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Go to: How to counter this?

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They are entitled to beleive whatever they like, however bizarre. However, they are not entitled to impose their beleifs on anyone else, unless they can establish (say to the standard required to obtain a conviction in a court of law) that their god exists and that they are correct about what he/she/it/they want. Quite a simple test...?

Tue, 19 Oct 2010 15:54:14 UTC | #535704

Go to: Innate Religious Belief - Comparison to Sexuality

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There's been quite a lot of research on both these issues. It appears that there is some evidence that foetal response to the hormonal environment in the womb at critical stages of development can influence the subsequent sexuality of the person. Certainly same-gender sexual orientation appears to occur more frequently (in men, at least) with those born after two or three previous male pregnancies (even if those don't go to term) and also occurs in other mammals. This indicates strongly that an innate process is involved - ie, some people are born gay.

Regarding religious beleif, there is also some indication that some people are born with, or develop through childhood environment, differential brain structures which give them a tendency towards supernatural beleifs. RD took part in a neurological experiment which involved a stimulation of certain parts of the brain - it didn't quite work on him, but for some people it induced a sense of "presence." Combine that with powerful cultural and emotional needs, and you can see how beleif can develop. That's not quite the same thing as being "born religious" - and of course beleif, however strong and however widespread, is not evidence for the existance of the thing beleived in.

Sat, 09 Oct 2010 09:41:30 UTC | #531215

Go to: Faith School Menace? (Now visible in US)

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What worries me about teaching children to beleive without evidence is how vulnerable it leaves them to scam artists. As a cancer survivor, I've seen so many websites flogging "miracle" cures ("Buy this juice, only £9.99 per carton..." "Come for this treatment, only £59.99 per session" "Buy this black box, only £199.99") And when it comes to cancer, "miracle cures" can kill you.

Mon, 23 Aug 2010 21:04:05 UTC | #504430

Go to: An Update from Christopher Hitchens

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Best wishes for a quick and complete recovery, Christopher. Had chemo myself last year - it ain't fun, but it's do-able.

Sat, 03 Jul 2010 23:23:00 UTC | #486100

Go to: What are your qualifications to question religion anyway? Just who are you?

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Why would I need any special qualifications to discuss religion? At least in terms of xianity, it isn't supposed to be difficult. Matthew 7:7 says "Seek and ye shall find." And after all, why should it be difficult? What kind of god would deliberately choose to make it difficult? Certainly not the kind of loving god xians claim.

Mon, 07 Apr 2008 10:59:00 UTC | #148515

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