"My understanding is that the problem lies in the Straw Man trying to "explain" humans' existence with God, but then not explaining the existence of God and being satisfied despite the lack of an explanation. In that case, why…"
"Indeed, Hitler had many reasons for what he did, Mike. None of those, however, involved something like taking action to save the lives of innocent Germans, about to be imprisoned or slaughtered by rampaging Jews.
Hitchens, on the other hand,…"
"Condemning Hitchens' stance on the Iraq war from the comfort of one's home is easy. But Hitch himself travelled extensively in Iraq and saw Hussein's atrocities first hand. He had many Iraqi friends and heard their tales. You may…"
"Lol! No, I don't work for them. I love their service, but my own job actually competes with them in a number of product segments, so I'm being pretty objective, I think.
Honestly, the Kindle is lighter and smaller than all but…"
"That's easy. Run out and buy one now.
I am an avid Apple enthusiast and own several of all the devices that have names starting with "i." However, for pure reading, the Kindle rules. Why? It's LIGHT…"
"I'm in a similar situation myself. I'm not open, however, about my atheism around my parents. I am with my friends, however. I guess my thinking is that I can always swap out my friends if they're not comfortable…"
"Several times over the past few years, I've seen data that suggests US belief in a supreme being is lower than that; more like 85%. Or is that number adding in people who believe in a capital-G god along with people who believe in some…"
Perhaps if you define what you mean by "socially conservative" that would help things along. I'm probably middle-of-the-road. I support abortion rights, and capital punishment. I think torture is…"
"To accept your definition of religion would mean that all groups of like-minded persons (liberals, pro-lifers, whatever) are all members of a religion. That's clearly not what the word means.
A religion almost always has implications for…"
"Actually, that's not the case. All anthropologic and anatomical evidence points to our human ancestors as having evolved with both sexes having multiple sexual partners throughout adult life, similar to chimps and bonobos today. Our…"