"If by bad, you mean doing something that you know you shouldn't, then yes, you're bad. The tension between doing the right thing and making yourself happy is less easily resolved by atheists. Like the vast majority, you set aside what you…"
"Arch, do we evolve to do anything? That I implies a purpose. Whose purpose? Aren't all the things we do, including prayer, just a result of evolution? Maybe our appendices will wither away one day, but cognitive development doesn't seem to…"
"Jules111. I am without doubt just talking to my subconscious even though I find it more comforting converse as if to another, rather than just chew things over. As I said, I think the roots may be in early thought development.
Similarly, but not…"
"I think praying is a healthy and natural thing to do even though I'm almost certain that there is no supernatural god. I have prayed and will continue to pray.
What we experience as consciousness is only a small part of our mental totality.…"
"Arch it did get boring lol. Seems a long time ago but I formed the opinion that ethics was a great subject for forum debate but did lack a lot of traction is the real world. It seemed to me self interest ruled.
P.s. John Major was Prime Minister!"
I thought we'd already done this long ago - what happened?
Trevor is back and challenging me - I avoided him this morning, as I wasn't quite ready to start my day, but as soon as I choke down this cup of coffee, I guess I'll head in that direction. After all, it is nearly high noon.
Funny thing is, he ran when you challenged some of his assertions, and never responded - guess he thinks I'll be easier pickings, what with his degree in theology that he makes sure everyone knows he has.
I've never felt the need to tout my credentials, as I'm the same person, with or without them.
Thanks, John. You are so patient! Your points are clear and reasonable, but I do not think those with dominionist attitudes are even being honest with themselves. I am going to try to gather news stories, articles, and letters written by pro-slavery advocates from the early 1800s to the civil war. I expect to find the same arguments put forward to find slavery moral. I think they will also say, "As long as the niggers are treated well, there is nothing wrong with slavery. It is obvious that ignorant negro slaves and not like us humans!" What is your guess about how similar the arguments of apologists for slavery, are to those apologists for carnism?