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Mr DArcy's Avatar Jump to comment 25 by Mr DArcy

The Next Billy Graham:

But if non believers are wrrong they go 2 hell. Just something to think about

So Billy apparently regards his Christianity as some sort of celestial insurance policy? You see Jesus can read Billy's mind and know whether he really believes or not. In my case when Jesus reads my mind He sees that I have no belief in Him at all! Does Billy really think meek and mild Jesus wants to fry people like me for an eternity!

The threat of hell is just a silly lot of hot air, my friend. Time to focus on reality, not hocus pocus.

Sun, 19 Aug 2012 13:28:24 UTC | #951039

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Probably, I'm the most unpatriotic of all of you. "Countries" are political constructs.

Good luck to people who excel, like Galileo, Copernicus, Newton, Shakespeare, .....etc.

Sat, 11 Aug 2012 20:56:35 UTC | #950692

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So what is YA's point, if any?

That Richard Dawkins didn't behave well in that situation? From what I've read, his account seems perfectly reasonable to me. It seems the girl got upset because the facts about evolutionary biology presumably got in the way of her faith. Why else would someone get upset about science?

So if YA has a proper criticism of evolution, bring it on. And BTW there is no controversy about evolution among scientists, only disagreements about details. Only the religios object to evolution, like the 15 year old.

Now I wonder why that is? Does it present a different view of reality from a certain old collection of stories? Yes indeed it does! And a view backed up by stacks of evidence going back nearly 200 years.

So go YA, have a go at evolution, not Richard!

Thu, 09 Aug 2012 15:25:50 UTC | #950560

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Along with the official events, there will of course be all the associated tat for sale. Self help books like: Transubstantiation Made Easy, & Learn to Creep Like Jesus. T shirts with "Heaven - been there done that!", "Hades? Too soft for me!". Cookery books featuring 5000 recipes involving fishes and loaves. Music available on your player of choice by the likes of the Moronic Mullahs and High Five Plainsong. Official guides to the Olympic Park showing the spiritual paths, the moments of hesitation, and the true way.

Mon, 06 Aug 2012 21:49:00 UTC | #950466

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Along with the official events, there will of course be all the associated tat for sale. Self help books like: Transubstantiation Made Easy, & Learn to Creep Like Jesus. T shirts with "Heaven - been there done that!", "Hades? Too soft for me!". Cookery books featuring 5000 recipes involving fishes and loaves. Music available on your player of choice by the likes of the Moronic Mullahs and High Five Plainsong. Official guides to the Olympic Park showing the spiritual paths, the moments of hesitation, and the true way.

Mon, 06 Aug 2012 21:47:52 UTC | #950465

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The High Dive.

Sun, 29 Jul 2012 19:48:17 UTC | #950293

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Here's what Behe's university, Lehigh, says about his views:

Department Position on Evolution and "Intelligent Design"

The faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences is committed to the highest standards of scientific integrity and academic function. This commitment carries with it unwavering support for academic freedom and the free exchange of ideas. It also demands the utmost respect for the scientific method, integrity in the conduct of research, and recognition that the validity of any scientific model comes only as a result of rational hypothesis testing, sound experimentation, and findings that can be replicated by others.

The department faculty, then, are unequivocal in their support of evolutionary theory, which has its roots in the seminal work of Charles Darwin and has been supported by findings accumulated over 140 years. The sole dissenter from this position, Prof. Michael Behe, is a well-known proponent of "intelligent design." While we respect Prof. Behe's right to express his views, they are his alone and are in no way endorsed by the department. It is our collective position that intelligent design has no basis in science, has not been tested experimentally, and should not be regarded as scientific.

Lehigh's disclaimer

I'm always intrigued by the subterfuge employed by the Christians to sneak Jesus in where He's not wanted, or needed. The Jewish carpenter who designed the universe? You'd need a screw loose to believe that stuff!

Fri, 27 Jul 2012 13:13:37 UTC | #950158

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clodhopper:

The 100 martyrs

Brilliant! If I was a judge, this would be the gold medalist so far!

(Where's Amos when you need him? Laurie Faser, are you there?).

Wed, 25 Jul 2012 19:10:28 UTC | #950068

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Well it might jolt one or two thousand of the other RCC clergy out of their hitherto "see no evil" approach! Up till now they seem to have been wearing the kind of shades that Zaphod Beeblebrox puts on when danger approaches!

Wed, 25 Jul 2012 11:37:18 UTC | #950035

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I don't think we can compete wth Christianity on price.

I mean, - three gods for the price of one has to be a bargain, - right?

Zero gods for zero money? Hmm, doesn't have the same allure, - and no afterlife either!

Tue, 24 Jul 2012 20:16:56 UTC | #950000

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PUFF OF LOGIC, you are doing the right thing by finding out about science. Apply this knowledge to the RCC's hell.

How does Jesus keep the fiery lake boliing for an eternity?

The RCC think God is some kind of perpetual motion machine, .....- and the evidence for this is ZILCH!

Disgard this paper tiger's threat and this useless religion, and get on with finding out about the real world! Plenty of others have done it, including my dad who fell out with his priest when he was about 17. He never looked back.

Tue, 24 Jul 2012 19:55:17 UTC | #949999

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Strongest faith contest whereby contestants can test the strength of their faith against lions, and deadly poisons among other hazards.

Tue, 24 Jul 2012 18:34:36 UTC | #949993

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Synchronised sinning?

Mount Olympus North Face speed climb. Winner must bring back Zeus' fire and be chained to a rock for eternity, whilst an eagle eats his liver everyday.

Winged horse show jumping event.

Mon, 23 Jul 2012 19:34:44 UTC | #949914

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No doubt this is a fight we will have to take on, - even without rostrel barbles!

Sun, 22 Jul 2012 18:57:31 UTC | #949857

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Of course there is no reason why "miracles" are restricted to the Christian outlook. Thanks to The God Delusion, I now know about this Indian guy Sai Baba who is pulling them off all the time. And, unlike Jesus, he's still alive!

I wonder what Jay29 thinks about him?

Mon, 16 Jul 2012 18:06:24 UTC | #949334

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Comment 52 by jay29

I'm dropping out of this thread as I do not consider that the replies (for the most part) are of a sufficient quality to warrant serious discussion.

Do I detect the Groucho Marx effect?

Or perhaps the gunslinger effect: - "This town ain't big enough for both of us, so where's ma horse?"?

Sorry Jay, but you have been remarkably underwhelming, even though you have used many long words and many words. Byeee!

Sat, 14 Jul 2012 16:50:03 UTC | #949195

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Steve Z

Interestingly, God isn't outside of investigation!

Ah! But to a theolgian He is! Which is why it's so "convenient" that God lies outside of detectability! A rabbit that that the dog can never hope to chase, but a rabbit which at the same time as being uncatchable, can also influence the dog's eyesight as to what it is chasing! Half in -. half out, of this "veil of tears" we call life.

Fri, 13 Jul 2012 21:54:36 UTC | #949125

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And here's the great thing about science, - it works! It detects things like dark matter, dark energy, Higgs bosons, neutrinos etc. which the human senses alone could never detect. No-one would ever claim such things are beyond science, even though they are undetectable to ordinary humans without specialised equipment.

Of course, God, conveniently remains outside of investigation, despite the great claims for such a being. It's almost as if He ain't there!

Fri, 13 Jul 2012 12:27:26 UTC | #949047

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Why do we need to refute the so-called "supernatural"?

Let those who believe in it produce the evidence.

Invariably, it's either what was written in holy books or a load of anecdotal bollocks.

Thu, 12 Jul 2012 20:19:42 UTC | #948994

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I used to have a house on the edge of the Fens in Suffolk, England. Flat as a pancake! But boy those skies could be magnificent! And close up, the plants weren't too bad either!

No, I have no idea why.

I have no idea why I like Bach's music so much, or Shakespeares plays, (The Hollow Crown recommended for those in UK, BBC website), Picasso's Weeping Woman, or Richard Feynman talking about things. Maybe it's something to do with the way they GRAB my attention, and each time in a different way, even though I'm familiar with them! If you can't enjoy a rock pool, enjoy a sand dune instead!

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 18:41:09 UTC | #948860

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Comment 10 by twoodman

Catholics have no trouble with evolution, and I have never met a Catholic creationist although I know there are some in the US.

Hmmm? Catholics accept evolution as being guided by God, His method of creating humanity as the cream of creation. Anyone who knows anything about evolution knows that homo sapiens happen to be the dominant mammal on Earth because of many different evolutionary twists and turns over some 4 billion years. There was never any inevitability about it. We are lucky!

As for creationism, whether it happened 13.7 billion years ago, or some 6000 years ago, the basic idea is the same, - God done it! A completely fallacious and erroneous idea! All Christians are creationists.

Fri, 06 Jul 2012 21:09:58 UTC | #948698

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VrijVinder:

Eating milk and meat products together is not recommended because it causes gas. And indigestion.

Bang goes my pork Dijon!

Fri, 06 Jul 2012 12:50:35 UTC | #948683

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Of course we should remember that the RCC only accepts evolution in a very limited way, i.e. guided by God, which amounts to not accepting evolution at all! That's why Darwin's idea was so "dangerous", as Dan Dennett puts it. It did away with the need for God.

Accepting evolution means there was no Adam and Eve, and Genesis becomes allegorical. Also they have the problem of deciding at what point God "inserted" souls into homo sapiens. Did Neanderthals also have souls? How about Homo Erectus? And what was God doing for 13.7 billion years before He sent Jesus down to save us?

The YEC view is undoubtedly more in line with Bible, but completely at variance with the reality! The RCC has taken the expedient view of accepting reality, and then grafting their theology onto it.

Fri, 06 Jul 2012 12:23:06 UTC | #948682

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Liebore, you probably handled it about right. Let the guy spout his nonsense, (cringe quietly), and then get on with the business. We've all been offended at some time or other. Try not to let it bother you, and if it happens again, have a quiet laugh at the guy's ideas. You could always pull the "Fine but I have to meet another supplier in x minutes time so get on with it" line.

I wonder how a Jewish or Muslim potential supplier would have handled it? Probably with a lot more discretion.

Thu, 05 Jul 2012 17:40:57 UTC | #948629

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But Michael, as you know, the universe arose from NOthing! That's quite a non-deity you believe in!!!

As for me, I'm a NONE, (well occasionally I dress up in monk's clothing, but only to get into Rowan Williams' poetry reading sessions!)

(Removes tongue from cheek)

Thu, 05 Jul 2012 17:21:57 UTC | #948625

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Bastard Islamic clerics. They interfered with the polio eradication scheme in Nigeria too. Anti-western is one thing, but anti good health is anti humanity. I despise this attitude. The same applies to the anti vaxers in the USA and elsewhere. Opinionated, but no knowledge.

I notice this iman did a runner! Did Allah help him sprint or jog off?

Sat, 16 Jun 2012 18:46:48 UTC | #947716

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From the article:

But informed Catholics ought to be far better prepared to use reason itself to defend what they believe on faith

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So apparently Catholics will now have to explain, using "reason", Jesus walking on water, and having been born of a virgin. Also they will have to "use reason" to explain how having been sacrificed by His father, Jesus was dead, but not dead, and managed to levitate Himself to heaven to sit beside Himself on His own righthand side!

Well don't ask me. I'm not sophisticated at all! But I don't believe any of it!

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 21:09:51 UTC | #947466

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Strangebrew:

A quick taster

Right! Gotcha, Catsweazle it is!

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 21:49:59 UTC | #947113

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Strangebrew:

Catweazle' is jumping ship before the darkness and panic really sets in...but he better get a wiggle on!

I'm intrigued by the use of "Catsweazle". I know it refers to the Welsh bard, Rowan Williams. I also realise that it is not a complimentary term, (pedants notice the i). My own use of "Holy Joe" as referring to the current Pope is fairly obvious, - but I don't get "Catsweazle". I must admit, I quite like the name. Inferences of a sly and vicious predator?

I'm waiting by the question mark.

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 19:52:17 UTC | #947098

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For the benefit of those newer to this site than myself, let me cite Leviticus 18. 22 which is most often used as justification for Christian opposition to homosexuality:

"Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination." KJB

Of course other "abominations" include eating shellfish and wearing clothes of mixed fibres. Anyone collecting sticks on the Sabbath is worthy of stoning to death. And "thou shalt not suffer a witch to live" Exodus 22. 18. Among other good advice! All no doubt are unfailingly obeyed by all Christians. I would hope that the ABoC, Rowan (backwards) Williams, or the Bishop of Leicester never consider eating the odd prawn cocktail. Since the CoE version of hell is much milder than the hellfire guys, it seems to be more of a warm bath than the lake of fire. (You just never get to see the 3 Old Boys upstairs, and have the eternal opportunity of fawning over them).

Yes these CoE clerics certainly have a lot to teach us about stupidity. As Marx put in in the 1st Preface to Capital, the CoE would rather part with 38 of its 39 Articles than part with 1/39 of its income! How true!

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 19:09:02 UTC | #947093