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  • Stephanie wrote a new post, Coming Out Atheist, pg 245 3 years, 1 month ago

    “Another piece of good news: You are part of the most secular generation in history. There are almost certainly lots of other atheist students at your school, even if you don’t know it yet. You know how I keep […]

    • I’m not so sure this is grounds for celebration. Being an atheist says nothing about their position on other issues.

    • God creates moral cripples if discerned in any clear way.

      Atheism is nothing if not a clean start in the art of living.

    • david.graf.589 #3
      Jul 11, 2017 at 6:22 pm

      I’m not so sure this is grounds for celebration. Being an atheist says nothing about their position on other issues.

      It does usually say something about their position on irrational beliefs derived through “faith” and based on dogmas!

      There are some very notable differences in standards of living and standards of life, between theocracies and secular states with a high proportion of atheists in the population and in the governments.

    • phil rimmer – I do not think that it is possible for any of us to have a truly “clean start”. We are influenced by what came before us and those around us.

    • Alan4discussion – wouldn’t you agree that irrational beliefs are not the sole monopoly of religious believers? Take, for instance, communism. However, we both agree that secular states are far preferable to theocracies. In my opinion, the worst thing that could ever happen to Christianity would be the putting into power of a so-called “Christian America”. And by way of disclosure, I am an evangelical Christian who values science. I make no claims to be a saint.

    • david.

      I do not think that it is possible for any of us to have a truly “clean start”. We are influenced by what came before us and those around us.

      But that is the whole point. You should be influenced by all the realities of living and experience. I trust people with experience of realities I may not be heir to to aid in our moral mutual negotiations. But those who could benefit with a low level dose of SSRI’s to calm their imagination are a substantial danger to themselves and others in this task. Knowing that folk may always having a tendency to this stuff is a reality to factor in, but not the stuff itself amplified only by our natural suggestibility.