"I usually take this route. It's funny when they are really dedicated to the subject matter and then you just brush it off. It gets them incredibly flustered.
If they persist, you can always point out that they are spending too much effort and…"
"I vaguely remember activity in the late 1980's prediction which mirrored some of what you describe from the 1843 one.
I'm just wondering what sort of insanity we'll start seeing as May 21st gets a little closer. I…"
""Amoral" is much more often used to mean "worse than immoral." An amoral person not only breaks the moral code but ignores it completely. Bill Clinton sometimes behaved immorally, but the Bush administration was…"
"About 900 of Jim Jones's followers committed suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, back in the 70s (I think it was the 70s) by drinking a powdered drink mix called Flavoraid laced with cyanide. (Hence the Koolaid saying.) Then the…"
"Christian religions teach us that all humans are sinful and depraved. The only reason we behave is that we are afraid of God. For the True Believer, removing God from the picture would allow our baser nature to act out.
"I think there is a disconnect between what sacred texts say and what people insist they mean. I recently re-read the Gita after twenty years; the edition I have includes explanations written by various Hindu sages. What I got from this…"
"I disagree that it isn't our job to "convert" other people.
Amen. I want to have a positive impact on our society, and helping decrease the effect of religion on the human race is one of the most beneficial effects I think I…"
"Well, there are different types of theists. You're right that some can't be helped. They lack the education and basic critical-thinking skills that would enable you to reach them through any sort of discussion or…"
"Also, a lot of the theist calls are just sooo much fun. It's immature of me, but I love calls from people like JR:
It's a bit of an ego boost, seeing how much more mentally capable we are than some people."
"Hmmm, I can definitely see where you're coming from with this. Perhaps it would help if you just shift the certainty down one level.
It strengthens your argument in a real debate if you don't assert absolute certainty about…"
"As for the non-existence of god, it is so odd that on an atheist website, someone would actually go through so much casuistry to make the
claim that it is technically wrong to say that there is definitely no
god. It is only wrong to say there…"