• Does this prove that pope will step down?

    I don't see how it would. The Pope creates new cardinals every year.
    I don't see how it would. The Pope creates new cardinals every year.
    7 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 5 hours ago
  • The future of the church?

    Christianity is on the cusp of demographic collapse. Each generation has been less religious than the one before. What did you think was going to happen when all those "spiritual but not religious" Gen X'ers brought their kids up without church? Religion is a quaint anachronism. I keep telling people religion will be all but gone... show more
    Christianity is on the cusp of demographic collapse. Each generation has been less religious than the one before. What did you think was going to happen when all those "spiritual but not religious" Gen X'ers brought their kids up without church? Religion is a quaint anachronism. I keep telling people religion will be all but gone in a decade or two, but the religious insist nothing is changing and everyone is just as religious as they were a century ago.
    12 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 6 hours ago
  • Atheists: Do you believe you have a soul?

    No. The soul is an obsolete ancient hypothesis for what made living things living and separated living things from dead things or inanimate objects. This hypothesis never had any supporting evidence and was rendered obsolete in the 19th century by the field of biochemistry which conclusively demonstrated that life is nothing more than naturally... show more
    No. The soul is an obsolete ancient hypothesis for what made living things living and separated living things from dead things or inanimate objects. This hypothesis never had any supporting evidence and was rendered obsolete in the 19th century by the field of biochemistry which conclusively demonstrated that life is nothing more than naturally occurring chemical machinery.
    24 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 7 hours ago
  • We’re human sacrifice victims willing to die?

    Some were, especially if they were raised in a culture where that was normal. But in general, probably not. Many were captives or young children... Even infants. Others would have pretended to be willing to please their family or in fear of angering the gods. But lots were also drugged and would have had no clue what was even happening. show more
    Some were, especially if they were raised in a culture where that was normal. But in general, probably not. Many were captives or young children... Even infants. Others would have pretended to be willing to please their family or in fear of angering the gods. But lots were also drugged and would have had no clue what was even happening.
    14 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 8 hours ago
  • Do you believe that love is the way to reunite the races and abolish discrimination?

    I don't think you can reunite things that were never united in the first place. The human mind did not evolve to care about and treat others well beyond your own tribe of peer group. It takes a conscious effort to not view members of your group more positively and outsiders more negatively. Love won't fix that... It just new age... show more
    I don't think you can reunite things that were never united in the first place. The human mind did not evolve to care about and treat others well beyond your own tribe of peer group. It takes a conscious effort to not view members of your group more positively and outsiders more negatively. Love won't fix that... It just new age nonsense. Prayer won't fix it, since prayer has been repeatedly demonstrated to have no effect greater than chance. If you want peace and cooperation, you need to make different groups mutually economically dependent on one another. That is the only demonstrated path to actually work.
    22 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 day ago
  • Jesus was VERY socialist, so why are USA Christians so radically right wing?

    Ahh...another in a long line of people who don't know what socialism is. Socialism is the government ownership of the means of production. The means of production and who should own them are not mentioned anywhere in the Bible. Jesus said you ought to give to the poor, and lots of ignorant people think giving free stuff to poor people is... show more
    Ahh...another in a long line of people who don't know what socialism is. Socialism is the government ownership of the means of production. The means of production and who should own them are not mentioned anywhere in the Bible. Jesus said you ought to give to the poor, and lots of ignorant people think giving free stuff to poor people is what socialism is all about. No doubt that's why people fall for socialism... They think they'll either be the ones in charge of the ones getting a boatload of free loot. But in any country that has actually attempted socialism, the useful idiots get shot, the leading socialists get rich and the poor beg for whatever scraps are left... And their often not worth having. Religion and socialism have one thing in common though... We'd be better off without them both.
    46 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 day ago
  • I've heard, as gun ownership has increased, gun violence has decreased. Why do people spin that to say, "More guns make us safer"?

    It's a case of correlation being confused for causation. The causes of violent and criminal behavior are well known and have been steadily decreasing for decades -- bad parenting, authoritarian parenting, childhood physical and sexual abuse are major causes of the worst kinds of criminal violence. Childrearing methods have drastically improved... show more
    It's a case of correlation being confused for causation. The causes of violent and criminal behavior are well known and have been steadily decreasing for decades -- bad parenting, authoritarian parenting, childhood physical and sexual abuse are major causes of the worst kinds of criminal violence. Childrearing methods have drastically improved in the past 50 years. Gun ownership is increasing because despite historically low rates of violent crime, people feel less safe due to the hysterical news media blowing things way out of proportion for ratings. I love guns and own several. I have a conceal carry permit and carry everywhere I legally can. It just gives me another option besides running and hiding in the extremely unlikely event that someone decides to victimize me or my family... It's not a panacea.
    13 answers · Politics · 1 day ago
  • What are some sexy ancient goddesses?

    Since no one has mentioned her so far... How about Goddess of Fertility, Asherah. She was consort to Yahweh before the Jews reorganized the pantheon and kicked everyone but Yahweh out. Maybe that's why Yahweh is so pissed at everyone in the Old Testament... The Jews took away his steady sex partner.
    Since no one has mentioned her so far... How about Goddess of Fertility, Asherah. She was consort to Yahweh before the Jews reorganized the pantheon and kicked everyone but Yahweh out. Maybe that's why Yahweh is so pissed at everyone in the Old Testament... The Jews took away his steady sex partner.
    7 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 day ago
  • Why do you atheists hate God so much? What has He ever done to you besides give you life and a soul?

    We don't hate your imaginary friend. Maybe, when you understand and accept that we think you have an imaginary friend, you'll actually have enough understanding to have an opinion on the subject and be able to consider our replies. In the meantime... It's probably best if you hide under a rock and pretend we just hate your imaginary... show more
    We don't hate your imaginary friend. Maybe, when you understand and accept that we think you have an imaginary friend, you'll actually have enough understanding to have an opinion on the subject and be able to consider our replies. In the meantime... It's probably best if you hide under a rock and pretend we just hate your imaginary friend so you don't have to actually understand or empathize with us. You might have to join us if you knew or understood what we know.
    12 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 days ago
  • Why do not most people want to have tough parents?

    It really depends on what you mean. I had "tough" parents in that they would let me do whatever I wanted...provided I could make a good argument and I took responsibility for the consequences. This was very helpful to me as an adult... But other people mean by "tough parents" that their parents regularly beat them for minor... show more
    It really depends on what you mean. I had "tough" parents in that they would let me do whatever I wanted...provided I could make a good argument and I took responsibility for the consequences. This was very helpful to me as an adult... But other people mean by "tough parents" that their parents regularly beat them for minor failings.
    4 answers · Other - Family & Relationships · 3 days ago
  • Is an atheist getting mad at god like a man getting mad at the grinch who stole Christmas?

    Sure... But who is mad at your imaginary friend? I'm just laughing at you...an adult...pretending your fantasy is real. I'm not mad at your fantasy nor do I know anyone who is.
    Sure... But who is mad at your imaginary friend? I'm just laughing at you...an adult...pretending your fantasy is real. I'm not mad at your fantasy nor do I know anyone who is.
    30 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 days ago
  • Isn't it scary living in a world without God? Without him, there's nothing but garbage lying around for you. Isn't it time to seek God?

    I haven't been afraid of the world/universe in general since I abandoned belief in gods. People are usually explicable if you put forth a little effort. When you understand natural forces as I do, there is little to fear from them.
    I haven't been afraid of the world/universe in general since I abandoned belief in gods. People are usually explicable if you put forth a little effort. When you understand natural forces as I do, there is little to fear from them.
    31 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 days ago
  • Do atheists use candle followers like Christians do or do they like their candles to be all drippy?

    I use electric replacements... Candles create an awesome effect in a home, but I can simulate that effect with no fire risk. It's just for aesthetics anyway, so it makes no difference.
    I use electric replacements... Candles create an awesome effect in a home, but I can simulate that effect with no fire risk. It's just for aesthetics anyway, so it makes no difference.
    12 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 days ago
  • Is theistic evolution a superfluous attempt to smuggle God in by the back door?

    Best answer: One could describe it that way, but I think it is more an attempt to soften the blow to theists so they can pretend a little bit longer that their ancient myths retain some relevance.
    Best answer: One could describe it that way, but I think it is more an attempt to soften the blow to theists so they can pretend a little bit longer that their ancient myths retain some relevance.
    15 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 days ago
  • Atheists, could you maybe dial down the arrogance a notch, pull your heads out of your rectums, and look at the evidence for God?

    Such as what? * Old stories aren't evidence. You even know this since you don't accept the old stories of other religions. * Personal experiences aren't evidence. All religions have them and all the claims from other religions don't move you. * Poor rhetorical arguments aren't evidence. You might not know this one if... show more
    Such as what? * Old stories aren't evidence. You even know this since you don't accept the old stories of other religions. * Personal experiences aren't evidence. All religions have them and all the claims from other religions don't move you. * Poor rhetorical arguments aren't evidence. You might not know this one if you've not studied rhetoric or argumentation...but even the very best arguments will only get you as far as "there might be some kind of god". * Your ignorance and/or incredulity isn't evidence. Just because you don't get it, it doesn't suggest that a god did it. You don't get to make up an answer to solve a problem you can't figure out and you wouldn't accept such an argument from any other religion. You have something else to bring forward? By all means, do so. I enjoy this game and I'd LOVE to hear something new rather than the endless spewing of the above by theists as if these things were evidence or in any way convincing.
    11 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 days ago
  • Does anyone personally know of a professing Christian who is actually obeying all of Jesus' sayings?

    No. And thank goodness for that. Jesus gives some pretty bad advice in some places. For example, Mark 7:1-4, Jesus says washing hands is a silly human tradition. No one who knows anything about germs or food safety would say such a thing. Or Matthew 19:12 where Jesus advocates castration. Or Matthew 6:34 where Jesus advises against planning... show more
    No. And thank goodness for that. Jesus gives some pretty bad advice in some places. For example, Mark 7:1-4, Jesus says washing hands is a silly human tradition. No one who knows anything about germs or food safety would say such a thing. Or Matthew 19:12 where Jesus advocates castration. Or Matthew 6:34 where Jesus advises against planning for tomorrow. Or John 6:27 where the Bible says not to work to obtain food. Or Matthew 5:11 where the Bible says to make people WANT to persecute you. Or Matthew 5:42 where it advises that you do whatever others ask of you.
    23 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 days ago
  • Why do pagans even bother? I mean, do they realize how stupid they are?

    Believe it or not... Paganism/Polytheism is actually more likely to be true because it requires fewer improbable excuses than monotheism.
    Believe it or not... Paganism/Polytheism is actually more likely to be true because it requires fewer improbable excuses than monotheism.
    11 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 days ago
  • I recently suffered the loss of A LOT of money. Can anything feel worse than this? Can anything really be worse than this?

    I had a friend from college. He was killed in a fiery car crash with a drunk driver. He was trapped in the wreck and because the accident occurred in a remote location, it took the fire department ~40 minutes to arrive on scene. It took the fire ~30 minutes to reach him. He knew for a half an hour that he was trapped and he would DEFINITELY... show more
    I had a friend from college. He was killed in a fiery car crash with a drunk driver. He was trapped in the wreck and because the accident occurred in a remote location, it took the fire department ~40 minutes to arrive on scene. It took the fire ~30 minutes to reach him. He knew for a half an hour that he was trapped and he would DEFINITELY die. He was pinned and he couldn't call for help. The drunk driver had 4 previous DUI arrests. That day was normally my friend's day off, but he swapped a shift so he could go the next day with his wife to confirm if she was pregnant. She was. Even to this day -- 8 years later -- the wife is STILL in counseling because if she hadn't wanted him to be there he wouldn't have died. Believe me....she'd rather have him back than his 7-figure life insurance payout.
    21 answers · Polls & Surveys · 3 days ago
  • Do atheists believe in life before death?

    Things that meet the criteria for life meet the criteria for life. It's a tautology and belief isn't required.
    Things that meet the criteria for life meet the criteria for life. It's a tautology and belief isn't required.
    14 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 days ago
  • Catholicism GAVE US CIVILIZATION?

    Let's see... Modern science -- Francis Bacon was an Anglican, not a Catholic. Free market economics -- Adam Smith was a Presbyterian, not a Catholic. Human Rights -- earliest known example of a declaration of Human Rights is the Cyrus Cylinder, dated to 539 BCE (prior to Catholicism existing). Art/music -- the art and music the Catholics... show more
    Let's see... Modern science -- Francis Bacon was an Anglican, not a Catholic. Free market economics -- Adam Smith was a Presbyterian, not a Catholic. Human Rights -- earliest known example of a declaration of Human Rights is the Cyrus Cylinder, dated to 539 BCE (prior to Catholicism existing). Art/music -- the art and music the Catholics funded were inspired by or derived from classical Greek and Roman pagan sources and Christianity took almost a millennium and a half to get as good at it as those earlier pagans. What is this guy's PhD in? Underwater basket weaving? Or is he just another dishonest apologist looking to try to convince everyone that his religion was vital and therefore needs to still be the center of our civilization?
    13 answers · History · 3 days ago