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A Question of Existence

Started this discussion. Last reply by Forrest Schaeffer Jan 23, 2012. 5 Replies

A fellow atheist posed a series of questions to me the other day and I'm trying to land on the best answer. Basically, he asked the boolean question "is there a god". From the standpoint of "is there…Continue

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Forrest Schaeffer replied to Rose A's discussion 'Is it possible to be a spiritual atheist?'
"Ha. That makes me think of Tim Minchin and his skit on gravity. "
Jun 5, 2012
Forrest Schaeffer replied to Rose A's discussion 'Is it possible to be a spiritual atheist?'
"Ah, yes. I agree with you. The confusion comes from the fact that we have created a name for it. I think Sam Harris has a bit about how we don't have a-astrologists or other descriptions for people who lack a certain attribute. Generally we…"
Jun 5, 2012
Forrest Schaeffer replied to Rose A's discussion 'Is it possible to be a spiritual atheist?'
"I'm not sure I agree that atheist = anti-theist. One of those makes a claim (anti-theist "there is no god") whereas the other simply rejects the claims of others (atheist "I don't believe in any of your…"
Jun 5, 2012
Forrest Schaeffer replied to Rose A's discussion 'Is it possible to be a spiritual atheist?'
"Sounds more like spiritual agnosticism but it does depend on how you define spiritual. I think the generally accepted definition of atheist is "a lack of belief in any higher power".  In my book, spiritual means some sort of…"
Jun 5, 2012
Forrest Schaeffer replied to Sean O' Byrne's discussion 'Atheism, fertility and declining birthrates.'
"I think the correlation is wrong. I don't think atheism => less likely to reproduce, less fertile, etc.  My opinion is that more progressive people who tend to be more career oriented, secular, etc., will focus on things other than…"
May 22, 2012
Forrest Schaeffer commented on Leslie Ann's blog post 'Am I overreacting?'
"Well put. I would have either a) ignored or b) been very rude. I'm also from the belt (southern MO) and can only take so much of that kind of spew. Kudos, and good luck! Stick it out until you find someone with a brain who can use it ;)"
May 11, 2012
Forrest Schaeffer replied to Simon Paynton's discussion 'Have you been personally damaged by religion?'
"I have. Being pretty religious in Highschool, and now being very nonreligious, I have almost no friends left from my teenage years. Not that I care too much (they are all insane ;) ) but it still sucks to have 'close' friends cast you out…"
May 11, 2012
Forrest Schaeffer replied to SteveInCO's discussion '"You are just mad at god"--Are we actually encouraging this by mistake?'
"I agree completely. I have phased out a lot words when I talk about these things (words like "designed", "created", "guided") and I always refer to the word god as a normal now ("the existence of a god has these…"
Apr 26, 2012
Forrest Schaeffer replied to krystal ellis's discussion 'College life as an atheist'
"It really depends on what school you attend. An Atheist at BYU could have a tough time, however I went to a small liberal arts school and had an excellent experience. If anything the support and like minds I found helped me establish my morals and…"
Apr 24, 2012
Forrest Schaeffer replied to KNentrup's discussion 'First crisis without God'
"I asked myself this question awhile ago when I had to spend some time in the hospital and I realized this: when I was religious (or at least somewhat religious) many years ago, and went to god for help, the results were no different than now.…"
Mar 8, 2012
Forrest Schaeffer commented on Sophie's blog post 'I love Think Atheist!'
"Ditto!"
Feb 16, 2012
Forrest Schaeffer replied to Jeff Bissonnette's discussion 'Homeschooling'
""Can you expound on the schools your parents avoided? Strictly religious? or nationalist as well?"  - There was only one highschool in my part of the state, (I grew up in southern Missouri), and there are documented cases of teachers…"
Feb 16, 2012
Forrest Schaeffer replied to Jeff Bissonnette's discussion 'Homeschooling'
"I was, all the way through highschool. My parents did it to keep me away from the poor quality and fundamentalist highschool that was in our area (and the only one available). It was kind of the opposite of the usual reason people are…"
Feb 16, 2012
Forrest Schaeffer replied to Meghan McWilliams's discussion 'What do you ignore and what do you speak up about?'
"I usually respond to things that are as false as that. Politely, of course, simply by saying something like  "Actually, atheism has nothing to say about those topics, you're talking about abiogenisis and evolution. Here are some links…"
Feb 8, 2012
Forrest Schaeffer commented on Robert Karp's blog post 'And They Ask Me Why I Am Anti-Theist?! THIS MAKES ME SICK!'
"Haha it's called an education ;) "
Jan 27, 2012
Forrest Schaeffer commented on Robert Karp's blog post 'And They Ask Me Why I Am Anti-Theist?! THIS MAKES ME SICK!'
"@Demian I completely agree. I don't know why we treat this type of behavior with any sort of respect. Sam Harris once said that "people who admit that they believe that Elvis is still alive immediately pay a price in credibility". We…"
Jan 26, 2012

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