• I’ve always lived in quite secular countries so the really really religious bit about Christmas has always been background noise. And the secular parts of Christmas (tree, gifts, food etc) dominate the holidays. I’m sure if I was in Folktown, Alabama and an atheist, I’d wear ear plugs and find excuses to avoid family events or else I might go…[Read more]

  • Nobody actually likes eating raw fish embedded in vinegar rice and seaweed. The fad will be over before New Year’s

  •  To receive the new birth is a blessing, but I have not received it. So far, I’ll have to stand on Judgement Day, like everyone else. “The books were open and the dead were judged” Only how my life broadcasts my belief can be evidence for mercy since all men have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

    Yeah well, that’s like t…[Read more]

  • Well gentlemen you have a conundrum. There are artificial structures on the moon, including buildings, glass domes and towers.

    That’s a misreading of the evidence.

    Concrete evidence that your paradigm may be wrong. I can’t even make heads or tails out of it. Was there an advance race on earth billions of years in the past c…

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  • Michel, every response you give helps you descend into greater and greater intellectual death. I quoted 5 quotes from three different books. And those five quotes are a fraction of those in the bible that unambiguously describe hell as burning agony, eternal torture. Your only defense has been to claim I only gave two quotes (I gave five) and that…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic Dr. Bob in the forum Announcements 1 week, 1 day ago

    I suspect it is our old theist friend from Think Atheist.

    I don’t believe for a second Dr. Bob was a philosopher. I’ve never met a PhD philosopher who would avoid a straight forward questions. Dr. Bob claimed to be a professor of physics, one who studied the strange empirical world of physics yet still believed in Go…[Read more]

  • Well the pagan interpretation of hell is as such. Scripture speaks of the second death after the resurrection to Judgement.

    They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might

    2 Thessalonians 1:9

    This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels…

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  • Davis replied to the topic Special pleading. in the forum Theism 1 week, 3 days ago

    Damnit I did forget about the curve. You’re right. I have to add a lot more factors into my formula. I also forget about lightening strikes which are more likely to hit you if you are alone on a big sidewalk far as possible from the building as otherwise its almost certain the building would get it. And while on the subject there are also…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic Special pleading. in the forum Theism 1 week, 4 days ago

    I would just have taken the easiest route.

    If no one is on the ladder then in general (not always) it’s ever so slightly safer to not walk under it as there is the tiniest chance it may fall down while you go under it. Another bonus with walking around the ladder is you are less close to windowsills where thing may fall down from…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic Special pleading. in the forum Theism 1 week, 4 days ago

    The illusion of a shared spiritual vision is created by special pleading, as a way to unify the personal experiences of  the congregants, in much the same way the disparate messages in the Gospels are harmonized in the minds of believers.

    Which is all sort of fine as they sit around in isolation (though I still feel bad for…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic consciousness in the forum Science 1 week, 5 days ago

    we’ve been completely ignoring the probabilistic effects of quantum entanglement between these supposed perfect copies of each other.

    If a startrek replicator replicates a person and then it replicates a new replicator and the replicated replicator replicates the new copy of the person…does that mean Wesley Crusher grows in…[Read more]

  • Reg. God uses poets and minstrels to allude to the truth, thanks for sharing.

    Yes. The greatest genius to ever exist, decides to teach his puny little children his wisdom through hundreds of metaphorical poems that result in anything but knowledge but boundless confusion, conjecture, opinions and an utter mess of claims,…[Read more]

  • Davis posted a new activity comment 2 weeks ago

    I don’t think you’ll get any anger. You’ll get one of two things:

    1. A reasoned reply. Perhaps pointing out how virtually undeniable it is based on evidence, overwhelming scientific consensus and even the freakishly observable. That same reply may also include the fact that almost all Climate Change Deniers in the Western world come from the…[Read more]

  • Davis started the topic Special pleading. in the forum Theism 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    Theologists go to great lengths to justify a truth claim which would never be acceptable in nearly any other endeavor and even most other ideologues. This is despite the fact that much of this happens in a university setting. The intellectual dishonesty can be found in some research by some people in some faculties.  But it is utterly overflowing…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic Forgiveness in the forum Advice 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    According to Christianity the priest goes to Heaven but the unbelieving victim of his “sins” goes to Hell.

    God seems to forgive just about anything except a lack of blind belief. But then, we puny humans with our feeble minds cannot possibly comprehend the moral perfection of the bearded man in the sky.


  • It’s interesting how decades ago, most Christian churches had no problem with abortion and the NRA supported gun control (as something obvious). Somehow over time evangelical nut jobs became influential in politics and many Americans have suffered ever since with hysterical ranting over issues that only become issues when some fundamentalist lu…[Read more]

  • Davis, I am proud to be an American and our Bush beer is the best beer in the world. Jesus is gonna come back and open a can of whip-ass on you, you devil worshiper. Euro-pussies can keep there beer over their, that shit is black as hell. -bubba

    I unreservedly apologise for the offence I have caused. These last 12 hours have given…[Read more]

  • Drawing the line between offensive and crude comments that weren’t necessary is a difficult one. Though I have to say unintended slights are far more forgivable. I think shaming accomplishes little. When you are part of a marginalised group…the endless “harmless” comments that have even a small demeaning or derogatory connotation add up and add…[Read more]

  • I don’t think its the best way to look at things. I think the failure should be placed inversely. There has been so much lingering doubt by so many Christians all peppered throughout  religious history. The insane amount of literary and philosophical works (and trickery) to justify God’s even existence again and again, and why a word-for-word ap…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic What is a right? in the forum Politics 1 month, 1 week ago

    There are reasons why people choose or value certain values. Most people value cooperative thriving. Adolf Hitler, or Isis, value(d) wholesale murder. Both sets of values are chosen for different reasons.

    You’re doing it again Simon. When you say most people you really mean “within a family unit or close community” and you’re…[Read more]

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