"Perceptually many people place agnosticsm in fence sitter position in between theist/deist and atheist. It is not, most people who would title themselves atheist are by definition agnostic.
Atheism means a lot less than undereducated…"
"Also, the phrase : "He who does not pray to the Lord, prays to the devil." is a classical bifurcation fallacy, and that is why its so stupid to say; regardless of any sort of underlining absolutes implied."
"Defense against what? Marauding bandits, gangs, thieves? Pretty sure nerve gas would have the same effect has guns, probably much easier to defend your home against a group of attackers. But I'd rather have a lock on my door, a video…"
"Its far more likely that the mentality behind the things you are talking about would have the gun owners killing off the non-gun owners much before they kill each other. You said it yourself, the use of guns is largely used against the ones without…"
" I don't think of gun control as a means to stop killings from happening, determined people can and always have found ways of achieving what they need. But, guns (especially hand guns) exist for two purposes: killing people, and the threat…"
"Well its likely the war on drugs, and american government illegally selling arms to drug cartels that makes so many guns available in Mexico. Its not a simple 'the laws don't work, here is one place they don't'."
"Agnosticism is the intellectual high ground on almost any subject, and its easy. Our evidence is always limited, and even expected to change, therefore holding any belief to a degree of certainty above reproach is never a good policy as far as…"
"Actually you can know. In fact there are several areas of science devoted to this very facet of knowledge. Not to mention age old philosophical musings on the matter. Neuro imaging, and behavioral studies can very much know why you do…"
"I doubt anyone would feel anything upon death, let alone relief. Death is the end of experience. Also very messy.
I'm not specifically saying that no one should be granted a reprieve from suffering through death, just that human…"
"If it was segregated based on actual belief and obedience to biblical law then America would revert back to stone age medicine and science (partially). There would be very little public policy disputes as everyone would have to agree due to…"
"Probably the ones that hurt the most from a poor choice, family and friends. Would you argue that a suicidally depressed teenager has a justifiable case for euthanasia? Perhaps a case of Romeo and Juliet type broken hearted fatalism.
"I agree that supernatural beliefs should be shunned on all angles regardless of the source, as they inspire poorly informed and potentially dangerous decisions. However, the only religions that I actively criticise are Christianity and Islam…"
The number of limitless interpretations, and religious beliefs evident in the world. And all such believers of these religions have just as much conviction of their own truths as superior without the need for conformation or evidence, even faced with a mirrored level of conviction in others with different beliefs.
The lack of the need for truth seeking regarding these beliefs indicated to me that the theory was very poor. Indeed the very esoteric arguments used to justify religion had no bearing on how to confirm any argument for or against such arguments. Not to mention the level of hypocrisy needed to twist a barbarians moral code to apply to modern day standards is laughable.
Not that I always wished to be religionless. After discovering a rather large vacuum of evidence and lack of credible experiences of something that should be an apparent truth of our world, I sought as much religious philosophy as I could find. Some foundational logic that made certain the existence of a god. Something I just couldn't discover myself.
Then I discovered such amazing rationalists as Bertrand Russell, whose amazing prose laid out the bare details of experience and how one builds a theory of the world. It was because the atheist perspective made the most sense, and religious ones were convoluted and wrought with vague and monumental assumptions that could never be confirmed. Ever since I have been a staunch defender of reason against the encroaching non-sensible assertions of the rationally-immune members of my community.
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