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As we uncover the workings of the natural world certain things become clear:-
1) Stuff (matter-energy-space-time) interact with each other in highly predictable ways which we call "laws of nature", "causality" etc. However the reason for the existence of this structured patterns of behavior and their invariable attachment with stuff is unknown.
2) The laws of nature themselves are mathematical, a realm of abstract and extraordinarily rich realm of reality that is "somehow" glued into...
So today I've put in far less time to reading the bible than I put I yesterday. I had to cut it short because in all honesty i'm already feeling like this was a bad idea. Not because of the time frame mind you but because i'm clearly getting very little out of this. I already know the bible stories well enough and this mostly just confirms to me that Abrahamic traditions have pretty much no place for me.
I skipped around a bit, as in after Judges I didn't then go to Ruth , instead I went to...
This is my problem. I joined this forum first saying that I wished to join either Christianity or Judaism. After doing much thought, I've decided that Christianity probably is not for me, but now my birth religion, Islam, has come into the picture to argue its case. Judaism and Islam are very much alike. Both believe in one god with no human incarnations, both have modesty and dietary laws, and both allow for divorce and the like. Why, then, am I fighting with myself over which one I ought...
Many times, Theist blame me for not understanding God.
I would love having a challenge.
Lets switch roles!
I will debate pro God, and you will debate Against.
I Assume one of two will be then clear:
1. Either I really am ignorant for anything relates to spirituality (Thus I will not be able to make my case)
2. I will successfully make my case and at least show that some atheist, know the spiritual "realm" better than you think.
I will however, probably be leaning more towards the Jewish...
The word "masturbation" is used here in a metaphorical sense. Like gardening is a form of agricultural "masturbation", having pets is a parental instincts "masturbation", sport is a kind of exertion "masturbation", fancy cooking is a form of gustatory "masturbation", music is auditory "masturbation", and so on.
Religion is a kind of credit masturbation. Religion is about faith, about trusting someone. Religion is to faith/trust, an ordinary kind of feeling we experience all the time in our...
I've just recently finished going through the god delusion by Richard Dawkins. Honestly I've never liked Dawkins and I've found his writing style to be almost unbearable. So we're looking for a change of pace.
My intention is to read through the entire Christian bible in either 7 or 10 days. I was just wondering what translations people would think were best for this sort of thing?
Also I intend to read the Kitab-I-Iqan after this so if anyone has any recommendations for Baha'i literature...
Hello RF buddies,
I'm in a weird spiritual time right now and could use some input. I was raised Southern Baptist (in a sort of extreme and isolated way), but years of religious and emotional abuse, in addition to me going to a secular college and realizing that some of my beliefs were hurtful towards others, has caused me to shed Christianity. It's weird for me being in this place because pre-college, Christianity and biblical literalism were my life. I've memorized over 3000 Scriptures...
God created A&E G 1:27
He thought it was a good thing he had done. G 1:31
He created a pitfall for A&E and told them not to fall for it (eating from tree of the knowledge of good and evil) or they would die. G 2:17
Nonetheless, A&E disregarded god's warning and ate from the tree. G 3:6
As a result, god imposed death and various other penalties, and expelled them from Eden where they were living. G 3:14-24
Now consider: god is omniscient (he knows everything: past, present, and...
Compare and contrast:
The Teleological Argument (the Argument from Design):
We can deduce conclusions about the nature of God from what we see around us.
One response to the Problem of Evil:
We can't deduce conclusions about the nature of God from the evil we see around us.
So... which one's right? Which wins: teleology or theodicy?
... or do you think the two can be reconciled? If so, how?
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