June 5, 2013
Hi, folks. This is just a quick shout-out to say Thanks! for keeping the blog alive while I’ve been away. To answer a few questions I’ve been receiving via email:
Q: Where are you??
A: I’m around – just incredibly busy the last few months with an increased work load, leaving me virtually no free time. Things are finally beginning to let up at work and I expect to be back soon.
Q: Are you letting the blog die?
A: Not intentionally! I intend to resume posting soon when my schedule permits. That said, I’m considering replacing the blog with a forum so that others can more easily start new conversations. If I do that (and it would be a while before I can get to it), I’ll post the new forum link on this blog in a prominent place so that you can’t miss it. Also, if I do replace the blog with the forum, I’ll lock this blog for comments, but I’ll leave it published as a reference – there are some really great discussions here that I think are worth keeping online.
Thanks again to all for keeping the conversation alive!
December 31, 2012
Alan R. says:
I am Catholic and am open to evolution as a possible theory. My question is three fold:
1. If evolution is the effect on living things to real environmental changes over time in which the living being passes on beneficial traits that perpetuate and alter the species, what was/is the evolutionary benefit of large % of rational beings desire to know the truth about everything but believing in a supposidly fictional god?
2. Is this differentiation between believers and non-believers the begening of seperate species?
3. Will there ever come a time when athiests reach the conclusion that if morality can possibly evolve, that they can get ahead of the evolutionary curve by eliminating the competition for resources and eliminate the competition i.e believers?
If this line of questioning is to long, feel free to simplify it.
Peace be with you,
It seems like most of the questioners and commentors are very civil which is nice :)
December 26, 2012
I’m an atheist myself and I’m not presenting any doubts about my atheism with this question but I seem to have trouble with trying to get evidence from theists who want to try to convince me that God exists.
I was talking with a very fine gentleman, who is my neighbor and a strong believer in Christ and God. He asked me why I don’t believe and as is the standard reply there is not enough evidence to prove the existence of God. I told him I am a person of science and logic, and I need proof in the form of hard, observable evidence.
So he is convinced one form of evidence is that we each have an unseeable spirit and soul within us, and since it is only God that can create us with a spirit inside, God must exist. And his supporting arguments for this spirit, hence God are various documented miracles witnessed. We didn’t have time to go into detail about it but he quickly explained something about a woman without a womb giving birth to a child.
So anyway the problem I have really revolves around how “miracles,” that may have been observed and apparently interpreted as such, actually specifically prove the Christian god? I asked for hard evidence, something explainable; scientific but Christians keep citing observations that are in themselves miraculous events.
I mean if the event is currently unexplained by science, how do we know Allah or Shiva didn’t do it? Or perhaps there was a sorcerer or leprechaun in the room. Miracles, or for that matter anything that seems amazing or incredible are lousy at proving god. But I need a way to explain that to Christians. But at the same time I’m having a hard time figuring out what exactly good evidence, that’s not miraculous or magical but could prove god if we found it, might look like.
June 2, 2012
Paul S says:
A definitive proof there is no god.
Such claims have been made. But fail do to the fact one cannot logically prove negative.
Now if one was to show that there is something else other than a god to account for everything, that could be such a proof.
Now on the premise that there is in fact no god. That should indeed be possible prove that there is something else other than a god, I would think.
To show this is the case, let’s look at the question, “Does God exist?”
The question presumes existence. And does not presume a god.
Existence is here. And existence is in evidence. God in the question is not. The point being existence exists without the need for any kind pf a god. Existence is the only self existence entity. And not in need of any kind of a god.
Now there not being any kind of a god. The universe exists as it is now. All the theist arguments which may convince many there is a god. Are still false, there not being any.
Furthermore can any theist show this premise that there is no god to be an absurd premise, being that there is no god?
a professed Christian.
April 14, 2012
I’ve been a christian all my life. I now want to be reasoned out of it. Please help
March 28, 2012
Hello, my name is Casey. I am an Evangelical Christian. I believe in the Bible, and it’s reason for why all living things die. I am not looking for a debate, but I would like to know what an atheist believes is the reason for the death. Why do all organisms have life spans?