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Benevolent God, Eternal Hell... Come Again?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 22, 2013. 29 Replies

(Pertaining to Christianity and Catholicism.)Has anyone ever received a satisfactory answer (from a believer) of how Hell and a Benevolent God can be compatible? The more I think about that one, the…Continue

Greets & My Book List

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Earley Nov 27, 2013. 19 Replies

Hello everyone! My name is Steve and I'm from southwest Pennsylvania (USA). I've been a non-believer for... well, ever. My parents believe in God (the Christian one) but it never really made sense to…Continue

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Randall Smith left a comment for Steve Earley
"Really? ("don't know anybody that bashes churches"). I do, personally, and it's been alluded to here at A.N. But when I say churches, I mean religion. Thanks for the comment."
Jan 1
Steve Earley commented on Randall Smith's blog post Going to Church, Part 2
"I don't really know anyone who bashes churches, only the specific beliefs that churchgoers profess and act upon."
Dec 30, 2013
Steve Earley commented on A. D'Agio's blog post Understanding how to Surrender
"Buddhism places a lot of emphasis on surrendering to the present moment, or accepting the "now". It's really the mind's dissatisfaction that causes all of our problems, and we're always thinking about how things…"
Dec 28, 2013
Steve Earley replied to Tony Jiang's discussion free will and athiesm
"It's not that we don't freely make choices, we do... it's just that our choices, and our decision-making process, are all intertwined and depend on the conditions of each moment, and so in theory they are deterministic (it happens so…"
Dec 24, 2013
Steve Earley replied to OhCaptainMyCaptain's discussion What evidence would you require to believe in a higher power?
"Depends on what "higher power" even means. As Arthur C. Clarke once said (I think), any sufficiently advanced technology would be indistinguishable from magic. Advanced alien species could make us think they were gods. Generally I turn…"
Dec 23, 2013
Steve Earley replied to Gregory DeNinno's discussion Tolerance & Duck Dynasty
"Yeah that was actually posted about something else previously, and it seems someone has just adapted it (changed the top part to reflect this Duck Dynasty controversy)."
Dec 21, 2013
Steve Earley replied to Gregory DeNinno's discussion Tolerance & Duck Dynasty
"What matters is that the government was in no way involved. There's no law saying we have to tolerate anything; I think the issue is one of freedom of speech, but that doesn't protect people from repercussions by others or by employers."
Dec 19, 2013
Steve Earley commented on Melanie Chandler's blog post Family, Friends and Religion Part 1
"Almost sounds like she could benefit from seeing this post, maybe from knowing that you care enough that you're describing her entire life (which she may not see in perspective) to total strangers on the internet to try and help her."
Dec 14, 2013
Steve Earley commented on Arun Nair's blog post Veganism (A rational response requested from fellow Atheists and freethinkers)
"It's much more powerful if you actually give the top reasons that you believe this yourself, instead of leaving that as separate links; I was reading your post, hoping for something more, and I think many people (like me) will just forego…"
Dec 14, 2013
Steve Earley replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion If, instead of xianity's lies, you'd been told of your blue-green algae / cyanobacteria / pond scum ancestors, ...
"I think I felt the same way, like if I can tell that this is just a fantastical story and it doesn't have any justification (evidence etc.), why do the adults believe it? I think really some of us just don't grow up; "adult"…"
Dec 14, 2013
Steve Earley replied to AgeOfAtheists14's discussion Festivus Pole Goes Up at the Florida Capitol
"I still think the idea that humans were a special creation in the image of the creator of the universe, which we now know is unimaginably huge and populated with countless stars, planets of other phenomena (in countless galaxies)... that's…"
Dec 12, 2013
Steve Earley replied to AgeOfAtheists14's discussion Festivus Pole Goes Up at the Florida Capitol
"Yeah and a Fox News host went nuts about it. People shouldn't take religion so seriously that they flip out over how unseriously other people take theirs, and they certainly shouldn't expect to be the only ones to celebrate the winter…"
Dec 11, 2013
Steve Earley commented on Armin Navabi's blog post Why Identify as an Atheist when I'm More than Just my Lack of Belief?
"I've been thinking the same thing lately; it's why I finally have decided to call myself a Buddhist (though I don't believe in any of the extraneous supernatural stuff). It cuts through more confusion than atheist, because atheist…"
Dec 9, 2013
Steve Earley posted a blog post

Today... I'm a Buddhist.

I've been around Buddhist teachings for years; the truths about the transient and selfless nature of reality and how the mind creates suffering due to ignorance of reality and cravings based on that ignorance... it spoke to me. I took up meditation (sometimes) and continued to study, and eventually become a moderator on a Buddhist forum that was open to people of all traditions (and none), which gave me plenty of variance in individual perspectives on what the Buddha taught. I didn't believe in…See More
Dec 9, 2013
Steve Earley replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion There has long been evidence for intelligent design!
"Rofl"
Dec 9, 2013
Steve Earley commented on sekhar's blog post Knowledge and reference
"Way overly complicated."
Dec 5, 2013

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Today... I'm a Buddhist.

Posted on December 9, 2013 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

I've been around Buddhist teachings for years; the truths about the transient and selfless nature of reality and how the mind creates suffering due to ignorance of reality and cravings based on that ignorance... it spoke to me. I took up meditation (sometimes) and continued to study, and eventually become a moderator on a Buddhist forum that was open to people of all traditions (and none), which gave me plenty of variance in individual perspectives on what the Buddha taught. I didn't believe…

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At 7:19am on January 1, 2014, Randall Smith said…

Really? ("don't know anybody that bashes churches"). I do, personally, and it's been alluded to here at A.N. But when I say churches, I mean religion.

Thanks for the comment.

At 9:17pm on February 24, 2013, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

At 4:44pm on February 24, 2013, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Hi Steve
Good to have you with us. Welcome to this internet world of rationality and peace that unites us all through common sense and freethinking wisdom. 

You are invited to join the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 750 discussion topics and 3790 members.
http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/originsuniverselifehumankindanddarwin 
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