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  1. Many prisoners who get released find a way to go back to prison. The issue is that they got so used to the regimentation they never had to make and choices or decisions on their own. It's too big a transition for some people to make without professional help. I see many people who leave the church in the same situation; Who will tell me what to do? Who will tell me the approved activities? Who will tell me what to think? If you can't handle the sudden freedom and autonomy and are overwhelmed by having unlimited choices, perhaps some professional help is indicated. It's not a unique situation. Good luck.
  2. The religious right gains ground every day. I fear it might be too late. After all, how do we make people smarter and how do we dissuade others from seeking power and control? If I were younger I would move to a less hostile country.
  3. You might find this interesting. He also has some YouTube videos. https://outreachjudaism.org/
  4. "Matthew came first, Luke borrowed from Matthew and Mark is the readers digest version pulling from Matthew and Luke. Two-Source Theory Mark and Q are the main sources and Luke and Matthew pull from both of those sources." This has been my understanding.
  5. The lizard brain is a quirky thing. I suppose with enough indoctrination using the Hell tactic, one could have that deep fear crop up after deconversion. A lifetime atheist without the brainwashing would never fear Hell.
  6. So should we draw straws to see who can respond to every Christian? How many would be allowed so they don't feel overwhelmed?
  7. I went with the majority, apparently, by choosing "other." Though there is much in common, Christians are individuals. Some are very much worth seriously engaging, others behave like mindless Christ-bots or outright trolls. I judge on a case by case basis.
  8. If they don't take the admonition from their own Bible to be ready with an answer, why would they take the advice of Wikipedia? Every Christian who comes here wanting us to prove them wrong gets informed that the burden of proof is on the one making the claim. They simply do not accept it.
  9. Welcome! Feel free to ask questions.
  10. Even the Bible states it plainly: I Peter 3:15- "to sanctify the Lord God in your hearts and be ready always to give an answer to every man that ask you a reason of the hope that is in you." That, they do not do.
  11. I want to see your invisible unicorn! Uh, wait.......
  12. Welcome to Ex-C! Perhaps the Buddhists haven't told you, but you are god!!! Namaste, bitches.
  13. The effect of prayer on hospital patients, for example, has been studied several times. Sometimes, with the knowledge that people are praying and the patient is praying and the patient has a belief in prayer, the placebo effect is sometimes demonstrated. Prayer without the patient's knowledge does not have that advantage. From one such study: "... This study therefore showed that remote intercessory prayer did not improve outcomes after coronary artery bypass graft surgery. In fact, the knowledge of being prayed for was associated with a slightly but significantly higher rate of postsurgical complications." Countless studies over decades regarding haunted places have found quite mundane reasons for the perception of some that the place is haunted. Remote viewing has been studied by the military of at least two major powers and the programs were dropped due to lack of results. How many times must we fail to find evidence before we can confidently conclude there's nothing there? The charge is repeatedly made that there hasn't been serious scientific investigation into (fill in the blank) yet actual scientists have made countless physical tests and conducted countless trials on all of the extraordinary claims that just won't die. Also note that the Amazing Randi still has his million dollar prize waiting for someone to claim it. What do you call alternative medicine that works? Medicine. What do you call something supernatural that exists? Natural.
  14. I'm late to the party but Welcome, AcrobaticDetective. Science and our collective experience demonstrates that we are indeed connected. No woo required.
  15. Welcome, BarnOwl. It seems like you're already in good hands here. Sorry I'm late to the welcoming party. And please, people, don't nickname him BO. Thanks.
  16. Humans tend to thrive on hate. The entire alt-right regime we're seeing now has mastered the art of capitalizing on that. Sewing the seeds of hate for a common "enemy" is the key element to a successful dictatorship.
  17. Perhaps because.... "Faith is believing what you know ain't so." - Mark Twain
  18. This is a rather good discussion on the topic. It's a lengthy vid but well worth it if you're interested in the often discussed topic of atheists still going to church and how the number of church membership rolls does not reflect how much America believes in God.
  19. A couple of stories come to mind regarding this topic. Years ago, when people in my church were giving testimonies, a young lady said she needed to share her story. It seems she reached in her freezer and her finger became stuck to the cold surface. She prayed, and God released her finger! Can I get an Amen? Even as a fervent believer at the time I realized how stupid this was. My fundy father, who lived religion 24 hours a day, told me about a little road trip he had taken. While on the Interstate a tire blew out. He prayed and God allowed him to safely pull over to wait for AAA. I just had to ask him why God just didn't just prevent the blowout or at least let the tire go flat in the driveway. He said, "It doesn't work that way." So how does it work? Random things happen, some good and some bad. The Jesus-bot will attribute each one to God answering a prayer, God's infinite mercy, or perhaps God had to teach someone a lesson or test their faith. To the carpenter, every problem is a nail.
  20. I, for one, would like to see an example that isn't about an anecdote or perceived feelings.
  21. Yes, and my favorite is that last little dribble.
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