"Before you try to use anything reminiscent of logic, please try to understand what logic is. (Hint: it does not involve basing 90% of your argument on incorrect assertions.)
1. The universe exists. (Yes)
2. The universe had a beginning. (Not true…"
"I'm going to assume that your commitment to your partner is not negotiable and that your partner will not change his faith and persist in wanting a religious education for your potential children.
The worst thing would be to give any child the…"
"A major factor underpinning this explosion of polarising rhetoric is whether the specifics in the situation altered the nature of the scenario. That is, whether the fact it occurred at 4am, in a small enclosed space from which RW had no easy means…"
"For a lot of women religion, even misogynistic ones, are a source of great comfort. It could partly be a survival mechanism - to conform and adopt the only mentality and beliefs that will allow someone to prosper in that society. And it could also…"
"We probably need to first have a pre-agreed definition of god and the characteristics he/she/it/they possess. Personally at least, while I'm open to the possiblity of finding evidence of self-aware entities which had a hand in the creation of…"
"I have to disagree. Though I hate the idea of giving money to any religious group I do think it is very important to repudiate acts of vandalism or destruction. And the best way to repudiate something really is to do something to fix it.
"I come from a country where voting is compulsory so I have always voted ever since I was eligible, though even if it was not I would probably always continue to vote.
It is difficult however to find candidates to represent an atheistic or secular…"
"When I read that article I thought it was pretty much a load of waffle that stopped just short of stating outright that atheism was fundamentally anti-humanistic. Which is bull. That said though, I do believe atheism does not necessarily lead to…"
"You cannot separate the fears surrounding death from the ideas and emotions relating to loss and absence.
While you can stubbornly state: "They died but that doesn't really matter because it's not their death that's upsetting you…"
"I would argue that when people say they need 'belief' or 'faith' I think it usually refers to the feeling that we need something to give us direction and tell us who we are, something to hope for or strive towards, or something…"
"What you call revolutionary seems to be nothing more than reactionary. The creation of a new dogmatic structure that, instead of purely rejecting religion, seeks to specify various ill-defined aspects of the human psyche and irrationally label them…"
"I thinktwo brilliant people have pretty much articulated my views on this line of argument:
Tim Minchin, White Wine in the Sun -" I don't believe just cos ideas are tenacious it means they are worthy"
Terry Pratchet, Fifth Elephant…"
"I have never believed in god or been religious. In fact there was pretty much a great deal of reinforcement against religiosity from my family as a child, which caused me to actively search for arguments to challenge the idea that religion was…"