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@MyFellowAtheists: How Big an Atheist Are You?

 
 
Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 10 Feb, 2015 04:26 am
@chai2,
chai2 wrote:
Set, I think a lot of people want to be able to have a title for themselves.


I get that part--but once again, that's looking for that phony symmetry. Atheist is an external label. Until this horseshit here online, i never defined myself in such terms.

I have a label for myself--post no bills.
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George
 
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Reply Tue 10 Feb, 2015 05:47 am
@edgarblythe,
That's a coatload!
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Olivier5
 
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Reply Tue 10 Feb, 2015 06:40 am
@ossobuco,
I don't know Kung. As a way to mix religion with evolution, I like Chardin's system much better than 'intelligent design'. If I understand him correctly, according to Chardin, evolution makes God, rather than vice versa.

Kolyo's OP is touching on the lack of overall meaning of an atheist world view. The absurdity, the contingency of it, its lack of purpose and direction. I never felt anguished or depressed about that. Perhaps because I consider that question of the meaning of it all more like a mystery than like a certainty that it's zilch. So I guess I'm a soft atheist too.
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FBM
 
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Reply Tue 10 Feb, 2015 07:12 am
@Kolyo,
I enjoy showing the chinks in theists' armor, but I wouldn't for a second declare that I knew with 100% certainty that there was/were no god(s). When the tables are turned and someone claims to know for a certainty that there is/are no god(s), I also enjoy exposing the chinks in their armor. It's intellectual exercise, mostly, but I do have to admit that faith healing, science denialism and so forth seem to pose a bigger threat than those who lack religious beliefs, so resisting them is a bit more of a priority for me. I cringe for all I'm worth when I see stories about parents who let their children die while they're praying their brains out.
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Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Tue 10 Feb, 2015 07:44 am
@Kolyo,
My position on the subtext of your question, Kolyo, is:

I do not know if there is a GOD (gods); I do not know if there are no gods; I see no reason to suspect gods cannot exist; I see no reason that suggests gods are needed to explain existence; I do not see enough unambiguous evidence upon which to base a meaningful guess in either direction.

In an atheist site where I occasionally post...the regulars (I originally wrote that "inmates") INSIST that because of that description, I am an atheist. I do not consider myself to be an atheist.

I certainly do not consider questions about the ultimate REALITY (including questions about the possible existence of gods) to be uninteresting or unworthy of consideration...as so many apparently do. I recognize and acknowledge that there seems to be no way to ever actually answer them, but speculation about REALITY IS, to me, extremely interesting and worthy of discussion.

Anyway...if you are one of the atheists who think that because of my description of my position, I have to be an atheist...

...what do you think? I don't think I can be especially objective...I will insist I am not an atheist.

But I am interesting in hearing how much of an atheist you think I am.

George
 
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Reply Tue 10 Feb, 2015 08:23 am
@Frank Apisa,
How about "honorary atheist"?
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Tue 10 Feb, 2015 08:49 am
@George,
George wrote:

How about "honorary atheist"?


But wouldn't that precipitate an acrimonious discussion about the word "oxymoron?" Wink
George
 
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Reply Tue 10 Feb, 2015 09:20 am
@Frank Apisa,
<gasp>
We sure wouldn't want any acrimonious discussions here on A2K!
Olivier5
 
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Reply Tue 10 Feb, 2015 11:52 am
@George,
Quote:
We sure wouldn't want any acrimonious discussions here on A2K

Why not, for a change?
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 10 Feb, 2015 05:58 pm
@Setanta,
I see your point and mostly agree.
On the other hand, we are both here posting.

We are different in that I was caught up, until my late teens, in very fervent religion, from which I wandered away, at first arguing theology bla bla, over years, and then suddenly, got the floor of belief to collapse.

That was when I was reading about the later Benedict and Kung arguing about a birth control matter.
Simply, my brain exploded, and I saw the silliness, and not just of that
argument by them.

Actually calling myself an atheist, sometime later, was kind of fun.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Tue 10 Feb, 2015 06:27 pm
On the other hand, I think there may be a giant scarab pushing the sun around.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 10 Feb, 2015 06:34 pm
@ossobuco,
I see I misspelled star.

I still don't know who that guy is..
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Tue 10 Feb, 2015 06:39 pm
@ossobuco,
The guy with the atheist medals? That's me. I fought long and hard in the Atheist Wars and President Clinton awarded me those in a ceremony at the Lincoln Center. All but the one on the bottom. It was sent me by an admiring Bertrand Russell, in 1965.
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FBM
 
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Reply Tue 10 Feb, 2015 06:40 pm
@edgarblythe,
edgarblythe wrote:

On the other hand, I think there may be a giant scarab pushing the sun around.


It had better be EXACTLY the same giant scarab that I'm thinking of! http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb192/DinahFyre/1099.gif
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Tue 10 Feb, 2015 06:47 pm
@FBM,
What color is yours?
FBM
 
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Reply Tue 10 Feb, 2015 06:54 pm
@edgarblythe,
You go first. http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb192/DinahFyre/wist.gif
ehBeth
 
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Reply Tue 10 Feb, 2015 07:00 pm
@FBM,
I've got lucky scarabs sewn on the inside of my dance costumes.

Am I pushing the sun around when I shimmy?

Shocked

FBM
 
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Reply Tue 10 Feb, 2015 07:12 pm
@ehBeth,
If you can dance like that, maybe so...
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Tue 10 Feb, 2015 07:33 pm
@FBM,
Mine is black, with a racing stripe and an STP sticker.
FBM
 
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Reply Tue 10 Feb, 2015 07:39 pm
@edgarblythe,
BUT...what color is the racing stripe????
 

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