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David Layton replied to Scott Steele's discussion religion as a necessity for tribal success in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"JS - I am not myself a convert to atheism. For as long as I have been aware of religion, I have rejected it. I suppose I feel too comfortable in my atheism. For a couple of "soft"  books to get you into the right mindset, I recommend…"
Apr 20, 2012
Joan Denoo replied to Scott Steele's discussion religion as a necessity for tribal success in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"JS, it seems as though you experience many of the same feelings I have and had. There is so much chaos going on as I try to sort out what happened, why, and what I have to do in order to be break out of my love/hate relationship I still have with…"
Apr 19, 2012
Joan Denoo replied to Scott Steele's discussion religion as a necessity for tribal success in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"JS, you have got to be kidding. Have you heard a mother denounce her son or daughter for being homosexual? Have you observed a sophomoric kid praying in the middle of a football field and who knows for what he is praying; for the best team to win?…"
Apr 15, 2012
Joan Denoo replied to Scott Steele's discussion religion as a necessity for tribal success in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Susan, I said it. Just look at each of the continents and the killing going on in the name of some deity, in whatever form. So, I spoke with hyperbole, but start with evil in families and the domination and exploitation of women, the abuse of…"
Apr 15, 2012
Joan Denoo replied to Scott Steele's discussion religion as a necessity for tribal success in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"David, I value your clarity with careful expression of ideas. You make good sense and I would love to have you over for coffee and scones and a good chat.  I am one who believes that religion causes dysfunction in individuals and communities.…"
Apr 15, 2012
Joan Denoo replied to Scott Steele's discussion religion as a necessity for tribal success in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Susan, yes, you have mentioned that. I have always known you and I are shoulder to shoulder, not to oppress others or dominate, but to claim our own being."
Apr 15, 2012
Joan Denoo replied to Scott Steele's discussion religion as a necessity for tribal success in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Mahatma, I respectfully disagree, and I could be wrong, I have been many times in my life.  Religion, its principles, teaching, preaching, and followers, based on an external power provides an opportunity for a scoundrel to lead…"
Apr 15, 2012
Joan Denoo replied to Scott Steele's discussion religion as a necessity for tribal success in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"David, your comment perfectly describes our current situation and things are better. My mother and grandmothers could not say and do the things I am doing; I stand on their shoulders, even as they had been silenced and made impotent.  We can…"
Apr 15, 2012
Susan Stanko replied to Scott Steele's discussion religion as a necessity for tribal success in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Have I mentioned that I want to hunt down the men who did this to you and torture then kill them?"
Apr 15, 2012
Mahatma Coat replied to Scott Steele's discussion religion as a necessity for tribal success in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"I think it is important to recognize, though, that religion alone is not the cause of the destructive behavior you describe. Rather, it is the "immutable" claims, the "unquestionable", "infallable" character of the…"
Apr 15, 2012
David Layton replied to Scott Steele's discussion religion as a necessity for tribal success in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Joan - I understand your pain. I sometimes think the same in dark moments of despair. I just remember that things are in general much better now than they were just a few decades ago, and unaccountably better than they were just a few centuries ago.…"
Apr 15, 2012
Jon T replied to Scott Steele's discussion religion as a necessity for tribal success in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Science and reason offer more comfort by making the world understandable and predictable, and it will replace old attempts at bartering with mythological gods created to maintain the fantasy of having control. How many virgins does god want to…"
Apr 14, 2012
Jon T replied to Scott Steele's discussion religion as a necessity for tribal success in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Yes, Evil concepts make people evil."
Apr 14, 2012
Joan Denoo replied to Scott Steele's discussion religion as a necessity for tribal success in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Susan, I agree with your wanting a "Like" button. David, when you wrote,  You definitely rang chimes in my head. I am feeling a rant coming on so I wll pause a moment and breath.  There; A parent, a family, the neighbors,…"
Apr 14, 2012
David Layton replied to Scott Steele's discussion religion as a necessity for tribal success in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"JJ - This is precisely the point Dennett makes in "Breaking the Spell." There are many interesting, provocative theories regarding religion's origin, but none yet can be thought of as close to definitive since not enough of the right…"
Apr 14, 2012
J J replied to Scott Steele's discussion religion as a necessity for tribal success in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"It is a fascinating question.  I have seen hypotheses for an evolution of religion ranging from "as a psychosomatic pain killer" to "advantageous hyperactive agency detector." Some of the hypotheses have some explanatory…"
Apr 13, 2012

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At 4:43pm on March 9, 2012, Steph S. said…

I'm also from Texas.

At 4:40pm on March 9, 2012, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

At 12:31pm on March 9, 2012, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Hello Scott. You have come through a tough long journey. Now you have new friends in abundance.
Welcome to this world of rationality, truth and peace, where common sense helped by science leads to freethinking wisdom as you have been finding out.
  
We invite you to make good friends by joining the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 660 discussion topics and 3300 members.
At 11:59am on March 9, 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 Real Talk for New Atheists and Former Christians. After you've searched for stuff that interests you 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.

 
 
 

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