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  1. Well... fuck. BAA was one of the bright spots here at Ex-C, a person that made it worth visiting. His never-tiring commitment to fighting scientific bullshit was something I admired, but he was always able to be so damn nice about it, too, which is something I always envied. I think it was Carl Sagan that said that life is the Universe observing itself. Now, it has one less person's perspective. You'll be missed, BAA.
  2. Sorry, I expect the ultimate communication from an omnipotent, omniscient deity to its creation to be free of easily corrected errors. Why should I worship a god that's such a shitty communicator? In order to devote myself to such a being, I would have to give myself a frontal lobotomy to keep myself from thinking about how stupid the Bible is.
  3. I read the first paragraph of your post first, since it was the first one in the post. I read all of the sentences in that paragraph, but I wasn't terribly intrigued. I thought maybe things would start to improve in the second paragraph, and that things that hadn't yet been said in the first paragraph would be said in the second paragraph. So I started reading the second paragraph in your post, right after I was done reading the first paragraph, since that would make it he next paragraph in the post. It didn't seem like it would make sense to skip to the third paragraph without reading the second one, and I'd already read the first one, so it didn't make sense to read it again, so I did indeed read the second paragraph after I had finished reading the first paragraph, and before starting on the third paragraph. I started reading the third paragraph of your post right after I finished the second paragraph. Then, I realized that there were more paragraphs after that. As I kept scrolling, I realized there were many, many more paragraphs after that third paragraph. I never did finish reading the third paragraph, because after doing all of that scrolling to see how many paragraphs there might be, I began to feel tired just thinking about the idea of reading that many more paragraphs, especially if they weren't any better than the first two paragraphs I finished reading, or the third paragraph, which I didn't finish, because I got tired. Thank you for joining us. I hope you type a lot more paragraphs that I probably won't read.
  4. People follow the god they create in their own head... which is why Thumbelina is good for keeping me from even thinking about going back to Christianity. What kind of horrible person creates a horrible god like that to follow?
  5. BWA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!!!!! As if you've ever given a thoughtful answer to any question here, ever.
  6. Of course, it's easy to say that the Christian message is simple if you do what you have done, which is ignore all of the bits of your religion and holy book that you find contradictory, confusing, or that you just don't like. What you don't realize is that you have left yourself with something that is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike Christianity as most other Christians would believe. What you do can be summed up in a single word: cherrypicking.
  7. That's like one galaxy for every cell in your body. Depending upon how one counts what cells are yours, that is.
  8. Just to make it even more clear, Christians are going cuckoo over what the simplified diagram of what laminin looks like: This is more like what laminin looks like in reality: As with most things biological, the reality is a bit messier than the simple illustrations. Oh, and, just for good measure, sometimes things look like other things for no particular reason:
  9. I love being an atheist because I don't have to feel obligated to be an unpaid sales person for a shitty religion with an asshole god.
  10. Sorry, but that kind of stupid shit just isn't worth an hour and a half of my time.
  11. Perhaps he's working furiously on writing down the sources he used for his "skeptical appraisal" of Christianity.
  12. This. My father in-law, who used to be a pastor, would always be angry about the same things his favorite televangelists were angry about. Whenever he'd start going on about something new, I'd wonder which televangelist he heard talking about it the previous week.
  13. I love that the calendar on the wall had a picture of a crocoduck on it.
  14. I think it depends on the circumstances. If you're dealing with someone you plan on living with for any length of time (such as a spouse), I can see the need to take the measured approach. Likewise with anyone that you think would try to hold this over your head regarding your employment. Everyone else? Fuck 'em.
  15. I guess you could say it's earth-like... for certain definitions of earth-like. But a planet that's at least 1.3 earth masses and (probably) tidally locked around a red dwarf (which, if I'm not mistaken, puts out more heat than visible light, and even that's much more in the red part of the spectrum) sounds pretty unlike earth to me.
  16. Considering that I can't think of one presuppositionalist that isn't a complete, smug, condescending, offputting asshole, I'd say the answer is no, presuppositionalism doesn't lead to conversions, at least not for people that weren't already Christians of some sort.
  17. Interesting. I don't normally have any problems with it on my PC. Do you use ad blocking software on your PC? That's the only thing that keeps me sane on Patheos on my desktop.
  18. Wrong. This means we should all use the Pan Theory instead, because it solves everything for all science. Suggesting that we should be refining the Standard Model instead of using the Pan Theory to explain all physics shows you're just being closed-minded.
  19. Funny how your god never steps in to correct people like this. Instead, he allows these hucksters to fool people into giving them money. Even the ones that get caught swindling their flocks and go to jail come back and do the same damn thing again. Oh, wait, he'll punish them after they're dead — how absolutely useless for us here in this life. If your god can't help those that are fooled into contributing money they can't afford to these people, then why follow it? It's either too weak to do anything to help them, or it is too evil to desire to help them. This is the god you worship? This is a being you want us to worship? Even if this pathetic/evil being existed, it is not worthy of respect, let alone worship. It is deserving of our contempt.
  20. The problem is not with your phone, the problem is with Patheos and its ads. Patheos is pretty miserable on a desktop browser, and it's even worse on mobile browsers. I see a LOT of complaints about Patheos being unfriendly to mobile devices from a lot of people.
  21. "Leg lengthening" is a pretty well known, super-simple parlor trick that faith "healers" use to fool religious rubes. Talk to me when they can medically confirm and show a missing limb regrown on video.
  22. And then you responded to rjn. Why do you theists always, always lie by saying you're leaving, and then you don't. "That's okay. I just wanted you all to hear what I have to say. Now I'll leave you alone, except I'll respond to every. single. blasted post that people make in reply to me, and go on and on and on about my beliefs that no one else gives a shit about." Isn't lying part of one of those big commandment thingies you all love so much? Or is lying okay as long as it's done in the name of talking about your deity? Seeing you lie doesn't exactly make me want to find out more about your religion, because it obviously doesn't make you a better person.
  23. "It saddens me to see how folks on here lose their faith in God because of the Church." I didn't lose my faith in your god because of the church. I lost my faith in your god because I realized it didn't exist. "GOD WANTS YOU TO FOLLOW HIM, AND HIM ALONE!!!." Then he can come talk to me anytime he wants. He knows where I live. I'll note that if this god of yours from the Old Testament and the Torah exists, it is a sadistic monster beyond comprehension, filled with hate, and does not deserve to be worshiped. One of the ways to tell it doesn't deserve to be worshiped is that it keeps insisting that it be worshiped. I don't worship pathetic, insecure deities.
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