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Michael Penn commented on Scott McGreal's blog post "Zeus might be Real!" And We Might Live in a Magical Fantasy World Too!
"Re-Zeus-Kristna!        Je-Sus-Christ!  Where is Thor when you need him?"
Oct 16, 2013
Luara commented on Scott McGreal's blog post "Zeus might be Real!" And We Might Live in a Magical Fantasy World Too!
"Of course Zeus existed.  Zeus was a way of conceptualizing thunder.  Most people nowadays don't know why the air sometimes makes noise or light.  And perhaps, most people don't even know that lightning is electrical. A sort…"
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Randall Smith commented on Scott McGreal's blog post "Zeus might be Real!" And We Might Live in a Magical Fantasy World Too!
"And banging pots and pans to get the eclipsed sun to return always works!"
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Scott McGreal commented on Scott McGreal's blog post "Zeus might be Real!" And We Might Live in a Magical Fantasy World Too!
"Let's not forget deities from Dungeons and Dragons - they could be real too! Maybe even Peter Pan is real??"
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"Re - Zeus - Kristna!"
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"Zeus might be Real!" And We Might Live in a Magical Fantasy World Too!

A few months ago, The New York Times published a bizarre opinion piece by philosopher Gary Gutting called Did Zeus Exist? With apparent earnestness, Gutting argues that not only did the ancient Greeks have good reason to believe in the existence of Zeus (and presumably their other gods) but that we should take seriously the possibility that they might just have been right. Not that they were right, but that the…See More
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Loren Miller commented on Scott McGreal's blog post Who are the true "Islamophobes"?
"What you said, Pat.  It would seem as though the islamists want to enjoy free speech while everyone else has to go fish.  I noted with interest the above sign: "Freedom of Expression Go To Hell!"  Seems as though SOMEONE was…"
May 28, 2013
Pat commented on Scott McGreal's blog post Who are the true "Islamophobes"?
"Let's be honest. Threats of violence are effective. If it takes the threat of hell to make you a moral person, then you are not at all moral, you are just a coward who responds well to threats. Most believers will acknowledge…"
May 28, 2013
Loren Miller commented on Scott McGreal's blog post Who are the true "Islamophobes"?
"Here is the contradiction: you have people, presumably academics, who want to be all-inclusive and inoffensive.  The problem is that some of what they want to include want to be EXCLUSIVE and can be pretty damned offensive in the process. …"
May 28, 2013
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Who are the true "Islamophobes"?

To be "phobic" of something is normally taken to mean to be frightened of it. The Greek word phobos actually means fear or terror, so it would make sense to think that people who are "Islamophobic" are those who are frightened of Islam. However, in recent times, the term "islamophobic" has been used to describe those who publicly criticise Islam such as Richard Dawkins and other "new atheists" e.g. in a …See More
May 28, 2013
Humble Pie replied to Scott McGreal's discussion Spiritual but not religious people have poorer mental health in the group Psychology
"A lot of people tend to get this idea that a solid article is a boring article, that you can't hold out facts and have fun at the same time. I think you really proved that idea wrong. I wish more media was like what you write!"
Jan 15, 2013
Idaho Spud liked Scott McGreal's discussion Spiritual but not religious people have poorer mental health
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"Zeus might be Real!" And We Might Live in a Magical Fantasy World Too!

Posted on October 10, 2013 at 2:53am 5 Comments

A few months ago, The New York Times published a bizarre opinion piece by philosopher Gary Gutting called Did Zeus Exist? With apparent earnestness, Gutting argues that not only did the ancient Greeks have good reason to believe in the existence of Zeus (and presumably their other gods) but that we should take seriously the possibility that they might just have been right. Not that they were right, but that…

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Who are the true "Islamophobes"?

Posted on May 28, 2013 at 8:30am 3 Comments

To be "phobic" of something is normally taken to mean to be frightened of it. The Greek word phobos actually means fear or terror, so it would make sense to think that people who are "Islamophobic" are those who are frightened of Islam. However, in recent times, the term "islamophobic" has been used to describe those who publicly criticise Islam such as Richard Dawkins and other "new atheists" e.g. in a …

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Genocide is OK if the True God commands it – but how to know which God is the right one?

Posted on December 23, 2012 at 2:50am 4 Comments

Richard Dawkins in recent writings has referred a number of times to a charming fellow named William Lane Craig, also known as "the Genocide Preacher". For those who have not heard of him he has a webpage with the preposterous title of "Reasonable Faith". In a recent Q & A page he explains why it was perfectly…

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Whitewashing Hell: or why belief in Hell is still not very nice

Posted on December 23, 2012 at 2:30am 3 Comments

There has been some discussion about the topic of Hell over at Psychology Today recently. (I have a blog there by the way in case anyone's interested!) You might even say it's a hot topic! (Sorry.) Psychologist Nathan Heflick wrote about the psychological aspects of the subject…

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At 7:20pm on July 23, 2012, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Hi Scott

Welcome to this world of rationality, truth and peace, where common sense and science lead to freethinking wisdom --- as you know as a non believer and freethinker like us.

We invite you to make good friends by joining the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 700 discussion topics and 3500 members.

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At 10:53am on July 23, 2012, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, Scott! Glad you could join us. :D

Please consider joining a group to meet people and talk about anything that's on your mind, Hang With Friends.You might also like Psychology.

After you've searched for topics of interest in "Groups" above and in the "Forums", don't forget to look at recent activity which hides along the right margin of the page all the way at the bottom.

At 10:17am on July 23, 2012, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

 
 
 

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