The original question was "What (stuff) do you believe ... even though you don't have evidence ..."
Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but in a criminal trial surrounding a circumstantial case, one would generally be expected to…"
"Everyone who watched the live coverage of this trial, saw and heard all of the evidence.
But why would anyone question 'certainty', based on a preponderance of the virtual mountain of physical, scientific, and…"
"The two things that stand out in my mind, about the myriad of life forms on earth: That from a microbial level on, life succeeds by 'tooth and nail.' And, that we are the only life form that has succeeded to our own level…"
"Bruno, You could probably edit your question to also include purpose. (What is your personal purpose and meaning of life?)
While it is one of the 1st great illusions, that life must have some absolutely universal meaning or purpose, purpose is…"
"I don't think Dawkins' answer is circuitous at all. It is a rather straight forward response, designed to point out the absurdity of the question, when viewed from one step back.
And, rather than hold himself out as the measure of all…"
"Then, practically out of nowhere (if not from under the '53 Chevy, that's still up on blocks), he's chased down and bitten by his own mother! And from out of the darkness, neighbors from all around report hearing a painfully pitiful…"
"I recently found myself arguing semantics, when trying to take-back, and reclaim a word for both science and non-believers. The word, faith.
I feel that a great number of atheists mistakenly eschew use of the word faith, as being synonymous with…"
"Yes, that is why so many arguements eventually boil down to semantics. If we all were able to agree on the exact definitions of words, much heated debate would simply evaporate.
It kinda reminds me of this quote I just seen posted on another…"
"I agree - the word "Faith" gets mistakenly eschewed by atheists, as belonging to the religious faithful. Not so.
Belief in the irrational - in things unseen - is actually what most atheists rightfully argue against and detest.
"Yonder comes miss Rosie, how in the world did you know?
By the way she wears her apron, and the dress that she wore.
Umbrella on her shoulder, piece of paper in her hand;
And she come to tell the boss man, you turn loose of my man.
Let the Midnight…"
Why thank you.
Ex mormon! Always happy to see one! (long story hehe).
So I guess I'm joining your existentialism group, even though I'm not one myself (if there's such a thing). I'm not really that attracted to all the dense philosophy, but I guess my life was a big fuckin Sartrean nausea when I decided to face some truths long time ago. As most of us, I suppose. So I might relate and find good things to read from the other members. I'm going to check on your blog later on as well. Let's keep talking. I'm curious about your mormon background. See you around!
Hey thanks DR!
As I mentioned in a recent comment about my own blog--It's nice to have people read what I write and explain their similarities and differences in rationale rather than categorically list all the reasons I'm going to hell. When I ask folks intuitive questions about their beliefs, mostly when they are just as apt to subsequently tell me what is and what is not, I fight the urge to punch them in the nose when they tell me they feel sorry for me because I don't have FAITH. I have faith that this right hook is going to spoil your day fine sir! Side note: I've been challenged to fights by fundamentalist Christians and always back down. The sense of victory I receive when they are left to stew in their own hippocritical stupidity is better than any right hook I've EVER thrown.
Thanks for the Friend request, and sorry about the delay. I'm trying to negotiate a reverse mtge., and it's taking longer, and is more involved, than I expected. Been filling out all kinds of forms, but I think I'm finally finished with that. I hope.
Welcome, and please wish me luck!
PS: Have you heard former "moron" Steve Benson's "Salt Lake City Blues"? Very funny.
Hello Friend! I used to live in Utah-- Ogden for six years. It was quite an experience in religious bigotry. I have to say that Forida is a bit better even if it is still so conservative in the rural parts of the state-- can you say Arkansas? No disrepect meant! Happiness to all...
Thanks for your encouragement D.R. That response on the existence of JC was my first effort and it's gratifying to know someone's acknowledging my thoughts. Though I'm a teacher, I'm not an academic scholar and I believe people can get bogged down in the detail. While it's generally sound advice to 'Know thy enemy', I don't think it's necessary to read the bible at all to dismiss it as a hotchpotch of obscure geneologies, self-righteous ancient Hebrew myth and superstition, though it does have its poetry and purple passages, and dare I say even humaneness here and there.
As some commentators have already noted, it doesn't matter if the image of Christ is based on one or more people who historically existed, and how much of the biographical detail is true. It's the notion that he was any kind of supernatural deity that needs addressing. It's simply impossible. Simply.
To me, the question of the existence of God really is a simple one, a 'no-brainer'. He made the world in six days and rested on the seventh. RESTED! Who wants to believe in an all-powerful god who gets TIRED? What if he's tired when I'm praying? So the bible hoists itself on its own petard in the very first chapter of Genesis.
Anyway, don't wish to preach to the converted. I'm glad to accept you as a friend in non-theism and will look out for your own contributions with interest. I liked your Huxley quote too. I'd also like to direct you to my second contribution, some comments on the notion of blasphemy. I hope you can find it. I don't know how to navigate the site well yet.