• Why has the Western world become so godless and atheistic?

    Because theists have no evidence for their claims and they no longer have the power to enforce their doctrine. Everything else is just icing on the cake.
    Because theists have no evidence for their claims and they no longer have the power to enforce their doctrine. Everything else is just icing on the cake.
    22 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 5 hours ago
  • What if decide to let a person off the hook because they're suffering from a personality disorder?

    I think you accidentally a word there.
    I think you accidentally a word there.
    10 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 12 hours ago
  • Why do you worship Fireball?

    I don't. Unless theists try to include "pointing and laughing at" in their expanded definition of "worship" so they can claim atheists are engaged in worship.
    I don't. Unless theists try to include "pointing and laughing at" in their expanded definition of "worship" so they can claim atheists are engaged in worship.
    7 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 14 hours ago
  • Is it true that the main thing stopping many atheists murdering Christians is only "the law"?

    No. The law punishes, but it does not stop anyone from doing anything. If it did then criminals would not exist. I steal and rape and murder as much as I want. I don't want to do those things, so I don't and even if they were made legal, I still wouldn't do them.
    No. The law punishes, but it does not stop anyone from doing anything. If it did then criminals would not exist. I steal and rape and murder as much as I want. I don't want to do those things, so I don't and even if they were made legal, I still wouldn't do them.
    22 answers · Jokes & Riddles · 14 hours ago
  • I have seen strange flash light in closed room which have no lamps i was praying it was 1 pm so what is explanation of that ?

    There are several plausible explanations. Vision or perception errors. A lucky strike on your retina by a high energy photon. Macular degeneration. An insect like a firefly. An unexpected reflection of light from another source. ....and that's just off the top of my head. All of which are many orders of magnitude more probable than... show more
    There are several plausible explanations. Vision or perception errors. A lucky strike on your retina by a high energy photon. Macular degeneration. An insect like a firefly. An unexpected reflection of light from another source. ....and that's just off the top of my head. All of which are many orders of magnitude more probable than anything supernatural.
    4 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 14 hours ago
  • Atheists, do you realize most of you aren't really against Christianity, just really bad interpretations of it?

    I'm not really interested in which Christians are or are not true Scotsmen. I am against all extraordinary claims which do not have corresponding amounts of extraordinary evidence... And I suspect this is also true for at least a plurality of atheists. How you interpret your superstitions is of zero relevance.
    I'm not really interested in which Christians are or are not true Scotsmen. I am against all extraordinary claims which do not have corresponding amounts of extraordinary evidence... And I suspect this is also true for at least a plurality of atheists. How you interpret your superstitions is of zero relevance.
    27 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 15 hours ago
  • Do you eat pork and other scavengers because you think they are clean and nothing is to be refused with thanksgiving?

    I eat anything that tastes good and for which producers can provide a reasonable level of food safety.
    I eat anything that tastes good and for which producers can provide a reasonable level of food safety.
    15 answers · Other - Food & Drink · 1 day ago
  • Should FDR have been impeached as soon as he signed the executive order throwing Japanese Americans into concentration camps?

    No. While I don't like it, the decision to inter Japanese-Americans was reasonable at the time. If you want to impeach FDR, an appropriate basis was his propensity to set economic policy based on astrology. If Trump based his policies on psychic predictions, I'm hopeful that we would remove him from office as being a whack-job. show more
    No. While I don't like it, the decision to inter Japanese-Americans was reasonable at the time. If you want to impeach FDR, an appropriate basis was his propensity to set economic policy based on astrology. If Trump based his policies on psychic predictions, I'm hopeful that we would remove him from office as being a whack-job.
    16 answers · Politics · 1 day ago
  • Guns don't kill people — feminists do?

    Guns are a tool. I have several firearms and they have not killed anyone. Why? Because I don't WANT to kill anyone. I have firearms as a contingency, if the police don't, won't, or can't respond to my issue, I don't HAVE to wait for them and hope for the best.
    Guns are a tool. I have several firearms and they have not killed anyone. Why? Because I don't WANT to kill anyone. I have firearms as a contingency, if the police don't, won't, or can't respond to my issue, I don't HAVE to wait for them and hope for the best.
    10 answers · Fantasy Sports · 1 day ago
  • Atheists: Have you ever purposely pissed off a religious person?

    Many times. I'm not one to hide my thoughts for the sake of pleasing such people.
    Many times. I'm not one to hide my thoughts for the sake of pleasing such people.
    22 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 day ago
  • No Chance Without Jesus says "Christianity is God's attempt to reach man"?

    One would expect that an omniscient, omnipotent being that WANTED to communicate with humans it wouldn't fail so spectacularly as the Christian god has. It shouldn't be possible for Christians to disagree in their interpretations of the Bible... Unless the god in question WANTS to sow division.
    One would expect that an omniscient, omnipotent being that WANTED to communicate with humans it wouldn't fail so spectacularly as the Christian god has. It shouldn't be possible for Christians to disagree in their interpretations of the Bible... Unless the god in question WANTS to sow division.
    17 answers · Mythology & Folklore · 1 day ago
  • Is Euthanasia as acceptable in UK and US as in Netherlands and Switzerland?

    I don't know much about the status of euthanasia in the UK, I do know that in the US laws regarding euthanasia vary from state-to-state with most states considering it a crime. As a longtime supporter of the Hemlock Society, I have no concerns about voluntary euthanasia in cases where mental illness is not a factor. That being said, if one... show more
    I don't know much about the status of euthanasia in the UK, I do know that in the US laws regarding euthanasia vary from state-to-state with most states considering it a crime. As a longtime supporter of the Hemlock Society, I have no concerns about voluntary euthanasia in cases where mental illness is not a factor. That being said, if one wishes to sincerely end their life, there are many easily accessible ways to do so (though I'm not going to provide any here).
    10 answers · Politics · 1 day ago
  • WHEN UNWANTED BABIES ARE ABORTED, is this positive for the economy?

    I'm not sure you could know that objectively. It certainly changes how money is allocated within the economy, but whether or not this is "good" or "positive" is a value judgement. What you're asking is whether it is better to spend money on children and all the things raising them entails...or spending that money on... show more
    I'm not sure you could know that objectively. It certainly changes how money is allocated within the economy, but whether or not this is "good" or "positive" is a value judgement. What you're asking is whether it is better to spend money on children and all the things raising them entails...or spending that money on other things. The money gets spent (or saved or invested for the future which has its own economic effects) regardless, it just gets spent on other things.
    20 answers · Psychology · 1 day ago
  • Do any Atheists believe that reason why religion have alot of people because of fear of death?

    That is certainly a part of it... But the major reason is the result of childhood indoctrination. Human children are naturally inclined to accept what adults and authority figures present without thinking critically. This is because if every 4 year old scientifically tested the proposition "don't go swimming in the river or you'll be... show more
    That is certainly a part of it... But the major reason is the result of childhood indoctrination. Human children are naturally inclined to accept what adults and authority figures present without thinking critically. This is because if every 4 year old scientifically tested the proposition "don't go swimming in the river or you'll be eaten by crocodiles", no one would grow up. Young children simply do not have the mental faculties to challenge what adults present as fact. Once you have grown up, it is difficult to turn your back on those beliefs that you accepted uncritically in the first place, especially if they are reinforced by society at large. Essentially, if you accepted religious beliefs as part of your identity and you're not prepared to challenge that identity by exposing yourself to critical information and questioning, then you can be stuck in it and unable to escape. Those of us who have escaped largely fall into the category of being unsatisfied with the blind assertions of religious dogma and we found that when you actually TRY to validate these claims, they fall apart. The discovery of ghosts would not necessarily alleviate the fear of death. Death isn't actually bad, it's more the fear of the pain it takes to get there. The fear would be best alleviated by successful treatment of death as a preventable chronic disease. If that ever becomes the case, religion won't have anything useful to offer to anyone and it will severely undercut the claims of religion, however, I suspect that most people who were religious in the wake of that discovery would argue against it on the grounds that is subverting the designs of their god/gods.
    21 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 day ago
  • Atheists. What is life?

    A narrow and arbitrary set of biochemical reactions based on carbon-chemistry as defined by humans. The further you get from that, the fewer experts will agree that the thing in question constitutes "life". For example, you can find experts on both sides of the question of whether or not viruses are a form of life.
    A narrow and arbitrary set of biochemical reactions based on carbon-chemistry as defined by humans. The further you get from that, the fewer experts will agree that the thing in question constitutes "life". For example, you can find experts on both sides of the question of whether or not viruses are a form of life.
    21 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 day ago
  • R&S: What’s your occupation?

    I'm currently a senior disability claims analyst for a major private insurer. I went to university for astrophysics, but other jobs I have done include -- Radio DJ, long haul truck driver, personal assistant, fast food restaurant manager, shipping/receiving clerk, and tech support phone operator. It can be fun finding a career when you have no... show more
    I'm currently a senior disability claims analyst for a major private insurer. I went to university for astrophysics, but other jobs I have done include -- Radio DJ, long haul truck driver, personal assistant, fast food restaurant manager, shipping/receiving clerk, and tech support phone operator. It can be fun finding a career when you have no idea what you want to do and you have large student loans to repay. Good times...good times.
    16 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 day ago
  • Is it true that Christianity is slowly declining in the USA?

    Yes and it has been for the past century. Each generation has been less religious than the one before it. The fastest growing group now are the "spiritual, but not religious". They are culturally Christian, but know little of the actual theology. When they raise children without religious indoctrination, Christianity will enter... show more
    Yes and it has been for the past century. Each generation has been less religious than the one before it. The fastest growing group now are the "spiritual, but not religious". They are culturally Christian, but know little of the actual theology. When they raise children without religious indoctrination, Christianity will enter demographic freefall in the US. In the next 2-3 generations, expect to see a 60-80% decline in Christianity in the US.
    38 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 days ago
  • Is there any proof that Hitler existed?

    There are mountains of evidence that Hitler existed. Contemporary writings by allies and opponents as well as neutral parties throughout his career. We even have his personal writings, films, photographs, artwork, voice recordings. What's especially funny is that there is far MORE evidence for evolution, but few creationists deny Hitler... show more
    There are mountains of evidence that Hitler existed. Contemporary writings by allies and opponents as well as neutral parties throughout his career. We even have his personal writings, films, photographs, artwork, voice recordings. What's especially funny is that there is far MORE evidence for evolution, but few creationists deny Hitler like they deny evolution.
    25 answers · History · 3 days ago
  • Atheists and Christians I feell God love is Conditional?

    You may consider me old and jaded, but my experience is that all love is conditional. How many babies do you think you'd have to rape and drop in a woodchipper before your own parents renounced you? Two? Five? Ten? At some point even the most loving parents will be begging for the police to just shoot you to make it stop. All... show more
    You may consider me old and jaded, but my experience is that all love is conditional. How many babies do you think you'd have to rape and drop in a woodchipper before your own parents renounced you? Two? Five? Ten? At some point even the most loving parents will be begging for the police to just shoot you to make it stop. All relationships are contingent on the behavior of the parties to that relationship.
    17 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 days ago
  • Why MUST any supernatural existence contain a "God"? Can there be supernatural worlds without Gods/God?

    The supernatural does not and cannot exist. If gods or ghosts or anything else in the supernatural category were ever actually discovered to exist, then the natural world would be redefined to include them.
    The supernatural does not and cannot exist. If gods or ghosts or anything else in the supernatural category were ever actually discovered to exist, then the natural world would be redefined to include them.
    19 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 days ago