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Go to: The Problem of Evil: the video

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Blogger in Daylight Atheism has written an excellent and thorough article about the problem of evil that everyone should read :
http://www.ebonmusings.org/atheism/allpossibleworlds.html

Fri, 16 Oct 2009 06:57:00 UTC | #405864

Go to: The Elfish Gene

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The percentage of atheism in fantasy gamers is probably even higher than scientists. And by atheism I, of course, mean satanism.

http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0046/0046_01.asp

Tue, 10 Mar 2009 01:01:00 UTC | #334483

Go to: A New Flea

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Santi :

Saying Jesus doesn't belong to christianity is a bit like saying Hitler doesn't belong to nazism, so we can safely adopt him as a simple mustache-bearing figure. An artist or an intellectual is free to describe a figure in a way that separates them from their most commonly perceived attributes, but I don't see what practical use this tactic offers to a humanist that fights for a secular society. Adopting Jesus as a secular role-model makes absolutely no sense to me, not because you can't derive secular values from his figure, but because they are essentially attached to a theology of emotional blackmail. There are actual, historical figures better suited to this task.

flying goose,
Indeed, why should anyone?? Yet, they do. Your own interpretation doesn't matter to the masses. I don't see any catholic looking for alternative interpretations just in case the Pope is mistaken.

Tue, 17 Feb 2009 03:05:00 UTC | #325941

Go to: A New Flea

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flying goose, one's interpretation doesn't really matter when the official version is overwhelmingly accepted and it's what most people recognize with that image.

Tue, 17 Feb 2009 01:11:00 UTC | #325924

Go to: A New Flea

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Santi, you are correct that images of suffering are a way to motivate solidarity but you completely ignore the religious context of Jesus on the cross. It's one thing to look at a Holocaust victim who suffered needlessly and with no purpose, and a completely different thing to look at a person suffering supposedly for your favor! In the first case, you are motivated to fight against suffering, in the second one you are guilt-tripped to accept your own suffering! How exactly can you identify with the suffering that an immortal figure accepts willingly for an agenda? What does an agnostic have in common with this figure?

Tue, 17 Feb 2009 00:59:00 UTC | #325915

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