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A few months ago paarsurvey posted a neat thread titled "The contributions of the sciences to Religion," asking for our thoughts.
Some very interesting remarks resulted, and some not so much, but in all it's generated 288 posts.
This got me wondering if anyone thinks religion has contributed anything to the sciences. So . . . . . . . as paarsurvey said:
Everybody is welcome to give one's valued thoughts here.
Christians only please.
Wound this insult you if a non-christian gave this to you because of your faith in god?
My co-worker/friend introduced me to this social media thing called Instragram. I'm not really a social media person; but, I downloaded as an app on my phone. It was nice. I can put quotes and things like that. So, I sent this quote to my very very Christian friend thinking she would like the quote itself.
She messaged me on the app unspet saying, "I respect your being an atheist,...
McGrath understands the foundational atheist perspective to be this: "Since science discloses no meaning to the universe, the only reasonable conclusion is that there is no meaning to find."
Here, yet again, is the unkillable myth, the persistent blind spot about atheism that apparently no amount of explaining can make go away. No matter how lucidly atheists explain in books, essays and blog posts that, yes, life can and does for us have meaning without God, the tsunami of claims about...
We, believers, should convince Atheism people with our reasonable and brilliant signs and arguments on one to one basis in and outside the Academia, over a cup of tea and or coffee, like thus:
Hello! Hello! Hello!
Peace be on you and your family.
Over a cup of hot coffee or tea in the Tim Hortons
Without the burden of “Burden of proof”
Let us compare our notes on:
“Does God exist or does not exist?”
Don’t worry; I will pay the bill of Tim Hortons.
Cordially invited to one to one discussion...
Ex. 20:5--I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.
Can this be interpreted any other way but that even the gr.- gr.- granchildren of a sinner are damned or punished for any of their thirty ancestors transgressions? Or is this, as it appears, simply one of many manipulations to instill fear in one's congregants to toe the line of blind faith.
Many atheists are inclined to argue that the only purpose we have is that which we create for ourselves. But creating a purpose qualifies as a purpose in and of itself. IOW, whatever is driving the atheist to create a purpose is itself a purpose which the atheist him- or herself did not create.
Question: Is it possible for us to create a purpose without acting on some higher purpose (which we ourselves did not create)?
"The good is what all desire." - St. Thomas Aquinas
Had this article emailed to me. Comments?
By Dr. Tawfik Hamid
"I am a Muslim by faith, a Christian by spirit, a Jew by heart, and above all I am a human being."
Dr. Hamid is an Egyptian scholar and author of the following article...
I was born a Muslim and lived all my life as a follower of Islam.
After the barbaric terrorist attacks done by the hands of my fellow Muslims everywhere on this globe, and after the too many violent acts by Islamists in many parts of the world, I feel...
I always thought that it wasn't that every religion is wrong or only one was right and the rest was wrong but that each major religion had some truth in them.
For example I think there is an afterlife or multiple afterlives, but reincarnation has a part in it and that almost every deity in mythology actually exists, karma has a play in it and so forth. And that there are higher beings, like nature spirits, angels, devas ect. and that perhaps the universe was never created and will never be...
Many religions promise eternal punishments, which I consider unequal and disproportionate to the amount of sins or evils done by an adherent in this world. They seem to also promise eternal rewards, which I also consider unequal to the amount of good, righteousness, or faithfulness done by the adherent in this world. It seems that the deities in these religions promise their adherents that they won't have to follow the law of equal cause and effect.
A few religions teach punishments and...
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