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General Religious Discussion / Re: Why did we stop inventing gods?
« Last post by jaimehlers on August 23, 2016, 12:10:04 PM »
So, would you be willing to admit that it was certainly possible for people to use Christianity as an excuse to rape and pillage, despite not actually being Christian?
That makes about as much sense as saying that people could use pacifism as an excuse to wage war.

Christianity cannot be used as an excuse to rape and pillage.  Not by Christians, not by people posing as Christians, and not by anyone else for that matter.  For that matter, nothing can be used as an excuse to rape and pillage.  There are two problems with the idea; first, such behavior encourages others to act the same, and second, those that commit such acts have no grounds to complain about others doing the same sorts of things to them.

Incidentally, both are good reasons to refrain from such behavior which don't require believing in things like "absolute morality".
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Reviews / Re: Rate the Last Film You Saw
« Last post by Add Homonym on August 23, 2016, 02:52:33 AM »
Jungle Book wasn't so bad. There is a 3D version I might take a squiz at.

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General Religious Discussion / Re: Why did we stop inventing gods?
« Last post by albeto on August 22, 2016, 10:25:37 PM »
"The ancients were quite good at inventing new gods.

Indeed. We humans seem to be hardwired to do just this. It's not mystical, or magical, but perfectly natural. Actually, it's a pretty fascinating reason, if you enjoy thinking about why people do what they do. If you're interested in learning more, I would encourage you to watch this video. It's got no agenda other than to offer a quick introduction into the different ways in which we can understand religious belief. So it's not a "slam" on religion.



The bible shows that the Jews invented many gods before deciding that god could not be defined

God still can't be defined. That's kind of a sticky wicket when it comes to knowing a thing, don't you think?

and settled for “I am“, as the greatest expression of god. “I am” as spoken as a man. "

I think that's a pretty poor thing to settle on when it comes to something so very important as one's sense of self, safety, physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It reminds me of the old Mork and Mindy episode with David Letterman as a con-man guru. Whenever anyone asked him a question that held him accountable to reality, he said, "Sit down, and shut up." The audience laughed, but that would be poor advice if given seriously. In fact, it's considered very poor advice in every instance except religion, the one thing that simply cannot be held accountable to reality.

But what I have experienced so far is that God is one and only one.

I'm eager to hear your experiences as well. Welcome to the forum.
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Science / Mars Experiments
« Last post by shnozzola on August 22, 2016, 06:21:51 PM »
While we watch Donald and Hillary 24 hours a day, or people killing people at weddings in Turkey, this is what science is doing

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General Religious Discussion / Re: Why did we stop inventing gods?
« Last post by natlegend on August 22, 2016, 02:11:39 PM »
But what I have experienced so far is that God is one and only one.

Only one what?
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General Religious Discussion / Re: Why did we stop inventing gods?
« Last post by jdawg70 on August 22, 2016, 09:56:21 AM »
Welcome to the forum BrainMan.

But what I have experienced so far is that God is one and only one.

Could you elaborate on those experiences?

And what's your opinion on the whole 'Trinity' business some folks speak of?
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General Religious Discussion / Re: Why did we stop inventing gods?
« Last post by BrainMan on August 22, 2016, 06:58:46 AM »
"The ancients were quite good at inventing new gods. The bible shows that the Jews invented many gods before deciding that god could not be defined and settled for “I am“, as the greatest expression of god. “I am” as spoken as a man. "

But what I have experienced so far is that God is one and only one.
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2)... If there is ABSOLUTELY NO EVIDENCE for an historical Jesus, then why is the overwhelming consensus among scholars/historians who have studied this subject (atheists and otherwise) is that there was in fact a  historical Jesus?  Are they ALL deluded?  Is it a fact that any historian or scholar who disagrees with the Mythicist hypothesis are completely deluded or are inept as historians and scholars?

Charlie, do you worship a man or a god who took human form as the bible claims?  If it is the second, then nattering about a "historical" Jesus is pointless since that is not the character you claim exists. 

No evidence of a tomb, empty or full.  No evidence of any of the essential events of the bible.  Therefore, no reason to believe that Christianity is true. 
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Reviews / Re: Rate the Last Film You Saw
« Last post by screwtape on August 21, 2016, 04:55:19 PM »
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Reviews / Re: Rate the Last Film You Saw
« Last post by screwtape on August 21, 2016, 04:29:53 PM »
Batman v superman
3/10
I despise Ben affleck.  I always have.  I believe he is a talentless, southie nobody who rode into Hollywood on Matt Damon's coattails.  I don't give a rats ass about his Oscar.  Lots of oscars have gone to crap films or crap people.  I hated that they cast him as batman for this and three more movies.  All that said, he wasn't terrible.  He wasn't good either, so let's not get crazy. And everything else I said about him still holds true.  And I still wish he weren't batman. 

Pros
Good effects.
The fight scenes were cool, even if completely preposterous.
Amy Adams is pretty hot
I find Jim cavill likable
Alfred apparently hated Ben affleck as much as I do.

Cons
The conception of lex luthor
The script
Gal gadot sucked, in a bad way.
Gal gadot ain't no Amazon.
Superman was stupid.  Like, even for a human.
It was about 45 minutes longer than it needed to be.
It showed batman's beginning.  Again. Do we really need to see that in every single movie batman is in?
The justice league montage was dumb and hamfisted
Wonder woman's reason to be there was dumb
Batman's semi prophetic dreams
Batman's reason to hate superman was dumb
I could go on.


Memory of the sword
8/10
Awesome Kung fu movie about a girl who seeks revenge for her parents' murders, one of who had been one of the Three Great Swords.  Better in every way than bat v supe. 
And it has 100% less affleck.




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