"I get the impression that some theists are stuck on this because in their circle of logic design implies a purpose which, in turn, proves design. Also, it's easier if your "purpose" is neatly set out for you than to determine it…"
"Just finished watching this PBS Frontline documentary From Jesus to Christ. Everything a non-scholar would care to know on this subject presented by leading scholars in their field. Watch this & when Xians ask where you got your info you can…"
"There is no mention of Jesus by contemporary historians.
Paul, writing circa 58 CE, states clearly that he never met Jesus the man. Instead he repudiates the teachings of both Jesus & his surviving followers claiming he gets his teachings from…"
"I've read a number of books on this topic. The consensus of scholarly opinion is:
1. The gospels were written by anonymous, literate, greek speaking, authors for the benefit of their particular religious communities. (All of the gospels were…"
"Bristol is ignoring some other inconvenient facts. First, the the story of Noah is based on the Sumerian/Babylonian flood myth found in the Epic of Gilgamesh. This was committed to writing by an advanced civilization just before, or just after, the…"
"I can just see an apologist for the Church of Agalychnis callidryas in debate with William Lane Craig.
Church of A c: Where is your god Dr. Craig?
W. L. C.: He is a transcendent god. You cannot see, touch or hear him.
Church of A…"
"Re: Priestly Perks. When I worked for Canada Revenue Agency I had the files of a few catholic priests cross my desk. At first I was puzzled as to why would someone who had taken a Vow of Perpetual Poverty would be under investigation by the CRA. A…"
"Is debating with theists really the best use of our time? Yes, a few do change but most will not. My problem is not so much with theists in general but with extremists of every religious/political persuasion. I see this as a power issue.…"
"How do I assign a probability to something so ill defined as "god"? Without a clear & consistent definition of what is meant by the word "god" it is not possible to have a rational discussion on the matter.…"
"The usual theistic definition of the biblical god leads to irremediable paradoxes. Consequently the god of the bible is impossible & we can say with absolute certainty that this god thingy doesn't exist."
"This has been a very helpful discussion. It has lead me to new areas of research which have clarified my thoughts on the matter.
No supernatural claim has ever been scientifically confirmed. Quite the opposite. If you set up a fair, controlled, test…"
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