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Go to: Atheists are as big a threat as climate change deniers

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"There’s a temptation to give a bit of ground to rationality."

Wow, turns out he's kind of funny after all.

Mon, 19 Sep 2011 00:21:00 UTC | #872428

Go to: Hitchens on the Catholic Church

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Yeah he did make one mistake... Stephen, also, nodding away there - that the Church was "condemning my friend Steohen Fry for his nature..." and for saying that "you couldn't be a member of our Church - you were born in sin". The Church doesn't hold that people are born in sin, of course, or for that matter into homosexuality.


You need to reacquaint yourself with Catholic theology:

"Following St. Paul, the Church has always taught that the overwhelming misery which oppresses men and their inclination towards evil and death cannot be understood apart from their connection with Adam's sin and the fact that he has transmitted to us a sin with which we are all born afflicted, a sin which is the "death of the soul"." (emphasis added)

Catechism of the Catholic Church, Section Two, Chaper One, Article 1, Paragraph 7, Section III, Line 403

Wed, 27 Jul 2011 16:25:32 UTC | #854729

Go to: Why are atheists so arrogant?

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This is a good answer to Sam Harris' case that we shouldn't call ourselves atheists or have the need of atheist conventions (AAI 2007).

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 01:27:25 UTC | #635107

Go to: Religious Experiences Shrink Part of the Brain

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Frankly, the summary of the results suggests that almost nothing was learned and no conclusions can be drawn. It seems pretty silly, in my opinion.

Sat, 04 Jun 2011 05:29:33 UTC | #633864

Go to: [Update-YouTube] The Big Questions - Series 4 - Is the Bible Still Relevant?

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After watching the full video of this farce, I think I've figured out one of the main problems with a discussion like this: There are just too many arguments being put forth in the name of Christianity, but really these arguments contradict each other because they are based on different understandings of Christianity.

On one hand you have the fundamental Christian who believes every word of the Bible is true, then you have someone who believes it's only "true" in a more psychological sense, then you have someone saying he doesn't worship the book, he worships God, then of course you have the Jew who interprets everything in yet another strikingly contrasting way.

This leaves Richard (and anyone else caught in this type of situation) basically having to answer all of these people at once. It's not fair to address a claim made by the fundamentalist, and then have the Jew respond to your answer by showing how it's not really how we view the Bible. It makes no sense to have to give an answer that makes sense to everyone, when it's clear that not everyone even believes the same things, even those who are all nominally Christian.

Tue, 10 May 2011 21:32:47 UTC | #625550

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