• Explain to me again how the Bible is a guidebook of morality...?

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/01/23/father-son-duo-accused-of-rape-wants-only-law-book-that-truly-matters-at-trial-the-bible/?utm_term=.f8fe02a8b25b A father a son, devout Christians imprisoned their stepsister in a basement and raped her repeatedly. They believe their actions are entirely in line with the Bible, a book... show more
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts... A father a son, devout Christians imprisoned their stepsister in a basement and raped her repeatedly. They believe their actions are entirely in line with the Bible, a book that encourages its followers to treat women as property. I know you will say these are "bad apples." However, Christians claim that the Bible and Christianity foster moral behavior, and yet we have a many examples like this one where the Bible is used to justify clearly immoral behavior. And, people like these two would argue that Christians who condemn them are the ones who do not understand God's will.
    8 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 year ago
  • Watered down religion... what is the point?

    A church near my house has advertising showing people holding cards that say, "More Change", "Less Talk", and "No religious aftertaste." My question to Christians... What is your reaction to this watering down of Christianity to make it more palatable to a wider population? Isn't somewhat ridiculous that a... show more
    A church near my house has advertising showing people holding cards that say, "More Change", "Less Talk", and "No religious aftertaste." My question to Christians... What is your reaction to this watering down of Christianity to make it more palatable to a wider population? Isn't somewhat ridiculous that a church - a religious institution - is marketing itself as not religious?
    7 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 years ago
  • Bald patches on lawn?

    2 answers · Garden & Landscape · 3 years ago
  • Should I apply to every job I see on a company site?

    I was looking at a Jobs/Careers section for a large and well known company. There are at least a dozen jobs listed that I am qualified for, but worry that if I apply to them all I might hurt my chances. For example the HR screeners will get tired of seeing my name or if some of the jobs have the same hiring manager they might be bothered that I... show more
    I was looking at a Jobs/Careers section for a large and well known company. There are at least a dozen jobs listed that I am qualified for, but worry that if I apply to them all I might hurt my chances. For example the HR screeners will get tired of seeing my name or if some of the jobs have the same hiring manager they might be bothered that I wasn't focused on a single job. The problem is that the jobs don't have enough detail for me to know if one of them is a better fit than the others. Should I just apply to them all on the assumption that everyone does that? Should I just apply to a couple and hope hit the ones that are a good fit? Or, should I consider some other action or method?
    2 answers · Other - Careers & Employment · 3 years ago
  • Composter not 'cooking'?

    A month ago I bought to a composter with two 40 gallon barrels that rotate. I filled them both with materials, mostly from my old compost pile, mostly leaves, but some grass and food scraps, all about 1/2 way through the process. Neither of the barrels have started to heat up the way my old pile used to when I was good about keeping it turned. I... show more
    A month ago I bought to a composter with two 40 gallon barrels that rotate. I filled them both with materials, mostly from my old compost pile, mostly leaves, but some grass and food scraps, all about 1/2 way through the process. Neither of the barrels have started to heat up the way my old pile used to when I was good about keeping it turned. I even bought some "Compost Food" to see if that would kick start things. Any recommendations to get my compost cooking?
    6 answers · Garden & Landscape · 4 years ago
  • Does it bother you when your clergyman lives "well"?

    I have had the opportunity to visit the homes of many clergy over the years. I have been to the homes of ministers, rabbis, and others. In almost every case, those homes were in nicer neighborhoods and were priced well above the average for the city; much nicer than the homes of most of their congregation. There are also frequent stories of... show more
    I have had the opportunity to visit the homes of many clergy over the years. I have been to the homes of ministers, rabbis, and others. In almost every case, those homes were in nicer neighborhoods and were priced well above the average for the city; much nicer than the homes of most of their congregation. There are also frequent stories of clergy from 'mega churches' living in mansions and driving expensive cars. Churches and other religious institutions are considered charitable and non-profit organizations. When it is discovered that a charity like the United Way or a Susan G. Komen Foundation pays their directors fat salaries and gives them huge perks, there is usually significant complaint and backlash. Does the same happen with churches? As a member of a congregation, how do you feel when you go to the minister's or rabbi's home and see it is nicer than yours? Does it bother you that money you gave to the church is going to fund their lavish lifestyle?
    11 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 4 years ago
  • Would you lie for your religion?

    You believe your religion is the only road to salvation and you are - proverbially - throwing a life raft to drowning people. You have heard others have had success when proselytizing by giving testimonials about how they, themselves, were saved (from drugs, lives of crime, abusive family, etc.) through conversion. It is unlikely that a secondhand... show more
    You believe your religion is the only road to salvation and you are - proverbially - throwing a life raft to drowning people. You have heard others have had success when proselytizing by giving testimonials about how they, themselves, were saved (from drugs, lives of crime, abusive family, etc.) through conversion. It is unlikely that a secondhand account of a conversion story will have the impact needed to get your audience to convert. Would you lie? Would you repeat the testimonials of others to make it appear that YOU were saved from a terrible life (addicted to drugs, homeless, in jail, prostituting yourself, etc)? Would you embellish your own stories, so that it appears your conversion was more dramatic than it actually was? Would you knowingly lie to convert others?
    11 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 4 years ago
  • Should I wait to plant my shrubs?

    I live in central Texas and we are in the third year of a drought. We got more rain this year, but are still at a deficit. I have a strip I prepared for planting over a year ago, but I decided not to plant anything there until the drought was over, or at least a little better. The plan is to put in something drought tollerant, like a sage or... show more
    I live in central Texas and we are in the third year of a drought. We got more rain this year, but are still at a deficit. I have a strip I prepared for planting over a year ago, but I decided not to plant anything there until the drought was over, or at least a little better. The plan is to put in something drought tollerant, like a sage or rosemary. We are entering the prime time for planting shrubs in Texas (Feb). I don't want to plant only to have them all die when the summer heat and dryness hits. Should I wait another year to see if the drought ends or just go ahead and plant, taking the higher risk that I will lose them. My wife is tired of the empty beds.
    2 answers · Garden & Landscape · 4 years ago
  • Early 50's Austin Model?

    My father says he had a small Austin, likely a sports car, back in late 1950s New York. He was not wealthy, so I have to believe it was a model from the late 40's or early 50's for him to have been able to afford the car. Apart from it being an Austin, the only detail I know is that the car had small paddles or flaps that would pop out... show more
    My father says he had a small Austin, likely a sports car, back in late 1950s New York. He was not wealthy, so I have to believe it was a model from the late 40's or early 50's for him to have been able to afford the car. Apart from it being an Austin, the only detail I know is that the car had small paddles or flaps that would pop out the side as a turn indicator. Looking through the Wiki page for Austin, I don't see any with this feature. Does anyone have any ideas on what model he might have owned?
    1 answer · Other - Cars & Transportation · 5 years ago
  • Don't you hate it when people delete their questions before you have a chance to answer?

    This was the question... What proof and evidence is there that proves atheism is accurate and correct? I was watching the atheist experience show and they evaded the question on live t.v. How would you answer it? This was my answer... They didn't evade the question, you just didn't like their answer. Their answer, correctly, is... show more
    This was the question... What proof and evidence is there that proves atheism is accurate and correct? I was watching the atheist experience show and they evaded the question on live t.v. How would you answer it? This was my answer... They didn't evade the question, you just didn't like their answer. Their answer, correctly, is that atheism doesn't require proof. It is those who believe in God who are making the positive claim, and therefore it is they who must present proof. Example: Me - "I want to buy your house, will you take a check?" You - "Sure, but I will need to see your bank statement prove you have the money" Me - "Why should I have to prove I have the money, isn't it enough that I write you a check?" You - "No, how can I be sure you have the money?" Me - "You cannot DISPROVE I have the money, thus, you must accept that I have the money." This argument is exactly the argument you are making. "You cannot DISPROVE God, thus you must believe in him." No... Just as in the example, I am not going to believe until I have proof it exists.
    2 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 5 years ago
  • Christians and others... Give me your best shot?

    Christians, and other theists, I believe I have heard or read all of the arguments from you as to why I should believe in God. Thus far, none of them are worth the electrons required to display them on my screen. I ask you, do you have anything new? Do you have that one argument or proof that will sway an atheist like me? Before you write... show more
    Christians, and other theists, I believe I have heard or read all of the arguments from you as to why I should believe in God. Thus far, none of them are worth the electrons required to display them on my screen. I ask you, do you have anything new? Do you have that one argument or proof that will sway an atheist like me? Before you write something, please make sure you are not just rehashing the old arguments below. (To the non-religious, feel free to add to the list.) “What if you are wrong?” – Pascal’s Wager. Fail. I could use the same argument for Zeus and Odin. “The Bible says…” – Circular argument. Fail. The only proof that the Bible is true is that the Bible says it is true. By this reasoning, the Koran and Book of Mormon as also true. “There is evidence of design…” – Argument from design. Fail. There is no evidence for design. Most of the cited evidence is either a misinterpretation of the findings, lack of education, or outright fabrication. “Two billions people cannot be wrong…” – Argument from popularity. Fail. The entire world population could believe the moon is made of cheese, but that wouldn't make it happen. “You cannot explain this...” – Argument from ignorance. Fail. The inability to explain a phenomenon does not point to God; it just means it hasn’t yet been explained. What is more, many of the claims that something cannot be explained are incorrect. (You also have the problems of “God is in the gaps.”) “I was lost, but now I am found…” – Anecdotal evidence. Fail. Saying, “I prayed and [this] happened” is meaningless on an individual basis. If everyone who prayed had it happen, then you would have something. “Morality…” - Have you read the Bible? It advocates slavery, rape, child abuse, genocide, etc. Fail. I can find plenty of examples of immoral acts by believers, often done in the name of God. I can also find many examples of non-believers who lead exemplary lives. “Something cannot come from nothing” – Argument from ignorance, again. Fail. The Big Bang doesn’t say the universe came from nothing. “You cannot prove God doesn’t exist” – I don’t have to. Fail. You are making the claim that God exists, I simply don’t believe your claims. “The Ontological Argument…” or “The First Cause Argument” – Both of these are logically flawed and make ridiculous assumptions. But, the bigger issue is that no Christian believe BECAUSE of these arguments, they are just arguments people use to justify what they already believe. Fail. “I feel God” or “I have faith” – That is nice. But it isn’t a reason for me to believe. Fail.
    22 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 5 years ago
  • Fellow Atheists... heard any good ones lately?

    We keep seeing the same tired arguments from the theists and was wondering if anyone has recently heard any new or particularly well stated arguments from believers.
    We keep seeing the same tired arguments from the theists and was wondering if anyone has recently heard any new or particularly well stated arguments from believers.
    10 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 5 years ago
  • "Life of Pi", what are your thoughts?

    A few years ago I read the "Life of Pi"... and I didn't like it. This weekend, I watched the movie on cable, and while the movie was wonderfully shot and acted, it reminded me of why I didn't like the book and solidified my opinions. In the story, the boy makes up a story about animals and strange events to cope with his... show more
    A few years ago I read the "Life of Pi"... and I didn't like it. This weekend, I watched the movie on cable, and while the movie was wonderfully shot and acted, it reminded me of why I didn't like the book and solidified my opinions. In the story, the boy makes up a story about animals and strange events to cope with his ordeal. A theme of the book/movie is that the story the boy created to cope is a spiritual journey that ultimately justifies his belief in God. At the end of the movie, the character of the boy is telling the story to a reporter and he asks, "Which is the better story?", to which the reporter replies, 'the story with the tiger'. So, the ultimate theme is... we believe because it makes us feel better about our lives. I cannot help but disagree with that theme. The story with the tiger is not the better story. The story of a young man, who found the strength within himself to survive, is the better story. The story with the tiger, like believing in god, is nothing more than delusion and denial. I am interested to hear how others familiar with the book/movie feel? I am an atheist, and feel the story fails because perpetuating a delusion is not a way to live your life. Do you feel differently?
    7 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 5 years ago
  • Is it my ISP, Modem, or Router?

    My internet (provided by the cable company) has become much less reliable lately. My connection used to be strong throughout the entire house, but in the last month or so it has started to struggle, slow down, and generally be unreliable. The problem I have is that there are three parts of the equation: the internet signal (from the cable... show more
    My internet (provided by the cable company) has become much less reliable lately. My connection used to be strong throughout the entire house, but in the last month or so it has started to struggle, slow down, and generally be unreliable. The problem I have is that there are three parts of the equation: the internet signal (from the cable company), the modem, and my wireless router. Is there an easy way (that doesn't require any special equipment) to determine which part is the culprit? The problem is worse the further I am from the router and some devices are having trouble keeping a steady connection, which all suggests the router. But, I wonder if the signal from the cable company or modem is weak or unreliable, and the router is just doing the best it can with the poor signal. I would rather not buy a new router if I can avoid it. I could get a service call from the cable company and/or replace the modem for free, but both would require some inconvenience (staying home all day waiting for them to show up). Thoughts? Recommendations?
    2 answers · Computer Networking · 5 years ago
  • Christians - If Romney is elected will you be glad of the First Amendment to the Constitution then?

    If there were no separation of Church and State, and if Romney was elected, he could declare Mormonism the religion of the land and force all churches and schools to teach the Book of Mormon as gospel. He could throw priests and pastors who refused to teach the Book of Mormon into jail, and/or seize non-Mormon church property. I don't care... show more
    If there were no separation of Church and State, and if Romney was elected, he could declare Mormonism the religion of the land and force all churches and schools to teach the Book of Mormon as gospel. He could throw priests and pastors who refused to teach the Book of Mormon into jail, and/or seize non-Mormon church property. I don't care if he is a Mormon. As an atheist, I am none too happy about Obama's Christian faith. I just wanted to point out to all you Christians who want to vote for Romney that you should be damn happy there is a 'separation clause' in the First Amendment. Contrary to what conservative leaders tell you, the statute that separates Church and State has been used more often to defend religious groups from interference from the government, than the other way around.
    4 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 6 years ago
  • Is Christianity inconsistent with Democracy?

    Democracy is ultimately a Humanist form of government. It is based on the idea that power is derived from the people, that laws are derived from the people, and that no one individual or group has more or less rights than another. Christianity teaches the opposite. God/Jesus is the ultimate power, that laws come from God/Jesus, and that people... show more
    Democracy is ultimately a Humanist form of government. It is based on the idea that power is derived from the people, that laws are derived from the people, and that no one individual or group has more or less rights than another. Christianity teaches the opposite. God/Jesus is the ultimate power, that laws come from God/Jesus, and that people who believe in God/Jesus are special. How can any devout Christian claim to support Democracy? A government for and by the people. (And before anyone claims this is a 'Christian nation', I remind you that the First Amendment to the Constitution says otherwise.) What is more, when Christians attack Muslims and others as being anti-Democratic and anti-freedom, aren't they accusing Muslims of exactly what they themselves desire, a government that acknowledges a God as the ultimate authority? Everyone's thoughts are welcome, but I am particularly interested to hear what Christians have to say.
    7 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 6 years ago
  • Netbook won't boot even though hard drive shows no errors?

    My netbook (small laptop) stopped booting up into Windows. I can get into the Bios settings, but just get a blinking cursor when I try and boot. The netbook doesn't have a CD drive, so I can't try a boot disk (without spending $50-$100 for an external USB CD drive). So, I pulled the hard drive and plugged it into another computer as a... show more
    My netbook (small laptop) stopped booting up into Windows. I can get into the Bios settings, but just get a blinking cursor when I try and boot. The netbook doesn't have a CD drive, so I can't try a boot disk (without spending $50-$100 for an external USB CD drive). So, I pulled the hard drive and plugged it into another computer as a slave. It reads fine when connected to the other computer (and I was able to backup the data on the hard drive) and scan disk shows no errors or bad sectors. Any thoughts on what I can do to try and fix this. I would rather not spend any more money on it since I can buy a new netbook or tablet for only $200-300.
    1 answer · Laptops & Notebooks · 7 years ago