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"The Four Tenets of Atheism"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Paynton on Tuesday. 76 Replies

1. The universe is purely material. It is strictly natural, and there is no such thing as the supernatural (e.g., gods or spiritual forces).2. The universe is scientific. It is observable, knowable…Continue

Tags: worldview, tenets, Axioms

Empathy exercise

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Paynton Jan 6, 2014. 2 Replies

I've come up with this handy empathy exercise.  I wondered if anyone has any thoughts on it or how it could be improved. …Continue

Tags: practical, empathy

New theory of atheist morality

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Paynton Dec 22, 2013. 36 Replies

I've developed a "new" theory of atheist morality.  I wondered if anyone would like to have a go at critiquing it.  The first two principles, 1 and 2, are the most important parts: …Continue

Tags: old, religion, new, theory, morality

Jesus died for our sins

Started this discussion. Last reply by archaeopteryx Jul 5, 2013. 325 Replies

This idea can have logic and great value even for an atheist.   Not that long ago I offered for some angry people to kick my head in, to prove a point about how men should treat women (i.e. don't…Continue

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Simon Paynton replied to Simon Paynton's discussion '"The Four Tenets of Atheism"'
"What's the difference?  Here's my understanding.  Good person versus evil person Right action versus wrong action. "
Tuesday
ThyPlagueDoctor replied to Simon Paynton's discussion '"The Four Tenets of Atheism"'
"I disagree with the above "the number of gods you believe in is 0" is more likely the best definition."
Tuesday
Reg The Fronkey Farmer replied to Simon Paynton's discussion '"The Four Tenets of Atheism"'
"Something to consider when next having a conversation about morality - Most religious people (I love sweeping statements) will look at the debate from the point of view of “Good vs Evil” while atheists tend to base their narrative in…"
Monday
Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School March 22nd 2015' in the group Sunday School
"I think he's got a reasonable handle on the situation and makes some worthwhile points that need answering.  I would say he employs straw men, except that that implies we've already told him something different and he's being…"
Monday
Simon Paynton replied to Simon Paynton's discussion '"The Four Tenets of Atheism"'
"As far as meaning goes, I think we've all been barking up the wrong tree.  Meaning is one of those concepts that has a number of different definitions.  In the article by Pastor Rick Henderson, I think he's referring to values of…"
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Simon Paynton replied to Simon Paynton's discussion '"The Four Tenets of Atheism"'
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Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School March 22nd 2015' in the group Sunday School
"I often find articles that prove indispensible, such as Pastor Rick Henderson last week. "
Sunday
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Simon Paynton commented on Belle Rose's blog post 'Like a baby learning to walk...'
"I think your journey is inspiring and you're one of the nicest most intelligent people around. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School March 22nd 2015' in the group Sunday School
"Nice one Reg"
Mar 22
Davis Goodman replied to Simon Paynton's discussion '"The Four Tenets of Atheism"'
"I would add that only atheists who "wish" to find meaning...takes their meaning from what you said...or whatever sources they choose. This sounds amazingly similar to the narrative of the translation I am editing right now."
Mar 21
Reg The Fronkey Farmer replied to Simon Paynton's discussion '"The Four Tenets of Atheism"'
"These situations have happened. So at least nobody can claim any source of meaning is a absolute. I am absolutely certain of that :-)"
Mar 21
matt.clerke replied to Simon Paynton's discussion '"The Four Tenets of Atheism"'
"So? Is that a bad thing? And anyway, an atheist is never just an atheist."
Mar 19
Reg The Fronkey Farmer replied to Simon Paynton's discussion '"The Four Tenets of Atheism"'
"Yes. I have a t-shirt with a picture of the cave and the words "Plato's cave escape plan" over it. Good convo starter."
Mar 19
Davis Goodman replied to Simon Paynton's discussion '"The Four Tenets of Atheism"'
"+1 Great old school video that animates the parable "
Mar 19
Pope Beanie replied to Simon Paynton's discussion '"The Four Tenets of Atheism"'
"Not for me. I throw the word spiritualism around because I think it comes from instinct, even if it's just another illusion. I think it develops from social parts of our brain, like language, love, song, and so on. I don't even need…"
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Fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 7:56am 0 Comments

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

― Genesis 2:17



If we interpret this sentence in a certain way, it tells us almost everything we need to know about personal morality.

We normally talk about the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  Fruit = consequences.  

Good and Evil can be seen as Good and Bad ― Liking and…

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Mathematics of altruism

Posted on July 27, 2012 at 12:56pm 0 Comments

http://plus.maths.org/content/does-it-pay-be-nice-maths-altruism-part-i

Mathematical evidence that cooperation evolves naturally as a successful strategy.

This is one of the most interesting things I've read for a long time.  Don't worry, it's not too mathematical.  I recommend printing it out if you want to read it. 

I believe we need to know why these things…

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Thanks for accepting my friend request. Anyways, I was wondering, how did put a music playlist on your profile?

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