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If you woke up tomorrow...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Davis Goodman 23 hours ago. 95 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

Tags: experiment, thought, existence, God

Is it possible to kill in the name of Atheism?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gary Clouse Apr 9. 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

Ear-piercing a baby

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen Dec 20, 2014. 27 Replies

BTW: This is not just an atheist parenting issue but this was the closest category.My other half is Greek Orthodox and, apparently, part of the Greek culture (at least in Cyprus where her mother…Continue

Tags: Greek, piercing, ear, parenting

Should drinking to excess during pregnancy be a crime?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Arcus Nov 21, 2014. 24 Replies

A test case is currently on-going in the UK whereby lawyers acting on behalf of a…Continue

Tags: rights, human, alcohol, pregnancy

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Simon Mathews replied to Ed's discussion 'Babies Are Not Born Atheists'
"Agreed. Religious studies should be taught in school. For example, children should learn that Christians believe that Jesus died for our sins and was resurrected and this idea is very important to them. They should (in my opinion) also be informed…"
45 minutes ago
Simon Mathews commented on Andy Hoke's blog post 'Non-traditional Marraige'
"@Onyango, you'll notice I deliberately put a caveat at the end of my post in which I stated that I didn't necessarily think polygamy couldn't work. Of course it all comes down to definitions as it so often does. If we wish to expand…"
4 hours ago
Simon Mathews replied to Katie Patterson 's discussion 'am i the only athiest that believes in spirits'
"But look at my reply to Davis. He knew it would be a number 31 bus. How could he know that? He doesn't even live near me. He doesn't know what buses I take and when."
6 hours ago
Simon Mathews replied to Katie Patterson 's discussion 'am i the only athiest that believes in spirits'
"Hang on, I missed a bus the other day and because I did I saw an old friend that I hadn't seen in ages and we had a really good chat. It was the number 31 bus to Olney. @Davis, you have the gift."
6 hours ago
Simon Mathews replied to Katie Patterson 's discussion 'am i the only athiest that believes in spirits'
"I'm not sure. I don't know. Just like with God. I'm offering what I think is a more likely explanation than she has magic powers. Playing the odds as usual. You are defending it because for some reason you want to believe it. Just…"
6 hours ago
Davis Goodman replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'If you woke up tomorrow...'
"No Dr. Bob, it's my vicious depraved non-religious mind. There is absolutely nothing in the natural world that can possibly inspire me. There is simply no way two non-sky believers can come to terms with a sense of morality based on consensus?…"
23 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'If you woke up tomorrow...'
"I think it's a very interesting question.  I'm always interested in our motivations for basic, universal behaviour.  As you know, these can fall into two categories, proximate and ultimate.  Proximate motivations are what…"
23 hours ago
Davis Goodman replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'If you woke up tomorrow...'
"It is not meant to say anything of import. Are you ever capable of listening?"
23 hours ago
Pope Beanie replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'If you woke up tomorrow...'
"More women!!?? "
23 hours ago
Dr. Bob replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'If you woke up tomorrow...'
"I'll agree that the vaccine analogy, like all analogies, limps.  Nevertheless there are such strong parallels which are so interesting. To clarify, I'm not saying that religion "fills the gap."  I'm saying that…"
23 hours ago
Dr. Bob replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'If you woke up tomorrow...'
"Well if that's all it is, then it's just comical.  I don't know anybody who believes in a sky-god.   It still doesn't say anything of import."
23 hours ago
Dr. Bob replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'If you woke up tomorrow...'
"I want to start humming "If I only had a brain..." there's so much straw man in that. ;-) I suspect that what's keeping you from murdering everyone you know, in addition to the concern over being caught and punished, is the…"
23 hours ago
Dr. Bob replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'If you woke up tomorrow...'
"Sorry it came across that way, @Simon.  It was really just a statement.  For most people, it's not really an interesting question.   It's one of those questions that falls primarily into the realm of advocacy research,…"
23 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'If you woke up tomorrow...'
""I'm not interested in explanations for altruistic behavior; that's an atheist hangup." - ouch, touchy..."
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Davis Goodman replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'If you woke up tomorrow...'
"It depends what you mean by "pay off". If you mean manipulating people into doing what you want or getting money and some sense of approval from others...then the pay off can be good though also not good. If you mean being able to respect…"
yesterday
Davis Goodman replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'If you woke up tomorrow...'
"The only thing that's keeping me from murdering everyone I know is those damn policemen (probably keeping law and order due to their darn Christian ethic). If only I could find a way to end Christian morality in society...then I could get on…"
yesterday

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I am a non-religious person who is interested in the debates between religious and non-religious people, particularly those involving how to choose which religion is the "true" one.
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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 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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