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"The Four Tenets of Atheism"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Paynton yesterday. 81 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

Tags: worldview, tenets, Axioms

Empathy exercise

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Paynton Jan 6, 2014. 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

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Simon Paynton commented on Belle Rose's blog post 'Truth - Starting over'
"Maybe you have an idea that half the stuff we talk about on Think Atheist doesn't matter in the real world.  Maybe you're right.  I understand that most of the world could never care less about what occupies us much of the…"
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Simon Paynton commented on Belle Rose's blog post 'Truth - Starting over'
"It's possible to love Jesus without thinking he was divine. "
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Simon Paynton commented on Belle Rose's blog post 'Truth - Starting over'
"This is good, Belle.  You're back at square two ... it's up to you what you think, isn't it?  It's OK not to know.  In fact, it's good not to know, as that's an honest position, which is all that's…"
22 hours ago
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School March 29th 2015' in the group Sunday School
""How your view of some basic concepts can shape your politics."  - I love America and the Americans, but I'm really glad I live in Europe. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Simon Paynton's discussion '"The Four Tenets of Atheism"'
""... agency or intention precede the behavior of nature."  - but there are drives that exist in nature, that try to make organisms do things. "
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Pope Beanie replied to Simon Paynton's discussion '"The Four Tenets of Atheism"'
"It's common for us to speak of some objects and processes as if they behave with intention or as if driven by some agency, imo because our social species evolved an extraordinary capability to be extra-social and over-infer/speculate about…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Simon Paynton's discussion '"The Four Tenets of Atheism"'
"PS if you haven't had 8 hours' sleep and you're not a philosopher, you might find it very heavy weather.   You might find it easier to start with part 2 and look at part 1 later. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Simon Paynton's discussion '"The Four Tenets of Atheism"'
"Here is my answer to Pastor Rick Henderson so far.  See what you think.  There's a part 1 which prepares for part 2 of the framework.  Both were previously said to be created by God; both are shown to be a result of…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Simon Paynton's discussion '"The Four Tenets of Atheism"'
"From Pastor Rick Henderson's article:  "All logical arguments for morality assume that human thriving, happiness and dignity are superior to contrary views. The strict framework of atheism does not allow for those starting points. So…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Simon Paynton's discussion '"The Four Tenets of Atheism"'
"What's the difference?  Here's my understanding.  Good person versus evil person Right action versus wrong action. "
Mar 24
ThyPlagueDoctor replied to Simon Paynton's discussion '"The Four Tenets of Atheism"'
"I disagree with the above "the number of gods you believe in is 0" is more likely the best definition."
Mar 24
Reg The Fronkey Farmer replied to Simon Paynton's discussion '"The Four Tenets of Atheism"'
"Something to consider when next having a conversation about morality - Most religious people (I love sweeping statements) will look at the debate from the point of view of “Good vs Evil” while atheists tend to base their narrative in…"
Mar 23
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School March 22nd 2015' in the group Sunday School
"I think he's got a reasonable handle on the situation and makes some worthwhile points that need answering.  I would say he employs straw men, except that that implies we've already told him something different and he's being…"
Mar 23
Simon Paynton replied to Simon Paynton's discussion '"The Four Tenets of Atheism"'
"As far as meaning goes, I think we've all been barking up the wrong tree.  Meaning is one of those concepts that has a number of different definitions.  In the article by Pastor Rick Henderson, I think he's referring to values of…"
Mar 23
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Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School March 22nd 2015' in the group Sunday School
"I often find articles that prove indispensible, such as Pastor Rick Henderson last week. "
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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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