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  •  are you so sure? (4.00)
    Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality.                          Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

    When you're going through hell, keep going. -- Winston Churchill

    by valleycat on Fri Oct 14, 2005 at 10:43:21 AM PDT

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      Prove God doesn't exist!

      I'm not being a philosophy sophomore, because philosophy courses have already dealt with that hoary old fake zinger in the first year.

      Atheists have faith too, ha ha!

      Wait a minute, didn't I used to think faith was a good thing? I'm so confused.

      •  I don't exist (4.00)
        and I can prove it.

        NO PARDONS FOR TRAITORS.

        by Bob on Fri Oct 14, 2005 at 02:53:11 PM PDT

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      •  I'm not playing (4.00)
        This is a hilariously pointed diary, and I appreciate it. But I'm not playing along totally... I must say, it continues to amaze me that theists continue to push the line that atheism is itself a faith.

        Bertrand Russell and others exposed and dispensed with such facile nonsense in the first part of the 20th Century, and those who keep pushing are embarrassing themselves.

        Okay, back to enjoying this funny diary.

        "Animals are my friends--and I don't eat my friends." (G.B. Shaw) Click to read the 'Union'

        by Hudson on Fri Oct 14, 2005 at 05:46:54 PM PDT

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        •  Regrettably, Russell didn't have all the answers (none)
          Ignorance is not the preserve of theists. I have met too many atheists who simply do not know what they are talking about. I used to be one myself. Such people have blind faith in their rationality. Now, as a mathematician, I know Russell was wrong about many things. Still a cool guy, and his heart was in the right place. But wrong.
          •  For example? (none)
            Curious: What was it that you state (definitively) Russell was wrong about?

            (Most people are wrong about something; that doesn't discredit the bulk of their thinking.)

            I strongly recommend Sam Harris' bracing and intelligent book on the topic of the damage that religious extremists and religious moderates have done to our society...

            "Animals are my friends--and I don't eat my friends." (G.B. Shaw) Click to read the 'Union'

            by Hudson on Thu Oct 20, 2005 at 08:51:33 AM PDT

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        •  What I want to know (none)
          If we're "people of faith", too, can we get ourselves some of that sweet federal "faith-based initiative" cash?
    •  Okay, and... (4.00)

      Posting a pithy quote is an excellent substitute for a real, rational debate.

      -- Someone Who Is Smarter Than You

      A real, rational scientist would say, 'We have no evidence that either God or an Invisible Pink Unicorn (or The Hairy Thunderer, or The Monster Who Lives Under The Bed) exists. Thus, pending any positive evidence, I don't believe in any of them.' And, of course, if you see any positive, rational evidence, you have to be flexible enough to change your beliefs.

      That's atheism.

      Call it 'faith' if you like -- you're only rejecting the basic tenets of scientific thought if you do that, and after all, it makes a lovely sound bite.

      -fred

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