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  • Still have any Gods? If so, who or what?
    hell no

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  1. I do pity them too. I see them as hostages. Perhaps even Stockholm Syndrome.
  2. You’re right. I’m still giving them control over me. This does not define me. That reminds me. I was watching the movie Moana with my kids yesterday. There is was song towards the end where I burst into tears. My kids looked at me, puzzled. I guess I’m still struggling to find myself. I have crossed the horizon to find you I know your name They have stolen the heart from inside you But this does not define you This is not who you are You know who you are
  3. The other day I woke up livid. I still am. I thought I had processed all the anger, two years later. I’m angry at religion. I’m angry at myself for believing the bullshit. I’m angry at my ex for loving only the christian version of me. It feels like I am starting my life again from scratch. My psychologist says it’s simply a new chapter in my life, a change in seasons. I had made so much progress, now I feels like I have gone backwards. The tide has changed. Has anyone else felt like this? Help.
  4. It turns out the answer is YES. It’s called Teleological Thinking: https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/theconversation.com/amp/theres-a-psychological-link-between-conspiracy-theories-and-creationism-101849
  5. I was raised Catholic and was told that the bible does contain errors, because humans wrote it and humans are fallible. The errors were historical and scientific only, but inerrant concerning morality and faith. The bible is not a science book. The Pope is cool with The Big Bang and evolution, which are god’s mechanisms for creation. Genesis was taught to me as metaphorical, to explain the nature of humans and our relationship with god. But the problem then arises... by what criteria do we determine which stories are literal and which are allegory?
  6. In Australia, it turns out that Covid-19 decisions based in science were also best for the economy. We had an early, strict and short lockdown. Our economy has taken a hit, but not as badly as was first predicted. The average Australian probably has more trust in government and science than the average US citizen, and were consequently more compliant with the lockdown. Our New Zealand neighbours undertook an even stricter lockdown and have managed to eradicate the virus. Australia aimed for suppression rather than eradication. Our borders remain closed and we are isolated from the rest of the world until a vaccine is available. Not an ideal scenario but we have only 102 deaths. So far. Sweden opted for a soft lockdown, with shops, restaurants, gyms and schools remaining open. The Swedish death rate from Covid-19 is five times higher than their nordic neighbours who had more strict lockdowns. The Swedish economy is now experiencing a similar downturn as the rest of Europe. I guess time will tell which strategy is best in the long run, and hopefully we will be better prepared for the next pandemic.
  7. Luckily here in Australia we often hear directly from doctors such as Norman Swan (who is also a journalist). However there are still far too many people in positions of power who don’t think analytically, but rather rely on intuition. But generally speaking, Australians seem to have more trust in our government and media than US citizens have in theirs. Conspiracy theories undermine public trust in government services and institutions. And there are few gatekeepers to fact-check information on social media. What I find most fascinating are the teleological thinking patterns behind the believers in conspiracy theories. “Everything happens for a reason” is something I used to say and believe myself. I’m not sure exactly when and why I ceased thinking this way. It probably fell away together with my belief in a god who purposefully directs events towards an end plan. Amongst my religious friends, I have realised that fact-based arguments are ineffective, and often counter-productive. One friend sees herself as the brave hero standing up to the vaccinating villains of Big Pharma. So how can we encourage healthy skepticism rather than hyper-skepticism? Analytical thinking rather than relying on intuition?
  8. After a nasty bout of post-natal depression I spoke with my priest who discouraged me from seeing a psychologist and taking medication. I now understand that this is a common cult tactic to stop you from seeking help from outside the group, so you become completely dependant on the group for emotional support. And the “spiritual warfare” warnings made me feel even more anxious. It feels so great to be free of all that bullshit. Well done!
  9. Hello and welcome from a fellow Sydney-sider! Yes rents here are obscene, I’m looking to buy a house at the moment. It’s one of the most expensive cities in the world. Your life probably won’t fall to pieces as you fear, but even if it does, it is survivable. I lost almost everything a couple of years ago... my marriage, friends, some family. It’s been a lengthy and painful process but oh so worthwhile. Good luck.
  10. An alarming number of my Christian friends are believing in conspiracy theories about Covid-19, vaccinations and 5G. At first I concluded that this was due to their distrust of science, however it seems there is also a psychological link between conspiracy theories and creationism. It’s called teleological thinking: https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/theconversation.com/amp/theres-a-psychological-link-between-conspiracy-theories-and-creationism-101849 I’m almost at the point of ditching my friends, it’s so frustrating and annoying listening to this conspiracy shit! Help.
  11. So true. Christians often start with a conclusion (my god exists) then look for evidence to support their conclusion. Science does the opposite, following the evidence then drawing a conclusion. How did you overcome your confirmation bias?
  12. When I was a Christian I heard someone dodge this question by claiming that god is beyond space and time, so he is exempt from the creator infinite regress. Special pleading.
  13. Thanks guys, great answers. I’m planning some further reading.
  14. Hello! Haven’t posted for a long while. My creationist friend and I were discussing the possibility of Abiogenesis. She claims that god creating the first life is far more likely than “blind chance”. Is this a false dichotomy? “Blind chance” sounds too random to me, as there are natural laws that govern the universe. I don’t know much about abiogenesis so I’d love some feedback. Alyssa
  15. LostinParis

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    I agree with @DanForsman But let’s say that a god exists who has an important message for us that was intended to be understood. Why didn’t he give us clear instructions for his message? Surely it is unreasonable to expect us to decipher complex codes. And surely god could have predicted the confusion it would cause amongst his people? What would you say to a muslim who claims that the Quran numerology proves that Allah is the true god?
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