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Maybe the difference between Agnostic & Atheist is the same as "I don't know" vs. "I don't care"?
LenHazell53 comments on Nov 4, 2019:
I like this analogy, an excellent starting point for discussion.
Where do we go when we dream?
LenHazell53 comments on Nov 3, 2019:
I have usually gone to bed
Obumbrate verb (used with object) to darken, overshadow, or cloud.
LenHazell53 comments on Nov 3, 2019:
I like this word, thanks for bringing to my attention.
Here's something interesting.
LenHazell53 comments on Nov 3, 2019:
Monotheism tends to emerge firstly as a unifying force, polytheist societies tend to be pretty tolerant of one another the Romans for instance believed that the Greek gods were the same gods as their own but with local names, the Egyptians would use several names for the same god depending on what city they happened to be in. However, if you can convince you population that there is only ONE God (capital G) and that he will be pissed at you if you don't kill or convert the followers of the False gods, you have a ready made army of fanatics willing to die for said god and be rewarded in heaven. Secondly monotheism tens to emerge in civilizations that are moving in to more advance states of being, especially capitalist economies. People start thinking that praying and paying to a dozen tributes to lots of gods for different things is stupid, time consuming and will settle for one weekly tithe to one almighty catch all deity. The first major society to go monotheistic was Egypt under Pharaoh Akhenaten in the so called "Amarna heresy" Of course it failed and the priest of the old polytheist religions not only killed him but tried to erase his dangerous ideas from history, because it cost them too much lost revenue and made the King far to rich and powerful, as all tributes were going directly to him. However many historian believe this was what inspired both the Zoroastrians (a new religion) and the Jews (previously polytheistic Israelites) to move toward and popularize Monotheistic dualism.
I have the perception that religious people are coming to be part of nonreligious group to invade ...
LenHazell53 comments on Nov 3, 2019:
I'll mention no names but there at at least three obvious Christian apologist posting regularly on this site, posting all the old tired Apologetic's arguments and then never coming back when they are shot down. The rise in magical thinking here too is becoming seriously irksome.
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LenHazell53 comments on Nov 3, 2019:
Give whoever wrote that an Emmy
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LenHazell53 comments on Nov 3, 2019:
I would call them childish, but that could be an insult to children, most of them are not so petulant as these pathetic politicians.
I do not disagree. That's not uncommon... Why do people use double negatives in common speech?
LenHazell53 comments on Nov 3, 2019:
Technically the examples you have given are not actual double negatives they are journalistic/political equivocations "I do not disagree." does not mean "I agree" it is a weasel word way of say "I neither agree nor disagree," "That's not uncommon" does not mean "That is common" it is a way of hinting "something is happening regularly by not every day" For example a full moon is not a common occurrence, but it not an every day occurrence either, it is not uncommon." A true double negative is slightly different and is grammatically incorrect and usually contains at least one contraction. "I didn't do nothing" for example means "I did something" but gives the impression of meaning "I did nothing" "I won't use no double negatives" means "I will use double double negatives" while sounding like it should mean "I will not use any double negatives" Perhaps the most famous one of all is the first line of the Pink Floyd song "The Wall" "We don't need no education"
SUPERNAL--Related to the sky or the heavens, celestial--Of exceptional quality or extent
LenHazell53 comments on Nov 3, 2019:
One of those cases where the antonym (Infernal) has survived to be much more popular than the original word Infernal the world below (or within) Supernal the world above.
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LenHazell53 comments on Nov 3, 2019:
Counterpoint is very effective especially when you use two melodies for verse and chorus, then sing or play the one over the other for a finale. Counterpoint can often be utilized in an overture to great effect.
FUNGIBLE--able to replace or be replaced by another identical item. Mutually interchangable
LenHazell53 comments on Nov 3, 2019:
From *fungi* Latin meaning either to enjoy or to serve, also the root word of Function and Fun
Atheist Ghosts?
LenHazell53 comments on Nov 2, 2019:
The one theory of ghosts that I am willing to consider as a possibility is that which was first advanced by the Victorian parapsychology pioneer Elliot O'Donald that some times buildings can absorb images and or sounds of traumatic events and play them back to other people who have a predisposition to receive them. Since it has been proven by the invention of recording devices that this phenomena can be done using electrical impulses the idea that their may be a naturally occurring version is not totally illogical. Nigel Kneale made this idea the basis of his extraordinary science fiction drama "The Stone Tapes" in 1972
“When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then ...
LenHazell53 comments on Nov 2, 2019:
Chesterton was a competent writer of detective fiction, as a philosopher and theologian he was a competent writer of detective fiction. David Starkey is the BBC's go to rent a fuckwit. A colonialist, xenophobic old fart, a relic of "the good ole days" who spouts racist bigotry and calls it plain speaking legitimized and justified by Historistic precedent, cares nothing for tact or truth and is a holdover from Victorian British values, the male equivalent of a pearl clutching old "Memsaab" who locks her doors at night for fear of the "Natives" coming in and violating his innate Englishness.
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LenHazell53 comments on Nov 2, 2019:
The great right wing doctrine ***"There is no problem so large that you cannot make it go away if you throw enough money at it."***
Most people on here are atheists and that's cool and all but who on here is truly agnostic.
LenHazell53 comments on Nov 2, 2019:
Sorry but that is not a theory, it is barely a hypothesis. It is by the very nature of its wording untestable, pointless and without relevance. Even if you could produce some evidence of such a being it would not by any tradition sense be a god and it's position in reality would make it as irrelevant as a deity that did not exist at all. What is the point of such a belief, I don't even see how it could work as a comforter?
What's the symbol of atheism
LenHazell53 comments on Nov 2, 2019:
What is the symbol for not eating egg sandwiches?
I always love how ultra religious people will quote Leviticus and claim that the bible is gods word.
LenHazell53 comments on Nov 2, 2019:
Cherry picking
Stop Calling the Bible a 2,000-Year-Old Book | Hemant Mehta | Friendly Atheist | Patheos
LenHazell53 comments on Nov 2, 2019:
The Babble as we know it was compiled about seventeen hundred and fifty years ago, based on that fact it is fair to call it approximately 2000 years old.
When I first became aware the teachings of the church weren't at all true, I was still attending ...
LenHazell53 comments on Nov 2, 2019:
I could not do that, I had spent so long suffering over the idea that there was something wrong with me for not hating so many "sins and sinners" and not understanding why a loving god would want to burn so many people for making tiny mistakes or thinking for themselves, that when I realised the church itself was the hateful and hateworthy organisation I quite literally could no longer even cross the threshold with out feeling physically sick.
What is God ?
LenHazell53 comments on Nov 2, 2019:
In Youjo Senki by Carlo Zen when Tanya von Degurechaff refuses to acknowledge the cruel being playing with her life as god she declines to refer to him/her /it as anything but Being X much to the "god"'s vexation.
As an atheist how do you respond to “i’ll pray for you.”?, I normally just smile and nod.
LenHazell53 comments on Nov 2, 2019:
They only usually say this after they have no more arguments and are threatening to have their god step in and forcibly change my mind, so I ask why it was five minutes ago they were all for free will and want god to brainwash me. At this point they will say no, that's not it, so I ask just what they are praying for me for? They never have an answer. Or I ask does anything happen that is not in gods plan when they inevitably say no, I point out god then must want me to be an atheist and is it not presumptuous to disagree with god. On the one occasion when some one said yes, I gleefully followed up with pointing out that god was therefore not all powerful in their opinion and that saying such was blasphemy
I read somewhere that atheism is not a religion.
LenHazell53 comments on Nov 2, 2019:
"I must respectfully disagree." one of those wondrous phrases on a par with "with all due respect" and "I'm not racist but..." You can almost guarantee the person saying it is about to be totally disrespectful based on spurious reasoning and and ill informed nonsense. I do NOT have faith that there is/are no god(s) I simple have no evidence to justify my believing in it or them, because no evidence exists. Therefore I adopt the default position that the contention that there are deities has not meet the burden of proof and so can be disregarded until such time as it does. Faith in the religious sense is the answer given by desperate religious people when there is no evidence reason or logic for holding a belief, it is irrational and stupid to do so, but is given undue tolerance and respect based on hundreds of years of social indoctrination by religion. I don't ask for evidence of the non existence of pixies, why should I need evidence for the non existence of deity.
BOWDLERISE.
LenHazell53 comments on Nov 2, 2019:
Dr. Thomas Bowdler also famous for the introduction of the censors "Blue Pencil"
Adelaide: Rainbow walk vandalised with 'Jesus loves you' graffiti
LenHazell53 comments on Nov 2, 2019:
"Ain't graf fity, cosits gawd's lawr and reee lig eee oos freedom to hayt them thur queeryosex you'alls!"
Well i still believe the fact that there is an higher power, human creator, there should be a maker ...
LenHazell53 comments on Nov 1, 2019:
Citation needed
What is non-religious but spiritual?
LenHazell53 comments on Nov 1, 2019:
A boat load of old cobblers, magical thinking and the lack of courage in your own convictions. **non-religious but spiritual** It is a phrase used by those who are fed up of believing in a twisted god, but are too frightened of going to hell to let go completely. You might as well say ***"I know the Harry Potter books are fiction, so no I don't believe in them, BUT there was a character called Harry Potter in the 1986 movie Troll, and that did have a very similar plot to Chamber of secrets, so maybe there is something in this magic business after all, and by the way did you see the worst witch Hmmm? Something else to think about"***
I figured I would try to get comfortable sharing here the things that I find interesting for myself ...
LenHazell53 comments on Nov 1, 2019:
Utter twaddle. "There is more going on than we are fully aware of" That is self evident, but it does not in anyway connote supernatural or "spiritual" existence "But only the arrogant claim to know precisely what it is" there is a difference between actually knowing something and claiming you know it, it is in no way arrogant to share actual proven evidence based knowledge, it is truly arrogant to claim superior knowledge based on religion, feelings and revelation for which thee is no evidence but Faith. "And only the ignorant dismiss it without consideration" true, but to dismiss something after due consideration is a perfectly acceptable course of action if that due consideration reveals the contention to be utterly wrong, unprovable or without evidence. "There is no truth, only human opinion" sorry but that is utter shit. Of course there is truth, their are ""a priori" and "a posteriori" facts that are in no way opinions, there are yet to be falsified theories and mathematical models, there are axioms and provable past actions. Sown the path of "There is no truth, only human opinion" lays the dangerous destination of exploitation, lies, brainwashing and totalitarianism.
[history.com] The origin of haunted houses goes back to 1933 during the Great Depression.
LenHazell53 comments on Nov 1, 2019:
Makes sense
[history.com] Why do ghosts wear white sheets? Watch this video.
LenHazell53 comments on Nov 1, 2019:
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@Marionville -- I'll see your avoirdupois and raise you a TROY.
LenHazell53 comments on Nov 1, 2019:
How about 6 and one quarter troy equals one Abucco a trading measure for silver and gold originating in Burma now largely replaced by a "Bar"
The irrationality of religion
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 31, 2019:
True an atheist rejects only one more god than any monotheist
As an Agnostic I am always interested when the sciemce takes a serious look at a spiritual topic.
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 31, 2019:
Ian Stevenson is about as credible as Arnall Bloxham (the Erich von Daniken of the Parapsycology world), if this article is to roll him out as their best evidence in the head line for the article I'm not going to waste my time reading it. You may as well refer to Ed and Lorraine Warren or Dixie Yeterian as a credible source for proof of the afterlife.
I see posts here saying "are Atheists this?
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 31, 2019:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QereR0CViMY
Alleged Sexual Assault Victim Escapes After Severing Penis of Christian Minister | Hemant Mehta | ...
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 31, 2019:
What is it with these freaking "Ministers" being so freaking cock happy and rapey?
Fans of Ayn Rand
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 31, 2019:
Not a fan exactly more a reluctant admirer. She created perhaps one of my all time favourite villains in Ellsworth Toohey a personification of solipsistic self interest, hypocrisy and oppression mascaraing as egalitarianism.
Root of evil in disease? What do you think? [livescience.com]
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 31, 2019:
It has been a common trope in the Horror genre that evil spreads like a disease, or is an actual disease see especially the works of John Carpenter and Freddie Francis in film and Richard Matheson in literature.
"Rejecting God comes from straying", and "reprobates just love their sin".
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 31, 2019:
I've always thought that if if Christianity was true, Heaven would get all the self righteous bores, but Hell would be full of the writers artists, thinkers and all the interesting stories. But then of course a lot of what the Christards call sin is all the best stuff that makes life worth living anyway.
ZAFTIG.
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 31, 2019:
Ideal word for my lovely wife, but I had better explain it first ;)
This says it all: Sirach 25:12 "Worst of all wounds is that of the heart, worst of all evils is ...
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 31, 2019:
Ecclesiasticus of Ben Sira, is full of shit, is only canonical to Eastern orthodox and Roman Catholics, another one of those occasions for the "There is only one Holy Bible" crowd to be proven wrong.
Jesus take the wheel
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 30, 2019:
That is brilliant, nearly choked on my cola
Christian Hate Group Will Appeal Ruling Saying It Can Be Called a “Hate Group” | Hemant Mehta | ...
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 30, 2019:
"the ministry said that also hurt fund raising." Ah, that explains the outrage
A Muslim Girl with a Hijab Was Unfairly Disqualified from a Cross Country Race | Sarahbeth Caplin | ...
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 30, 2019:
Sorry but what she is wearing is not an hijab. It is an aerodynamic tight head covering more akin to a balaclava helmet designed to control wind resistance caused by longer hair, the thing even has a Nike symbol on it. An hijab is a head scarf and there are strict conventions on what constitutes one, how it is folded and worn and how it is held in place. Had this been simply a case of a jobsworth ruling I would have agreed that it was unfair, but the item is not an hijab it is performance enhancing sports wear and if that is against the rules of the competition, then they were right to disqualify her, doubly so for lying about it.
I would have thought it obvious that men have to be funnier particularly if they wish to live with ...
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 30, 2019:
Hmmm it is my experience in theater and stand up women write better comedy than men however women as performers are more suited to straight roles (straight in the sense of not comedic) as they are more in touch with their emotions and less ashamed to express themselves. (eg Jennifer Saunders) Men are as comedians or comics far more willing to make a fool of themselves and appear stupid in public for the sake of laughter. (with obvious exceptions such as Patricia Routledge and Victoria Wood) HOWEVER in a comic role there is really no difference between the sexes so long as the writing is good and the material genuinely funny. It is very much about the preconceived ideas we as a society have of archetypes of the sexes at a subconscious level. The man as the warrior or lovable idiot, the woman as the great Mother protector to be respected or the sister to be loved in Platonic fashion and protected.
Three words: Fundamentalist Religious Right.
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 30, 2019:
A return to good old Am'mirkin valoos The fight against it was first brought to public attention in the 1938 film Child Brides, which at the time was banned in many states, who saw it as interfering with their civil right to molest children
As a geologist this is the definition for arete that I am most familiar: a·rête /əˈrāt/ noun...
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 29, 2019:
Of course if you come from the North east of England, particularly Tyne and Wear area Arete is a a greeting and enquiry after the state of your health as in the Geordie salutation "Way man, ya arete there bonnie lad?" (Translation Good day, are all right in your state of health you fine fellow)
I had an interesting conversation today.
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 29, 2019:
A nice and subtle variation on the awesome power of ***"Yes Dear"***
Pat Robertson: Non-Religious Children Should Be Beaten Until They Respect Christian Beliefs
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 29, 2019:
Pat Robertson should be mercilessly beaten with a Bolivian unicyclist's soggy jock strap until he jolly well cheers up and stops looking like he has been trying to suck lemons dry by the power of his cleched arsehole.
10 Questions Atheists CANNOT Answer | Courtney Heard
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 29, 2019:
This has been doing the rounds for years almost every bloger and Vloger on the net has debunked it and still they insist it is true.
Ambisinistrous.-adjective: Equally clumsy or unskilled with both hands.
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 29, 2019:
It is horrifying that left handedness has be so demonized for so long that the word Sinister (left) has become synonymous with terror, evil and ineptitude
Being Useless — I couldn’t resist posting this meme
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 29, 2019:
Or getting in the way
So, I hear many people say that the reason they believe in god is so they will go to heaven.
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 29, 2019:
It is simple because Christianity is a religion of fear. Most do not worship god for the love of god, but for the fear of hell.
Ah those women ;)
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 29, 2019:
May I ask have you read Niccolò Machiavelli's Discourses on the first Ten (Books) of Titus Livius? Perhaps if you had you would know that chapter 26 of book three is actually called HOW ***A*** STATE IS RUINED BECAUSE OF WOMEN and refers to a specific incident of a civil war being caused because of a woman being forced in to a marriage against her will and the men of the city state raising up to save her!
per·fi·dy /ˈpərfədē/ noun LITERARY noun: perfidy; plural noun: perfidies deceitfulness;...
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 29, 2019:
Perfidious is one of my favourite words. As in the one time common phrase "**Perfidious Albion** is a pejorative phrase used within the context of international relations diplomacy to refer to alleged acts of diplomatic sleights, duplicity, treachery and hence infidelity (with respect to perceived promises made to or alliances formed with other nation states) by monarchs or governments of the UK (or England prior to 1707) in their pursuit of self-interest."
Ancestral home of modern humans is in Botswana, scientists find
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 29, 2019:
Well that is going to please the KKK, who will insist they where white
[history.com] Are you prepared for a zombie apocalypse?
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 29, 2019:
Lol fair enough, "To promote out of the box thinking" you use the walking dead https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtxbM7-jAD0
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LenHazell53 comments on Oct 29, 2019:
I think the plan is now just to let him keep talking until either chokes on his own tongue or has to be taken out by the CIA, thus saving the American Tax payer the cost of a trial.
So, this dog was not blown up when al-Baghdadi blew himself up by "suicide vest"?
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 29, 2019:
My favourite Trumpty quote on this event has got to be "This canine...or as I call it a dog" Yeah stable genius at work there folks.
REQUIESCAT (noun) 1.
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 29, 2019:
I am very familliar with this one as I wrote and published a story with the title "Requiescat In Pace" some years ago, if you will forgive the shameless self promotion it can be found in this anthology https://www.amazon.co.uk/Spirit-Poe-Charitable-Anthology-ebook/dp/B008QPTVFQ/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+spirit+of+Poe+anthology=1572372431&sr=8-1
XANTHOCYANOPSY.
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 29, 2019:
Some have theorized that in ancient Greece that there was a wide spread inability to see the colour blue, as there is little or no mention of blue in most Greek writings prior to the conquest of Egypt, the common name for the sky in such literature is "The Bronze" and the sea is described as golden.
WaPo Obit Headline Describes al Baghdadi as "austere religious scholar"
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 29, 2019:
Hooooo boy, they really did not think that one through. Imagine the editorial meeting in the offices of the Washington Post **"Okay boys and girls how di we describe this bastard?"** *"Erm Muslim Terrorist leader?"* **"To controversial, may lay us open to accusations of Islamophobia"** *"Mad old bastard?* **"Ageist"** *"Terrorist madman"* **"Sexist"** *"Chubby Santa look alike?"* **"Are you crazy...Fat shaming!"** *"Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi"* **"Abu? Abu? Isn't that the monkey from Aladdin? You want Disney suing us???!!!"**
This is one of those words I almost never hear but often see in writings.
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 29, 2019:
good one
Orthopraxy Orthopraxy In the study of religion, orthopraxy is correct conduct, both ethical and ...
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 28, 2019:
interesting
Flexibility?
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 28, 2019:
Too little, far too late. When they start letting Priests marry one another maybe I'll be a little impressed
US Air Force's X-37B Space Plane Lands After Record 780-Day Mystery Mission | Live Science
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 28, 2019:
This explains a lot, including why Trumpty Dumpty started shouting on about "Space Force" and was quickly shut down on that one another ***“Sir, there could be some merit in not discussing that.”*** moment
Lei Xue Crafts Porcelain Cans Inspired by Ming Dynasty Art
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 28, 2019:
"I may not know much about art, but I know what I like."
THEODICY--the vindication of divine goodness & providence in view of the existence of evil.
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 28, 2019:
Perhaps Theo-idiocy would be a better term for this useless endeavor?
WUNDERKIND--A person who achieves great success when relatively young
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 28, 2019:
During the 1930s Hitler's determination to breed perfect Wunderkind to run the fourth Reich resulted in the filthy "Sonnenkind Projekt" to produce Eugenically "perfect Aryan children" Later parodied in the Star Trek episode and film "Space Seed" and "Wrath of Khan"
Matthew 16:28 (NRSV) - Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death ...
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 28, 2019:
This why some people actually believe that the immortal St. John is wandering the earth preparing and "making straight the way" for the second coming. Others have decided that this is such a hideous curse that they Instead choose to believe it is in fact Judas cursed to wander the world until at the second coming so he can beg Jesus for forgiveness. The knots the religious will tie themselves in to in order to find "truth" in the words of the carpenter of Nazareth are truly insane. It is no wonder that when you look up the etymology of the word Religion, you find it comes from "ligare" to tie up, to bind fast. Religion therefore is to tie oneself in knots.
Nincompoop... Definition : Donald Trump
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 28, 2019:
A contraction and colloquial version of the legal term "non compos mentis" meaning mentally incompetent
frip·per·y /ˈfrip(ə)rē/ noun 1.
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 28, 2019:
A flowery synonym for ostentation?
WOMBLE.
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 28, 2019:
One of the more recently invented insults I particularly like is "Cockwomble"
Oh my! Their fear and misunderstanding is unbelievable! Conservative Christians Rage At Kellogg’s...
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 27, 2019:
People using Guns GOOD people loving one another BAD God bless America
Which sport is your favorite? Mine is baseball. Edit: Added some forgotten sports :)
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 27, 2019:
Speedway
I have asked on social media, did God know Adam and Eve were going to sin when he created them.
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 27, 2019:
In many of the earlier myths that eventually evolved in to the Jewish creation story, the forbidden action, be it an apple, a box, jar, potion or whatever was simply a test, the object of the object was not the prize of the thing itself but the choice to exercise free will, to realize they were independent beings, alive and free in order to raise up to being an equal of the gods. The Adam and Eve myth completely inverted this and made the story of apotheosis in to one of a fall and a reason to blame women for all the evils of the world.
Conservative Christian Activist Warns Masturbation Is Gay Sex | Michael Stone
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 27, 2019:
Or as the Mormons call it "Self Rape" arseholes
Seems my last question garnered some sorely needed introspection.
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 27, 2019:
wow get over yourself
A simple syllogism- if evil exists there cannot be a god both benevolent and all powerful Some ...
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 27, 2019:
The above is not a Syllogism, as such requires two premise from which a logical conclusion can be drawn. That which I believe you are trying to state, requires two consecutive syllogisms If it is assumed "God" created all things And if it is assumed "Evil" exists Then It must be assumed that "God" created "Evil" Therefore If it can be assumed "God " created evil And if it is assumed evil cannot come from the perfectly good The creator "God" cannot be perfectly good.
I have been seen a pretty disturbing trend in social media among Atheists over the years.
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 27, 2019:
There is a difference between "disrespecting" an opinion and having "no respect for" the same. Religious people like to scream "Disrespect" at every opportunity, especially when they have no counter argument for points raised or a lack of logic pointed out. It is a basic ad hominem tactic. As is labeling atheism "new atheism" which basically amounts to atheists who are no longer frightened of being burned as heretics daring to speak out.
The idea that everything is preordained, that the world unfolds according to "God's plan" I see as ...
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 27, 2019:
Bravo
VEXATIOUS.
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 27, 2019:
A favourite word of the Mormon Church, one of the worthiness questions asked in interviews before progressing in the church is *"Do you avoid trying and vexatious persons?" * A polite way of saying to you shun ex-Mormons and non Mormons who point out to you what a bunch of old cobblers the LDS church is.
MLB Umpire Who Will Shoot People if Trump is Impeached Runs a Christian Ministry | Hemant Mehta | ...
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 26, 2019:
THis shows the compromised mentality of the "American" Christian, who sees no conflict moral, theological or otherwise in killing for gawd's own appointed leader.
Ignorant Hate-Preacher Burns Book That Says We’re Not a “Christian Nation” | Hemant Mehta | ...
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 26, 2019:
Idiot
I’m assuming that these predictions are for just USA and not all of North America.
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 26, 2019:
We can but hope
In Woodland Park Colorado there is a Bible College called CHARIS.
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 26, 2019:
In a country like the USA where people cannot afford real medicine, because the state refuses its duty of care, the people will pay quacks and charlatans for the promise of a cure and place their "faith" in miracles. It is desperation that leads to this in 80% of cases the other 20% are suffering an even worse mania.
Has this season of Brexit jumped the shark?
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 26, 2019:
The serious problem with this attitude is that it is exactly how a significant minority of people ARE treating the who brexit mess AS A GAME. It is not a game it is the future of the nation It is the lives and wellbeing of our families it is the economic future The encouragement of people to think of it as something just to get done and go away is evil, it is rule of totalitarian by fatigue, the "Oh look just cut off my head, its got to be better than the interminable waiting for the blade to fall" The problem is of course that if the Brexit show is cancelled with a crash out, we do not go back to how thing were before we get Brexit anyway and all the consequences there of, simply because we got bored!
UNCONTROVERTIBLY.
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 26, 2019:
Un-: means the opposite of UNCONTROVERTIBLE is an Americanism and appears only in the Merriman Webster dictionary, in all other English language dictionary the Prefix IN-: is used meaning as you say not, hence INCONTROVERTIBLY. Though used as synonyms in the USA they are not. The difference is subtle UNCONTROVERTIBLE means *must not* be contested, challenged or debated (Eg. Theoretically Scripture is UNCONTROVERTIBLE ) INCONTROVERTIBLE meaning that any CONTRARIAN argument will be defeated because the stated position is axiomatic and *cannot* be disputed.(Eg a square has four sides and four equal angles is INCONTROVERTIBLE.) The latter is the word you have defined.
Anyone ever notice that the crucified Jesus is shown in pictures as being both nailed and also tied ...
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 25, 2019:
The word for hand in both Greek and Aramaic includes the wrist, but was translated simply as hand. It was long since recognized that the hands were not capable of holding the weight of a body, so artist took to painting the wrists as ties and the hands pierced. However in Latin the words are different and in the accounts of the followers of Spartacus and his followers it is clearly stated in the Roman history that they were nailed by the wrists and feet. But of course in the minds of medieval theologians the Bible could not be "wrong" so hands it had to be. Crucifixion was still being used as a method of execution as lates as the first world war and it was always wrists that were nailed. Hence when the Shroud of Turin was faked during the renaissance the the image is shown as having been nailed through the wrists, because in the 15th and 16th century this was how people were still being crucified.
Bob Gallagher once said about the difference between the stage and the pulpit.
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 25, 2019:
Very nice.
How come some people on this site talk about worshipping the devil.
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 25, 2019:
Many Christians claim that not being a Christian means you are Satanic, and that non believers are only claiming to be atheist as (to them) there is no such thing as an atheist. Hence all atheist are devil worshipers since they are doing the devils work by drawing worship away from Christ. The technical term is "Bollocks"
VITIATE--spoil or impair the quality or efficiency of, destroy or impair the legal standing of
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 25, 2019:
from vitiare "to make faulty, injure, spoil, corrupt," and from "vitium " to fault, blemish or defect. Later developed in to Vituperation in the 15th century
Stephen Hawking famously said that "Philosophy is dead." What do you think?
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 25, 2019:
Hawking was speaking in the context of a search for physical truth and explanation at the Google's Zeitgeist conference scientists rather than philosophers have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge He said adding that in this sense ‘philosophy is dead’ That is not to say that there are a few areas where philosophy in the classical sense is still of use, metaphysics, ethics and a couple of others. especially critical thinking and logic.
TAM O’SHANTER.
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 25, 2019:
Billy Connoly has a home in the highlands Scotland and tells the story of how he was presented with a Tam O'Shanter by a fan. He found it surprisingly warm and decided to use it as a fishing hat. One evening when out fishing a local man walked past, and in Billy's own words this man was wearing the bluest suit you ever saw, the bluest of blue colouring, the sort of blue that does not announced that it is mildly and pleasantly blue, but the sort of blue that grabs you by the throat and yells in spit speckled tones of violence in your face "BLUE!!!!" Attempting to not stare and to be pleasant to a neighbour Billy bid the man a good evening. With all th haughtiness of a true Scot, the man in blue sniffed derisively and glaring at the Tam O'Shanter said "If I had a hat like that, I would no wear it"
I heard a saying today that I'd heard before, I hope I don't come across as a hippie.
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 24, 2019:
Ah but to paraphrase another hippie axiom "Though much may happen, nothing every really changes"
How to hide the recent photos section on the right hand side?
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 24, 2019:
Have you tried just not looking at them?
Tennessee official unleashes homophobic rant: "We've got a queer running for president"
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 24, 2019:
A deeply unpleasant and hate filled individual.
So this is the facebook page of the sheriff's department that falsely arrested me for a terrorist ...
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 24, 2019:
That is horrendous, my deepest sympathy and as @cutiebeauty says lawyer up, contact the Freedom from religion foundation (ffrf.org) or Atheist republic (atheistrepublic.com) I am sure they would help you find legal representation prop bono.
[nbcnews.com] Will Trump shut down the government to fight impeachment?
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 23, 2019:
His presidency has been the biggest networking operation in history, it does not matter to him now if he leave the Whitehouse under a cloud, in a coffin, or in a police van. Like Nixon before him he will be pardoned, will go back to his work of schmoozing and will enact all the deals his time as dickhead in chief have allowed him to set up all over the world. He will forever have the secret service to protect him, grateful rich friends and the right to sign himself president Trump on every business document he ever signs. He is a made man, as are his idiot elder sons, his smarmy son in law, his protege daughter and the other two who have the sense to keep their heads down.
A White Trash Manifesto
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 23, 2019:
My father in a life time of working very hard managed to raise himself from working class to lower middle class and in all that time always voted Tory and held very right wing views. I asked him why once and his answer stunned me "I vote for the people who understand money" I pointed out the people he voted for only understood two things about money, how to steal it and how to hold on to it. He nodded sagely and tapping his nose said "Exactly" as if this explained everything. He is a fine example of the mentality of the poor who feel that somehow granting the favour of a vote to his "betters" will some how oblige them to look after him. He hates socialism but demands his old age pension as a right, his free NHS medicine, eye care and dentistry and will not believe that they did not come from "Mr. Churchill" winning "the war" which they did not, our health service and welfare state are all products of socialism. This is the problem with many of the "Greatest generation" they are convinced that people should know their place, be grateful for scraps, and worship the upper classes as benevolent god who they hope will smile upon them, pat them on the head and tell them what good boys and girls they are.
[yahoo.com] Trump stuns at Pentagon briefing, "Who gives a shit about Afghanistan?
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 23, 2019:
Mr Presidunkin Crumpet seems obsessed with the bowel movements of the rest of the world.
Anyone here think that consciousness is a fundamental entity that exists both inside and outside ...
LenHazell53 comments on Oct 23, 2019:
It is possible that the universe has some form of consciousness, not one that we would recognize as comparably akin to our own thought processes, more likely to be similar to an amorphous entity such as an amoeba. However consciousness as a fundamental entity that exists both inside and outside brains is a concept I find unlikely. Consciousness is a result of active thought and is simply a descriptor to differentiate waking and sleeping, or active and passive states of brain function. It is purely a set of internal chemical and electrical functions of the brain.

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