"Absolutely. Personally, I believe that religion was born out of ignorance more than anything. The Greeks believed that Helios drew the sun across they sky in his chariot because how else would it move? That Zeus threw thunderbolts…"
"That is truly disgusting. She is completely right of course.
The part of the article about how most rapists are average guys, not someone in a ski mask in an alley, really resonated with me. I am in what is widely regarded as a very…"
"Outstanding! Patton might have been an SOB but both he and Sherman knew how wars are won. Amazing how many people seem to think war and law enforcement should be fair fights.
Actually I would like a recommendation regarding Heinlein. My first…"
"Well ... this guy was no atheist, but I'm in complete agreement with his sentiments:Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.-- Gen.…"
"As always, the ever-correct Wikipedia: Wikipedia There's some handy graphs and tables on there.
There's also this page: International Perspectives on Theism According to that, East Germany is the least religious…"
"What a weird coincidence! I think you're right and that sounds like the perfect compromise. After all, children aren't necessarily capable of reasoning the same way as an adult is. I found it a handy comparison…"
"I like that. I should read more Heinlein. Actually, maybe I should read "some" Heinlein ;-)
My brother has a couple of piles of them so maybe I could borrow a few.
Unfortunately, in the end a dead man is a controlled man.…"
"Exactly. Although only 7, that child showed an understanding of the concept of "forever" and "eternity" that most religious people do not have. Sadly, the god described who burns humans in hell for the whole of…"
"Good point, Matthew - the article has a brief section on Phelps' childhood, and it does seem tragic. Nonetheless, there are many people who also lost their mothers at a young age and did not turn into crazy, hateful cult leaders.…"
"And the odd part is that religion is the one safe harbor for this type. They don't have to be rational, all they have to do is be devoted. They can commit their entire life to something that makes no sense to the rest of us because "So it…"
"... no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything — you can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.-- Robert A. Heinlein"
"I think it speaks better of us, the people horrified at the idea of an eternal punishment, than of a god who might be powerful yet merciless.For some reason that quote just grabs you by the brain and shakes sense into a person as to just what…"
"As regards Fred Phelps, I'm reminded of a title for a segment of the old TV series: The Man From UNCLE, to wit:"Freud Would Have a Picnic."And indeed, any kind of psychotherapist or analyst with cojones big enough to tackle such a…"
"I completely agree Greg - you said what I was thinking much more eloquently than I did!
The points made in your post regarding confession reminded me of a naughty child being forced to apologize by a parent for something they've done - a…"
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