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#### Mr.6502

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« Reply #150 on: Tue, 04 August 2009, 12:29:51 »
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Evolution, macroevolution, has NEVER occured.  You can't have on species become another species.

Microevolution, or the slight genetic differences that change over time, but stay the same thing, is definitely true. Genetic diversity is not the same as macroevolution.

I'm not sure if you realize but this does not really relate to what I said at all.

Research into theories of evolution is scientific because it follows the scientific method.  They form hypotheses, test them, and draw conclusions based on the results of those tests.

You said evolution is not scientific and that is factually wrong.

An issue already mentioned in this thread is the bad teaching and reporting of science to people.  There are people that think evolution is a cut and dry topic that just happened a specific way because that's what the evidence says.  I believe the evidence has not uncovered the most important parts of evolution and I really hope to be alive long enough to see what they eventually figure out.

Also, to address the new topic you've started here,  micro and macro evolution are terms that not every scientist agrees with.  Some think there's interesting work to be done looking at micro vs macro, others don't.  The main division I see is that scientists looking at the biological mechanisms of evolution believe the only difference between the two is the timeframe you are examining.  That's because the biological processes that are responsible for the micro evolution you believe in are also largely responsible for the macro evolution that you say can never happen.
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#### timw4mail

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« Reply #151 on: Tue, 04 August 2009, 12:33:40 »
In theory I would agree with you. But realistically, there are two viewpoints,

Evolution Or Creation.

And these influence the interpreting of facts. Facts by themselves mean nothing. The interpretation of the facts is what makes the difference.

For mundane scientific procedures, that viewpoint doesn't matter too much. But for larger theories, and newer discoveries, this really comes into play.

I'm not ignoring evidence any more than you are, I simply come from a different viewpoint, and interpret the evidence differently.

An unbiased human does not exist.
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« Reply #152 on: Tue, 04 August 2009, 12:37:28 »
Actually, I don't think I missed the point ... I wasn't trying to equate a "faith-based scientific approach" with "faith-based science".  Rather, I was just trying to provide an illustration that (a) sometimes the practitioners of science can provide the illusion of doing science a disservice*, and (b) this unfortunate fact can make science advocates seem hypocritical.

*I said "provide the illusion of", which shows my perspective, while others believe that that this is an illusion at all.  Personally, when scientists have a strong belief that their pet theory is correct, and this theory drives their science, I believe it can provide a good scientific service in that those scientists will dig as deep as they can before exhausting the possibilities relevant to such a theory.  If you get enough people with their own pet theories, one of them is bound to be correct (or more correct than the others), and progress is made.

This is what leads to specialization, which seems to be required these days, especially in complex fields like physics and immunology.

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#### timw4mail

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« Reply #153 on: Tue, 04 August 2009, 12:39:25 »
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Also, to address the new topic you've started here,  micro and macro evolution are terms that not every scientist agrees with.  Some think there's interesting work to be done looking at micro vs macro, others don't.  The main division I see is that scientists looking at the biological mechanisms of evolution believe the only difference between the two is the timeframe you are examining.  That's because the biological processes that are responsible for the micro evolution you believe in are also largely responsible for the macro evolution that you say can never happen.

Really? Then where does the additional genetic information come from for the large timeframe evolution?

Out of chance? Again, the probability of such an occurring ONCE is outside the realm of plausibility.

If I drop a bunch of loose legos on the floor, am I going to get a structure? No, I'm going to get a messy pile of legos.

This is why I state that I don't believe the Theory of Evolution is possible. Even in 4.3Billion years, you still don't have enough time to make the probability of one life form, let alone the countably innumerable number of species of life known.
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#### Mr.6502

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« Reply #154 on: Tue, 04 August 2009, 12:42:14 »
I think 'Evolution or Creation' is the wrong way to even say it.

Its scientific vs non-scientific.  There could definitely be people out there that want to believe in a particular theory of evolution regardless of how well or poorly a foundation of real world observations have been laid down for it to be built on.

So to be clear, I think evolutionary theory should only be referred to in a strictly scientific sense.  Evolutionary theory itself is scientifically valid.

I think what you are referring to is more pop culture's take on evolution than anything.
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#### wellington1869

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« Reply #155 on: Tue, 04 August 2009, 12:43:11 »
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No, I have no problem agains testable, provable science.

no, but you seem to have a tenous understanding of what those words mean and have meant...

you dont seem to know either the history of the church itself or the how the scientific method works, both its limits and its authority; and you seem to have little interest in investigating those things on your own.

you seem mostly interested in 'begging the question' (a classic missionary tactic) as was mentioned in this thread before.

well, thats fine, prosletization is a constitutionally protected right I guess, but you shouldnt be too surprised if you bring up biblical literalism in what is, in effect, a science and tech forum, and be greeted by enthusiastic criticism and counterpoint.  Your tactics might play better on a humanities forum I think (where suspicion of 'science' and poor understanding of the scientific method can often be found in spades; so they're often vulnerable to missionary arguments about the 'equivalence' of belief and theory).
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#### wellington1869

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« Reply #156 on: Tue, 04 August 2009, 12:47:48 »
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Actually, I don't think I missed the point ... I wasn't trying to equate a "faith-based scientific approach" with "faith-based science".  Rather, I was just trying to provide an illustration that (a) sometimes the practitioners of science can provide the illusion of doing science a disservice*, and (b) this unfortunate fact can make science advocates seem hypocritical.

re: (a), agreed, but I guess I was just concerned that in (b) you were too closely equating "personal motiviations of individual scientists" with "science as a social process" (and its the latter which, to my mind anyway, is relevant and decisive as far as science's contemporary authority goes).

However I see now that you intended to say something more nuanced, thanks for the clarification.

As for individual scientists often being hypocritical or simply obsessed asses, I know a bunch of them personally, and you're absolutely right about that.
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#### ch_123

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« Reply #157 on: Tue, 04 August 2009, 12:56:24 »
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How many millions of years old would the carbon14 dating show you are?

You are taking the piss, right? You do realize that if someone radiocarbon dated you that they would probably get an age that was within an acceptable degree of accuracy? You do realize that scientists aren't that stupid and wouldn't rely on something if it was that innacurate?

Again, even if it was proven to be inherently flawed, it would prove that and that alone, not the existence of God. And if you want to come up with fairy tales to fill in the blanks in the meantime, you have to accept that your fairy tale is no more valid than the flying spaghetti monster, or the guy who sees green pixies after having one Gin too many...

#### Mr.6502

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« Reply #158 on: Tue, 04 August 2009, 13:14:46 »
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Really? Then where does the additional genetic information come from for the large timeframe evolution?

Out of chance? Again, the probability of such an occurring ONCE is outside the realm of plausibility.

If I drop a bunch of loose legos on the floor, am I going to get a structure? No, I'm going to get a messy pile of legos.

This is why I state that I don't believe the Theory of Evolution is possible. Even in 4.3Billion years, you still don't have enough time to make the probability of one life form, let alone the countably innumerable number of species of life known.

Chance can be a part of evolutionary theory.  Offspring contain a random sampling of the genetic material of their parents.  This is part of the reason why the genetic make up of a population fluctuates over time.  Also, there are elements of chance in what members of a species survive long enough to reproduce.

Also, natural selection itself can be random.  Which direction a species changes in favor of can be random based on changes that happen to occur in their environment.  When the industrial revolution began and species of white moths evolved to become black to blend in to the blackened birch trees in a particular area of Europe, it was the result of chance.  There was nothing in their genetic makeup that suggested they would change to be almost all solid black in just a couple of generations.

Chance is one reason why evolution does not have to be positive.  It describes the genetic change in species over time, not necessarily any genetic improvement.
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#### JBert

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« Reply #159 on: Tue, 04 August 2009, 13:30:03 »
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Really? Then where does the additional genetic information come from for the large timeframe evolution?

Out of chance? Again, the probability of such an occurring ONCE is outside the realm of plausibility.

If I drop a bunch of loose legos on the floor, am I going to get a structure? No, I'm going to get a messy pile of legos.

This is why I state that I don't believe the Theory of Evolution is possible. Even in 4.3Billion years, you still don't have enough time to make the probability of one life form, let alone the countably innumerable number of species of life known.
I find statistics combined with faith a funny thing.
If God wanted it to take less time, the calculated probability is flawed.
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#### wellington1869

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« Reply #160 on: Tue, 04 August 2009, 13:41:02 »
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I find statistics combined with faith a funny thing.

I find science combined with biblical literalism to be a funny thing, a schizophrenic way to live.
Apparently some of our fellow techies or science folk live that way though. There are missionary doctors too, after all.

because on the one hand, the 'book of nature' is telling you one thing. And on the other hand 'the one book to rule them all' is telling you something opposite.

I think you have few choices when that happens:
a) you ignore the contradiction and pretend nothing has happened (what I think most people do. Its too much work to do otherwise).
b) you pretend there is no "inherent" conflict and "resolve" such contradictions with creative re-reading of the bible ("circles" become spheres, "curtains" become sky, and all is back to normal). ("rational theology")
c) you conclude the bible is wrong and so is a fallible document. so even if you think there is a god, you cant know him with certainty (the classic christian existential crisis).
d) nature is wrong, is a myth, a solipsistic screen projected in front of you by god to test your faith (classic revivalist position).

in all cases you are committed to "equating" theory and belief.
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#### timw4mail

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« Reply #161 on: Tue, 04 August 2009, 13:57:47 »
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I find science combined with biblical literalism to be a funny thing, a schizophrenic way to live.
Apparently some of our fellow techies or science folk live that way though. There are missionary doctors too, after all.

because on the one hand, the 'book of nature' is telling you one thing. And on the other hand 'the one book to rule them all' is telling you something opposite.

I think you have few choices when that happens:
a) you ignore the contradiction and pretend nothing has happened (what I think most people do. Its too much work to do otherwise).
b) you pretend there is no "inherent" conflict and "resolve" such contradictions with creative re-reading of the bible ("circles" become spheres, "curtains" become sky, and all is back to normal). ("rational theology")
c) you conclude the bible is wrong and so is a fallible document. so even if you think there is a god, you cant know him with certainty (the classic christian existential crisis).
d) nature is a wrong, is a myth, a solipsistic screen projected in front of you by god to test your faith (classic revivalist position).

in all cases you are committed to "equating" theory and belief.

You mention "creative" re-reading. I guess you fail to realize that text can have a dual meaning, both the literal, and the figural. What about this do you think I pretend?

What's schizophrenic is attempting to find purpose while participating in a nihilistic culture. This leads to philosophy, and the assumption that there is meaning to life, despite the continual cultural suggestion that there isn't.

Step back and think about why you rationalize evolution.
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« Reply #162 on: Tue, 04 August 2009, 14:09:59 »
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You mention "creative" re-reading. I guess you fail to realize that text can have a dual meaning, both the literal, and the figural. What about this do you think I pretend?

i'd be all for reading the bible as figurative. but then it no longer has literal truth. Yea, I'd be for that.  Thats not what you're doing though.
What you're doing is opportunistically switching back and forth between the literal and figurative based merely on your particular needs. So you "figuratively" re-read circles and curtains as referring to literal physics. Just like I can "figuratively" re-read the new testament to show it predicted the coming of the spaghetti-prophet (PBUH).
In other words, if you're going to read the bible as figurative, then dont additionally claim it has literal-truth value. I can accept circles and curtains as having a poetic or aesthetic value, but they're certainly not referring literally to a round earth in an expanding universe. Or more to the point - you can read it any way you want, but you'll need evidence to enforce it on others if you're living in a democracy. If you're living in a theocracy, of course, anything goes.  You can fight to project your particular interpretation on everyone else and its just a straightforward brutal power struggle.

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What's schizophrenic is attempting to find purpose while participating in a nihilistic culture. This leads to philosophy, and the assumption that there is meaning to life, despite the continual cultural suggestion that there isn't.

by "meaning" you mean only one thing: salvation. But salvation isnt inherently meaningful anymore than any other consolation of philosophy.
Philosophers may not offer salvation, but they have the consolation of being - and wanting to be - internally consistent and honest. Unlike theologians.

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Step back and think about why you rationalize evolution.

Again, your equating theory and belief. This is one of the central issues, your refusing to acknowledge the relevant differences between theory and belief, refusing to acknowledge how they work differently, much of which has already been mentioned in this thread. Like I said, so you return to 'begging the question' and thats that.
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#### timw4mail

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« Reply #163 on: Tue, 04 August 2009, 14:15:34 »
Are you really that thick that you can't see faith with reasoning behind it?
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« Reply #164 on: Tue, 04 August 2009, 14:16:48 »
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Are you really that thick that you can't see faith with reasoning behind it?

with "reasoning" behind it? sure. With scientific method behind it? absolutely not, by definition. faith does not require proof. and it eschews doubt.
Now, are you really so thick that you think faith can be justified by the scientific method?
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« Reply #165 on: Tue, 04 August 2009, 14:41:03 »
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You gotta admire timw4mail. Here's a hate-mongering fanatic who goes out of his way to prove he's an idiot. +1 for brainwashing.

well, when one condemns the majority of humanity to hell, one cant help but come across as a little hateful. so much for christian love.

i give him credit for standing and fighting. its important to be able and willing to do that sometimes, and one can learn a lot that way, too.  Though its hard to say if tim is the kind who will use conflict as a productive personal resource.

I learned a lot from my clashes with my evangelical gf. For one thing they helped me clarify my own thought, which was enormously helpful. But they also changed my thought sometimes. For instance I learned a lot more about the internal diversity of opinion among evangelical sects, and that helped me to take a less reductive view of religion (and even of the political right) as such.

But at the end of the day she couldnt convince me to give up rational thought and personal agency in favor of an ideal of pure servitude. (Of course she missed the irony about how much work and agency and interpretation and effort she was putting into imagining herself as passively obedient to gods will).

christians arent very good at catching irony. part of the training I guess.

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#### timw4mail

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« Reply #167 on: Tue, 04 August 2009, 14:49:37 »
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You gotta admire timw4mail. Here's a hate-mongering fanatic who goes out of his way to prove he's an idiot. +1 for brainwashing.

One could just as easily say that the media and public school system is a form of brainwashing.

Go ahead and think of me a brainwashed idiot. I know where I stand.
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« Reply #168 on: Tue, 04 August 2009, 14:57:07 »
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One could just as easily say that the media and public school system is a form of brainwashing.

You sound like the Catholic priests in Ireland - they said education and the media were the tools of the devil, and people believed them. Here is but a short summary of some of the more well known consequences of that.

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« Reply #169 on: Tue, 04 August 2009, 15:03:40 »
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One could just as easily say that the media and public school system is a form of brainwashing.

have you been in academe lately? yes,  humanists are constantly saying exactly that. now more than ever.

isnt it nice of them to be able to self-critique systematically like that?

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« Reply #170 on: Tue, 04 August 2009, 15:10:45 »
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I know where I stand.

I cant think of anything more fatal to religion than declarations like that.

there are other ways of being religious you know. tho they have less hubris and more consistency and modesty.

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« Reply #171 on: Tue, 04 August 2009, 15:51:44 »
Okay. Let's just do some very rough calculations just for the fun of it. I'm excited to hear about your response.
Let's assume the earth is a perfect sphere with a radius of 6378 km (equatorial radius). The volume of water on earth not already in the oceans, which we shall call Vw, is about 1.606 * 10^7 mi^3 [1], which equals 6.694 * 10^16 m^3 (we're using SI units here).
That's all we need, really. We know how to calculate the volume of a sphere from its radius, which is what we'll be doing now:

$V_\textrm{Earth} = \frac{4}{3} \pi r_\textrm{Earth}^3 \\V_\textrm{Earth+Water} = \frac{4}{3} \pi \left(r_\textrm{Water} + r_\textrm{Earth}\right)^3 \\\Rightarrow V_\textrm{Water} = \frac{4}{3}\pi (r_W + r_E)^3 - \frac{4}{3} \pi r_E^3$

After some easy calculations, we arrive at the following cubic equation:

$r_W^3 + 3r_W^2r_E + 3r_Wr_E^2 - \frac{3V_W}{4 \pi} = 0$

Wolfram Alpha wouldn't be good for anything if not calculating the solution. If you want to try it yourself, here's the input:
w^3 + 3q w^2 + 3 w q^2 - (3 V)/(4 pi) = 0, q = 6378*10^3, V = 6.694*10^16

w is what we're looking for (rW), q is rE and V is Vw.

Wolfram Alpha gives us, by virtue of mathematics, the real solution of w being about 131. We ommitted dimensions from our input values, but they're all in meters. The calculation seems to be correct, but what does it tell us?
Well ... assume we'd take all the water currently not in the oceans already, extract it from the air, melt the ice etc. and dump it in the ocean--how much would the water levels rise? The answer is: About 131 meters.

Nice global flood, isn't it?

-huha

[1] http://www.lenntech.com/water-trivia-facts.htm (About water quantities, #7). These figures look okay to me, Encarta's value for water content in oceans is slightly higher, but the order of magnitude seems to be right: http://encarta.msn.com/media_461547746/The_World's_Oceans_and_Seas.html
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« Reply #172 on: Tue, 04 August 2009, 15:55:40 »
Has anyone considered that maybe timw4mail is a Master Troll?

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« Reply #173 on: Tue, 04 August 2009, 15:57:53 »
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Has anyone considered that maybe timw4mail is a Master Troll?

Yes.

I have seen this in a few threads. Either that, or he can be the most self-centered, pompous a*s I have seen on the 'board. Usually, when that's the case, that person is a Master Troll.

*slaps self for openly talking sh*t about others*
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#### ch_123

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« Reply #174 on: Tue, 04 August 2009, 16:21:47 »
This really should be settled with a duel...

#### o2dazone

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« Reply #175 on: Tue, 04 August 2009, 16:59:58 »
Quote from: webwit;106987
Wait, what, is someone challenging my title??

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hardly

From my previous experience of the internets, I've yet to see a good troll on this forum.

#### wellington1869

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« Reply #176 on: Tue, 04 August 2009, 17:22:13 »
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In religion, the father syndrome is domesticated and kept alive. .

there's also a kind of stockholm syndrome going on. Cuz you're supposed to love The Father, and if you dont, Father is going to kill you for eternity in gruesome ways, so presented with that choice, "cake or death", well, you're going to choose to cake, because gosh darn it, no one likes to be beheaded.  So you wind up 'loving' your captor while he holds a gun to your head. Stockholm syndrome.
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#### Mr.6502

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« Reply #177 on: Tue, 04 August 2009, 17:35:24 »
Quote from: ch_123;106984
Has anyone considered that maybe timw4mail is a Master Troll?

It's a safe bet.  Its really a shame.  I do want to understand how the bible ends up interpreted, how human slavery is addressed, which of the creation myths are considered legit, what parts of the old testament can safely be ignored because they don't count any more.

I figured since so many people look to the bible there must be something justifiable there.  But, it sounds like its acceptable to pick and choose what applies and what doesn't based on human morality.  Tim can say he doesn't approve of human trafficking, because he has the power to choose what parts of the bible he believes in.  And, simultaneously, he has made the choice to treat god's will as something above human morality by acknowledging that if someone dies a tragic death or suffers a horrible life they must have deserved it.

But its impossible to claim god's actions beyond our judgement when it is our judgement that controls what we believe god does.

The end result is a circular train of thought that reinforces itself by distorting the interpretation of the entire world.  And, once someone's way of seeing the world is altered by religion this way, once they believe in a heaven and that the only reason to do good is because of religious morals that guide us on a path to that heaven, once life on the earth becomes the entrance test to enter heaven, that person becomes a true nihilist.

When this world only exists to serve man and man's greatest hope is to find happiness in an existance after this, this existance loses all value.  Forests can be leveled, sinners can be slaughtered, wars can be waged, because this is all meaningless outside of the completely internal, imaginary, and irrational drive to get ino a heaven that man invented.

I'll forego any more questions.  The lack of answers gave me my answers.
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#### wellington1869

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« Reply #178 on: Tue, 04 August 2009, 17:43:22 »
well said, 6502

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#### CX23882

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« Reply #179 on: Thu, 06 August 2009, 11:08:38 »
Religious nuts give religion a bad name:
http://news.uk.msn.com/world/article.aspx?cp-documentid=148950290

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Neumann ("hello, Neumann"), who once studied to be a Pentecostal minister, testified that he believed God would heal his daughter and he never expected her to die. God promises in the Bible to heal, he said.
"If I go to the doctor, I am putting the doctor before God," Neumann testified. "I am not believing what he said he would do."

When people think like this, there is no point in trying to have a rational conversation with them. It's incredible to think that people are institutionalised for believing they hear voices in their head, yet if that voice is "god", it's okay. Personally, I wouldn't live my life to the bible just as I wouldn't live my life to the stories in any book.

How does anyone know that the bible is not simply the biggest hoax in history - to get people to believe in a fiction book. Kind of like those scientology nuts.
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