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What did Jesus get right? And what was wrong?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gallup's Mirror Jul 3. 88 Replies

On another thread, it was pointed out that we can recognize the wisdom and intelligence of certain persons in history --…Continue

Sad day for sperm whales

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Not a great day for my cetacean namesake, not in the Mediterranean anyway.They say a sperm whale that washed up in…Continue

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Is Paul like Muhammad for Christians?

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Quick question: How much do you think Paul was like Muhammad?Muslims claim that an angel gave the Words of God directly to Muhammad, so the Quran is infallible. Non-muslims deny this claim.Christians…Continue

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Physeter replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School August 17th 2014' in the group Sunday School
"I'm in Iowa. Come visit!"
Physeter replied to Stephen Gunn's discussion '“We Love Death..."'
"Gaza has been under blockade for the last four years or so. They can't even buy their own food, let alone create a country. I agree that there is no right side here, and in condemning one side, we should not condone the atrocities of the…"
Physeter replied to Stephen Gunn's discussion '“We Love Death..."'
"Good quote, Gary. I think that pretty well sums it up. This is exactly why the Palestinians can't just "mind their own business" and keep quiet as they're slowly starved out."
Physeter replied to Stephen Gunn's discussion '“We Love Death..."'
"The quote is apparently from Hitch-22: A Memoir. You can read the quote formatted differently here. "
Physeter replied to Stephen Gunn's discussion '“We Love Death..."'
"Read to the end of his quote. It's a quote from Christopher Hitchens. I find myself disagreeing with the Hitch every now and again, but I think he's spot-on in this case. And Gary, you may find using the "quote" button on your…"
Physeter replied to Stephen Gunn's discussion '“We Love Death..."'
"Palestine has been enduring a slow attack aimed at its ultimate destruction for decades, yet people who don't get it expect them to just endure it. You seem unaware of a history of home demolitions, land confiscation, destruction of entire…"
Physeter replied to Stephen Gunn's discussion '“We Love Death..."'
"I would totally agree with that. I'd go one step farther and say the U.S. caused more harm than good way back in 1948 when we gave our enthusiastic support and money and arms to one side."
Physeter replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'How do you reverse the brainwashing of a child??'
"Good for you, Belle! That's pretty exciting!"
Physeter replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'How do you reverse the brainwashing of a child??'
"I totally agree except for "theirs for life". It's very possible that a Christian kid when exposed to a kind and loving atheist foster parent would change. You shouldn't assume they will never give up their faith, but you…"
Physeter replied to Stephen Gunn's discussion '“We Love Death..."'
"Exactly what Adam said. When your back is against the wall and every option has been taken from you, and you find yourself against a vastly superior force dedicated to your slow destruction, a force which is also powerful enough that they can…"
Physeter replied to Stephen Gunn's discussion '“We Love Death..."'
"Gee, officer, I don’t understand it! I had locked him up in his house for the past seven years so that he couldn’t feed his children, and this one day suddenly he started throwing rocks at me! And some of them almost hit me too! You can…"
Physeter commented on Vincent (fka Vizhnet)'s blog post 'The Hat Delusion'
"Funny how hard it is to take off a hat. But then sometimes, you can’t bear to put the hat on again even if you like how it looked on your head. When you started talking about the relative evilness of hats, I immediately started thinking about…"
Physeter replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'How do you reverse the brainwashing of a child??'
"I’m no parent, but if you care to hear my uninformed musings…I think part of the important point is that you don’t have to force a child to think a certain way or force them to be right. You’re not under the pressure of a…"
Physeter replied to Unseen's discussion 'Penises vs eyeballs & teeth'
"But we KNOW that's not true, because Sean Hannity talked to this guy one time about how he died because he was waiting so long for his socialist healthcare, or something. Right? I just want to bang my head against the wall when I hear about…"
Physeter replied to Dan's discussion 'Types of depression' in the group Depression/ Bipolar Support
"Sometimes I have a hard time. I'm not sure if I'm depressed or not. But that atypical one, "Oversleeping, Fatigue, Extreme sensitivity to rejection, Moods that worsen or improve in direct response to events," does seem to…"
Aug 15
Physeter replied to A. T. Heist's discussion 'Psalm 14: The Atheist "Fool"' in the group Atheist Bible Study
"<blockquote>one accusation I've heard Christians level against atheists is that the atheist worldview promotes nihilism and pessimism.  Reading this psalm, I would counter that the Judeo-Christian worldview is far more pessimistic…"
Aug 15

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What’s a Physeter? A post about metaphors and prophecy

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 9:06pm 7 Comments

This is a post about finding meaning. Also crossposted at

Why do I call myself The Physeter online? My internet moniker is the name of a beautiful and majestic creature:

The sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus), or cachalot, is the largest of the…


How to prove God is real

Posted on February 22, 2014 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

So, I’ve noticed a lot of Christians use words when they debate.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a live debate, or an Internet discussion. Christians always use words. They will make logical arguments about why the world must have a Creator. They’ll talk about history, and claim the Bible is reliable and true. They’ll give personal experiences. They’ll talk about how morality must come from a divine law-giver, or claim life is meaningless without God.

They’ll draw on…


Miracles, God, Free will

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 5:37pm 7 Comments

Have you ever heard Christians say that God refuses to make his existence obvious, because he doesn’t want to force you to believe? That he doesn’t want to override your free will?

Suppose you have two caramel apples that appear identical. You ask me which one I want, and since I can’t see any difference between the two, I arbitrarily choose the apple on the right because it’s slightly larger. I bite into it and—surprise!—it’s actually a caramel onion.

I can’t eat…


So-called science blog gushes over “Atheist Delusions”

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

Ever have one of those moments where you think you’ve found something interesting and new, but it turns out to be the same old nonsense everyone else is peddling?

I found a blog on Patheos called “Science on Religion”, and I thought it sounded pretty good. It looked like either an atheist or a liberal Christian blog, based on the artwork and name. I thought it could give an interesting perspective.

It turns out it’s an excuse for Christians to crow about how real science is…


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Thanks for the add Physeter. I like your "parables". I hope your are enjoying site.

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Thank you for the friend request & for your comments on my post! Please keep in touch!
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