"I believe there is no such thing as basic dignity, human rights, etc. that are afforded us simply because we are human.
Rights are given to us by society - other people. If a person decides not to afford you a right, there's nothing other than…"
"I do not think that he is incapable of choosing his own purpose. I feel that many theists tend to label their personal purpose that they have assigned to themselves as the purpose that their god has put them on the Earth for. This is just a…"
If you'd really like to have a discussion about the "reality of God" as a source of ethics and morality, then come to this new blog post. I guarantee you an interesting conversation.
"Mark, you should take the time to read everyone's responses. If you do that, you'll see that your assertions have already been discussed.
We do not accept the claim that purpose, meaning, or dignity are handed to us from some god. You…"
"If a god existed then I suppose our ethics and morality could well be sourced from it - but our ethics and morality vary greatly between cultures and over time so it would seem that our ethics and morality are not based on some unchanging, universal…"
"We do not define our purpose. I could find purpose in whatever I set before, however, it is still empty and lacks substance. Purpose comes from God. If God exists than our ethics and morality are found solely in Him. If you would like to have a…"
"We could just as easily find 'purpose' by believing that our President was the manifestation of The Grand Creator here on Earth - hey, it works in North Korea. That we might find purpose in an idea does not attest to its truth.…"
""All sacred, and so all deserving of respect and basic dignity." I quote you and say that you must use this same logic for the member of the Texas BofED. What you will find is very few people who call themselves Christian really search for…"
"I thought I was up to date on Dawkin's videos but I had not seen the one you linked to. It's really one of his better replies to this type of question. I've seen him flounder in this same situation before. It really was a great…"
"Thank you. Your reply brought tears to my eyes...really. I'm probably in the stage of confusion that you describe as I am still working in a church, but really feel like a big ol' hypocrite for doing so.
You write: "Humans…"