To what extent can a religious believer actually argue their faith, reasonably? Not very far, it seems to me.
There are two quantities to consider here, by which all human beliefs can relate back to: Faith and Evidence.
Let's look at the first. Faith, by its very definition, is 'belief without evidence'. It is a gut feeling, and it cannot be proven wrong. Why? Because, for… Continue
Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on March 15, 2013 at 4:00pm —
ALL right, all right. And so: Here we are.
When I was last active on this site roughly a year or so ago, I had recently denounced my Catholic faith in the spirit of teenage angst/bitter confusion. I was scared, pissed off, and disillusioned; moreover, I had basically become a cynical douche who thought he was somehow more inept to attaining knowledge of “the inner-workings of the universe” only because I had been forced to deal with several untimely deaths in my family/friend circle… Continue
Added by Roman Candles on March 11, 2013 at 2:20pm —
I'm venting. Straight up. But I need somewhere to share my anger and ... disappointment. You see, my dad is a pretty smart guy. He's an electrical engineer. He likes to think things through and is fairly methodical, except when it comes to bullshit like religion, or the climate "debate" or his ultra-conservative political leanings, or thinking that some crazy conspiracy theories are actually true (The President is a MUSLIM COMMUNIST BORN IN KENYA AND COME TO DESTROY… Continue
Added by Sagacious Hawk on July 23, 2012 at 3:52am —
There's no one quite as righteous as the one who believes himself to be part of the chosen people.
The Catholic Church's ongoing sex abuse scandal has lent itself to late-night jokes, investigative reports, disillusioned churchgoers, shameful clergy and lest we forget, an untold amount of shattered victims.
Though there were publicized prosecutions of priests as early as the 1960s, it wasn't until the Boston Globe's award-winning piece in 2002 highlighting the recent rash of… Continue
Added by Eddy Cara on January 14, 2012 at 9:24pm —
I am an atheist, so when I use the word God, I am referring to others' belief systems.
I don't understand how critical or confrontational approaches are going to make anyone change their mind about God. Believers try to point to “proof” of God. There can’t be physical proof of God because God is supernatural. Anyone who points to physical “proof” has, by definition, come up with a NATURAL phenomenon - which CAN’T be God. Conversely contributors on atheist sites quote the… Continue
Added by MikeLong on May 16, 2011 at 5:30am —
Last night I posted a video of an interview with Dr. Matt McCormick that argues against the reliability for the evidence of Jesus’ resurrection by comparing it to the Salem Witch Trials. The argument is amusing and reasonably makes sense, although in an interview he had on Think Atheist Radio, May, 8th, he admitted he didn’t think anyone would really bite on the bullet, so to speak. It turns out that there exist those who have.
One of the people commenting on the… Continue
Added by Ezra T. Klatt on May 12, 2011 at 1:16pm —
So I sit here reflecting back upon the events of the last few days. OSAMA is DEAD! Hundreds if not thousands of Americans take to the streets in joy and celebration at the death of the monster that "murdered" their family members, friends, and fellow Americans...
After 10 years of… Continue
Added by Atwas911 on May 5, 2011 at 9:00pm —
Our current government system has no place for religion. No place for myth, dogma, or rhetoric. I will concede that religion did have its place in a more primitive time but that time is long since past for America and the modern world. Not until we educate the rest of this planet will we put the fairytale to rest, not until information and facts replace myth and folklore will we be free from the hate and division that religion is so famous for. Nothing we do in life today is based on myth. We… Continue
Added by TDM on April 19, 2011 at 1:21pm —
My sister-in-law (I love her, but she is dumb as a stump) had a cousin who was struck down in the prime of life with paraplegia. His legs were paralyzed from the "knees" down. All the specialists doctors he saw said the same thing: we can find no physical or neurological basis for your paralysis. Now the patient assumed that this meant that his illness was so mysterious and rare that the doctors were at a total loss. They did talk to him about hysterical and psychosomatic disorders,… Continue
Added by Doug Reardon on January 11, 2011 at 11:29pm —
Sadly, this is overwhelmingly true.
Added by Monica Salcedo (Monicks) on October 25, 2010 at 12:00pm —
A Christian friend of mine said,
"So for all the genius of Dawkins (who I
believe is a great scientist, but poor philosopher), his theory of how
science can explain away God hits two major snags along the way. Purpose
and genesis. The best explanation for these I have heard is "that we
don't have the answers yet, but we will". But what is that if… Continue
Added by Mecca on July 8, 2010 at 2:38pm —
The concept of free will is the excuse given by apologists when faced with the cruelties of their God. They can justify their gods behavior based on the choices that we make. We could choose to follow the law, but we don't so we have chosen the painful route and all blame falls on the infidel's shoulders. There is at least one biblical concept that doesn't sit well with that position.
Throughout the Bible there is a concept of a "Book of Life". You'll find it in… Continue
Added by Gaytor on June 28, 2010 at 5:32pm —
I just drove by the local baptist church, and their sign declares "Faith makes things possible". And, I thought, what a bizarre concept. Now, faith may give one the impetus to try something he doesn't think he can do, but it doesn't make them possible, and it sure as hell doesn't make something that is impossible, possible. As I tried to get my brain to grasp this concept, I realized that for me to believe such a concept would require a complete reconfiguration of my total view of reality. And… Continue
Added by Doug Reardon on March 14, 2010 at 2:35pm —
Faith is touted by Christians as a virtue. Last year when Daniel Hauser and his Mom refused treatment for his cancer after a court ordered him to take treatment, I posted the story on Facebook and noted the stupidity of this decision. One of my cousin’s wives said, “At least he has faith in something.”, as if that was somehow a good thing. Faith was killing him. Science is keeping him alive and doing well… Continue
Added by Gaytor on January 17, 2010 at 11:57am —
Added by Monica Salcedo (Monicks) on December 26, 2009 at 9:00pm —
No, seriously! I was dead, just for a few minutes, but dead nonetheless. Long story short, on Sept. 25th an allergic reaction to a supposedly innocuous pill, caused my throat to close, shutting off my breathing and within minutes I was dead, literally.
But this rant is not about my ordeal from that night, which I can’t deny, was scary and surreal, and ultimately ended up with me waking up in the hospital, incredibly tired, with a sore throat and an extremely bruised chest, after 7… Continue
Added by Monica Salcedo (Monicks) on December 22, 2009 at 5:35pm —
Added by Monica Salcedo (Monicks) on December 11, 2009 at 12:11pm —
This path called Life is a strange one and one I plan on elaborating on but for now suffice to say that although my profile says I'm a Christian - and I am indeed a Christian - I'm a confused one, a questioning one.
This is far from a new thing for me, I was a believer for most of my life, then became an atheist, and then was born again and "properly a Christian", which involved all kinds of new things for me - just things I'd never given much thought before like baptism, church and… Continue
Added by Alison Rufus on October 6, 2009 at 6:39pm —
Ever since my de-conversion there is one statement from believers that irritates me time and time again. We have all heard it, it is the common fall back for just about every argument against christianity. Every time I have argued the plagiarism, absurdities, contradictions, lies, cruelty and intolerance of the Bible, this statement, or something similar, invariably gets thrown in my face: “You just have to have faith”.
Faith in what I ask. Define it. Describe it.
I have… Continue
Added by Shawn Truesdell on October 1, 2009 at 10:32am —
A new but predictable story out of Ireland was released today. The Irish institutions for juveniles (old tern for the jailing of juvenile criminals and incorrigibles) were often run by religious groups including the Catholic Chruch. It was announced that abuses had certainly occurred from 1940 to the mid 80's at "Endemic" rates.
The abuses ranged from emotional to physical beatings for no known reason to sexual abuse. The children lived in fear not knowing if the abuse was going to come… Continue
Added by Gaytor on May 21, 2009 at 1:01am —