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Atheism

Why creation?

shrug* When you can't answer the questions, cast doubt on the questioner. A typically dishonest debate technique, seeking to distract from the fact that you have no rational reason to believe what you believe; you only do so because it makes you feel good. That's the same justification used by every junkie that ever lived. Enjoy your particular drug of choice.  (Sunday Aug 26 | post #229)

Atheism

The atheists trick

By what criteria do you decide which words are literal and which are metaphorical?  (Sunday Aug 26 | post #71)

Atheism

The atheists trick

No, the end times started in 2016 with the election of Donald Trump. We HOPE we have a ways to go before the earth is destroyed, but with him all bets are off.  (Sunday Aug 26 | post #70)

Atheism

Why creation?

Oh, and I hold two degrees, one in history and one in electrical engineering. So yeah, you could say I've had some education  (Saturday Aug 25 | post #226)

Atheism

Why creation?

Oddly enough, Wagner made something very similar. It cost about $50, as I recall. I was intrigued by the idea, so I bought one. I used it to paint the complete interior of a two-story house before we moved in. I lost some of the pieces during one of my moves, and never bothered to replace it. But it worked like a charm the times I used it.  (Saturday Aug 25 | post #225)

Atheism

Why creation?

Now it's my turn to laugh. I have been, in my working career: Traveling salesman Boat builder Laminating factory foreman Small business owner (retail) Home handyman Factory worker, several times (packer of side view mirrors, laminated counter tops, steel fabrication) Electrical engineer, manufacturing automation I am currently retired, and not prematurely. So I assure you that I have had multiple, extensive, and wide-ranging work experiences, many of which involved interacting with the public.  (Saturday Aug 25 | post #224)

Atheism

Why creation?

I have in fact in the past hired many a person who was wearing a religious symbol. But that is something you didn't bother to find out before categorically judging me out of hand. So now which of us is displaying bias?  (Saturday Aug 25 | post #214)

Christian

A question for Christians

You say that like it's a bad thing...  (Friday Aug 24 | post #143)

Christian

A question for Christians

Good. Let me know when the show starts. I love fireworks.  (Friday Aug 24 | post #139)

Atheism

Why creation?

And so from now on Eagle-12 can and will dismiss everything blacklagoon3 says by just claiming that it's biased and prejudiced. Such a simple way to avoid confronting uncomfortable ideas. blacklagoon3 is biased and prejudicial towards people of faith to the same degree that you are biased and prejudicial towards atheists. So does that mean we can casually dismiss your assertions and arguments?  (Friday Aug 24 | post #210)

Atheism

Why creation?

And you always manage to avoid addressing the point, which was not the cake. But that's your M.O., so I should expect it now.  (Friday Aug 24 | post #207)

Atheism

Why creation?

Which is fine. I agree. But the debate had degenerated into, "Well, THESE intellectually superior people believe like I do!" "Oh, yeah? Well THESE intellectually superior people believe like *I* do!" Which is not helpful, and not relevant. Everyone from the beginning of humanity up until Copernicus believed the sun revolved around the earth. The greatest thinkers, as well as the lowest commoners, believed this. Billions believed this. They all believed it for the longest time we know about. Yet that belief turned out to be not true. WHO believes a thing, or HOW MANY people believe it, or HOW LONG it has been believed--NONE of these things constitute evidence of whether or not the belief is true. That was my point.  (Friday Aug 24 | post #206)

Christian

A question for Christians

Do I have time to get some popcorn?  (Friday Aug 24 | post #137)

Christian

Jonah and the Whale?

What I can't figure out is why god would concern himself with Nineveh in the first place. It lay far outside of either Israel or Judah, and the predominate religion was most likely Zoroastrian. Usually he confined himself to trying to keep the Jews in line; he didn't bother with outside territories, except to help the Israelites smite them when the occasion arose. I suspect this story was borrowed from a different tradition, much like the flood story was borrowed from Sumer.  (Thursday Aug 23 | post #145)