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  1. Paladin

    Salam

    MW! Salaam!
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    Statistical study: percentage of non-religious people increasing

    But we want you to pay attention to us! Can't you see this has all been about getting your approval? for over two hundred years all we ever wanted was for you to tell us you were proud of us! Why couldn't you just love us for who we were? Now... all we have left is our empty narcissism and...
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    What Constitutes Proof of God?

    Thanks GK finally got a breather from all that schooling! I agree with your perspective and would add that the concept of a god at all may be very limiting in itself. Not to say that there is not some really wonderful reality underlying the physical reality we see, that would be fun to posit...
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    What Constitutes Proof of God?

    Not really the point I was trying to make. Any "proof" that isn't empirical is subjective and not really a proof of anything. Don't you see that proving and defining are both really absurd when it comes to ultimate reality? If the proof you seek is the understanding of another person what does...
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    What Constitutes Proof of God?

    I would love to answer the question, but first it is essential to define what it is that needs proving isn't it? Therefore, please define "God". But even this becomes problematic doesn't it? As soon as a definition is given there is something listed and other things not listed, thus God becomes...
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    Statistical study: percentage of non-religious people increasing

    Marcialou, It sounds as if you have been giving this a lot of thought. :)
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    22 Messages From Creationists To People Who Believe In Evolution

    Apparently that has been your experience. However, your experience and what all open minded people tend to do are vastly different things.
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    22 Messages From Creationists To People Who Believe In Evolution

    Wow, pretty classic example of avoidance there kiddo.
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    22 Messages From Creationists To People Who Believe In Evolution

    Below is a link to the common fallacies used by people who do not come to these discussions in the open, honest spirit of inquiry but have a different goal in mind altogether. I fully believe that religion and science are not at odds, and further that scientific discovery does not challenge the...
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    22 Messages From Creationists To People Who Believe In Evolution

    Fair enough, but I can't shake the feeling this is just projection, especially since you didn't seem to mind clumping all atheists together in a separate thread. For the record, I do not assume all Christians think or act alike. Clearly the discussions between Thomas and Wil for example would...
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    22 Messages From Creationists To People Who Believe In Evolution

    I'm sorry is this a response to my last post? Do you really think that I think this way? No assumptions are being made here about the people who asked the questions, rather the focus is on the questions themselves. By re framing the discussion to reflect criticism you avoid having to make a...
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    22 Messages From Creationists To People Who Believe In Evolution

    I think I can empathise with Wil's sentiment here ACOT. When I read the questions I get the distinct feeling that they are not being asked in the spirit of inquiry, rather they seem adversarial, like the person asking is attempting to disprove the science without taking the time to understand...
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    22 Messages From Creationists To People Who Believe In Evolution

    Numbers 4 and 6 seem to ask the same question, so here's a little short article I found on the web by Robert N. Oerter, from George Mason University. Does Life On Earth Violate the Second Law of Thermodynamics Hope that helps on that issue. Some of the questions, such as the "sunset" question...
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    Boston Bombers Muslim??

    Okay, that's helpful. I'm aware that I don't fully understand what you mean, that's why I'm asking questions. Is it okay if I ask you questions to better understand you? I'm not trying to criticize or demean your point of view, I just want to be sure I'm understanding you correctly, so thank for...
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    Boston Bombers Muslim??

    Ah! Well, thank you for clearing that up. So If I understand you correctly, any political, religious, or even social organization that promotes the marginalization, or mistreatment of non-members or even perhaps, those that think differently, should be banned in the US?
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    Boston Bombers Muslim??

    So If we in America begin to believe as a general rule that it is okay to imprison people for belonging to a specific religion, what does that say about who we are and what we have become? Be careful if you would fight monsters, Nietzsche reminds us, lest you become one in the process.
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    What's so good about reincarnation?

    Indeed, spirituality might be instrumental in healing the wounds of Japanese society, but as with all cultures, the subject is complex. As I understand it, Karoshi is such a problem in Japan that there are organizations dedicated to dealing with the problem. Stress and overwork can kill and the...
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    Sould we separate aetheism from left-wing politics?

    Agreed, but it can be awfully hard prying them apart.
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    Is Taoism a Religion or a Philosophy?

    I wish we could bring more of this kind of thinking into the discussion.
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    What's so good about reincarnation?

    So how's the Dale Carnegie course going?
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