Atheism requires as much faith as rel...

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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Thinking

Dalry, UK

#137254 Nov 13, 2012
Great, thanks. Been very busy recently, done a lot of travelling.
Hope life is treating you well in that there North.
ChristineM wrote:
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Hello stranger, long time no see, how’ve you been?

“A sentient umbrella speaks”

Since: Mar 11

Some stable somewhere

#137255 Nov 13, 2012
timn17 wrote:
<quoted text>But it *can* affect your epigenome! Dave already explained it.
By saying we can cook it. And then claiming I lied about that. Yes, yes he did.
blacklagoon

Boston, MA

#137256 Nov 13, 2012
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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Quite a bold statement. Just because YOU have never had a prayer answered does NOT suggest that "prayers are never answered", son. I have had prayers answered. Lots if people have.
No, you haven't, you only THINK you're prayers have been answered. Here is what an answered prayer is; Your own personal interpretation or an event or circumstance that has worked in your favor.

The other option is that you are laboring under a serious delusion, like talking to Angels or a mythical being touching you on the head.

The body healing itself is NOT a miracle. Medical science is full of well documented cases of the body healing itself.

Praying to God for a loved one to get better and they do, is NOT a miracle.

Praying to find your lost car keys and then finding them, is NOT a miracle.

Now....having an amputee pray for a limb to be restored and it happens, IS a miracles from God.

Praying for someone to be completely cured of HIV, and they do, IS a miracle from God.

Praying that millions of starving children survive starvation, and they do, IS a miracle from God.

Non of these three situations has ever happened, EVER.

Glad I could clear up your confusion as to what constitutes a miracles.
Thinking

Dalry, UK

#137257 Nov 13, 2012
Didn't you mean p!ss?
Hidingfromyou wrote:
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I said "ok, let's drink beer. Not Budweiser, it's crap."
:)

“A sentient umbrella speaks”

Since: Mar 11

Some stable somewhere

#137258 Nov 13, 2012
Dave Nelson wrote:
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That was a completely different thing. I said have someone put you in a microwave, and referred to radar beams.
You go to such lengths to twist things to imagine you are winning an argument on a stupid forum. You would surely do the same to win fame and glory with a research paper. I am sure you are marked by others to undergo a very stringent peer review. They should, anyhow.
No, Dave, you said that microwaves could affect my epigenome by cooking it ONLY AFTER I pointed out that standing near a microwave would do nothing. You immediately moved the goal posts because you're a small man and you need to not be wrong about anything.

I'm not trying to "win" against your stupid inability to remember what you wrote, or the insane gibberish that you write. No one can "win" an argument with someone who is not rational and does not respect logical thinking like you.

I'm correcting your dishonest labeling of me as a liar.

“A sentient umbrella speaks”

Since: Mar 11

Some stable somewhere

#137259 Nov 13, 2012
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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Where's the "unfriend" button?
You like Budweiser?!? Blach!!!

One sip for me, instant migraine. It has some chemical in it that gets boys not laid. No joke - full on migraine.

Since: Sep 11

Location hidden

#137260 Nov 13, 2012
NightSerf wrote:
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Yeah, that's what I meant when I wrote, "But we still notice, and it is still annoying. It's hard not to say so every great once in a while." One of the reasons that I rarely mention mistakes, though, is that they often offer insight into the way a writer thinks--or fails to. Our mistakes are part of our subtext, and unintentional ones at that. They are like gambling tells or the kind of micro-expressions that reveal the emotions behind the spoken word. Tells give other gamblers an extra edge. Little quirks in writing styles do the same.
Yeah, I know you weren't attacking me, I just wanted to point out that it's not at all something that I do all the time. Your observation about mistakes being akin to a "tell" is spot on - everyone gives little insights into the way they think through their writing.

“A sentient umbrella speaks”

Since: Mar 11

Some stable somewhere

#137261 Nov 13, 2012
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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Yes. I think that natural law as we know is probably infantile. We're just beginning to learn about natural law, which a suggests that we still have a lot that is unknown.
Do you think the periodic table is finished?
Do you think humans are all done evolving?
I agree.

No.

No.

It's worth pointing out that, if we first assume there are natural phenomena science has yet to explain and then we run across some of those phenomena, should we pause, with our stunned jaws dropped and think "wow, that's impossible, that's unnatural!" or should we say "we need to rethink our understanding of what is natural"?

“A sentient umbrella speaks”

Since: Mar 11

Some stable somewhere

#137262 Nov 13, 2012
NightSerf wrote:
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Just a quick tip on Topix links: if a little time has passed, sometimes so many posts have been deleted that the page number changes. When that happens, you can still get a good link to the post in question by removing the page number from the link so that it looks like this like this:
http://www.topix.com/forum/topstories/TUGI0DV...
Thanks! I'll do that from now on.

:)

Since: Sep 11

Location hidden

#137263 Nov 13, 2012
Hidingfromyou wrote:
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http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm...
"Seeking to assess the effect of third-party prayer on patient outcomes, investigators found no evidence for divine intervention. They did, however, detect a possible proof for the power of negative thinking."
That's from the largest double blind study on prayer to date. No positive effect, slightly increased chance of dying.
It's really funny that there was an increased chance of prayer when the subjects knew they were being prayed for. It's fun to pretend you are a believer and then try to rationalize that fact.

“A sentient umbrella speaks”

Since: Mar 11

Some stable somewhere

#137264 Nov 13, 2012
timn17 wrote:
<quoted text>Well, he's right. Anything supernatural is necessarily something that exists outside of our reality, and therefore does not exist for us.
Well said.

“A sentient umbrella speaks”

Since: Mar 11

Some stable somewhere

#137265 Nov 13, 2012
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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He's not right and neither are you.
To think like you two do is to say that DNA was "non-existent" before it was discovered...
But that isn't true.
DNA was non-existent in the minds of people back then. Their realities did not have DNA in them at all. The "knew" about other things, like miasma and the inheritance of acquired characteristics.

The thing is, everything about the way they interacted with, experienced and thought about the world around them included non-DNA causal explanations of how life worked. Their lived reality was very different than our own.

“A sentient umbrella speaks”

Since: Mar 11

Some stable somewhere

#137266 Nov 13, 2012
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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Don't tell me what has and hasn't happened to me, you have no idea what you're talking about.
You were born.

You just breathed!

I think you had some beer...

Since: Sep 11

Location hidden

#137267 Nov 13, 2012
Adam wrote:
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Maybe one of the free thinkers can back me up. But there have been plenty of scientific studies showing prayer does not work. Prayers which seem answered are merely coincidence.
The fact that God fails to feed the hungry or give water to the thirsty, but lets millions starve and go without clean water, is proof that no loving all powerful deity exists.
This was the clincher for me. When I realised prayer is superstition.
But he helped me make that red light the other day!

“A sentient umbrella speaks”

Since: Mar 11

Some stable somewhere

#137268 Nov 13, 2012
Thinking wrote:
Didn't you mean p!ss?
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hahaha! Yes!

Since: Sep 11

Location hidden

#137269 Nov 13, 2012
timn17 wrote:
<quoted text>It's really funny that there was an increased chance of prayer when the subjects knew they were being prayed for. It's fun to pretend you are a believer and then try to rationalize that fact.
I've settled on "well, god heard all the prayers for these people, and taking that as proof that they were a good christian with good christian friends, he decided to beam them up to heaven a bit early."

I think that's a good rationalization - any christians here, feel free to use it.

Since: Sep 10

Fremont, CA

#137270 Nov 13, 2012
Dave Nelson wrote:
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But feel free to believe what you want.
Gee thanks.

Or disbelieve, I hope.

“It's just a box of rain...”

Since: May 07

Knoxville, TN

#137271 Nov 13, 2012
Thinking wrote:
Didn't you mean p!ss?
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Remember the old jingle, "Schaefer is the one beer to have when you're having more than one."? there's something to that. Weak American lagers may lack any character worth mentioning, but their alcohol content is also lower, so you can drink more of them without getting sloppy drunk. Me, I'd rather have one or maybe two really good beers (or glasses of win) than a six pack of Bud Light, but I have friends who prefer the latter. At the end of the evening, we both drive home safely.

Eagle12

“In the beginning God Created..”

Since: Feb 12

Southern Illinois

#137272 Nov 13, 2012
Hidingfromyou wrote:
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Yes, mythology books report all kinds of miracles.
Why don't you care more about the miracles of non-Christians that thousands of people report going on the modern age?
It's because you don't believe them. Like you, I don't believe them. I also don't believe your holy book. Why not?
Well, it goes like this: how do we know the Bible/Koran is the Word of God? It tells us it is! Oh, so why should we believe that? Because it's the Word of God!
Yes, that seems quite stupid to me, too.
I don’t operate in non Christian realms. But I do believe there have been miracles in non Christian environments. I attribute these miracles to the dark side.

Since you had a Christian background. You will remember the story of Moses and Aaron in Pharaoh’s court.

Moses through down his staff and a snake emerged. Pharaoh had his magicians throw down their staffs and two snakes emerged. The same miracle but twice as many.

But in the story referenced. The difference was in the type of snakes that emerged. Moses snake was a King Snake. The type of snake that feast on other snakes. And the King snake consumed Pharaoh’s snakes.

The dark side and followers of the dark side do indeed see miracles of every sort.

Since: Sep 10

Fremont, CA

#137273 Nov 13, 2012
Eagle12 wrote:
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I believe:
Jesus Christ is God of all Gods and King of Kings.
That hate solves little and love is the opposite of hate.
Two people, of the same sex, can have friendships and love one another without engaging in perverse sexual behavior.
Because two people of the same sex are living together doesn’t mean they are having perverse sexual relationships with one another.
The bibles principles on homosexuality.
Gay Pride parades need to be replaced with STD prevention promotion and parades.
Freedom of Religion as stated by the Constitution of the United States of American.
I didn't ask you what you believe.

I asked you a simple question: Are you a bigot?

You just ran silly circles around the question.

But in the end, the answer is clear.

You are a bigot.

B-I-G-O-T.

But you're not alone. You're just one more "loving" Christian who wants to discriminate against others, deny them equal rights, because, as you see it, your god is a bigot.

If your god told you miscegenation is a sin, your bigotry would
require your obedience.

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