If Christianity were true...
Patrick

United States

#165 Aug 24, 2014
Good News

An American held captive for two years by an al-Qaeda-linked group in Syria was released Sunday, according to the Obama administration and his family.

"For two years, we have kept Peter Theo Curtis, a U.S. citizen held hostage in Syria, in our thoughts and prayers," White House national security adviser Susan Rice said in a statement. "Today, we join his family and loved ones in welcoming his freedom."

Curtis, 45, who is from Massachusetts, was held by the Jabhat al-Nusra, also known as the al-Nusra Front, a branch of al-Qaeda operating in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement.

Curtis is a published author and freelance journalist who writes under the name Theo Padnos, according to a statement released Sunday by his family expressing gratitude to the United States, Qatar and others who helped negotiate his release. He was captured shortly after he crossed into Syria in October 2012.

"My heart is full at the extraordinary, dedicated, incredible people, too many to name individually, who have become my friends and have tirelessly helped us over these many months," his mother, Nancy Curtis from Cambridge, Mass., said in the statement. "Please know that we will be eternally grateful."

Nancy Curtis said the family did not know the details surrounding the negotiation for Curtis' release but said they "were repeatedly told by representatives of the Qatari government that they were mediating for Theo's release on a humanitarian basis without the payment of money."
religionislies

London, UK

#166 Aug 24, 2014
religionisillness wrote:
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Creationism has failed to understand or accept the fact of Evolution.
It takes a special kind of retarded religious arrogance to try to argue against fossils you can see and touch in real life.
More than can be said about their lies about god.
Look above as Patrick tries to spam-cover his old posts and embarrassment. Press the Prev button to see how he runs!
Amused

Lowell, MA

#167 Aug 25, 2014
Carchar king wrote:
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Where did the universe come from? Nothing?
Where did your god come from? Apart from the imagination of human beings, that is.
Amused

Lowell, MA

#168 Aug 25, 2014
Patrick wrote:
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Yes Dawkins has become FUN :-)
...
I was an atheist for decades before I'd ever heard of Dawkins. Some of his stuff is interesting, but only because he is articulate. I don't think most of his ideas are original to him. His claim to fame is more that he is able to communicate the ideas of others clearly. But, I can't really say he's been much of an influence on my thinking, as most of my thinking on religion was already pretty much formed before I ever heard of him.

The abrasiveness is just how I am. If I have anything on my gravestone, a good choice would be "Did not suffer fools gladly."
CunningLinguist

Orlando, FL

#169 Aug 25, 2014
Amused wrote:
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I was an atheist for decades before I'd ever heard of Dawkins. Some of his stuff is interesting, but only because he is articulate. I don't think most of his ideas are original to him. His claim to fame is more that he is able to communicate the ideas of others clearly. But, I can't really say he's been much of an influence on my thinking, as most of my thinking on religion was already pretty much formed before I ever heard of him.
The abrasiveness is just how I am. If I have anything on my gravestone, a good choice would be "Did not suffer fools gladly."
Aha, a soul mate!

Other than your last comment you described me.

As a lifelong history buff- that was enough to reveal religion for what it was, organized superstition. In fact, I ignored religions entirely entirely until 911. Game changer that.

If I had anything on my gravestone it would read:

"Thank you friends for the love you gave me.
It could not be any stronger.
Thank you for the many beautiful memories
May you all live long and even longer"
Thinking

Poole, UK

#170 Aug 26, 2014
Religitards are so fixated on Dawkins. They think he's a sacred opponent like mohammed or jesus.

I think Dawkins went on the religious offensive about 15 years ago when he had enough of creationists lying about his work.

I certainly don't worship the tweets of Dawkins, or try to live by them. But I do respect the tomes he has written on biology since the 70s which have been peer reviewed by so many other scientists.
Amused wrote:
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I was an atheist for decades before I'd ever heard of Dawkins. Some of his stuff is interesting, but only because he is articulate. I don't think most of his ideas are original to him. His claim to fame is more that he is able to communicate the ideas of others clearly. But, I can't really say he's been much of an influence on my thinking, as most of my thinking on religion was already pretty much formed before I ever heard of him.
The abrasiveness is just how I am. If I have anything on my gravestone, a good choice would be "Did not suffer fools gladly."
CunningLinguist

Orlando, FL

#171 Aug 26, 2014
Thinking wrote:
Religitards are so fixated on Dawkins. They think he's a sacred opponent like mohammed or jesus.
I think Dawkins went on the religious offensive about 15 years ago when he had enough of creationists lying about his work.
I certainly don't worship the tweets of Dawkins, or try to live by them. But I do respect the tomes he has written on biology since the 70s which have been peer reviewed by so many other scientists.
<quoted text>
I suggest Sam Harris.
IMO he is superior to Dawkins.

Hitch, left us with a definitive comment on all religions...

“Organised religion is violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism, tribalism, and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry,
contemptuous of women and coercive toward children.”
~Christopher Hitchens

The Erosion of Progress by Religions

https://m.youtube.com/watch...
Thinking

Poole, UK

#172 Aug 26, 2014
Hitchens writing is brilliant, and entertaining, but I don't agree with everything he says.

Sam Harris is fine, but he's clearly writing for a US audience so less engaging for me.

I've read a fair amount of Dawkins' biology books but I'm not interested in the god Delusion, because "religion is stupid" is old news.

That's the bit religitards don't get. I don't need any of these writers.

Rational non belief is built on strong foundations.
CunningLinguist wrote:
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I suggest Sam Harris.
IMO he is superior to Dawkins.
Hitch, left us with a definitive comment on all religions...
“Organised religion is violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism, tribalism, and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry,
contemptuous of women and coercive toward children.”
~Christopher Hitchens
The Erosion of Progress by Religions
https://m.youtube.com/watch...
CunningLinguist

Orlando, FL

#173 Aug 26, 2014
Thinking wrote:
Hitchens writing is brilliant, and entertaining, but I don't agree with everything he says.
Sam Harris is fine, but he's clearly writing for a US audience so less engaging for me.
I've read a fair amount of Dawkins' biology books but I'm not interested in the god Delusion, because "religion is stupid" is old news.
That's the bit religitards don't get. I don't need any of these writers.
Rational non belief is built on strong foundations.
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I wonder why religious people bother to attend an atheist forum.

To what purpose does this serve?

Is it idle curiosity about atheism or a method to attack those who do not share their faith?

We know there will be no conversions to Christianity, or we would not identify ourselves
As atheist, agnostic, secular, or humanist.

I consider myself agnostic and would never waste my time posting anything in any religious forum.

Ironically, each Christian Post is a advertisement for atheism.

The "voice of reason" is noticeably absent in their corner. The fear of death... Paramount.

https://m.youtube.com/watch...

Disclaimer: All spelling errors made by Siri are deliberately left in for my amusement, they are forgiven, will go to paradise and receive 72 dictionaries.
Thinking

Poole, UK

#174 Aug 26, 2014
I saw Monty Python live in London last month...

I came to Topix because I saw some religitard lies about Evolution that linked here. I wasn't quite prepared for the mess the religitards leave behind, their lies, their violent threats. Crazy people.

I don't much care for the label Atheist, because it can be misrepresented to mean "no chance of any god", which isn't a rational position. I'm just a non believer. I don't mind people believing harmless nonsense, it's the harmful nonsense I confront.
CunningLinguist wrote:
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I wonder why religious people bother to attend an atheist forum.
To what purpose does this serve?
Is it idle curiosity about atheism or a method to attack those who do not share their faith?
We know there will be no conversions to Christianity, or we would not identify ourselves
As atheist, agnostic, secular, or humanist.
I consider myself agnostic and would never waste my time posting anything in any religious forum.
Ironically, each Christian Post is a advertisement for atheism.
The "voice of reason" is noticeably absent in their corner. The fear of death... Paramount.
https://m.youtube.com/watch...
Disclaimer: All spelling errors made by Siri are deliberately left in for my amusement, they are forgiven, will go to paradise and receive 72 dictionaries.
Thinking

Poole, UK

#175 Aug 26, 2014
Impossible. There is no all powerful compassionate god because we have evidence of avoidable suffering.

If I ended up in heaven knowing others were burning for all eternity I'd break the system or end myself trying.

Fear isn't sustainable. Grow up.
Fisher of Men wrote:
Hey Atheists/Agnostics!
Are there any of you here in this forum that have enough courage (or guts) to boldly say in front of all these highly educated know-it-all Atheist friends of yours,
"YES! If Christianity were true I would become a Christian. I would much rather spend eternity in heaven rather than in hell."
...or are you all weak arrogant cowards who don't have the guts to say, "YES! If Christianity were true I would become a Christian."
Anyone? Are you here?
I'm waiting to hear from you.
Patrick

United States

#176 Aug 26, 2014
Coffee is sustainable in the morning . Friendships over coffee resolve debates between friends.

In the Coffee Cup

A morning looking in a coffee cup,
My soul is asking questions of the heart,
As destiny reveals itself in art,
Should inquiry find truth in crumpled dreams,
And bring the eye to look so gently up,
The heart must be ready to flow soul streams.
Thinking

Poole, UK

#177 Aug 26, 2014
So will you stop abusing the "Evolution doesn't prove Atheism" straw man then?
Patrick wrote:
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Have no idea!
Patrick

United States

#178 Aug 26, 2014
Abusing sounds totalitarian ?
Do you own this thread ?

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.
William Shakespeare
Thinking

Poole, UK

#179 Aug 26, 2014
You used to post Evolution doesn't prove Atheism. Now you say why would it?

So will you stop abusing the "Evolution doesn't prove Atheism" straw man then?
Patrick wrote:
Abusing sounds totalitarian ?
Do you own this thread ?
It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.
William Shakespeare

Since: Feb 13

Location hidden

#180 Aug 26, 2014
Thinking wrote:
You used to post Evolution doesn't prove Atheism. Now you say why would it?
So will you stop abusing the "Evolution doesn't prove Atheism" straw man then?
<quoted text>
"...is not my help in me?" "...then will I confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee".
Patrick

United States

#181 Aug 26, 2014
Thinking wrote:
You used to post Evolution doesn't prove Atheism. Now you say why would it?
So will you stop abusing the "Evolution doesn't prove Atheism" straw man then?
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Post your positive stuff on your ideas and enjoy life?
Alas we are not destined to all agree with you?
CunningLinguist

Orlando, FL

#182 Aug 26, 2014
Patrick wrote:
Coffee is sustainable in the morning . Friendships over coffee resolve debates between friends.
In the Coffee Cup
A morning looking in a coffee cup,
My soul is asking questions of the heart,
As destiny reveals itself in art,
Should inquiry find truth in crumpled dreams,
And bring the eye to look so gently up,
The heart must be ready to flow soul streams.
I admire coffee addicts. In a world where everybody is waiting for some random disaster, or some sudden disease, the coffee addict has the comfort of knowing what will most likely wait for them down the road. They've taken some control over their ultimate fate, and this addiction keeps their cause of death from being a total surprise.

“It's just a box of rain...”

Since: May 07

Knoxville, TN

#183 Aug 26, 2014
According the the CDC, Parkinson's Disease is less common among coffee drinkers than in the general population. Research at the Goldman School of Dentistry at Boston University indicated that coffee drinking is protective against periodontal disease. On the other hand, another study showed that coffee consumption shortens telomeres and life expectancy along with it, but drinking alcohol lengthens both.

So drink your coffee with a beer chaser?

“It's just a box of rain...”

Since: May 07

Knoxville, TN

#184 Aug 26, 2014
...or with a doillop of rum.

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