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Gaetz Paid Accused Sex Trafficker, Who Then Venmo’d Teen
p-nullifidian comments on Apr 8, 2021:
I've said this before, and I'll say it again: where is the moral outrage on the right? Somebody starts an internet meme that senior Democrats and Hollywood stars are sex traffickers and you wind up with Pizzagate, but when a Republican politician may actually be a perp, nobody seems willing to go after him, while the "good" folks at Fox like Sean Hannity fly top cover.
[youtube.com] Dr. Robert Sapolsky on Faith . This guy is always enlightening to listen to.
p-nullifidian comments on Apr 8, 2021:
The reductio ad absurdum of Sister Helen Prejean's world view results in an arms race between the deepest, darkest and most immoral actor and the willingness of devotion and piety to offer forgiveness. A pax on both their houses!
If vaccine passports become a thing, needed to enter certain venues/ businesses, who would be ...
p-nullifidian comments on Apr 7, 2021:
Having been vaccinated in February I would have no issues attending such an event, but I would remain masked at this point, as the virus (in all its various forms) is still in the community and I would not want to contribute to its transmission.
For those interested:
p-nullifidian comments on Apr 7, 2021:
But it's still the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius! ;-)
This is why I'm anti-theist or really anti-religion. It's never been about equality.
p-nullifidian comments on Apr 4, 2021:
Like you, as my pseudonym indicates, I am a nullifidian (one who is without faith or religious belief). Religion is, in my opinion, a cancer on humanity. Peace.
This is why, religion and superstition is dangerous Neelam Gupta, killed her neighbor's ...
p-nullifidian comments on Apr 4, 2021:
Religion is indeed very dangerous! Faith-based beliefs (i.e., superstitions), whether Eastern or Western, ancient or contemporary, are synonymous with insanity (i.e., a departure from reality), and are all-too-often lethal.
WASHINGTON – Rep.
p-nullifidian comments on Apr 3, 2021:
Where is the outcry, and where are the armed idiots who believed in pizza gate now? Will this evolve into Gaetz gate, or is the outrage against such behavior limited to only one party?
In honor of Easter.....[youtu.be]
p-nullifidian comments on Apr 3, 2021:
My favorite Easter movie! Blessed are the cheese makers!
Today they moved the mummies through Egypt. [bbc.com] And I was reminded of this. [youtube.com]
p-nullifidian comments on Apr 3, 2021:
Now there’s one wild and crazy guy ... great share!
I'm fascinated by the question: Is reincarnation possible?
p-nullifidian comments on Apr 3, 2021:
As the universe is physical, the mechanism or process by which reincarnation were to occur would also be physical.
Goes to show what can happen when you leave the bedroom door open.
p-nullifidian comments on Apr 3, 2021:
"Naked like donkeys"[?] As opposed to 'clothed like elephants?'
Thanks for the lift....
p-nullifidian comments on Apr 3, 2021:
Looks Photoshopped ... look at the shadows of the cat.
One more Bernie meme
p-nullifidian comments on Apr 2, 2021:
Ahoy Bernie Ever Given! ;-)
When we were kids, there where no phones or tablets we read cereal 🥣 boxes at breakfast
p-nullifidian comments on Apr 2, 2021:
When we were kids we played an anagram game at breakfast: how many words could we get out of the name of the cereal we were eating. As a result, we would always try new cereals, and look for ones with long names, just to keep the game more interesting!
A recent international report has come to the startling and baffling conclusion that Christians and ...
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 29, 2021:
Excellent points! The through line of faith (i.e., belief without evidence) has always connected religion to those massive conspiracy theories, along with a truckload of other unsubstantiated views. Critical thinking is hardly an asset to a community that regards faith as a virtue, rather than the credulity it actually is.
Meep meep
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 29, 2021:
Something tells me the coyote shouldn't have had that 'one for the road.'
Pope Francis: The Devil is to Blame for COVID-Related Distrust and Desperation | Hemant Mehta | ...
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 29, 2021:
Trump's not that good ... he's just a little imp! ;-)
I can just hear the phone call complaining about a Star of David in their pizza. lol
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 27, 2021:
Star confusion, perhaps? A pentagram and the Star of David are not the same.
Does religion work without magical beings at its center?
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 25, 2021:
"You can't build a religion around a guy named Henry from Ohio unless Henry can resurrect the dead or walk on water." Maybe not a guy named Henry from Ohio, but a guy named Joe Smith from upstate New York succeeded in starting a religion that now numbers over 16 million members, just by saying an angel gave him gold tablets that only he could interpret!
EISENHOWER - ON SOCIALISM - RHETORIC
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 22, 2021:
Eisenhower?
Itty Bitty Half Pint
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 17, 2021:
"Bashful Short Legs" ... ironic name for a 6'4" Type "A" individual. ;-)
Hope Springs eternal.
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 17, 2021:
Indeed! As one of my favorite thinkers, the "Great Agnostic" of the 19th Century, stated: "Nations, like individuals, have their periods of youth, of manhood and decay. Religions are the same. The same inexorable destiny awaits them all. The gods created by the nations must perish with their creators. They were created by men, and like men, they must pass away. The deities of one age are the by-words of the next. The religion of our day, and country, is no more exempt from the sneer of the future than the others have been. When India was supreme, Brahma sat upon the world's throne. When the sceptre passed to Egypt, Isis and Osiris received the homage of mankind. Greece, with her fierce valor, swept to empire, and Zeus put on the purple of authority. The earth trembled with the tread of Rome's intrepid sons, and Jove grasped with mailed hand the thunderbolts of heaven. Rome fell, and Christians from her territory, with the red sword of war, carved out the ruling nations of the world, and now Christ sits upon the old throne. Who will be his successor?" Robert Green Ingersoll, *The Gods*, 1872
The Secular Communities Survey
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 17, 2021:
Completed ... interesting questions. I find it quite odd that this survey / research is funded, in part, by the notorious John Templeton Foundation which awards seven-figure monetary prizes in order to "help people see the infinity of the Universal Spirit still creating the galaxies and all living things and the variety of ways in which the Creator is revealing himself to different people. We hope all religions may become more dynamic and inspirational." What the fuck?!
Don Lemon knows the mind of God. [youtu.be]
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 17, 2021:
Take from the faithful their god-given right to condemn and vilify others for their particular practices or beliefs? Heaven forbid, Mr. Lemon! ;-)
If I ever decide to get religious, this is the one I am choosing.
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 17, 2021:
And may your 'meat' be cured ... pork be among you.
Christian Apologist Sye Ten Bruggencate Took Advantage of a “Vulnerable Woman” | Hemant Mehta | ...
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 13, 2021:
This arrogant presuppositionalist jerk who asserts that atheists don't exist, willingly admits that the purpose of presuppostionalism is not so much to change minds as it is to close mouths. All but his and Eric Hovind's, evidently! Bruggencate is fond of asking his debate opponents questions like, "Could you be wrong about everything you know?" and "How do you know you're not just a brain in a vat?" Well Sye, how do you know your not just a hypocritical dick who can't keep his zipper up?
What more proof you want, infidels? hehehehehehehehehehehehehehe!!!!!
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 13, 2021:
When it comes to defying gravity, I much prefer Hillary! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P22gPwGuLa0
It is interesting to note a few people are killed by the police and all of a sudden there are large ...
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 12, 2021:
A few people compared to a pandemic maybe, but over 1,000 people have been killed by police in the past 12 months, with the rate at which black people are killed being more than twice as high as the rate for white people (35 deaths per 1,000,000 black residents vs. 14 deaths per 1,000,000 for whites). When it comes to 'defunding the police,' most critics of law enforcement, as it is currently performed in this country, seek a less militaristic force and a reallocation of resources toward root issues such as mental health, poverty and educational inequities. Finally, the theory that COVID-19 originated in a bioweapons lab has never been substantiated. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/investigations/police-shootings-database/ https://www.cbsnews.com/news/defund-the-police-meaning/
When the royals complain about stuff, this is what I see.
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 11, 2021:
Well at least Oprah earned her wealth and didn't have it handed to her by birth or matrimony!
Returning Jesus Christ Downed By U.S. Missile Defense 30,000 Feet Before Making Landfall
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 11, 2021:
That there is one helluva cloud of glory! Hallelujah! ;-)
Saying your "religion" is the only true religion is like saying your language is the only true ...
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 11, 2021:
If every religion reflects the understanding of the world that people had at the time of the religion's founding, what about religions founded in more recent times? Shouldn't it be more difficult to sell Joseph Smith's 'gold plates' and the planet Kolob, Ellen G. White's 'visions' of the 'Great Controversy,' Charles Taze Russell's 'miracle wheat,' or L. Ron Hubbard's Thetans? And yet there are millions of Mormons, Adventists, JWs and Scientologists. I believe you are correct in saying that the majority of our species is ignorant and delusional, but the problem is that they're comfortable and accepting of this state of mind. The faithful must have their miracles and wonders--they need their fantasy. Their religion is as genuine to them as their favorite WWE wrestler. They don't want anyone to break the spell and remove their veil of superstition. The old saying is true, 'there's a sucker born every minute,' but in the case of the faithful, they are willing suckers. Willful ignorance is just plain stupidity, and as Ron White said, 'you can't fix stupid.'
Milo Y.
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 10, 2021:
So I suppose he's ready to 'jump into bed' with Michele Bachmann?
I don't do fishing. Does anyone here know?
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 10, 2021:
Reminds me of something ...
This hits a little too close to home for me.
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 10, 2021:
The first time I saw the poop emoji I thought it was supposed to be soft-serve chocolate ice cream!
The speech where Harris demolishes both William Lane Craig and Christ-Insanity during the debate and...
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 10, 2021:
Thank you for this share! Sam's reframing of the age-old Epicurean problem of evil is laser focused on apologists and believers who would thank their god for his goodness in sparing them from the suffering visited on others. He's right to say that "This kind of faith is really the perfection of narcissism," and "to think in this way is to fail to reason honestly or to care sufficiently about the suffering of other human beings." My favorite clip from this debate, which I've heard many times, is at 8:08. "This, to me, is the true horror of religion: It allows perfectly decent and sane people to believe by the billions what only lunatics could believe on their own. If you wake up tomorrow morning thinking that saying a few Latin words over your pancakes is gonna turn them into the body of Elvis Presley, you have lost your mind. But if you think more or less the same thing about a cracker and the body of Jesus, you're just a Catholic."
American candy bars are mostly sugar.
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 9, 2021:
Sorry mate, I've never been fond of milk chocolate of any kind. To me, bitter is better, as I much prefer Ritter Sport's halbbitter and other dark and semi-sweet chocolates. Perhaps I'm not a 'typical' American, but I grew up next to a chocolate factory.
FROM LECTURES ON DOSTOEVSKY BY JOSEPH FRANK What exactly does "faith" mean?
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 9, 2021:
Preface: To those who would conflate religious faith with the common use of the term, synonymous with words like 'trust' or 'confidence,' please save your ammo. In the New Testament book of Hebrews, Paul defines faith as follows: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1 (KJV) If ever there were a bewildering definition of 'nothing' this is certainly it. In my experience, things one might hope for are entirely without substance, and unseen things are inadmissible as evidence. But there you have it! As a nullifidian (one who is without faith), I much prefer the definition offered by Peter Boghossian, who views faith as "a virus" and "an unreliable reasoning process that will not take you to reality." In short, Boghossian defines faith as "pretending to know things you don't know." Need we continue to argue?
Quran or Bible?? What book is worse?
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 9, 2021:
This appears like a not-so-subtle attempt to ask which religion is worse, Christianity or Islam. As a nullifidian I despise all religions, but rank them based on the amount of violence, oppression and discrimination committed by adherents in the name of their self-identified religions.
There are many types of capital.
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 9, 2021:
I'm inclined to agree with your observations, and would further assert that when it comes to self-identified liberals or conservatives, neither side appears to have a monopoly on presenting themselves as victims.
If we want to stop publishing books because they are deemed hurtful for some as has happened with 6 ...
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 6, 2021:
If it weren't for the fact that the Dr. Seuss books were written specifically for early readers, I doubt they'd have been discontinued.
Klingenschmitt: I Lost My Navy Chaplain Gig 15 Years Ago Due to “Cancel Culture” | Hemant Mehta ...
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 6, 2021:
The difference between this imbecile and the Westboro Baptist Church is only a matter of degree.
This is where we find ourselves in American politics these days
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 4, 2021:
To accuse them of Neanderthal thinking is an insult to Neanderthals.
Be real, do shit.
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 4, 2021:
Once we emancipate ourselves from the notion that an all-powerful being controls our destiny, that change in our thinking will mark the commencement of our minds. Then we will be free do all sorts of shit and even take credit for it! 😉
I try to never stop learning
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 4, 2021:
“Fuck You, Please” seems polite enough. 😉
American Isis? [rawstory.com]
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 4, 2021:
There is a philosophical nexus between a good number of evangelical Christians, Trumpists, white supremacists, Q anon conspiracy theorists and gun rights activists, and they’ve found a home in the Republican Party.
"You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 2, 2021:
I really never understood the whole covet shtick ... never wanted "Jessie's girl" (sorry, Rick!), or somebody else's shit.
As i read about Paula White, et al, "knowing Gawd's mind" and so on, it seems to me that she & her ...
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 1, 2021:
Paula's a 'grift from God,' yet another in a long line of whacko Christ'er shysters who somehow attract a following. She's barking mad, or as I used to say in front of the kids, until they eventually figured it out, nucking futs!
If money is the root of all evil, why do churches ask for it?
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 1, 2021:
Money is not the problem ... even the Bible recognizes that it's the love of it (i.e., greed) which is at the root of all evils. Money is just an object and can't be held responsible. "For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." 1 Timothy 6:10 (KJV) Churches are little more than beggars who've resorted to soul extortion to extract their tithes and offerings.
So what's the problem evangelicals
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 1, 2021:
Evangelical gay bashers don't really care if Jesus said anything on the issue or not, as they use Jesus' first missionary, Paul, whose writings were key in forming Christian doctrine. "Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! The sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, passive homosexual partners, practicing homosexuals, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, the verbally abusive, and swindlers will not inherit the kingdom of God. Some of you once lived this way. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God." 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (NET) "But we know that the law is good if someone uses it legitimately, realizing that law is not intended for a righteous person, but for lawless and rebellious people, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, sexually immoral people, practicing homosexuals, kidnappers, liars, perjurers—in fact, for any who live contrary to sound teaching." 1 Timothy 1:8-10 (NET) "For this reason God gave them over to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged the natural sexual relations for unnatural ones, and likewise the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed in their passions for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in themselves the due penalty for their error." Romans 1:26-27 (NET)
Wrong Way Driver Caught On Dash Cam 2/28/2021 - YouTube
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 1, 2021:
Based on the radio call of a probable police dispatcher, I'd guess that dashcam was in a cop's car. Not sure what this has to do with Religion & Spirituality, however.
I met up with a Catholic friend a few days ago.
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 1, 2021:
Your friend appears to be making two separate points, neither of which you're willing to concede: God can 'manage your life,' and you 'need a man to make you happy.' Bravo!
Fools rush in? :-D
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 1, 2021:
I am forever reminded of this skit, when hearing or reading the Wales-whales juxtaposition! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbXYnisZP9c
I have now received two letters from the Veterans Administration informing me me that I qualify for ...
p-nullifidian comments on Mar 1, 2021:
When it comes to most major decisions, there's logic and emotions. More often than not, it seems, people use logic and reason to justify decisions already made using their 'gut feelings.' How often do folks examine the pros and cons, study the data, listen to qualified experts and use what they've learned to educate those 'gut feelings?' When making our decision to be vaccinated, the following questions come to mind: * Do I have enough knowledge and background in the subject of infectious diseases to differ with the overwhelming majority of specialists in this field, from Dr. Anthony Fauci to front line health care professionals, such as Mayo Clinic physician, Dr. Casey Clements (see article, below), who went from vaccine skeptic to vaccine proponent? * After a year of use, including the Phase 3 clinical trials involving tens of thousands of participants, completed last fall, along with the number of Americans who have received at least the first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine approaching 50 million, am I justified in calling myself a 'guinea pig' or the product itself 'untested?' * How certain am I that I can avoid contracting the virus and becoming sick or worse, jeopardizing those around me and adding to the strain on the health care system, for as long as the virus is in the community? https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/from-vaccine-hesitant-to-vaccine-proponent/ https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/12/moderna-covid-19-vaccine-design.html
Dang we really live in a world where the majority believes in fairy tale bull bull.
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 28, 2021:
Dang, indeed! But as comedian Ron White so famously observed, "You can't fix stupid."
Timing is everything...
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 27, 2021:
Good one! "Not for another 65 million years, Littlefoot." Ah, The Land Before Time. My kids cried every time they watched the video, when Littlefoot's mom died ... I used to play the soundtrack just to get them to settle down and quit rough housing. ;-) The James Horner score was terrific!
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p-nullifidian comments on Feb 27, 2021:
I feel very blessed to have this fine ensemble here in our City by the Bay. Leaders Hanneke van Proosdij and David Tayler are brilliant, both as scholars and musicians. And while seeing them live has not been possible during the pandemic, their superb digital, hi-definition YouTube videos, filmed in concert, almost makes one feel present in the room. Speaking of the room, they frequently perfrom at St. Mark's Lutheran, which has wonderful acoustics. Thank you for this share!
Imagine if humans had been interested and focused on science ever since
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 23, 2021:
Einstein couldn't go anywhere in pubic without being recognized, and the world was once in awe of Isaac Newton. There have been times in our history when science and scientists were extolled, just not now it seems.
Tiger Woods injured in car accident near Los Angeles - CNN
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 23, 2021:
Probably should've used his driver ... okay, somebody had to be the first with that line! ;-)
Nashville Pastor Criticized After Admitting the Bible Isn’t the “Word of God” | Hemant Mehta |...
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 23, 2021:
This "Word of God" image is ridiculous, when any intelligent person gives it some serious thought. It's as though the faithful believe that the authors were taking dictation from the almighty ... something he apparently is no longer interested in doing, by the way. To those who claim to have heard the 'Voice of God,' I would like to know what it is they actually heard. The voice of a baritone? A soprano? Did this voice use a formal dialect, or did it resort to a more common form of speech? Is the Voice of God, like Data, unable to use contractions? Or perhaps there was no voice, just an assertion that the authors were 'inspired' by God. If that were the case, the Bible would surpass all writings of its time, and even the future. It would be superior in all that it comments upon, from its biology to its astronomy to its history to its morality. Can any honest and objective person claim that the Bible clearly attests to its 'inspiration' when comparing it to all of the other so-called uninspired books? Does its morality surpass that of the Buddha? Are its dictates an improvement on the ancient Hindu Vedas? Does its commentary on the sciences show an advancement beyond the common wisdom of its day and region? Could the authors of the Bible claim an awareness of Newtonian physics? And when reading it as literature, could we truly say the Bible is of greater quality than Shakespeare?
Philosophy...
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 23, 2021:
Might one's failure to take the necessary step of paying the fee be a 'pre-existing condition?' ;-)
Morality comes from humanism and is stolen by religion for its own purposes.
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 22, 2021:
I'd have to disagree with Hitch on this one. Morality comes from evolution, as it's based on two primary impulses, seen in other species: Reciprocity & Empathy. Religion appropriated common social conventions and mores, used to bind groups (including behaviors practiced by our nearest genetic relatives) for millennia--not humanism.
Guess who finally believes in science
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 19, 2021:
https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/19/politics/fact-check-cruz-texas-freezes-over-fake-tweet/index.html You might want to take this post down.
Confirm or deny.
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 19, 2021:
Relying on the Bible for moral guidance is like relying on this book for scientific understanding ... both are inappropriate.
I was in the kitchen having toast and coffee in my slippers and pajamas reading agnostic.
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 19, 2021:
Anyone who claims to have 'evidence' for a 'higher power' likely doesn't understand what constitutes evidence or chooses to ignore the implied meaning of a higher power.
Some people never learn.
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 19, 2021:
Interesting how the same tired claims and failed arguments resurface, often pitting collective, government-sponsored decisions against individual freedoms, even when the act of asserting such freedoms inevitably leads to greater harm.
This is a world wide pandemic.
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 19, 2021:
The trend has always been that the inhabitants of a country in which an advancement was made benefit from them first. One could argue that until herd immunity is achieved in the country of development, vaccines should not be widely exported, particularly in light of the fact that the costs are borne by the taxpayers. At this point, with supplies far from meeting domestic demand, isn't it more a question of priority as opposed to a premeditated denial?
Ted Cruz's Tweet About California Energy Shortages Comes Back To Haunt Him
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 16, 2021:
So Texas, like California last summer, is "unable to perform even basic functions of civilization, like having reliable electricity." Yet another example of the paucity of basic executive function in the mind of the junior senator from Texas--welcome the the century of unpredictable weather, Ted!
Government teaming up with businesses is the greatest evil [childrenshealthdefense.org]
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 16, 2021:
Robert Kennedy, Jr? Now there’s a credible source, if you like antivaxxer, conspiracy theorist nut jobs, that is!
Why does the number seven appear in the Bible 735 times.
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 16, 2021:
As is the case with social media, the number of times a meme is regurgitated is of less importance than its origin, and in this instance I think it's likely tied to the creation myth.
Racism and Christianity, Agree or disagree, Why?
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 16, 2021:
The abolitionist movement in the US was begun by Christians who disregarded the many sections in the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, that uphold the institution of slavery--passages that were quoted from the pulpits of Christian churches in every slave holding state in the Union, prior to, during and perhaps even after the Civil War. A century later, Christians and their churches were at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement while some of the same Christian churches that had backed slavery, blatantly supported Jim Crow segregation, anti-miscegenation and racial integrity statutes and policies. Since Christianity was founded by people of the Levant, and is embraced by people of every ethnicity, I'm hard pressed to concur with Camara's statement. Christianity is a crude tool used to support opposing sides of many moral arguments. That said, the fact that the Bible isn't explicit in condemning slavery or even bigotry, enables the racist to claim to be a true Christian.
If You Had To Choose?
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 15, 2021:
Buddhism ... more of a philosophy than a religious faith, 'his holiness' the Dalai Lama notwithstanding.
I'm just curious as to how many on here were devout christians and really believed it and then later...
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 15, 2021:
I was raised in a strict Christian faith, with a peculiar certainty that it had 'the truth' regarding God's divine word. I began to see inconsistencies in my youth, but did my best to ignore them or explain them away with the tried and true, 'God's ways are a mystery that will be revealed in his time.' But later, much later, the cognitive dissonance caused by that 'still small voice' of reason became overwhelming, and doubt began to grow, particularly over the 'problem of evil.' The questions kept bubbling to the surface. I prayed for faith and sought to return to the source, but when re-reading the Bible carefully as an adult, found it to be an intellectual and moral outrage. Still too stubborn to admit that I was wrong, it was the simple hiddenness of God that, in the end, completed my de-conversion, some 40 years after the initial questions arose.
Could we really know everything about reality, someday?
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 15, 2021:
It seems to me that at this point in our brief developmental history we've barely scratched the surface of awareness about the universe, beginning with our own planet, the depths of which we've yet to explore. In other words, we don't even know what we don't know. Furthermore, knowledge itself--which can range from simple awareness to mastery--isn't static, as change occurs over time. It is said that omniscience is the capacity to know everything, as opposed to the learning of it. If we assume it is possible that there could come a time--should our species or the artificial intelligence that we create continue to evolve in its capacity--when all that it known of cosmology, biology, mathematics, physics and disciplines yet to be discovered might inform us of what we've yet to learn, will there ever come a time when we have achieved unqualified mastery? In an infinite universe--or perhaps multiverse--it would seem unlikely, IMHO. Thank you for this excellent thought exercise!
Where the polarity is between reality and nonreality, I’m not a centrist.
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 13, 2021:
We've been conditioned to assume that there must always be two sides to a story. So much so that in the effort to ensure a 'fair and balanced' presentation, legitimacy has been afforded to those who seek to impose their own 'alternative facts' as if such a notion were even viable. In a universe of facts and alternative facts, what is reality?
A bit of hypocrisy by Matt Dillahunty?
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 12, 2021:
There were already abolitionists writing and speaking out against slavery during the 18th century, though they were a minority. The most strident opponents of slavery viewed this 'institution' as a sin against God and man, and tended to be Quakers. But these views were clearly not respected by slaveholders who used their Bibles to justify the practice. Thus the Constitution reflects the compromises that were made in order to form the new Republic. Was it immoral? From the standpoint of many at the time, including the enslaved, it was! Has it been changed to address this shortcoming? Yes, and I would argue that the 14th Amendment (Equal Protection) was just as important as the 13th, as it has frequently been used by the courts to broaden civil rights and freedoms. The Bible, on the other hand, was never changed by a jot or a tittle to account for its immoralities, even when afforded the chance, via a new religion, to do so. "Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ." Ephesians 6:5 "Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh." 1 Peter 2:18 "Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them," Titus 2:9 "All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered." 1 Timothy 6:1
Are you a determinist or not?
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 11, 2021:
I was a determinist for a while, but then my illusion of free will kicked in and took charge, all by itself! ;-)
On the epistemological syllogism that "God, by definition, is that for which no greater can be ...
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 11, 2021:
Ah yes, Anselm's Ontological Argument for the existence of God, one of apologist William Lane Craig's favorites. In her excellent book, "36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction," Rebecca Newberger Goldstein lays out the argument: 1. Nothing greater than God can be conceived (this is stipulated as part of the definition of "God"). 2. It is greater to exist than not to exist. 3. If we conceive of God as not existing, then we can conceive of something greater than God (from 2). 4. To conceive of God as not existing is not to conceive of God (from 1 and 3). 5. It is inconceivable that God not exist (from 4). 6. God exists. And then debunks it nicely. "FLAW: It was Immanuel Kant who pinpointed the fallacy in the Ontological Argument: it is to treat "existence" as a property, like "being fat" or "having ten fingers." The Ontological Argument relies on a bit of wordplay, assuming that "existence" is just another property, but logically it is completely different. If you really could treat "existence" as just part of the definition of the concept of God, then you could just as easily build it into the definition of any other concept. We could, with the wave of our verbal magic wand, define a trunicorn as "a horse that [a] has a single horn on its head, and [b] exists." So if you think about a trunicorn, you're thinking about something that must, by definition, exist; therefore trunicorns exist. This is clearly absurd: we could use this line of reasoning to prove that any figment of our imagination exists."
This pertains to both religion and politics, but mostly religion.
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 11, 2021:
Ad hominem attacks, such as resorting to name calling, are invariably a sign that one's position on a matter is weak and their thinking is deficient. Now that the self-appointed king of name calling has been deplatformed, eager Trumpites are rushing to fill the void.
Just investigated Spinoza's god. Who knew that god was everything?
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 11, 2021:
"Who knew that god was everything?" Pantheists perhaps? Although one might take exception to the word "knew."
Just what you have all been waiting 65 million years to learn about? Dinosaurs cloacae...
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 8, 2021:
6 million or 65 million ... who's counting? ;-) Seriously though, somebody's anally fixated!
This makes some sense , live and let live but they won't do that
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 8, 2021:
Unfortunately, most religions are unable to live and let live. They're always interfering in government, getting 'blue laws' passed and smuggling their propaganda into the public schools. And they just can't be happy with a secular government, backing laws that made 'In God We Trust' the national motto (and adding it to our currency) and interpolating the words 'Under God' into the Pledge of Allegiance!
do black people feel stupid praying to a white Jesus? does anybody know? Dave?
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 7, 2021:
"Dave's not here, man."
A man, destitute, poor with 3 young and hungry children, a wife who has left him to tend to those ...
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 7, 2021:
Punchline landed like a lead zeppelin.
Does anyone not secretly hope that there is a god and that we can spend eternity in heaven with our ...
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 6, 2021:
Of course, but then I wake up from the fantasy. It stands to reason that one of the universal premises behind the invention of religion involves an afterlife where we will be reunited with those we love. But I'm more interested in the mechanics of this entire process. What form would one's existence in this afterlife assume? How is one recognized if not in "the flesh?" And if restored in "the flesh" at what age are we to live the rest of eternity? I for one don't want to be restored as an old fart. And what about those who died in infancy? Do they stay as babies forever, or do they age? What is the process of aging throughout eternity anyway? What about a sibling or a friend who died in our youth? Do we see them as they were, or do we return to the moment they died, in their eyes? If the mechanisms and processes for the afterlife were perhaps better understood as a process, might we all want to take a pass on the concept?
Nobody wants to go to a liberal shithole so they are paying people to go there.
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 5, 2021:
Is there a political point to be made here, or just lowbrow name calling?
The lies surrounding the past election were so egregious that action had to be taken.
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 5, 2021:
The link fails.
Meet the robot designed to replace forklifts- [zerohedge.com]
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 5, 2021:
Forklift operators, port crane operators and loaders everywhere, this is your warning call: Retrain now!
Well, words and deeds DO have consequences.
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 5, 2021:
If any American company has the right to examine social media posts when considering an applicant for hire or, for that matter, whether or not to retain an employee, Congress should, at the very least, be likewise scrutinized.
I sometimes wonder what people who call themselves Christians or Jews think of stories of genocide ...
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 4, 2021:
Well stated, indeed! Wars of extermination were "God's creation." Few devout Christians or Jews would countenance such behavior today. Even the pagans had better morals than this. Did any Caesar order such a command as Jehovah's? "...in the cities of the nations the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes. Completely destroy them—the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—as the Lord your God has commanded you." Deuteronomy 20:16-17 (NIV) No wonder that the Great Agnostic himself responded with such disdain to that very passage: "Is it possible for man to conceive of anything more perfectly infamous? Can you believe that such directions were given by any being except an infinite fiend? Remember that the army receiving these instructions was one of invasion. Peace was offered upon condition that the people submitting should be the slaves of the invader; but if any should have the courage to defend their homes, to fight for the love of wife and child, then the sword was to spare none -- not even the prattling, dimpled babe. And we are called upon to worship such a God; to get upon our knees and tell him that he is good, that he is merciful, that he is just, that he is love." Robert Green Ingersoll, The Gods, 1872
Ruby Bridges | National Women's History Museum
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 4, 2021:
Unbelievable, isn't it? And yet, so much more to be done. Great share!
What's with all these markers along the highways that show where someone died?
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 4, 2021:
You have a dark sense of humor ... one that makes me snicker! Seriously, those roadside homemade crosses serve as a reminder to drive only when sober and well-rested, within the speed limit (or as the weather allows) and to ignore your damn phones! ;-)
Quantum experiments have long demonstrated that subatomic particles somehow “know” about each ...
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 3, 2021:
Where the sun was? Isn't where the sun is, relative to an orbiting body, fixed as one of the two foci?
campaign to stop the former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams [msn.
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 2, 2021:
So now that they've lost the Bully Pulpit, not to mention the majority, Republicans are once again demonstrating their supreme skill of obstructionist opposition to just about everything.
There's a difference between "belief" and "working assumption".
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 1, 2021:
In my experience, beliefs don't require emotions, but personal assumptions almost demand them. I believe the sun will rise, as predicted, tomorrow--I have never seen or heard of a day when this did not happen, and I have no reason to doubt this belief. I have a working assumption that when I board the airplane, I will arrive safely--I understand that there is a possibility that this may not occur, but also understand this to be a very low probability. My belief that the sun will rise, as has been predicted, requires no emotional input, whatsoever. The same cannot be said regarding my working assumption that my flight will arrive uneventfully, particularly when we encounter unexpected turbulence! ;-)
And I've been hiding in Atheism, is that wrong?
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 1, 2021:
I observed some time ago that it is God who was doing the hiding! Finally, I realized he was never there in the first place.
Faces of Republican people who are likely to still change America....
p-nullifidian comments on Feb 1, 2021:
Great Photoshop job on Ted Cruz! It's a good look! Even as Trump energized the "Stupid Party" that Gov. Bobby Jindal once confessed to being a member of, smaller versions of conspiracy crazed crackpots continue to be supported by the faithful citizens of Trumplandia in Washington and the State Houses. In his 2009 book, "Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free," Charles Pierce cites the research of Professor Andrew Cline of Washington University in St. Louis, who came up with 4 rules for modern pundits, some of whom appear to have advised Trump and his minions: 1. Never be dull. 2. Embrace willfully ignorant simplicity. 3. The American public is stupid--treat them that way. 4. Always ignore the facts and the public record when it is convenient to do so. While it might seem as though recent events point to a turning tide, one cannot ever count out Idiot America, whose zombie-like stubbornness is surpassed only by its lack of intellectual curiosity!
I don't usually go here but this is a special case.
p-nullifidian comments on Jan 31, 2021:
I wouldn't go there, seeing what's holstered on her right hip! ;-)
A political party, NOT a religion. [orthodoxtimes.com]
p-nullifidian comments on Jan 31, 2021:
Says one orthodox church to another. The Greek Orthodox Church is stuck in Byzantium, calling on Greeks to eschew the un-Christian practice of yoga and to continue to accept the Eucharist using a common (shared) spoon during the pandemic! Give any church the power they seek and they become politically repressive.
Anti-Vax COVID-19 Truthers Shut Down Dodger Stadium Vaccination Site Dodger Stadium’s mass ...
p-nullifidian comments on Jan 31, 2021:
Yet another example of the Dunning-Kruger Effect in action on a mass scale! When a critical mass of citizens who are clearly too stupid to realize how stupid they really are take to the streets and storm the U.S. Capitol and vaccine sites, you get what we have been witnessing recently. Welcome to 21st Century America!
A follow up to last night's post: BORDERS II, link: [united-cats.com]
p-nullifidian comments on Jan 31, 2021:
Israel's no doubt 'thrilled' with this map!
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