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Go to: Pat Robertson: God told me of 'mass killing' in 2007

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Thu, 04 Jan 2007 14:21:00 UTC | #14145

Go to: Beliefwatch: Blasphemy (Challenge)

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Mon, 01 Jan 2007 22:22:00 UTC | #13748

Go to: How Old is the Grand Canyon? Park Service Won't Say

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WARNING WARNING --- There are more YEC propagandists out there than you can shake a fossilized Ichthyosaurus or toss a coal miner's helmet at...

"What are fossils?

A fossil is a plant or animal that has been dead for a long time - usually thousands of years. It must be buried immediately after it dies. If it dies and is exposed to the air it will never become a fossil. A flood could cause a sudden burial and provide a means of fossilization.

How fast can something become a fossil?

The bigger the object, the longer it will take to fossilize. In Brazil, the Santana Formation contains millions of fossilized fish in which lithification [conversion to stone] was instantaneous. A fossil of Ichthyosaurus was in the process of giving birth! Something happened very fast in order to lock this event into stone.

What are index fossils?

They are fossils associated with a particular span of geological time. Almost every stratum [sheetlike layer of rock] contains fossils that seem to be the same type (clams, coral, etcetera). Evolutionists study the stratum and determine what "index" fossils are contained in it. They date the stratum from the index fossils they find. Okay, now think about this: if the date of the fossil is wrong, then the date of the stratum is also wrong. Remember that geologists tell us that the stratum have been laid down over millions of years!

What is the most unusual fossil?

It is a miner's felt hat from Tasmania. After 50 years, the hat was found and was as hard as a rock. The minerals in the water that covered the hat had turned it to stone.

How long does it take coal to form?

We have been taught that it takes millions of years for coal to form. However, in a laboratory, researchers have made low-quality coal in less that one year. It takes eleven years to produce coal that is very close to "Natural" coal. For example, under the right conditions, diamonds can be made in days and opals in a few months to a few years."

Sat, 30 Dec 2006 14:05:00 UTC | #13443

Go to: A Christmas thunderbolt for the arch-enemy of religion

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The gods offer no rewards for intellect. There was never one yet that showed any interest in it. -- Mark Twain

Mon, 25 Dec 2006 14:47:00 UTC | #12931

Go to: Why Are Atheists So Angry? A Debate with Dennis Prager

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The topic of debate, "Why are atheists so angry?", is unfair & unbalanced -- not to mention misleading -- by implying that all atheists are angry.

Shouldn't it be, "Why are some atheists so angry?"

Or, even more accurately -- since a majority of Americans are believers -- shouldn't we be asking, "Why are some atheists and theists angry?"

Angry atheists and theists are probably most upset about the same thing -- that their positions are not understood, recognized, or accepted by the other side.

I say live and let live... for worms are graciously agnostic and will feast on both.

Wed, 29 Nov 2006 00:45:00 UTC | #9524

Go to: E-Petition: Abolish Faith Schools

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Richard, initiate such a petition in the States, & Jerry Falwell & Pat Robertson will call for the invasion of Britain.

Thu, 16 Nov 2006 14:52:00 UTC | #7971

Go to: Reading of The God Delusion in Lynchburg, VA

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The dearth of logic amid the posted attacks against believers argues that Richard Dawkins has no little task before him, even amongst the unshackled.

Do rants from either side persuade any man or woman?

Does seething anger lead to understanding and enlightenment?

Recall what Descartes didn't say: "I think not, therefore I ain't!"

Rock on, Richard, we have miles to go before we sleep!

Thu, 16 Nov 2006 09:05:00 UTC | #7946

Go to: Reading of The God Delusion in Lynchburg, VA

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Richard, you may find this useful.

Joey was raised by Polish-American Catholic family in Ohio River Valley, schooled by dedicated nuns at Cathedral Grade School, served as altar boy, recruited & studied at Catholic HS Seminary & Jesuit University.

The Jesuits taught Joey to question everything, esp. his faith, because it strengthens understanding & faith. Joey did. He served in the military, married & raised 5 boys, and evolved into an agnostic-atheist.

Now 50-something, educated, financially successful, and independent-minded, Joey conceals his non-belief to avoid hurting his family, relatives, and good friends whom he deeply cares about, widowed & infirm mother, elderly Polish aunts, seminarian classmates some ordained priests.

Wed, 15 Nov 2006 10:30:00 UTC | #7843