Atheism requires as much faith as religion?

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. Full Story

“Ditat Deus”

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#154426 Feb 15, 2013
Aerobatty wrote:
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No.
Who do you think profits from your, and my, tax dollars paying $10,000 for an assault weapon?
Crooked politicians.

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#154427 Feb 15, 2013
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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If God simply caused it to rain and effectively ended the drought, the people would have learned nothing.
That would suggest that God would have or could have been doing things like that all throughout humanity's history, but God doesn't work that way, He wants us to learn our own, to advance on our own, to figure out problems on our own. I believe that's why he hasn't "snapped his fingers" and cured cancer.....
Where would humanity be if God fixed all of our problems for us?
We'd probably be a lot like those lazy asses that are federally subsidized that don't want to work, that don't know how to work, that are perpetually lazy, that are no use to anybody, and that don't want to advance their own lives.
That ain't what God wants for us.
My irony meter just broke.

You just described a deity who appreciates skeptical scientific thinking more than belief on blind faith.
Anon

Lakewood, OH

#154428 Feb 15, 2013
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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If God simply caused it to rain and effectively ended the drought, the people would have learned nothing.
That would suggest that God would have or could have been doing things like that all throughout humanity's history, but God doesn't work that way, He wants us to learn our own, to advance on our own, to figure out problems on our own. I believe that's why he hasn't "snapped his fingers" and cured cancer.....
Where would humanity be if God fixed all of our problems for us?
We'd probably be a lot like those lazy asses that are federally subsidized that don't want to work, that don't know how to work, that are perpetually lazy, that are no use to anybody, and that don't want to advance their own lives.
That ain't what God wants for us.
You say this, and yet if it had rained during those three days of prayer, you'd be throwing your hat in the air along with hundreds of thousand of believers declaring that god answered their prayers by providing a miracle. Don't tell me you wouldn't.

“Ditat Deus”

Since: Jul 12

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#154429 Feb 15, 2013
Anon wrote:
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You say this, and yet if it had rained during those three days of prayer, you'd be throwing your hat in the air along with hundreds of thousand of believers declaring that god answered their prayers by providing a miracle. Don't tell me you wouldn't.
I wouldn't.

Because I know God doesn't work like that.

He allows us free will, if He started interfering with our day to day lives, no more fee will.

“cdesign proponentsists”

Since: Jul 09

Pittsburgh, PA

#154430 Feb 15, 2013
Dave Nelson wrote:
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That's why Jesus said Pilate had no real power.
The essential message of Jesus was you had eternal life if you believed it. He was the ultimate spirit guide to a different realm of existence. Instead of a faceless Creator people could never really get a handle on, the creative force put a face on a fellow human. Kind of an idol worship, something that man had a hard time getting past due to his material construction. Maybe the Creator kind of gave up, or realized the error he made in construction. You don't want to believe so, but your atheism is also built upon that material constraint as evinced by your perception of gods and how people worship. There is an intellectual aspect to that, a rising above a strictly active/reactive physical thing, but you are only halfway there in understanding.
Your intellectual concepts are from looking at the stars, not from looking between and beyond them.
There is always something over the next hill.
Faceless creator!?!? Are you forgetting that he waked with Adam and sat down with Abraham? Now if jesus had visited every group of people, you may have a leg to stand on, but he didn't and you don't.

I do like how you try to make me out to be the foolish one. LOL! Nice!

The church said that the Earth was the center of the Universe. Science said, "Nope! Nowhere near the center." Yet believers are wiser!

The church said that if a woman could not get pregnant, it was god's will. Science said, "Nope! We have ways around most problems." Yet believers are wiser!

And so on... Yet believers are wiser!

We would still be living in cave and dying of simply cured diseases and conditions.

“Ditat Deus”

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#154431 Feb 15, 2013
Hedonist wrote:
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My irony meter just broke.
You just described a deity who appreciates skeptical scientific thinking more than belief on blind faith.
Why are you always going on about "blind faith"?

Oh ya, because you're clueless.

“cdesign proponentsists”

Since: Jul 09

Pittsburgh, PA

#154432 Feb 15, 2013
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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No, He didn't die.
That's why we can still pray to Him.
Again, what did he sacrifice?

“cdesign proponentsists”

Since: Jul 09

Pittsburgh, PA

#154433 Feb 15, 2013
Hedonist wrote:
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Here, let me help -- their deity turned himself human just so he could pretend to sacrifice himself to himself so that he could forgive his creations of the wrath of himself.
That is what I am hearing!

“Ditat Deus”

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#154434 Feb 15, 2013
TheBlackSheep wrote:
Faceless creator!?!? Are you forgetting that he waked with Adam and sat down with Abraham?
Because he "walked" with Adam & "sat with" Abraham, you've concluded that God has a face?

I've felt God's presence & I've heard His voice, but I did not see Him....

“Ditat Deus”

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#154435 Feb 15, 2013
TheBlackSheep wrote:
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Again, what did he sacrifice?
The pain & agony of what a human torture & death feels like.
CunningLinguist

Kissimmee, FL

#154436 Feb 15, 2013
TheBlackSheep wrote:
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Again, what did he sacrifice?
What sacrifice?

The act of offering something to a deity in propitiation or homage, especially the ritual slaughter of an animal or a person.

A victim offered in this way.
Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.
Something so forfeited.
Relinquishment of something at less than its presumed value.
Something so relinquished.
A loss so sustained.
Baseball. A sacrifice bunt or sacrifice fly.

According to popular myth - Jesus, our most famous bastard, died on a cross, refused to have the decency to stay dead, arose to piss off his one single unmarried parent, and came back to life leaving the spook in the dark. Now they are multiple entities but yet one. Dad & Son are the same. I must admit... this is quite a yarn, but a yarn none the less. Disney did a much better job - JRR was superb.

Since: Sep 08

Westcliffe, CO

#154437 Feb 15, 2013
TheBlackSheep wrote:
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Faceless creator!?!? Are you forgetting that he waked with Adam and sat down with Abraham? Now if jesus had visited every group of people, you may have a leg to stand on, but he didn't and you don't.
I do like how you try to make me out to be the foolish one. LOL! Nice!
The church said that the Earth was the center of the Universe. Science said, "Nope! Nowhere near the center." Yet believers are wiser!
The church said that if a woman could not get pregnant, it was god's will. Science said, "Nope! We have ways around most problems." Yet believers are wiser!
And so on... Yet believers are wiser!
We would still be living in cave and dying of simply cured diseases and conditions.
Your perspectives are too warped to see straight.

You are wrong about science and the center. They have done ALL their measurements and determinations based upon here. Why they have come up with your magical poof Big Bang and expanding universe.

“cdesign proponentsists”

Since: Jul 09

Pittsburgh, PA

#154438 Feb 15, 2013
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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Because he "walked" with Adam & "sat with" Abraham, you've concluded that God has a face?
I've felt God's presence & I've heard His voice, but I did not see Him....
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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The pain & agony of what a human torture & death feels like.
Obviously, we are reading from different bibles or more accurately, I am read from the bible and you are not.

“cdesign proponentsists”

Since: Jul 09

Pittsburgh, PA

#154439 Feb 15, 2013
CunningLinguist wrote:
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What sacrifice?
The act of offering something to a deity in propitiation or homage, especially the ritual slaughter of an animal or a person.
A victim offered in this way.
Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.
Something so forfeited.
Relinquishment of something at less than its presumed value.
Something so relinquished.
A loss so sustained.
Baseball. A sacrifice bunt or sacrifice fly.
According to popular myth - Jesus, our most famous bastard, died on a cross, refused to have the decency to stay dead, arose to piss off his one single unmarried parent, and came back to life leaving the spook in the dark. Now they are multiple entities but yet one. Dad & Son are the same. I must admit... this is quite a yarn, but a yarn none the less. Disney did a much better job - JRR was superb.
I do like the excuse that since we do not have the holy spirit guiding us, we cannot understand the bible; yet there are far too many opposing 'christian' sects for that to be true.

“cdesign proponentsists”

Since: Jul 09

Pittsburgh, PA

#154440 Feb 15, 2013
Dave Nelson wrote:
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Your perspectives are too warped to see straight.
You are wrong about science and the center. They have done ALL their measurements and determinations based upon here. Why they have come up with your magical poof Big Bang and expanding universe.
"You are wrong about science and the center." We are the center of the universe? Really?

We are not ready to discuss the BBT or the TOE or Abiogenesis! We have a plethora of proof for many simple science facts that the bible got wrong or ignored.

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#154441 Feb 15, 2013
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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Why are you always going on about "blind faith"?
Oh ya, because you're clueless.
Ad hominem is a sure sign that you have nothing on content.

Since: Sep 08

Westcliffe, CO

#154442 Feb 15, 2013
TheBlackSheep wrote:
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"You are wrong about science and the center." We are the center of the universe? Really?
We are not ready to discuss the BBT or the TOE or Abiogenesis! We have a plethora of proof for many simple science facts that the bible got wrong or ignored.
So your entire focus as an atheist is to just disprove one ancient book, and not seek the real reasons of life?

You have too many personal issues for anyone to take you serious.

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#154443 Feb 15, 2013
I wonder how many people realize that this entire thread was originally only posted in the Topix "Atheism Forum" and only later did Topix add it to the "Top Stories" forum?

Most atheists in this thread are seeing it from the "Atheism Forum" perspective and would naturally see theists as proselytizing where they are not wanted.

“cdesign proponentsists”

Since: Jul 09

Pittsburgh, PA

#154444 Feb 15, 2013
Dave Nelson wrote:
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So your entire focus as an atheist is to just disprove one ancient book, and not seek the real reasons of life?
You have too many personal issues for anyone to take you serious.
You think that I just want to disprove ONE ancient book? So far, the followers of Apollo haven't tried to force their religion on me, so I do not spend much time on their ancient book.

Just because the followers of your god are blowing up clinics, flying planes into building, forcing their religion into public school's science classes and shit like that, you feel picked on?

The 'real reasons of life'?

There you go! Speaking for 'everybody' again. You judge for your god, speak for everyone on the planet and you tell me that I have personal issues?

You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.

“Ditat Deus”

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#154445 Feb 15, 2013
Hedonist wrote:
I wonder how many people realize that this entire thread was originally only posted in the Topix "Atheism Forum" and only later did Topix add it to the "Top Stories" forum?
Most atheists in this thread are seeing it from the "Atheism Forum" perspective and would naturally see theists as proselytizing where they are not wanted.
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