"He said something to the effect that being visited by aliens would very probably turn out badly for us. I don't know that he said that we should absolutely try to avoid all contact. I mean hell, if they were out there, somewhere…"
"I'm working with the article, as you presented it. If the article is wrong, then that changes things.
As far as I'm concerned, that's all the information we have to work with. That's all I've ever said. I…"
"Or, you could read the article you linked, which indicates that it doesn't fit the definition of a vaccine. If the article is inaccurate in the details, and you would like to link a better article, then I'm all for it."
"That isn't a vaccine, in any but the most poetic, inaccurate usage of the word. A vaccine is a substance used to stimulate the production of antibodies and provide immunity against one or several diseases, prepared from the causative…"
"Err, what's to keep an open mind about? It sounds like it prevents tumors from growing. Great stuff.
That just doesn't sound like it's a vaccine. Sounds like more of a treatment, or whatever you want to call it,…"
"Hmm, funny how we have to keep checking for this sort of stuff. I guess it's sort of like with psychotropic drugs. So many drugs that fiddle with brain chemistry do such complex things that we have to check out what other untended…"
"Yeah, historicity basically just means that there was a guy named Yeshua who wandered around and preached some stuff at people. Nothing more. Christian apologists dishonestly (surprise, surprise) conflate historicity with the miracles…"
"Whoah, easy there. King David and King Solomon are historical. We have archaeological evidence for them.
They just weren't anything like they are described in the Bible, and the Kingdom of Judah was not unified with Israel, at the…"
"Those that were based upon real events in the first place, yeah. One of the problems with the way that religious people view the Bible and other religious texts is that they insist upon one explanation for the whole damned thing.
Some of those…"
"Taxes are neither, by the way, so you're not actually making a point here. You're getting goods and services, in exchange for your tax dollars. In fact, since you're at the lower end of the economic spectrum, you're…"
"Sure, and I'd be a little more centrist, probably, in Europe. Relative to what the US political landscape has become over the last 30 years, though, I'm far, far left of center, here. We'd have to move a hell of a ways to…"
"I just love how Michael is insane enough to think that he's going to come out ahead, in the system he's proposing. He bitches about how little money he has now, with our fairly progressive tax system that pays for all of these…"
"You just noticed that? Michael wants a hell world, where poor people are allowed to die in obscurity, and he wants the corporations to rule us and fuck over the world for their own profit. The fact that he thinks roads will be better…"
I feel as though I became more self aware around three months ago, I began to notice the science in everything and started to question things that I had been told. From an early age, around six or seven I started questioning theism. I made the choice to have myself removed from scripture, presenting to my Father exactly why I didn't believe in different aspects of the Bible, and that I recognized the scare tactics they used on children, I was a very forward thinker and always appreciated honesty, I saw no honesty in their teachings. From then on I always believed in something, what would change but it's as though my brain held onto that little bit of faith to make things easier. Ghosts, souls, angels and an after life. Were all things I grew up knowing** were real. They were constantly talked about by Celtic Father, his Wiccan friends, my Mother was/is a very confused Catholic, mixing aspects of Paganism into her beliefs.
So, I understood there was definitely an afterlife, even though I didn't resonate with any religions and was a constant skeptic, I still for some reason never occurred to me to really question it.
It just hit me one day, I woke up and I knew there was nothing after I die. It's hard to explain, but I just unraveled everything I'd been told and realized it was completely ridiculous and I was amazed at out wonderful brains are for creating something so elaborate, and making us believe so firmly in something that quite frankly, is absurd, all to use as a coping mechanism as we crave the need for meaning and purpose. I'm fascinated by that.
Nothing else has changed. I've always believed in the power of human kindness and this has encouraged me even more to strive to be someone who makes others feel warm. Because we get one life, why waste it drowning in negativity? That's what truly scares me. Dying without making a positive impact on the lives of people who surround me. To die with regrets of a life lived slaving away for the man, working 9 to 5, five days out of the seven I get a week? and for what? To buy stuff? No. That doesnt work for me. I want to see the world, love with all of my heart, sing, dance and be my best self.
Hey Joseph. I was non denominational. I'm very happy to be free these days. Its been about 2 and a half years since I left the faith. This place looks interesting. Think I'll explore a bit now that I'm here.
Yeah, I grew up Catholic, but have just begun to realize the finer points of my actual fundamental beliefs, mainly which don't lay any faith upon God or have any specific association with the Divine. I'm still trying to sort through some things (I.e. My decision to still capitalize out of respect),which is part of the reason I've decided to join this community. The area where I live is also, well, a little more developed, wealthier etc. so because of that it's more tolerant and not quite as dangerous to admit to having different opinions on controversial topics.
That being said though, it's still a very southern, Christian-dominated town (and although there is some diversity, most of the people I know practice some form of theism.) So, I'm in a safe environment (thankfully!) but not a very supportive one either:( I'm fresh out of high school and have quite a lot to experience ahead of me but I'm exited. looking forward to discussing my new found beliefs with resources I've never had:)
Sorry for sounding cliche, you can obviously tell I'm new, but thanks for commenting!
What I found out was that the stories of the 12 disciples, the 3 kings, the son of god, the crucifixion, the 3 days in the grave and the resurrection were stories that were told to explain the movement, progression and alignment of the stars. The Son of god was the Sun of god. Most of the stories in the bible were myths that were personified and took on a reality. The bible is a book of myths, parables and allegories. I had studied many religions and read many books looking for understanding about religion, but when I came across the astronomical explanations which I call astrotheology is when I realized that all religions are a sham. The Jews and the Muslims are the moon-god worshipers and the Christians are the sun worshipers. At any rate, I am finished with religion.
Thank you! Actually, I'm new in Vladivostok and I came here from the epicenter of the war. It's really dangerous there and my parents decided it would be better for me to go away. So, this days I know about the city not much too. Yeah, Russia is a bit crazy, especially concerning religion. Christians here are totally insane, and have a great support from the authority. That's really sad. Hope one day this things will change for better. And how are you? What's on your place?
Thanks. I was raised a wisconson synod lutheran. My that is specific. The doubt was always there and my search was for a spirituality that I couldn't seem to get any closer to. Buddhism became as close as I could find because they do not worship a god. It was reading Harris' The End of Faith that started opening the curtains further. Watching Cosmos really helped as well.
Compared to the Philly area where I was born and raised, the pacnw is much more my style! There are many more "spiritual" people than religious, but still... Luckily I am married to a Catholic who accepts me just the way I am! I raised three kids who are atheists, their choice as I never closed any doors they wanted to look through, so I have my own little world where I am comfortable.
I LOVE to debate, especially with believers- sadly no one wants to be on the opposing side. :(
The whole brainwashing thing floors me. Blind faith in a mean, vindictive, spiteful, omnipotent presence is so mind blowing to me!