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Rob commented on Don't label my essence! (Jared)'s blog post 'God ≠ Santa'
""And when I am dying and on my death's bed Lay by my bedside a fine full hogshead. For if down below I must go when I die, Then me and Old Nick, we can both drink it dry." Sorry, not exactly on topic, but your comment just reminded…"
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Joshua McGee commented on Don't label my essence! (Jared)'s blog post 'God ≠ Santa'
"At least Santa doesn't threaten to send you to burn forever if you don't believe in him. Well, is that ever a relief! I didn't want to open the huge bag of worms earlier, but Santa Claus is a twisty, confused bundle of syncretism.…"
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Rob commented on Don't label my essence! (Jared)'s blog post 'God ≠ Santa'
"As Joshua said above: Santa is not, in fact, falsifiable. While it can be demonstrated that Santa didn't put the presents under my tree, that doesn't mean in any way that he doesn't exist. It is impossible to prove the nonexistence of…"
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"I loved reading this! And I absolutely agree with you; the point of Santa as falsifiable really cinches it. Although, I do wonder...how universal is Santa Claus? Because I have a feeling that he is more socially accepted as 'the only'…"
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Joshua McGee commented on Don't label my essence! (Jared)'s blog post 'God ≠ Santa'
"Santa is falsifiable. "Santa put my presents under the tree" can be demonstrated to be false. But "there is no Santa" is falsifiable to exactly the same degree as "there are no gods." Santa would have to stop time in…"
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Michel-san commented on Don't label my essence! (Jared)'s blog post 'God ≠ Santa'
"Very good arguments! Santa is falsifiable. I would have to say that is the biggest and most important difference."
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God ≠ Santa

“God is Santa Clause for grown ups.” You’ve probably heard this before, it’s a fairly common quip used by atheists to illustrate their view on both the existence and purpose of a personal deity. It’s also a surefire way to get under the skin of most any theist. Is it fair though? Are we oversimplifying the punishment and reward aspects of the typical religious dogma we encounter? Are we just trying to make their beliefs out to be childish? After giving the subject a bit of thought recently, I…See More
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I'm a goofball who likes to read and write. I graduated from Ohio State with a degree in Literature. When I'm watching TV it is either something funny or something history/science related. My musical tastes are all over the place and yet rarely found on the radio. What IS found on the radio, in my case at least, is NPR; I love me some Fresh Air and All Things Considered. I'm not a movie snob in the least but half of my favorites have subtitles, it's weird. What else... um, I think samurai are cooler than ninjas. Oh shit! My dorkness just slipped out there for a second, sorry about that. FYI, I'm 26, not 25-30.
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My parents raised me on Carl Sagan's Cosmos and took me to museums instead of church. They never spoke either way about religion of any sort. Still, I suppose the first moment I realized that I wasn't religious was when I was seven. My evangelical grandfather was proselytizing to me and asked me, "Who made the sun?" I answered that the sun was just a star and it formed like other stars. Instead of asking me who made the gasses that the star condensed from, he instead began to laugh, turning to my mother and chuckling, "he thinks the sun is a star," as if I had told him that it was made out of apples and dildos. My mom looked embarrassed and told him with chagrin that the sun WAS, in fact, a star. I realized then that if a man who knew so much about scripture could know so little about the workings of nature and the universe then there was no reason for me to take his source of knowledge seriously. I was thinking about joining the Cult of Cthulhu for awhile but I can't stand calamari and the deep ocean freaks me out.

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God ≠ Santa

Posted on December 25, 2009 at 5:16pm 9 Comments

“God is Santa Clause for grown ups.” You’ve probably heard this before, it’s a fairly common quip used by atheists to illustrate their view on both the existence and purpose of a personal deity. It’s also a surefire way to get under the skin of most any theist. Is it fair though? Are we oversimplifying the punishment and reward aspects of the typical religious dogma we encounter? Are we just trying to make their beliefs out to be childish? After giving the subject a bit of thought recently, I… Continue

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At 5:51pm on November 5, 2009, a7 said…
Hi from Glasgow Scotland
At 7:50pm on November 4, 2009, webmdave said…
From one corner of the state to the other, we are here. (Far NE corner for me).
At 5:57pm on November 4, 2009, Steve said…
Man an Atheist in Tipp your brave! Sounds like you had similar upbringing the Dayton Museum of Natural history was were I learned about the world and life, Carl Sagan definitely had an influence.

take care
At 5:03pm on November 4, 2009, Skycomet the Fallen Angel said…
I'm from Cincinnati.
At 10:39am on November 4, 2009, Carmela Ramos said…
I agree Hicks was underrated as a comic. Let's face it he and Bruce were outspoken comics before their time. In fact a lot of their material wasn't funny to some because it was like an inside joke for those who got it!!!
I'll have to check out you clips today, I need a good laugh!
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