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Atheism requires as much faith as religion?

Speaking as a person who actually works on an ambulance, CPR itself really doesn't do much. The key is early defibrillation, and even then survival outside a hospital is something like 7%. If you're referring to 1 Kings 17, it doesn't really say he did CPR< he just laid on top of the boy.  (Feb 19, 2013 | post #155177)

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Atheism requires as much faith as religion?

I look like George Burns? Funny, people always said I looked like Kramer from Seinfeld. *shrug*  (Feb 19, 2013 | post #155175)

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Atheism requires as much faith as religion?

Indeed, I realized my mistake right after I posted it. She'll never sleep with me now...oh darn :(  (Feb 19, 2013 | post #155146)

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Atheism requires as much faith as religion?

As an atheist (or more correctly, a nullafidian), I would say I have no hope. Rather I attempt to base my views and expectations upon probability. I could hope for an afterlife in a never-never land. I could hope Zoe Deschanel would show up naked on my doorstep tonight. I could also hope to win $20 million in the lottery. And of course, for all of the above hopes, there is very little evidence to support such hopes. Hence, why I don't engage in them.  (Feb 19, 2013 | post #155137)

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Atheism requires as much faith as religion?

What documented eyewitness testimony is there in the Bible?  (Feb 19, 2013 | post #155136)

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Atheism requires as much faith as religion?

Speaking personally -- if I could be reasonably assured I wasn't hallucinating, I'd heartily welcome it. Of course, there's some parsing to be done here. The "Bible God" has more than one personality. The Yahweh who gleefully orders the slaughtering of Amalekites (among many, many others) seems to be a far different deity than the (generally) nice Jesus. In either event, I'd certainly respect whatever deity showed up. I'd respect Brahmin, Zeus, Marduk, Ahura Mazda, Mithras, El, Osiris and Thor too if they showed up.  (Feb 19, 2013 | post #155095)

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Atheism requires as much faith as religion?

Is it "more plausible" that an invisible being made us from clay? I just admit the obvious: at this time, we don't know exactly how life started, but I think appealing to iron-age mythology isn't really a good starting point.  (Feb 19, 2013 | post #155047)

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Atheism requires as much faith as religion?

I am somewhat mystified by the interviewer's claim that Ehrman "Ehrman decimates the persistent arguments of those who not only deny the divinity of Jesus but insist that no such man ever even existed." Ehrman certainly agrees (as I do) that there was almost certainly such a person as Jesus of Nazareth, but Ehrman makes no claim that Jesus was actually divine. In fact, in the interview, Ehrman says: " I don't know whether there's a superior being. I prefer to call myself an agnostic because it simply acknowledges what I don't know."  (Feb 17, 2013 | post #154674)

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Why Iím no longer a Christian

MMM, sounds tasty  (Feb 14, 2013 | post #445090)

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Why Iím no longer a Christian

LOL thanks. BTW, that's the secret ingredient in the chili -- sweaty aardvark balls.  (Feb 14, 2013 | post #445089)

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Why Iím no longer a Christian

Thanks for the welcome mat. And thanks for pointing out the essay. In some respects, it mirrors my experiences, albeit I was older when I finally lost any semblance of faith. But I did have that "aha moment", when I decided I had no choice but to commit fully, and unequivocally to truth. That no sacred cow could go unexamined, and if need be, ruthlessly destroyed. Needless to say, over the years my herd has thinned considerably.  (Feb 14, 2013 | post #445088)

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Atheism requires as much faith as religion?

And there are no verified accounts of Deities creating life either. So really what we're left with is an unknown. So to claim that because we have no evidence of life arising from organic macromolecules that therefore a God must have been involved is an appeal to ignorance, and hence fallacious. That's why I just go with what the evidence shows. And where it is silent, so am I.  (Feb 14, 2013 | post #154207)

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Atheism requires as much faith as religion?

Maybe just to emphasize the no beliefs thing, I'll start calling myself a nulla-nada-zero-zilch-fidian?  (Feb 14, 2013 | post #154165)

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Why Iím no longer a Christian

It's my understanding that Mithraism had a type of communion with bread and wine, a form of baptism, a form of the sacrament of Chrismation and of course the birthday of Mithras was said to be December 25th.  (Feb 14, 2013 | post #445064)

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Atheism requires as much faith as religion?

Dave Nelson, I mostly agree with you. At this point, abiogenesis does not have sufficient evidence to support it. Evolution itself is easily demonstrated through various means. But exactly how life began is still a bit of a mystery. I am no expert on the topic, however my understanding is that order does at times arise from chaos. There is not yet a rigidly mathematical model of how this occurs, at least so far as I am aware. But there are things like Lorentz attractors, the Mandelbrot set, cellular automata, and so on that shed some light on the subject.  (Feb 14, 2013 | post #154153)