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Do you celebrate religious holidays?
Uncorrugated comments on Dec 21, 2017:
Hell yes! I'll celebrate any holiday. And anyways, Easter is usually the first race meeting of the season. What's not to celebrate? :-)
Should I attend a wedding at church as an atheist?
Uncorrugated comments on Dec 21, 2017:
Of course you should. This is your daughter's wedding. It's not about you. You don't have to pray or join in with any religious element of the service. Visiting a church doesn't make you a hypocrite, but boycotting your daughter's wedding because you don't like her choices would be devastating for her. I don't know where you are based, but most churches over here in the UK are awesome buildings and worth a visit just to see the craftsmanship that went into them and to learn a bit of history about the area. Make your daughter's day complete - it's what dad's need to do sometimes. You know it makes sense! :-)
How comfortable are you with the word "Atheist" ?
Uncorrugated comments on Dec 21, 2017:
Completely comfortable with it. I do occasionally have to explain that I am atheist and not anti-theist as some people struggle to accept that not believing a claim is true is not the same as believing it is false.
Are IDC s welcome here?
Uncorrugated comments on Dec 19, 2017:
Should an atheist study world religions or not?
Uncorrugated comments on Dec 19, 2017:
How else would I know the best way to offend them? :-)
I believe in a creator.
Uncorrugated comments on Dec 16, 2017:
Does your creator act in any measurable way on your daily life? Did your creator also create the parasites, bacteria and viruses that cause misery to millions? Does your creator create the storms that kill millions of animals and plants every year? Does he love you unconditionally, yet afflicts others with painful and degenerative genetic conditions that cause suffering not just to them but also that those who care for them? Just asking why you believe in a creator that loves you unconditionally and what your evidence is for this.
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Uncorrugated comments on Dec 16, 2017:
It's clearly visible in my profile picture......
I am a school teacher.
Uncorrugated comments on Dec 16, 2017:
I work in a UK school and wonder why you would go into a class with no prep - is this why this is your worst class? Days when I have to cover at short notice and go into a class with no prep are the ones that are most difficult to manage and go wrong most often.
Are the 10 commandments a bucket list for Atheist?
Uncorrugated comments on Dec 16, 2017:
The Torah has 613 commandments. I could have loads of fun with them on a bucket list!
I've generally regarded agnostics as atheists who want to keep their options open.
Uncorrugated comments on Dec 16, 2017:
I think that the difficulty here is that of definitions. Agnostic and atheist are not mutually exclusive. You can be an agnostic theist or agnostic atheist. The gnostic part is the claim to knowledge and the theist part is that of belief'. Personally, I am an atheist in that I do not believe the claims of religions that a god (or anything supernatural) exists as I have seen no evidence to substantiate those claims. Do I know that no such evidence exists? No, and so on the knowledge claim I am agnostic. My next door neighbour is an agnostic theist. She tells me she believes in a god, but does not know absolutely that there is, it just feels good to her. Anti-theist is the belief that no gods exist and for me, they have the same burden of proof as a theist. They would have to show me evidence that in fact, no god can exist - absence of evidence does not necessarily equate to evidence of absence, in the same way that proving that something happens does not explain why it happens.
What is your response when people threaten you with religious punishments? (i.e. Hell/Jahannam)
Uncorrugated comments on Dec 16, 2017:
On the rare occasions when that has happened, I push the question back to them and ask if they think that I deserve to go to hell. They will often try to avoid the question by saying that it is not their decision and "only god can make that decision". I then ask if they agree that their god would send me to hell for using the 'free will' I have been given to not believe. Watching the cognitive dissonance and grappling for nonsensical excuses is entertainment of the highest order.
Do you ever miss the religious life?
Uncorrugated comments on Dec 16, 2017:
Nope. I have never been religious or believed in a god, so nothing to miss.
Turns out, in my experience, that it is better to admit to being a pedophile than an atheist.
Uncorrugated comments on Dec 16, 2017:
Over here in the UK, it really isn't a problem. In fact, it is very rare for religious people (street preacher nutters excepted) to talk about religion much at all.
What would make you believe in a God?
Uncorrugated comments on Dec 16, 2017:
I don't know. But a God would. So if it wants me to believe, it knows what to do.
Would you give a trans gender woman the same opportunity for romance as you would any other woman?
Uncorrugated comments on Dec 16, 2017:
I have absolutely no idea. I have had relationships with several people that I never expected to, attraction, for me, changes with situation, location and how well I know someone. Relationships and attraction grow and are much different to outright lust. So, if there was a spark, yes. If not, no.
Morality - Objective or Subjective?
Uncorrugated comments on Dec 14, 2017:
Both. It depends on what you mean by morality. If you use wellbeing as the basis for morality, then the basis for morality is objective. The application of that then becomes subjective.
For atheists - what makes you believe no deity exists?
Uncorrugated comments on Dec 14, 2017:
Because theists have not met their burden of proof. In the same way that I do not believe unicorns and the Loch Ness monster exist. If you tell me you have an invisible dragon in your garage, it is up to you to provide the evidence that you do. It is not my job to prove that you do not.
What moral code do you follow now that you are non-religious?
Uncorrugated comments on Dec 14, 2017:
My own. I am a social animal and as I do not live alone on a desert island, I have to get along with those that I share this planet with. I generally base my morality on 'How would I feel if someone did that to me?' I would like to be free to make choices that are in my best interest, but to make things work best, my choices should not be detrimental to the wellbeing of others. Not always easy and often subjective, but that's what I love about life. Humans work best when we work together and care about each other. And the question assumes I was once religious. As far as I can remember I have always been an atheist. :-)
Incest: Immoral or Moral?
Uncorrugated comments on Dec 14, 2017:
I couldn't vote because the question is particularly skewed and unclear. First I would need a working definition of morality - are we talking about wellbieng or something else? Are the siblings thinking adults of an equal standing who can make an informed decision of consent? And why is the question specific to brother and sister? What about brother and brother or sister and sister? Or even brother, sister, brother, brother and sister for that matter. Several posters have highlighted concerns about the possibility of birth defects in the event of unplanned pregnancy, but I feel this is just a distracter from the initial question and allows an emotional response and not one based purely on logic. If you take the view of some religions that sex is purely for procreation then it is probably unwise to breed with your siblings. If you think that sex between fully consenting adults just for pleasure is acceptable, then I see no reason why sex between siblings should be considered 'immoral'. Our socialisation and the norms of the societies in which we live will impact on our yuk factor and make it difficult for us to think rationally on such emotive issues. Probably not much different than asking a Christian why they believe in God.
If you found out the Christian God of the bible was real, would you worship him?
Uncorrugated comments on Dec 14, 2017:
Nope. No point - if he is all knowing, he would know I'd be faking 'worship'. And anyway - how do you know that god is the good guy? Maybe it's satan who's the cool guy. His home is nice and warm and full of people who know how to have fun. Send me to hell any day.
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