"Alyssa, Your question wasn't formed very clearly, and judging from the comments, it has generated a lot of confusion over what exactly it is that you are asking (although part of that is necessarily that they don't know what…"
"I like how you defined free will implicitly by making claims about what "free will believers" believe, then go on to say that free will can't be precisely defined, though this is exactly what you have done when you say that "free…"
"Just as there are different understandings of the various world religions, there are different understandings of the position we casually refer to as 'atheism.' The term 'Christianity' is not used to signify any one particular…"
I'm afraid you've been mislead on what the word 'metaphysics' actually means in philosophy. This is unsurprising, as any popular bookstores with a "metaphysics" section does not contain anything even remotely…"
The subject of metaphysics has dealt with the natures of both mind and matter since Aristotle. Insofar as the topics discussed within metaphysical works constitute that subject, metaphysics has dealt with these things long before Aristotle as…"
"For all the kids watching at home, this is a perfect example of how not being religious doesn't necessarily preclude you from being a judgmental douchebag who irrationally jumps to conclusions based on insufficient data."
"Your argument appears to have a subtle, but major, oversight:There is no reason to think that an omniscient being, who by stipulation KNOWS all true propositions to be true, would deal in POSSIBILITIES. The concept of possibility makes sense for us…"
In the fall, I begin my Teaching Assistantship at Oklahoma State University, in the Philosophy department. I like playing the drums, reading anything interesting that has to do with science or philosophy. I also enjoy comics, especially the work of Warren Ellis. And I love to argue. About anything. Usually for no reason.
Why are you here?
That's a damn good question... *rubs chin and ponders* Hmmm....
The religion you left
Why you left your religion.
The multiplicity of religions led me to realize that somebody had to be wrong about their god, and I decided that they all probably were. Study of the philosophy of religion led me to conclude that the entire concept of god doesn't make all that much sense, and study of science led to me to conclude that there really isn't any need to posit god's existence anyway.