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sdelsolray last won the day on September 8 2016

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  1. Without meaning to pry (but quite possibly succeeding), are you still living with your parents or do you otherwise rely on them for financial support? If yes, do you think it is more likely than not that they will threaten/limit/terminate your living/financial security if you completely disclose your rejection of their religious beliefs?
  2. Yes, welcome. Pull up a chair, participate in conversations and enjoy your growth.
  3. Makes the users of the app feel important and assists with endorphin secretions.
  4. Good move. Better late than never.
  5. There are two uses of the term "gnostic Christian": 1) A sect of early Christianity based on a mixture of mysticism and claimed knowledge. It was suppressed and virtually extinguished by a competing sect - early Orthodox Christians. 2) A descriptor for a Christian who claims actual knowledge of their particular religious dogma and tenets. The term that is more commonly used is "gnostic theist" as opposed to "agnostic theist", or "agnostic atheist" or "gnostic atheist". These four terms belong to a group. Each is making a knowledge statement (gnostic or agnostic) followed by a belief statement (theist or atheist). Richard Dawkins came up with a seven level categorization which is similar to this: Richard Dawkins’ Belief Scale Scoring Rubric Strong Theist: I do not question the existence of God, I KNOW he exists. De-facto Theist: I cannot know for certain but I strongly believe in God and I live my life on the assumption that he is there. Weak Theist: I am very uncertain, but I am inclined to believe in God. Pure Agnostic: God’s existence and non-existence are exactly equiprobable. Weak Atheist: I do not know whether God exists but I’m inclined to be skeptical. De-facto Atheist: I cannot know for certain but I think God is very improbable and I live my life under the assumption that he is not there. Strong Atheist: I am 100% sure that there is no God.
  6. Why is life so important? Why aren't the consistency of the laws of physics and chemistry (which are the underlying causes of many (arguably all) of the items on your list) more important? Without that consistency how would carbon-based life emerge, evolve and develop consciousness in the first place? As to the common theist's 'My Creator God is obvious...just look" claim, that's an equally common recipe. Mix religious indoctrination, pattern recognition errors, wishful thinking, a pound of argument from incredulity, three pounds of willful ignorance, a healthy dose of lack of curiosity and sprinkle with one dozen different logical fallacies (your choice of which ones) and let the mixture sit in the human brain for a few decades.
  7. Note how this poster, Stranger, is slowly and surely demonstrating his narcissism, his deep delusion of owning absolute knowledge and truth, his cowardice to consider or address evidence and his refusal and inability to use rational thinking. Gnostic theists are entertaining...until they're not.
  8. I'm getting a bit confused. How does a human show that they are giving/feeling/wanting/thinking about/hoping for/worthy of "absolute love"?
  9. Many religions promote tribalism in one form or another. Christianity is one of those religions. Racism is a sub-species of tribalism. That being said, no religion invented tribalism. The actual evidence demonstrates tribalism is a social meme dating back perhaps to the emergence of the homo sapiens species. In addition, social behavior of other mammals demonstrate forms of tribalism. The evidence for genetic predisposition to tribalism is also present. Thus, it appears tribalism has a long evolutionary history and is both genetic and memetic.
  10. Note the contradiction. I'm done with this one. I conclude he is a waste of time. If he is ignored, it's quite possible he will go somewhere else to masturbate.
  11. Yes, if the deities actually existed in reality your points are reasonable inquiries. If they do not exist in reality, the stance of believers like Stranger simply points to an irrational psychological and emotional defense mechanism.
  12. The evidence (ha ha) seems to indicate he is here to boast about his religious faith and get some proselytizing in on the side.
  13. As expected, Stranger's hubris and self-aggrandizing is becoming more and more revealed. Note how Stranger attempts to shift the burden of proof, a common and infantile parlor trick for those that have nothing else. And, note the primitive tribalism.
  14. Not only is (was) Bibler a liar, he's a little shit. Putting these two together results in "Bibler is a lying little shit". Fancy that. I usually ignore lying little shits.
  15. I asked him that question yesterday. He replied he was here to have discussions with 'ex-christians'. That doesn't seem to be going very well for him, and that was before he claimed there is no such thing as 'ex-christians'. (Note the lack of proper capitalization, the use of single quotations and the use of "thing" instead of "person" or "human being". Instructive?). Stranger might not do evidence. I do. Evidentiary references: