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Criticize the ideology, not the person?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Virgil Nov 24, 2014. 38 Replies

I find myself having mixed feelings about this idea of “criticize the ideology, not the person” when discussing religion.  I guess it’s politically correct to look at it that way, but I wonder if…Continue

Is it possible to have a civil discussion of ideas with believers?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Hoke Jun 4, 2014. 6 Replies

“I'll tell you what you did with Atheists for about 1500 years. You outlawed them from the universities or any teaching careers, besmirched their reputations, banned or burned their books or their…Continue

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Erock68la replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS FOR THEISTS'
"1) Because nobody ever told me the truth. If my parents, friends, neighbors, schoolmates, etc all still maintained Santa Clause is real I'd still believe it too. 2) God's form is beyond any feeble human understanding or terminology or…"
Erock68la replied to Unseen's discussion 'The Ohio cop taking flak for NOT shooting a suspect'
"It turned out ok and that's great. It doesn't necessarily mean it was the best decision. It could have gone bad 9 times out of 10, and maybe this cop and criminal got lucky. I wonder what effect the publicity of this incident will have on…"
Erock68la replied to Bouncy Edhel's discussion 'I Think I'm Dead... Advice?'
"Staying with a friend may be the best way to keep the peace. But if you decide to stay, be calm, be polite, be firm. You can only control you. How she reacts is on her."
Erock68la replied to Ed's discussion 'Why are the only miracles considered for catholic sainthood always unexplained healings?'
"Just once I'd like to see as one of those medical "miracles" something like a woman grows a new kidney or a man's severed artery mysteriously closes up."
Erock68la replied to Unseen's discussion 'Man on trial for having sex with...his wife!'
"@Belle Rose "...without the consent of the victim." The question is was she competent to consent? The doctors say no. It reminds me of these college date-rape cases where the girl is wasted drunk at a frat party and some guy takes…"
Apr 20
Erock68la replied to Unseen's discussion 'Wicca'
"Attention-seeking nonsense from the I'm-different-just-to-be-different crowd. But it seems no more harmful than any other delusional belief system, IMO."
Apr 18
Erock68la commented on Carol Foley's blog post 'An Honest Moment- My BPD'
"Hi Carol, I'm sorry for all you're going through. It sounds like Ed's right; therapy may be very helpful. And if you do happen to get a therapist who starts talking the god stuff, tell him/her to leave it out. If they persist, walk…"
Apr 11
Erock68la replied to Michael's discussion 'Was Jesus' Body Recovered from the Tomb by His Followers?'
"Did they do it to themselves, or was it drink or be shot?"
Apr 9
Erock68la replied to Michael's discussion 'Was Jesus' Body Recovered from the Tomb by His Followers?'
"Ever heard the expression "drink the kool-aid"?  Know where that comes from?  People sacrificing themselves because they believe in some stupid bullshit happens so often there's a pop culture slang expression for it. …"
Apr 7
Erock68la replied to Alex Decesare's discussion 'Is Christianity a cult'
"True.  The result from brainwashing is that the brainwashee's old values/beliefs/whatever are washed away and replaced with whatever the brainwasher wants to put there.  The church likes to catch 'em young and implant values…"
Apr 4
Erock68la replied to Alex Decesare's discussion 'Is Christianity a cult'
"@Alex Decesare Maybe "brainwash" is too strong a word. Brainwashing is usually a brutal process, done by your enemy, and over a relatively short period of time. Indoctrination, on the other hand, can sometimes be subtle, over a long period…"
Apr 3
Erock68la replied to Simon Paynton's discussion '"The Four Tenets of Atheism"'
"Pretty good, Pope. I'm not sure about #5 though. Is it really necessary to mention god at all?"
Mar 31
Erock68la replied to Alex Decesare's discussion 'should I worry about my parents kicking me out because of my atheism'
"I don't know about Georgia but in Louisiana it is possible to go through legal channels to kick your child out of the house and into the custody of the state.  A minor can be removed if found to be incorrigible, i.e. severely and…"
Mar 27
Erock68la replied to Unseen's discussion 'Penn and Teller call BS on much of the environmental movement'
"I worked on a construction crew in an oil refinery.  On my first day they tried to send me to the shop to get a Sky Hook, but I didn't fall for it.  Others did.  Another time a guy asked me to hand him a Henway.  I said,…"
Mar 27
Erock68la replied to Unseen's discussion 'Do we still believe in a robust freedom of speech?'
"I think mental instability is a prerequisite for terrorists and for haters who take action."
Mar 27
Erock68la replied to Alex Decesare's discussion 'Is Christianity a cult'
"I would add that if blind devotion to the figurehead is more important than one's character or deeds, it's a cult."
Mar 25

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