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I am an amateur historian that focuses on early . I was an earth creationist, fundamentalist. I am now an atheist. I do not believe there is a God. My YouTube channel is CompelledUnbeliever.

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Is religion necessary in the world?
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 10, 2018:
Religion is not necessary by any means. There have been cultures that had no concept of God's or spirits, not even words to express the idea. Morals are internal and ethics are external. If one lacks morals, ethics due to social pressures tend to "keep" people in line. This is however not always the case. Theist do in fact harm others despite their religion that may teach otherwise. If religion is in fact the source of their morals and ethics but does not work then it is useless.
What are your favorite Atheist songs?
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 10, 2018:
Saved by Shelley Segal. I've met her and she is not only a great musician but a great person.
Why do guys like tits?
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 9, 2018:
We are products of evolution. We are in fact apes. Sexual attraction ensures we have sex and reproduce. Breast are simply organs that not only provide sustenance for babies, but stimulate us to want to have sex and produce those babies. The interesting thing here is that from a biological, evolutionary perspective it is not important for us to have sexual identities or even have heterosexual relationships. It is "good enough" for us to simply have sexual desire. As long as we as a whole are having sex the next generation will come. This does fly in the face of religious doctrine and man conceived gender roles. But evolution doesn't care. Btw this is the reason women often "like tits".
What's your take on demonic possession and the churches ritual for expelling demons? I'm watching ...
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 9, 2018:
There are churches in the U.S. that specialize in exorcism. Interesting the people whom start going to these churches do not have demon problems until they "discover" them once going to the church. The moral of the story here is they literally "create their own demons". It becomes in this micro-culture, to be expected to go through the rights of exorcism to show the group they are "saved from Satan". It is really a sociological phenomenon.
Sapiosexuals
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 9, 2018:
I actually had to look that one up. I have always been attracted to women more intelligent than myself. Hmmm... how to be tactful. If they are not more intelligent than myself there is no challenge and they simply are not attractive. I find it interesting that in my case high intelligence makes them more sexually appealing to me. I must admit I do not understand the correlation there but it seems to be how I am wired. This being said I did find a very intelligent woman that I have been happily married to for 20 years.
Are you an atheist, but believe in aliens (as in extraterrestrials)?
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 9, 2018:
I don't understand the "but" in the sentence. An unfounded belief in a mythical God is one subject. The idea that we exist and the universe is as far as we know is infinite, therefore it is almost statistically certain that intelligent life exist somewhere else, is a different subject. This being said I do not believe that saucer aliens travel across the universe because they have nothing more important to do than indulging their fascination with probing our rectums.
What if you are wrong and there IS a god
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 9, 2018:
I do not believe there is a God. If I am wrong and God does in fact exist then he was not concerned enough to let me know. If he is unconcerned about letting me know he exist, then neither should I be concerned with his existence.
When Is It Time For Sex?
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 9, 2018:
I should be having sex instead of writing a response.
I had someone get really mad at me the other night. They were making claims about some fantastical ...
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 9, 2018:
I really empathize with them. I was raised a fundamentalist and was one. They don't anger me, they make me feel sorry for them and want to help them. Some are just too brainwashed to be helped.
[youtu.be] Lol I woke up to find this on Facebook this morning and a fellow Christian friend ...
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 9, 2018:
Awesome the only thing this video lacks is......evidence.
Do you think scientist will some day ever find the cure for cancer and AIDS patients?
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 9, 2018:
Since you have appealed to my unscientific understanding I shall give it a try. I think that with the advances of medicine that the study of genetics may actually make curing such diseases unnecessary. I if we can prevent genetic sequencing that causes such diseases cures will be a very low priority.
"Being an atheist means you have to realise that when you die, that really is it. You've got to make...
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 9, 2018:
Good morning to you! Theist often like to say because we have no God that life is meaningless. I respond that knowing that I won't live forever makes it all the more valuable. When I die I will cease to exist, I will not have a brain to know the universe exist. It will continue but I will be unaware of it. What give me meaning and purpose it to do whatever I can to contribute to mankind now while I can, I got just one chance and no one to "just forgive me" when I screw up, what a rush!
In making the case for a benevolent God how would you explain such suffering in the world? For ...
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 9, 2018:
I have read many books on suffering by biblical scholars. If suffering exist then an omnibenevolent God can not exist. By definition an omnibenevolent God can not do anything but good and therefore cannot do anything but good. If God is omnibenevolent and can not do anything good than he can not be omniscient, that is all powerful. I am an atheist, I do not believe there is a God. This being said there could be a God that is not all powerful or all good. So this argument does not prove there is no God, only that if there is a God it can not be what Christians claim her to be.
Unintended condescension: what's your best example?
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 9, 2018:
"I'll pray for you" The speaker thinks they are somehow helping. But what they are projecting is their unconscious belief that you are totally wrong and they are completely right so they are going to ask their God to "make" you think like them. Sometimes if something bad is happening in your life it is a good persons intent to try to help.
Debate or not debate?
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 9, 2018:
I am with David Silverman, I think the most important thing we can do is normalize the word atheist. Once the masses accept that it is a normal and rational world view, then we will not have near as much to debate.
Has anyone else had one of those friends that expects god to provide for them yet won't make the ...
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 9, 2018:
Benjamin Franklin is famous for his quote "God helps those who help themselves". What most people don't realize is that he was an atheist as satirist. I have often wondered if he wasn't poking fun at Christianity in a way they would not understand and love. Was his actual intent to say "Get off your butt because God isn't going to do anything for you."? Did he get much pleasure out of the fact that Christians were actually quoting him? Personally am very disturbed when people live their lives as if mythology was real. People whom do have flown airplanes into buildings, though thankfully most live moderate lives and are good neighbors. If I really do care about them I feel obligated to at least try to get them to ask questions about their beliefs for themselves.
Interpretation of the bible
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 9, 2018:
The Bible was written by many authors with many ideas of what god was. So we have many opinions of God's opinions in the book. Interpretation is the readers opinion of the authors opinion of God's opinions. We have many translations of the bible. So now we have translators opinions of the original authors opinions, of God's opinion that must be assessed through the readers opinions, that all end up with different opinions of what it actually ment. Of course that's just my opinion.
Dating Scams
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 9, 2018:
I've been married for 20 years and am here to converse with agnostics. What is a dating scam?
According to the bible; Will Suffering Ever End? Would you say yes or no and why?
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 9, 2018:
No. According to the bible God made Hell. Hell is the place he sends people who offend him to suffer forever.
What is your best argument against the teleological argument for theism?
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 8, 2018:
They can only make assertions without evidence. I do not know about the origins of the universe but I will be honest about that. They do not know the origins of the universe they just claim to know what they do not know. I do not believe there is a God, this has nothing to do with explaining the origins of the universe. I am in no way obligated to know the origins of the universe. I simply do not claim to know what I can not know. They often assert we think something came from nothing, I assert I don't know, nor does it matter. Just because neither of us knows the origin of the universe does not mean we can assert that a being we can't prove exist, Does exist and created it. The central problem with any philosophical argument is the only reason they resort to such mental gymnastics is they have no actual proof for God. I like to address that and avoid apologetics, none of them are good and they distract from the fact they can not prove their God exist.
How we learn and what we learn is an important area of study. This was an interesting article on how...
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 8, 2018:
Schools neglect to teach the most important thing they could. This is teaching kids to discover how they learn as individuals. Instead they tend to throw every stimulus out there all at once. If someone learns visually they will still use oral teaching methods and insist that the student uses tactical skills thus actually distracting them from actually learning.
Ultimately I must forgive my opponents for the way that they are. Not because magic man told me to ...
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 8, 2018:
I don't know I wasnt going to respond to this post, but I had no choice. I did it anyway.
Where do you get yours?
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 8, 2018:
The reason he conducted the experiment was he wanted to discover the language of God. That language must be death. Touch? I've been married for 20 years I obviously touch....myself.
In a discussion with a believer, I was asked, "where was my moral authority?" My response was to say...
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 8, 2018:
A tip for reading and understanding the bible. Sin and Evil share the same two meanings: 1) anything that causes harm 2) anything that pisses off God The second one can be tricky. It can be for raping or not raping, murdering or not murdering, stealing from those you have murdered or not stealing from those you have murdered, taking sex slaves or not taking sex slaves. What God decides is completely arbitrary and usually revealed after he has killed or not killed someone. "Praise God!"
Anyone care to Share?? Whats your worst experience in Church or with religious people? Mine would ...
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 7, 2018:
The worst experience I had was listening to B.S constantly falling out of pastors mouths. Even as a teen I could see that they often cherry picked the bible. I remember one time preacher was trying to make the point that God has everything in the bible was perfect. He said something to the affect of you notice that the Sun gives us life and Gods Son gives us life. He was different words that I knew would not be homonyms in the original original language or more than likely in any other language.
Religious Homosexuals?
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 7, 2018:
We have a tendency to conflate the bible with religion. Religion is a belief and worship in a God. The Bible is believed to be a book inspired by him. The worship and how one honors said God has nothing to do (believe it or not) with the bible. Their have been thousands of Christianities based on bible teachings yet the religions are different and hold different opinions. Their is more religion attributed to the bible than is actually in the bible. It does not matter what is actually in the bible religion is dependent on what people want to believe. This is why Christianity constantly evolves. As cultures and ideas change so does the religion to fit the times. Christians observe the Sabbath on the wrong day. God actually killed people in the bible for the most trivial of offenses concerning the Sabbath. There is nothing giving them permission to observe it whenever they feel like it. Christianity claims that they believe in the bible and do. They observe any and every part as much as they wish to and ignore the rest.
Anthropomorphism & God How do your religious friends wrap their mind around a god that both: ...
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 7, 2018:
I can tell you from personal experience as I was very heavily active in many churches that they don't bother to war their minds around it. Christians usually don't bother to think about theology and science. Philosophy vs. Theology. If they go to church they will hear that they are terrible people that deserve torture but but God loves them and will send them to heaven if they only believe in the unbelievable....a bit paraphrased.... Christians are taught not to question god. If one thinks about god too much there will be questions. If one asks too many questions they are wrong because they are having "faith issues". It's just easier to smile and nod without stirring the pot. Anyway there football games to watch. Again my purpose here is not to bash them only to explain my personal experience and observations.
A lot of the religious people look down on atheist people and consider them to be immoral. Why do ...
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 7, 2018:
Why stop there? My Methodist, fundamentalist church taught that atheist are possessed with Satan and don't know it. That part was true. If I am possessed with Satan I'm certainly am not aware of it. My wife and I have certainly made a few imps. It's very simple actually, Christians believe that they get their moral values from their God. If one does not have a God to issue them morals they simply cannot have them.
There's an old wartime saying that "there are no atheists in foxholes." As a committed unbeliever -...
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 7, 2018:
I once did, since then the more dire the circumstances the less time I have to worry about a magic genie commuting to the rescue. When it comes to life and death situations I'm much more worried about doing what it takes to resolve the situation than stopping to take time for anything else. The atheist is foxhole is simply a catchy sounding cheeky myth.
Does anybody come into contact with people who actually believe that the world is around 6,000 years...
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 7, 2018:
Yes indeed I have, I am forced to look at his ugly mug every day.... In a mirror. I was raised as a young earth creationist, fundamentalist. I have thought back about what type of Christian was more extreme than we were in this regard. There is simply none. As a child I did buy into it completely. There was simply no reason to even consider that Mom and Dad and everyone else I knew in church could be wrong. I wanted be the very best servant of God that I could be. Life was short but eternity last forever, we only had one chance to get it right. Even among my peers and elders I was believed to be the most likely to become a pastor. I wanted to do whatever God wished. There was no questioning God or the church, not only would it be taboo but why would anyone? I was completely and thoroughly indoctrinated. I like to use the harsher term brainwashed from birth. Due to my enthusiasm I wanted to know the bible as much as possible so as a teen about 13 I studied it obsessively and not for a little while about for 30 years now but for other reasons I will get to. I was taught by my Methodist church that the bible was the inerrant word of God. This means it was gods words put into his book for us. So it was in fact perfect. I began to find problems Jesus is said to have said, that all sins are forgiven and that the sin of blasphemy was unforgivable. It simply could not be both. This made me feel like in was an inadequate idiot, the word was perfect. So I studied even more to resolve the building conflict inside of me. The more I studied the more I found conflicting ideas in the bible, so I felt worse about myself and studied even harder, the cycle continued and of course got worse. At some time I came to realise that the bible was not written by God but men whom did not agree with each other about what god was. I then realised that I did not believe in God. Not because I rejected him but because I was in fact seeking him. There are many atheist that say they don't believe in God due to science. I believed in Christian pseudo science. I instead found that the bible refuted its self that was all it took for me to realise I no longer believed in what I was taught as a child. I now study theology, Christian history, and many forms of textual and form criticism. To understand the bible one must understand it's origins. I study not only what's in the bible but more importantly about the bible. I do this as I do personally know how difficult it is to be a Christian extremists whacko and to escape. Not to whine here but it is very emotionally difficult to realise you have lived a lie. So now I write on May websites and proffer questions to theist to get them to question how they know what they know and how they know it is real. I do this not to "make atheist" but to ...
Since joining this site, I've seen an excessive amount of posts referencing choice in the held ...
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 7, 2018:
Christopher Hitchens one said, "Atheism is not chosen, it is discovered". One can not choose ones beliefs. One can look at the facts and ones understanding will be affected.
Was there a reason why you chose "Agnostic" for this site?
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 6, 2018:
I didn't. I was invited to this site and have made no bones about being an atheist. I do enjoy communicating with the agnostics on this site as most tend to be skeptics as I am myself.
How free did you feel when you finally broke free out of the shackles and chains of religion?
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 6, 2018:
Well Free. I do not feel guilty about being human. If I see breast I appreciate them. I do try not to stare so much I make a woman feel uncomfortable, but I don't feel guilty about appreciating her femininity. I don't worry about abiding by some magical gods arbitrary rules that often contradict themselves. I can accept that I'm human and make mistakes and that what happens to humans, it's not something that I need to feel guilty about. I can be very happy with the fact that if I actually try to do good that it is in fact good enough. I don't feel guilty or worry about unknown crimes that I didn't know I committed. Sex is better than ever I can fantasize about a neighbor, I can act out any sexual behavior as long as my partner is up for it. What goes on in my mind is my business and does not affect anyone else. If I do have sex as long as my partner or partners are consenting and no one gets hurt, thats great. I am married and have a monogamous relationship but if we decided to do something different we could with no perverse God watching us. It is simply good enough to want to be a good human. I am comfortable with that and what is different is I am now happy with what and who I am.
Couterapologetics: what's your favorite angle of approach?
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 6, 2018:
First of all read Peter Boghossians book A Manuel for Creating Atheist. I think it's a horrible title,but the most neglected book in all of atheism. I was a young earth creationist, fundamentalist. My beliefs were probably more radical than anyone ill talk to. I call myself that because I haven't found any Christian religion with more hard core beliefs. I was in the Ken Ham, Greg Hovand school of thinking before they were known. I never question anyone's religious doctrine. I do causally mention that I had issues with know how I know what I know. So I will take control of the conversation sometimes changing the subject if I don't like where it is going so that we can find topics that we agree on. This is very important. I want them to say yes so we agree on everything. As a student of people and religion, particularly considering my past, this is very easy for me. I don't talk about them or their religion, again if I have to pretend not to hear or understand their last comment I will steer the conversation in the direction I want, rude yes but effective. I then drop a reason somehow pertinent to the conversation that I personally struggled with concerning religion. Now we have agreed on everything so I'm an ok guy and I am now sharing an intimate personal thought. I am not attacking them or their religion at all I am sharing my struggle with a friend. People just don't take this personal. I will give a brief example. You know I had a hard time with blasphemy. Jesus said that all sins are forgiven and in another place he said it is the only sin that can't be forgiven, I mean what do you do with that? They both can't be right. So it just made me wonder if it wasn't just a bunch of people's opinions, ya know? Sorry I've got to go to the bathroom. We have been agreeing on everything, now that I have dropped my personal question I abruptly end the conversation and get out. This is designed to leave them with the thought to hash out for themselves without distracting them with further conversation. I have not attacked them I have simply shared my difficulties, I'm not really a jerk and my ideas made since.
How hard is it for you to openly be Atheist in your community?
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 6, 2018:
I live in Colorado. I was very much afraid to come out. Once I did I have had no problems what so ever. I did loose one very close friend, she is very religious and simply decided to stop spending time with my family in favor of spending more time with her church. I have avoided contact with the fundamentalist I grew up with. If I tell them that I am an atheist they will by their teaching "know" I'm possessed by Satan. So the conversation will end before it begins. So if I do have contact with them I will have to ask them questions that will make them think rather than just vomit out that I'm possessed by the Devil. That might be called tact.
As technology advances in all the applicable areas, especially in human physiology and brain ...
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 6, 2018:
I have given it much thought. I believe within the next 50 years the ethics of what it is to be human will be a heated debate. If we are able to augment DNA and make people smarter then in a couple of generations augmented humans could be considered sub-human. This is not to mention implants, and connections to interfaces such as computers. What if we all have perfect memory? We know this is possible as some, very few humans do. So human beings will not be what they were even 50 years before. We will augment our own evolution. So at what point will we no longer be considered humans but something else a new species that is not able to breed with the former due to genetic incompatibility. I think this could happen as soon as the next 100 years.
In a world free of religion, what rules would no longer apply to you?
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 6, 2018:
Th only rule that would be important is the rule I've made for myself. I was raised as a young earth creationist, fundamentalist. I had no choice. I did buy into it completely, I was very close to becoming a preacher. The only reason I didn't was that I'm a perfectionist. I want to know everything perfectly before I taught anyone else. So as a child I studied the bible obsessively. Long story short I saw the bible was very flawed and became an Atheist. So what would change? I would stop studying religion, particularly Christianity every day. I was trapped by my indoctrination, now I have to understand religion better than those who hold religious beliefs in order to help them let go also.
No religion has a monopoly on moral or ethical posturing. Why do they think they do?
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 6, 2018:
One very important part of religion and or many groups is the teaching of exclusivity. That is we are special because we are a part of this particular team, club etc. It's just a part of social psychology. All religions do in fact teach exclusivity. Their God becomes their identifier. It is not like being part of a local softball team, it is much more intense and the identifier becomes associated with one's identity. People play softball they do not think of themselves as softball players or randomly walk up and identify themselves as such. They also have a lot of time and money invested into their religion. The more someone invest into something the more attached they become to an idea. This builds on the psychological aspect thinking. People are far less likely to give up on something even if it's a bad investment or idea if they have put a lot of energy into it. Con artist take advantage of this all the time. The God factor..... a person with great charisma can convince many people to do many things. If they can convince them that God wants them to do it they might do anything. Once we throw the God concept into the lot everything becomes much more intense. It is believed by many that man has no authority over God. So whatever man thinks does not matter at all. Once humans have been dehumanized, humans become completely unimportant, it is only gods will that matters, it does not matter if humans are hurt if it is God's will. So in order to build up the God the entire culture is about minimizing the importance of humans and stressing the importance of God. Special knowledge.... every religion has its own "special knowledge". This is vital for any religion and sets it apart from others. If there was no special teachings the religion itself would not be special. This is one of the major factors that feeds into the idea of exclusivity. Morals and ethics tend to be the core of this "special knowledge". Added to this is special teachings on how to conduct ones lives. This does two things first it makes people more dependent on the religion, second it ties people together that practice it making them feel closer together as a group. Religion is about feeding into people's psychological and sociological tendencies thus making them "feel" special and thus making them more dependent on the given religion. Religion is all about teaching that they do have a monopoly on morals and ethics. If they did not, it would not then be a religion as it would lack the previously stated factors.
Why Won't God Heal Amputees?
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 6, 2018:
Godhatesamputees.com If God is all powerful and does not heal amputees he is not benevolent. If God is benevolent and does not heal amputees he is not all powerful. If he is not benevolent or all powerful then he is not a God.
Telepathy - Science or Superstition? I believe that origin of superstition is in large part our ...
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 6, 2018:
Telepathy has been not been studied even for military use. Both the U.S. and U.S.S.R. did attempt to study it during the cold war. Why did they not in fact study it? There was nothing to observe at all. After all kinds of experiments made years of research there was no evidence there was in fact anything to study.
The "power" of faith
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 6, 2018:
Anytime anyone lives their lives on based on things that are not real it is not beneficial. It is far better and healthy to make sound decisions based on reality. If something "just makes someone feel better" is it really good or worthwhile? I don't care if mother might feel better thinking she will be with Jesus. Entertaining a delusion is not loving or kind. If someone really cares about another human being it is better to help the come to reality because reality is much better than thinking we will go to Hell.
Debate or not debate?
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 5, 2018:
I personally operate on the theory that in the public venue what is ridiculous about religion should be ridiculed. In person I do not debate unless it's necessary. Just prefer to keep it conversational. I will often give reasons that I personally could no longer believe to hopefully provoke thought. Perhaps when the conversation is done they might ask themselves the same questions. Peter Boghossian in his book a manual for creating atheist, highlights that we should not go after specific beliefs, as people take this personally. Rather he says we should focus on "how we know what we know", that being faith.
Hey, fellow rational people, when do you trust your gut?
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 5, 2018:
Trusting ones instincts can be and always will be very important for humans. Richard Dawkins goes into this quite thoroughly. If primitive man saw a rustling in the Bush it could be the wind or a loin. The fellow that ran was more likely to survive. As a correctional officer for 15 years in maximum security prisons following my instinct likely saved my life. This being said, it is important to understand when and more importantly why we feel compelled to follow our instincts. Most times when we have "gut" feelings it is simply due to our evolutionary baggage and has nothing to do with what actually is rational. So I constantly evaluate what instinct I have in order to determine its origin. If the instinct is justified I run away from the loin, if I'm in a zoo I take a picture.
Upon the inevitable...,.
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 5, 2018:
I am an organ donor as hopefully my parts and pieces could help someone else. As far as what happens to my body after I die, I really don't care. It could be "properly" respected or fed to dogs I won't be too concerned about then.
I want to change my name. Lucas is my last name and it's the name I go by unless I'm around family. ...
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 5, 2018:
There are many atheist with religious names, I am David. My impulse here is to say don't worry about as it has never been a problem for me. This being said if it is a problem for you it is possible to get ones name changed. I wish you the best of luck.
After you became a non believer, did you also go back through all the other supernatural claims out...
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 5, 2018:
I was a young earth, fundamentalist. After I realised there was no Christian God I did not go God shopping. The reason is simple. All gods proffered by man require faith. If they require faith it is because they are not real, that is they have no empirical evidence for their existence. No other religion had gods that actually did answer prayers or preform miracles or we would all know about it. There simply was no other religion or God that had any more credibility than any other mythology.
Why should we respect religion, when they don't respect atheist?
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 5, 2018:
Human beings should be respected as human beings. There is nothing to respect about living as though mythology was real. There is no reason to respect anyone for holding false beliefs. Atheist hold position of believing in what is believable. So theist wish to disrespect atheist simply for not complying with their mythical beliefs which is far less respectable than just holding those beliefs. With this being said, I do not respect any of their beliefs and am quite closer about that, but I do make it clear I respect them as humans.
It is far better to be an honest atheist than a hypocritical Christian. No one can ever guilt me for...
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 5, 2018:
One of the most difficult things for a theist is to be honest with one's self. Once they can admit that they question god in any way, it opens up a world of possibilities. This is spoken from personal experience as a former theist.
Do you agree/
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 5, 2018:
I have been involved with a few public events in which I was involved in the organization of. Not once did the news media get the story right. Every time there were many, many mistakes throughout the story. My local news media television and radio are so concerned with jumping out with a flashy headline they fail to even give a basic story. There was a hug fire today in California that was devastating. And George how's the weather? I don't bother with it.
So, I got scolded by some “Free the Nipple” advocates (who I fully support) because they promote...
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 3, 2018:
Evolution doesn't care. Breast serve the purpose of making milk, ensuring the survival of babies. They also stimulate the males to be attracted to females ensuring that they have babies and make milk with the very same organs. In evolution the mammary tissue is an excellent example of multifunctional organs. Not exactly particularly sexy to be put this way but that is why they are so impressive to the male species. We are simply products of evolution as such we function as necessary to reproduce and procreate. Now I will try all this sexy talk with my wife and see how far it gets me.
I believe in the power of faith. I’m in sales I see first hand how people who do not have faith ...
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 2, 2018:
The problem here is the word faith. In this case you are using it as optimism, or confidence. You are not using it in the context of believing without evidence. You have confidence because you have done this many times before. You are not believing without any factual evidence as it has happened before. As it has happened you have both the confidence and optimism that it will occur again. Faith in the religious context is simply believing in the unbelievable. You do not do this. Words often have different meanings and we must be careful not to switch meanings and get the different meanings mixed up and out of context.
Have you written a Letter To an Editor for publication?
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 2, 2018:
I wrote a few in a small town. My wife banned me. When she went into a grocery store and heard many people talking about what I wrote. Some people don't get satire.... I thought that partial birth abortions were taking abortions too far, so I suggested I wanted to mount one like a moose head but with scissors stickin out of it head, since partial birth abortions were O.K. and all. Well it certainly did get people talking about what a partial birth abortion was all right! None the less my wife was less than impressed.....
If our belief as agnostics is specifically defined as I do not know what form God may be? Does this ...
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 2, 2018:
Ironically, without intention, I have found myself defending the FSM using tactics I learned as a fundamentalist. This has been entertaining and I hope instructive. We can justify anything we want, we can deceive yourself about anything despite the facts. I think this has turned into a great thought experiment in theist thinking. Thank you all for your participation!
What's so important for a guy to be attractive to a lady according to Evolution.
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 1, 2018:
According to evolutionary standards all that is required is that you are "good enough" to procreate. Not particularly flattering.
Does anyone still make new year's resolutions? I feel like it's outdated and often sets one up for ...
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 1, 2018:
When I was seventeen I came to the conclusion that new years resolutions were not normally kept by anyone, so I vowed to keep mine. I decided not to make them. It has been twenty years and I have kept it completely.
Aren't we all agnostic?
DavidLaDeau comments on Jan 1, 2018:
Matt Dillihunty and Aron Ra often say that people claim to "know what they don't know". Aaron Ra also says "if you can show it you don't know it". If the definition of a God includes something that cannot be perceived then we are all agnostic. We can not claim to "know" something that by definition we can not "know". This being said with all of my knowledge and experience I am certain that a God does not exist. I just cannot claim to "know" it.
SHOULD WE UPDATE THE 10 COMANDMENTS?
DavidLaDeau comments on Dec 31, 2017:
I would not consider fixing a lead sled. I would consider what task must be accomplished and then consider what and how to accomplish it. A sled my not have been the best tool for flying, reworking a lead one would be a waste of time. Can I be any more emphatic that it's completely worthless?
Is there any youtube channel you would recommend for the topic of atheism?
DavidLaDeau comments on Dec 31, 2017:
The coolest kid out there is cosmicskeptic. He just might be our new Christopher Hitchens!
Is there such a thing as a Christian child, Muslim Child or any kind of religious child?
DavidLaDeau comments on Dec 31, 2017:
Absolutely there is, I was one. My family indoctrinated me into fundamentalism from birth. I was a Christian because I had no choice. I was incapable of not thinking religiously. I got older and was able to think for myself and understand that everything I was taught may not always be correct . It was then that in was able to become an Apistevist- one whom does not make decisions based on faith. This being said I was religious as I was taught to be. We are not born Broncos fans, democrats, or dead heads. We certainly are not born religious.
Theist claims
DavidLaDeau comments on Dec 31, 2017:
Does a good loving parent walk in the child's room and destroy its toys just because well they better figure it out? Further more, would an adult destroy some other kids toys because their own children displeased them? If a God resorts to childish temper tantrums what good it she? A reasonable God would simply let us know what is on her mind by simply telling us. Instead we are told by unthinking people that their God is well....unthinking.
What should we do with people and governments that persecute (even murder) Agnostic.com people like ...
DavidLaDeau comments on Dec 30, 2017:
It would be a good idea to look to the civil rights movement and lgbt movement. They both were very successful in reducing bigotry. The civil rights movement brought us actual equality as opposed to just words. The lgbt movement normalized what was already normal "gay". What we are dealing with is a bigoted culture, thus we must actively change that culture by helping the masses understand that questioning ones beliefs is normal. While the is a time and place to "stand up to the man", only going after the government or bigots will not change cultural norms.
Matthew 4:24 - " News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill ...
DavidLaDeau comments on Dec 30, 2017:
Real miracles would have been helpful, even real illusions there of. The fact is there were magicians everywhere, religious leaders whom were said to do all kinds of miracles. When everyone can call a psychic in a second and none of them really do any miraculous things like win the lottery no one pays them any attention. The same was true for Jesus, the claims about him were what was to be expected and thus not noteworthy.
Should prostitution be illegal?
DavidLaDeau comments on Dec 30, 2017:
I really avoid posting curse words but here it is rather significant and appropriate. George Carlin once said " Sellings legal. Fuckings legal. Why is selling fucking illegal?" Sex is at the least necessary for our species to survive. Prohibitions ( barring what actually hurts another person ) are completely arbitrary based on religious influence. The reason for this is by suppressing and or controlling sex religion could control people. This was done to make people more dependent on religion. The hijacking of humanity and our natural instincts is what is immoral. Not two consenting adults having sex.
does desire to convert someone to atheistic belief sometimes undercut our abiding love for science?...
DavidLaDeau comments on Dec 30, 2017:
I do not desire to "convert" anyone to atheism. I do have a very strong, irresistible desire to inspire people to question everything and understand how they know what they know. Is what I believe just cus some guy said so or is their factual evidence to support his claim? When people actually stop to take the time to understand why they believe what they do believe it leads them to solid decision making. I do not have to agree with people's ideas or like their ideas. What I am concerned about is that their reasoning is not based on myth or fairy tales. In this since I am an Apistevist- I do not make decisions based on faith. It is just a very bad idea to do so and I encourage people to avoid doing so. This does however end up making people become atheist.
Does all life have inherent value?
DavidLaDeau comments on Dec 30, 2017:
This is a tough and very uncomfortable question, thus it is a good one. Yep it would suck to take care of this child and I would not want to. I very likely would none the less. Does this make me right or moral? Probably not. We are products of evolution and in order for us to propagate our species we have a strong sense of altruism. We want to help each other, it is part of our nature, we can not help ourselves. This is good as it will ensure our existence as a species. This being said I have a real problem with suffering. What if this child for some reason suffered horrific pain continuously that doctors could not stop? In that case I would have to take suffering into account.
What do you think
DavidLaDeau comments on Dec 25, 2017:
We exist. We are one planet in one solar system, in on galaxy in the universe. There is an almost infinite amount of possible chances for life to exist somewhere other than our planet. We are proof it can happen. Considering there vastness and as far as we know infinite universe, simple math tells us extraterrestrial life is not only possible but infinitely likely. We are dealing with infinite numbers here. We are also dealing with billions or perhaps trillions of years. Many planets may have a few billion years head start on us in having life. But no, I don't think that extraterrestrials come to our planet because they have a fascination with probing our rectums. But not only is life on other planets likely, it would be irrational to think otherwise.
I have just joined this group. As as a Post-Modern Seminary student, I must say that the general ...
DavidLaDeau comments on Dec 25, 2017:
I've studied the bible and Christianity for 30 years and do not recall the phrase "Post-Modern Seminary" I honestly don't know what that means. I will look it up as soon as I post this but I would like to know your understanding of the term so I know what (you) means by it. And yes I would be stoned because I can't believe in the unbelievable.
Faith and Darwinian evolution. There is vast evidence - fossils, closely related creatures ...
DavidLaDeau comments on Dec 24, 2017:
It is odd to me that the Intelligent Design crowd says we have to have a transitional species(we have literally tons of fossils that fit their definition) and we can not observe evolution. First of all, ALL creatures are transitional species. Second we are not born looking exactly like our fathers or mothers, the reason for this is small changes in our DNA as a result of combinations of inheritance, how these traits combine and we actually throw in a few mutations of our own. All species must change slightly in order to procreate that's how biology works. As there are constantly changes all species are constantly transforming slightly. And no cows do not give birth to flowers such miracles or magic only happen in fiction or religious books.
Anyone else not celebrating xmas?
DavidLaDeau comments on Dec 24, 2017:
I am not celebrating Christmas in any formal way. I really just don't care. This being said I do love to observe and appreciate watching people around me offer a little more"good will", at this time of year. People do seem to be more cognizant of others and act more humanistic. I really love and enjoy that aspect of this time of year. So I do enjoy the holiday season very much. I just have no inclination to "celebrate" any particular aspect of it. I am enjoying spending time with my family that is what is most important, if there I'd anything to celebrate it is that.
Think VERY CAREFULLY......
DavidLaDeau comments on Dec 24, 2017:
Really this is too easy, particularly on a sight such as this. I would like the people of my country (why stop there) the world to simply accept reality as fact rather than embracing mysticism. It is simply unhealthy and dangerous for people to think of fairy tales as fact and live their lives based upon them. In psychology if someone believes that something that is not real is real they are called delusional, but if it deals with religion they are deemed healthy and normal. While those whom have been brainwashed into religion are not burdened with psychological problems necessarily, they are burdened with a group think delusion. The world would simply work much better if people made reasonable decisions based on fact not fiction.
How do you define agnostic, atheist, and theist? I define self as a strong agnostic atheist, but ...
DavidLaDeau comments on Dec 23, 2017:
Isn't it great that we are on sight that is called agnostic.Com and we really don't know or have no consensus on what it means. How much more are theist confused about such terms. So lets get into it. Matt Dillihunty I believe gives the best definitions of atheist. 1) I do not believe in God 2) I do not believe there is a God. Atheism is about belief As far as the term Agnostic I believe there are also two distinctive meanings used that are very confusing. Gnosticism is about knowledge. 1) I do not know if there is a Devine being or what it might be like 2) If God can not be comprehended or perceived by man I can not claim to "know" he does not exist Theism is much simpler and more easily understood be religious people. This is usually stuffed into one general loose meaning. 1) the belief in a magical supernatural being. This is my very simplistic definition. I hope that was helpful.
Are atheist as racist as religious people?
DavidLaDeau comments on Dec 23, 2017:
I have never met an Atheist racist. I'm sure they are out there but I have never even seen any sort of racist comments from an atheist on social media. There are reasons for this I believe. Atheists question just about everything. We tend to be skeptical and rational. Religion despises rational thought and encourages group think. It also teaches exclusivity, that is only x group is enlightened. This easily sets up racial, ethnic, and cultural divisiveness. I have a strange since of humor. The other day racism came up in a conversation with my son's friend. I wanted to illustrate how stupid racism was. So I told him in our family we do not judge people on the basis of race or ethnicity....just the color of their skin. He laughed and understood the lesson. It's all stupid no matter how you put it.
Which major world religion do you think is the worst and why?
DavidLaDeau comments on Dec 23, 2017:
From the perspective of a historian, without hesitation I would say Christianities are the absolute worse. Part of this is simply longevity though many others have been practiced much longer. The exception with Christianity is violence to include genocide. The old testament brags about genocide but we know most of it is mythology. Christians have had no problems with murdering anyone that opposes their thinking and is responsible for more death than any other religion. Currently, Christians in the last 60 years have mellowed out a little. Now Islam is credited with mass murder. I don't know that Islam is indeed more violent than Christianity today or if Islam simply manages to get more headlines. If we are concerned with human rights issues, then Hinduism takes the prize without any question. Hinduism is hostile to humans due to the cast system and is horrible to women. It is due to its prolific nature being the second most observed religion in the world and the fact that it is one of our oldest practiced religions that it takes the prize for lacking humanism.
Are We Born Atheist??
DavidLaDeau comments on Dec 23, 2017:
We are not born atheist. Theism must exist in a community for one not to believe in it. This being said many cultures have been found over the last 200 years that had no concepts of God's or spirits. They were not born atheist because there were no theist. Many believe that we are born with a desire to seek spirituality. History and sociology proves this wrong. This line of thinking is as much of a myth as gods.
About Jesus
DavidLaDeau comments on Dec 23, 2017:
It does not matter if Jesus was or was not an actual historical person. Almost two thousand years of history doesn't care. The Bible very clearly refutes itself, history very clearly refutes the bible, science very clearly refutes the bible. The fact is Christians are more concerned about being religious than if what they believe in is actually factual. If they were concerned with facts they would bombard us with facts, instead they bombard us with mythology. I am on the fence as to whether there was a historical Jesus. It just doesn't matter anyway. If GOD told Christians Jesus was made up many Christians would reject him as the devil.
As Agnostic, are you more inclined to believe in higher power (of any kind) or more inclined to deny...
DavidLaDeau comments on Dec 23, 2017:
I am agnostic only as I can not to claim that I know what I do not know. If God by definition can not be perceived by man, I can not claim to know he does not exist. This being said I am certain with all knowledge and experience that I have that God does not exist, thus it is more proper to call me an atheist. I do not wonder if there might be a magic unicorn living in my butt, I am an magic butt unicorn atheist. If by definition I can not know the magic unicorn is living in my butt then I am a magic butt unicorn agnostic. The problem here is there are two distinctive meanings of agnostic we are dealing with here.
What would make you believe in a God?
DavidLaDeau comments on Dec 23, 2017:
A God is the only thing that could make me believe in God. I would like to say empirical evidence, but I really don't know. Frankly I am unconcerned about it. If God is all knowing, God would know what it would take to convince me. If a God exists and fails to convince me of its existence than it must be as unconcerned about it as I am.
If one believes in a god that exists out of time, that is, is timeless, then what does it matter if ...
DavidLaDeau comments on Dec 23, 2017:
My biggest problem with the whole existence out side of time is that it means that God does not exist in time and therefore does not exist. Apologetics get so desperate that they actually often destroy their own positions. If God exists outside of time he is not in the past, present, or future. The argument here is that he exists because he doesn't exist.??????

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