"His opening example of being lost begins with the presupposition that we have no original starting point. To wake up after being unconscious and finding oneself in a new environment is bound to generate the question, "Where am I?" but that…"
"Try this for a definition from Mano Singham which, I think, covers all positions:
Atheist: One for whom god is an unnecessary concept.
He goes on to suggest: This definition leaves little room for agnostics because they will have to…"
"I agree with all that has been said, including Dr. del Toro's suggestion of focusing on the grieving. I'd even go so far as to try and echo their beliefs even if they're not mine. That's not to say that I'd be saying…"
"Well, sorry Erica, but it sounds like abuse to me, even if your father didn't do it gratuitously or extend it unnecessarily. Surely a, "Don't be rude," or "watch your language," would have done just as well without…"
"To respond to and assist your enquiry I can say that I was raised in the forties and fifties in a non-religious family. OK, my mother was a child of a Methodist minister and my father was church organist as a teenager, but they had both taken…"
"I think you are brave to deal with it as you do. Be careful though because the more confident you become in the rights of your atheistic belief - and you will become more convinced how right you are because you are right - then the more you run the…"
""...I'm tempted sometimes just so I'll fit in better with society. Social pressure can be a very strong force." Forgive me my presumption to comment on what is, after all your personal choice, but I feel it is a mistake to live…"
"It's difficult to hold one's tongue. I admire your restraint. I tend to want to respond and usually do in a more British, sardonic way that may not be readily understood by all.
For example: "To your evangelical Christians out there,…"
OK I'm on the other side of the pond, in England, but 1) I noted your lack of anyone to talk to 'sensibly' with and b) I have some affinity because I have been to Charlotte back in August 2001 (Just before 9/11). So,…"
Good man. It was great to read your reasons for abandoning religion, very decisive.
I was lucky enough never to have been involved, parents never really bothered about it and I was left to evolve my own views - evolution permeates…"