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The Consequences of Omnipotence

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dr. Bob May 8. 113 Replies

For reference, the well-known Epicurean quote:"Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and…Continue

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Stutz replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'What, for you, is Science?'
Jun 20
Stutz replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Is Atheism an Idea?'
"I merely gave some examples of irreligious societies being morally successful. China and Russia are former Communist states. You think that might have something to do with their troubles? What a stretch to bring up the state religions in northern…"
Jun 20
Stutz replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'I'm confused about morality'
"So the Bible is a source of morality. But morality changes over time. And we know that the Bible, however, does not. So the source of our new moral ideas is...? "
Jun 20
Stutz replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'I'm confused about morality'
"Sounds like an okay heuristic to me. Hopefully I would only need this in the hard cases, and would for the most part be inspired to help others for their own sake and not just the theoretical outsider."
Jun 20
Stutz replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'I'm confused about morality'
"Another one of Bob's innumerable arguments for religion's utility, rather than its truth. He's merely selling a product here; he's a lobbyist for what amounts to a cultural placebo. Even if everybody on TA agreed that religion…"
Jun 20
Stutz replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'I'm confused about morality'
"Couldn't biological factors have a statistical impact on a population, even if it doesn't "determine" any one course of action by a single actor? Here's another question: do you suppose those teenagers knew the stealing and…"
Jun 20
Stutz replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'I'm confused about morality'
"I think we can test any set of rules against what's better or worse for human beings. Are "better" and "worse" vague? Sure. Am I concerned? Not particularly. There are some natural factors promoting moral behavior, such as…"
Jun 19
Stutz replied to ỮŊĐÜムņĮØńệ尺's discussion 'Illuminati,NWO,creation of life and future of mankind. Opinions?'
"Exactly! I was going to say the same thing. I'm pretty sure there are websites that will generate intellectual-sounding gibberish. I honestly thought that's what people were posting."
Jun 14
Stutz replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Is Atheism an Idea?'
"I don't know...while there are clear merits to religious morality, there has long been simultaneously an advancing secular morality that religion has fought against tooth-and-nail. Anti-slavery, anti-rape, civil rights, environmentalism, et al…"
Jun 5
Stutz replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'What, for you, is Science?'
"lol, sorry, can't help it: "
Jun 5
Stutz replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'What, for you, is Science?'
"Aren't practically all of these claims falsifiable, even if the nebulous concept of a creator God outside of the physical universe is not?"
Jun 5
Stutz replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'What, for you, is Science?'
"^Another strong answer."
Jun 5
Stutz replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'What, for you, is Science?'
"Well said."
Jun 5
Stutz replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'What, for you, is Science?'
"^this"
Jun 5
Stutz replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Is Atheism an Idea?'
"+1"
Jun 5
Stutz replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Is Atheism an Idea?'
"So we've learned that 1) the correctness of atheism is faith-based and presumably not based on evidence or lack thereof; 2) we'd better not give up religion lest we come up with something even worse; and 3) belief in an omnipotent deity of…"
Jun 5

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Atheist by definition. "Non-believer" by preference. Non-supernaturalist to be precise.
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Study of philosophy - God's existence has been at issue for millennia

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For the youth group kids...

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 11:36pm 1 Comment

Just for fun, here's sort of a flashback for us 90s kids (probably not applicable outside the US—or maybe?)

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jessicamisener/33-ways-you-know-you-were-a-youth-group-kid

I figure since so many of us grew up Christians, these might be amusing to remember. To be honest, I didn't get in quite this deep myself, with all the Christian-alternative fads…

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At 2:03pm on April 16, 2011, Monica McGee (Monicks) said…

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