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How about the bible shouldn't be taken?

Wed, 03 Dec 2008 12:59:00 UTC | #282329

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It was a total attempt at a slight of hand with "You trust reason, you have a faith in it." Trusting something by way of conviction is not faith if I have a reason for it, by definition. Why one would trust reason is simple history, it works.

Calling doubt dogmatic is just plain stupid.

Tue, 02 Dec 2008 12:17:00 UTC | #281581

Go to: Christopher Hitchens and Douglas Wilson Debate

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Well why does there have to be any intrinsic value to the entirety of the universe? WHY must there be objective aesthetics? Why does nobody point out they aren't arguing for objectivity, and though I'll get some snarls I'm sure, I'm only arguing definitions here, but Rand (or Sam Harris)would be arguing for objective morality. Somebody like Hume would argue for subjective morality. The Christians argue for intrinsic morality, and there's a big difference. Saying the universe has a moral code isn't simply saying "I think I could argue that x is truly moral" it's saying it's a priori moral.

Mon, 01 Dec 2008 20:48:00 UTC | #281185

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Without philosophy you have no politics or science, at all. One's philosophy is essentially everything they are, doesn't have to necessarily have a name. I think it's quite the mark of the boring Soviet like materialist (I don't mean to say you are as brutal, only as boring) to say that philosophy did nothing for humanity. It's like those that justify space with medicine, plants, and frying pans (Dawkins has certainly addressed the frying pan part) or that medicine and technology is all science is. I see it as the same thought process. I think the reason why religion exists at all, and why it's so appealing is one, because of this apparent curve towards servility in us all, but more importantly because we all need a philosophy to live by. Most are intellectually lazy/bankrupt it seems and/or were born in a time when you were really forced to be either by the lack of human experience or some forms of oppression. There's your benefit of religion coming first. I apologize if this was already said, but I have to reply quickly to saying philosophy goes on the opposite of science.

And it is certainly no coincidence that real philosophy was born out of Ionia with Thales, as was science.

Mon, 01 Dec 2008 19:50:00 UTC | #281169

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Well at least it's a lot closer to a human than a cracker. They're making progress.

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 18:09:00 UTC | #276286

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Any chance any of these are in the way of DRILL BABY DRILL

Fri, 21 Nov 2008 14:56:00 UTC | #274508

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I'll go read Wonderful Life again.

and Zara thanks, because that ran through my head too, glad to see somebody smarter than me went "wait...what?"

Fri, 21 Nov 2008 14:32:00 UTC | #274500

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Dennett debated D'Souza, but it was pretty lame.

Fri, 07 Nov 2008 18:00:00 UTC | #266823

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I don't think white evangelicals make up quite 75% (prove me wrong, and I will oblige gracefully), and I really don't see McCain winning. The opposition to the war is strong, and the opposition to Bush is strong. Obama's few on healthcare and the economy is also a thousand times better. The only way I see McCain winning is if there is cheating.

Here's me crossing my fingers in Florida that we go to Obama, and if my experience are representative of the state, we will.

Mon, 03 Nov 2008 17:01:00 UTC | #263734

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As horrible as this surely is, and as awesome as it is to come out of that, I give credit to Phelps for being an actual Christian. Not to say that isn't incredibly evil, but he has basic reading comprehension down.

Mon, 03 Nov 2008 16:44:00 UTC | #263726

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Robotaholic,
It also helps to be a socialist.

Sun, 02 Nov 2008 17:15:00 UTC | #263204

Go to: 'People say I'm strident'

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I just think this whole "You should pander like crazy" attitude is demagogy and incredibly fake. If you actively oppose it, actively oppose it. For some, yes, it does put up defenses; for others, it's hard enough to knock them down, and more importantly, honest and clear.

For the pathos throughout this whole article I sure did get some nice relief from the "cramming for the final," I like it.

Sun, 26 Oct 2008 11:52:00 UTC | #258051

Go to: The world according to Hitchens

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Hitler was left wing? what!?

I'm sorry, but just have the veil of "socialist" does not make you left. I think it was Orwell who referenced "socialized fascism," and that's the perfect term.

It's not that hard to say "I'm a socialist!" *little bit of economic growth* whoops, I meant fascist .

Sun, 28 Sep 2008 08:03:00 UTC | #242499

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ugh, I hate 'love the sinner and hate the sin,' since they're just lying to themselves. When you hate somebody, you hate what they've done.

As for homophobia, I think it's a bit odd how it's accepted waaaaaaaaaay more than, say, racism.

Sun, 07 Sep 2008 09:35:00 UTC | #230892

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I don't get the equivocation with communism there at all. Sounds like a lame way to mix what exists with what should be.

Sat, 06 Sep 2008 12:08:00 UTC | #230746

Go to: Face to faith

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A metaphor for what?

Sat, 06 Sep 2008 12:05:00 UTC | #230744

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I don't know, I imagine having no foresight is hard to capture on a computer to the point it should. I could be wrong.

Tue, 02 Sep 2008 13:13:00 UTC | #228727

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I'm certainly a bit of a "statist" with the twelve year old girl. Florida and decent questions usually aren't good friend, it seems, so hurray.

Sat, 30 Aug 2008 10:29:00 UTC | #227063

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Deebeeh,
You seem to forget that creationists then argue about macro evolution or speciation or whatever they feel like that actually takes a good deal of time, and then say we haven't observed it, thus you lose. It's better to attack that way of thinking, and show even they don't agree with it. They don't see microrganisms getting killed, but I think they prefer to side with science on that, and the same goes for almost every crime scene. My point is, if he were to say "well, some evolutionary changes have been observed," then they'd simply say it wasn't a big enough change to count.

Fri, 22 Aug 2008 11:37:00 UTC | #222503

Go to: Conversation between Richard Dawkins and John Lennox

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I have some allegorical emails.

Sun, 10 Aug 2008 12:51:00 UTC | #215624

Go to: An atheist plays God's advocate

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Yes, yes, god...but what about Yahweh? I think there's an issue in Christians always addressing their god as God, so that they can really absorb all deist claims as on their side.

Sat, 09 Aug 2008 14:18:00 UTC | #215289

Go to: Conversation between Richard Dawkins and John Lennox

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You must demonstrate how a birth without sperm/non female sex cell is possible, not that we can jab some sperm in a virgin. If you don't explain how, you explain nothing. If there is no evidence for an event happening, but you then say the event is possible, you must say how this is possible. "God's just that awesome" is no answer.

Also, coming to a crowd of atheists and the going "What the hell..you find the virgin birth illogical?" is not defined as having a life. I echo diacanu's sentiments.

Sat, 09 Aug 2008 14:04:00 UTC | #215280

Go to: Write to UCF

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I know some guys that went to UCF and got out because the crime was so bad in the area. In other words, that's strike two.

Also, the first paragraph of Dawkins' letter is ace.

Sat, 26 Jul 2008 12:46:00 UTC | #207819

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I thought the same thing with the Louisiana bill with "Keep it vague, then it's not unconstitutional."

Sat, 19 Jul 2008 11:13:00 UTC | #203054

Go to: VOICES OF SCIENCE - Available Now on DVD

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"You're smarter than me but I know things one can't possibly know." The good ole fake humility in the face of amazing arrogance.

Wed, 16 Jul 2008 14:17:00 UTC | #201166

Go to: IT'S A GODDAMNED CRACKER!

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I live in the great state of pissed off catholics wanting their cracker back, sweet.

Wed, 09 Jul 2008 10:04:00 UTC | #196665

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pedophiles? like a priest?

Tue, 08 Jul 2008 09:27:00 UTC | #195911

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I really wish Harris would show himself more often. He's a very clear speaker and I don't see him enough.

Sat, 05 Jul 2008 10:33:00 UTC | #194290

Go to: Christians challenge teaching of evolution

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The only positive I hope for is that this shows all their crap is strictly Christian and maybe, just maybe, it makes some people realize we need to keep the wall up.

I really am surprised this has gone anywhere but America.

Sat, 05 Jul 2008 09:08:00 UTC | #194261

Go to: Did newborn Earth harbour life?

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Steve,
I believe it was Carl Sagan who said he couldn't think of a better use for nukes than to propel spacecraft. We certainly need to make sure no problems would occur, but if not, man it would be the coolest way to get rid of them. I'd be very proud of that moment if it ever came.

Thu, 03 Jul 2008 10:01:00 UTC | #193417