• Why don't we just let other countries get stuff on their own and be themselves?

    Best answer: Well, if the North Koreans were content to keep to themselves and halt their nuclear weapons program, we would leave them alone. The trouble is they want to take over South Korea and they want nuclear weapons so they can make demands of everyone because they are a failed state who can't manage their own affairs internally. show more
    Best answer: Well, if the North Koreans were content to keep to themselves and halt their nuclear weapons program, we would leave them alone. The trouble is they want to take over South Korea and they want nuclear weapons so they can make demands of everyone because they are a failed state who can't manage their own affairs internally.
    11 answers · Politics · 3 days ago
  • If God does not exist, then why do meteors always land in craters in the desert? Checkmate atheists?

    Best answer: Deserts tend to preserve visible and obvious craters longer because of fewer geological processes grinding them down. The Earth is as heavily cratered as the moon is, but wind, water and life erase the visible craters win a few thousand years. Craters in deserts can last much longer because of sparse life and minimal water... show more
    Best answer: Deserts tend to preserve visible and obvious craters longer because of fewer geological processes grinding them down. The Earth is as heavily cratered as the moon is, but wind, water and life erase the visible craters win a few thousand years. Craters in deserts can last much longer because of sparse life and minimal water erosion. Also, meteors never land, by definition. The word you should have used is meteorite.
    9 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 4 days ago
  • Is Christianity decreasing and Atheism increasing nowadays?

    Best answer: Yes, but not in the way you might expect. While there are still plenty of folks who identify as Christians, each successive generation is less religious. This has been going on for at least the past century. The vast majority of Christians alive today trust the scientist, doctor and engineer over the priest and only turn to the priest... show more
    Best answer: Yes, but not in the way you might expect. While there are still plenty of folks who identify as Christians, each successive generation is less religious. This has been going on for at least the past century. The vast majority of Christians alive today trust the scientist, doctor and engineer over the priest and only turn to the priest when the limitations of human knowledge and control are reached. This isn't even remotely similar to how Christianity worked for thousands of years. The current generation of Christians are not regular church-goers. They are culturally Christian, but without the constant reinforcement of doctrine, they are picking and choosing their own verses and interpretations. Their children will not receive sufficient, common nor consistent indoctrination and will grow up as "spiritual, but not religious". The following generation may not describe themselves as Christian or religious at all. This is the coming demographic collapse of Christianity.
    18 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 4 days ago
  • Why is Superman demonstrably more moral than Yahweh? Superman wouldn't sit back while a high school student took an AR-15 to school, and...?

    Best answer: Forget Superman... I'm demonstrably more moral than Yahweh because I will categorical denounce slavery. It is ALWAYS wrong. Yahweh endorses it by giving rules for slavery.
    Best answer: Forget Superman... I'm demonstrably more moral than Yahweh because I will categorical denounce slavery. It is ALWAYS wrong. Yahweh endorses it by giving rules for slavery.
    11 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 5 days ago
  • What does it mean when someone refers to a person as evil?

    Best answer: It means "I think that person causes unnecessary harm to others, possibly for personal gain."
    Best answer: It means "I think that person causes unnecessary harm to others, possibly for personal gain."
    8 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 5 days ago
  • Is God furious with us?

    Best answer: If you read the Bible, it is clear that he is angry that we are exactly the way he made us. Which makes no sense, especially if he knew how it would turn out before he made us. Imagine an engineer... He designs a bridge that he knows won't carry the weight. The bridge is built and quickly collapses. And the engineer gets mad... show more
    Best answer: If you read the Bible, it is clear that he is angry that we are exactly the way he made us. Which makes no sense, especially if he knew how it would turn out before he made us. Imagine an engineer... He designs a bridge that he knows won't carry the weight. The bridge is built and quickly collapses. And the engineer gets mad at... The bridge. We'd think he was nuts. There's an odd thought... Given how prone the god of the Bible is to fits of rage and genocide... What if god is actually crazy? It would certainly make more sense than the current attributes assigned to him by believers. Why does god get super involved in people's sex lives and dietary habits? Why all the violence and controlling (but irrelevant) rules like not blending fabrics? Why a blood sacrifice involving part of himself to fix a problem he created and could fix with a word? Maybe insanity is a good fit for these behaviors.
    14 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 week ago
  • Do agnostics and atheists know more about theology than theists?

    Best answer: Yes and it's not my opinion, it's the findings of this survey: http://www.pewforum.org/2010/09/28/u-s-religious-knowledge-survey/ You see, we've actually spent the time studying these things, that's why many of us BECAME atheist/agnostic in the first place, whereas many theists treat their beliefs like a software... show more
    Best answer: Yes and it's not my opinion, it's the findings of this survey: http://www.pewforum.org/2010/09/28/u-s-r... You see, we've actually spent the time studying these things, that's why many of us BECAME atheist/agnostic in the first place, whereas many theists treat their beliefs like a software license agreement... The just scroll to the bottom and click "I agree" without any study or understanding.
    22 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 week ago
  • Atheist feminists, you ever hear of a thing called "Hitchen's Razor"?

    Best answer: I'm not a feminist (I'm an egalitarian), but Hitchen's Razor can and should be applied to every argument. Make an assertion without evidence and I'll dismiss it without evidence. It doesn't matter what your claim is.
    Best answer: I'm not a feminist (I'm an egalitarian), but Hitchen's Razor can and should be applied to every argument. Make an assertion without evidence and I'll dismiss it without evidence. It doesn't matter what your claim is.
    10 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 week ago
  • Is life perfect?

    Best answer: Nah, children still get cancer. No perfect world would permit this.
    Best answer: Nah, children still get cancer. No perfect world would permit this.
    15 answers · Philosophy · 1 week ago
  • How come so many religions have sexual abuse of children scandals now? Does religion cause perversion? Can't they have sex with other adults?

    Best answer: Pedophiles are attracted to careers where they can be close to and have power over children. As they hold positions of social trust, clergy, schoolteachers and such are the most attractive as you are generally trusted to oversee children in loco parents and most adults will give you the benefit of the doubt if something you're... show more
    Best answer: Pedophiles are attracted to careers where they can be close to and have power over children. As they hold positions of social trust, clergy, schoolteachers and such are the most attractive as you are generally trusted to oversee children in loco parents and most adults will give you the benefit of the doubt if something you're doing seems questionable.
    13 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 weeks ago
  • Atheist, does public prayer bother you or make you uncomfortable?

    Best answer: Only if it inconveniences me. The last time I was bothered in that way was at the start of the Iraq War when some peace activists blocked traffic for a prayer against the war. I was stuck in the minor traffic jam that resulted for about 20 minutes.
    Best answer: Only if it inconveniences me. The last time I was bothered in that way was at the start of the Iraq War when some peace activists blocked traffic for a prayer against the war. I was stuck in the minor traffic jam that resulted for about 20 minutes.
    70 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 weeks ago
  • Friends,are you familiar with the activities of Yvette and By Any Means Necessary out in California , your opinion?

    Best answer: I am familiar. They're just a bunch of leftist useful idiots LARPing as revolutionaries. Useful for laughing at... And should the hard left ever take over, they'll be put up against the wall and shot. Revolutionaries aren't needed it wanted once the revolution is over.
    Best answer: I am familiar. They're just a bunch of leftist useful idiots LARPing as revolutionaries. Useful for laughing at... And should the hard left ever take over, they'll be put up against the wall and shot. Revolutionaries aren't needed it wanted once the revolution is over.
    4 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 weeks ago
  • If you could go back in time, would you kill baby Yahweh before he kills his father El and becomes the only remaining god?

    Best answer: No. I wouldn't bother with superstitious nonsense. I'd make a few fortuitous inventions and use the proceeds to open schools teaching modern scientific methodology in Greece, Mesopotamia and Egypt. The ancient Greeks were already sooooo close to starting a steam-powered industrial revolution... Just tip them over that edge...... show more
    Best answer: No. I wouldn't bother with superstitious nonsense. I'd make a few fortuitous inventions and use the proceeds to open schools teaching modern scientific methodology in Greece, Mesopotamia and Egypt. The ancient Greeks were already sooooo close to starting a steam-powered industrial revolution... Just tip them over that edge... and we could be 2500-3000 years more advanced today than we are.
    2 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 weeks ago
  • Can god accept a gay couple if they are great people in absolutely every other way besides being gay?

    Best answer: It would seem to me that if there was a God, it would be terribly small and petty of him to care about individual sex lives at all. Imagine you being terribly caught up in the sex lives of various mammals in Africa to the point where what they do enrages you to the point where you just can't help but wanting to torture them. It... show more
    Best answer: It would seem to me that if there was a God, it would be terribly small and petty of him to care about individual sex lives at all. Imagine you being terribly caught up in the sex lives of various mammals in Africa to the point where what they do enrages you to the point where you just can't help but wanting to torture them. It absolutely makes no sense and it would absolutely reveal you as a psycho and a control freak.
    11 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 weeks ago
  • When your time comes, will you say you were told by others to do thus or that virtue was not convenient at the time?

    Best answer: I have done the best that I could under the circumstances. If that isn't good enough, tough cookies. If your alleged god had been marginally less incompetent, it could have done much more to prevent unnecessary suffering that I ever could. I'll just use whatever excuse he/she/it uses... I'm sure it'll be adequate...or... show more
    Best answer: I have done the best that I could under the circumstances. If that isn't good enough, tough cookies. If your alleged god had been marginally less incompetent, it could have done much more to prevent unnecessary suffering that I ever could. I'll just use whatever excuse he/she/it uses... I'm sure it'll be adequate...or do you condemn your imaginary friend?
    7 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 weeks ago
  • Denmark made a gay guy their most honored citizen, the gay DaVinci is seen as one of the greatest geniuses, and Alan Turing a genius too?

    Best answer: Christianity has certainly been an abject failure, pretty much since Day 1, but interestingly enough... They didn't much care about homosexuality until the 12th Century and some scholars have contended that the right of adelphopoiesis was a defacto gay marriage ceremony in which two same sex were joined into a household union. ... show more
    Best answer: Christianity has certainly been an abject failure, pretty much since Day 1, but interestingly enough... They didn't much care about homosexuality until the 12th Century and some scholars have contended that the right of adelphopoiesis was a defacto gay marriage ceremony in which two same sex were joined into a household union. Homosexuality was considered tolerable prior to that provided the receptive partner was not an adult male citizen -- male children and slaves as well as any adult non-citizens were perfectly valid targets for a Roman male to penetrate. There are even a pair of saints in the 4th Century, Sergius and Bacchus, who were in an adelphopoiesis union and may have been lovers. Nevertheless, the central testable claim of Jesus' cult was that the world would within the lifetime of some witnesses to his first ministry on Earth. Given that the alleged first ministry occurred approximately 2000 years ago and this prophecy remains unfulfilled, unless there are some 2000+ year old Jews wandering around, it is obvious that Jesus was a false messiah, assuming that he ever existed at all (a notion also in dispute by competent scholars).
    5 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 weeks ago
  • Religion & Spirituality, are people part of nature or are we separate from nature?

    Best answer: Here's a rare opinion for you. There is no separation from nature. We manipulate nature to make our lives easier, but it is still nature. All our technology stems from this, it is not divorced from it. Even should we all transition from biological humans to artificial constructs as my fellow transhumans suggest, it will still be... show more
    Best answer: Here's a rare opinion for you. There is no separation from nature. We manipulate nature to make our lives easier, but it is still nature. All our technology stems from this, it is not divorced from it. Even should we all transition from biological humans to artificial constructs as my fellow transhumans suggest, it will still be natural in whole... The whole notion of natural versus artificial is just pseudo-philosophical and human-centric nonsense.
    3 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 weeks ago
  • Do christians thiink that since there is no evidence that a god does not exist, that it therefore must exist?

    Best answer: I've only ever heard a few delusional people make this argument. The vast majority of Christians seem instead to be under the obviously false impression that there is evidence due to childhood indoctrination, lack of education and their own cognitive biases.
    Best answer: I've only ever heard a few delusional people make this argument. The vast majority of Christians seem instead to be under the obviously false impression that there is evidence due to childhood indoctrination, lack of education and their own cognitive biases.
    21 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 weeks ago
  • Would an afterlife give us meaning?

    Best answer: I don't understand how it could or would. Suppose I showed you 100% proof that everyone who dies will go to the an eternal blissful afterlife after enduring all the unnecessary suffering they inflicted on others. It might cause you to change your life's goals and actions to minimize the unnecessary suffering you cause to... show more
    Best answer: I don't understand how it could or would. Suppose I showed you 100% proof that everyone who dies will go to the an eternal blissful afterlife after enduring all the unnecessary suffering they inflicted on others. It might cause you to change your life's goals and actions to minimize the unnecessary suffering you cause to others, but would you think your life has a different meaning with this knowledge?
    12 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 weeks ago
  • What action or inaction should a college student take after their professor asks for and receives very personal information from the class?

    Best answer: I would definitely ask the reason why either of those things would help with emergency contact. When I was in college, my legal address was my parents' home 800 miles away and a birthday isn't going to help at all. I filled out many such cards, but the requested information was much more... Useful to that purpose...for... show more
    Best answer: I would definitely ask the reason why either of those things would help with emergency contact. When I was in college, my legal address was my parents' home 800 miles away and a birthday isn't going to help at all. I filled out many such cards, but the requested information was much more... Useful to that purpose...for example, a contact number, emergency contact, preferred name pronunciation, email address, hometown, month and day of birth and if you observe any religious holidays or practices that might impact the class (like if you're a Muslim and you're always going to leave class early to make it to prayers or something). Some of that's a bit personal, but you can see a legit reason for all of them. The only one I questioned as a freshman was the month and day of birth, but after the cards were collected it was explained that if your birthday fell on a class day, you were excused from attending and if an assignment fell on that day, you could turn it in the next day.
    8 answers · Sociology · 4 weeks ago