Archive for the ‘Defining god’ Category

September 2007

Hi again, thanks for your earlier reply, I’ll try to take things gradually. On the bright side, college has been really great, I’ve told several people here, including my CA, who is a very devout Catholic, that I’m an atheist, and it doesn’t seem to bother them that much at all. I did get into […]

Posted on September 19, 2007 at 6:31 pm by ideclare · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Dealing with religious folks, Defining god

September 2007

I was looking at some of the email you receive on your site and post up. Of all the things you get the most though, nothing makes me more of a misanthrope then when people insist on attacking you personally for your beliefs. All you seem to want to do it instill a sense of […]

Posted on September 12, 2007 at 9:21 pm by ideclare · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Dealing with religious folks, Defining god

September 2007

Dear I Am An: Thank you for your thoughtful and even-handed response. Perhaps you would like to read this and run it on your site. [Thoughtful essay follows] Unfortunately, I have a policy of not publishing essays (or links to essays) on my blog or site (for a variety of reasons, one of which is […]

Posted on September 12, 2007 at 9:04 pm by ideclare · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Defining god

September 2007

Hello again, nice to hear from you. First of all, I apologize for my stereotype of you as an atheist not caring about what the Bible says. Admittedly, I was surprised to hear you have read it several times (which, if true, is more than I’ve read the entire Bible), but my comment was referring […]

Posted on September 12, 2007 at 8:42 pm by ideclare · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Defining god, Discussion

September 2007

I consider myself agnostic, which i suppose is a rather more impressive way of saying that i sit on the metaphorical fence, as far as the existence of a god goes. At the naive age of sixteen, i was keen to try and pinpoint my position on the issue, and find an official, more specific […]

Posted on September 5, 2007 at 3:59 pm by ideclare · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Agnosticism, Defining god

September 2007

You do a good job of keeping emotions to a minimum here, it gives you more credibility… very nice. I just wanted to shoot a quick comment for you/others to consider: all existence – current knowledge = spirituality I would argue: The “spiritual” is just as scientific as physics… in fact it is part of […]

Posted on September 4, 2007 at 4:12 pm by ideclare · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Defining god

February 2007

If I can recommend a most excellent book, try hunting down the elusive “Atheism: The Case Against God” by George H. Smith. Of all the theological literature I’ve read, that book provides the most sensible perspective of the world of theists and atheists. In particular, it gives a very thorough, very reasonable explanation of terminology […]

Posted on February 22, 2007 at 8:38 pm by ideclare · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Defining god

February 2007

Everyone knows what you mean when you say God. It’s true that religions talk about different details of what God is like but these are technical things. The commentor was right when he said that you saying these different details meant different Gods was like saying different numbers of rabbit claws mean different definitions of […]

Posted on February 15, 2007 at 8:04 pm by ideclare · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Defining god

February 2007

Well, it seems like we are simply unable to agree on the supernatural vs natural distinction. You would like to preserve the possibility of existence outside space-time, while I hold that such a thing is inconceivable, unthinkable to a creature whose very cognitive ability arises from spaciotemporal relations, and is simply a linguistic malady. I […]

Posted on February 9, 2007 at 9:28 pm by ideclare · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Defining god, Discussion, Strong atheism

February 2007

Ok, so god would need to be, at a minimum, something that is not confined by laws of nature and the empirical world, i.e. supernatural. I think I can perfectly well say “god does not exist,” because I’m still using the definition of existence we apply to any other subject of that predicate. The statement […]

Posted on February 8, 2007 at 8:33 pm by ideclare · Permalink · One Comment
In: Defining god, Discussion, Strong atheism