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For the Trekkies:
What does gawd need with a starship?
That was a truly fantastic line. And a very telling question at that.
Why does he need "gawdless heathens", "leftist U.N. world governments", etc?
Good input. And first Thessalonians is one of the epistles that actually was probably written by Paul. But that really doesnt help much...Paul was sure said rapture would occur in his lifetime. So, I am not holding my breath either.
2/20/2012 6:25:38 PM
Dear Mike (and every other fuckhead fundie):
You revisionist ass wipes wouldn't know history if you were prevented from ignoring it in class through the use of shock collars.
The Nazis were not atheistic and Hitler was a fucking Catholic. It does not matter how many times you say otherwise.
There will BE no rapture.
White Europeans can and in some cases do turn to Islam.
Sammy Davis Jr. converted to Judaism and he did not turn paler in the process, for that matter.
For crying out loud, trying to play God all the time will not make Him manifest His will thru your actions or according to your priorities. If God is out there, He is neither impressed nor amused by your continual efforts to hijack His message and authority.
2/20/2012 11:04:27 PM
I wish Free Republic's server could be put out of its misery.
2/21/2012 4:00:24 PM
@Athiessimo - I agree. I'm not a theist or an atheist myself but I can't rationally see all or most humans ever truly abandoning all religion altogether or all concepts of "God". I think it's something that's hard-wired into humans to some degree. Like the human desire to explore or create or the human tendency towards politics and economics to deal with conflict and organization or distribution of finite resources. While most humans may not always belong to organized religion I think there will always be some form of spirituality and spiritual or philosophical god-concepts.
I think there may be more atheists in the future than currently but I seriously doubt the majority of humans will ever become complete atheists. At most a significant minority may become atheists (mostly the "agnostic atheist" variety) while a majority will be theists or deists of some sort. Maybe more will be pantheists/pandeists and panentheists or monists of some sort.
I think may be partially due to personality. I notice that people who are atheists tend to be more likely to have a certain personality type than non-atheists (the skeptic/"Pragmatist"-type personality that is disinclined from believing in things unseen). People who aren't atheists often seem to be more likely to have what I call the "Romanticist" personality type and are more amenable towards faith or the abstract.
2/21/2012 7:31:45 PM
Please don't take my screen name in vain.
2/23/2012 1:14:38 AM
I don't think belief in magic is "hard wired". But we are quite a ways off from being able to lose that thinking as a whole, I'll agree. It's far too easy for intelligent people to believe things for bad reasons. I do think, however, that for as long as humans are around, we will strive to discover. Some will do so through fantasy.
2/25/2012 3:50:31 AM
I wonder, why using guys who is going to chastise anyway?
2/25/2012 6:56:18 AM
Don't tell it to my neighbour. Tall, blond, blue eyes...............and muslim. You know, some pesky ancestor in Bosnia.
On the other side, why would God use guys that he's going to condemn afterwards, according to you?, is he creating a reptilian mega villanious race for that purpose or what?
2/26/2012 4:00:11 AM
In other words, your god is just Satan with another name.
2/27/2012 11:59:33 PM
There are no words.
Note the factionalist sociological phenomenon that the Muslims, who are the closest major religion to Christianity in the world given how few Jews there are, are 'the most godless,' while, say, Hindus and Buddhists don't even register in this context.
A similar phenomenon caused the incredible vitriol of the Thirty Years' War, the drama of the monophysite controversy, and is why historically racism against the neighboring tribe who foreigners might lump right in with you is the most virulent of all.
2/28/2012 5:15:19 PM
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