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THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS FOR THEISTS

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dr. Bob on Wednesday. 50 Replies

THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS FOR THEISTS1) Inasmuch as you have no trouble believing in the wondrous miracles of your God, why don’t you believe in the mundane ones of Santa Claus?  2) Is your God an…Continue

Really, God?

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Jennings Feb 2. 4 Replies

The popular British actor/comedian/writer/atheist, Stephen Fry, was asked on a BBC interview show called, “The Meaning of Life,” what he would do if he died and found himself standing before God. …Continue

Proud to be American?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kel Apr 17. 101 Replies

INCARCERATION RATES  (per 100,000 population) AMONG WESTERN NATIONSNorway - 72Denmark - 73Netherlands - 82France - 98Italy - 106Belgium - 108Canada - 118Luxembourg - 102Portugal - 136United Kingdom…Continue

holy verses

Started Jan 19, 2013 0 Replies

Here are a few selected verses from both the Old and New Testaments that illustrate both the “morality” and “compassion” of God.  Choose one, some, or all of them at your leisure.  If you only have…Continue

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Dale Headley replied to ThyPlagueDoctor's discussion 'Dumb posts'
"Would someone please explain to Damon Linker what the word “trend” means?  He treats the statistics he quotes as some kind of static artifact, pointing out that, even if the percentage of believers drops to 66%, that still leaves…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS FOR THEISTS'
"Sure. What becomes more interesting is when we try to answer the question:  Provide a basic understanding of what? (and, I suppose, what constitutes "a practical level")  The physics notions a med tech needs to go into that field…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS FOR THEISTS'
"[DrBob raises hand] I do appreciate that some folks have naive views of the nature of science, and I'm sorry to disrupt those.  At the same time... deal with it.   Holding on to naive views is naive. "
Wednesday
Dale Headley replied to Unseen's discussion 'The cat is the pinnacle of evolution'
"The ultimate product of evolution is the bacteria. There are more of them in our bodies than there are humans in the universe.  They were here long before us, and they are so perfectly evolved that they have hardly changed in 3 1/2 billion…"
Tuesday
Dale Headley replied to umar's discussion '"In God We Trust" put back on school marquee'
"Well, I can understand why the parents and students at this school did it; they probably figure that, if the sign is up, God won’t hit Louisiana with another devastating hurricane."
Tuesday
Pope Beanie replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS FOR THEISTS'
"I'm not sure that's absolutely true in this case, but yeah, "it's very human", indeed! Some call it a flaw, but I'd rather think of it as a characteristic that deserves some attention from our human quality control…"
Tuesday
Dr. Bob replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS FOR THEISTS'
"As a scientist, of course I'm a spokesman for the scientific community.  That's no different from being a well-educated theist. Some atheists, like yourself, reject the notion of community.  Atheism isn't a community…"
Tuesday
Pope Beanie replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS FOR THEISTS'
"Now, I know the risk of arguing semantics with a professor, but here goes. "His science was entirely wrong.". Wow, I wonder, did he set science backward, or maybe (I mean quite probably) he still pushed it forward, whether he was right or…"
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Unseen replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS FOR THEISTS'
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Dr. Bob replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS FOR THEISTS'
"Yes, I hear this excuse sometimes, even from colleagues.  The reality, however, is that even classical mechanics involves mathematics that are typically well beyond the learning of an average freshman.  Every graduate program has a…"
Tuesday
Unseen replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS FOR THEISTS'
"Newton's predictions were reasonably accurate for one class of phenomena.  His science was entirely wrong.  There's a difference.  Science is about explanations, not about predictions.   If all we want…"
Tuesday
Dr. Bob replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS FOR THEISTS'
"No, I did read your message, and you are entirely incorrect. Newton's predictions were reasonably accurate for one class of phenomena.  His science was entirely wrong.  There's a difference.  Science is about explanations,…"
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Unseen replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS FOR THEISTS'
"The goal of a HS or college undergrate Physics 101 & 102 is NOT to turn out physicists, but to provide a basic understanding on a practical level. "
Tuesday
Ron Humphrey replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS FOR THEISTS'
"A freshman text on any subject, must necessarily start with the basics.  That is why they appear static.   Only after subsequent progress in the knowledge of any field can you begin adding the  new ideas and nuances.  The…"
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Davis Goodman replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS FOR THEISTS'
"sAgain Er. Bob...you are not a spokesman for religion. Dr. Bob's views on religion do"
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matt.clerke replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS FOR THEISTS'
"Actually the famous double slit experiment shows wave/particle duality. I reproduced this experiment in year 10 or 11."
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I am a retired teacher. I taught science. I taught evolution. I never met another teacher who either taught or understood evolution. I never met another PERSON who understood evolution. But I've met plenty of people who believe there's an old white, bearded man in the sky who controls their lives. Go figure.
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scriptural favorites

Posted on November 28, 2012 at 5:50pm 1 Comment

I am occasionally asked to explain when I became an atheist.  I have several stock answers, but one of my favorite is, “When I read the Bible.”  

Here are a few selected verses from both the Old and New Testaments that pretty much explicate both the “morality” and “compassion” of God.  Choose one, some, or all of them at your leisure.  If you only have the energy to choose one, I recommend my favorite:  2 Kings 2:23-24. 

Or if you’re too lazy to bother looking them up at…

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flawed education

Posted on October 15, 2012 at 7:42pm 16 Comments

Here is a question many of you would probably consider a bit whimsical, if not heretical; but I assure you, it has a dead serious intent.  If you were education czar, what would YOU require be taught (or not taught) in American schools?

Let me get you started.  Here are three things that I believe SHOULD be taught but AREN’T: metric system; evolution; critical thinking.

And here are three that ARE being taught, but SHOULDN’T: spelling; long division; propaganda.

My full…

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Making God

Posted on October 7, 2012 at 6:59pm 10 Comments

Imagine that there is no God.  So your species has a meeting and decides it wants or needs at least one god.  What kind of god would you propose?  What would be its attributes?  Its powers?  Its motivations?  I have definite ideas about that, which I may post here later; but the purpose here is not to debate MY conception of an ideal god, but to give you the opportunity to describe yours.  Details, please!  

the ultimate prayer

Posted on February 12, 2011 at 3:49pm 3 Comments

   I just read Richard Raymond's atheist prayer.  Here's mine, verbatim.

   Dear God.  Kill me.  Please!  I have lived a full life with no (well, a few small ones, maybe) regrets.  I'm ready to terminate my existence.  I'm waiting, God.  Nothing's happening.  I'll try a little harder: please, please, pretty please, oh great God.  I know you have the power to kill me; so why don't you?  It shouldn't be too hard; after all, I'm 75 years old. You could just give me a heart attack.  God,…

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At 7:43pm on June 5, 2011, Stephen Charles said…
Hey Dale, all I was saying is that it saddens me greatly how people can still get away with dishonouring the bill of rights in the western world. Especially when it's children. I mean, I thought beating and restraining a child in an uncomfortable position as well as subjecting them to mental and verbal abuse was illegal, but maybe that's just me.
 
 
 

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