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Empathy exercise

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Paynton Jan 6. 2 Replies

I've come up with this handy empathy exercise.  I wondered if anyone has any thoughts on it or how it could be improved. …Continue

Tags: practical, empathy

New theory of atheist morality

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Paynton Dec 22, 2013. 36 Replies

I've developed a "new" theory of atheist morality.  I wondered if anyone would like to have a go at critiquing it.  The first two principles, 1 and 2, are the most important parts: …Continue

Tags: old, religion, new, theory, morality

Jesus died for our sins

Started this discussion. Last reply by archaeopteryx Jul 5, 2013. 325 Replies

This idea can have logic and great value even for an atheist.   Not that long ago I offered for some angry people to kick my head in, to prove a point about how men should treat women (i.e. don't…Continue

What do women want?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Paynton Mar 20, 2013. 242 Replies

This is what I need to know.  I don't want to comment, only listen. Continue

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Simon Paynton replied to Douglas Fo's discussion 'Here less than two hours'
"Now the villain always seems to be English. "
Oct 30
Simon Paynton replied to D L's discussion 'Christianity is based on substitutionary atonement. Is it a moral religion?'
"I wouldn't say he committed suicide, but he allowed himself to be killed, and forgave those who did it. "
Oct 30
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday Disassembly'
"That's how it is.  People don't care.  The official religion is Christianity because that's the religion of the establishment. "
Oct 28
Simon Paynton replied to D L's discussion 'Christianity is based on substitutionary atonement. Is it a moral religion?'
"When Jesus forgave from the Cross, that's what lingers for me.  If he can forgive that, then I can forgive the wrongs that people do to me.  This relatively abstruse substitutionary atonement argument seems to have been turned by…"
Oct 28
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday Disassembly'
""something there we could worship if we chose."  - you know how when you cut your finger, it heals up on its own?  Think how that force pervades all of life.  That's what we can worship, and it's what lies at the…"
Oct 28
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday Disassembly'
""if a variety of atheist approaches can encourage theists to drop their God fantasy."  - do we even need to do that?  Can't we all just exist together?  I understand that in the US it's a battleground, so more…"
Oct 28
Simon Paynton replied to Unseen's discussion 'Just for fun: Who are your dream dates?'
"Abbie out of NCIS.  I'd like to go raving with her. "
Oct 28
Simon Paynton replied to D L's discussion 'Christianity is based on substitutionary atonement. Is it a moral religion?'
"I think that scriptures and Jesus are two different things.  So much of what exists in Christianity was bolted on after Christ's death. "
Oct 28
Simon Paynton replied to Douglas Fo's discussion 'Here less than two hours'
"That's terrible. "
Oct 27
Simon Paynton replied to Douglas Fo's discussion 'Here less than two hours'
"Did he e-mail you, Douglas?  Did he get hold of your e-mail address?  I've noticed the occasional spam for Sunday football in the discussions, but nothing in my in-box. "
Oct 27
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday Disassembly'
"I for one would quite like a mystic / ritualistic endeavour.  I'm just not sure what it would look like, or how silly it would have to get before I lost heart.  But there is something there we could worship if we chose. "
Oct 27
Simon Paynton replied to D L's discussion 'Christianity is based on substitutionary atonement. Is it a moral religion?'
""believers now have eternal life through Jesus Christ, whereas non-believers do not!"  - this seems immoral in itself.  What if you're a good person but you don't believe?  What if you're a bad person and you…"
Oct 27
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School October 26th 2014' in the group Sunday School
"Thanks for that Reg, it looks very interesting. "
Oct 27
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School October 26th 2014' in the group Sunday School
"Very interesting article on "religion for the non-religious".  Well-written, intelligent and interesting.  He basically says that wisdom is the highest virtue or the most important thing in life. "
Oct 26
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday Disassembly'
"If we worry about it too much then we will be afraid to act. "
Oct 26
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday Disassembly'
"I don't think we need to worry too much about it, as long as we're happy with our actions and they can't be too badly misconstrued. "
Oct 26

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Fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 7:56am 0 Comments

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

― Genesis 2:17



If we interpret this sentence in a certain way, it tells us almost everything we need to know about personal morality.

We normally talk about the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  Fruit = consequences.  

Good and Evil can be seen as Good and Bad ― Liking and…

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Mathematics of altruism

Posted on July 27, 2012 at 12:56pm 0 Comments

http://plus.maths.org/content/does-it-pay-be-nice-maths-altruism-part-i

Mathematical evidence that cooperation evolves naturally as a successful strategy.

This is one of the most interesting things I've read for a long time.  Don't worry, it's not too mathematical.  I recommend printing it out if you want to read it. 

I believe we need to know why these things…

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At 10:43am on October 8, 2014, Erock68la said…

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Thanks for accepting my friend request. Anyways, I was wondering, how did put a music playlist on your profile?

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