"Is debating with theists really the best use of our time? Yes, a few do change but most will not. My problem is not so much with theists in general but with extremists of every religious/political persuasion. I see this as a power issue.…"
"How do I assign a probability to something so ill defined as "god"? Without a clear & consistent definition of what is meant by the word "god" it is not possible to have a rational discussion on the matter.…"
"The usual theistic definition of the biblical god leads to irremediable paradoxes. Consequently the god of the bible is impossible & we can say with absolute certainty that this god thingy doesn't exist."
"This has been a very helpful discussion. It has lead me to new areas of research which have clarified my thoughts on the matter.
No supernatural claim has ever been scientifically confirmed. Quite the opposite. If you set up a fair, controlled, test…"
"Are you referring to the work of Israeli archaeologist Israel Finkelstein? Though I have to add that most archaeologists working in the Levant share his views on the The Bible's general lack of historicity. Lewis Black does an…"
"Hi Ceil. Don't take the Satan thing too seriously. I was just being facetious to lighten the mood. Being Canadian & polite what I often tell believers is "Sorry, but I just don't share your beliefs" & leave it at that. If…"
"In his lengthy diatribe Huseyin DENİZ has accused us of, among other things, "delirious raving". As this thread includes anti-theism I will say that most of the "delirious raving" is coming from the authors…"
"Huseyin, the veracity of the Quran depends, to a degree, upon the veracity of the biblical Old Testament. As this has been shown by modern scholarship & archeology to be mostly mythical it is evident that the Quran also contains myth &…"
"The religious mental model is like a computer simulation. I can play Mech Warrior but I would really be deluded if I thought I could actually steal a Madcat & go rampaging through a city. It's only software which is the product of the all…"
"Social support for a reality paradigm. Hadn't thought about it this way.
It makes good sense. One could say that Christians & Muslims are feeling threatened because their consensus realities are being eroded through exposure to different…"
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