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The Dangers of Atheism

Started this discussion. Last reply by Madhukar Kulkarni Mar 22, 2013. 23 Replies

I ran a quick search for discussions on this topic and nothing came up, so I thought I'd make a thread on it to see what you guys think. The provocative title of this thread is identical to the title…Continue

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Agora and Hypatia: Separating Fact from Fiction

Started this discussion. Last reply by AgeOfAtheists14 Mar 26, 2013. 72 Replies

Alright, I know that this might be a bit of a serious topic to discuss around the "water cooler", but bear with me. I'm a bit of a history nut, and a big pet peeve of mine are the pseudo-historical…Continue

Atheist from Belgium

Started this discussion. Last reply by booklover Jan 1, 2012. 10 Replies

Hey what's up everybody ;)Just thought I'd stop by and say hi. I'm a 17-year-old (well, almost 18) atheist from Belgium. My name is Mathieu, but since you Americans have trouble with them French…Continue

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Matt VDB replied to Jennifer W's discussion Do you believe Jesus existed?
"Yes, and still very generally talking in circles without bringing any actual examples to the table. Let's see you bring up some of these Egyptian or Norse or Greek parallels in mythology, and we'll see how they measure up. Check your…"
Mar 6
Matt VDB replied to Jennifer W's discussion Do you believe Jesus existed?
"They don't believe any of the Osiris Horus nonsense that Leon was trying to peddle, so, fail."
Mar 6
Matt VDB replied to Jennifer W's discussion Do you believe Jesus existed?
"Aaaand here we go. Now we're down to defaming people's reputation in the hopes that that will miraculously get you a better point. By the way: this kind of digging into people's history for the slightest hint of religiosity, is…"
Mar 5
Matt VDB replied to Jennifer W's discussion Do you believe Jesus existed?
"Yes. Or at least when the parallels are obvious enough to rule out coincidence. Unfortunately the best source for these parallels so far, is a New Age hippie who believes in Atlantis and space pygmees and doesn't have any actual reference…"
Mar 5
Matt VDB replied to Jennifer W's discussion Do you believe Jesus existed?
"Paula Frederiksen is Jewish. Geza Vermes is also Jewish (though his family converted to Christianity just before the Second World War - not sure you want to press that point too much). Maurice Casey is an atheist. Bart Ehrman is also an…"
Mar 5
Matt VDB replied to Jennifer W's discussion Do you believe Jesus existed?
"Yeah, OK. No-one here is arguing for the existence of miracles, least of all me. But some here are making the claim "The gospels are based on stories about Horus and Osiris". I'm saying that's false. I'm not sure what…"
Mar 5
Matt VDB replied to Jennifer W's discussion Do you believe Jesus existed?
"They're actually pretty basic analysis that you can find in any (secular) analysis of the gospels. Why exactly would you accuse me to peddle Sunday school talk, just because I'm showing a link between the Old and New Testament? Maybe I…"
Mar 5
Matt VDB replied to Jennifer W's discussion Do you believe Jesus existed?
"@Leon"
Mar 5
Matt VDB replied to Jennifer W's discussion Do you believe Jesus existed?
"No kidding. "truthbeknown.com" is the horrible site of New Age guru Acharya S. The woman also has article about how Atlantis existed and how there used to be advanced global civilisation of pygmees (no, I'm not making that up). You…"
Mar 4
Matt VDB replied to Jennifer W's discussion Do you believe Jesus existed?
"It does have a reason and it's actually a very straightforward one, if you look at Jesus in a context of Judaism. They went to the Jordan and began to cut down trees. 5 As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron axhead fell into the…"
Mar 4
Matt VDB replied to Jennifer W's discussion Do you believe Jesus existed?
"Pro-tip: for questions of history, it's best not to base yourself on an aestheticist-philosopher who died decades ago."
Mar 4
Matt VDB replied to Jennifer W's discussion Do you believe Jesus existed?
"That's a nice set of bluster with no academic support, and with zero evidence to show for it. There's zero evidence that Jesus is based on the stories surrounding Horus, Osiris or Mithras. Period. Bring some evidence (not empty bluster)…"
Mar 4
Matt VDB replied to Jennifer W's discussion Do you believe Jesus existed?
"There's pretty much zero evidence that the stories around Jesu"
Mar 3
Matt VDB replied to Jennifer W's discussion Do you believe Jesus existed?
"You have great access to the people who lived it though, and that makes all the difference. Ditto for Josephus."
Feb 5
Matt VDB replied to Jennifer W's discussion Do you believe Jesus existed?
"That's utterly simplistic tripe. Christianity was oppressed for a good three hundred years before its adherents got anything close to "power". And by that time all of its important documents had already been written.History…"
Feb 5
Matt VDB replied to James M. Martin's discussion Five Reasons to Doubt Jesus Christ Ever Existed: Arm at All Points!
" Pretty much. Just that he didn't invent a religion but flipped allegiances, from an extremist Pharisee to an extremist follower of Jesus. You know, like he says. "
Jan 23

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Correctly applying skepticism (in history)

Posted on January 26, 2012 at 7:30pm 1 Comment

I want to talk briefly about what it really means to be a skeptic. Skepticism can be variously defined, but it generally relates to the idea that information needs to be well supported by evidence to be believed. It seems characterised by an attitude that questions sources, checks facts, analyses data, and fields a healthy amount of incredulity with regards to nonsense.

In short, I think a skeptic is someone who comes to beliefs about reality through a process of rational inquiry into…

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Historical Myths and Atheism

Posted on January 11, 2012 at 5:30am 36 Comments

As most of you who know me have found out, I spend a fair amount of time on this site not just making friends and having conversations, but also have debates which usually center around history. I am not a professional historian, but I am pretty well-read on the subject and consider it one of my hobbies, so I usually find myself debating with people not very familiar with the issues.

What I've noticed is that many atheists are not as historically literate as they think (I've…

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At 5:55pm on March 18, 2012, Steph S. said…

I liked what you had to say! I sent you a friend request. Have a nice weekend!

At 9:00pm on January 7, 2012, Lorien said…

Watergate was a coverup. Yes conspiring does exist but the conspiracy theory rhetoric is a complete waste of time and never ends because they don't accept provided evidence proving there claims are wrong.

At 4:21pm on January 7, 2012, Lorien said…

I wonder if my double facepalm will be deleted again on that 9/11 blog. Some atheists just can't make the leap to being a skeptic. You can't be a real skeptic if you are not an atheist (non-believer) but you can be an atheist and believe in conspiracy and paranormal crap.

At 1:56am on December 31, 2011, Alice said…
At 7:30pm on May 15, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…
Greetings, Matt! I'd like to invite you to a group where we talk about anything on our minds, Hang With Friends. :D We'll have some interesting conversations. Maybe you can start one.
At 10:18am on October 3, 2010, Diana Agorio said…
Matt, I further defined "Mad Dog" and "Wild Boar" for you on Sigmund's blog post ''Did Jesus exist?' vs. 'Did God exist?''

I would appreciate a response. The reason I get a bit irritated with you is because you ask me question after question and once I have answered all your questions, you drop it. It would be nice if you could say: "I see your point" or "That makes sense" or something to that effect. Also, the story about the swine should be the easiest for someone not familiar with Babylonian mythology to recognize as an astrological tale. Can you see it?
At 5:35am on September 23, 2010, Rob van Senten said…
Hi Matt VDB,

Thanks, and you're welcome!
I hope that the discussion at the "Man Made God" blog from Richard Goscicki will not be completely derailed.
At 6:27am on September 21, 2010, Rob van Senten said…
Hi Matt VDB,

I just came by to tell you that I appreciate your input. A|N needs more people that actually check the facts before regurgitating them, thanks!
At 3:38pm on August 9, 2010, Mark R. Stevens said…
Not a problem here -I do understand that these are emotional issues and have had a lifetime of practice discussing them. I like to think that those of us independent thinkers are a cut above -if that's not being too pompous...

I appreciate the comment
At 1:26pm on June 9, 2010, nick altman said…
Thanks for the heads up. Quite a claim, his site at first glance seems to hint at a lot of woo and spiritualism. I hope he did not come here based on an appeal to our atheism to support his argument.
 
 
 

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