Hi, Kimberly. I'm practicing on debates, I find my self rude, seldomly intellectual, and apparently dodgeable when referring to references and facts..
Actually, I came to this site as a Catholic desperately looking for a good excuse to hold onto my beliefs in JHC, only to see by the author of the site that he was right-on. I was always looking around at other Christians, Mormons, Muslims, etc. saying - damn, that's some crazy shit they believe in. But then I would think my own world of beliefs was correct; that I had the correct 'interpretation' of the bible, and was happy with that...
Until I read what the author of this site had to say. At that point, I looked at Catholicism, and said, damn, I too am in a cult. I didn't entirely agree with Catholics anyway (no belief in OT, already knew the stories in the gospels were written well after the life of christ, etc.) and so I had my own belief system revolving around what was good about jesus - and only what was good - I had to ignore the rest for it to make any sense at all.
Then I put together the entire pieces again, and it was in contradiction. That told me right away jesus was just a man, if he even really existed at all. So I once again dug for information. What I found was mounds of evidence and sanity about the argument against the possibility of god, supernatural, spirits, etc.; and found mounds of circular reasoning, self-rationalization, and mere coincidences as 'proof' for the existence of said god..
To get to why I am here blasting theists now, is because I am now in agreement with a book-club professor that I used to talk to who had taught theology in universities, and was of the opinion that religion does much more harm than it has done good. Looking through history I can see that, and looking at the time wasted on the imaginary problems religious people are putting out there vs. real problems they are completely ignoring, plus current foreign issues with religion, I am prepping a fight against all religions.
At the same time, I'm programming my own stuff, trying to make it through what I expect to be the most massive recession we have ever experienced, combating the global warming dilemma, and trying to find answers to real-life problems. It's a lot of work, but if we all sit around praying that things either don't happen or do happen, we're all screwed. I'll leave the explanation at that..
Thanks for getting back on here - I've enjoyed your posts so far..