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Loren Miller commented on Anwyn Davies's blog post A Question of Arrogance
"What's more, the average scientist / researcher will tell you when he or she doesn't know something.  Certainly, they may be well-versed in their own particular specialty, but when asked about issues outside of that focus, far more…"
Feb 27, 2013
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A Question of Arrogance

I keep seeing that word, "arrogant", being thrown around by the religious. Scientists are arrogant. Atheists are arrogant. And those invitations to debate - "talk with me, but don't be arrogant!" What they mean is, don't show me up, don't make me look like a fool, don't push my out of my comfort zone. Don't be confident, don't be informed, don't behave like you know what you are talking about. Don't be "arrogant". It's wielded like a weapon, like a threat - and there is no self-reflection about…See More
Feb 27, 2013
Lillie commented on Anwyn Davies's blog post "Marjoe" - how can people still believe?
"Now, charismatic religion can seem more like a dance party to me and maybe even somewhat orgasmic.  As to the more established religions, I think people just plain out don't think and are even afraid to think.  Afraid that they have…"
Sep 3, 2012
Anwyn Davies posted a blog post

"Marjoe" - how can people still believe?

I watched the 1972 documentary "Marjoe" tonight (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068924/) and I confess to being some what bemused. I don't know what I find harder to swallow - that people can con and shuckster people the way these preachers do with such bald-faced fakery, or that the people in the congregation seem to be unable to see it. I don't understand it: how can people not see that these exhortations for money are pure greed and shystery?…See More
Sep 3, 2012
Brian Iverson liked Anwyn Davies's blog post Theism and the art of Bullying
Aug 31, 2012
Beth KZ commented on Anwyn Davies's blog post The body language of "charismatic" preaching
"I have watched them. I've also watched a number of Adolf Hitler's speeches. I cannot understand the German, but I can hear his intonations, watch his gestures, and watch the crowd's emotional reaction. He did have the ability to make…"
Aug 31, 2012
Ruth Anthony-Gardner commented on Anwyn Davies's blog post The body language of "charismatic" preaching
"I tried to look at a few preacher videos to compare voice tone and body language, but it made me nauseated. I'll take your word for the resemblance, until someone with a stronger stomach than I can post side by side clips."
Aug 31, 2012
Anwyn Davies commented on Reason Being's blog post MSU Student has Mouth Stapled Shut Because of his Religion
"I'm not convinced that simply removing religion will prevent this kind of violence. From what I've observed, it isn't that religion makes people commit acts of violence against each other, it's that religion gives people the…"
Aug 31, 2012
Anwyn Davies replied to Jerry Wesner's discussion Does Any Rand represent your atheist philosophy?
"Absolutely not! I personally loath Ayn Rand's philosophies. Linking Objectivism with Atheism is about as practical as linking Atheism with Communism, or Atheism with Dadaism for that matter. The two are not mutually dependent, although many…"
Aug 31, 2012
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The body language of "charismatic" preaching

I went to a wedding not long ago, held in a church that I think is Pentecostal, certainly is happy-clappy "charismatic" evangelical in it's style. The preacher took the opportunity to "reach out" to the wedding guests who weren't members of his congregation, and went all-out to convince us of the love of God that was sweeping through the room, and that those who failed to heed this were damned. I didn't feel anything other than cold and uncomfortable; not only did I feel the fire and brimstone…See More
Aug 31, 2012
Anwyn Davies commented on Anwyn Davies's blog post Theism and the art of Bullying
"Richard, that's an interesting take I hadn't considered. Discussion is difficult - says so very much and would seem to give an explanation for a lot of behaviour I find baffling. Something for me to think about, thank you."
Aug 21, 2012
Richard C Brown commented on Anwyn Davies's blog post Theism and the art of Bullying
"My experience as a theist is that we arm ourselves with the bible and the words therein.God said it.This is what the bible says and I am following it. It is difficult to get the theist to listen. I like this discussion it stirs the sleeping within…"
Aug 21, 2012
Loren Miller commented on Anwyn Davies's blog post Theism and the art of Bullying
"... in dealing with certain types you must step on their toes until they apologize.-- Robert A. Heinlein"
Aug 20, 2012

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A Question of Arrogance

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 5:18pm 3 Comments

I keep seeing that word, "arrogant", being thrown around by the religious. Scientists are arrogant. Atheists are arrogant. And those invitations to debate - "talk with me, but don't be arrogant!" What they mean is, don't show me up, don't make me look like a fool, don't push my out of my comfort zone. Don't be confident, don't be informed, don't behave like you know what you are talking about. Don't be…
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"Marjoe" - how can people still believe?

Posted on September 3, 2012 at 10:45am 1 Comment

I watched the 1972 documentary "Marjoe" tonight (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068924/) and I confess to being some what bemused. I don't know what I find harder to swallow - that people can con and shuckster people the way these preachers do with such bald-faced fakery, or that the people in the congregation seem to be unable to see it. I don't understand it: how can people not see that these exhortations for money are pure greed…

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The body language of "charismatic" preaching

Posted on August 31, 2012 at 12:27am 2 Comments

I went to a wedding not long ago, held in a church that I think is Pentecostal, certainly is happy-clappy "charismatic" evangelical in it's style. The preacher took the opportunity to "reach out" to the wedding guests who weren't members of his congregation, and went all-out to convince us of the love of God that was sweeping through the room, and that those who failed to heed this were damned. I didn't feel anything other than cold and uncomfortable; not only did I feel the fire and…

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Theism and the art of Bullying

Posted on August 20, 2012 at 5:13am 5 Comments

Recently it feels like I've been involved in too many discussions about what actually constitutes rape. Long, involved discussions that boil down to the argument that victims are somehow to blame for what happens to them, whether it's based on how they dress, what their behaviour was, if they did or didn't fight back and so on. I hit on a phrase that seemed to stop one friend in his thinking tracks: bullying someone into accepting sex is still rape, in exactly the same way that bullying…

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At 11:12am on August 6, 2012, Lillie said…

Welcome, Anwyn.  You are very fortunate to be a third generation nontheist.  I know your study of the history of religion has confirmed your nontheism.  (I Like your name very much.)

At 4:51pm on August 5, 2012, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, Anwyn! Glad you could join us. :D

Please consider joining a group to meet people and talk about anything that's on your mind, Hang With Friends.You might also like Atheist Writers and Philosophy (we have lots of philosophy groups). Since Australia is already experiencing the negative consequences of Climate Change, you might want to participate in the discussion at Eco-Logical too.

After you've searched for topics of interest in "Groups" above and in the "Forums", don't forget to look at recent activity which hides along the right margin of the page all the way at the bottom.

At 9:59am on August 5, 2012, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

 
 
 

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