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Houston, first take the cover off the eyepiece

Started this discussion. Last reply by Susan Stanko Oct 2. 2 Replies

I was mindlessly snooping the web today, trying to give meaning to my life, when I came across this article:…Continue

Teaching religion in the classroom? This approach is exactly what I'd like to see.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nerdlass Jul 1, 2013. 5 Replies

This will ultimately turn out to be a political issue so that's why I put it in that category. The moderator can correct that as he sees fit.…Continue

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Greg replied to chares martel's discussion What is wrong with Atheists infiltrating the Churches?
"I can't imagine this working all the time. In those instances where it does not work, and the infiltrator is outed, the results would be disastrous. The reputation of atheists as a whole would be tainted, something they did not ask to risk and…"
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Greg replied to Visvakarman Svetasvatara-Upanish's discussion Richard Dawkins: 'Somebody as intelligent as Jesus would have been an atheist'
""Jesus crackers...good for Fido, good for you.""
Oct 13
Greg commented on Loren Miller's blog post The Particular Problem with Islam
"Sam Harris has made some really strong statements regarding Aslan. I personally don't have enough knowledge of the Quran to know the truth of every Aslan statement so it's on me to brush up. However, to add to this discussion I'll…"
Oct 13
Greg replied to Visvakarman Svetasvatara-Upanish's discussion Richard Dawkins: 'Somebody as intelligent as Jesus would have been an atheist'
"A lying lunatic? This is going beyond speculation now. I guess you're probably right. We'll have to chalk it up to legend. That may be the best thing xtianity has going for it."
Oct 13
Greg replied to Visvakarman Svetasvatara-Upanish's discussion Richard Dawkins: 'Somebody as intelligent as Jesus would have been an atheist'
""He's either insane or the son of god". I agree...with the former. Actually, there is a third possibility. Jesus may have been a real person who has been lied about ever since his death. That's closer to my belief. I'm…"
Oct 13
Greg replied to James M. Martin's discussion Ben Affleck Debates Maher and Harris and Makes Total Ass of Himself
"I've often said the Quran is dangerous because it is chaotic. I believe it to be much more dangerous than the bible. As you say, one can get it to support pretty much anything you want. Unfortunately, the negative aspects, such as the repeated…"
Oct 9
Greg replied to dharmaprija's discussion ethics
"I realize Michael is advocating a Randian utopia. Reading your comment, I was reminded of a Mark Twain quote regarding Jack London. London, you may recall, was a strong supporter of socialism. As I understand it, he quit the movement, convinced it…"
Oct 2
Greg replied to dharmaprija's discussion ethics
"Most organized crime bosses were sent to prison for tax evasion. There might be the possibility of wage garnishment. Paying taxes is voluntary in the sense that we're not slaves. We are free to leave the country and work elsewhere. Of course,…"
Oct 2
Susan Stanko replied to Greg's discussion Houston, first take the cover off the eyepiece
"The problem is that theists thinks that they can change the definition they are using of a word and it still is the same thing.  So to say that we have faith in gravity is using the word with a different definition then when talking about…"
Oct 2
Michael Penn replied to Greg's discussion Houston, first take the cover off the eyepiece
"I agree that religious people do not know the difference between science and belief. Too often they tell you about a scientist who is also a strong believer in Jesus, etc. This just does not happen when the scientist is an evolutionary biologist.…"
Oct 2
Greg replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion US government must pay for Ebola healthcare to avoid epidemic here
"I recognize that for many people, touching the sick, or even corpses, may be acceptable. Both my parents passed away within a very short period. I did not see the bodies and had no desire to do so. Once they passed, they ceased to exist except in my…"
Oct 2
Greg replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion US government must pay for Ebola healthcare to avoid epidemic here
""I am against using government money to treat an illness that is clearly the result of questionable morals and personal hygiene. This so called disease, if it's even a real disease at all, is a plot to force Obamacare upon the good people…"
Oct 2
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Houston, first take the cover off the eyepiece

I was mindlessly snooping the web today, trying to give meaning to my life, when I came across this article:Proof of god. I see a picture of Jesus in my EbolaOk, I admit that title isn't really accurate and doesn't convey what the story is about. Still, I thought it funny a vatican "astronomer" would be sitting in front of a microscope. In my mind, that…See More
Oct 2
Greg replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion New Pew Survey on Politics and Religion
""About a third of evangelical Christians (34%), including 42% of white evangelical Protestants, and one-in-five Catholics (18%) say it has become more difficult to be a member of their religious group in recent years." Translation:…"
Sep 24
Greg replied to matthew greenberg's discussion ISIS - a conservative paradise in Iraq
"Well sure, there have been "some" instances where ISIS slaughter and behead people but it's not official ISIS policy. Ok, maybe it is ISIS policy, but they're not widespread. Ok, maybe it is widespread, but Islam is a religion of…"
Sep 17
Greg replied to Dhruv Kumar Ghosh's discussion Bloody Mary a hoax!
"My daughter pulled the Bloody Mary story out during school when she was about 8 years old. Some of her friends were so traumatized they nearly suspended my daughter. She thought the whole thing was ridiculous. My wife did punish her in some mild way…"
Sep 16

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At 7:22am on May 16, 2014, Randall Smith said…

Appreciate your comment (with a chuckle). Few people grasp the magical 50% threshold, or any other percentage for that matter. If one person in 300 survived a mining collapse, for example, it would be a "miracle" from god (and "thank god" uttered). Bad luck for the other 299. Crazy.

At 3:16pm on March 12, 2013, Loren Miller said…

To try to encompass all of Robert Heinlein's philosophy by recommending one book is likely impossible.  I COULD be tempted to suggest Time Enough For Love, even though it (sort of) requires that you read Methuselah's Children first (it really CAN stand on its own, though). There is a lot of RAH's philosophy in Time Enough and in many of his other books.

If you want to have a hard, strong look at his attitude on religion, I have three suggestions:

Job: A Comedy of Justice. This REALLY gets to the heart of the matter ... and it should have been his FIFTH Hugo Award winner.
Stranger In a Strange Land. All you have to do is look at the gross parody which is Fosters "Church of the New Revelation" to see what he thinks of current-day organized religion.
If this goes on... from the collection, Revolt in 2100. One of the first pieces Heinlein wrote which dealt directly with religion and its leanings toward imperialism.

These are among my faves. We can talk about this if you like or you can go your own way. In any case, I'd be interested in hearing your reaction to whatever you do get into.

At 5:39pm on July 5, 2012, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

At 6:07pm on July 4, 2012, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, ! 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 Defense Network. 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 4:02pm on July 4, 2012, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Hi Greg

Welcome to this world of rationality, truth and peace, where common sense and science lead to freethinking wisdom --- as you know as a non believer and freethinker like us.

We invite you to make good friends by joining the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 700 discussion topics and 3500 members.

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Terry

 
 
 

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