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Faith by definition is a belief held without the support of evidence. Science requires evidence.
That is what I just said. One is tangible, one is intangible. So there is no conflict there as they are concerned with different spheres.

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The conflict lies between faith and science based models of the world, special creation as opposed to natural processes, evolution cosmology, etc.
 

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Faith by definition is a belief held without the support of evidence. Science requires evidence.
That is what I just said. One is tangible, one is intangible. So there is no conflict there as they are concerned with different spheres.

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The conflict lies between faith and science based models of the world, special creation as opposed to natural processes, evolution cosmology, etc.
Ah - not for all of us. Actually, not for most of us. Only the most conservative believers are fixated on those ideas. There is nothing unbiblical about evolution in any subject; I have stated that before. And I don't have the temerity to state that I know the method God used to create the universe. It could very well have been a natural process He started. My only fixed belief on these matters is that the source of all is God. Everything else is up for discussion.

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Kind of like the sheep and the goats--or the wheat and the chaff, is it not? If you don't like being "tarred with the same brush," then tell Jesus not to do it to other people.

Anyway, I see that you detest being lumped in with other Christians. Why is that?

Forgive me for interjecting, but I pretty much agree with Ruths posts. The reasons are easy - I don't doubt Ruth would agree with me that we both wouldn't want to be connected with prosperity churches, as an obvious example among others. Quoting your "Then tell Jesus not to do it to other people" there is a better and clearer context to this part of the narrative, when Jesus warns believers of false doctrine and false prophets under the guise of Christianity whilst preaching in His name i.e. don't be lumped in with them..


The prosperity church is the flip side of the suffering church. Offer your suffering to god and earn an eternal reward. Christianity is a cult of pain. One weeps and empathizes with the image of a suffering Jesus. A bloody crown of thorns.

Christianity is a Chinese menu, pick one from column A and one from column B.

As to atheists claiming sconce as exclusive I have never heard that anywhere. 'Atkeisr Scince' is something yu hear on conservatives platforms like FOX News.

Newton, one of the greatest, was Christian although he held some contrary views in his day that could have gotten him into trouble.

Galileo remained Christian despite his persecution over science.

The path of science and math through history and cultures is easily seen. Arab Muslim science passed to Europe as a foundation.

I have herd Christians claim science is an exclusive European Christian invention.
 

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The conflict lies between faith and science based models of the world, special creation as opposed to natural processes, evolution cosmology, etc.
Ah - not for all of us. Actually, not for most of us. Only the most conservative believers are fixated on those ideas. There is nothing unbiblical about evolution in any subject; I have stated that before. And I don't have the temerity to state that I know the method God used to create the universe. It could very well have been a natural process He started. My only fixed belief on these matters is that the source of all is God. Everything else is up for discussion.

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But it's not about us.

The World is either created by a God or gods, whatever they may be, or it is not.

It can't be both a special creation and the result and work of natural evolution.
 

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The prosperity church is the flip side of the suffering church. Offer your suffering to god and earn an eternal reward. Christianity is a cult of pain. One weeps and empathizes with the image of a suffering Jesus. A bloody crown of thorns.

Ok, there are flip sides to everything then. Science being so benificial in many ways, improves even bigger nuclear yeild bombs...

Christianity is a Chinese menu, pick one from column A and one from column B.

They may not be that much of a difference with a lot of churches. Most agree with the begotten Son of God concept, which is the important factor of the faith. There are faiths that seem similar, but in their doctrine, Christ is not divine (I'm not in that camp).

And besides ... it's ALL there for us to see. Guiding examples have been provided (thoughtfully) taking from the churches of 'Smyrna & Philidelphia,' out of the seven churches, with examples of not what to do.


As to atheists claiming sconce as exclusive I have never heard that anywhere. 'Atkeisr Scince' is something yu hear on conservatives platforms like FOX News.

I said some of the atheists I have come across, talk 'as if' it's exclusive. You know ... those type of headlines, "Science v Creationism" sort of thing.

I have herd Christians claim science is an exclusive European Christian invention.
Don't lump me with that lot then. ;)
 

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Ok, there are flip sides to everything then. Science being so benificial in many ways, improves even bigger nuclear yeild bombs...
Is that really a 'flip' side, though? It's the same scientific method that gives us the Internet, whether we use it for porn or remote learning. Nuclear power or nuclear yield. Increased food crops or increased drug production.
It's not science that's being two-sided, it's the humans that get to use it.
As compared to 'christainity' including people on both sides of our civil war, insisting God wanted the Negro enslaved, and insisting God wanted them freed. Both sides quoting from the same sourcebook.
I said some of the atheists I have come across, talk 'as if' it's exclusive. You know ... those type of headlines, "Science v Creationism" sort of thing.
And there you go, again.
Not every theist is a creationist. Not everyone on the side of science is an atheist.

But you see "Science v Creationism" and you interpret it to say that Science belongs to atheists?
This is not about science or creationism, this is your bias. Again.
 

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Science doesn't work on the principle of faith.
Faith in God does not work on scientific principles. Love doesn't work on scientific principles either. Does that invalidate love? Both are intangible concerns; science is involved with tangible concerns. I have absolutely no hesitation in saying that science will never prove or disprove faith, any more than it can prove or disprove love. That is not the sphere of science. Likewise, faith or love will never prove or disprove science.

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Agreed Ruth. Some atheists I've come across, talk as if science is the sole property of atheism.

To the OP Unknown soldier. I've seen some good civil debates and discussions between Christians and atheists. Craig v Hitchens for example having mutual respect, and still having a laugh. Of course on forums it varies but can also be respectful, so it's all fine by me, (as being adults).

Ruth is saying that science CANNOT be used to test the god hypothesis. Did you even read her post?

You should go back and read Hitchens' books and watch his videos again - he had no respect for magical thinking and was NOT shy about expressing his disdain for the behavior of some of the apologists he debated, including high-ranking Cardinals in the Roman Church and leading Jewish scholars. What debates have you been watching?
 

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Ok, there are flip sides to everything then. Science being so benificial in many ways, improves even bigger nuclear yeild bombs...
Is that really a 'flip' side, though? It's the same scientific method that gives us the Internet, whether we use it for porn or remote learning. Nuclear power or nuclear yield. Increased food crops or increased drug production.
It's not science that's being two-sided, it's the humans that get to use it.

Ok, putting it that way, then of course I say the same thing - its down to the inviduals. No different in similar manner, when all sorts of people with different motives or agendas come under the Christian banner.

As compared to 'christainity' including people on both sides of our civil war, insisting God wanted the Negro enslaved, and insisting God wanted them freed. Both sides quoting from the same sourcebook.
Perhaps they were rather misquoting. People leading the way, having more of a politcal and power ethic than one of Christ.


I said some of the atheists I have come across, talk 'as if' it's exclusive. You know ... those type of headlines, "Science v Creationism" sort of thing.
And there you go, again.
Not every theist is a creationist. Not everyone on the side of science is an atheist.

Well at least you go along with what Ruth was highlighting, regarding 'tarring individuals with the same brush' etc..

But you see "Science v Creationism" and you interpret it to say that Science belongs to atheists?
This is not about science or creationism, this is your bias. Again.

I was talking about the very ones who 'think' its about science v creationism.

Fairpoint, I will admit I will have some biases naturally, but are you metioning this because atheists are free from them?
 
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If you're informed about science then you know that Bible cosmology and earth history have been demonstrated by scientists to be bogus.
Before I take the time to answer you item by item, it would probably enable better understanding on your part if you read a thread I started a few years ago, and in particular this post of mine in that thread:

https://talkfreethought.org/showthr...n-though-I-am-a-Christian&p=382833#post382833

Christianity is a model of reality. A model that does not conform to our current understanding of how reality works, unless one is willing to ignore everything that is contradicted by science, and only focus on the aspects that are beyond the scope of scientific testing - i.e. only believe the claims that are unfalsifiable. Is that how you go about selecting which Bible verses are true, and which are to be ignored?

And no, the Earth did not stand still for Joshua. Anyone with even a basic understanding of celestial mechanics and our planet's geology will tell you that.
 

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Agreed Ruth. Some atheists I've come across, talk as if science is the sole property of atheism.

To the OP Unknown soldier. I've seen some good civil debates and discussions between Christians and atheists. Craig v Hitchens for example having mutual respect, and still having a laugh. Of course on forums it varies but can also be respectful, so it's all fine by me, (as being adults).

Ruth is saying that science CANNOT be used to test the god hypothesis. Did you even read her post?

You should go back and read Hitchens' books and watch his videos again - he had no respect for magical thinking and was NOT shy about expressing his disdain for the behavior of some of the apologists he debated, including high-ranking Cardinals in the Roman Church and leading Jewish scholars. What debates have you been watching?

The bit in bold was just my opinion added.

The debates with Craig V Hitchens.. is as I said, what I watched. Between them I thought quite enjoyable to listen to from both men - wittingly entertaining. Quite civil and no whining complaints from Craig, especially when as you say, Hitchens would express his personal disdain for particular apologists or cardinals...
 

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Faith by definition is a belief held without the support of evidence. Science requires evidence.
That is what I just said. One is tangible, one is intangible. So there is no conflict there as they are concerned with different spheres.

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Intangible, as in cannot be observed and tested. You believe based purely on faith, because you want to, not because there are good reasons to. Faith can be used to justify pretty much any belief that you want to hold - universe creating pixies? Yes; time-traveling pan-dimensional cosmic toads? Sure; Santa Claus? Why not?

I have nothing against people believing whatever they want to. The problem arises when these people try to force their unsubstantiated beliefs into the lives of others, to create laws and rewrite science textbooks to fit their beliefs. You wouldn't do that because you know better, but many people don't.
 

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Kind of like the sheep and the goats--or the wheat and the chaff, is it not? If you don't like being "tarred with the same brush," then tell Jesus not to do it to other people.

Anyway, I see that you detest being lumped in with other Christians. Why is that?

Forgive me for interjecting, but I pretty much agree with Ruths posts. The reasons are easy - I don't doubt Ruth would agree with me that we both wouldn't want to be connected with prosperity churches, as an obvious example among others. Quoting your "Then tell Jesus not to do it to other people" there is a better and clearer context to this part of the narrative, when Jesus warns believers of false doctrine and false prophets under the guise of Christianity whilst preaching in His name i.e. don't be lumped in with them..

How do you tell the false prophets from the true one(s)? And false doctrines from the true one(s)? What is the test one uses to make these determinations?
 

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The conflict lies between faith and science based models of the world, special creation as opposed to natural processes, evolution cosmology, etc.
Ah - not for all of us. Actually, not for most of us. Only the most conservative believers are fixated on those ideas. There is nothing unbiblical about evolution in any subject; I have stated that before.
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The Bible explicitly states that the first humans were created by God, but you choose to ignore that. You pick and choose which verses to believe. You have to, since the Bible doesn't come with notes saying "Original verse - guaranteed 100% true" or "Probably made up -can be disregarded in an emergency".
 

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Ok, there are flip sides to everything then. Science being so benificial in many ways, improves even bigger nuclear yeild bombs...

Would you rather be living in a stone age culture grinding dry sticks to make fire, and worshiping the gods of the trees, the caves, the rivers and the mountains; or in the modern world where you can use the internet to preach about your imaginary friend, the One And Only True God - a world that also includes nuclear weapons?
 

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Ok, putting it that way, then of course I say the same thing - its down to the inviduals. No different in similar manner, when all sorts of people with different motives or agendas come under the Christian banner.
So anything humans touch is like anything humans touch.
But at least science makes an effort to remove personal bias from the process. Faith depends on it.
As compared to 'christainity' including people on both sides of our civil war, insisting God wanted the Negro enslaved, and insisting God wanted them freed. Both sides quoting from the same sourcebook.
Perhaps they were rather misquoting.
Well, once you start that road, you have to figure out if one or both sides were misquoting, or if they were properly QUOTING but the source material is just self-contradictory. And how you would tell.
And how your explanation of which is which would differ from anyone else offering their opinion/rationalization/apology.
But you see "Science v Creationism" and you interpret it to say that Science belongs to atheists?
This is not about science or creationism, this is your bias. Again.

I was talking about the very ones who 'think' its about science v creationism.
It IS science vs. creationism. One's using the evidence to find the truth, one uses the truth to filter the evidence. Because both prioritize different goals.
But it's still fucking stupid to use atheist and evolution as interchangeable. Atheist/science same same.
Fairpoint, I will admit I will have some biases naturally, but are you metioning this because atheists are free from them?
Oh, great. You're attempting to defend religion by trying to imply that science is 'just as bad.' And you're defending your errors by suggesting atheists 'are just as bad.'
 

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Ok, there are flip sides to everything then. Science being so benificial in many ways, improves even bigger nuclear yeild bombs...



They may not be that much of a difference with a lot of churches. Most agree with the begotten Son of God concept, which is the important factor of the faith. There are faiths that seem similar, but in their doctrine, Christ is not divine (I'm not in that camp).

And besides ... it's ALL there for us to see. Guiding examples have been provided (thoughtfully) taking from the churches of 'Smyrna & Philidelphia,' out of the seven churches, with examples of not what to do.


As to atheists claiming sconce as exclusive I have never heard that anywhere. 'Atkeisr Scince' is something yu hear on conservatives platforms like FOX News.

I said some of the atheists I have come across, talk 'as if' it's exclusive. You know ... those type of headlines, "Science v Creationism" sort of thing.

I have herd Christians claim science is an exclusive European Christian invention.
Don't lump me with that lot then. ;)

Atheists are not monolithic. Atheists can be as whacky as nay theists. You can find soebody to qute to su[[ort a [osition on nay topic.

Both religion and science are human creations. Over history Certainty has been a source of oppression, confect, war, and destruction. Catholics vs Protestants in North Ireland.

Scince s not a moral system. Collectively it tries to explain physical reality. That is all.

Morality and ethics in part is how science gets used. Today debate is grwing on the usage and harmful effects of social media which is based in the science of electromagnetics which governs electronics.

Today our mortality is profit at all costs and with little restraint regardless of consequences. It is some called 'the human condition'. Human civilization has always been about exposition and profit.

Science does not address existence of god or any such claim. Science addresses that which can be observed and measured and quantified. Individual practitioners have beliefs and personal morality. 'Science' is not a monolithic belief system, it is a prcess that evolved over time. There is no pope of science.
 

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I am not sure what an atheist is these days, but I see them as more moral and peace-loving and law abiding than the average genocidal, homophobic and misogynous god loving theist.

Statistics are clear on this.

If the more ill-informed and mentally lazy atheists are not more militant in fighting the evils the god religions continue to inflict on women and gays, the stats are over-rated and those atheists are no better than theists, regardless of belief.

Insert gays and women harmed by homophobic and misogynous religions to this quote. You should get an idea of what you should be doing with the homophobic and misogynous mainstream religions if you live by the golden rule.

Please get back to me with your conclusion.

Martin Niemöller
First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

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Well, when I debated the Christians at CARM, I criticized them and their religion for their gay-bashing and misogyny and other ills. I got in trouble there for doing so, and some atheists in another forum told me that I deserved it. They may be some of those ill-informed and mentally lazy atheists you mention here.

Perhaps.

The more right wing the interlocutor the better. They need correcting the most.

Those mentally and morally lazy should remember inquisitions and jihads that were possible due to atheist silence against evil.

Homophobia and misogyny are only occasionally lethal today, but their vile mind control of them are among us as we speak.

The evil to grow and all that.

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Science doesn't work on the principle of faith.
Faith in God does not work on scientific principles. Love doesn't work on scientific principles either.

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The way love is described by Jesus is definitely scientific as it is based on observation.

You will know mine by their works and deeds.

Without works, deeds and reciprocity, love cannot exist between two people.

Unconditional love, is of course, a stupid notion.

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As compared to 'christainity' including people on both sides of our civil war, insisting God wanted the Negro enslaved, and insisting God wanted them freed. Both sides quoting from the same sourcebook.
Perhaps they were rather misquoting. People leading the way, having more of a politcal and power ethic than one of Christ.

Perhaps you should go back to the source and read Exodus 21 again. There is no ambiguity about Biblegod endorsing slavery, and providing explicit instructions on how different slaves are to be treated. Hebrew slaves have special rules, while women get the short end of the stick, as is typical with the Bible. God's instructions in this matter are very difficult to misunderstand or misquote.
 

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Science doesn't work on the principle of faith.
Faith in God does not work on scientific principles. Love doesn't work on scientific principles either. Does that invalidate love? Both are intangible concerns; science is involved with tangible concerns. I have absolutely no hesitation in saying that science will never prove or disprove faith, any more than it can prove or disprove love. That is not the sphere of science. Likewise, faith or love will never prove or disprove science.

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With love, there is usually a physical person, their body and their pheromones, their brain and their conduct that you can observe and interact with. You can't do any of these things with a god. Loving another human is nothing like having faith in a god.

Love doesn't work on scientific principles either.

Really? Our bodies, sense organs, brains and pheromones have nothing to do with it? Those are all things that can be studied using scientific methods, and in principle, be used to explain the mechanisms that create the feelings in us that we call love.
 

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Science doesn't work on the principle of faith.
Faith in God does not work on scientific principles. Love doesn't work on scientific principles either. Does that invalidate love? Both are intangible concerns; science is involved with tangible concerns. I have absolutely no hesitation in saying that science will never prove or disprove faith, any more than it can prove or disprove love. That is not the sphere of science. Likewise, faith or love will never prove or disprove science.

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Again, the problem with all that is in the quantification. For example, "God loves me." Yet this same god will send me to hell. With love like that who needs hate? Honestly. Christians so love their neighbors that they baptize then kill them so to save their souls.

Without quantification, labels are meaningless.

Faith by definition is a belief held without the support of evidence. Science requires evidence.
That is what I just said. One is tangible, one is intangible. So there is no conflict there as they are concerned with different spheres.

Ruth

Would I be correct in stating that categorically christianity is unscientific? If you disagree, if you are saying that christianity is not unscientific, please give a few examples that lead you to such a conclusion.
 

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I understand that many atheists do not like being exposed to religious arguments in particular Christian apologetics. Such atheists say that they find such arguments to be "annoying" and will not tolerate them. They see any kind of religious proselytizing as disrespectful. Many atheists are fair, though, and say that atheists arguing against Christian beliefs to Christians is also disrespectful. I personally enjoy debating Christians about their beliefs arguing against them. I especially tend to focus on Christian beliefs that I know can be harmful. So are such debates with Christians inappropriate?

It's not so much aversion to exposure as it is having been exposed ad nauseum to the same old lame arguments. Actively avoiding contradictory information is a trait that is much stronger among the religious and right wing ideologies than among atheists.

The vast majority of us were raised to believe in God or at least to believe that Christianity is the epitome of goodness. You don't become an atheist out of any level of religious upbringing if you actively avoid contradictory information.

The religious by and large do not have the problem of having listened to atheists' arguments over and over because very few of them actually hear atheists' arguments even once. Instead, they get the dehumanizing straw man versions through their tribal leaders, or whoever/whatever they consider the authoritative source of their beliefs and world view.

As an example, an apologist right here on this site a while back regurgitated one of those lies about atheists, that if we don't worship God, then obviously we just worship ourselves. :rolleyes:
 

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Again, the problem with all that is in the quantification. For example, "God loves me." Yet this same god will send me to hell. With love like that who needs hate? Honestly. Christians so love their neighbors that they baptize then kill them so to save their souls.

Without quantification, labels are meaningless.
Okay, I have to say I have never heard of a Christian who baptized someone and then killed them. Where did you come up with that?

And I am not sure what you mean by "quantification". Can you clarify a little for me please?

Faith by definition is a belief held without the support of evidence. Science requires evidence.
That is what I just said. One is tangible, one is intangible. So there is no conflict there as they are concerned with different spheres.

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Would I be correct in stating that categorically christianity is unscientific? If you disagree, if you are saying that christianity is not unscientific, please give a few examples that lead you to such a conclusion.
Not sure what you are asking here, but if you mean that the Christian faith does not have or depend on a scientific basis I would agree completely. The same is true of all theistic religions.

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Well, when I debated the Christians at CARM, I criticized them and their religion for their gay-bashing and misogyny and other ills. I got in trouble there for doing so …

If you were posting at CARM and NOT getting in trouble for it, you’re probably a YEC. Definitely doing it wrong, anyhow.
That lot is the most unsalvageable bunch of morons I ever ran across.

The CARM folks are tough, all right. They became infuriated when I argued how their beliefs can cause harm to people. They called me names and insulted me and then said they have the love of Christ. One guy there was always making incoherent comments about God being in him and kept following that up with the phrase "which is love." I told him I don't want his love and that his God appeals no more to me than his used underwear does.

I got into trouble for that.

Anyway, I've seen CARM's founder Matt Slick on YouTube. I think his Bible is missing some pages.
 

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The conflict lies between faith and science based models of the world, special creation as opposed to natural processes, evolution cosmology, etc.
Ah - not for all of us. Actually, not for most of us. Only the most conservative believers are fixated on those ideas. There is nothing unbiblical about evolution in any subject; I have stated that before. And I don't have the temerity to state that I know the method God used to create the universe. It could very well have been a natural process He started. My only fixed belief on these matters is that the source of all is God. Everything else is up for discussion.

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But it's not about us.

The World is either created by a God or gods, whatever they may be, or it is not.

It can't be both a special creation and the result and work of natural evolution.
Sorry, I was assuming you were discussing the appearance of humans in the world, not the entire creation. The creation of man is typically called the special creation by Christians. I should have been clearer on that.

So in the terminology as you are using it, yes the universe would be considered a "special creation" to those of faith. What happens after that is where the discussion begins.

Ruth
 

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Well, when I debated the Christians at CARM, I criticized them and their religion for their gay-bashing and misogyny and other ills. I got in trouble there for doing so …

If you were posting at CARM and NOT getting in trouble for it, you’re probably a YEC. Definitely doing it wrong, anyhow.
That lot is the most unsalvageable bunch of morons I ever ran across.

The CARM folks are tough, all right. They became infuriated when I argued how their beliefs can cause harm to people. They called me names and insulted me and then said they have the love of Christ. One guy there was always making incoherent comments about God being in him and kept following that up with the phrase "which is love." I told him I don't want his love and that his God appeals no more to me than his used underwear does.

I got into trouble for that.

Anyway, I've seen CARM's founder Matt Slick on YouTube. I think his Bible is missing some pages.

I had to laugh when they banned me for using alphanumeric characters.
They were so stupid they put in all caps "ENGLISH ONLY".
I was hoping they would be consistent and start banning for Greek and Hebrew and you know.
And that fvck Matt Slick took down his "Email exchange 'refuting' homosexuality "
He claimed the exchange ended when he won by saying "dogs give consent to have sex"
Fvcking idiots...
And he thinks he is slick because he copyrights and "you can't reproduce", fucking moron.
 

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Okay, I have to say I have never heard of a Christian who baptized someone and then killed them. Where did you come up with that?
Might have been in a Marilyn Manson song, so it must be true :D

I do have to say that atheists often seem to want all Christians to be Biblical literalists, or God-breathed Bible types. I find that odd, as us atheist aren't all the same either... So in general terms, I'd have to say I am on the same side as Ruth Harris on her points, like regarding Dr. Francis Collins. He called himself an evangelical Christian in his book: The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief. I don't know what he meant by the word "evangelical" as it tends to make people think of conservative Christians. But then again, one of the larger liberal Protestant sects, is the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), and they aren't literalists in any way shape or form...and they just recently installed a transgender Bishop.
 

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But it's not about us.

The World is either created by a God or gods, whatever they may be, or it is not.

It can't be both a special creation and the result and work of natural evolution.
Sorry, I was assuming you were discussing the appearance of humans in the world, not the entire creation. The creation of man is typically called the special creation by Christians. I should have been clearer on that.

So in the terminology as you are using it, yes the universe would be considered a "special creation" to those of faith. What happens after that is where the discussion begins.

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If we are talking about the bible, Genesis describes the creation of the earth, sun, moon and stars, animals, plants and people.
 
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Before I take the time to answer you item by item, it would probably enable better understanding on your part if you read a thread I started a few years ago, and in particular this post of mine in that thread:

https://talkfreethought.org/showthr...n-though-I-am-a-Christian&p=382833#post382833

So if the Bible is kind of true in some passages but not in others, then how did God slip up on the errant passages? Or did he just sit by as those primitive, superstitious people who wrote the Bible filled it full of myths that have no historical bases? Why spare God and deem him to be a myth too? Frankly, fundamentalism makes more sense than that. At least fundamentalism is more consistent.

Since you were a Christian apologist it is likely that your beliefs fell on the conservative side of the spectrum. I am considered more a moderate on that spectrum, so some of your assumptions about me are likely incorrect.

I'm not sure how you define "conservative," but as an apologist I argued for God's existence, his miraculous powers, and salvation through Christ's death on the cross. Do you hold those beliefs, or are you too moderate? The core supernatural doctrines of the Bible are on the chopping block as much as anything else as far as I'm concerned because they can be and probably are as wrong as anything else in the Bible.

Farther on in this thread, I asked a question: did you intend to infer that religious people as a whole are responsible for adverse impacts on science and education? I am very interested to learn your answer.

No, I wouldn't necessarily blame most religious people for stifling science. Many Christians have made tremendous contributions to science. However, religious scientists make those contributions in spite of their religious beliefs and not because of them. Can you imagine a scientist who has advanced degrees in science who rejects the Theory of Evolution because she cannot reconcile evolution with her belief that God created life? Well, you don't need to imagine because it does happen.
 

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Apparently you didn't read that thread. There is no need for either one of us to waste time if you are not that interested.

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So if the Bible is kind of true in some passages but not in others, then how did God slip up on the errant passages? Or did he just sit by as those primitive, superstitious people who wrote the Bible filled it full of myths that have no historical bases? Why spare God and deem him to be a myth too? Frankly, fundamentalism makes more sense than that. At least fundamentalism is more consistent.
No they aren't more consistent. They just choose differing plates in the cafeteria line...and then pretend they don't. And then go LALALA at reality (no Floody; and the YEC joke) all over the place...

I'm not sure how you define "conservative," but as an apologist I argued for God's existence, his miraculous powers, and salvation through Christ's death on the cross. Do you hold those beliefs, or are you too moderate?
I'd say you were a fundagelical. Your wording screams such...
 
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Forgive me for interjecting...

You are forgiven.

...but I pretty much agree with Ruths posts. The reasons are easy - I don't doubt Ruth would agree with me that we both wouldn't want to be connected with prosperity churches, as an obvious example among others.

Don't you accept Jesus' promises? In a sense Christian leaders going back to the earliest stages of the sect have been "prosperity preachers." The aforementioned Jesus we are told clearly promised goodies to all those who ask for them in prayer. He was clearly wrong, but that doesn't keep his followers from continuing to ask and continuing to explain away all their prayers' failures. Even if you torture the text to make it say that all the promised rewards are only to be realized in heaven, the message is still one of "believe us and prosper!" Heaven, after all, is the ultimate prosperity, is it not? Besides, if you can't believe that God will make people prosper in this life, then why believe he can grant prosperity in heaven? So whatever else you might say about so-called prosperity churches, at least they have the balls to put their miracles where their mouths are. Liberal Christians by contrast tend to retreat from any circumstances that might serve to falsify their beliefs tucking God and his promised rewards away to a time a place where we cannot check to see if they're real.

Quoting your "Then tell Jesus not to do it to other people" there is a better and clearer context to this part of the narrative, when Jesus warns believers of false doctrine and false prophets under the guise of Christianity whilst preaching in His name i.e. don't be lumped in with them..

I'm not sure how that's relevant to my pointing out that Jesus was a major-league generalizer. In Matthew 23, for example, he angrily denounced the Pharisees as fools and as murderers. He made no exceptions for any of them. And in John 8 he "tars the Jews with a broad brush" telling them they had the Devil for their father. He made no exceptions for "the Jews." So if you're going to say generalizing is wrong, then you better sit down with Jesus and have a very serious talk with him.
 
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Apparently you didn't read that thread. There is no need for either one of us to waste time if you are not that interested.

Ruth

I dismantled all of your arguments. Please concede that you are wrong.

You won't, of course, but I should make clear to you that my main point is that I don't buy the talk about these supposed intellectually sophisticated Christians. I'm not saying they're dumb generally but only in the context of their beliefs. Sure, some Christians might have wised up enough to realize that snakes don't talk, but they'll never give up believing in that invisible man in the sky. Personally, I find talking snakes more believable than talking Gods. We at least know snakes exist, but Gods are less likely.
 

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I do have to say that atheists often seem to want all Christians to be Biblical literalists, or God-breathed Bible types. I find that odd, as us atheist aren't all the same either...
Is that what's going on?
I just want an explanation for the process to arrive where they did. How did they determine Genesis is literal history, and simply must be held as such, for example, but instructions about giving lots of support to the poor, those aren't critical?
 

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Apparently you didn't read that thread. There is no need for either one of us to waste time if you are not that interested.

Ruth

I dismantled all of your arguments. Please concede that you are wrong.
Somehow I don't think you are making a joke...sigh

I see humility is not something you had or kept from your Xian past.
 

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I do have to say that atheists often seem to want all Christians to be Biblical literalists, or God-breathed Bible types. I find that odd, as us atheist aren't all the same either...
Is that what's going on?
I just want an explanation for the process to arrive where they did. How did they determine Genesis is literal history, and simply must be held as such, for example, but instructions about giving lots of support to the poor, those aren't critical?

Not that I noticed (assuming you meant regarding yourself...).
 

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Forgive me for interjecting, but I pretty much agree with Ruths posts. The reasons are easy - I don't doubt Ruth would agree with me that we both wouldn't want to be connected with prosperity churches, as an obvious example among others. Quoting your "Then tell Jesus not to do it to other people" there is a better and clearer context to this part of the narrative, when Jesus warns believers of false doctrine and false prophets under the guise of Christianity whilst preaching in His name i.e. don't be lumped in with them..

How do you tell the false prophets from the true one(s)? And false doctrines from the true one(s)? What is the test one uses to make these determinations?
Its got to be in accordance to the teachings of Jesus, by their fruits you shall now them ... And not in the vein, as like taking verses as examples, and making arguments from the OT such as below, when it should be regarding Christ:
Originally Posted by Learner Perhaps they were rather misquoting. People leading the way, having more of a politcal and power ethic than one of Christ.

Perhaps you should go back to the source and read Exodus 21 again. There is no ambiguity about Biblegod endorsing slavery, and providing explicit instructions on how different slaves are to be treated. Hebrew slaves have special rules, while women get the short end of the stick, as is typical with the Bible. God's instructions in this matter are very difficult to misunderstand or misquote.

There's been quite a few talks on slavery (I don't think I need to go into) in which theists have highlighted the differences and varied degrees in context on other threads. But the above, you should perhaps ask that to the Jews. I'm talking of those Christians who may be misquoting Christ i.e. going against His teachings! (Christians (should) follow the example of Jesus BTW).
 

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This is the same Jesus who was a devout OT Jew, right? The one who was celebrating a Jewish holy day the night before his execution? The one who wanted to restore the 12 Tribes? The Jesus who never knew about or celebrated Christian holidays?
 

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Don't you accept Jesus' promises? In a sense Christian leaders going back to the earliest stages of the sect have been "prosperity preachers." The aforementioned Jesus we are told clearly promised goodies to all those who ask for them in prayer. He was clearly wrong, but that doesn't keep his followers from continuing to ask and continuing to explain away all their prayers' failures. Even if you torture the text to make it say that all the promised rewards are only to be realized in heaven, the message is still one of "believe us and prosper!"

I see, ok, I can adapt to your way of putting things. Prosperity as according to Jesus means everyone prospers. Prosperity for those certain preachers mentioned, unfortunately means only they; the preachers get to prosper - not the poor folk who unfortunately fell for the dazzling sermon.

Heaven, after all, is the ultimate prosperity, is it not? Besides, if you can't believe that God will make people prosper in this life, then why believe he can grant prosperity in heaven? So whatever else you might say about so-called prosperity churches, at least they have the balls to put their miracles where their mouths are.

From the looks of the properity church description, I'll take the risk and believe in the 'ulitmate prosperity' in Heaven, thank you very much.

Liberal Christians by contrast tend to retreat from any circumstances that might serve to falsify their beliefs tucking God and his promised rewards away to a time a place where we cannot check to see if they're real.

Sort of defeats the purpose trying to be a believer when you want to go and falsify things.

Quoting your "Then tell Jesus not to do it to other people" there is a better and clearer context to this part of the narrative, when Jesus warns believers of false doctrine and false prophets under the guise of Christianity whilst preaching in His name i.e. don't be lumped in with them..

I'm not sure how that's relevant to my pointing out that Jesus was a major-league generalizer. In Matthew 23, for example, he angrily denounced the Pharisees as fools and as murderers. He made no exceptions for any of them. And in John 8 he "tars the Jews with a broad brush" telling them they had the Devil for their father. He made no exceptions for "the Jews." So if you're going to say generalizing is wrong, then you better sit down with Jesus and have a very serious talk with him.

Hmmm, I don't know about that. Jesus was specific about the Pharisees, who followed their own traditions of men, which is quite clear. He didn't also include the Romans as fools and murderers though, did He? Coz that would be real major-league generalizing.
 

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This is the same Jesus who was a devout OT Jew, right? The one who was celebrating a Jewish holy day the night before his execution? The one who wanted to restore the 12 Tribes? The Jesus who never knew about or celebrated Christian holidays?

Yes of course. There is only one leader with sepcific teachings, otherwise we'll ALL get confused etc.. My point anyway, was as according to Christ, and through Christ alone ... you know the rest.

Matthew 23:8 - 10 CSB
8. But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ because you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers and sisters.a 9. Do not call anyone on earth your father, because you have one Father, who is in heaven.a 10.You are not to be called instructors either, because you have one Instructor, the Messiah.
 

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This is the same Jesus who was a devout OT Jew, right? The one who was celebrating a Jewish holy day the night before his execution? The one who wanted to restore the 12 Tribes? The Jesus who never knew about or celebrated Christian holidays?

Yes of course. There is only one leader with sepcific teachings, otherwise we'll ALL get confused etc.. My point anyway, was as according to Christ, and through Christ alone ... you know the rest.

Matthew 23:8 - 10 CSB
8. But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ because you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers and sisters.a 9. Do not call anyone on earth your father, because you have one Father, who is in heaven.a 10.You are not to be called instructors either, because you have one Instructor, the Messiah.

But alas, Learner, certainly you've heard of Saul, or Paul, who lived after Jesus and may not have even met Christ?

Paul modified, with or without knowledge *I think*, the messages contained in the gospels. Perhaps he did it for political reasons he thought were efficacious and would be helpful.

Beyond that, there is the Council of Nicaea. Lots of High-Hats with their own agendas.

And how many versions of Christ's teachings in print? How many versions of the "official canon" alone?

What are we to make of apocryphal books?

Ever read Enoch? How about the so-called documents purportedly "written" by Jesus Himself?

There is a very good reason for liberal Christianity. And there is a very good reason for the Universal church, and similar institutions.

There are very good reasons for agnosticism, and atheism.

VERY good reasons, my friend.

A literal, forever hell with eternal, conscious torment, is impossible. Unless Yahweh and Jesus are Themselves corrupt.

In which case, the universe is in DEEP DOO-DOO.

Which it is anyway, GOD or no God (gods, etc, etc, etc&...)
 

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Jesus people: don't put off buying that yarmulke and learning to make challah.

Anti-semite much Ideologyhunter?

And now you'll remind me that Palestinians are semitic.Don't bother, I know! Oy!

Listen to Roger Waters a lot?

Just sayin'...
 

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Jesus people: don't put off buying that yarmulke and learning to make challah.

Anti-semite much Ideologyhunter?

And now you'll remind me that Palestinians are semitic.Don't bother, I know! Oy!

Listen to Roger Waters a lot?

Just sayin'...

Maybe the point is Jesus was a Jew who probably 'kept kosher'.

Christianity grew to be anti Jewish but they are followers of a Jewish rabbi and preach from Jewish scripture, another one of those Christian ironies.
 

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Jesus people: don't put off buying that yarmulke and learning to make challah.

Anti-semite much Ideologyhunter?

And now you'll remind me that Palestinians are semitic.Don't bother, I know! Oy!

Listen to Roger Waters a lot?

Just sayin'...

Maybe the point is Jesus was a Jew who probably 'kept kosher'.

Christianity grew to be anti Jewish but they are followers of a Jewish rabbi and preach from Jewish scripture, another one of those Christian ironies.

Could be? But I know plenty of bent "progressives* who can't stand Jews, Zionist or not. And dissing Jews is PC at this silly point in time, so idiots can get away with it, I mean idiots like communist Roger Waters, who pretends that he is only anti-Israel/anti-Zionist. He just doesn't like Jews.

I suppose it could be he just doesn't like fascists, being he's a communist (though he might not call himself that, as few communists anymore actually do - except for the wingnuts, like Rage Against the Machine's guitarist, which is a shame because he's brilliant).
 

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Anti-semite much Ideologyhunter?

And now you'll remind me that Palestinians are semitic.Don't bother, I know! Oy!

Listen to Roger Waters a lot?

Just sayin'...

The accusation implies a 100% failure to understand my post, whether that's my fault or yours. 100%.
 

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Maybe the point is Jesus was a Jew who probably 'kept kosher'.

Christianity grew to be anti Jewish but they are followers of a Jewish rabbi and preach from Jewish scripture, another one of those Christian ironies.

Could be? But I know plenty of bent "progressives* who can't stand Jews, Zionist or not. And dissing Jews is PC at this silly point in time, so idiots can get away with it, I mean idiots like communist Roger Waters, who pretends that he is only anti-Israel/anti-Zionist. He just doesn't like Jews.

I suppose it could be he just doesn't like fascists, being he's a communist (though he might not call himself that, as few communists anymore actually do - except for the wingnuts, like Rage Against the Machine's guitarist, which is a shame because he's brilliant).

I have heard Jewish slurs from blacks along with Jewish conspiracy theories. Did you know Jews control the music industry and force black artists to use crude language?

IMO progressives are acting like the communists of old in China and Russia. Witch hunts to root out non conformist thought and speech.
 
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