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12 years ago @ Atheist Revolution - Answering Reader Mail:... · 0 replies · 0 points

weak attempt at agitating, but thank you for your input!

12 years ago @ Atheist Revolution - How Do You Make Someon... · 0 replies · 0 points

Carbon -14 is known by all scientists including secular and Christian as unreliable. There are too many variables including current knowledge of carbon-14 intake and retention and past carbon -14 intake and retention. I offer that to place your belief of "nothing created everything" on carbon-14 to me, takes more faith in the unknown than you are assuming I have.

As for God deceiving us, mans belief that we are so important to Him that He would deceive us is equal to the amount of importance many religious extremists place on God putting man above all else. Man does not need to be deceived by God, but without God man is willingly deceived.

My opinion only, God loves us -but, we were only created to tend the Garden. We tried to make ourselves more important than that. I can't help but believe that religious extremists are as useless to "Elohim" as those that argue against His existence.

I'm not trying to preach here, just allowing knowledge of where I come from and some insight to my studies. And please don't take this post as any judgment on you or others, it's not. I do accept that my posts subject me to the judgment of those reading them.

12 years ago @ Atheist Revolution - Atheist Anger and Gett... · 0 replies · +1 points

A lot a variance in responses here. Actually I find myself with the same feelings, thoughts and yes angers when I get around some Christians. There are some real strange people that believe in God, many of whom use anger like a weapon. If these were the only Christians I knew I doubt I would be able to enjoy being a Christian as much as I do. Fortunately, like these Atheists replies there are variations in Christians.

Some of my Christian friends view Atheists as "angry" and often use terms like venomous or immoral. I'm glad most Atheists and most Theists aren't that vile and unsocial in their relations with each other!

12 years ago @ Mississippi Atheists - Constance McMillen Say... · 0 replies · 0 points

The topic -Atheist issues (as this site is designed) > sub topic- outside issues (such as Constance McMillen)> the dialog has been input by you and I both on the broad stance of Atheists and Theists along with our more personal reflections. We have both shared our characteristic understandings of outside issues, Atheists and Theists along with shared discussion of how you see me and how I see you.

Any "ad hominem" you would accuse me of would also have to be applied equally to yourself. Now personally I have not taken any of your statements as insulting if you feel insulted by any of my remarks, what can I say but sorry no insult intended!

As for case study of the Tea Party, again sorry, I am a spectator not a member (though someday I will most likely lend my support in someway). In regards to your comments on "evangelical fundamentalist", All Atheists and Theists seem to have conflicting ideas amongst themselves and in their own ranks. It appears to be common to all people. Yet that conflict seems to assist people in keeping people from becoming too extreme in one direction or another. "Cognitive dissonance" may be good to a certain level, I don't know just a thought.

As for secular decisions, the world is full of underpinnings from both Atheist and Theist input along with many other realms of thought and persuasion. But to blame all Atheist or all Theists for the decisions made by individuals in that mix is not reasonable. If reason is what you desire reason this particular issue with the secular school board personally or contact the Dept. of Education personally rather than commit Atheist support to an outside issue. I offer the same reasoning to any Christians wanting to throw support in. That said dialog amongst individuals on these outside issues is expected and hopefully productive.

Well, back to the garden. Enjoy the day! (You might even want to seize the day).

12 years ago @ Atheist Revolution - Answering Reader Mail:... · 2 replies · -1 points

Wow! and you even stooped to name calling! I desire no confrontation, that doesn't mean I can't share openly. but digress as you wish.

If you are any part Native American as I am you will know that warriors have often made monuments and as a Native American you also know the original natives had no belief in anyone owning the land. But if you wish to wet yourself go ahead. So please continue trolling (as you call it) here or go elsewhere as you wish.

12 years ago @ Atheist Revolution - Answering Reader Mail:... · 0 replies · -1 points

Agreed, lets ignore the middlemen and unite as best we can and see how far the dialog can go. Those you describe as interlocutors I define as Agitators. I know some people get agitated at my posts here, that doesn't make me an agitator. I do not have any desire to upset anyone here for there beliefs.

I agree dialog is difficult and possibly impossible with some people, but if we hide behind the "let's agree to disagree" philosophy we will have a nicely compromised resentment. Resentments are what keeps Atheists and Theists from healthy dialog. Let's each strive personally to do a little better and if an agitator/interlocutor tries to stir things up call them down whether Atheist or Theist.

12 years ago @ Atheist Revolution - Answering Reader Mail:... · 0 replies · +1 points

I to want more for this world and myself than just free speech and at some point the dialog between people such as myself and Atheist/ Agnostic people may develop to the point to enjoy those other wants together. Though I doubt I ever make any ones Christmas list (actually I don't celebrate Christmas).

As for win/win lose/lose that allows the idea of only 2 participants. I am concerned there may be a 3rd element that is comfortable causing strife between Atheists and Theists. I am not talking about Agnostics so much as those that may claim a Faith or claim no Faith while actually just acting out--- Agitators would be the definition.

1) Do you think it is possible to teach someone who is angry with you not to be angry?
No! Anger is part of humanity and perhaps some of the animal world. But to teach each other not to display our anger inappropriately is not only possible I don't think we can be free thinkers and receivers of shared knowledge without that.

2) If there is anger present in a situation, is the best way of diffusing this anger the one that comes most naturally to us?
A) If I am at work and someone upsets me to the point that my 1st thought might be violent--- No! i must change my nature.
B) If I am being attacked by an intruder in my home---Yes! But I must be able to harness that anger which is again changing my nature!

Personally, I see too many people addressing Faith issues with meaningless anger. And I mean that for those that claim Faith and those that don't. "Anger, but sin not", is a bit of Scripture I try to hold to. That does not remove passionate dialog with spirited substance. By the way, I have seen other posts with Scripture so I hope it is acceptable if I use a small amount.

12 years ago @ Atheist Revolution - How Do You Make Someon... · 2 replies · +1 points

Not an insult on your character, just an identification of it. As for civility, I have been polite in my replies to you- even using please and thank you!

12 years ago @ Atheist Revolution - Answering Reader Mail:... · 0 replies · -1 points

Wrong assumption! But thank you!

12 years ago @ Mississippi Atheists - Constance McMillen Say... · 0 replies · 0 points

Your answers satisfy you Steve, they do not satisfy me. I believe very much that several people claiming Atheist views are using this obvious outside issue to attack the Christian movement do to the fact they perceive their wrong doing as Christian based though this is a secular school issue, hence not even a Theist issue.

As for the grand apology, sounds like the same stuff that comes from political organizations when they want to white wash an issue. Sorry but they threw the staff member under the bus. Talk about cognitive dissonance.

This is not an attack on you Steve, and correct me as I'm sure you will but; your authoritative assumption that you answered all my questions followed by asking "what else would you like to go over again?" suggests a deep bedded arrogance probably perpetrated by low self esteem. I can tell your intelligence is mid level no genius traits showing and I see this a lot with Atheists and Agnostics. My question is; <<< Why not be esteemed without the arrogance? >>>
(o; I liked your little smiley man thought I'd share one to.