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Forum: Separation of Church and State 04-14-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 15,081
Posted By Erik
I'm against taxing churches in general for the...

I'm against taxing churches in general for the reason that part of the deal created by the First Amendment was basically "You churches stay out of politics and we government types won't tax you". The...
Forum: Atheist vs Theist 03-06-2014, 10:15 AM
Replies: 664
Views: 94,131
Posted By Erik
I think he's just enamored with the multiverse...

I think he's just enamored with the multiverse idea. There's been a fair bit of to do about it lately, especially the mathematics. I'm willing to accept on the face of it that he's agnostic about...
Forum: Atheist vs Theist 03-04-2014, 01:51 PM
Replies: 664
Views: 94,131
Posted By Erik
Jimmyjet, 1. I really don't think the idea that...

Jimmyjet,

1. I really don't think the idea that our universe began is evidence that there is something "outside" of the universe. Much greater minds than mine have wrestled with the subject and...
Forum: Atheist vs Theist 03-03-2014, 01:26 PM
Replies: 664
Views: 94,131
Posted By Erik
Well, there's a reason for taking up the...

Well, there's a reason for taking up the question. To sum up the history of religion: "God exists! Now bow your heads because He spoke to me, and by the way, send me 10% of your pre-tax income. AND...
Forum: Atheist vs Theist 07-26-2013, 10:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,275
Posted By Erik
Thanks for those links. The item that seems to...

Thanks for those links. The item that seems to have been missing from the RA's discussion of abortion was the stance on rape and incest. From what I remember, the RA avoided the topic.
Forum: Atheist vs Theist 04-05-2013, 01:39 PM
Replies: 287
Views: 24,544
Posted By Erik
I don't doubt for a second that self-deluded...

I don't doubt for a second that self-deluded people can have beliefs to help them with fear of death, assuming the Great Frying Pan of Reality never hits them in the face. Much of religion I find to...
Forum: Atheist vs Theist 04-05-2013, 08:43 AM
Replies: 287
Views: 24,544
Posted By Erik
Hope for what, exactly? I'm not sure I follow you...

Hope for what, exactly? I'm not sure I follow you very well. According to the beliefs of Christians for a long time, there are many more ways of ending up in hell than in heaven. The times I have...
Forum: Atheist vs Theist 04-03-2013, 10:37 AM
Replies: 287
Views: 24,544
Posted By Erik
Good grief -- will Pascal's Wager never go...

Good grief -- will Pascal's Wager never go away?

Andrew, if I were trying to convince you to completely subject your intellect to my set of unproven beliefs, and I told you that if you believed I...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 01-15-2013, 03:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,732
Posted By Erik
Hello! When I saw your moniker, I imagined James...

Hello! When I saw your moniker, I imagined James Bond returning his tricked-out Aston Martin to Q, all fucked up from some chase with myriad baddies, and Q looking at the half-destroyed car, saying...
Forum: Does God Exist? 12-21-2012, 12:37 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 8,908
Posted By Erik
Elsewhere you say that God is Everything. So...

Elsewhere you say that God is Everything. So atheists hate everything? Wow, so I hate, literally, everything? If that were true, how would I distinguish between hate and any other feeling?

Would you...
Forum: Atheist News 11-14-2012, 09:06 AM
Replies: 674
Views: 48,966
Posted By Erik
Leaving aside all the other horrible things about...

Leaving aside all the other horrible things about this story, it also highlights the possible mine field that someone must navigate under an exception to save the mother's life. Easy to say; perhaps...
Forum: General Discussion 03-15-2012, 08:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 980
Posted By Erik
The Museum of Modern Art is a must-see.

The Museum of Modern Art is a must-see.
Forum: Does God Exist? 03-06-2012, 11:48 AM
Replies: 7,101
Views: 539,630
Posted By Erik
UPDATE: I ran my idea past Earl Doherty and he...

UPDATE: I ran my idea past Earl Doherty and he said the problem with it is that early Christians seem to have believed that the destruction of Jerusalem was punishment for the treatment of James the...
Forum: General Discussion 03-05-2012, 07:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,186
Posted By Erik
My dad, who is an avowed atheist, went to visit...

My dad, who is an avowed atheist, went to visit his sister just before she died. He was there when she passed. He says that a couple of days later, he woke up and saw her standing at the foot of his...
Forum: Atheist vs Theist 03-01-2012, 09:45 AM
Replies: 3,213
Views: 193,303
Posted By Erik
Let's not forget the important corollary to the...

Let's not forget the important corollary to the "no reliable evidence for Jesus's existence" position: that there is also evidence that even early Christians didn't believe in an earthly Jesus. If...
Forum: Atheist vs Theist 02-16-2012, 03:17 PM
Replies: 3,213
Views: 193,303
Posted By Erik
Yeah, I noticed that, thanks. I almost didn't...

Yeah, I noticed that, thanks. I almost didn't want to reply to yours because that will change it to 667...
Forum: Atheist vs Theist 02-16-2012, 02:10 PM
Replies: 3,213
Views: 193,303
Posted By Erik
You're the one whose safety is at risk. You're...

You're the one whose safety is at risk. You're going to go through life, locking your brain into the most devious form of thought control ever devised. You will come to the end of your life and find...
Forum: Open Mic and General Chat 02-14-2012, 10:17 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 8,640
Posted By Erik
Terribly sad news, will miss him very much. I...

Terribly sad news, will miss him very much. I can't count how many times I wanted to respond to some post only to find that Sternwallow had already done so, and a thousand times better than I ever...
Forum: Atheist/Theist Morality 02-01-2012, 08:27 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,918
Posted By Erik
Blow up the bridge??!?!? NOOOOOOO!!!!

Blow up the bridge??!?!? NOOOOOOO!!!!
Forum: Does God Exist? 01-23-2012, 08:26 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 17,488
Posted By Erik
I don't get it. Has the postulate "I don't exist"...

I don't get it. Has the postulate "I don't exist" ever led to any explanation of anything?
Forum: Atheist vs Theist 01-18-2012, 10:27 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,743
Posted By Erik
I'm not quite following you here. Logical...

I'm not quite following you here. Logical fallacies and dishonest arguments are used all the time, but the fact that someone uses a logical fallacy or a dishonest argument doesn't in and of itself...
Forum: Atheist vs Theist 01-18-2012, 08:45 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,743
Posted By Erik
You and Michael are replying based on a typical...

You and Michael are replying based on a typical theistic response, which is, of course, the one you will encounter most of the time.

I have met deists before; people who believe that a prime mover...
Forum: Atheist vs Theist 01-17-2012, 01:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,743
Posted By Erik
Not often. It's why I rarely debate this topic...

Not often. It's why I rarely debate this topic any more. Theists are usually too dishonest, if perhaps unintentionally.
Forum: Atheist vs Theist 01-17-2012, 12:46 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,743
Posted By Erik
Sure, I'm not defending the First Cause argument....

Sure, I'm not defending the First Cause argument. But I am willing in a debate/discussion over the existence of god to concede the possibility based on a looser standard, provided that the other...
Forum: Atheist vs Theist 01-17-2012, 09:14 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,743
Posted By Erik
It depends a bit on what the evidence is offered...

It depends a bit on what the evidence is offered for. The reason that the defense in a criminal case can sit back and present nothing is that the prosecution's burden is to prove the case "beyond a...
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