Those are fine comments, below, about the word 'believe' and the meanings and definitions of words.
Welcome to this splendid, international site and its thousands of bright people like you who recognise that religion is a fraud and gods are nothing but fictions inside the brains of the credulous.
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"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the darkness at Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die." - Roy Batty
All human language uses words that persons with all points of view use to describe their point of views uncertainty, which in reality, in mathematical or scientific terms is better defined as a hypothesis, or in legal terms and allegation, or statistically, probability or a confidence interval. For the sake of not sounding pedantic or boorish ( I probably already do though!) I do use the world "believe". But I to find it difficult to "believe" anything. I either know something to be true, from gathering a preponderance of the evidence, maybe even to the point of eliminating reasonable doubt, or I can say that I do not know a thing to be true. I could say speculate, assume, or even hypothesize, but that's hard to do in polite conversation while eating guacamole and chips and trying not to sound like a nerd. :)
Hello fellow atheists! I have joined this site in an attempt to find other rational individuals, such as myself, and to promote a current charity drive that I am trying to get going for the Oklahoma tornado victims. I have managed to get many groups from around my area, including the Beyond Belief Foundation to back me on this endeavor.
I am located in Newnan, Ga and have my own atheist group entitled "Coweta County Atheists". I am currently being backed by Spaulding Co.…
There is a video of the Pope's 'exorcism' caught on film. The man isn't demon possessed, there are likely no 'real' demons. He's just delusional and doesn't want to accept personal responsiblity for his own behavior for his own dysfunctional life.
There is an ad that reads ' Do you support 'traditional' marriage? Vote Now"! .
No, I don't support 'traditional' marriage because there is no such thing. I support heterosexual and same-sex couples marry each other legally , yes. 'Traditional' marriage promoters largely do not believe that heterosexual women are co-equal to their husbands. Their only purpose in 'traditional' marriage is to sexually satisfy their husbands if they can and raise children and do all…