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Dagan last won the day on January 18 2011

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About Dagan

  • Birthday 09/08/1976

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    Vancouver Island
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    Outdoors, fishing, gardening, video gaming, reading, sleeping, stargazing
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    Pretty much in the "closet atheist" camp. I am working on "coming out" to my family but it's going to be messy and ugly. Not caring so much anymore, I just want to be true and honest to myself and avoid any more cognitive dissonance in my life!

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  1. Hi gang, I haven't been around since summer. But I haven't been too active here for a long time. Life's generally been good and I have moved past the deconversion phase of needing to debunk and debate Christianity and its core beliefs. But I really am having a tough time right now. Not because I am going to slip back into faith, or because I am swamped with fundy bullshit. My wife has become basically a nominal Christian. My kids talk about Jesus like it's a fairy tale. No, it's just family life that's got me down. My wife and I have a relationship like roommates that share the same bed. My kids are exhausting but I can deal with that. What's really getting me down is I feel alone. I have no real close friends, they were all church people and I haven't darkened a church door since last Christmas. I don't have the opportunity to make new friends. Now my wife, who was my best friend when we got married, is distant. I know part of the fault is mine. But we're growing apart day by day and I can't see any way to change it. I live in a small town. The closest humanist or atheist meet-up group is 100 km away. I've thought about starting up my own, but lately I'm just too listless to care about making the effort or sticking my neck out. I'm not looking for any solutions, just needed a place to ramble. But conversation is always welcome.
  2. Why are there so many stupid people in the world? Oh well, I can't change them but I can change me.

  3. Ahhh Max and Ruby, your monosyllabic adventures make me laugh so.

  4. That's why God created irrigation systems. Also -1 for 'sheeple.'
  5. Celebrating Canada Day by consuming a lot of Gibsons 12 year Canadian whiskey. Wonderful stuff. The parade was cool too. I'm proud to be Canadian!

    1. hereticzero


      I drink GlenMerangie Scotch.

    2. Denyoz


      I'm celebrating Canada Day drinking Budweiser in New York :/

    3. Melancholy


      Me too! I love Canada!

  6. Back after a four-month hiatus, I see not a lot has changed around here!

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    2. blackpudd1n


      Don't forget the four cats we rescued that are lounging around in the rooftop garden, Akheia!

    3. Dagan


      There's a rooftop garden eh.... I must check this out. Where is the beer.

    4. blackpudd1n


      Uh, I think Astreja has been minding the beer...

  7. What brand of Holy Spirit goggles do you use to so properly interpret scripture? Mormon? Catholic? Baptist? Evangelical Free? Because they're all different. Which one is right?
  8. I understand the DMCA issue with reposting articles, but the warning on the front page is insultingly heavy-handed. How about a FAQ like the one Chilling Effects uses.

  9. OOPS! Matthew 10:23 New International Version (NIV) 23 When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes. Matthew 24:33-34 New International Version (NIV) 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it] is near, right at the door. 34 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. MATT 16:27, 28 New International Version (NIV) 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done. 28 “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” ALSO MARK 9:, and there's more, but I didn't complete my search. These are enough lies for one day. You're doing it wrong! Those verses were meant to be read in a SPIRITUAL sense. Jesus was using this as a metaphor for his premature ejaculation problem.
  10. They had a very successful campaign under Joshua to evangelize the promised land. Lots of people killed to make sure God took over. I think he was upset over Eve putting on a fig leaf when she was nekkid. He obviously supports porn and is against censoring. Also fine explanations
  11. When was Judaism ever a missionary religion? They didn't want converts. So the idea that the fig tree being cursed is a symbol of how God was no longer going to use the Jewish nation to take the gospel to the world is completely baseless and out of historical and religious context. Personally, I don't think the story represents anything metaphorical. I think Jesus knew that the tree would quickly wither by the time they passed it again because of the season. If it didn't even have those early buds, called taqsh in Arabic, the tree was probably dying. His "curse" was intended to fool his disciples into thinking he was powerful and to make his lesson about faith memorable, and his gullible, credulous disciples believed it was a miracle.
  12. It's harmless. I play with some friends regularly. Even my religious wife plays. It's pretty much like Kurari described. The "dungeon master" (the person with all the rule books) invents a scenario for us and narrates. We decide as a group what to do, sometimes with hilarious results. We talk about what to do, roll dice, drink beer eat potato chips and laugh a lot. The "satanic" scare from the 1980s was a knee-jerk reaction based on nothing. I would go so far as to say pen and paper D&D is better for kids to play than World of Warcraft. Pen and paper D&D involves a real group of humans in the same room using their imaginations and interacting with each other. Computer RPGs are fun but involve very little direct human interaction. Now satanic, that's Monopoly. I would bet there are far more cases of Monopoly-related violence than D&D.
  13. I just skimmed through "The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven" in 20 minutes. What a bunch of baloney. Poor kid. Maybe he had dreams in a coma, but guilt-ridden dad made it into a money-making opportunity.

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