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Church marketing fail

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen Apr 13. 6 Replies

I posted this when we were briefly atheistzone so some people may have missed it. It is on a billboard outside a baptist church near where I work:…Continue

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"Everybody Is Wrong About God" - James A. Lindsay

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dr. Bob Oct 2, 2015. 60 Replies

An author called James A. Lindsay has a new book out in December called "Everybody Is Wrong About God".…Continue

Tags: theism, atheism, book, god

If you woke up tomorrow...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Margolis Jun 24, 2015. 104 Replies

DISCLAIMER: This discussion is a thought experiment. I realise that God/Gods cannot be proved or disproved so please answer this discussion in the spirit in which it was raised. Atheists can…Continue

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Is it possible to kill in the name of Atheism?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gary Clouse Apr 9, 2015. 92 Replies

We have all heard the tired arguments trotted about by theists about how Stalin, Pol Pot and Hitler killed people in the name of atheism. These are all wrong, of course, (debunked …Continue

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Simon Mathews replied to proudAthiest's discussion 'Feeling down lately'
"I'm sorry to hear about your situation. I implore you, if you can, to get hold of a copy of Man's Search For Meaning by Victor Frankl. An inspiring account of his psychological survival of the Holocaust."
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Simon Mathews replied to Ralph Burks's discussion 'Why waste time hoping religious people just go away.'
"Religion as a whole is too big a thing to expect to just disappear. However that doesn't mean you can't work on the smaller, but still important, negatives that religion brings with it. As we should work to remove the negatives that all…"
Sunday
Simon Mathews replied to Jake LaFort's discussion 'Funeral Protocol'
"Jake, that guillotine question will never work because the whole point is that no one can ever know whether God exists or not. If we knew that the whole tiresome debate comes to an end. I'm reminded of Robbie Coltrane in Nuns on the Run when…"
Sunday
Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'Favorite witty slogans'
"Every family has that one person who's basically useless and sponges off everyone else their whole lives. If you can't think who it is in your family... it's you."
Saturday
Simon Mathews replied to Simon Paynton's discussion 'Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs'
""Not as of late many so call Fair (sic) Tales in the Bible are supported by archaeology and Satellite surveys" That's excellent news. Have they found a fossil of a snake with a voice box?"
Thursday
Simon Mathews replied to JadeBlackOlive's discussion 'Transgender rights legislation coming 'very shortly''
"I understand about not wanting a man in the bathroom with your girl. I have a daughter myself. How would you feel about a gay man? Would it be the same as a straight man or different?"
May 15
Simon Mathews replied to JadeBlackOlive's discussion 'Transgender rights legislation coming 'very shortly''
"Whilst I don't wish to change your mind I would be interested in more information about your viewpoint for my own benefit. I thought the proposed law was to allow transgender people to use the bathroom of their new gender. Your post suggests…"
May 15
Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'A question for people who think torture doesn't work'
"That's not a problem with my scenario, it's just reveals that, as you say, the stakes have to be high for torture to be put on the table. If 9/11 could have been prevented with torture then I would have voted for torture to be used - these…"
May 10
Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'A question for people who think torture doesn't work'
"I'm no expert but I would guess that torture can work. It seems to me the only argument you could put forward that it doesn't is that people will just say any old thing to stop the pain. However inventing plausible lies on the spot in that…"
May 10
Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'Sam Harris on the Illusion of Free Will'
"I'll admit it was a cheap shot but really your inability to move away from your original point about antecedent events (which I've agreed with in multiple posts) has left me floundering. I'm done with this thread now - thanks for the…"
May 4
Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'Sam Harris on the Illusion of Free Will'
""I'm ONLY interested in the truth on this issue" Ah, "the truth". Sorry I didn't realise. In that case the likes of Dennett, Harris, Dawkins, Tallis, Pinker, Ramachandran, etc are not really for you. Instead, I suggest…"
May 4
Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'Sam Harris on the Illusion of Free Will'
""it's true that whatever you, me, Daniel Dennett and Davis Goodman do is an inevitable consequence of antecedent events and processes over which no one has any control whatsoever." You're the one intrinsically linking freedom…"
May 3
Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'Sam Harris on the Illusion of Free Will'
"Unseen, I understand why you (and other people) would want a sound-bite type answer to the question "Do we have free will?" but you have to face that this is not as simple a question as, for example, "Do buildings feel…"
Apr 29
Simon Mathews replied to Erin's discussion 'Teacher Fired For Using the word "Vagina": Censorship Gone Too Far?'
"A lot of these examples seem very specific, Davis. Are you drawing on personal history?"
Apr 29
Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'Sam Harris on the Illusion of Free Will'
"There's another classic one for which I can't find a link because it's so old but below is a description of it. It was done by someone called Grey Walter in the 60's (who it seems was just allowed to implant electrodes in…"
Apr 27
Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'Sam Harris on the Illusion of Free Will'
"On the subject of feeling like we have free will there is an interesting study by Pascual-Leone et al which is neatly summarised by David Eagleman in his book - Brain, The Story of You. As I can't write a better summary I will just quote…"
Apr 27

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It's all Greek to me

Posted on April 15, 2015 at 4:14am 18 Comments

My fiance is Greek Orthodox and, understandably, she wants to get married in her Greek church. Unfortunately, the church will not allow it because I am not Greek Orthodox.

I am of the opinion they are shooting themselves in the foot here because, again understandably, this has upset my fiance and as a result she is now distancing herself from the church. Surely they would be better to allow the marriage which would result in my fiance and our children attending the church rather than…

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At 3:41pm on December 22, 2015, Julia West said…

Yeah, years ago I got through most of it. Getting lazy in my retirement :-) Once I answered my own questions I started living as if the whole world of philosophy, religion, and beliefs no longer existed. It's been peaceful. Not sure now whether I really want think that hard again. We shall see.

Thanks for the suggestion, always appreciated.

At 8:40am on November 27, 2014, Davis Goodman said…

We are now officially think atheist friends. You know this means you must have me over for a fancy dinner at least once a year right!? :)

 
 
 

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