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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

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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

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"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 replied to Stijn Bruers's discussion 'A quasi-objective morality without God: the anti-arbitrariness principle'
""ten different professors of philosophy or ten different sources will give ten different explanations on how the two are differentiated"  - it's true - there is no generally accepted definitive distinction.  For me,…"
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"All things considered, for the sake of a relatively quiet and happy life, you might find it preferable to pretend to just happily play along and act like a "good moslem".  We would presume that this would lead the people around you to…"
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"If this is what it's like in some Moslem countries then it's not surprising that they're forever blowing themselves up. "
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"The USA would probably be another good place to go.  As for the rest of Europe, well, they've had problems with "rapists" and sheer numbers. "
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"I don't think it's easy being an asylum seeker though, truth be told, and it would be tough moving to another country all on your own.  It would be best not to move to London as the services are stretched to breaking point, but there…"
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"Well said.  We really feel your pain and agree with everything you say.  Religious people can be some of the biggest cunts on Earth.  In a way, they're worse than murderers, people traffickers and drug lords, because at least…"
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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. 

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

Thanks for the friend request.

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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?

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

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

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