Overflow crowd turns out to see Richard Dawkins at the College of Charleston

Mar 9, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Post and Courier

Crowds jammed into the Physicians Memorial Auditorium and three overflow rooms at the College of Charleston Saturday night to see Richard Dawkins, the world's most famous atheist and evolutionary biologist.

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bohart

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So according to Dawkins if you don't understand something it's wrong to say God did it. But,if you don't understand something it's perfectly appropriate to say God didn't do it .

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Yes we see the atheism movement growing rapidly here in the US. The believers hate it but it is what it is. The non religious numbers in America will double in the next 10 years.
Lincoln

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Givemeliberty wrote:
Yes we see the atheism movement growing rapidly here in the US. The believers hate it but it is what it is. The non religious numbers in America will double in the next 10 years.
You make up your statistics?
Secularism is not atheism.
The Economist number, 83% believe in God in America.
The other 17% are not atheists, some agnostics and some baseball fans.
America ignores you, for the most part.

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America is going more and more secular and it's great to see such a huge turn out. Sadly for the religious churches are closing at an all time high rate.

This is why believers are spending so much time, effort and money trying to argue with atheists.

Their ways are dying, people are less and less likely to surrender control of their lives to an imaginary god.

“It's just a box of rain...”

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bohart wrote:
So according to Dawkins if you don't understand something it's wrong to say God did it. But,if you don't understand something it's perfectly appropriate to say God didn't do it .
What Dawkins was actually quoted as saying was,Dont ever say I dont understand something, therefore God did it. The word "therefore" is crucial to the meaning of the sentence. I think Dawkins might be okay with I dont understand this, so I believe God may have done it. The former statement purports to be a statement of fact and a logical conclusion rather than a statement of faith, while the latter is a confession of faith in the face of ignorance, hardly commendable or intellectually defensible, but understandable nonetheless as it doesn't imply that others must believe the same as well.

The problem with belief in the face of ignorance is that it often removes the motivation to overcome that ignorance by replacing it with knowledge. It causes some to reject any data that conflicts with that belief, failing to recognize the tentative nature of conclusions made without adequate data. Such faith sometimes encourages a stubbornness that causes people to cling to ignorance even when knowledge is easily accessible. And that is a pity.
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Religion has many directions in which atheism is a minor digression.

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In the macro world.

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Lincoln wrote:
<quoted text>You make up your statistics?
Secularism is not atheism.
The Economist number, 83% believe in God in America.
The other 17% are not atheists, some agnostics and some baseball fans.
America ignores you, for the most part.
For the first time in American history, a majority of Americans say they would vote for an atheist for president.

They're not ignoring us any more.

Religions must adapt or die.

It's evolutionary.
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For the first time in American history, a majority of Americans say they would vote for an atheist for president.
They're not ignoring us any more.
Religions must adapt or die.
It's evolutionary.
Which poll?
Republicans and Democrats will not nominate an atheist.
Since 1900 a Unitarian was nominated, the rest professed Christianity.
Biden a Roman Catholic.

“I see quantum effects”

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Lincoln wrote:
<quoted text>Which poll?
Republicans and Democrats will not nominate an atheist.
Since 1900 a Unitarian was nominated, the rest professed Christianity.
Biden a Roman Catholic.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/2012/...

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/religion/...

http://www.mediaite.com/online/gallup-poll-mo...

http://m.cnsnews.com/news/article/gallup-54-a...

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KJV and his dozen screen names will not respond to facts. Much like John he just reposts his drivel and runs away when you factually destroy it only to return shortly saying the exact same thing.
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Lincoln wrote:
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Which poll?
Republicans and Democrats will not nominate an atheist.
Since 1900 a Unitarian was nominated, the rest professed Christianity.
Biden a Roman Catholic.
http://www.gallup.com/poll/155285/atheists-mu...

The trend is towards reduction of bias in general, but in all of the demographic groups polled atheists are still subject to more than any other category, including Muslims and gays. That bias is still high enough to make election to top positions very difficult for nonbelievers.
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Givemeliberty wrote:
KJV and his dozen screen names will not respond to facts. Much like John he just reposts his drivel and runs away when you factually destroy it only to return shortly saying the exact same thing.
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I clearly reject atheism as limiting and simplistic.
Facts of atheism are often opinions.

Failure to agree with you, you may often encounter?
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http://www.gallup.com/poll/155285/atheists-mu...
The trend is towards reduction of bias in general, but in all of the demographic groups polled atheists are still subject to more than any other category, including Muslims and gays. That bias is still high enough to make election to top positions very difficult for nonbelievers.
Agnostic as nonbelievers most often.
Atheists insist there is no God, agnostics skeptical ?

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Lincoln wrote:
<quoted text>I clearly reject atheism as limiting and simplistic.
Facts of atheism are often opinions.

Failure to agree with you, you may often encounter?
You have the right to remain stupid.

“I Am No One Else”

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Lincoln wrote:
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You make up your statistics?
Secularism is not atheism.
The Economist number, 83% believe in God in America.
The other 17% are not atheists, some agnostics and some baseball fans.
America ignores you, for the most part.
Agnostics without a religion are atheists.

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Lincoln wrote:
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I clearly reject atheism as limiting and simplistic.
Facts of atheism are often opinions.
Failure to agree with you, you may often encounter?
What "facts of atheism?"

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Hence why I now ignore his babbling like Barfy and John. It's like he had his brain removed and replaced with a can of stupid.

I actually think he is very lonely and his posts amount to a four year old waving their hands around saying look at me look at me!
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What "facts of atheism?"
Think I was referring to an atheist expressing his opinion.
Something about "KJV".

Have you read "Life of Pi" ?
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KittenKoder wrote:
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Agnostics without a religion are atheists.
People are who they think they are? ;-)

Each individual may have a different hold on faith or non faith. Believers often have doubts and lose faith for a while.

Country is basically Christian in culture.
"..under God" - "In God We Trust"- " so help Me God..." added to the oath of office.
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Mar 12, 2013
 
http://www.nobeliefs.com/religiouswars.htm

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/atheist

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/agnostic

The madness of religion,(apart from Zionism and Islamism, religous violence in Pakistan, Sharia law, ID/Creationism and many other problems)...

http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/03/06/jakarta-co...

https://www.google.co.uk/search...

http://www.123rf.com/stock-photo/prayer.html

Muslims in the UK were leaving school dismissive of evolution and convinced by their "science teacher" of ID/Creationism. It's a good job people like Prof Dawkins spoke-out about what happens. All many religionists had were accusations of "aggressive atheism".And thanks to religionists, England is (so far) unable to rid itself of an "established Church" and unelected bishops in its upper house.

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