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Theists invalidate their position with evidence

I am reading Christopher Hitchens' book 'god is not Great' and chapter 5 concludes with an obvious but, nonetheless, important point.

Actually, the "leap of faith" - to give it the memorable name that Soren Kierkegaard bestowed upon it - is an imposture. As he himself pointed out, it is not a "leap" that can be made once and for all. It is a leap that has to go on and on being performed, in spite of mounting evidence to the contrary. This effort is actually too…

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Added by Tom Thompson on June 13, 2010 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Homer Simpson reveals the nature of faith



I love The Simpsons for saying what we all want to say, in a way that few of us can. The most recent episode has a line so good I simply had to share it with anyone who may have missed it.



"Faith is what you have in things that don't exist." -- Homer… Continue

Added by Tom Thompson on April 22, 2010 at 6:14am — 4 Comments

Theists: Prove that God loves you

Debating the existence of a god with a theist is often a tiresome waste of time. It is sometimes more entertaining to debate specific aspects of doctrine with a theist. One point that I find it interesting to discuss is that of the god's supposed omnibenevolence or love since it is a position which they are unaccustomed to defending.



How do you determine that another human loves you? After much experience to the contrary I could never take someone's word that they really love me even… Continue

Added by Tom Thompson on March 7, 2010 at 2:26pm — 2 Comments

My story

This is my story. I think it is different than many other people's story so that's why I'm telling it in some detail. It begins in a remote part of northern California where I grew up during the early 70's. Imagine a barely developed countryside with homesteads separated by miles of woodland and connected by a winding dirt road. My nearest neighbors were my cousins who lived about a mile away. Other than my siblings they were the only kids my age I knew until I started school, but I saw them… Continue

Added by Tom Thompson on February 25, 2010 at 3:11pm — 2 Comments

Can you imagine?

It seems difficult for some people to consider hypothetical situations. For religionists this difficulty is compounded by the fact that they hold dogmas that there are some ideas which, if even considered, will doom them in some way. This results in an inability for many to imagine a reality without a god.

During the course of debating with Christians I realized that many of them have probably never seriously considered the possibility that there could be no god, and are unable to…

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Added by Tom Thompson on February 23, 2010 at 11:11am — 4 Comments

You are agnostic

One of the commonly misunderstood positions on the proposition of the existence of a god is agnosticism. It is often incorrectly perceived that agnosticism is somewhere in between atheism and theism and that it amounts to undecided or is some less dogmatic version of atheism.



The fact is that there are no other possible positions with regards to belief in a god than theism or atheism. You either have belief or you lack belief. Being uncertain is not having belief.…

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Added by Tom Thompson on February 19, 2010 at 2:22pm — 9 Comments

Submission is power?



The first thing that struck me about this photo is that it is a SDA church sign, the flavor of delusion which my family suffers from. But the second thing, the message, is more interesting.



"The Most Powerful Position is On Your Knees"



This statement is so patently illogical that one wonders how they could be so bold as to put it on a sign. It seems to be in the same sentiment as the Islam belief of complete submission but I don't…

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Added by Tom Thompson on February 8, 2010 at 10:30am — 7 Comments

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