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Sam in WV replied to Dr. Terence Meaden's discussion Leader of the Church of England doubts the existence of god in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Yes, the Clergy Project.  . . . . Perhaps it could be of service to many of the Anglican clerics now.    "
Sep 19
Sam in WV replied to Brian Edward Croner's discussion The Intelligentsia and Skills in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Then, like me, I must assume you are disapproving of Stephen Jay Gould's notions of separate overlapping magisteria.  I don't see this matter so much as an issue of faulty logic as willfully allowing for ill-advised…"
Jun 28
Sam in WV replied to Brian Edward Croner's discussion The Intelligentsia and Skills in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Well, as someone despite my skill sets, who could never qualify as "intelligentsia" by your criteria (could never qualify for the MENSA Society), let me just remind readers that there are theist, especially Catholic schools that emphasize…"
Jun 28
Sam in WV replied to John Jubinsky's discussion Study Says Most Americans Doubt Big Bang in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Many fundies I have read or encountered have no problem with or even embrace the "big bang theory" conceptually. The big issue is dating it.  "How can that be when our book tells us for certain that 'creation'…"
Apr 22
Sam in WV replied to John Jubinsky's discussion Scientists Say Some People Indifferent to Music in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"The older I get, the more sub-genres of music I come to appreciate   But I am not a chronic music listener.  My MP3 player storage is more suffused with vocal podcasts.  I haven't taken the test, yet.  I have a friend…"
Mar 7
Sam in WV replied to Madhukar Kulkarni's discussion The 'Most High' father of Yahweh in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"For more than 200 years, many scholars have surmised that the "lost book of the law" according to Kings, discovered by the priest Hilkiah during Temple renovations during the reign of Josiah is in fact Dueteronomy at least in an…"
Mar 4
Sam in WV replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Second Law of Thermodynamics in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"This is a terrific case in point on the mendacity of evangelical Christians on science.  They know that younger people from Christian homes are faith-indoctrinated before they are introduced to the essential conclusions of scientific…"
Feb 22
Sam in WV replied to Joan Denoo's discussion WSU scientists use ancient teeth, fleas in 'Black Death' study in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"My understanding is that there was another plague before that starting about 180CE (at the death of Emperor Marcus Aurelius) that lasted about 100-120 years.  It has been judged as something unlike bubonic, but its actual medical attributes and…"
Feb 20

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At 11:46pm on December 2, 2012, Steph S. said…
Great avatar Sam - I love the Grinch.
At 6:30pm on October 10, 2010, Joseph Higginbotham said…
Sam in WV:
What's the best way to reply here on this channel? Breaker, breaker good buddy?
At 4:25pm on August 30, 2010, Jo Jerome said…
Hi there - Doing some catching up on the last few months of the do-you-believe-Jesus-existed thread that I missed. Sorry now that I missed it. *Really* enjoyed your refreshingly complete, thought out critique of the Josepheus/Tactius references.

In re-examining the issue, I think the main problem is that Christianity is so huge, Jesus is such a household name, that most people (many a scholar included) seem to start with the given that Biblical Jesus is an exaggeration of an otherwise real person whose biography, sayings and deeds are in the bible. Starting from that given, it's very easy to find facts that fit the theory. "See? Even Josephus says there was a Jesus!"

I'm intrigued with the approach (and why more people don't approach it this way) from a default of doubt, a la Descartes. "Biblical Jesus is a total fabrication. Prove otherwise." Suddenly, the same evidence *could* be pointing to biblical Jesus, or a number of Jesuses who got mashed into one, or any number of known events that get tacked onto one name, or there was a local folk-hero Jesus but didn't say or do anything close to resembling anything in the scriptures.

Or even that it could have been entirely fabricated. Maybe not as probable, but certainly plausible.

Anyway, as I'm trying to break back into the thread I was reviewing past posts and wanted to give a thumbs-up on yours. ;-)
At 3:58pm on May 20, 2010, Loren Miller said…
RAWR-BAZZLE!!! Icon Infidel! Avatar Absconder!!! 50 lashes with an al-dente noodle for YOU!
At 6:42pm on April 27, 2010, Pansy said…
LOVE your avatar!!!! hahahahaha
At 3:53pm on December 31, 2008, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Welcome to Atheist Nexus and to the active group ORIGINS.
At 1:17pm on December 31, 2008, A Former Member said…
Welcome to Atheist Nexus.
At 11:43am on December 31, 2008, Fr33think3r said…
Welcome to A|N. Are you Max or the Grinch?
 
 
 

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