""Hell isn't a place, it's a state of relationship: not being in relationship with God."
Really? So all non-Christians and even some Christians are already in Hell right here on Earth. That is what you said - just logically…"
"The premise underlying many religions (going to heaven/Valhalla/etc. after death) is very likely a root cause of people getting the equation wrong - to use a concept from the linked article. Instead of death being equal to zero, an afterlife changes…"
"My condolences on how the "Christian" websites treated you. On the good side you are thinking for yourself now, congratulations.
I went through a deist period myself. I learned enough about physics and the universe and realized the god of…"
"Everyone judges other people. If one uses logic and reason after digging for the facts then one's judgment will be better than using feelings or religion as a basis. We judge a multiple murderer like Jeffrey Dahmer to be bad and that judgment…"
"I watched the video you linked to. I know everyone (including myself) can do/say something stupid but it always amazes me when someone says something like what Ravi Zacharias said in response (to Richard Dawkins). He dares Mr. Dawkins go to…"
"From the structure of the sentence, it looks like Brendan was indicating that Buddhism is a belief system without a god, thus an "atheistic belief system".
Many people think of atheism as a "lack of belief" but it is defined as a…"
"I have a mild interest in zen budhism. It seems more philosophical and has a basic tenet (as I understand it) which is the opposite of many religions: find your own way.
Unfortunately people do take even fairly benign things too far and get stupid…"
"@Strega - no, not just J. Deities starting with Y or G would work too. (Jesus, Jehovah, Yahweh, and God) Yeah, that is exactly what I was implying.
Personally I feel that the overly religious are behind too many of society's …"
"I doubt in our society today that if such a system were implemented that it would be the "intellectually superior" people who were awarded with "adulthood". The system (like almost every system) would get abused (unless measures…"
"Actually a hidden part of the idea is that those who have mental disabilities would not pass the test and not be liable as an adult no matter their age. We already do that to an extent but it tends to be flawed.
Yeah, there will be loopholes - as…"
"A 6-year-old usually knows that it is wrong to steal or hurt someone. Are you suggesting that no matter how young someone is, if they understand right from wrong they should be tried as an adult - just a sliding scale of penalties?"
"We are inconsistent in our laws. And we enact illogical laws.
In my state there was a similar case a few years ago when the underage girl's parents didn't like the boy she was dating so when he turned 18 they had him arrested. Even though…"
"A related aspect is that some people don't have a good grasp on math and probability. A die has a 1 in 6 chance of rolling each number. Roll it 6 times and some people think you should get one of each number. Wrong - it isn't a perfect…"