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Christian prison chaplain 'forced to resign' for condemning homosexuality

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Paynton Nov 10, 2015. 15 Replies

What do you think about this? …Continue

How do you think clearly?

Started this discussion. Last reply by matt.clerke Nov 3, 2015. 40 Replies

It seems to me that everyone here is good at thinking.  I believe that thinking clearly is an essential life skill.  Truth is an essential component of morality.  Morality relates to the reality of…Continue

What does it mean to have integrity?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Paynton Sep 21, 2015. 25 Replies

I'm putting together a little article about integrity.  Have a think about it.  What does integrity mean to you, and what does it mean not to have integrity? This is as far as I've got.  I think it's…Continue

Tags: morality, integrity

"The Four Tenets of Atheism"

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Cox Apr 17, 2015. 228 Replies

1. The universe is purely material. It is strictly natural, and there is no such thing as the supernatural (e.g., gods or spiritual forces). 2. The universe is scientific. It is observable, knowable…Continue

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Simon Paynton commented on Belle Rose's blog post 'A strong pull...'
"Of course, they are pretty frigging weird.  But it's a safe place to go for a swim in my opinion. "
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Simon Paynton commented on Belle Rose's blog post 'A strong pull...'
"Not at all.  There are a lot of valuable things in there if you can recognise them and understand them.  It's not necessary to believe in God in order to understand it right from the inside.  Of course, you have to approach it…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Joey Collins's discussion 'Understanding the definition of "sexual deviation"'
"You've got three different things: morality, ethics, and the law.  "What would accepting that idea mean?"  - kids getting raped left right and centre. "
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Simon Paynton commented on Belle Rose's blog post 'A strong pull...'
"I don't know how you feel about this, but I've been looking at the New Testament recently, and this is what Jesus was cock-a-hoop about. http://www.thinkatheist.com/xn/detail/1982180:Comment:1569743?xg_source=activityI notice that the…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Stijn Bruers's discussion 'A quasi-objective morality without God: the anti-arbitrariness principle'
""I can see several things going on.  From the ego:  Self-interest.  Expectations that things should be a certain way.  Perhaps issues of control."  - you could probably think of others: I can.  These goals are…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Stijn Bruers's discussion 'A quasi-objective morality without God: the anti-arbitrariness principle'
"This whole thing about "dimensions" is not applicable, since the various qualities and categories we can apply to the phenomenon of seeking flourishing, the pressure to flourish, are not necessarily independent of each other.  It…"
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Frans de Waal: Morality Without Religion

"I agree Reg, that is an excellent book and well worth reading.  This one is good too:  “Wild Justice – The Moral Lives of Animals” - Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Jeff Ulinski's discussion 'Are Christians who don't follow the Mosaic Law hypocrites?'
"You know how when your dad is teaching you to ride a bike, and when you're learning how to do it, he holds onto the back so you don't fall over, and then one day he lets go and you are suddenly riding the bike on your own - I see it like…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Unseen's discussion 'Retired Pornstar Aurora Snow Gives An Enlightening Talk At A Law School Forum'
"Aaaaaand I think you're not able to. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Unseen's discussion 'Retired Pornstar Aurora Snow Gives An Enlightening Talk At A Law School Forum'
"Jake makes a good point. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Unseen's discussion 'Retired Pornstar Aurora Snow Gives An Enlightening Talk At A Law School Forum'
"I would say she's got big heavy round balls ... only it's kind of obvious she hasn't ..."
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Simon Paynton replied to Unseen's discussion 'Retired Pornstar Aurora Snow Gives An Enlightening Talk At A Law School Forum'
""hackneyed and trite cliche...haha"  - what point are you making? "
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Simon Paynton replied to Stijn Bruers's discussion 'A quasi-objective morality without God: the anti-arbitrariness principle'
"Short term and sustainable would be any immediate pleasure that doesn't have long term harmful effects. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Stijn Bruers's discussion 'A quasi-objective morality without God: the anti-arbitrariness principle'
"Similarly, a life of crime. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Stijn Bruers's discussion 'A quasi-objective morality without God: the anti-arbitrariness principle'
"I agree, it's pointless to try and be too specific.  As for "long term and sustainable", there is the whole study of eudaimonic well being, which attempts to fill up that category with actual content. "
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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…

Thanks for the friend request.

At 5:01pm on March 27, 2014, Justin said…

ok thanks for letting me know man

At 11:17pm on March 25, 2014, Justin said…

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

At 2:04pm on October 4, 2013, Keenan Fry said…

Thanks for the invite, happy to be on Think Atheist!

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At 11:52am on June 30, 2013, ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp said…

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At 7:51am on June 30, 2013, ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp said…

Thanks for the video , I share you some of my work

At 7:47am on June 30, 2013, ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp said…

interesting, thank you

At 12:10pm on November 28, 2012, Anne Guevarra said…

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