Oh and one final side note......"Star stuff". DO NOT insult my intelligence by saying that I simply regurgitate things fed to me by my family and church.
I wasn't insulting you, I was describing you. Please appreciate that I too was once a christian (yes, a "true
" christian). I was born and raised in it, so I'm quite familiar with the tired old yarns that you emit, and recognize them as regurgitation. That's not an insult, it's an observation.
I'll have you know that my faith is based on a life pursuit of truth, integrity, and knowledge. God is simply the only one that makes sense to me.
Interesting; what were the good reasons you came across that were convincing to you, and that are not
convincing to 95% of the members of the Academy of Science? What do you know that they don't? I don't doubt your integrity, I doubt your beliefs, for they have ZERO evidence and reason to back them up. They are separate from "you".
That is not based on brainwashing, but a lifetime spent in the love and guidance of my creator and saviour Jesus Christ.
So let me ask you: Were you born & raised in a christian home? I'm wondering too.....what is your approximate age?
Before you presume to think that someone is "lesser" than you, or stupidly regurgitating things, you should think again.
Where did I say that I thought you were less than me? We're dealing with your beliefs and assertions, and it would be helpful (for you) to accept that those beliefs and assertions are not free from critical inquiry.
I don't want to speak for a moderator.....
I don't moderate. Due to the technical guts of this forum, it was necessary to give me "Moderator" status in order for me to have access and control over the "Quote of the Day" thread. That is the extent of the "Moderator" badge for me. So I'm just a regular person.
Please refrain from saying that my responses are regurgitated things that I am incapable of coming up with myself.
But you didn't
come up with it yourself. I've heard it all a million times before. It's as though theists are robots who repeat all the same nonsensical rationalizations and excuses over, and over, and over. It's what fed the believer from the pulpit, apologetics, and myriad other forms within the christian bubble. It's painful. But, I fully understand, for I used to say the same old things myself when my mind was turned to stone by faith. I was credulous due to being young and was weak in my critical thinking skills. That was a long time ago, and I look back on it with utter embarrassment.
I would appreciate that you treat me and the other people on this forum with respect and dignity. It is one thing to say that you believe someone to be wrong. It is another thing to say that you think they are stupid for believing what they believe. Or should I quote "Infantile".
Given the wild, supernatural claims you're making (all without a shred of evidence) you're getting that in spades.
Again, you need to separate "you" from your beliefs and assertions. If your beliefs and assertions are
infantile, then they ought not
to receive protection from having that pointed out. It is possible that you too will one day wake up from the delusion of faith, and you will then be able to look back and see that "you" are indeed separate from those old supernatural beliefs.
I'll leave you with this old beauty on respect: