My overall reaction after my first chat on this page was great, I don't think we got anywhere with a topic or understanding the different beliefs in the room, but it was thoroughly interesting and definitely a challenge.
I think where we left off was the matter of free will being in control, as it can only be controlled by you.
What I was trying to get at with this was how as humans, having faith is a channel which you choose to react through.
Faith being that my point of view… Continue
Added by Ollie on January 6, 2009 at 11:57am —
I never quite fit in. I think most of us felt that way at some point in our life. Because I had been raised Christian, I was convinced it was because I was “not of this world”. For one thing, that sounded very romantic. My discontent had a source and it was Heaven… where, obviously, I belonged.
I thought this must be doubly true because I didn’t fit in with my family. They were everything I wasn’t. I had always been just a little bit more serious-minded while they were outgoing and… Continue
Added by Cara Coleen on January 6, 2009 at 11:47am —
Here is a collection of hilarious bible misprints over the years. Boy would I like to have one of these, ha ha ha ha!!!
(courtesy of wikipedia)
In various printings of the King James Version of the Bible, some of the more famous examples have been given their own names. Among them are:
The Blasphemous Comma
Several editions: Part of Luke 23 reads "And there were also two other malefactors. [crucified with Jesus]" It should have read "And there were also two… Continue
Added by Fluther on January 6, 2009 at 5:19am —
I found this bible timeline on dipity.com ...
... it seems to be scholarly. I don't know much about this subject and it doesn't really interest me (I'm not going to discuss the emperor's clothes if he's not wearing any clothes!!) but if anyone has anything to add or any observations to make, feel free. This is not my work and I think it can be amended by anyone, but let's not be trolls about it.
Added by Fluther on January 6, 2009 at 3:17am —
This makes me want to vomit!
So who else is really starting to wonder if there wont be a collapse of the U.S. in the near future. All im saying is that thankfully i'll still be living in the republic of California.
BTW, i'm still beating my shirt that massive inflation is going to hit sooner than we think.
Added by Mike on January 5, 2009 at 5:56pm —
Go to my website and download a free 2009 calendar!
Added by CoganBooks on January 5, 2009 at 5:46pm —
Watch the story, tragic and graphic
. I see so many stories about tazerings in situations that are unjustified. Some lead to deaths even though tazers are supposed to be non-lethal. It's obviously incorrect, they should be renamed sometimes-none-lethal. A Canadian news paper tested 45 tazers this year, 10% miss fired and produced far more voltage than was specified in the… Continue
Added by Mike on January 5, 2009 at 2:30pm —
I think what spurred me to really start thinking about what I believe is when I witnessed my sister telling my 5 year old niece that Santa wasn't real but Jesus was. What was worse, later my niece recited it back to me. I felt sad that her mind is so vulnerable and is being filled with the nonsense that her mom wanted to spill into it. I wanted to shake my sister and yell in her face that what she was doing was ridiculous! Neither Santa for God are real!
Uhg, so here I am on this quest to… Continue
Added by Erica on January 5, 2009 at 12:24pm —
I'm going for a vacation to central java for 3-4 days... I'm going to miss coming to this site, and replying to discussion, photos, comments, videos and everything! :'( I guess I have to endure it for some days. Anyway I'll miss you so much Think Atheist!
Added by Dinah on January 5, 2009 at 11:21am —
Seems to me after reading those two articles that it would be cheapest to use the international space station as a launching point for further space exploration. Using Space X as a way to ship all items up at low cost, you could design the future space craft… Continue
Added by Mike on January 5, 2009 at 1:16am —
Due to accusations of trolling let me say this first. I am not trolling, I am honestly trying to figure something out here.
The problem I am facing right now is that I have had compelling experiences that point to spirits existing.
However I see that it is also possible that I have figured things out on my own and just projected on something imaginary. I am not sure which.
The experiences that I have had in the past are as follows.
1. When I was 16 I learned in a… Continue
Added by Fox Anderson on January 5, 2009 at 12:58am —
I'm new to the community. Running on little sleep, lots of post-holiday annoyances, and a handful of sodas that should have been diet and caffeine free. Regardless, I stumbled here... took in some great reads and made a handful of replies. I've got a bit of a formal dash to my writing as I'm polishing off the last year of a liberal arts degree. <-- I'm boring, but my story is interesting.
Having come back to my hometown from about 90 miles away, I was glad to see my friends. Of… Continue
Added by Drew on January 5, 2009 at 12:35am —
I've always been afraid to voice out my opinions on religion and how i find them revolting and the people are barbarians, because im living in indonesia where it is a religion country and everyone has to own a religion no matter what. if they dun, they are considered a communist, and out of this country or get arrested. im especially afraid to share my feelings about the muslims (because the majority here is muslims). my friends are mostly christian fanatics who keep bothering me to go to… Continue
Added by Dinah on January 4, 2009 at 11:34pm —
The founding fathers made it a priority to make sure religion didn’t make its way into our politics and justice system. They knew that if an individual received their morals and lived their life according to a faith based system, they would allow that influence to spill over into the way they govern their population.
I never paid attention to the inauguration of any president to date, so finding out that this phrase has been added by every president since Roosevelt struck me as sort… Continue
Added by JJ on January 4, 2009 at 11:05pm —
Evidence precedes Dogma
No idea is permanent
No idea is necessary
All ideas are in flux as new evidence and new ways of thinking arise
I believe in evolution. I do this knowing the evidence for and even the "evidence" against. Contrary to popular opinion I have the ability to change my mind if I were presented with true evidence. This evidence will lead to a new belief which will not paint me into a corner: "Doubt ye this and be thou damned to Hell."… Continue
Added by joknoppix on January 4, 2009 at 6:41pm —
This is used by Way of the Master, and Hovind, and Probably others. It's very flawed.
" Do you know everything? " the Christian asks the Atheist,
" No, of course not." Responds the Atheist,
" Do you know half of everything? " asks the Christian,"
" Wow, no, probably much less than that..." admits the Atheist,
" In the half you don't know, could God exist??? " the Christian rests.
This formula is NOT a good proof of God's existence. It COULD be used to… Continue
Added by joknoppix on January 4, 2009 at 6:36pm —
Why the Atheist doesn't exist
"There can be no such things as an atheist. This is why: Let's imagine that you are a professing atheist. Here are two questions for you to answer: First, do you know the combined weight of all the sand on all the beaches of Hawaii? We can safely assume that you don't. This brings us to the second question: Do you know how many hairs are on the back of a fully-grown male Tibetan yak? Probably… Continue
Added by joknoppix on January 4, 2009 at 6:30pm —
We Atheists have no dogma that I am aware of, beyond the definition of atheist... Of course, "atheist" is a self label and can neither be officially forced onto another nor branded...no matter what the Communist Party, or Christians think.
Besides the numerous theologies found within the Bible, over which denominations form and fragment, there are at least two semi-external dogmas...
The Triune Dogma of God and the Triune Dogma of the Bible.
"God is omniscient,… Continue
Added by joknoppix on January 4, 2009 at 6:00pm —
In every group of friends to which I have belonged, there has always been that one person who I shall dub the "pity-whore." This is the person who never stops complaining about how shitty their life/relationship/job/school work/WoW Character is and expects that everyone around them cares. A lot of times they also have this sort of "no one gets me and my complexity" attitude. Now I'll admit, a little sympathy from those around you feels good every once and a while, but the pity-whore is… Continue
Added by Sniz on January 4, 2009 at 1:00pm —
I am a Skeptic. I give myself the label as proudly as one would if they were to call themselves a Saint or a Celebrity.
I will never stop doubting, either. Doubting has been given a rather bad rap over the course of history, but it is the stuff revolutions and emancipations are made of. Do I really need to elaborate on the ways in which doubt has been the savior of humans and humankind? Unfortunately, I think I do.
For starters, I think I shall rename… Continue
Added by Cara Coleen on January 3, 2009 at 10:22pm —