Disclaimer: A lot of this is for venting purposes, so if I sound angry, that's why.First, I want to give a little bit of background information. Back in college, I met Joseph (name changed, of…Continue
"I should clarify something. When I say that "I've never ended a long-running friendship with someone over religious differences," I mean that in the truest, most literal sense possible. In other words, I've never been…"
You've hit upon what I've found to be a fundamental issue involved with debating Christians, regardless of their level of knowledge about science, the world, and their own religion. Specifically, the majority of Christians…"
"It's a very important point, but one you seem not to grasp. Descartes and others like him were smart men - geniuses, some of them - but the existence of any god does not depend on how intelligent its followers are. Even the…"
"Earlier this year I posted a thread about a conversation I had with a (now ex-) friend of mine, in which I revealed in no uncertain terms that I was an atheist and therefore did not agree with him on theological matters.
As with your brief…"
"Weak atheism, strong atheism... Frankly, I don't think the distinction matters too much. Perhaps you feel the same, Adam? After all, you don't offer any real distinction in your tirade.
I'm assuming that what you mean by weak atheism…"
"Hi Samantha! I agree with your reasons for why religious people become upset about any sort of disagreement towards their religious views. It baffles me too why they tend to poorly handle criticism. If their beliefs happened to be true, they should…"
"I am sorry you are going through all of that. My best friend who I have known since grade school has recently become catholic...though she acts and talks more like a fundamentalist christian. She is very assertive of her views and brings up God in a…"
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Charles, I definitely agree that we shouldn't necessarily expect Christians to be nicer or more moral than non-Christians. I certainly was…"
"I have many religious family and friends and we have discussions not arguments.
There is a lady near me who states that Jesus took away her cancer. I did ask why he chose her and not the little girl that died of a fatal illness and her reply was…"
"I don't think Christians are nicer than other people, but certain Christians seem to think they're nicer than other people. I think it's far more aggravating when a person who actively identifies themselves as a Christian is a dick…"
"I think we are missing something a little fundamental here. Are we to presume that because someone is a Christian, you can really expect any better treatment at his hands than you could with any random individual in the population? That Christians…"
"*HUG* I love you Honey! :)
You did nothing wrong. We both may never understand why seemingly nice people become horrid when their religious views are called into question. Our views are questioned all of the time, but when their turn arrives, they…"
"I would love to say any and all of these things to him. Unfortunately, even though I know I haven't done anything wrong, I'm really worried about what he thinks he can do to me. The competitive side of me doesn't want him to think…"
"It seems like someone who has made many bad decisions in his life has made a doozey here. He's obviously not secure in his faith either. It can't withstand any scrutiny at all. I think after the deletion I would have sent only one more…"