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If you had to choose between atheist or theist...

 
 
Reply Tue 14 Jan, 2003 11:04 pm
Ok you fence straddling agnostics, this poll is gonna grate at ya.

If you HAD to choose between defining yourself as an atheist or an theist what would you answer?
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sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 14 Jan, 2003 11:09 pm
Pthhhhhhhhhhhht.

Athiest, I guess -- in the without god sense, not against god.
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Tue 14 Jan, 2003 11:10 pm
You can't be against a god if there is no god. :-)
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gezzy
 
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Reply Tue 14 Jan, 2003 11:14 pm
Pardon my ignorance, but what is a theist?
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williamhenry3
 
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Reply Tue 14 Jan, 2003 11:30 pm
I am definitely a theist:

The light of God surrounds us;
The love of God enfolds us:
The power of God protects us;
The presence of God watches over us.
Wherever we are, God is.

--James Dillet Freeman
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gezzy
 
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Reply Tue 14 Jan, 2003 11:48 pm
OK, I just looked it up and I am a theist, although I don't believe in organized religion.
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Wed 15 Jan, 2003 12:01 am
Absolutely an atheist. No gods for me! c.i.
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maxsdadeo
 
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Reply Wed 15 Jan, 2003 12:33 am
All we are saying,

Is give "theists" a chance.......
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matsi
 
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Reply Wed 15 Jan, 2003 04:14 am
I am an agnostic-does that count?
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 15 Jan, 2003 04:52 am
You can't MAKE me choose!


I choose not to choose.....
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najmelliw
 
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Reply Wed 15 Jan, 2003 05:25 am
Yeah, well, given no alternatives I'd say I'm a theist, but it's not a title I feel comfortable with. Just call me agnostic, will ya?
But Craven, what are you then? What's yer own choice?
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 15 Jan, 2003 05:50 am
ATHEISTS R US
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Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 15 Jan, 2003 07:38 am
There are no gods, goddesses, easter bunnies, sandy clawses, tooth fairies, etc. . . . so guess how i voted.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 15 Jan, 2003 07:43 am
No EASTER BUNNIES???!!!!!

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!
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patiodog
 
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Reply Wed 15 Jan, 2003 09:37 am
I don't go with anyone who purports to have an ultimate answer. To me, the argument that science can't explain everything (yet, though I'm sure will be extinct before it ever even comes close) is an argument in its favor...
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Piffka
 
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Reply Wed 15 Jan, 2003 09:40 am
I evened up the poll, which is the best I can do.
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Asherman
 
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Reply Wed 15 Jan, 2003 09:53 am
All is God, and there is no God.
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patiodog
 
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Reply Wed 15 Jan, 2003 09:58 am
maya maja maya maja
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Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 15 Jan, 2003 11:35 am
While speaking as an agnostic, if pushed hard I would have to say at my core I believe in a Supreme Force. My high school Physics course taught me that in nature, matter cannot be created or destroyed.

So I extend that tenet a but further: I believe that when we die, our energy and/or our intelligence leaves the body and unifies with a massive energy field that has existed since the universe began. My belief is that this unified energy field has an intelligence of some sort.

How or what the effect this intelligence has on the physical world is beyond my grasp, but I feel that it exists.

I do not anthropomorphise this force. This Supreme Force is not human, nor possibly is it even spiritual as in the folk lore of organized religion. It just exists, possibly linking up to us with our energy fields (also known as auras) that surround us on our day-to-day existences. Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Wed 15 Jan, 2003 12:09 pm
ragman, Everybody has their own beliefs concerning this life and any after life, irrespective of whether we believe in any religion. Many people find comfort in believing in some form of after life as taught by many religions. My experiences and observations have taught me that everything is a force of nature, and not the design of any god(s). None of us really has the answer, because it's impossible to prove what happens after death. I see our life mostly as an accident of our birth, which in turn influences the remainder of our life. Many die at birth, and some live to be over one hundred years old - similar to other plants and animals of this world. We're the lucky ones if we were born into a country with a good economy, good health care, food and shelter. c.i.
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