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Tim Hopwood replied to Unseen's discussion 'What's your take: vinyl vs CD'
"I have tons of vinyl, which I haven't used in a few years due to a component in my turntable that needs to be replaced. Not always easy to find stuff like that living as I do at the bottom of Africa. But what I miss most about my vinyl is not…"
May 10, 2013
Tim Hopwood replied to _Robert_'s discussion 'Did YOU Ever FEAR the LORD ?'
"I think the fear of Hell was the most diabolically brilliant marketing tool ever devised. Just think of it: you convince people that there is this place you go when you die where you burn and suffer for eternity. Then you set your product up as the…"
May 10, 2013
Tim Hopwood replied to Unseen's discussion 'What to do with guilty Jodi Arias and other psychopaths'
"We are essentially giving the state the right to take a human life. What if the country you live in is rotten to the core, like, say the Democratic Republic of Congo (a misnomer of the highest order)? Or somewhere in-between, like South Africa,…"
May 10, 2013
Tim Hopwood replied to Unseen's discussion 'What to do with guilty Jodi Arias and other psychopaths'
"...with the notion. Sorry"
May 10, 2013
Tim Hopwood replied to Unseen's discussion 'What to do with guilty Jodi Arias and other psychopaths'
"I think I'm with Stephy on this. Sometimes I think just take these people out of the gene pool, and other times I have real problems in the notion of the state having the power to take human life."
May 10, 2013
Tim Hopwood replied to kaito girl's discussion 'i knew you answered a question like this before,,but i wanna know "What make you an atheist?"'
"Nice way of putting it. It was like a bad relationship wasn't it? I like this analogy. I may use it in my next blog. I'll give you credit."
May 5, 2013
Tim Hopwood replied to kaito girl's discussion 'i knew you answered a question like this before,,but i wanna know "What make you an atheist?"'
"It was gradual for me too. I swapped it all for a belief in something along the lines of what is outlined in that ridiculous book/film The Secret. That was in my late twenties. After a few years, that also no longer made sense. I became agnostic…"
May 5, 2013
Tim Hopwood commented on Rob Klaers's blog post 'Paleontologists brought to tears, laughter by Creation Museum'
"Seems like a madochistic thing for these guys to have done."
May 5, 2013
Tim Hopwood commented on Rob Klaers's blog post 'Intolerant Atheists Viciously Attack Christian School'
"Carry on. Teach Creationism in schools. See what happens to your country in the global economy. America has been overtaken by China in terms of scientific papers published, according to a report by Time magazine a few years ago. But that will…"
May 4, 2013
Tim Hopwood commented on Alan C's blog post 'Miffed'
"I like it! Maybe we could strike a deal where I'm an esteemed disciple bathing in the reflected adulation of The Great Master, much like the bass player in a band who takes the nubiles that the lead guitarist doesn't have time for. You…"
May 4, 2013
Tim Hopwood posted a blog post

An atheist in Africa. My perspective on whether religion does a country any good.

Do we need religion to create a moral, just and fair society? (Initially posted on my blog at www.timhopwood.blogspot.com) One of the most common arguments I hear for religion is that it assists in creating a moral framework to guide us in the creation of a just, safe and fair society. There is a simple way to ascertain whether or not this is the case: we simply look at the statistics. What countries in the world are the most just and fair? Where…See More
May 4, 2013
Tim Hopwood commented on Elizabeth Williams's blog post 'Losing my friends.'
"I feel for all you folk living in America. It seems to be atheist there is viewed as something akin to having leprosy. It's not like that at all in Europe, or even where I live, South Africa, the fourth most religious nation on earth. Most…"
May 4, 2013
Tim Hopwood and bongani muthwa are now friends
May 4, 2013
Tim Hopwood commented on Joseph Martin's blog post 'Atheism requires a leap of faith?!?!'
"I don't believe in Zeus or Apollo, but nobody will tell me that this lack of belief requires tremendous faith. It's really just an absurd argument that gets directed at atheists by the faithful who don't have the balls to admit to…"
Apr 27, 2013
Tim Hopwood replied to Rob Klaers's discussion 'How to Persuade an Atheist to Become Christian'
"" Remember that atheists live in a world that is mostly religious." Americans need to start realising that the proportion of atheists/agnostics to believers is not the same all over the world as it is in their dysfunctional corner of it.…"
Apr 25, 2013
Tim Hopwood replied to Rob Klaers's discussion 'How to Persuade an Atheist to Become Christian'
"I totally agree. It's impossible to go back. I would have to forget everything! All the insights I have had into the world, myself, and life in general since abandoning my 'faith': what would I do with all that? I would have to turn…"
Apr 25, 2013

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Atheist
About Me:
I am a musician/photographer/writer living in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
Age
41-46
Relationship Status
In a Relationship
Why are you here?
To connect with other non-superstitious people.
The religion you left
Catholic
Why you left your religion.
It was patently absurd
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How did you hear about Think Atheist?
Stumbled across it while researching links between Bi-polar disorder and religion.

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An atheist in Africa. My perspective on whether religion does a country any good.

Posted on May 4, 2013 at 7:28am 0 Comments

Do we need religion to create a moral, just and fair society? (Initially posted on my blog at www.timhopwood.blogspot.com)

 One of the most common arguments I hear for religion is that it assists in creating a moral framework to guide us in the creation of a just, safe and fair society. There is a simple way to ascertain whether or not this is the case: we simply look at the statistics. What countries in the world are the most just and…

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