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Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 1st August 2022, 11:36 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 3,168
Posted By xjx388
The discussion related to condoms and consent was...

The discussion related to condoms and consent was split off to it's own thread, here (http://www.internationalskeptics.com/forums/showthread.php?t=360645).
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 23rd July 2022, 11:14 PM
Replies: 369
Split Thread: What is a light-year
Views: 7,465
Posted By xjx388
A daggum long time, I tell you whut.

A daggum long time, I tell you whut.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 23rd July 2022, 11:13 PM
Replies: 369
Split Thread: What is a light-year
Views: 7,465
Posted By xjx388
So yeah, regular people use light year to mean,...

So yeah, regular people use light year to mean, “a really big number,” as in, “ah man, that was light years ago.” MW, records that use in its dictionary.

Regular people also say crap like...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 21st July 2022, 02:43 PM
Replies: 225
Views: 4,102
Posted By xjx388
The fact that I'm doing all that is confirmed by...

The fact that I'm doing all that is confirmed by science. Doesn't matter what it feels like to me, reality is reality and I understand what is actually happening.

Determinism vs Free Will is not...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 20th July 2022, 09:48 PM
Replies: 225
Views: 4,102
Posted By xjx388
I can’t answer that question in the way you want...

I can’t answer that question in the way you want because it doesn’t really address Free Will as I understand it.

Free Will has nothing to do with any one specific individual’s capacity to make...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 20th July 2022, 08:27 PM
Replies: 225
Views: 4,102
Posted By xjx388
Diminished capacity to make choices in specific...

Diminished capacity to make choices in specific cases does not negate Free Will in general.

You are actually talking about something else entirely here with all the disabled/low IQ stuff. ...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 20th July 2022, 03:25 PM
Replies: 621
Views: 8,749
Posted By xjx388
I agree with TJ that we should fight for a strict...

I agree with TJ that we should fight for a strict separation of Church and State. Religion should be a private matter between the adherents and their God. Leave me out of it.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 20th July 2022, 02:53 PM
Replies: 621
Views: 8,749
Posted By xjx388
Agree. Disagree. I say live and let live....

Agree.


Disagree. I say live and let live. I am only concerned when their “unintelligible propositions,” encroach upon my freedom. That’s something I fight against as best I can with my voice,...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 20th July 2022, 11:09 AM
Replies: 621
Views: 8,749
Posted By xjx388
I think "respect" is too strong a word. I...

I think "respect" is too strong a word. I understand their views, just as I understand the views of Christians.

But the Christians do believe that Jesus was the Messiah and it really doesn't...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 20th July 2022, 09:25 AM
Replies: 621
Views: 8,749
Posted By xjx388
It is fully consistent with Christian belief to...

It is fully consistent with Christian belief to say that God struck them down. Their God is hardcore and they know it. “Fear of God,” and all that jazz.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 20th July 2022, 09:01 AM
Replies: 225
Views: 4,102
Posted By xjx388
Speaking of reality, we all must live in it. All...

Speaking of reality, we all must live in it. All of our choices are constrained by various parts of reality. Such reality-based constraints are indeed a limit on the number of available choices,...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 19th July 2022, 11:16 PM
Replies: 621
Views: 8,749
Posted By xjx388
Oh, I know those painful things are often a...

Oh, I know those painful things are often a catalyst for a crisis of faith. But more often than not, they are actually things that strengthen faith. There is comfort in the fantasy and I'm not...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 19th July 2022, 08:13 PM
Replies: 621
Views: 8,749
Posted By xjx388
But his current followers are very comforted by...

But his current followers are very comforted by the knowledge that he is with them in exactly the way he described. He lives in them and in his father and they in him.

If you believe, this...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 19th July 2022, 05:05 PM
Replies: 621
Views: 8,749
Posted By xjx388
I took it as a comment on the idea that the Roman...

I took it as a comment on the idea that the Roman Centurions were slaughtering the Jewish people.

But that’s exactly what that story is about: who would expect a Roman Centurion to have faith in...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 19th July 2022, 04:49 PM
Replies: 225
Views: 4,102
Posted By xjx388
Yeah… You are free to want to do something,...

Yeah…

You are free to want to do something, but that don’t mean you will!
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 19th July 2022, 04:44 PM
Replies: 621
Views: 8,749
Posted By xjx388
Kinda like how the Jews are still waiting for the...

Kinda like how the Jews are still waiting for the Messiah, amirite?
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 19th July 2022, 04:44 PM
Replies: 621
Views: 8,749
Posted By xjx388
Again, the perspective of Jews is quite different...

Again, the perspective of Jews is quite different from that of Christians. I don’t know why we would look to Jewish commentary when we are discussing Christianity.

I’m not sure why you favor...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 19th July 2022, 03:37 PM
Replies: 621
Views: 8,749
Posted By xjx388
Shall we? The fig tree was a symbol of the...

Shall we?

The fig tree was a symbol of the Israelites who had not accepted Jesus as the messiah. He was telling a story using imagery.

And this “ill begotten” stuff is already starting on the...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 19th July 2022, 02:52 PM
Replies: 369
Split Thread: What is a light-year
Views: 7,465
Posted By xjx388
“I feel like it’s going to take me a lightyear to...

“I feel like it’s going to take me a lightyear to finish all the housework I have to do.”

What am I saying here? Nothing even close to sensical.

“I might as well be 10 lightyears away from her...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 19th July 2022, 02:45 PM
Replies: 621
Views: 8,749
Posted By xjx388
Jesus was a faker cultist... not a god!!

{Emphasis added}

Which, in case you missed it, does not include a Jewish Rabbi!
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 19th July 2022, 02:45 PM
Replies: 621
Views: 8,749
Posted By xjx388
I am informed of the Jewish perspective on the...

I am informed of the Jewish perspective on the NT. Such a perspective is completely irrelevant when evaluating Christian scripture on Christian terms.

You have rebuked your fellow atheists for...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 19th July 2022, 02:19 PM
Replies: 225
Views: 4,102
Posted By xjx388
Oh spare me the sanctimony. I answered your...

Oh spare me the sanctimony. I answered your ridiculous question. A wheelchair bound individual can choose to insist upon the stairs and eschew the elevators. It would not end well. Of course,...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 19th July 2022, 02:08 PM
Replies: 225
Views: 4,102
Posted By xjx388
Yes…or at least they can try. They can certainly...

Yes…or at least they can try. They can certainly choose to sit there and fret about how it’s so unfair they can’t use the stairs. They can choose to keep bumping up the first step or two, only for...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 19th July 2022, 01:02 PM
Replies: 621
Views: 8,749
Posted By xjx388
Then why did you inject the Jewish perspective? ...

Then why did you inject the Jewish perspective? Isn’t that the same thing as others in the thread injecting the atheist perspective, which you have characterized as an attempt to derail the thread?
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 19th July 2022, 01:01 PM
Replies: 621
Views: 8,749
Posted By xjx388
Approaching it in this kind of “out-of-universe,”...

Approaching it in this kind of “out-of-universe,” perspective, which is a valid way to approach the subject, has been met with rebuke and accusations of detailing the thread.

Leumas has insisted...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 19th July 2022, 12:30 PM
Replies: 621
Views: 8,749
Posted By xjx388
So we are no longer critiquing the Christian...

So we are no longer critiquing the Christian religion in its own terms?

See, you are using an external analysis, specifically a Jewish analysis, to rebuke Christ as Messiah. Well no duh! The...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 19th July 2022, 11:49 AM
Replies: 621
Views: 8,749
Posted By xjx388
My responses here should be read as “in-universe”...

My responses here should be read as “in-universe” responses.

In context, it is not a lie. The most important thing is devotion to God. Literally nothing else is more important. So yes,...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 19th July 2022, 10:57 AM
Replies: 621
Views: 8,749
Posted By xjx388
As I said before, this is a very superficial...

As I said before, this is a very superficial argument to begin with.

Of course it will fail with a believer, especially the ones who haven’t really delved deeply into the Bible themselves and...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 19th July 2022, 10:17 AM
Replies: 621
Views: 8,749
Posted By xjx388
I understand your point. The issue is that nobody...

I understand your point. The issue is that nobody in this thread considers the Jesus of the NT to be a real person. He is, like Kyle Reese, a fictional character.

The argument needs to be...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 18th July 2022, 08:50 PM
Replies: 621
Views: 8,749
Posted By xjx388
I’m not asking you not to post. Post away! Have...

I’m not asking you not to post. Post away! Have fun. Just know that your efforts here are useless to meet the ends you say you want.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 18th July 2022, 08:48 PM
Replies: 621
Views: 8,749
Posted By xjx388
I agree with you that all of that is claptrap. ...

I agree with you that all of that is claptrap. I’m not the one that needs to be convinced. And the ones that need to be convinced are too far gone.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 18th July 2022, 08:47 PM
Replies: 621
Views: 8,749
Posted By xjx388
From the perspective of Christians, Jesus did not...

From the perspective of Christians, Jesus did not lie. They make his words make sense to them. All of your objections are nice and logical from an outside perspective and fundamentally I agree. ...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 18th July 2022, 08:33 PM
Replies: 621
Views: 8,749
Posted By xjx388
But that’s not who you are berating here, is it? ...

But that’s not who you are berating here, is it?

I get where you are coming from, I really do. But the SCOTUS Justices, Senators and everyone else you (and a lot of us) are mad about aren’t here....
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 18th July 2022, 06:48 PM
Replies: 621
Views: 8,749
Posted By xjx388
This touches on what I mean when I say we have to...

This touches on what I mean when I say we have to “play by the rules” if we are going to criticize a religion -at least if we want to engage with an audience of believers. We have to critique it...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 17th July 2022, 02:09 PM
Replies: 225
Views: 4,102
Posted By xjx388
That implies that he doesn’t already know what...

That implies that he doesn’t already know what choices you will make. But you said that he did know which choices you will make. Therefore, there can be no free will because it was all determined...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 17th July 2022, 02:07 PM
Replies: 225
Views: 4,102
Posted By xjx388
Let me just make sure I have this straight: ...

Let me just make sure I have this straight:

1. You don’t exist.
2. God creates you knowing full well that you will choose evil; i.e. creates you to do evil.
3. God then punishes you for doing...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 16th July 2022, 10:15 AM
Replies: 225
Views: 4,102
Posted By xjx388
If he already knows, for example, that in...

If he already knows, for example, that in creating me he is creating someone who will not believe in him . . . then I don't see the point of creating something like that. He created me, in other...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 14th July 2022, 09:15 PM
Replies: 621
Views: 8,749
Posted By xjx388
Your point is that a completely fictional...

Your point is that a completely fictional character lied? That’s a weird point to be making.

Even if he was based on a real person, what was written about him is fiction.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 14th July 2022, 08:32 PM
Replies: 621
Views: 8,749
Posted By xjx388
No, but it’s been done for centuries with no...

No, but it’s been done for centuries with no impact. Christianity just changed and changed so that it was more palatable to people of each time.

The apogee of this is people like Joel Osteen...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 14th July 2022, 07:27 PM
Replies: 621
Views: 8,749
Posted By xjx388
It’s only “not OK” and “unpalatable” in the sense...

It’s only “not OK” and “unpalatable” in the sense that you make an implicit assumption that what is “written down” is both accurate and true. Nobody else in this thread thinks that it’s all true and...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 13th July 2022, 07:52 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 2,126
Posted By xjx388
You mean we aren’t allowed to compound claptrap? ...

You mean we aren’t allowed to compound claptrap? That’s gonna make the discussion pretty boring.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 13th July 2022, 07:46 PM
Replies: 621
Views: 8,749
Posted By xjx388
We simply aren’t militant enough, I guess.

We simply aren’t militant enough, I guess.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 12th July 2022, 11:27 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 2,126
Posted By xjx388
So that's it, that's the point of all this? Get...

So that's it, that's the point of all this? Get everyone to agree with you and you will reward them with memes?

Wow. I always thought the point of a discussion forum was to debate issues, not be...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 12th July 2022, 09:27 AM
Replies: 621
Views: 8,749
Posted By xjx388
Well, at the time he was saying that, it wasn't...

Well, at the time he was saying that, it wasn't really clear that Jesus even was God. He was coy about the whole thing, himself, until the end -at least according to the Gospel of John. Most modern...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 12th July 2022, 09:03 AM
Replies: 621
Views: 8,749
Posted By xjx388
Well, I don't know. If Jesus was the Son of Man,...

Well, I don't know. If Jesus was the Son of Man, as the majority of Christians believe, then it wasn't a lie. They were looking at him.

Jesus wasn't about bragging on himself.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 12th July 2022, 01:34 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 2,126
Posted By xjx388
Let's say that I agree with you that Christianity...

Let's say that I agree with you that Christianity is inherently an evil religion.

Now what? What are we supposed to do about it? Nod and shake hands?
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 12th July 2022, 01:24 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 2,126
Posted By xjx388
Christians are just like other humans. Some do...

Christians are just like other humans. Some do really bad things; some do really good things. What happens between their ears is much less important than what they actually, physically do.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 12th July 2022, 01:07 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 2,126
Posted By xjx388
Oh, man! Indented and bolded and resized...this...

Oh, man! Indented and bolded and resized...this must be an important question. Let me think . . .

Ok, got it.

I think it is OK for a person to believe whatever the hell they want to believe...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 12th July 2022, 01:04 AM
Replies: 295
Views: 4,348
Posted By xjx388
Yes indeed, that's basically the story. But...

Yes indeed, that's basically the story. But Christians know the whole story: He actually was the Messiah. The Jewish authorities that put him on trial were acting out of ignorance.

But the...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 12th July 2022, 12:51 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 2,126
Posted By xjx388
You misunderstand. I have never told you that...

You misunderstand. I have never told you that you should worry about whether or not another person's belief system is "OK."

What I said was that, in essence, if you want to have a productive...
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