"To play devil's advocate for a moment, that's how it feels for a lot of fundamentalist kids who walk into a biology or anthropology class. And that feeling of indignation is what burns behind all the anti-Evolution efforts from people who…"
"Me: "Does asparagus have gods?"
You: "I think your asparagus does."
??? But maybe you were intending a "yo mama" style accusation that I am a theist. I can't read between your evasive lines, but the evasions…"
"Does asparagus have gods?
My point is that atheism also is not the default position. Babies are incapable of that kind of position, as are rocks, asparagus, dogs, and the brain-dead. When the greeks said 'godless,' I don't think they…"
"And if you understood my argument against your definition of 'atheist,' then you'd understand why the response 'Asparagus isn't sentient. No thought process' doesn't lend support to your definition. It's not…"
"@NoSacredCow: I'd say the difference you've missed is that I answered the objections.
Seeing as how you've already concluded that atheist asparagus is ridiculous, are you going to show us how you got there? If all that was required…"
"@NoSacredCow: It wasn't an analogy. It was the consistent application of an overly coarse definition, the same one you try to use to give a questionable 'natural state' legitimacy to atheism.
And I'm not a theist. If I had to…"
"I don't think a salesman invented the idea of gods. I suspect people have always had wild dreams and bad mushrooms and bumps in the night that confuse the imagination with reality. The politicians and hucksters may have made good use of memes…"
"I don't mean to be overly nit-picky, but is your stalk of asparagus an atheist? Why or why not? No brain, no belief.
You may not know of someone's particular concept of a god until they share it with you, but obviously the first…"
"Actually, we are all born ignorant, quasi-irrational, and probably predisposed toward magical thinking. And that's the first step down religion road.
Defining atheism seems simple, but it presumes a human with the ability to believe in theist…"
"I think people tend to convert themselves in both directions and only respond to proselytizing if they already have the buyer's itch. But the more radical conversions require extreme emotional and/or rational circumstances. Atheists usually…"
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