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Forum: Religion and Philosophy 27th August 2022, 10:41 AM
Replies: 233
Views: 7,450
Posted By bruto
/Sure, but it's only the human-authored account...

/Sure, but it's only the human-authored account that claims we're the purpose of the universe. I realize that this is the account that most theists, especially Christians, take for granted, but one...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 27th August 2022, 08:03 AM
Replies: 233
Views: 7,450
Posted By bruto
I would consider the eradication of smallpox and...

I would consider the eradication of smallpox and such things as pretty good evidence that we can do it better, just as its existence seems like pretty good evidence that the world we're in was not...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 26th August 2022, 06:56 PM
Replies: 233
Views: 7,450
Posted By bruto
Sure, the reasons for doubting that God's...

Sure, the reasons for doubting that God's supposed actions are logical or reasonable are serious enough if you're susceptible to logic and reason, but if like many theists you start from the premise...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 26th August 2022, 10:23 AM
Replies: 233
Views: 7,450
Posted By bruto
I still think you're missing a big point. All...

I still think you're missing a big point. All your arguments might be good reasons for doubting the existence of God at all, but if you stipulate that he does exist, then "why" becomes irrelevant. ...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 26th August 2022, 08:30 AM
Replies: 233
Views: 7,450
Posted By bruto
Or God wanted to give us something to feel good...

Or God wanted to give us something to feel good about, so thank you lord. Or God had another plan which we, mere humans, aren't privy to.

If you believe in God there's never a winning argument,...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 25th August 2022, 06:36 PM
Replies: 233
Views: 7,450
Posted By bruto
I suppose it depends on the definition of...

I suppose it depends on the definition of "anything." What constituted anything when there was nothing? But of course the whole idea of what constitutes anything, or being, or existence, is...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 25th August 2022, 02:00 PM
Replies: 233
Views: 7,450
Posted By bruto
I think you're mistaking known reality for what...

I think you're mistaking known reality for what is under discussion here. Not saying it's probable or even possible, but what is under discussion here is God almighty, who is presumed to know...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 25th August 2022, 06:48 AM
Replies: 233
Views: 7,450
Posted By bruto
It seems pretty odd and contradictory to suggest...

It seems pretty odd and contradictory to suggest that Adam and Eve were being groomed for demigod-hood or whatever one might call it, when the one thing they were forbidden to do was to learn the...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 24th August 2022, 03:20 PM
Replies: 233
Views: 7,450
Posted By bruto
That argument never made sense to me. If knowing...

That argument never made sense to me. If knowing what's best violates free will, what's free will worth? What good is freedom to make a wild guess, if we go to hell for guessing wrong? Our...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 24th August 2022, 03:16 PM
Replies: 233
Views: 7,450
Posted By bruto
But if the forecast is true, it is then true that...

But if the forecast is true, it is then true that it must happen that way, and if it must, it might as well be called forced even if the person making the decision doesn't realize it. If the...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 23rd August 2022, 01:51 PM
Replies: 233
Views: 7,450
Posted By bruto
It's hard to think of a god as being either very...

It's hard to think of a god as being either very good or very effective if he spends less attention on cancer, war, famine and extinction than he does on what you should do with your penis.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 23rd August 2022, 07:56 AM
Replies: 233
Views: 7,450
Posted By bruto
Of course if you think about it this whole...

Of course if you think about it this whole question has a nebulous sort of absurdity that makes it either un-answerable or a foregone conclusion, depending on how you look at things.

When Leibniz...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 22nd August 2022, 07:05 PM
Replies: 233
Views: 7,450
Posted By bruto
That answer could be seen as a rather needlessly...

That answer could be seen as a rather needlessly glib suggestion that no diseases should be treated at all. Give your kid penicillin for his scarlet fever, and go to hell for spoiling God's plan? ...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 22nd August 2022, 10:53 AM
Replies: 233
Views: 7,450
Posted By bruto
Even the best case scenario, which would presume...

Even the best case scenario, which would presume that they had had a long adulthood before chomping on that fruit, even taking with no grains of salt the Biblical suggestion that people once lived...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 20th August 2022, 11:48 AM
Replies: 233
Views: 7,450
Posted By bruto
I remember a long ago joke that you could always...

I remember a long ago joke that you could always tell which church in town was the Unitarian, because it has a lightning rod on the steeple.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 20th August 2022, 11:43 AM
Replies: 233
Views: 7,450
Posted By bruto
I think a big problem with all this is that the...

I think a big problem with all this is that the god in question, that is "God," is a passive-aggressive creep.

We're told by most Christian religions that we're to be judged by faith, not works. ...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 19th August 2022, 11:01 PM
Replies: 233
Views: 7,450
Posted By bruto
Your post suggested that it would be the only...

Your post suggested that it would be the only reason. But aside from that, we don't need to know unless we're gods in charge of an afterlife. If there's no afterlife nobody needs, really, to know...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 19th August 2022, 06:53 PM
Replies: 233
Views: 7,450
Posted By bruto
Does the suggestion require that it's the only...

Does the suggestion require that it's the only reason? What reason is there now? Does feeling empathy somehow obviate other reasons for doing the right thing? Does it make people worse? Some people...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 19th August 2022, 07:05 AM
Replies: 233
Views: 7,450
Posted By bruto
A perfect and complete god would be changeless,...

A perfect and complete god would be changeless, boringly knowing everything about everything. Nothing can really happen at all unless he tells a story or makes a thing that is purposely not about...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 18th August 2022, 09:06 AM
Replies: 233
Views: 7,450
Posted By bruto
I would imagine it depends on what we mean by...

I would imagine it depends on what we mean by "better" and how much better we require for it to count.

We have the usual argument that, bad as it is, this is the best of all possible worlds,...
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