"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…"
"People make up fictional characters; mental models of non-existent people. Matter in our brains is rearranged to encode information about our models. This matter exists. Remove the part of the brain in which the encoded matter is found &…"
"I define "god" as an imaginary friend. Please define what you mean by the term "god".
I would call myself an Atomic Realist. Our day to day world is really made up of atoms. "God" is an arrangement of atoms in…"
"I live in an apartment complex that is kind of a way station for people coming into Canada. My neighbours are Hindu, Catholic, Muslim, Zoroastrians, Evangelical Christian, Buddhist, anything you can imagine. Some worship gods & goddesses that I…"
"I saw it spelled "Gawd" on some post. Now, when I use this form I always hear some preacher with a southern drawl who takes about 3 seconds to actually say the whole word.
For example: G…a…w…d! Wants you to be…"
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