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Which religion in your opinion is the worst? Islam or Christianity?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 26, 2018:
Equally bad and good.
Is there a lesson to be learned from a "failed relationship?"
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 26, 2018:
I learned that I am the most important person in my life. I spent too much time trying to make my partners happy and taking care of them instead of pursuing my own happiness. I can't say that this has made subsequent relationships "happy," but is has made me happy.
Advice!! Recently started dating someone. Great person. Want that person in my life. Unfortunately ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 26, 2018:
Women know within a few minutes of meeting a man whether she will have sex with him or not. When I have not listened to myself on this issue, I always wound up regretting it. It usually resulted in me breaking off the relationship after the man was a bit "invested." You might develop a sexual attraction, but it will be even more likely to quickly wane. I could be wrong. Maybe.
Friends, especially those in education or that know people in education, I just got done watching ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 26, 2018:
Teachers might already be doing this. I teach on a college level, and my students have to use peer-reviewed or, at least, academic sources from databases such as EBSCO, in their papers. Some have a hard time in doing this, but they are at least exposed to the concept.
What is “worse” to you – being lied to spare your feelings, or being told the truth when the ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 26, 2018:
How about "lies of omission"? Do they bother you? Just curious.
Should I write a letter to try to revive a relationship?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 26, 2018:
If you feel that she is a coward, leave her alone. You are applying a judgement on her that does not apply. You also state that a part of you will feel like a coward if you do not write to her. No offense, but deal with your seeming bend on cowardice and laying blame. And take into consideration that maybe, just maybe, she is not into you as much as you are into her. It is hard to tell without knowing her side.
Is it possible to be in love with multiple people at once?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 26, 2018:
Yes, they can, even "romantic" love. The idea that people can love only one person is outdated. If we were not capable of loving multiple people, we would not fall (for lack of a better word) in love with more than one person. Humans, including women, are not monogamous by nature; monogamy is a religious and cultural institution. Polygamy was justified because cultures were/are patriarchal, but polyandry is much less common. Women were not allowed to have multiple sex partners because men needed to be sure (or as sure as they could be) that the children of their wife/wives was theirs . . . But I digress.
What if you are wrong and there IS a god
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 26, 2018:
IF there is a deity, no human has any understanding or knowledge of what it is. IF deity exists, it does not care what one believes. Humans make gods in our image. I have have Christians ask me this and I reply, "And what if the pagans are right? What will you say to the Mother Goddess when you stand before her?" Most cannot even imagine such a scene because it is blasphemy to do so.
Need help defending my lack of faith in Christianity
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 26, 2018:
Why do you feel the need to defend yourself and your beliefs? It is what it is.
How to facilitate a close and meaningful relationship with Christian siblings
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 26, 2018:
How old are you and your sisters? I am 65 and my sister is 71: she is a devout Southern Baptist. She treated me no differently when I was a practicing pagan or now that I am a pagan atheist. Maybe your sisters just need to grow up. Have you "religion" hopped prior to realizing that you are an atheist?
What I find in the dating world too often is once someone finds out you're an agnostic, atheist or...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 26, 2018:
As a former practicing pagan and now, a pagan atheist, this has not been my experience.
It's like day 11 of being an atheist and everything going great. Life is so much easier without God...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 26, 2018:
Day 11? Gwen lays her head on the desk, wondering if she should laugh or cry.
Well I'm someone who needs a religion but sadly I haven't got one , none of them seem feasible and ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 26, 2018:
I had to Google "Hyperianism" and it the concept is inane. If you "need" a religion, become an adherent of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Geezus H.
Should religion be taught in schools?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 26, 2018:
It depends upon what "teaching religion" entails. If it is a general class about world religions, yes. If this means teaching students to adhere to a specific religion, no. In other words, teaching about religions, yes: teaching religion, no.
How should Jediism be considered in terms of religion/spirituality?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 25, 2018:
Jediism is based on Taoism (the 'force' is the tao) and, as someone else wrote, aspects of Buddhism. However, some Taoist and Buddhists say that neither is a religion. It depends on the sect.
New job. I'd been working alongside a lovely woman the past few days, enjoying her company. Today ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 25, 2018:
All the time. I say, "I am an atheist and I don't rely on a god to help me."
Who is your favorite poet? What poem or collection from them would you recommend? One of my ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 25, 2018:
Anything by TS Eliot or Hilda Doolittle (aka HD). One of my favorite is: "The Hollow Men" by TS Eliot Mistah Kurtz-he dead A penny for the Old Guy I We are the hollow men We are the stuffed men Leaning together Headpiece filled with straw. Alas! Our dried voices, when We whisper together Are quiet and meaningless As wind in dry grass Or rats' feet over broken glass In our dry cellar Shape without form, shade without colour, Paralysed force, gesture without motion; Those who have crossed With direct eyes, to death's other Kingdom Remember us-if at all-not as lost Violent souls, but only As the hollow men The stuffed men. II Eyes I dare not meet in dreams In death's dream kingdom These do not appear: There, the eyes are Sunlight on a broken column There, is a tree swinging And voices are In the wind's singing More distant and more solemn Than a fading star. Let me be no nearer In death's dream kingdom Let me also wear Such deliberate disguises Rat's coat, crowskin, crossed staves In a field Behaving as the wind behaves No nearer- Not that final meeting In the twilight kingdom III This is the dead land This is cactus land Here the stone images Are raised, here they receive The supplication of a dead man's hand Under the twinkle of a fading star. Is it like this In death's other kingdom Waking alone At the hour when we are Trembling with tenderness Lips that would kiss Form prayers to broken stone. IV The eyes are not here There are no eyes here In this valley of dying stars In this hollow valley This broken jaw of our lost kingdoms In this last of meeting places We grope together And avoid speech Gathered on this beach of the tumid river Sightless, unless The eyes reappear As the perpetual star Multifoliate rose Of death's twilight kingdom The hope only Of empty men. V Here we go round the prickly pear Prickly pear prickly pear Here we go round the prickly pear At five o'clock in the morning. Between the idea And the reality Between the motion And the act Falls the Shadow For Thine is the Kingdom Between the conception And the creation Between the emotion And the response Falls the Shadow Life is very long...
Do you in some way feel superior to those who are religious or have you remained humble?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 25, 2018:
I was never truly humble, not even when I professed to be a Christian; no need to start now. However, my lack of humility has nothing to so with being an atheist.
Can an atheist be happy for the future
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 25, 2018:
it depends on the atheist, just like everything else.
This week I tried to motivate a coworker. I did a poor job of explaining that, as an Atheist, I ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 25, 2018:
I wouldn't. I am not an evangelical atheist nor do I feel the need to try to motivate any Christian. If one sincerely asks why I am an atheist, I will explain, but never to motivate.
How do you make life meaningful without the help of religion?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 25, 2018:
The meaningfulness of life is what we make it.
Is there a reason we should speak respectfully of the dead?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 25, 2018:
No, there is no reason. This concept arose from the belief that souls of the dead could return to harm the living. To speak ill of them is one aspect that provoked them to do harm. This is also why cultures gave offerings to the dead. The modern practice of putting flowers on graves is for "remembrance," but it stems from propitiation of the dead. The only time I refrain from speaking ill of the dead is to their loved ones. A grieving person really does not need to hear how horrid their dead Uncle Pete or Aunt Edna were.
Incest: Immoral or Moral?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 25, 2018:
It is not a matter of being "moral or immoral" (religious connotations) but rather "ethical vs. unethical" behavior (non religious connotations). We might find the idea of such sexual liaisons "gross" because of religion, but religions established laws against incest because of cultural standards, and they rested on the health issues. Or, I should say, some cultures established laws; Egyptians married their siblings and their offspring. Regardless of the prohibitions, incest has always been "practiced," and without reading any studies, I would bet that it was usually an older male with a young female. And this brings the issue of why it is unethical without religious standards. An older male would be in a position of authority over a young female. But to answer the question by the theist: because cultures have established mores and ethics aside from "moral/immoral," and our culture claims to find incest unethical. By the way, Sarah was Abraham's sister--maybe a half sister, but still a sister. Adam married his clone: the ultimate act of incest, no?
Billy Graham: An Old Soldier Falls - TheHumanist.com
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 25, 2018:
Graham's wealth pointed to his lack of being a sincere Christian. Amassing wealth is directly against the tenets of Christ. He was no better than Joel Osteen, the Catholic Church, and other sects/religious leaders who wooed the poor and gullible to give up their pennies to support them.
I saw somewhere, and it may have even been one of you that said there is more proof of little green ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 25, 2018:
There is no evidence that an "advanced culture" existed before the Egyptians. If proof positive were given, I would jump on board, but there is none. If there were such a culture, it would have been human, not aliens.
I always dream in color..and remember them as well..anyone else?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 23, 2018:
I dream 99% in color and decades ago, was surprised that other people did not. I remember some, but not all. Dreaming in color is linked to creativity. Some researchers say that people cannot read texts that they see in dreams; some say it is rare, but can be done. I can read texts in my dreams. In fact, I had a lucid dream in which I was reading something and said aloud, "And they said that I couldn't do this," or something to that effect.
Have you read the Bible?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 23, 2018:
I've read the Bible and more so, I have read the myths of many other cultures/religions. Except the the historical aspects (some of which are based in real history), they are much the same.
I dared to ask to have the radio switched to a different station from a Christian station today in a...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 23, 2018:
If the person owns the car, his/her choice.
Near-death experiences: inside the scientific search for the afterlife
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 23, 2018:
Why is this even important? Why are atheists concerned with life after death?
Are athiests happier than thiests? Explain why
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 23, 2018:
No. People are people, regardless of their belief or non-belief. I have known and seen in these forums and other forums some damned unhappy atheists. I have seen religious people who cannot crack a smile. And vice-versa for both sets.
Do you believe in free will?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 23, 2018:
We have the illusion of freewill. One of my profs posed the question of whether we write or whether we are written: we are written. Freewill does not necessarily equal predestination, though (which, in my opinion is a nonsensical concept). In the US, we have been told that everyone has the opportunity to make money, be successful, and so on, but we do not. Some have been held back by color, some by sex, a lack of intelligence, and other factors. We can decide that we are going to take one road in life, but that does not mean that our decisions will play out. Society has set parameters for us, and few can break out of them. Milton's Yawheh said that just because he knew the future did not mean he decided the future. In other words, the decisions that we make determine the outcome; this is true, in a limited sense, but Milton was wrong; if Yahweh can see the future, it is immutable and therefore, preordained. On the other hand, my first grade teacher told the class that any of the little boys in the class--and in the US--could become president, and damn, Trump did. On the other hand, no matter how much little girls wanted to be president, none of us have. This had nothing to do with the decisions that we made.
Online Employment - Community's Experiences
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 23, 2018:
I teach online, as well, as an adjunct for three schools. One is local and I used to (and could again) teach on campus, but I have been all online for about four years. I have no desire to return to campus. My biggest issue is not the online aspect, but the courses. I prefer to teach literature rather than composition, but there is much more demand for comp than there is for lit. This would be the same even if I did teach on a grounded campus. I have been teaching at the local school for 16 years, almost eight years for one of the other schools, and four or five at the other. The latter hired me because I teach mythology, not composition, and I teach only lit there. Online teaching can be hard to get into; for the non-local schools, I happened to apply at the right time. Are you an ESL instructor? Comp? Lit?
I decided to give the community a little more insight into myself. so here it goes. I am a man ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 22, 2018:
In my long life, I have learned that what one says about him/herself can be at odds with reality of the situation. "Few in the world know what real honor is, and I have created this telling so that others will know honor." A bit judgmental, no? It is also self-righteous. When a person claims to have THE TRUTH, I simply cannot trust that person. He/she might not be a liar, but he/she might be delusional. That a person felt the need to express such thoughts as these AND assumed that other people care . . . Egocentric. And another thing that I have learned is that opinion is just opinion: everything but physical laws are subjective and dependent on perspective. Definitions might vary, but yet all might be accurate. Religious people claim to the THE TRUTH when, in fact, their truth is merely personal truth based on perspective and the desire to be right. Just sayin'.
What is one of your most problem areas to lose weight?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 22, 2018:
We can't lose weight in specific areas such as hips and thighs. My problem areas are my abdomen and my thighs--I lost 100 pounds 20 years ago, and though those areas got smaller, it was in proportion with the rest of my body. We inherit body types, and I have the same "problem" areas as did my mother and am a pear. My sister, though, is an apple and her weight shows in the upper part of her body. I weigh 150 right now, but if I lost weight, my stomach and thighs would get smaller, but so would my top half. I would look gaunt! I fear that surgery is the only option for out of proportion bodies.
So, with some of the debates that I've seen, I thought I might pass these along. In some of the more...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 21, 2018:
Agreed, but most people do not recognize their logical fallacies even when we logical people [sic] point them out by name and explain them. Or, I should say, are incapable/refuse to recognize them.
Favourite Book Genre?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 19, 2018:
Why must one choose? :)
Do you think that men have become more feminine recently?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 19, 2018:
In perusing the comments, I saw this: "I'm not talking about looks, I'm talking about physical ability and a mans morals and values." if you are not talking about looks in reference to masculine and feminine aspects, then are you saying that a man's morals and values are different from a woman's? Aspects of both masculinity and femininity are cultural: biological sex differs from masculinity and femininity. Biology determines essence: one must have a uterus to bear children. One partner must produce sperm and the other an egg in order to have children Women who give birth lactate. Men tend to be physically stronger than women, but there are exceptions. The ideas of feminine vs. masculine are social constructs. For centuries, women were told that they were not good at math and lacked logic. This is not biology: it is a construct of patriarchies. Men were not supposed to be competent in taking care of children: as women birth the children (biology), they are best at providing for them (social construct). This idea, ""You boys in group 1 are what western women look for. You are feminine, express your feelings and take time to make yourselves look good, generally women in the USA, UK, Australia will look for men like you," is WAY off base. Speaking of men in the USA, men were to be strong and silent and not express their feelings. Their role in life was to support their wives: the ideal was that men went to work, women stayed home. (I won't go in to the history of how this concept didn't appear until the Victorian Era and the rise of the middle class.) Expressing ideas is only "feminine" as a social construct. As for, "You boys in group 3, you're the physically strong ones, the work horses. You work hard, you're tough and most of all you exude strength. Women in South America, Africa and some less developed Asian or European nations will prefer you," ha! What about cowboys, steel workers, construction workers, and a plethora of other jobs that take a strong back? The South African teacher had a skewed idea of American ideology.
....on Sex and Gender. I see alot of people using these words interchangeably. I know words are ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 18, 2018:
Ultimately, the meanings of words are defined by the culture. Originally, "gender" meant "kind/type: from the Latin "genus"; genre is from the same root. Then, it was largely a grammatical construct for nouns. Technically "sex" is related to biology and "gender" as to whether one identifies with being masculine or feminine (however one defines those words). The two words are most often used interchangeably, regardless of their technical definition . . . I have the feeling the interchange will solidify in the future.
Pseudo intelligence.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 18, 2018:
Being ignorant does equal a lack of intelligence. There are nine types of intelligence; some people have a few, some have one, some seem to have none. I know nothing about rocket science, but I can discuss the symbolism in poetry and am an expert on the novel Frankenstein and archetypal myth.
It is said that the truly intelligent prefer to be alone then to be in the company of others. Does ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 18, 2018:
No. This is a generalization. Or else I am a damned genius.
Why Women Aged 35 45 Are Single and Unhappy The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness - YouTube
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 18, 2018:
I am not going to watch the video, but at 65, men on the one dating site where I still have a profile (I do not count this site as "dating") consistently tell me that I am unhappy and bitter--without having met me. They tell me that I am going to wind up alone and am not able to get a man. Um, I AM ALREADY alone, and by choice. "Getting" a man is easy, even at my great age: finding one worth my time is damned hard. These men are desperate and their fear is staying alone as they age: they project their fears on me (and other women). You bruised his ego; I do the same. While some women still think that they need a man to be complete, others of us realize that we are "complete" within ourselves. Speaking strictly from personal experience, older men seem to have a much harder time being alone than do older women.
I want to live forever. Do you want to live forever?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 18, 2018:
No. When I was young, I thought that I would want to live forever, but the attraction has faded as I age, and for several reasons. One is because in order for life to continue, death must occur. If everyone lived forever, the birth rate would have to freeze as the earth could not sustain all of the people. Some would say, no problem--we will just colonize other planets. No, we won't. We won't because those planets are too faraway. Perhaps in the far, far distant future, we could technologically do so, but the human species will not stay alive long enough to develop that technology. Whether we go out in a blaze of glory via an atomic bomb, an asteroid hitting the earth, disease, or whatever . . . We will become extinct. The possibility of a selected few immortals has huge problems. The rich would be the ones to become immortal, and none of us here have that kind of money. Going back to the extinction aspect, we will also die out before we can devise the means to be immortal. In reality, nothing lasts forever: nothing. The earth will be ash someday; the galaxy will die. The universe, whether it is expanding, whether it is in a state of entropy, or just holding the status quo, will change. It might remain "the universe," but nothing will stay the same "within" it. Space is infinite, but nothing within that "space" will last forever.
Can you give a brief review of a favorite, but perhaps little known, book you frequently reread? ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 17, 2018:
Have you read Fire from Heaven? It is the precursor to The Persian Boy and Alexander's life. If you have not read Renault's books on Greek myth, The Bull from the Sea and The King must Die, I recommend them, as well. It has been decades since I read any of them, though. I rarely reread a book (or watch a movie more than once), but I read Frankenstein many times when I was writing my MA thesis on it. Little known books . . . a child's book by Palmer Brown, The Silver Nutmeg. It was what sparked my lifelong interest in sci-fi and fantasy.
Do Christian condone everything that happen in their bible. Since they believe everything in the ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Feb 16, 2018:
Christians are a diverse lot and not all of them think/believe the same things. Some think that the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures are 100% fact. Others see they tales as symbolic and not to be taken literally. There is some historicity in some of the tales, but it is fairly easy to sift out the grains of fact from the myth. Was there an Abram/Abraham? Could be. Did angels visit him and did a god make his ancient wife fertile? No. Was there a Jesus? Maybe. Did he feed thousands with a couple of fish and loaves of bread? No. Did he rise from the dead? No, but he, like Alexander before him, could have been in a coma. Lumping all Christians together is no more accurate than SOME Christians thinking that atheists have no ethics. It is simply illogical to make assumptions about an entire segment of people who have similar beliefs.
Best Advice on the "Meaning of Life"?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 11, 2018:
The meaning of life is simply to procreate and then, stay alive long enough so that the offspring can procreate.
I thought that I would share a line with you from one my favourite authors: "I am also sure that ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jan 11, 2018:
There is no such thing as "free thinking." We are written: we do not write. The rebel conforms to a set of rules for rebels. The most delusional among us believe that they speak new "truths," but they are old and often repeated. I find it amusing when people use the trite cliche "think outside the box" to express how original and creative they are.
I have a fun (if you don't mind awkward) social experiment. The next time you sneeze in a public ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 31, 2017:
If people are polite enough to bless me when I sneeze, I am going to accept their politeness and not ridicule them. It is a convention of speech.
Religious Oppression of Women
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 31, 2017:
There are different theories. One proposes that early societies were matriarchal, and though there are hints of this, it cannot be disproven or proven. Robert Graves and Marija Gimbutas promote this theory. Early iconography does indicate that women/goddesses were more important than they were in later religions, but that does not explain why the later religions blamed women for just about everything. Leonard Shlain claims that women were downgraded with invention of the alphabet--and remember, early types of writing were not alphabets. Early on, women in Egypt and Sumeria had higher status than they did later, and Egypt remained more female friendly. Perhaps it is the seemingly innate need of many males to subjugate and dominate. Perhaps it is in reaction to early religions where females held sway. Women gave birth, and conception was not always understood; even the Greeks thought that women could self-impregnate or could be impregnated by the wind. Later, they thought that women were incubators and the male inserted a fully formed, but very tiny, embryo into the uterus. Regardless, from Pandora to Lilith to Eve and beyond, women were blamed for the downfall of humanity and were seen as evil temptresses; men made war and used brute force, but women had to rely on other means. There were, of course, the Amazons; their myth is now widely accepted as being based on Scythian warrior women. Humans need scapegoats; when men are in charge, who else but women to blame?
What was the first religion and when was it first followed or worshipped? does anybody know, more ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 31, 2017:
The oldest known structured religions are Egyptian and Sumerian. Although some people said that Hinduism or Zoroastrianism are the oldest, if we go by recorded history, neither predate Egypt or Sumeria. The Harappans also invented writing about the same time, but we have not deciphered their writing as yet. Pictographs are an early form of writing, but are not in league with Egypt and Sumeria. There can be no doubt that both religions were in existence before the cultures invented writing.
are you afraid of death?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 30, 2017:
Does not death = how one dies?
Matthew 4:24 - " News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 30, 2017:
This has always perplexed me: Matthew 51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people. 54 When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!” 55 Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. People rose from the dead and yet, there are NO other accounts of this! Christians claim that the Romans suppressed evidence about the miracles of Jesus, but if this had happened, somebody would have recorded it. So, what happened to the dead who rose? We never hear about them again.
God is supposed to be good, kind and just and if this is so then we must live in hell! Because I ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 29, 2017:
Getting rid of religion would solve nothing. Religion is used as a tool to validate human greed and the innate need to dominate. We evolved by fighting for the necessities of life. We might have cooperated without our groups, but the "stranger" was open game. Humans have to change themselves; we have the knowledge to do so, we just do not utilize it. We could end hunger and poverty, but the greed intervenes and would even if god and religion had never been invented.
Why are some atheists angry?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 29, 2017:
An ex boyfriend gave one of Dawkins' books to me and I could not read it due to his tone. I never met Dawkins and personal experience is not support for a general claim, but the angry atheists I have known are just angry. Period. If they were not atheists, they would be angry at others for not believing in their god(s).
Even if we assume god is real, it doesn't change anything but in fact shows how obnoxious his ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 29, 2017:
There are thousands of gods besides Yahweh: don't judge all of them by him. (Grin.)
Watching bill Maher when he stated some religious people pay no mind to climate and human activities...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 29, 2017:
James Watt, Secretary of the Interior under Reagan, said that there was no need to preserve land in parks because Jesus would be coming back soon. Right.
Is consciousness the result of physical internal interactions of the brain or does the consciousness...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 28, 2017:
I dunno. I am an English teacher. Want me to conjugate some verbs?
Christianity as antiquity.-- When we hear the ancient bells growling on a Sunday morning we ask ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 28, 2017:
"Prehistory" is the time before the invention of writing. If Jesus had been spawned then, the myth would have been passed down orally and would be very different from what it is now. Just sayin'.
Why do you reject the idea of religion?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 27, 2017:
Reject the idea of religion or the existence of a deity? They are (or can be) separate issues.
About Jesus
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 27, 2017:
Most myths have a grain of fact in them; myth is a "language" of symbol and metaphor. However, the fact is often difficult to interpret or ascertain. Was the search for the Golden Fleece actually a quest for silk? Did a strong man named "Heracles" actually exist? Was there an Egyptian pharaoh named "Osiris" who was revered as a god because of his acts? Were the Lotus Eaters opium addicts? Jesus could have been a singular man or he could be a compilation of two or more. He is very likely based on a man, though. At this point in history, it does not truly matter if he existed as his myth has grown far beyond the boundaries that the original myth-makers expected. In fact, Jesus is no longer a Mid-Eastern demi-god who preached love and forgiveness; he is blond, blue eyed, and embodies the traits that his followers want him to have.
Can you be agnostic and still think evil exists? I mean people do heinous things, but I had an ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 27, 2017:
"Evil" is culturally subjective, but most cultures have the same edicts. It is "evil" to kill, steal, etc., but even those provisions have their subjectivity. It is ok to kill in self defense and in war and there are levels of punishment (first degree/second degree manslaughter) for killing. Most of us are held back from committing heinous acts because we have empathy; psychopaths commit heinous crimes, but are they "evil" if they lack basic human empathy? Evil is definitely not an "outside" entity, regardless of psychological states. The definitions of what is immoral or evil evolved societally to protect the clan; for a clan to survive, there had to be order. However, some clans had no prohibitions against committing evil against other clans. In the myth of Exodus, the Hebrews "reclaimed" Canaan and committed genocide; the Europeans did the same to indigenous peoples. My personal definition evil is to commit intentional harm to others and feel no remorse over the act(s). Kinda like passing a tax bill that is going to benefit the rich and harm the less fortunate. But even my definition is subjective: I can be blunt and honest (some might call it "rude") to racist, sexist , and their ilk and feel no remorse if I hurt their feelings.
Hardly anything I hear affects me the way hearing people misuse the term energy does! I honestly get...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 27, 2017:
Yeah, I get that way when people omit commas, insert them where they do not belong, and overuse question marks (and use them out of context).
Are atheist as racist as religious people?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 27, 2017:
Some atheists are as racist as some Christians. Some are as sexist as some Christians. There is no one size fits all in any segment of the population.
Is dating, long-terming, or marrying out of the question for you with a religious person or persons?...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 27, 2017:
My last two boyfriends were Christians. One of the first questions I asked each was how they could reconcile having sex outside of marriage; one rationalized it by saying that people are not married when the contract is signed, but when two people love each other. The other said that he was not perfect like Jesus and all humans sin--a total cop out. I found that their hypocrisies extended to other areas of their lives. I do not think that I could date a Christian who thinks I am gong to hell again. There are, however, much more liberal Christians, and that could be acceptable.
Engage or Ignore Trump Supporters?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 27, 2017:
At first, I tried to reason with them, but when one told me that the Clintons had "thousands" of people killed simply because they didn't like them, I gave up. I asked him for proof and he said it was "on the internet"--even though he did not have a computer. Now, it is "talk to the hand."
Conservatives Worry Feminists Are Using Witchcraft To Destroy Trump
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 27, 2017:
Actually, I will bet that my witch friends are doing just this. The only negative is that do no good.
CDC gets list of forbidden words including fetus, transgender, diversity & science based
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 27, 2017:
Welcome back to the dark ages.
Opinions wanted: my now ex has suddenly converted to Christianity??
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 27, 2017:
Let it and him go. If and when he cannot hear god any longer, do not take him back. Life is not fair.
Was the biblical flood just the end of the last ice age?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 26, 2017:
The end of the last glacial maximum could have been a basis for the myths of the flood, including the Black Sea theory: https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/02/090206-smaller-noah-flood.html Almost every culture has the myth of a flood, and Christians use the widespread myth as "proof" that a global flood happened, but many places have been subject to large scale flooding via rivers and tsunamis. On Native American myth: http://discovermagazine.com/2012/jul-aug/06-biblical-type-floods-real-absolutely-enormous Many myths have a basis in fact, but ancient people did not see the facts behind the occurrences: the flood is one. Our ancestors often lived in small areas, and when the area was flooded, it did seem that the whole world was covered in water. Noah's flood is based upon an earlier myth. The Egyptian flood was one of beer. One common denominator is that most often, floods were sent by angry gods.
Does every human have a 'right to life'?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 26, 2017:
Narrow your question--it is too broad.
Closed-mindedness... not just religions
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 25, 2017:
"Believing" in science is not a "value system." A value system is a set of ideas about morality/what is ethical. Science does not deal with what is ethical; that is for philosophy, religion, and cultural mores. Accepting the tenets of science is not the same as having religious beliefs. When scientific theories are disproven, most will accept the evidence. A theory is not the same as a belief, or it is not within the scientific community.
Excluding sex or bathing, what activities have you done naked?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 25, 2017:
Why would you want to know?
Do feel the need to justify your non religious thoughts by saying your a moral, good person who ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 25, 2017:
I feel no need to justify myself to anyone.
What moral code do you follow now that you are non-religious?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 25, 2017:
I follow the same "moral" code that religious people follow: those edicts are the cornerstone of humanity and evolved societally, not religiously. Do not lie, do not steal, and do not murder are based on the need to maintain order in a group. "Do unto others" is based on empathy. Morals and ethics were set by cultures and appropriated by religions. I do not, however, buy into monogamy for the sake of monogamy or that gays are damned. Those ideas were societal, too, but they no longer serve a purpose.
What is the non-theist replacement for "I'll pray for you?"
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 25, 2017:
Although I am no longer pagan (well, I am a pagan atheist), but I often I say, "I will ask the Great Goddess to send healing winds to open your narrow eyes." Or, in the case of a grandson with leukemia, I will say, "My thoughts are with you and your family."
Hello I'm new here oh and just in case God didn't create any religion or wrote any books either, so ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 25, 2017:
You obviously crawled from underneath a rock late in the evolutionary process. Learn to read and check out some history books at a local library online, and I am talking about books not written by idiots high on conspiracy theories. Religion began before the Judaism existed. The first written records are from Egypt and Sumeria, but religion existed before writing. Judaism is a compilation of ideas from earlier religions. And maybe you were trying to be sarcastic. if so, you failed . . . miserably.
Basket Of Deplorables Also Basket Of Unfuckables, According To Science | Wonkette
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 24, 2017:
On a dating site, my profile begins with "If you voted for Trump, do not bother to contact me." Of course, they still do. Usually, it is to tell me that I am what is wrong with the USA. The amusing aspect is that they contact me because they find me attractive; if I were obese or butt ugly, they would not bother.
Should public nudity be legal?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 23, 2017:
I do not want a sweaty, 300+ person standing close to me in a line at Walmart. And going naked will not conquer "body shame'; if wearing clothes won't do it, being naked in public won't do it, either.
Assertion of scientifically unfounded beliefs by other atheists and/or agnostics
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 23, 2017:
One of my pet peeves is ANYONE who makes a claim on outdated information or simple misinformation. First, I tell the person that his/her information is not a fact. If they insist is is, I ask for reliable proof, and "I found on the internet" is not enough. I want to know where it was found and who made the claim and if the person is an expert in the field. I tell them that they need to back up the claim with hard evidence. If they tell me that I will have to disprove them, I explain that in a debate, the burden of the proof is on the person making the claim. If they get huffy, I ask, "Surely, you are acquainted with the 'rules' of formal debate?" If they can offer no stats or facts, I tell them to get back to me when they have the information and stop discussing the issue. I teach writing, and my students soon learn that EVERYTHING has to be documented via experts in the field.
Hi Everyone, what do you do when there is a religious festival and you want to avoid it as you do ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 23, 2017:
If you want to spend time with your family, you go. If you do not want to spend time with your family, don't go. I do not celebrate Xmas but I go to dinner at my son's house to be with the family. My son is an atheist, too!
Incest: Immoral or Moral?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 22, 2017:
The concept of incest as "immoral" was instituted because even our ancestors understood that inbreeding could produce unhealthy offspring. The best way to stop an action within a religious society is to make it immoral; the edit carries more weight if it comes from a deity. I don't consider incest "immoral" because I relate immorality with religion; I do, however, see it as unethical, and for many reasons. Be the way, Egypt condoned incest. Egypt was matrilineal, and the pharaoh married his sister or daughter to cement his position. The results of their inbreeding can be found in mummies. Likewise, the crowned heads of Europe had a proclivity for hemophilia from marrying their cousins. The deities of pagan religions married their siblings, and Sarah was Abraham's half- sister.
How do you tell religious people that you're an atheist?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 22, 2017:
I say "I am an atheist" if the occasion calls for it. By the way, this seldom drives people away even though I live in Missouri. I think it is because I am quite likable. (Grin.) The downside to me being quite likable is that I actually like few people.
How to explain the Adam and Eve story?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 22, 2017:
And for those who say that the story is BS and does not "need" to be explained, yeah, it does. These myths have shaped nations. Why did people buy into them? Myths have had more influence on the thought and actions of people than have science. People still reject science due to the myths. Understanding the myths help us understand the mindset.
How to explain the Adam and Eve story?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 22, 2017:
It depends upon the Christian apologist to whom one speaks. At least one faction believes that Adam and Eve were physically perfect; thus, their children would also be perfect. The interbreeding of Adam and Eve's offspring would have produced physically perfect children and so on, but eventually, they became "imperfect" due to original sin (aka genetic mutations, which some Christians deny existing). Other apologists say that Yahweh created other people after Adam and Eve, perhaps after the fall, but the Hebrew Scriptures just did not record them. Inbreeding was common in the ancient world, especially among royalty, and did not always result in offspring that were not malleable. The more inbreeding, the more change that recessive genes would manifest.
I had a moment of thought that briefly took my attention away from my students in order to ponder ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 22, 2017:
I thought not, but maybe: https://www.thenakedscientists.com/articles/questions/has-there-been-new-water-created-world-began I have heard the theory that all water on Earth came from meteorites, which I could not buy into.

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