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It's Not Cool To Cherry Pick Scripture

stgib Wrote: Mar 29, 2013 3:18 PM
He's an interesting character; already broken with several traditions established for thousands of years
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It's Not Cool To Cherry Pick Scripture

stgib Wrote: Mar 29, 2013 2:55 PM
Oh, and has been pointed out by numerous surveys, the people the know the most about the bible are more often the ones that view it for it really is: a book of fairy tales.
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It's Not Cool To Cherry Pick Scripture

stgib Wrote: Mar 29, 2013 2:53 PM
If by disqualify you mean believe, then yes, you absolutely correct. In order to believe that the world existed in some magical state of limbo where fantastical things could and did occur on a regular basis right up until around the time that we started being able to verifiably document such things does indeed require a substantial suspension of disbelief.
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It's Not Cool To Cherry Pick Scripture

stgib Wrote: Mar 29, 2013 2:01 PM
"First of all, Jonah was swallowed by a 'great fish', not a whale." Oh, well, that just clears everything up then doesn't it? It's funny how all these fantastical things all occurred in a time before there was any verifiable way to document their occurrence, whereas today in our world of hi-definition video capture devices those same events are suspiciously absent.
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stgib Wrote: Mar 29, 2013 1:39 PM
"You might have noticed astrological predictions in approximately every newspaper." I also noticed a Peanuts comic strip; does that mean that Charlie Brown can run for president and Snoopy and collect housing subsidies?
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It's Not Cool To Cherry Pick Scripture

stgib Wrote: Mar 29, 2013 1:37 PM
Which is what all religious fundamentalists do: cherry pick the parts that fit their worldview, disregard all the rest.
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It's Not Cool To Cherry Pick Scripture

stgib Wrote: Mar 29, 2013 1:35 PM
historical and verifiable huh? How about the burning bush? Have verifiable proof of that happening? The great pillar of fire by night and smoke by day? How about the garden of Eden? And just how old do you think the earth is, anyway? The ONLY source you have to go by is a 2000 year old text that has gone through centuries of edits, revisions and translations. And that being the case, I have just as much justifiable evidence for the existence of Jupiter as you do for you zombie sky god.
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It's Not Cool To Cherry Pick Scripture

stgib Wrote: Mar 29, 2013 1:25 PM
Which is to say, pointed out to them that they HAVE no rational arguments and so have to retreat to superstition to justify their hate.
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It's Not Cool To Cherry Pick Scripture

stgib Wrote: Mar 29, 2013 1:22 PM
It's ironic that you speak of ignorance when polls have consistently shown atheists to be better versed in the Bible than so-called believers. It is their knowledge that makes them doubt, just as you ignorance makes you continue to believe.
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stgib Wrote: Mar 29, 2013 1:20 PM
"That, and your complete lack of _honest_ curiosity" It's fear, really. The people that really cling the hardest to this are afraid, terrified really, of the idea that on the grand scheme of the universe their worth is less than insignificant. If their existence were erased tomorrow the universe would never even know the difference. Instead, they feel like they have to be special, they have to be unique. They have to somehow be more important than the rest of creation. Which is ironic, really, when you look at the way they react when reason and rationality are pointed at their beliefs. They lash out like a cornered animal terrified of its aggressor, no better than the lesser beings of creation they try to claim superiority to.
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