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Mar
1
comment Why does God not show Himself beyond reasonable doubt?
@Caleb can you reconsider or better justify the closure here? In hindsight, the question and it's answers do not seem to be unconstructive in the least.
Jan
26
comment Is saying “Oh My God” really using God's name in vain?
Wait, wouldn't definition 1. "without effect" also include unanswered prayers, then?
Sep
23
comment Was God living in darkness before the creation of light?
@and I won't comment on the theological part, but from a strictly physical standpoint the Genesis account doesn't make any sense. Suggesting otherwise is misleading.
Aug
20
comment If God controls our decisions, does this mean we don't have free will?
@Richard isn't that a tautology though? An entity outside the bounds of time is by definition a "super-chrono" entity. It doesn't need to have its own time though.
Dec
12
comment Atheism is the default position. Isn't the burden of proof on the Christian to assert that God exists?
@corsiKa There is no dragon in Carl Sagan's garage :-)
Dec
12
comment Atheism is the default position. Isn't the burden of proof on the Christian to assert that God exists?
@corsiKa Either one knows what God is, or they don't. Science is very precise, and wishy-washy definitions are clearly not addressable. This includes unclear personal opinions. On the other hand every single time religious people made a verifiable assertion (let me emphasise: every single time), they have been proven wrong (summaries.cochrane.org/CD000368/…). This is a fact - if you disagree, give an example of an experiment has proven the God hypothesis, I'll be happy to learn something new :-)
Jul
9
comment Who created God?
@Pacerier It's not possible because there is a time and there is a difference.
Jul
9
comment Who created God?
@Pac "creation" means going from a state where a thing does not exist, to a state where something exists. This has to happen in this order, otherwise we would be talking about a destruction. This "order" makes sense only if time exists. For example, in your "instantaneous" time, creation would not be possible and it would look exactly like destruction.
Jun
20
comment Are people possessed by demons today? What is the modern Christian perspective?
"These kinds of things normally don't get media attention. They're too supernatural." It's actually the opposite, normally. The real problem is that such things are utterly false, and completely unbelievable to a modern, well-educated person.
Jan
12
comment Atheism is the default position. Isn't the burden of proof on the Christian to assert that God exists?
In fact, those qualities have been addressed by science, strongly disproved repeatedly, and it is only by shifting the definition of G that religion can rationalise this. Ultimately, it is this ever moving target ("G of the gaps") that makes the topic intractable.
Jan
12
comment Atheism is the default position. Isn't the burden of proof on the Christian to assert that God exists?
@serathur the existence of G cannot be discussed without a definition of G and a coherent choice of what you mean by existence. Science defines as necessary for existence to have some measurable quality, such as the ability to influence the physical world. So any statement like G performs miracles, answers prayers or a soul makes us alive makes G addressable by science.
Oct
31
comment Why does God not show Himself beyond reasonable doubt?
@Caleb: and I thought religion had answers... apparently not.
Oct
10
comment What is unique about Christianity?
Shouldn't list questions be community wiki?
Oct
10
comment Is it easy to live a Christian life?
This question is completely subjective and should be closed.
Oct
9
comment How was the Old Testament compiled?
Obviously: ./configure && make && make install ;-)
Oct
9
comment Atheism is the default position. Isn't the burden of proof on the Christian to assert that God exists?
@Caleb While informative, I can't help but think this answer is still a bit circular. If you presuppose that God exists, then there is no burden of proof, but you openly admit blind faith (because the existence of God is merely axiomatic and not proven). This does not address the point by the OP. Is assuming God exists by default a requirement for Christians? If not, then there's something not working here. If yes, then you should say it clearly.
Sep
26
comment Is it possible for an atheist to be moral?
Having this question at +6 though, doesn't really send as a good message as the OP would like.
Sep
25
comment What is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit?
Meh, I think you are still not addressing the concern. If insulting the foot of God was particularly bad, asking why that part in particular is not sufficiently answered by saying the foot is God. That's not my point! I know who/what the HS is. However one can be blasphemous against either part of the trinity. Why is is the HS special?
Sep
24
comment What is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit?
s/can't/doesn't want to/ in the last sentence. If God wants to change someone's mind it's certainly in His power. Besides that, I am curious as to why the Holy Spirit is different from Christ or God in this respect.
Sep
22
comment Is rape condoned in the Bible? If so, why?
The link you provided does not address any of the passages in the question. This is NOT a valid answer to the question.