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An eternal question, what is the purpose of life?, occupied philosophers’ thoughts throughout history. Stone pictographs reveal even primitive peoples reflected on this query. Each one has the capacity to define his or her personal thinking about politics, economics and religion.

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Greta Christina: Why Being Liberal Really Is Better Than Being Conservative

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Saturday. 10 Replies

Worth a read! Greta Christina explains philosopher Rebecca Goldstein's observation on a fundamental difference between "liberal" and "conservative" core values, and why things aren't as simple as "agreeing to disagree" between two "equally valid"…Continue

Tags: purity, democracy, loyalty, authority, avoidance of harm

You Can't Educate People Into Believing in Evolution

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 1. 4 Replies

"Hill found that religious belief was the strongest determinant of people's views on evolution—much more so than education, socioeconomic status, age, political views, or region of the country. More importantly, "Creationists are substantially more…Continue

Tags: confront, evolution, creationism, beliefs

Karen Armstrong is dangerous

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sheeva Nov 25. 17 Replies

"Karen Armstrong is dangerous. She’s dangerous because her blanket of tedious verbiage hides the truth that she wants us to completely ignore the dangers of religious dogma.  It appears that for her, there is no harmful dogma that can be pinned on…Continue

Tags: oppression, nihilism, politics, religious dogma, Karen Armstrong

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 17, 2012 at 3:22pm

Chris Martenson, Crash Course, Chapter 20
There is a very simple decision making tool that I use, and Chris Martenson used in this video. Place a problem statement on the verticle axis with a "True" or "False"; place an option statement on the horizontal axis with a "True" or "False". Then answer the questions in each of the four boxes.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 17, 2012 at 11:51am
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 16, 2012 at 3:00pm
Comment by Steph S. on September 14, 2012 at 7:04pm
And I also agree with you Booklover and Tony!
Hope you all have a great weekend.
Comment by Steph S. on September 14, 2012 at 7:03pm
Enjoy reading your posts Joan!
Comment by booklover on September 14, 2012 at 5:47pm

Joan, I can't stress enough how much I agree with you!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2012 at 11:58am

Should Atheists Respect Religion and Theism?

Why should an atheist respect something he/she does not respect. I don't respect anyone to causes pain to GLBT, or limits opportunity for those with whom he or she disagrees, or bombers of abortion clinics, or using taxpayers money to support his/her religious practices, or religion getting into politics. 
I do not want to be under the political control of  Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Baha'i, Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Rodnovery, Celtic pagan, Heathenry, Semitic Neopaganism, Wicca, Kemetism, Hellenic Neopaganism, Roman neopaganism.

Religion or no-religion is the right of an individual or groups. Religion  has no place as a doctrine, constitution, or laws. 

For religious individuals or groups to demand respect or acquiesce is an indication of weakness, not strength. 

An individual deserves respect as a living organism, but beliefs do not. 

Remaining silent in the face of differences implies agreement. Under no circumstance do I want to be interpreted as thinking religion is a positive force in nature. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2012 at 11:44am

Disagreement is Not Intolerance

"Disagreement is Not Intolerance; Saying Someone is Wrong is Not Intolerance. Irreligious Atheists are Justified in Criticizing, Arguing Against Religion."

How many time have you been confronted with, "Do you know Jesus?"

This question requires an honest answer, coming from whatever standpoint you have. 

Or, "You are going to burn in Hell."

First of all it is an opinion, but stated as a fact. That error should be pointed out quickly, harshly, and without any doubt. 

Or "I believe there is a god."

This statement is a valid one, should be acknowledged as valid, and then state your own position, whatever that is. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2012 at 11:35am

That should have read: 

Since when has silence been a cure for anything?

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2012 at 11:32am

Criticism of Religions is Not Free Speech

"Criticism of Religions is Not Free Speech: Don't Abuse your Free Speech Rights by Offending Religious Believers"

EXCUSE ME! offense is standpoint specific. If you believe there is a god and I do not, we each have the right to state our positions, whether good manners or not. Since when has silence be a cure for anything? When evidence exists of exploitation and manipulation of people and resources then it is the responsibility of each one to take a stand and publicly. Manners in a civilized society requires differences of opinions 
There is a process that can be followed that cuts down on blaming and pointing fingers. It is simple: make "I" statements. 

"In my opinion ..."

"I disagree with you and here is my position." 

"I feel offended when you say ..." (One can't argue about feelings.)

 
 
 

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