"My position is that we should NEVER, EVER - under ANY circumstances - unnecessarily take the life of another human being (and I personally extend that to a number of other species).
And furthermore, I would argue that it inexcusable to…"
"Ask why God has never seen fit to heal an amputee (without a TV evangeli$t around) or why 15 million children starve to death each year. Is finding that wallet really on the top of his honey-do list? That's a rather insulting…"
"Likewise, on Christianity, convince me that Andrea Yates wasn't doing God's Will, as she claimed.
You can't claim killing your own child is wrong on Biblical principles: Abraham & Isaac, Deuteronomy…"
"Well, Adam was created out of dirt:
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being (Genesis 2:7).
Eve was created from the rib* of Adam (it's not clear it…"
"I spin that one slightly differently...
Imagine that your own child is in Hell, suffering in eternal torment, while you are in Heaven, forced to be blissfully happy about it, unable to morn or weep for your own child.
And God shall wipe…"
"I say: the Bible is just flat out factually wrong about the immobility of the Earth and there being a fixed firmament of the Heavens (and those aren't merely speculative interpretation -- violence was done against people who dared to suggest…"
"I think I would have approached it from the other perspective, rather than suggesting that theists should act like Atheists -- simply observe that they already DO act like Atheists for the most part. Something like:
"Well, it seems very…"
"One nit in semantics mainly. 'Proven' means different things colloquially and scientifically.
So I would like to explore that.
Science doesn't technically "prove" things - it falsifies bad hypotheses and…"
"Very good input. Although I hope we can all agree that some types of regulation can be bad and others can be beneficial. I don't believe you can make a blanket statement on the subject.
I 100% agree with you that all such…"
"Thanks! Don't get me started on Nixon and Anslinger: http://goo.gl/gTZV0
I would like to clarify one thing though (calling myself out on it). I only used 'Christians' as an example, the problem obviously…"
"I think prostitution (and other forms of sex work) should be legal but, because of the risks of disease and abuse, should be regulated with those two ends in mind only.
What causes the most harm is our lack of value and respect for the…"
"Do you "care less" if people let their children suffer and die because they want to use faith-based healing and deny them medical care. That's something I care about. I also care if people don't get their kids vaccinated for…"
"Well, I recognize that it requires collaboration/consensus to ensure that our understanding is the best that it can be. It's easy to miss something and come to incorrect conclusions so I like to be very conservative in my epistemic…"
I am Agnostic in the strict Thomas Huxley definition of the term. I am Atheistic towards every god to which I have evaluated the evidence. But I do have a spiritual tinge in a very cannot-put-my-finger-on-it way, maybe just natural paranoia
Why are you here?
The religion you left
Why you left your religion.
"Positively the principle may be expressed: In matters of intellect, follow your reason as far as it will take you, without regard to any other consideration. And negatively: In matters of the intellect do not pretend that conclusions are certain which are not demonstrated or demonstrable. That I take to be the agnostic faith, which if a man keep whole and undefiled, he shall not be ashamed to look the universe in the face, whatever the future may have in store for him." - T. Huxley
"I never know whether I should say "Agnostic" or whether I should say "Atheist". It is a very difficult question and I daresay that some of you have been troubled by it. As a philosopher, if I were speaking to a purely philosophic audience I should say that I ought to describe myself as an Agnostic, because I do not think that there is a conclusive argument by which one prove that there is not a God." - Bertrand Russell - Am I An Atheist Or An Agnostic?
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