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by Ygern
Wed Mar 12, 2008 2:22 pm
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: Offensive to the religious majority. Why does it need to be?
Replies: 26
Views: 5311

I understand what you're saying. Here are my thoughts on the subject. * Although as Atheists or anti-theists, it is ironic that we spend any time at all discussing beliefs & deities of other people; the fact of the matter is that most of us reached this point as a reaction to the religion we were in...
by Ygern
Tue Mar 11, 2008 6:42 pm
Forum: Science and Scepticism
Topic: Horizon documentary - God On The Brain
Replies: 2
Views: 1663

This is very interesting to me. On a personal note, my mother had a breakdown some years ago and is convinced that she spoke to God. The fact that she was on drugs in a mental institution does not give her a moment's doubt that her experience was real. Sadly, rationality doesn't come into it. I espe...
by Ygern
Tue Mar 11, 2008 4:41 pm
Forum: Separation of Church and State
Topic: Angelus
Replies: 50
Views: 15393

I don't see any demand for it amongst the youth, so perhaps it will die generationally. You're probably right. The only reason why it isn't off the air is that some of the very-much older generation still believe in it, and no one has the heart to take it away from them. It's the old respect other ...
by Ygern
Tue Mar 11, 2008 4:05 pm
Forum: Atheism in the News
Topic: Moral Relativism
Replies: 22
Views: 8801

Interesting example, bnt. Of course, while William Golding's book is a frightening example of survival of the fittest, that doesn't mean that such a system is inherent in humans. I think Golding's novel is better seen as a society failing - a sort of 'failed state'. It is certainly socially undesira...
by Ygern
Tue Mar 11, 2008 3:39 pm
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: What "turned" you?
Replies: 71
Views: 18300

Talk about morally corrupt! I couldn't agree more. It's one of the things about most religions that I find morally dubious ... that ultimately you are not to blame for the bad you do (its the devil), nor are you capable of doing good (it was God working through you). Its a rather nihilistic approac...
by Ygern
Mon Mar 10, 2008 5:05 pm
Forum: Separation of Church and State
Topic: Angelus
Replies: 50
Views: 15393

...Get them to not only have the angelus but also all the other calls to prayer for all the religions in Ireland, which means they'll have to make sure that Roman Catholics, Church of Irelanders (incl. Protestant), Muslims (Islamic), Other Christian religions, Presbyterians, Orthodoxs, Methodists, ...
by Ygern
Mon Mar 10, 2008 4:54 pm
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: Our minister for education miracles,pray for school
Replies: 4
Views: 1189

Ah, it's the classic pot calling the kettle black scenario.

They want to make fools of themselves on national TV, let 'em.

I say we just watch to make sure they don't allow any of their nonsense to be taught as fact in schools or hospitals.
by Ygern
Thu Mar 06, 2008 4:59 pm
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: What "turned" you?
Replies: 71
Views: 18300

... In a way, isn't religious dogma essentialy for people with no moral compass of their own? I did some lurking on an American Baptist website forum yesterday, where some one had posed this exact question. In fact the question asker was an Atheist himself (and open about it) but he wanted to know ...
by Ygern
Thu Mar 06, 2008 3:40 pm
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: What "turned" you?
Replies: 71
Views: 18300

Obviousness. I tried as a small child to be good girl and pray to God. So I did. And I became increasingly aware that this God person didn't seem to be talking back to me. I was told to pray harder, keep praying, expand my prayer 'net' to included, ah, lets see Mary, saints, you name it. Nada. I was...
by Ygern
Thu Mar 06, 2008 2:24 pm
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: Dawkins spectrum of probabilities
Replies: 161
Views: 23196

I'm not entirely sure where to put myself :lol: I am pretty sure that no God exists. - makes me a 6 On the other hand, I'm with Christopher Hitchens. If a God were proved beyond a shadow of a doubt to exist, I still would not 'believe' in him/her/it on the same basis that I don't 'believe' in the su...