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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Since: Sep 08

Westcliffe, CO

#153061 Feb 10, 2013
Aura Mytha wrote:
<quoted text> No I am saying you cannot demonstrate a single line of physical evidence to substantiate your claim.
First cause is and has been argued for thousands of years.
Still no possibility of solving it, though the easy way is to add your wild card, though there is nothing to say this wild card is possible or even feasible. You opt the non thinking way out, without even considering you are wrong. In fact your opt out of explaining it is an omission of non understanding and defeat.
That is the point.
You cannot explain the unexplained with a wild card.
The cause of the universe is an unsolvable mystery, to add sheer conjecture does nothing towards the explanation of what caused it.
It only says in your explanation it requires an exception to the rule clause, and you have nothing to support this contention.
So you see we will always be right back at point a , with only your belief and my unbelief. The answer is unanswerable is the conclusion after thousands of years of study.
Therefore the universe caused itself and always was.
OR... you can invite god to dinner, he is most welcome to explain this stuff himself.
"Therefore the universe caused itself and always was."

LOL!!!

Sounds like a wild card to me.

Instead of goddidit you say shit happens.

Your scientific approach is remarkable.

“Think&Care”

Since: Oct 07

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#153062 Feb 10, 2013
mtimber wrote:
<quoted text>
So you know that you cannot absolutely know.
Yet you absolutely know that God does not exist...
I never said that. At this point, the evidence doesn't support the existence of a deity.
But back to the point.
If you only believe that for which you have forensic empirical evidence for, than I assume you do not believe in the laws of logic?
As they are non-material and universal, but cannot be examined forensically...
Logic, like mathematics, is an abstract system. I believe logical statements when they follow from the axioms of logic via the rules of deduction.

“There is no god!”

Since: Jun 12

Södertälje, Sweden

#153063 Feb 10, 2013
mtimber wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes.
In the beginning God...
no you do not

“There is no god!”

Since: Jun 12

Södertälje, Sweden

#153064 Feb 10, 2013
Eagle12 wrote:
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No you don’t have to believe in God to babble.
Babbling is what occurs when the incoherent try to communicate. Also known as blatant jibber gibberish. A language that means nothing and says nothing remotely intelligible.
So you are welcome to quote the “bable” if you like through your babbling jobber gibberish nonsensical language.[Tipping Hat]
stop babbling nonsense!

Since: Sep 08

Westcliffe, CO

#153065 Feb 10, 2013
Catcher1 wrote:
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Nope, not for me.
Mars is inhospitable.
I'm heading to San Jose del Cabo.
Lots of fish and crustaceans, and it's the whale migration season through March.
Great weather, too.
I spent a bit of this time of year up the other way in Monterey back in 1976, and spent a lot of that around Point Sur. Watching the whales, seals, and sea otters. A beautiful spot. Big change in temperature around that bend.

Since: Jan 13

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#153066 Feb 10, 2013
macumazahn wrote:
<quoted text>You are aware that, on a quantum level, there are uncaused effects?
That is a matter open to much debate.

A mathematical model that cannot account for a cause, does not prove there is no cause.

It simply states that it cannot account.

And that is as far as anyone can take quantum mechanics.

Which leaves us with the next question:

Do you have any empirical evidence of an uncaused event?

Since: Jan 13

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#153067 Feb 10, 2013
Aura Mytha wrote:
The cause of the universe is an unsolvable mystery,
Is this an absolute statement of truth?

“Think&Care”

Since: Oct 07

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#153068 Feb 10, 2013
mtimber wrote:
<quoted text>
So you know that you cannot absolutely know.
Yet you absolutely know that God does not exist...
But back to the point.
If you only believe that for which you have forensic empirical evidence for, than I assume you do not believe in the laws of logic?
As they are non-material and universal, but cannot be examined forensically...
There are several different types of logic: propositional logic, quantifier logic, modal logic, fuzzy logic. Each has different assumptions. They are not universal since they don't apply in the realm of any of the others. They are axiom systems.

Since: Jan 13

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#153069 Feb 10, 2013
polymath257 wrote:
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I never said that. At this point, the evidence doesn't support the existence of a deity.
<quoted text>
Logic, like mathematics, is an abstract system. I believe logical statements when they follow from the axioms of logic via the rules of deduction.
How do you deduct that the law of non-contradiction is universal empirically?

“Think&Care”

Since: Oct 07

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#153070 Feb 10, 2013
mtimber wrote:
<quoted text>
That is a matter open to much debate.
A mathematical model that cannot account for a cause, does not prove there is no cause.
It simply states that it cannot account.
And that is as far as anyone can take quantum mechanics.
Which leaves us with the next question:
Do you have any empirical evidence of an uncaused event?
First define what *you* mean when you say something is caused.

yes, the empirical evidence shows that causality, as typically defined (a cause necessarily implies the effect) is false. Look at Bell's inequality and the experiments supporting it.

“In the beginning God Created..”

Since: Feb 12

Southern Illinois

#153071 Feb 10, 2013
macumazahn wrote:
<quoted text>Nope.
If you can claim that Adam Lanza's murders weren't religiously motivated (even though he was a Christian), you must extend the same reasoning to all of those you cite.
Their atheism was incidental.
How do you come to the conclusion that Adam Lanza was a Christian?

Was Judas Iscariot a Christian?

Because he walked into a Church?

If that’s the case then anyone that walks onto Harvard’s campus can claim,“I have been to Harvard.”

But I would say there is a big difference from visiting a top University and graduating from that University with honors.

One can be a visitor or even a regular attendee to a church. Does that mean they are a Christian?

The only way to tell if someone is indeed a Christian is by their own declaration that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior. And they follow and obey Christ teachings.

Adam Lanza may have been a hearer of the word of God but he was not a doer. Obedience is a requisite to being a Christian.

Now the scripture has very defiantly defined where a unrepeated murderer stands with God.

Revelation 21:8

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

James 1:22

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

“Think&Care”

Since: Oct 07

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#153072 Feb 10, 2013
mtimber wrote:
<quoted text>
Nice attempt at a rescuing device.
Your argument against the First Cause so far is:
1. I don't know what it is, but I know isn't God.
2. There was a non-causal cause.
Wrong yet again.

My point is that every caused event has a *physical* cause. This is supported by all the evidence. So any initial cause is a physical, uncaused event. I separately, and independently of this argument, claim that quantum events are examples of physical, uncaused events.

“In the beginning God Created..”

Since: Feb 12

Southern Illinois

#153073 Feb 10, 2013
Mikko wrote:
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stop babbling nonsense!
Amen, you can start by writing the word, "bible" instead of babbling. I don't have to make you look like a fool. You don't need help in that regaurd.[Tipping Hat]

“Think&Care”

Since: Oct 07

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#153074 Feb 10, 2013
mtimber wrote:
<quoted text>
How do you deduct that the law of non-contradiction is universal empirically?
By seeing if models where it fails are able to predict the results of observations. Generally, our models pre-suppose propositional logic, so

not(P and (not P))

is a theorem (not an axiom, by the way).

Since: Sep 10

Long Beach, CA

#153075 Feb 10, 2013
Dave Nelson wrote:
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I spent a bit of this time of year up the other way in Monterey back in 1976, and spent a lot of that around Point Sur. Watching the whales, seals, and sea otters. A beautiful spot. Big change in temperature around that bend.
I was in Monterey a month ago. Sea otters were doing their backstroke, and the seals and sea lions were all over the place. The aquarium is also fantastic.

Didn't get down to Point Sur, just to Pacific Grove. It's beautiful everywhere in that area.

“In the beginning God Created..”

Since: Feb 12

Southern Illinois

#153076 Feb 10, 2013
Mikko wrote:
<quoted text>
stop babbling nonsense!
I don’t mean to anger you or cause you any harm. I don’t see you as a big offender in my view. I just want you to know that respect doesn’t cost anything.
GenoGirl

Ladybank, UK

#153077 Feb 10, 2013
Catcher1 wrote:
<quoted text>
I was in Monterey a month ago. Sea otters were doing their backstroke, and the seals and sea lions were all over the place. The aquarium is also fantastic.
Didn't get down to Point Sur, just to Pacific Grove. It's beautiful everywhere in that area.
Aww I love seals, and it sounds like an epic place

“Think&Care”

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#153078 Feb 10, 2013
mtimber wrote:
<quoted text>
The First Cause must account for:
1. Laws of logic.
Wrong, the laws of logic are not physical events, so causality doesn't apply to them at all.
2. Laws of morality.
Wrong. Morality is defined by humans for human purposes.
3. Laws of nature.
Wrong once again. It is self-contradictory to talk about the cause of physical laws since causality is based on such physical laws.
4. Existance of intelligence.
Wrong. If there was a first cause, it was so far removed from the first intelligence as to make the connection tenuous at best.
5. Purpose and meaning to life.
Wrong, as explained to you many times.

You haven't shown there *is* a first cause: to do that, you have to first show there isn't an infinite regress of causes and *then* show that any two events have a common cause. Neither has been shown and both are unlikely.

Even if you show there is a first cause, you haven't shown that it is an intelligent creator of the universe. Even a 'first cause' can be accidental (say, a scientist in a multi-dimensional universe learns how to create small dimensional universes like ours, but does so by mistake).

Your problem is that the first cause argument is so full of holes, swiss cheese manufacturers would be sued for having so much empty space.

Since: Sep 10

Long Beach, CA

#153079 Feb 10, 2013
GenoGirl wrote:
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Aww I love seals, and it sounds like an epic place
Do you live close to the Gleaneagles Hotel? I have wanted to go there!
Turkey

Oswego, NY

#153080 Feb 10, 2013
Aura Mytha wrote:
<quoted text>
All topix posters are liars .
There's the truth!
This is especially true of the atheists. It is also true that Dave makes fools of all of the topix atheists regularly. Its quite amusing. Dave makes a mockery of even the most ardent psuedo elite atheists.

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