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    Louisville, KY, USA
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    Never raised a Christian, but hope I can add a little support to the community here. Always good to have a fresh perspective? Lifelong atheist, by the way.

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  • Still have any Gods? If so, who or what?
    Never did.
  1. Okay. A few things, really. 1. Carbon dating is based on nuclear physics. All the time, in the upper atmosphere, solar radiation is smacking into carbon atoms, and adding a couple neutrons to some of them, resulting in Carbon-14 rather than Carbon-12. While any living thing is alive, it absorbs carbon atoms, and incorporates them into its tissues, including freshly-minted carbon-14. When the living thing dies, it no longer absorbs carbon, 'cause it's dead. During radioactive decay, some of the atoms eject the extra neutrons, changing the original ratio of carbon 14 to carbon 12. Since we c
  2. You've answered your own questions, then, at least logically. "Dichotomous dogmatism" is exactly why and how Pascal's Wager is one of the worst arguments ever. It starts from the (flawed, if you know about the mere existence of other religions or belief systems) assumption - based on faith, which every religion has as its basis, by definition - that there are only two options: Christianity or nothing. This just isn't true, in addition to being a massive logical fallacy. Try Pascal's Wager, substituting any other religion for Christianity, and you'll have equally strong arguments for any and al
  3. It's not so unusual to be a bodybuilder for Jesus, actually. There was a movement in the USA in the 19th century based around that very concept - "Muscular Christianity". The idea was that if godliness could be manifested in actions and material prosperity, it could also manifest in physical perfection. Long story short, it's why the YMCA exists. (Oh, the irony...)
  4. Thurisaz nailed it I think. People aren't as stupid as all that, actually, and yes, there's some very interesting history behind it all, mostly to do with the political structure and geographical isolation. Here's the thing about the USA: it's huge. And the distances are really far. Far from other countries, and far internally, too actually. It's the third largest country on Earth, by population. (Yet, because of its size, population density can be very low, in the country, or very high, as on the I-95 corridor on the east coast). If I started a road trip in New York City, and drove to Lo
  5. (The only thing I can think of when it comes to nihilists, are the ones from the movie The Big Lebowski...)
  6. The Puritans tried to ban Christmas when they were in power after the English Civil War, because it wasn't Christian enough. After all, Christmas is just Saturnalia and Yule with the serial numbers filed off. It's why ham, log burning, and gift giving is compulsory for reasons nobody quite remembers anymore. Let's not even go into singing to apple trees and offering them booze, bringing an evergreen into the house, hanging up mistletoe, etc.
  7. I guess my point is that transgender happens as part of the same complicated suite of biological reasons as sexual orientation. As for the locker rooms, given the incidence of intersex conditions (which are considered beyond dispute artificially induced "males" or "females" in our society - we don't even think about it), which is about 1 in 100 people who were born with one of these conditions, and 1 in 1000 who have had surgery to "normalize" their actual sex organs, there's a great chance that if you spend any time at the public pool or gym or whatever, you already have and already do share
  8. Sex is biological, and there are a lot of things that go into it. Society overlays gender on sex, and interacts with it, in lots of interesting ways. Right now, in the West, we're experiencing a re-definition of sex and gender roles. This sort of thing happens all the time. As for the biology, I'd repeat Rogue Scholar's appeal to look at the science regarding sex. This includes things like: what parts you are born with, and how you go through puberty, and who you are generally attracted to. That's biological. I didn't hit early puberty, wake up one morning and suddenly decide to start bei
  9. No, they don't last long, in my experience. They're also (to me, anyway) incredibly boring. They present the same old junk arguments, if you can even call it arguments. I really wish they'd just read past threads, and see how those turned out: No, I'm not going to accept your spiritual experiences as any sort of evidence, I don't care what miracle stories you have (every other religion has those too), I'm not going to allow you to engage in special pleading for your religion (yet not others), and Pascal's Wager is a terrible, terrible, bad piece of reasoning (false dilemma) that stands up abou
  10. Depends on where, exactly, in the Bible Belt you are. Urban areas are usually fine. Rural, where everybody knows everybody and church = identity ... not good. Heck, I live in Louisville, KY, where the Southern Baptist seminary is, and it's fine being an open atheist. There's actually lots of us, and it's a really laid-back city. (I mean, think about it: the two town industries are bourbon and horse racing. You don't get far here with a puritanical outlook.) I was really weirded out living in Maine for college, where they have near-beer, and you have to run the border to The New Hampshire State
  11. Kids love factual stuff, especially history, biography, and science. I work in a library, so I can definitely confirm this from personal experience. Protip: Nothing beats dinosaurs. Not even trucks. Not even princesses. Not even pirates. I'd guess it's even a 10:1 preference, fact over fiction. After class visits, where kids can pick any books they want, the non-fiction has been positively pillaged. Even teenagers love factual stories. There's a few non-fiction books for teens so popular I literally can't keep them on the shelf.
  12. Wait a minute, here: this (in addition to being mean and terrible) is basically a direct confession from the pastor that you'd have to be stupid to stay in, or the slightest exposure to other points of view, and/or application of critical thought will make the belief system evaporate like those mirage puddles on a hot highway. What. I don't even. This really shows how the pastor thinks about the flock, for sure: that they're stupid sheep just there to be fleeced. I don't know how everybody in earshot didn't see that as a personal insult. That's absolutely stunning. I don't know what else to sa
  13. LOL wut? Seriously, of all the things, fantasy football? That's... astounding.
  14. OOooooooooh! I've always wanted to talk to one of these! The Old Testament? For real? Hang on here, I've got a list: Do you wear blended fiber clothes? Modern synthetics? If so, how do you justify this? How do you feel about intercropping? Mules? (Of course, some translations of Leviticus 19:19 translate "cattle" specifically, instead of "animals" so, does this preclude literally all extant beef cattle? Since they're hybrids?) What kind of food do you eat, since modern harvesting methods reap all of the crop, to the edges of the field, in clear contradiction to the Laws of God?
  15. It was, simply put, a set-up: "I am the cause of my own suffering" "Let Jesus take the wheel" I'm going to have to assume that the song was a Christian one, given the topic. About a third of the world population, and the vast majority of the people who listen to such music are literally trained from birth to believe that these words apply to them. It's the whole premise of the religion. (That suffering is the human condition, and only Jesus can cure it.) If you're on this site, you are one of these people. Of course you think it applies to you: you have been acculturated to believe t
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