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