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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

Gun control laws - safer or more dangerous?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen Nov 11, 2014. 107 Replies

Rather than re-hash all the general arguments for and against gun control, I am interested in people's personal experiences/views about whether gun control laws would make them feel more or less…Continue

Tags: government, safety, policy, crime, law

Is free will compatible with determinism?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen Dec 18, 2014. 187 Replies

I recently read a book called Freedom Evolves by the philosopher Daniel Dennett. In it, he puts…Continue

Tags: cognition, dualism, philosophy, materialism, will

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Simon Mathews replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"For the most part I agree with you, @Erock, but in a conversation between @Bob and I about the resurrection he did say this: "As for it being a "supernatural" occurrence, I suppose that it depends on your definition of…"
yesterday
Simon Mathews replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"Everything you've written about theology there is good stuff, @Bob.  "Over time we reject some notions, abandon others, and our textbooks preserve the ideas we think are still valuable (even though some of them may be outdated or…"
Thursday
Simon Mathews replied to IkeArrumba's discussion 'Do Christians read the Bible? Newsweek article says "no".'
"Bringing @Dr Bob's reply to the top level: The real question for me is why you feel there is a dichotomy, and why those particular horns of the dilemma.  The problem isn't your choice between those two things; I suspect if forced to…"
Thursday
Simon Mathews replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"If you wish to call this form of analysis a bias then fair enough, but it is one that we all perform every day in order to live our lives.  Take the now seemingly out of vogue but once popular email from a Nigerian general asking you to hold…"
Thursday
Simon Mathews replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"Bringing @Dr Bob's reply back to the top level: If you actually saw such a thing, @Simon, wouldn't you wonder about it?  Wouldn't you try to figure it out?  It's like the blasted electron that tunnels through too large…"
Wednesday
Simon Mathews replied to IkeArrumba's discussion 'Do Christians read the Bible? Newsweek article says "no".'
""This is where I don't get atheism, because for me it seems like the most useless approach imaginable.  It makes no predictions, offers no insights, provides no comfort, etc." I understand where you're coming from if you are…"
Wednesday
Simon Mathews replied to Adam Shope's discussion 'What is Speaking in Tongues?'
"It's true that psychology has a long, long way to go in terms of reliability but it's a start in terms of establishing a scientific-type methodology for studying something as complex as the brain. Anything is better than just saying…"
Wednesday
Simon Mathews replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"Ok, so finally we come to it: "If God is the Creator of the universe, it seems to me that there's no reason why it couldn't be completely natural" This statement could be applied to literally anything that could be uttered.…"
Wednesday
Simon Mathews replied to Adam Shope's discussion 'What is Speaking in Tongues?'
"I like the story of the Boy Scout. :-)"
Tuesday
Simon Mathews replied to Adam Shope's discussion 'What is Speaking in Tongues?'
"Hi Billy Bob, It's an interesting answer in terms of creativity but I'm afraid there is nothing in the explanations you have given that actually explain anything. An explanation has to reduce a complicated thing to it's more simple…"
Tuesday
Simon Mathews replied to IkeArrumba's discussion 'Do Christians read the Bible? Newsweek article says "no".'
"I see what you've done there, @Bob. Very clever. The difference for me is not about whether I can absolutely prove the existence of energy of the Trinity but what use I can put those ideas to. Our ideas about energy help us when designing and…"
Tuesday
Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'Did Charlie Hebdo starting publication again just make things worse rather than better?'
"I didn't figure anything out, I asked a question about it - what does this refer to?"
Tuesday
Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'Did Charlie Hebdo starting publication again just make things worse rather than better?'
""Muslim intelligence in general" What does this refer to? There is no general Muslim intelligence, only the intelligence (or lack of it) of an individual Muslim. If you are referring (as you have done on other threads) to the way that…"
Tuesday
Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'Did Charlie Hebdo starting publication again just make things worse rather than better?'
""How must they feel now that the magazine has printed an issue 80 times greater in quantity than before, and that it is flying off the newsstands?" I think we can credit Muslims with having enough intelligence to realise all these people…"
Jan 16
Simon Mathews replied to IkeArrumba's discussion 'Do Christians read the Bible? Newsweek article says "no".'
""I wish we could, but they'd never buy it." Shame."
Jan 15
Simon Mathews replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"Ok, @Bob, maybe I've got this wrong. I confess I am not an expert on Roman Catholicism. Let me express my position more simply: Point 1. Catholicism is a branch of Christianity. Point 2. To be a Christian you must believe that Jesus Christ died…"
Jan 15

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About Me:
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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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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