"Ryan, it is a mistake to think of the big bang the way you'd think of an ordinary explosion. You would do well to look into what cosmologists actually say about the big bang instead of simply parroting what some creationist preacher has…"
"Sorry, but it's not the same because the Bible and scientific literature are not even close to being equivalent. Disregarding one is not strongly analogous to disregarding the other. The Bible is unchanging and it is in obvious…"
"Many Christians believe that God speaks to them through the Holy Spirit using the Bible as a vehicle. They will read, expecting that the Spirit will "quicken" a passage to them. That is, they'll experience some sort of…"
"The late Larry Norman, a singer-songwriter often credited as the "father of Christian rock", in a song called UFO, wrote:
And if there's life on other planetsthen I'm sure that He must knowAnd He's been there once alreadyAnd…"
"Fear and/or surprise.
Fear: if belief in the spiritual/supernatural is a significant focus of their lives, they may see you as undermining that in which they feel that they find ultimate meaning.
Surprise: it may not have occurred to them that…"
"Your friend's response appears to make no sense. However, everything that someone does makes sense when seen in the appropriate context. In this case, as in many other cases in which people seem to deny reality, I think that the…"
"Regarding atheism vs. agnosticism, have you pointed out to him that each position answers a different question? Atheism responds to a question about belief while agnosticism responds to a question about knowledge. Therefore, one need not…"
"Of course I can -- anyone here can -- but I'm not going to. To do so would be to engage you in argument about them and you have very clearly shown that you don't have the intellectual honesty it takes to take part in a genuine…"
"I suggest it because, when people point out some of the horrible things that is in the Bible, you respond as if you're unaware of those things. Now, I do understand that some Christians are highly skilled in convincing themselves and…"
"Ah, I see. So, when Jesus quite clearly refers to everlasting punishment in a lake of fire, you take it as a metaphor or something.
What that says to me is that your natural human morality is superior to the morality of the New…"
"Sadly, the typical apologist's response to such questions is to trivialize them by saying something to the effect that God was there with those people in their suffering or to resort to God's answer to Job which is essentially that God is…"