ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN

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ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN

We debate origins of the Universe, life, Earth, humans, religion, atheism, using common sense, evolution, cosmology, geology, archaeology, and other sciences, to repel biblical creationism and other religious beliefs.

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The portrait is Charles Darwin, age 31, in 1840

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Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on November 9, 2012 at 9:07am

But yes William Sams, exactly so.

In one word: fiction. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2012 at 4:50pm

Spud, thanks for your note. As more of us come to realize there is nothing out there telling us what is right or good or fair or decent we have to come to terms with our own thoughts and actions. We can too easily blame or praise a delusion; "God said ..." or "The Devil made me ...". 

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 8, 2012 at 4:19pm

Joan, I like your long post and especially the paragraph about there being no "purpose". It expresses my thoughts better than I can.

Comment by John Lynch on November 8, 2012 at 2:35pm

The Catholic church is a perfect example of a political organization hiding behind it's priestly robes.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2012 at 1:30pm

 Religion is a consruct, as is politics and economics. They are notion developed in the minds of humans, taught through family and culture, added to, changed, adjusted as fits the times. Some reject constructs of the past because new information emerges, values change, unintended problems emerge and for other reasons.

The test is, How are constructs that influence your life working for you?

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2012 at 1:13pm

Thank you Littlejohn Dellar, clear, concise, easy to understand. I reposted with attribution to you. 

Comment by Chris Dodds on November 8, 2012 at 10:14am

I always thought that the definition of a regligion was that a religon was a set of beliefs that include and revolve around some supernatural component of life (particularly human life) that continues on after the death of the physical body.

Comment by Littlejohn Dellar on November 8, 2012 at 8:51am
Definition of religion

noun

[mass noun]
  • the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.
    To believe in a personal god or gods is to have a religion.  That is the very definition of religion.
     
    Redefining the word to your taste does not change what it actually means.
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2012 at 10:57pm

Neal Schermerhorn, your statement makes as much sense as any I have run across. 

"I like the theory that "god" is simply one's own self, playing "hide-and-seek" with itself, a sort of mild disassociative disorder if you will. Certainly explains why people fight over it so much."

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2012 at 10:45pm

sk8eycat, Susan Jacoby is a great read. She is also good at debate, doesn't stand still for nonsense and challenges with confidence and competence. I do little reading any more and there are many interviews on video or radio broadcasts to enjoy with eyes closed, a cup of tea in my lap, and a piece of chocolate to munch on. 

 

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