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Comment by Gianni Versatile on November 27, 2011 at 2:48am


Comment by John Kelly on December 30, 2011 at 10:50pm

With all the honor and respect that must be due to reason, David is correct.  However, the point is spot on.

Comment by Willson Stoner on December 30, 2011 at 11:25pm

Um...everyone is still going to perish. Perhaps you should choose a different word.

Comment by Ron V on December 31, 2011 at 9:07am

How about:
If I believe, as a Christian, 1.5 billion Muslims will burn in hell for eternity.  If I believe, as a Muslim, 2.2 billion Christians will perish in hell for eternity.  If I do not believe, as an atheist, no one will burn in a mythological hell.


Comment by Ed on December 31, 2011 at 9:09am

@ Kris

"An encyclopedia or an English textbook would probably give you a god start on understanding what rhetoric is.  I can't sum it up here as it is an incredibly large subject."

Don't you mean "a start on understanding the rhetoric of god?"  :^ )

Comment by Artor on December 31, 2011 at 12:00pm

I believe neither, but I'm pretty sure everyone is going to die. But at least Hell doesn't play a part in it.

Comment by John Kelly on December 31, 2011 at 2:51pm

Ron V for the win.

Comment by Dustin on December 31, 2011 at 6:17pm

I agree with David.  I think it should be retitled ' If Atheists are correct' , and then follow from there. 

If Islam is correct, 2.2 Christians will burn in hell for eternity... etc

Just a thought.  

Comment by Dustin on December 31, 2011 at 6:19pm

And I noticed a space is needed after the first period.  The 'If' is noticeably closer to 'eternity' than the 'But' is to 'eternity'.  Just sayin :)

Comment by Dave Gibbs on December 31, 2011 at 11:51pm

Even with "if Christians are correct" it would be false.

Most Christian sects do not teach of a literal, lasting hell. The Catholic church alone (consisting of ~1.2 billion of "Christians") no longer teaches the hell doctrine as you're imagining.

Of the sects which do believe in a literal hell, many debate whether or not it is truly eternal, full of literal fire, just hot, involves other punishments, etc. etc. In addition, most Christians who do believe in hell are not "gracers" (simply being a believing Christian does not mean you will be saved), and many believe that children, people who don't know better, good people who are non-Christians, etc. may be saved as well... some believe that Jesus will later reveal himself to those people that they might choose and believe, and others simply ignore the requirement of a belief.

The 2.2 billion people we categorize as Christians are simply too diverse and polarized in their beliefs to make this kind of blanket statement about "Christians".


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