Taoist. Been casual about it lately though.
Christian (Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, or other)
Muslim (Sunni, Shi'a, Sufi, or other)
Eastern Philosophy (Confucian, Taoist, Shinto, etc.)
Taoist. Been casual about it lately though.
"Advocates of capitalism are apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: the fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate." - Bertrand Russell
Raised in a Baptist church and followed all of the "rules" and "guidelines." Went to Faith-Based Summer camp every year and thought I was saved at the age of 12.......I was wrong. Converted to an open and argumentative atheist in high school and continued to practice atheism throughout my college years. Even vowed that I'd "never set foot in a church again" nor would I be married in one. Everything began to change in 1990, when I served in Operation Desert Storm. Some things happened that caused me to begin to question my lack of faith........too difficult to talk about right now.
I still came back an atheist........simply believing that a lot of things that I'd experienced were just coincidence.
I truly gave my life over to Christ after the birth of my first child. Like X-Factor said........the older I get.......the more mature my walk in Faith and my walk with with Christ......the more I've realized that my God is real and does reveal his will to me in so many ways. The true walk of Christian faith requires, patience, sacrifice, and spiritual/emotional maturity. I now know that God will only reveal his will to those who truly seek it.............. Christ made that connection a possibility. Those who haven't experienced it, have failed to make the connection I believe. I believe that it is not until we're willing to accept this that we can truly experience God's will.
Bottom line is, I didn't truly become a "born-again" Christian until age 28....and my life has never been the same. So many things have fallen into place for me since, and I am truly blessed. I suppose that I would classify myself as a non-denominational Christian...........but I do know that I try each day to live my life as close to Christ's Doctrines as I humanly can. More often than not, I come up quite short...........but it's still the goal for which I strive.
"Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence." - Dr. Carl Sagan
I'm personally a non-denominational Christian. I don't really know how I feel about a literal interpretation of the creation story in the Bible, but I do believe the universe and all it contains was created by God.
I have wavered at times in my certainty that God exists, but recently I have experience some events which have strengthened my faith.
I'm a Sophomore in college and consider myself to be fairly well educated, and at very least open to other views and opinions.
I was a biology major before switching to engineering, and as such, I take it as fact that evolution happens around us all the time, I accept that it is an observed and proven phenomenon which explains many things about the nature of life and the creatures we see on Earth. However, I do not accept Evolution as a origin - that's why I'm still a Christian. I believe that life is simply too complex to have formed spontaneously from inert molecules, and that something was there to start the ball in motion. On a similar note, I'm not really sure where I stand on the idea of man evolving from bacteria, even with a intelligent force moving us along (Theistic Evolution). I prefer to believe that we were created in a form quite similar to what we are right now.
I have struggled with the concept of Hell, and as such I have settled on a non-literal interpretation of Hell - basically, although I do believe that a place called Hell exists, I don't believe that it is a literal lake of fire.
I never try to force my beliefs or political stances on others, and I would appreciate it if others would give me the same consideration.
Anyway, that's my beliefs wrapped up in a nut-shell.
I'm brand new here (I got tired of dealing with people on sites like reddit.com, and so I decided to find a more courteous forum for political debate), so I figured this would make a good first post.
Evolution - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaHighly energetic chemistry is thought to have produced a self-replicating molecule around 4 billion years ago
Simple and profound, it's highly energetic chemistry. We don't know how life began, but we think we know why it progressed from simple to more complex forms without any plan at all. Why is it that with our phenomenal laboratories we can't produce life the way it presumably happened in a muddy hole, with our brain, body of knowledge, and the control we can exert in the lab? Was Natural Selection what caused the progress from simple life forms to more complex, or was the process guided by some plan? Why is it that when we see simple machines we assume an intellect created them? And why should I believe that the most complex entity we know of, the miracle of a human brain, is just the result of a long progression of accidents, building immense complexity without a plan?
There may not be a god, but I cannot rule it out. If you think you can, have a go, I have not seen it done.
No. I wasn't answered, I pointed to Your fallacies and answered Them
Simply stating the opposite is showing an incredible lack of understanding, or more likely, disingenuity
Let's look AGAIN even closer/more simply contrasted.
1.Originally Posted by finebeadI had even underlined the passages for emphasis/refutation.Originally Posted by Scientific American
2.Originally Posted by finebead3. Everyone except you understands abiogenesis/life's creation/onset is Separate topic.Originally Posted by Scientific American
3b. (and your main fallacy). Because we don't know YET how that happened is No [good] reason to Fabricate a god, any more that it was when we created, the Lightning, Fire, Sun, Rain, or 10,000 other 'gods as explanations'.
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I'm personally sick of not being able to dunk a basketball because of racism.
I have never understood why it is that one if religious must prove all other religions wrong except his own. Or one with no religion has a vendetta to prove all religions wrongs. What harm is done if regardless of what a person’s religion is if he helps other through his religion? A person who believes in creationism isn’t harming anyone else by that belief. What matters is how we go about making this world a better place, how we help our fellow man, not in so much of what religion or none religion we believe in.
What matters is the peace from within one achieves either by religion or by other means. A man at peace with himself is less likely to attack others, to do harm to other and work to help his fellow human being out, thus making this world a safer and better place.
Early voting in Georgia. On the 20th of October this old Goldwater conservative voted against both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton by casting my vote for Gary Johnson. Neither Trump or Clinton belong within a million miles of the Oval Office.
It is interesting that "atheist" and "agnostic" are given as two different options, when "no religion" would be more logical, along with the listed denomonations.
Personally, I dislike the word "agnostic" - it carries a bunch of vague meanings, including the conviction that God is unknowable (and how, pray tell, can anyone know that?)
I call myself atheist, because I see no evidence that God or gods do exist. A-theos, no god, until and unless He bothers to present Himself in a verifiable manner.
Now, I realize that some people who also call themselves atheists - the Soviet-style atheists, for example - do believe fervently that God does not exist, even before giving "god" any kind of definition or attributes. Well, that is not really atheism - that is a mental illness. (And comes usually along with believing in a whole lot of other nonsense - the same Commies a case in point).