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14 years ago @ Life Without Faith - Video: Dinesh D'S... · 0 replies · +1 points

That's exactly my thought on the detective thing.

I like how he acknowledges that people with Alzheimer's and who grow older start losing their faculties of the mind, but doesn't realize that demonstrates that the mind is not separate from the body. If the mind was truly separate, why would the mind degrade as the body aged?

Beyond that, he doesn't recognize or realize that there's a ton of cases with partial brain damage or trauma that severely alters a person's personality, moral judgements, thought processes, and more. If that's not proof that the mind is part of the brain, I don't know what would be.

14 years ago @ Life Without Faith - CFI: "Global warming r... · 3 replies · +1 points

The video essentially presents a modified Pascal's Wager for Climate Change. The problem is that given two choices of "true" or "false", they are not equally probable. Just as the existence of god vs. the non-existence is not equally probable. This is where we need science to step in, to help us understand the probabilities of whether or not we caused climate change and what its impact is.

14 years ago @ The Geeky Atheist - A Response to Meditati... · 0 replies · +1 points

Bravo for attempting to get people to buy your book. You posted your meditations on atheism on YouTube, and people ate it right up, but it really takes almost no thought to show the idiocy and hypocrisy in the statements in the video. Put something up with some meat, and *maybe* I'll consider buying a copy to thoroughly debunk.

15 years ago @ Life Without Faith - Weekly Rant: The Easy ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Most Christians don't even tithe. Additionally, tithing is generally considered an act of giving to the church, not to charities (although the church may itself give money to charities). Thus, Christians are not *commanded* by the bible to give to charities. By his logic, since he's not commanded to do it, he shouldn't do it himself.

15 years ago @ The Geeky Atheist - Beginning in Astronomy... · 0 replies · +1 points

Yep, it's even listed at the bottom of my site :)

15 years ago @ AnAtheist.Net - Religion is not atheism · 0 replies · +1 points

That's true, but I think there's an element of the newly-deconverted atheist rejecting faith. The person who still has faith is trying to point out that the atheist hasn't actually rejected faith, they just replaced one faith with another faith.

This assertion is done off of a misconception that we claim to know the answer to everything.

I go back to my coming out conversation with my parents just a few months ago, and this is the way I've rationalized their response.

15 years ago @ AnAtheist.Net - Religion is not atheism · 3 replies · +1 points

It's usually done in the context of someone having lost a religion. They want to make it sound like we're still practicing a faith-based belief in something, and that we don't have any more answers than they do.

Not saying that they have a point, but just trying to explain the way I interpreted it from my parents when they played that card.

Just recently I ran across this comic

I also am fond of the analogies like, "Atheism is just as much a religion as not collecting stamps is a hobby."

15 years ago @ The Geeky Atheist - A Plethora of Religion... · 0 replies · +1 points

Already ahead of you. :) Haven't gotten around to reading Lost Christianities all the way, yet, but I own it.

15 years ago @ Atheist Revolution - Christian Evangelist t... · 2 replies · 0 points

What I found interesting when considering the various passages as a Christian is that they actually are contradicting, as I came to realize about a significant number of the passages in the Bible. I Corinthians 11:5 says:

And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is just as though her head were shaved.

Now, in early church, prophesying and praying is actually done by speaking in church. Bart Ehrman, in Misquoting Jesus, shows how 1 Corinthians 14:35-36 which commands women to remain silent is most likely an addition from his textual criticism.

Additionally, 1 Timothy is not now believed to be written by Paul, but most likely one of his followers. Thus the claims it makes about women being silent are even further removed from Paul, and even more removed from Jesus.

Women were a very important part of early Christianity, until they were muted by the men.

15 years ago @ The Geeky Atheist - Who is making the clai... · 1 reply · +1 points

That's a great way of phrasing it. I was having a hard time coming up with good terms to explain it with.