvation.
"Salvation"? Saved from what?

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#11392 Jan 16, 2013
Lincoln wrote:
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Seems an invalid generalization.
You can back up this with a source?
So then - which of the thousands of Christian denominations in the U.S.(or the tens of thousands of Christian faith groups worldwide) is the "true" church. Or, if none is the "true church", which is closest to Jesus' original intent?

The one with the largest membership? The one most accepting of outsiders like LGBT people? What criteria would be an appropriate measure?

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#11393 Jan 16, 2013
Lincoln wrote:
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President Obama being a Christian is "not an appeal to authority" as President Obama is Not an authority on religion.
May be "fallacy of bandwagon"?
All the president have been Christian except of a unitarian or two. None have been professed atheists.
Professed atheists would never get elected in this country I'm sorry to say. How many might have been more un-believer than real believer, we'll never know.
Lincoln

United States

#11394 Jan 16, 2013
Hedonist wrote:
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"Salvation"? Saved from what?
Life devoted to materialism, shopping, television commercials, seeking an education only to make money.

People with advantages are loath to believe that they just happen to be people with advantages.
C. Wright Mills

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#11395 Jan 16, 2013
Lincoln wrote:
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Life devoted to materialism, shopping, television commercials, seeking an education only to make money.
People with advantages are loath to believe that they just happen to be people with advantages.
C. Wright Mills
That's your definition of "salvation". Fascinating.

But those things are not part of the definition of my life to begin with.

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