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Grammar (selection-based) schools - are they socially divisive?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen Sep 22. 30 Replies

Our new Prime Minister, Theresa May, has announced her plans to expand the number of grammar schools in the UK (…Continue

Tags: politics, education, mobility, social, schools

Native American gender roles

Started this discussion. Last reply by matt.clerke Sep 8. 5 Replies

I found an interesting article about how…Continue

Tags: feminine, masculine, american, native, gender

A new Bible for the new millenium

Started this discussion. Last reply by SteveInCO May 29. 8 Replies

One of the things I have often thought is an albatross around the neck of most religions are their holy books. Don't most Christians these days, for example, get tired of having the more ridiculous…Continue

Tags: Bible

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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Simon Mathews replied to W1NT3R5's discussion 'PUNS!'
"Your mum is so old when I told her to act her age, she died."
4 hours ago
Simon Mathews replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'You have faith too....'
"From Dr Bob: "Not to worry, we've been persecuted for millenia" Ha ha. You're just saying that to wind Davis up."
6 hours ago
Simon Mathews replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'You have faith too....'
"Don't worry, Bob. One day I'm sure we'll all stop straw-manning Christianity as well ;-) Like atheism itself, sites and communities like ThinkAtheist exist because of the historical dominance of theism. A site for people who…"
10 hours ago
Simon Mathews replied to W1NT3R5's discussion 'PUNS!'
"Conjunctivitis.com – that’s a site for sore eyes"
10 hours ago
Simon Mathews replied to W1NT3R5's discussion 'PUNS!'
"Exit signs?.... they're on the way out."
10 hours ago
Simon Mathews commented on Belle Rose's blog post 'A Rabbit Trail That Leads to Nowhere'
"I can believe that Belle. Atheism was never going to give you the answers you were looking for. Funnily enough you actually had the same misconception as Dr Bob about atheism in that you thought it was something that might provide a worldview and…"
10 hours ago
Simon Mathews replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'A fun philosophy thought experiment'
"My view is that her first count is correct because of her intent when making the count. Her intent was to communicate in the advert how many books there were for sale. Based on that intention the count was correct. If her intent was to indicate how…"
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Simon Mathews replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'You have faith too....'
""That may be why so many of us theists want atheism to be a system of belief of some sort.  We want to believe that it's a productive alternative theory that can be discussed and argued." You've gotta let go of…"
yesterday
Simon Mathews replied to Violeta Babacan's discussion 'Do you believe this statement? Also, I have a question about the unknown?'
"Isn't CPR a form of resurrection? Life has temporarily ceased and then been restored. Is that what you mean, Bob, or are you talking about zombies?"
Tuesday
Simon Mathews replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'You have faith too....'
"Come on, Bob. Nihilism is not believing in anything. Atheism is not believing in God. That's a pretty clear distinction."
Tuesday
Simon Mathews replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'You have faith too....'
"So, Bob, do you believe in Zeus then? Seeing as it's more useful than not doing so."
Tuesday
Simon Mathews commented on Belle Rose's blog post 'A Rabbit Trail That Leads to Nowhere'
"Simon, I understand what you're saying. We should definitely listen to our emotions because they are often a good indication of how things are really ("truthfully"?) affecting us. However this has no bearing on the truth of the…"
Monday
Simon Mathews commented on Belle Rose's blog post 'A Rabbit Trail That Leads to Nowhere'
""they have the power to make people happy.  This cannot be because they are 100% false." @Simon, this statement is not correct on it's own. People take an awful lot of comfort from the idea that our 'spirit' lives on…"
Monday
Simon Mathews commented on Belle Rose's blog post 'A Rabbit Trail That Leads to Nowhere'
"Belle, your examples show that the two "opposing" things just aren't defined specifically enough. For example you actually can't believe "Thou shall not kill" and believe abortion is ok with that. What you actually mean…"
Dec 2
Simon Mathews commented on Belle Rose's blog post 'A Rabbit Trail That Leads to Nowhere'
""hold two opposing tensions in our mind that are both true." I'm intrigued by this, Belle. Can you give me some examples, I'm not sure what you're getting at?"
Dec 1
Simon Mathews commented on Belle Rose's blog post 'A Rabbit Trail That Leads to Nowhere'
"Getting honest with yourself is what counts. Everyone in their heart knows if they are living a lie and everyone deals with it differently. So you are a Christian. I say live and let live. I know you are not the type of Christian who hates gay…"
Nov 29

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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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