Atheist board?

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  1. Dream

    Dream New Member

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    Technically speaking, pure monotheists are anarchists. I'll vote for an anarchy board, but heads-up that it will repeatedly become a discussion about pure monotheism using whatever terminology. "'No one' is in charge! 'No one' does this and 'No one' does that. I listen to 'No one' etc." with infinite more examples.

    Now as for an atheism board: what could possibly go wrong? Lets get one.
     
  2. 17th Angel

    17th Angel לבעוט את התחת ולקחת שמות

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    What could go wrong? How about tons of pointless boards? lol.....
     
  3. Snoopy

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    twas just a pathetic notion of a joke, wil, you know, vote...anarchy...

    Sorry. :eek::p
     
  4. juantoo3

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    I understood it as such, Snoop, and found it *tongue-n-cheek* funny.
     
  5. Snoopy

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    :)

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  6. juantoo3

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    I guess what I was considering was a board to validate an atheist POV, someplace where theists can return the atheist favor of inserting their two cents worth where it isn't generally appreciated and make them continually explain themselves.

    What's good for the goose, and all that...
     
  7. Dream

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    I think it would attract more new people, so that when certain people here decide to move on like Pathless there will still be some high-fiving going on. Since I have the forum's best interests at heart, I should be the mod.
     
  8. Snoopy

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    People who want positions of power, should not have it. :rolleyes:

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  9. Snoopy

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    Ouch. I mean, good point.

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  10. seattlegal

    seattlegal Mercuræn Buddhist

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    Well, since there has been increased, generalized attacks against secularism, perhaps an area where secular beliefs like atheism and humanism can be explored in more depth might be in order.
     
  11. Tao_Equus

    Tao_Equus Interfaith Forums

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    Ok I go with that. Though I must add that theists here have so far never held back from debate with non-theists.

    Probably the most compelling argument for the creation of an atheism board is Dreams. It may bring in new voices.


    tao
     
  12. path_of_one

    path_of_one Embracing the Mystery

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    I'm all for an atheism board. I'd be curious about different varieties of atheism. That the recent PEW foundation report found out that something like 20-25% of atheists believe in God and 20-25% of Christians don't know if there is a God... we might get some interesting conversations! LOL

    And Juan... I had to laugh at your reasoning. Too true, too true! Atheists should have a "home" here too- a place where they can bring up atheist topics and then defend them from theistic viewpoints. ;)
     
  13. 17th Angel

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    Just out of curiosity.. You vote? :D
     
  14. Snoopy

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    Man, this is going off topic!

    Isn't this a private matter?....

    But anyway, currently I vote, but tactically. In other words I don't feel I vote for a specific candidate, I do my own little bit to prevent a candidate...

    Where's this going then...?:rolleyes:


    s.
     
  15. seattlegal

    seattlegal Mercuræn Buddhist

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    Sounds like PEW conducted their surveys at UU meeting places! :eek:
     
  16. path_of_one

    path_of_one Embracing the Mystery

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    Here's some exact stats: 21% of atheists and 55% of agnostics said they believed in God. They were just a little less sure about it than Christians or Muslims, and they were more likely to view God as a force than a person. 66% of "secular" (whatever that means) people believed in God. While 70% of Americans were totally certain God existed, 22% were not certain but still believed.

    A total of 92% of Americans believed in God. That's really quite staggering.
     
  17. juantoo3

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    How bizarre.

    According to this then I am an atheist because I don't see G-d as a person?

    Will wonders never cease?
     
  18. Faithfulservant

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    I think it takes faith to believe that there isnt a God so I think they should have a forum.
     
  19. path_of_one

    path_of_one Embracing the Mystery

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    No. You would have fallen into the category of non-atheist (so long as you do not self-identify as atheist).

    Atheists and agnostics were self-identified (that is, they reported themselves as belonging to that category).

    In a separate question, people were asked (1) if they believed in God, (2) how sure they were that God existed, and (3) if they thought God was a person or an impersonal force.

    60% of respondants said they saw God as a person; 25% said they saw God as an impersonal force.

    Most Christians saw God as a person, though a significant minority of mainline Protestants, Orthodox, and Catholics saw God as a force. (Interesting- yes? The oldest Christian denominations were more likely to see God as a force than a person.)

    In contrast, it was more common for Jews, Hindus, and Buddhists (as well as unaffiliated folks) to see God as a force than a person. Muslims were split about evenly between seeing God as a person and God as a force.

    I think that's par for course- Christianity has the question of what to do about Jesus. Jesus makes God more personable. When God is One and incomprehensibly huge, it makes more sense to see God as an impersonal force.

    I wondered if it would be possible to answer "both" with some caveats. I have a foot in both camps- seeing God as an incomprehensibly big force and yet One that manifests in personal ways when I need it. That is, God is responsive but has no distinct human-like personality.
     
  20. juantoo3

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    Something tells me Thomas would disagree with this comment. Do you have a source to cite?

    That *is* a paradox for those of us who view G-d as a force...how do we account for answered prayers? They can't all be mere coincidence. :D
     

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