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I'm a secular humanist, raised under Catholicism, and with more than a passing interest in the views and beliefs of various different religious and non-religious thinkings.

Unless I make it clear and explicit to the contrary, anything I post here represents me as an individual, and does not represent the site owners.


Apr
12
comment What does the Bible say about people with mental illness?
@rhetorician no, no resentment. Amusement, perhaps.
Oct
12
awarded  Good Answer
Sep
14
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
28
comment In what countries is it illegal to own a Bible (the most banned book in the world)?
@Narnian ah, if only the world could reach an agreement on which group is the True Christians™
Aug
27
awarded  Self-Learner
Aug
23
awarded  Yearling
Aug
10
awarded  Popular Question
May
6
comment What is the meaning of God's omni-powers?
@svidgen after a year, you'll excuse me if this is hazy... But: if we're taking about the power to lie - that is definitely a power that exists. If, however, you are re-defining omnipotence as "the set of powers that the owner has", than that's awesome: I'm omnipotent too! I have all the powers that I have!
Apr
26
comment What is a Christian's justification for a legal prohibition of homosexual marriage?
@dcreight if you take the Bible literally, then you also have to accept that Eve was an afterthought after looking through the animals...
Apr
17
comment Did the sun and the moon really stop rotating?
@Ryan the important point there, though, is that we can't assume it is a literal event. As such, if it is metaphorical, we need to understand that metaphor in terms of the beliefs / knowledge of the people creating the metaphor. Our modern understanding of such is very different to how the original authors would have intended it to be taken, due to our very different knowledge of the physical universe.
Apr
17
comment Did the sun and the moon really stop rotating?
It must be noted that the last line here ("So did he really stop the Earth from spinning? Or was it only an illusion?") is a false dichotomy - those are not the only options. Hilmar explores this more in that answer.
Apr
12
comment Atheism is the default position. Isn't the burden of proof on the Christian to assert that God exists?
@Ben actually, no - but I've looked it up, and I'd certainly expect the notion of "final cause" to be the first of those to be rejected. I am unclear exactly which aspect of causality/evidence you are referring to regards me, but I am referring mainly to the modern application of logic theory.
Mar
29
comment What is a Christian's justification for a legal prohibition of homosexual marriage?
@bigdaveyl that (everything you just said), however, is not the definition of marriage (either civil or Christian) and it is disingenuous and unhelpful to keep going back to that.
Mar
28
comment What is a Christian's justification for a legal prohibition of homosexual marriage?
@bigdaveyl no, that is unrelated to marriage. Marriage != parenthood. The responsibilities (and indeed support) etc relating to parenthood do not depend on being married, and being married (and the benefits of that) does not depend on being able and willing to conceive. There is a large intersection, but they are not the same thing at all.
Mar
27
comment What is a Christian's justification for a legal prohibition of homosexual marriage?
@svidgen the Vatican, the CofE, and a range of protestant denoms have all vocally used the Biblical "definition" of marriage in terms of political campaigns / speeches. Whether or not it is doctrinal, it is in regular use.
Feb
14
comment Why do Christians seek to convert everyone?
Yes, I would say that is their choice. To complete the analogy: a doctor can inform them of their opinion and the evidence behind each option, then let the patient decide. Preachers, however, a: don't tend to accept any decision that isn't the one they personally support, and b: have precious little actual reliable evidence to support the opinions.
Feb
14
comment Why do Christians seek to convert everyone?
no, he's just saying he understands why they are "in your face". If you felt someone was at risk, you would tell them. The issue is when the other person doesn't agree and doesn't appreciate the repeated disturbance. Which (speaking for myself) is pretty common ;)
Feb
14
comment Why do Christians seek to convert everyone?
There's an interesting Penn Jillette video that touches on this - well worth a watch: youtube.com/watch?v=ZhG-tkQ_Q2w
Feb
14
comment Are there any secular historical references to the natural phenomenon that occurred at the crucifixion and resurrection?
Re the second half of this - it seems they pre-suppose the darkness occurred, which perhaps deviates a little from the original question
Feb
4
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