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  2. Go ahead and tell them you quit and then they suddenly, somehow, knew all along. mwc
  3. Great video. I find it interesting that the non white races are the ones holding the numbers. The video also mentioned something that I think keeps people in the church. That being getting to know others who are not believers. There are times when people join a church just to have some social life and to feel a part of something. I remember getting a job transfer to a small town where all the people were a member of one church or another. I got invited to more church services than I ever had. Eventually, I joined a church just so I could have a social life. I ever dated a minister who was one of the most mentally messed up women I ever encountered!!! Thankfully, I met my wife not too long after that and moved to another town where one could have a social life without pretending to be a Bible totter
  4. Welcome back! We're still letting newbie's know the facts on the table, which, point to the above conclusions. Still debating apologist's for the sake of onlooking readers as well. Keeping those blow hards and bluffs against the ropes when they throw arrogant and untenable claims around. For the sake of the viewing audience. We just finished whipping around a run of several of them last year. Until they crawled off to lick their wounds. It went quite over the holidays. Maybe some more will come along and try and their luck in 2020. We'll just have to wait and see.
  5. The group think theory link is on my signature line. It's just an FYI type of link that I added to my signature for people to looking into if they choose.
  6. A lot of academic scientists are treating science more like religion and less like science, for one thing. My cousin is a marine biologist who's been very outspoken about it. Aside from that, this forum is where we post scientific articles of all variety. And carry on straight forward scientific discussion about climate, environmentalism and conservation, cosmology, physics, philosophy of science, etc., etc.
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  8. I had lost count of the number of times people told me that God told them that I was going to be a powerful preacher, after I had already lost my faith.
  9. Yep. One of the things that points to the 'spirit revealing things' being complete bunk is the fact that clearly the spirit does not reveal important things. It's happened in my life too. For all the supposed things God revealed to my Pastor/father, you'd think his son having a crisis of faith would be at the top of the list. Apparently not as he was blindsided. And I thought I was giving hints... also apparently not. Even in my unbelieving hinting I still appeared as a believer to them. *Face palm*
  10. Just got mentioned by a particularly fanatical friend of mine on FB in a street preaching thread. I guess Jesus still hasn't told him I've rejected the gospel nearly 13 years ago and am "worse than an unbeliever". I haven't told him either because I can predict the behavioral response.
  11. https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/news/2020/01/northeastern-pennsylvania-woman-drove-into-oncoming-car-as-test-of-faith-cops-say.html
  12. Yeah, you upset somebody and then you wake up one day to the news story: “Local Firefighter Appears to Have Nazi Tattoo” and your life is ruined.
  13. Right, the St Florian is the one I am considering a variation of, although the more traditional maltese cross is something I did consider as well. The former has the benefit of being more widely associated with firefighters. Nearly everyone calls the florian cross as the maltese cross. Maybe because NY does. I am in the habit of calling it the Maltese Cross (even though it is not) because that is what it is known as to most of the firefighters I talk to. The other problem with the true maltese cross is that it is vaguely similar to the iron cross, which brings a different kind of history with it.
  14. It's mind-boggling how barbaric some people are. It's so sad to see what the victims had to endure. Oh, haven't you heard? The Christians who do heinous things aren't really Christians; they're atheists pretending to be Christians. We know that because atheists are all liars and only atheists behave so callously. Christians would never do that. (....Yeah, right....)
  15. Hmmm... Wikipedia has this to say... ”The cross of Saint Florian, patron saint of firefighters, is often confused with the Maltese cross (for example, the New York City Fire Department so calls it);[14] although it may have eight or more points, it also has large curved arcs between the points. The Philadelphia Fire Department, among others, incorporates the St Florian cross into its insignia, as does the International Association of Fire Fighters.” But then there’s this... https://www.firerescue1.com/history/articles/the-maltese-vs-florian-cross-which-one-is-correct-Xr7pnTxy1nwnHe0M/ Personally I think the Maltese cross is much the cooler-looking of the two.
  16. Thanks. I forget when I was first active here, it was probably around 2000 or 2001. I hung around for a while, but life has a way of distracting you. I have a few ideas for various tattoos, but the maltese cross is the only one that would/could be considered christian in any way. Still, it is almost universally associated with firefighters, and that is the meaning I want it to carry.
  17. Hey Fallenleaf, it’s nice to ‘meet’ you. Always good to hear from somebody who hasn’t been around for a while. Glad to hear life is good for you. Good luck - and be safe - in your fire-fighting career! Lots of respect for guys like you. You could always get an atheist tattoo alongside the Maltese Cross!
  18. Good point. I was never converted either. I was indoctrinated. But I tend to think of deconversion as a reversion back to my natural state rather than a conversion to a new state. The natural blank state is to not believe in any God/s. Deconversion is simply the reversion back to that state.
  19. If you are referring to postings and comments referring to "Searching for truth on the Coral Sea," the posting is simply a science posting, somewhat related to global warming. To listen to the original video link "Looking for Truth on the Coral Sea," click below in white. If you were referring to comments regarding Groupthink theory, these were science comments in response to a link posted at the bottom of the opening post., unrelated to the Coral Sea link. Here is the link to that https://evolutionnews.org/2011/08/when_a_consensus_-_on_science/ It now seems like the Coral Sea link has disappeared from the opening post.
  20. Oh man, I think I remember him from way back in the day. It sucks that he fell back into Christianity.
  21. I was vegetarian for years, until the combination of that diet and my regular blood donations led to being turned away for low iron. It was then that I learned that I had trouble absorbing non-heme iron. Then I went back to a mixed diet, for a while. Now I have been on the opposite end of the spectrum for several years. I just find it hard to believe that it is wrong to eat the diet we evolved to eat.
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