View Poll Results: What is your religion?

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  • Christian (Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, or other)

    64 42.11%
  • Agnostic

    24 15.79%
  • Atheist

    37 24.34%
  • Muslim (Sunni, Shi'a, Sufi, or other)

    3 1.97%
  • Buddhist

    4 2.63%
  • Hindu

    1 0.66%
  • Jewish

    3 1.97%
  • Eastern Philosophy (Confucian, Taoist, Shinto, etc.)

    1 0.66%
  • Polytheist/Neo-pagan

    2 1.32%
  • Other

    13 8.55%
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    Re: What is your religious denomination?

    Quote Originally Posted by DDD View Post
    Or this phenomenon of similarity was around long before that and people started attending to it and feel safe that others will as well by making them "laws" for the not as enlightened people.
    I'm sure SOME people behaved. I'm sure there were MANY more who were out for themselves because they could be with no real consequences. I'm sure the chances of getting caught after committing a crime back in the BC period were pretty small. People and times were really quite brutal back then. I really do think of the Bible as a set of laws and regulations with a little "fear factor" thrown in so people would take them seriously and think twice before acting.

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    Re: What is your religious denomination?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    I'm sure SOME people behaved. I'm sure there were MANY more who were out for themselves because they could be with no real consequences. I'm sure the chances of getting caught after committing a crime back in the BC period were pretty small. People and times were really quite brutal back then. I really do think of the Bible as a set of laws and regulations with a little "fear factor" thrown in so people would take them seriously and think twice before acting.
    The Roman empire brought religion to us in A.C. Was ok, but did not stretch to cover politics and people who would use religion to achieve political gains. So religion is ok for promoting similar attraction phenomenon with its "commandments" but it is weak to political exploitation.
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    Re: What is your religious denomination?

    I'm a Theist, I'm convinced that there is some sort of "God". I think the wisdom of many different religions ring true, but no one has anything close to getting it right. My conclusion so far is that Buddhism makes the most sense of them all, but by no means am I a Buddhist. I guess you can call me a deist.

    So I chose other, because I'm not technically an agnostic I'm a Theist.

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    Re: What is your religious denomination?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    Atheism isn't a religion, but it is a belief system (to a degree).
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    Re: What is your religious denomination?

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    Do you mind summarizing?

    What aspect of my statement do you disagree with?
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    Re: What is your religious denomination?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    Do you mind summarizing?

    What aspect of my statement do you disagree with?
    It seems the federal court system of the United States have concluded atheism is in fact a religion and as such atheists First Amendment rights against "prohibiting the free exercise thereof (their religion)" is federally protected under the US Constitution.
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    Re: What is your religious denomination?

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    It seems the federal court system of the United States have concluded atheism is in fact a religion and as such atheists First Amendment rights against "prohibiting the free exercise thereof (their religion)" is federally protected under the US Constitution.
    That is an innacurate description. From your link:

    The Supreme Court has recognized atheism as equivalent to a “religion” for purposes of the First Amendment on numerous occasions, most recently in McCreary County, Ky. v. American Civil Liberties Union of Ky
    Equivalent does not mean it is a religion, but in this case what it means is that it is treated as a religion for purposes of the first amendment.
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    Re: What is your religious denomination?

    Quote Originally Posted by finebead View Post
    You lump Darwin with Einstein, and they are not the same. Einstein wrote down the rules of physics, the special and general theories of relativity, and he PROVED them beyond a shadow of a doubt. Newton wrote down his attempt at the rules of physics and they worked for everything that was provable when he wrote them. Einstein went much farther and his extensions were definitively PROVEN.
    Theory Of Relativity
    That degree of precision would me needed to control a nuclear reaction and make one splitting of the atom into a bomb vs. another splitting of the atom into an electric generating facility.[b
    Darwin wrote down his theory and it has never been proven. Darwin certainly never set out to prove god does not exist, and he did not prove that.
    You must differentiate between what is proven and what is theory.
    As you point out, the origin of life has not been explained at all. Scientists are working on it, but don't have it yet and they may never get there.
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    Theories are Not proven.
    They are confirmed in part or whole and then generally accepted or generally not.
    There is still criticism of some generally accepted theories.

    Evolution has been documented and Confirmed for 150 Years.
    Any number of new sciences or contradictory discoveries Could have rendered it wrong.
    They, of course, haven't, but have only confirmed it.
    ie, Carbon Dating (1949) could have blown it but confirmed it - as does even more recent DNA regression analysis, etc.
    If Any of Millions of fossils were found in the wrong strata could have also blown it, but of course, hasn't.

    People object to the FACT of Evolution, usually because of Religious indoctrination, coupled with [stunningly] poor education which allows it, or is ignored to accommodate the fallacy.
    Most common is to try and exploit/abuse/Misuse the word 'theory'.

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    Opponents of evolution want to make a place for creationism by tearing down real science, but their arguments don't hold up.er.

    When Charles Darwin introduced the theory of evolution through natural selection 143 years ago, the scientists of the day argued over it fiercely, but the massing evidence from paleontology, genetics, zoology, molecular biology and other fields gradually established evolution's truth beyond reasonable doubt. Today that battle has been won everywhere--except in the public imagination.

    Embarrassingly, in the 21st century, in the most scientifically advanced nation the world has ever known, creationists can still persuade politicians, judges and ordinary citizens that evolution is a flawed, poorly supported fantasy."
    [........]
    1. Evolution is only a theory. It is not a fact or a scientific law.

    Many people learned in elementary school that a theory falls in the middle of a hierarchy of certainty -- above a mere hypothesis but below a law. Scientists do Not use the terms that way, however. According to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), a scientific theory is "a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world that can incorporate facts, laws, inferences, and tested hypotheses." No amount of validation changes a theory into a Law, which is a descriptive generalization about nature. So when scientists talk about the theory of evolution -- or the atomic theory or the theory of relativity, for that matter -- they are NOT expressing reservations about its truth.

    In addition to the theory of evolution, meaning the idea of descent with modification, one may also speak of the FACT of evolution."..."
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    Re: What is your religious denomination?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    That is an innacurate description. From your link:



    Equivalent does not mean it is a religion, but in this case what it means is that it is treated as a religion for purposes of the first amendment.
    If you look up the definition of religion atheist does fall in the realm of at least one of it's definitions.

    Why do you even care? It's just a word meant to describe things and a broad definition of the word includes Atheism.

    If you want to argue that your emotional response forbids atheism to be related to anything like religion, than that's alright I guess.

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    Re: What is your religious denomination?

    I'm Roman Catholic. A traditional Roman Catholic at that. While it's not a different religion, it sure is different in practice. I'm not a fan of expressive worship as typified by Methodists and Baptists. Give me the solemnity and ritual.

    Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false, and does not swear deceitfully. Psalm 24
    "True law is right reason in agreement with nature . . . Whoever is disobedient is fleeing from himself and denying his human nature [and] will suffer the worst penalties . . ." - Cicero

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