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  1. I just wanted to say hi and tell you that since the last time that I was here (not sure how many months) I haven't had a single manic episode and I have been living a normal life. I have the correct medicine and I have a secular psychiatrist. I have very little interest in religion. I just wanted to say hi and let you know all is well.
    5 points
  2. That’s my First Commandment too! The Second is like it: Be kind, because you never know what people are dealing with in their lives.
    2 points
  3. I guess what happened with me is that as I deconverted and lost my Christian worldview it got replaced by others. I guess I don't have "a" worldview, but a series of views that provide foundation if you like. I guess my first one is that of methodological naturalism: 'Naturalism presumes that nature is in principle completely knowable. There is in nature a regularity, unity, and wholeness that implies objective laws, without which the pursuit of scientific knowledge would be absurd." So I hold as a basic belief that the universe we observe is real (I.e. we a
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  4. So, for starters I was raised as a fundamentalist Southern Baptist. I was heavily involved in the church including being a key member of the worship team. I received a Bachelor's of Religion from Liberty University. This lifestyle and belief began dissolving roughly three years ago and I am now comfortable identifying as an atheist. Since my deconversion, I've grown interested in philosophy and logic. Also, my love for biology is no longer hindered by a faulty Creationist viewpoint. Outside of my religious beliefs, or lack thereof, I am married, we have one son and my wife is current
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  5. True, though I have only one because I think you can essentially wrap all others up in the first commandment. In my internal cognitions I've never come up with a scenario in which needed another commandment if they had followed the first. You weren't kind to that person? Don't be a dick. You were kind? Excellent, you are not being a dick!
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  6. Leaving religion behind can leave you feeling like you lack a replacement platform on which to base your life, for sure. Something to provide a compass, you could say. Becoming an atheist means no longer having not just the god but also a lot of doctrine and a source of guidance for how to live your life. For me, the ancient Greek/Roman philosophy of Stoicism has helped fill that gap. Stoicism was around for hundreds of years before Christianity and will likely be around long after it becomes a dead religion. Because it's simple, and it works. For those who need the comfort of a loving f
    1 point
  7. I'm just trying to simplify for the sake of moderation. Make clear to readers what we're talking about. Some of the potentially stronger hurricanes could possibly be redirected out at sea to become nothing more than what we call, "Fish Storms." Hurricanes which never make landfall and stay well offshore in the Atlantic. Instead of coming across through the Caribbean Sea and making landfall on the US mainland. As to powerful October or any other storms that originate in the Caribbean and move north, and then northwest or northeast, they can not be redirected anywhere without making
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  8. You are right; my concentration is on Cape Verde hurricane origins since they are the majority, and also because such hurricane origination also allows much more time for a response, involves deeper waters, and travel much farther away from land for experimentation, mitigation, and allowances for mistakes.
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  9. That's what I mean. If sea temps warm in ways which they have not shown thus far, then we would expect frequency to increase. But any curve balls like cooling or not warming as expected change everything. I just want to point out that you're addressing specifically the "Cape Verde Season," according to the logic above. August and September when the points of origin are roughly off the coast of Africa. The rest of the season prior and after consist mainly of points of origin in the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and Western Atlantic closer to the US mainland. So the plan is b
    1 point
  10. It will be my luck that the day after I die, they'll come out with season 2 of Firefly.
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  11. Reminds me of a Because Science episode: 15min video all about the consequences of living forever. I don't think boredom is a real worry, there are always new movies, books, games, entertainment systems and the like to keep you busy, but we will have a theoretical maximum memory, so at some point we won't be able to take in more information or will lose it as fast as we gain it. Probably drive you nuts.
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  12. Hi Nimrod! ( kind of feels wrong to say that like I'm insulting you!) Welcome glad to have you here! It sounds like you came out of Christianity relatively unscathed? Was your wife a Believer too? If so it sounds like she deconverted as well? Hope you enjoy the community
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  13. Yes, this is true. Philosophically, it smacks of idealism. And idealism is hopeless, as far as I'm concerned. Craig spins this argument, of course, into a neat description of the god he wants to get from it. He does the exact same thing with his other arguments. The cosmological argument, if it works (it doesn't), leaves us with a cause of the universe. Craig just asserts that it must be timeless, spaceless, of immeasurable power, personal, etc. No serious justification given. Same thing here. He says there's an ultimate mind, and then lists exactly the attributes he needs it to h
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  14. That seems to be a reasonable conclusion. Why are we so enthralled by the idea of a soul, or a universal consciousness ? It means we get to 'live' even after death. The ironic thing is that anybody who says they want to live forever has not really thought about the consequences of living forever. At some point you've done all that can be done, and you've done it infinite times. It would be a literal living hell, and you don't need the hot place for it - you just need to exist forever. If there is nothing after death, however, then you are free for all eternity.
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  15. Personally, I think the idea of a soul, like the ideas of reincarnation and the afterlife are just manifestations of the human fear of death.
    1 point
  16. Good call, Josh. Yes, the historical perspective of BBT is absolutely relevant to this thread. Many thanks for giving us an overview of the Catholic position on it. As I see it, the controversy centres on what both Craig and the Pope are calling, 'proof'. In this thread I've focused tightly on the Hawking - Penrose singularity theory of 1970, because that's the one paper that Craig relies on to give him that 'proof'. And, as we've seen, it's anything but the cast-iron proof he claims it is. Btw Josh, in a little while we'll examine two more items that throw a harsh
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  17. Rebellious? What are you 10? If you are 18 or older tell them to have some respect for you as an adult person who can make your own mind up and hold your own opinions and beliefs... Or lack of them in this case. You've discussed it with them respectfully. I take it you haven t said their beliefs are bat shit insane or some such? Now they can treat you with respect - it's a two way street.
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  18. I ended up going . Wasn’t fun. I was so tired I fell asleep during game lol. Idk, I’ve respectfully discussed my issues with Christianity and they admit they don’t have answers, but they still think I’m rebellious or something. I’m not going next week, have to wait and see what happens.
    1 point
  19. Something I wanted to add to this that I thought about during my trouble toying with the notion, if nothing else, then demanding a life, or rather blood, for forgiveness ultimately becomes a self-imposed edict by God. If God is ultimate and nothing exists outside of himself, then demanding blood to forgive is something he required of himself; he instituted it as a method of his forgiveness. So at the end of the day, whenever Christians would go on and on about how gracious Jesus (and especially if Jesus is God) is, it does not really resonate with me, because at the end of the day, Jesus made
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  20. This isn't exactly a testimony, but it is relevant and interesting: https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2019/07/26/one-time-purity-culture-advocate-joshua-harris-now-says-i-am-not-a-christian/
    1 point
  21. That's understandable, but even though some in that category are full-fledged charlatans, others feel trapped and can't easily get out. The ministry is their vocation and they don't have many transferable skills. With families to support, they have to continue working. I have sympathy for them.
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  22. I'm disgusted by the way many pastors have supposedly figured out the Bible is bogus, but continue to teach it is the word of God. I wish someone had been honest enough to disclose all its baseless essence and vileness when I was starting out as an evangelical at age 27, instead of letting me waste 22 years in the wasteland of evangelical Christianity. None of my " brothers in Christ" seem to want to debate me nowadays , although I relish the opportunity. But, I guess the regret of those wasted years is what keeps me far from the Jesus swamp now. Better to wake up at 49, than die a fool. I
    1 point
  23. Maybe a late, too late answer, But, before saying that sin entered the world through one man, one must define what sin actually is. In this context it seems to be define as a kind of autonomous energy/sickness. That somehow grew bigger and bigger. And that Jesus came, and somehow, gave the cosmos renewed, "pure" energy, let us call it grace, that somehow makes the "sin" energy/sickness go away. A kind of antibiotic. And who takes it, will be free, eventually at least, of this power. In this understanding , his life, and, basically His Ressurection is a kind of energy
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  24. We don't really care what you say sweetie. We have had hundreds of christians on this site. Our hope in posting back to you is to deconvert you! We all know our bibles. I already know what you would say about my letter. I already know what you believe because I believed it also. I studied the bible for many, many years. The basic problem most of our christians friends have that join our company is that they have a hard time with the fact that none of us believe that the bible is 'gods' word' anymore and you still do. That's why we can't take the 'holy' book you are quoting from seriously.
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  25. Yeah, I know. I'm an angry young man, right? Maybe this will help you understand why:
    1 point
  26. I will tell you of my earliest childhood memory; I was four years old when it happened. I had not yet learned the days of the week, but I did know that different days had different significances. I had learned to tell the significance of the day by the clothes that were laid out on my bed for me after breakfast. For example, raggedy hand-me-downs meant that I would stay home that day and get to play outside; contrariwise, clean, newer clothes meant that I would go into town. Then there were the two scratchy, collared, plaid button-down shirts. If either of those shirts were laid out on th
    1 point
  27. church is 7:30 but my dad gets there for the pre service prayer meetings and stuff lol... he also stays after to talk with any ‘new believers. Between him and my mom they attend corporate church events 5 days a week
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  28. Hey, angry young man! Isn't it nicer to be friendly? Thanks for sharing your (long) story.
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