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Go to: Should Depressed People Avoid Having Children?

mfothergill85's Avatar Jump to comment 21 by mfothergill85

It's not a simple there is a gene or not a gene, nor a simple "my kids will get depression", it's a question of risks and probability. Weighed up, Sarah has decided against having children because the risk of her children having depression is too high for her to consider it the right thing to do.

I'm not sure I buy the Idiocracy view of the world, I don't think we would have got here if it really was that smart people don't reproduce enough.

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 08:59:29 UTC | #946079

Go to: Moral Clarity and Richard Dawkins

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"Dawkins cares about moral issues, therefore god must exist and is the foundation of all morality. But he is also a bad person because he does not see a reason why morality should exist outside of human constructs and ideologies." Brilliant.

Tue, 22 May 2012 10:12:19 UTC | #942789

Go to: Richard Dawkins Has a Point, Your Eminence!

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That's the problem, if you end up trying to reconcile an ultimately merciful God with the teachings of the bible as myths and metaphors alone, you end up, as I did in my late teens, realising there is no point to religion whatsoever. There is nothing to fear, no incentive, nothing absolute to base anything on any more. You're left with stories an ideas that make little to no sense at all. If we are not original sinners, and god is merciful no matter what our sins are, then what is the point in Jesus?

And if this was really the most important part of human existence, surely an omnipotent God would have made it a little bit clearer for us all!

Fri, 27 Apr 2012 13:22:04 UTC | #937699

Go to: Losing Your Religion: Analytic Thinking Can Undermine Belief

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So taking things at face value leads you to a false impression of the way the world around you works? It is good that studies like this are done because evidence is required to show the origin of religion is more likely to be human-made.

I'm not sure what to do with the comment that intuitive thinking is useful, maybe it is, does that automatically give weight to some of the by products like superstition?

Fri, 27 Apr 2012 09:52:25 UTC | #937656

Go to: What leads some to never accept religion at all?

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I fall into the above mentioned camp of never really enjoyed the process of church (protestant, modern, not sure what denomination). I never really fitted into the mindset, I never really felt anything all the people that had felt God felt, and I never really heard God speak like other people described it.

And I found the forced social aspect deeply false and superficial. As I grew older towards teenagerdom I really began to question whether the story made sense (why would God actually need to do X in the manner that is described in the Bible, why if we are judged on our own understanding as fallible humans do our beliefs actually matter?) I stuck with it firstly to not disappoint my parents, I even got onboard the creationist bandwagon because I really felt I needed "evidential" justification for my beliefs. Somehow the idea that we just happened to exist didn't fit in with Christianity, so it had to be wrong for my beliefs to be correct.

At the same time a lot of my Christian teenage peers were hitting puberty too and becoming more and more hypocritical with regard to their beliefs. (Sex before marriage and support of homosexual behaviour was also at odds with my brand of beliefs.) The trouble by age 18 or 19 was that I FELT things should be a certain way, morally, and that my religion was the guide, but I knew logically it didn't make sense to put sex on a holy pedestal, nor the holding of any one dogmatic viewpoint the way forward. The worst part was that I FELT that if I doubted, there was less chance of heaven, and a real chance of hell, so I couldn't abandon it. I spent 19 - 23 with my head in the sand.

I foolishly ignored my religious feelings, but thought that if I left the church and didn't do anything religious maybe, in the hope if I ignored the deep-rooted indoctrination, it would go away. It didn't and through a few early twenties years of anguish I finally read the God Delusion last year and it changed my life, I realised I could leave religion behind, that I didn't have to fear for my afterlife, and try and do what "God wanted" which always seemed to be at odds with contemporary morals and common sense.

After that religion stopped preventing me from being the person I wanted to be, and holding the values I wanted to hold. I am deeply anti-theistic now, because I resent the psychological cage so much. Religious beliefs stop you from thinking rationally and clearly because you don't feel like you are allowed to. I feel it is my duty and a kindness to help people out of the terrible pit of religious belief they have either been thrown in or unwittingly fallen into.

Mon, 27 Feb 2012 12:16:30 UTC | #922410

Go to: Christians must choose between religion and obeying law, says equalities chief Trevor Phillips

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Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey told the Daily Mail Mr Phillips' comparison with sharia was "ridiculous".

How exactly?

Fri, 17 Feb 2012 14:32:26 UTC | #918807

Go to: Dawkins & Krauss Discussion from ASU 4 Feb

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This was an excellent talk, more of this sort of thing.

Tue, 14 Feb 2012 11:12:47 UTC | #917616

Go to: Bideford Town Council prayers ruled unlawful

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I think in the UK at least, Christianity in state-related scenarios is slowly on the way out. In 20 years it probably will have disappeared completely. Islam on the other hand, may fill the power vacuum, but I hope not, and will do everything I can to stop it!

Fri, 10 Feb 2012 13:52:11 UTC | #916199