Thank you for your welcome and invitation Terence! I will take it into consideration as I look around the community. It looks like a very interesting group. I see you went to Oxford? I'll have to poke around on your page a little. =)
Thanks for the invitation, Terry. I have joined the group and look forward to participating. Incidentally, I spend each summer in Oxford. I would love to know of any freethought goings-on in town, although I realise that many of the "gowns" are gone at that time of year. I met Brian Mountford last summer, which was very nice. Perhaps we will bump into each other as well.
Thanks Terry. I'm still trying to figure out what I am. As a scientist I so far see no evidence of God. If there were proof....not faith, ha ha, then I would accept that fact. All religion seems to me to be a bunch of mumbo jumbo. I don't doubt that there was a Jesus, a Mohammed, or a Buddha. Perhaps they were the same person. But nowhere in any of their words or documents that followed their existence anything other than you just have to "believe". I see beauty in the cosmos but I also see terrible and horrific destructive forces going on with complete objectivity. So, I suppose it is clear that I am a non-theist but am I an agnostic because I am open to evidence or proof? My family thinks I am nuts and going to hell but here are two things that led me to where I am. There can be good without God and there is horrible suffering in the world. So, what does believing in a God do? It gives one a psychological crutch to deal with the awful things that life can deliver and it also gives one a false hope that there is something after death. So here I am.
Thank you, Doctor. I'm happy to be a member. I look forward to participating in any discussion that I might be able to intellectually contribute to. You have yourself another military member to add some perspective if need be. 8-D
Thanks for inviting me. It's always good to be a part of a community that can challenge me intellectually and serve as a place to converse with like minded individuals. It's something hard to find in every day life living in America so it's great that there is an enclave of people devoted to rationality, science, evidence, and logic out there in a sea of intellectual dishonesty and irrational belief.