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Babies Are Not Born Atheists

Started this discussion. Last reply by Erock68la 14 hours ago. 68 Replies

"Babies Are Not Born Atheists" is an article published by Chris Benek, editor of the christianpost.com. His assertions are laughable at best. He mentions that the declining numbers of religious…Continue

Tags: baby, babies, christianpost.com, Benek

Gideons International

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I was visiting my mother in the hospital yesterday in a small north Arkansas town. It is a secular hospital and has no religious affiliations. In every room's side stand next to the patient's bed and…Continue

Tags: school, bible, International, Gideons

A Matter of Perspective

Started this discussion. Last reply by Davis Goodman May 15. 27 Replies

I remember watching the latest Cosmos series, with astrophysicist Tyson as the narrator, and being completely in awe at the show's depiction of the utter vastness of our universe. There was one…Continue

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Why are the only miracles considered for catholic sainthood always unexplained healings?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ed Apr 20. 2 Replies

It's interesting that the only miracles offered by the Vatican for consideration of sainthood are medical in nature. Are there not other areas of human experience that warrant inclusion as a full…Continue

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Erock68la replied to Ed's discussion 'Babies Are Not Born Atheists'
"Never let it be said the church doesn't evolve, if only when it comes to self-preservation. These days, politics works better than torture."
14 hours ago
archaeopteryx replied to Ed's discussion 'Babies Are Not Born Atheists'
"Besides, isn't "religious-nut job" a bit of an oxymoron?"
16 hours ago
Davis Goodman replied to Ed's discussion 'Babies Are Not Born Atheists'
"Dr. Bob is right in the sense that eventually...the Catholic church does accept a whole lot of scientific theories (well before many protestant ones ever do).  The only foot note to be added is that they first resisted many of these theories…"
17 hours ago
Davis Goodman replied to Ed's discussion 'Babies Are Not Born Atheists'
"Yes...he would have been taken as a nutjob...though I don't know how you get "religious-nut job". Huh? He would have been seen as a bizzare guy...but the same went for Socrates, Schoenberg and the first scientists who proposed a…"
17 hours ago
_Robert_ replied to Ed's discussion 'Babies Are Not Born Atheists'
"Ironic..there was a weapon of mass destruction in Iraq waiting for is. We now call it ISIS."
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Erock68la replied to Ed's discussion 'Babies Are Not Born Atheists'
"What was religious about Galileo's heliocentric model?  I thought the problem was that he ignored church doctrine, namely the church's ruling that everything revolved around the earth, in favor of his own observations and…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Ed's discussion 'Babies Are Not Born Atheists'
"Not to burden your beliefs with fact or anything, but the Church has been teaching Galileo's stuff right along, and lifted the ban on the one controversial work in the 1700s.  It was 1992, not 1998 when John Paul II clearly stated that…"
20 hours ago
archaeopteryx replied to Ed's discussion 'Babies Are Not Born Atheists'
"Oh yes, Ed - the big V finally, in 1998, exonerated Galileo - still waiting on an apology."
Davis Goodman replied to Ed's discussion 'Babies Are Not Born Atheists'
"Ugh...please Dr. Bob. All you do is tell us what your religion is not, what statements about it are "stupid" and which are characatures. That's easy to do...and also extremely lazy. It's also intellectually inconsiderate to…"
Ed replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'What, for you, is Science?'
"Doctor Bob - "Not only is Science the way of knowing, Science is a bearded, lab-coated deity of sorts." I certainly agree with the first part of that sentence but your anthropomorphic/supernatural metaphor has me a little…"
Ed replied to Ed's discussion 'Gideons International'
"Let a child read Leviticus without any adult supervision? Really? God should surely smite any parent allowing such an abuse to occur."
Ed replied to Ed's discussion 'Babies Are Not Born Atheists'
"I am eager to hear an example of a mythological view of science expressed by a forum member and how it was a misconception. If there is an iota of truth to your claim I am 'on board' with getting things straight. "
Ed replied to Ed's discussion 'Babies Are Not Born Atheists'
"One huge difference between religious teaching and scientific teaching: religion rarely backs up and admits they were flawed. Science is always attempting to challenge and, if necessary, correct our mode of understanding about our physical world.…"
Ed replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Is Atheism an Idea?'
"Atheism in and of itself is not an idea but a simple rejection of the concept of supernatural beings. If religion is considered a principled idea what are those principles upon which it is formulated? There does not appear to be any uniformity or…"
Erock68la replied to Ed's discussion 'Babies Are Not Born Atheists'
"Wow, so you are confirming that what I was told in my youth by my protestant preacher-grandfather, family, neighbors, and friends was true? That the Catholic Church has abandoned god? The vatican has an astronomy department huh? Do they still use…"
Dr. Bob replied to Ed's discussion 'Gideons International'
"??? Gideons have more Bibles in hotel rooms than schools.  I like the notion of regular deliveries to the stock exchange and to banks. Personally, I've never been convinced of the efficacy of giving a Bible to a kid, or to an atheist or…"

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Florida governor slaps state worker with disciplinary action for using "climate change" verbiage.

Posted on April 13, 2015 at 10:21am 4 Comments


Florida governor Rick Scott is proceeding with his threats to reprimand state employees who use terminology such as "climate change" and "global warming." They even go so far as to say mental health screening may be…


Indiana Legislature Passes Discriminatory Anti-Gay Bill

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 9:00am 6 Comments

Yesterday the Indiana governor signed the bill passed by their legislature that allows businesses the right to deny service to the homeosexual segment of their state. The so-called valid reason for the law is respecting religious belief. Our country continues to operate like it is still in the Dark Ages. There is certainly going to be lawsuits and probably loss of revenue when organizations decide to hold such things as conventions elsewhere.

Republican dominated Arkansas Legislature At it Again.

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 11:47pm 2 Comments

Today the Arkansas State Senate approved a bill 27-3 to allow a private firm, with private monies, to erect a monument on the Capitol grounds that would display the Xtian Ten Commandments. It now goes to the House. Since our state has been recently abducted by the Republican Party -attorney general, governor, Senate majority, House majority- there has been a plethora of legislation attempting to promote their god and make life hard on the likes of illegal aliens, the poor, college kids,…


Timbuktu Manuscripts

Posted on March 22, 2015 at 1:48pm 0 Comments

Read an article in Smithsonian about the efforts of a secretive group in the African nation of Mali to rescue the large volume of ancient Arabic manuscripts that resided in Timbuktu. The Islamist insurgents (Al queda ?) who had force-ably taken over the northern territories of Mali were uncomfortable with the existence of the manuscripts. Why? Evidently anyone who studied the manuscripts discovered that the religion of Islam actually supported religious tolerance. It was evident…


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At 2:46pm on May 17, 2015, Raymond said…
Hi Ed. I sent a reply to your post in nudist atheist. Thank you for your comment.

At 12:55pm on February 18, 2015, archaeopteryx said…
I can't get my PM to work, Ed, and haven't been able to since my account was deleted Jan 1-2 - to respond, I will need an email addy --
At 12:44pm on February 18, 2015, archaeopteryx said…
Congratulations, Ed - you are my second "friend," where I once had over 200 before my account was deleted entirely Jan1-2. Since this will appear on your comment will appear on your comment wall, I can't go into detail. I will try PMing you, but since I rejoined, I haven't been able to get PM to work, so I may need you to give me an email address, if you don't receive a PM within the next five minutes.
At 9:06am on November 23, 2014, Reg The Fronkey Farmer said…

I sent you an email Ed...

At 12:23am on August 3, 2014, Tom Sarbeck said…

Napa County is indeed wine country, Ed, as is Sonoma County just to the west.

My dad and his friends made beer and wine during the Prohibition years when we lived in Ohio. He was in the grocery business and I heard him tell people they can make wine from anything that rots. My wife and made wine during our marriage but not from grapes. I now make my own liqueurs.

At 8:54am on July 2, 2014, Seraphina said…

Thanks, Ed!

I'm up the walls with study this week but once my exam is over I intend to be more active in these parts :D

At 2:24am on June 23, 2013, Karl Hanks said…

Thanks Ed!  

At 10:04pm on January 12, 2013, Samuel Cheshire said…

Thanks for the message.  I will definitely check out that book.  I am always looking for a new read.  You seem like you might have a good opinion on this; Do you think that as a race we are de-evolving by catering to the ignorant masses by creating welfare states for people who are too stupid or lazy to do for themselves and then give them tax credits which equates to thousands of dollars just for having children?  This is going to sound really bad, but wouldn't it be better for our species if we neutered anyone with an IQ under say 100?  There are too many people on earth anyway.  Why is it someones human right to reproduce?  I think it should be a privilege that is earned.  Only the best and the brightest should be allowed to carry on their genetic lineage.  Also there should be a strict guidelines and quality requirements for parenting.  I realize this will never happen.  People are to corrupt by nature to use a system like that for good.  Sometimes I think we are all doomed.

At 6:25pm on January 12, 2013, Samuel Cheshire said…

Thanks :) I'm enjoying it already.  It's nice to be able to communicate with people even if every thought is not seen eye to eye.  The internet is full of people trolling and sniping at one another, its good to finally find a place for civil correspondence.

At 6:08pm on January 12, 2013, Samuel Cheshire said…

"Indifference to the needless suffering and plight of the very beings it (god) is supposedly responsible for creating is testament to the convoluted thinking of it's followers. "

I'm sure that it is, but not only followers of a specific ideology but the human race as a whole.  For that matter every species and the whole of nature.   It's a dog eat dog world.  When a lion commits infanticide its not evil its just the natural order of things.  Human beings are fickle emotionally unstable creatures.  For some reason we have the ability to think abstractly and outside of the basic survival instincts if only for a moment or two.  The formation of religions over the coarse of human history was only natural for a creature with this capability in order to reconcile its advanced cognitive status to a deaf playing field.



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