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    Christian (I don't really subscribe to a "denomination"; if you wanted to get a gist of my beliefs, look a Protestantism and add a dash of non-literalism).


    Politics: don't really care that much.


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    I've been skimming this thread because it's interesting to correlate lifestyles with beliefs. For me, food issues have elevated to the same emotional levels as religion and politics. I expected to see a large number of non-theists, and the mix of liberals and libertarians is equally interesting.


    I'm a non-theist. I was raised Christian and always thought it was a bit absurd. After learning about evolution, then reading Carl Sagan and Bertrand Russell in college - it was over for religion. Now I check in with Dawkins, Harris, Dennett, and Hitchens for fun and mental masturbation. I have yet to hear a compelling argument for any religion.


    Politically, I definitely have some libertarian sympathies, but ultimately, I think socialism is a more workable solution in a world that is primarily governed from cities. We should have never strayed from Jefferson's visions of an agrarian culture, but now we have to deal with our situation.


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    Atheism is murder of the soul. And all hope.


    God still believes in you ;-D


    Yes, I am being silly AND truthful at the same time, but don't bash me, 'cause I won't be back in this thread anytime soon :-D


    Ta ta!


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    [quote]

    Atheism is murder of the soul. And all hope.


    God still believes in you ;-D


    Yes, I am being silly AND truthful at the same time, but don't bash me, 'cause I won't be back in this thread anytime soon :-D


    Ta ta!
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    Why post in a thread that you apparently dislike so much?


    At the risk of inadvertently bashing you, I cannot help but see this as an incendiary comment contrived solely for the purposes of attention and drama. (I suppose I am guilty of playing right into it by responding.)


    I will not waste time with a logical response to your illogical statements as you clearly have no desire to engage in a productive discussion of theology or spirituality.


    Beware how critical you are of others whose faith lies in conventional wisdom if you refuse to acknowledge your own reliance upon unproven assertions.


    “You can&#39;t convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based on evidence, it&#39;s based on a deep seated need to believe”

    -Dr. Carl Sagan


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    Atheism is murder of the soul. And all hope.</blockquote>


    I have no soul. And I&#39;m a hopeless compulsive sinner. Everything makes sense all of the sudden

    “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.” -Oscar Wilde
    "The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it." -George Bernard Shaw
    "The trouble with jogging is that the ice falls out of your glass." -Martin Mull

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    Shine: Reooooowwwwrrrr! Fsssk, fsssk! Meow!


    Whatever.


    At least I look forward to my afterlife. Regardless of how &#39;crazy&#39; all of you want to believe me to be.


    I&#39;m just being playful and frisky! You? Wellllll.....


    You could take a lesson from SerialSinner here! ;-)


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    BTW, there is ONE little thing I do want to point out.


    The reason I have posted in here is that when I state my religious beliefs, I do not name-throw that people who do not believe &#39;live in a fantasy world&#39; are &#39;stupid&#39; or my &#39;deep-seated-need to believe&#39;, as it were.


    I honestly feel like Atheists are always calling me &#39;crazy&#39; in one form of the word or another.


    I, on the other hand, honestly do respect your right to not-believe. I just disagree. Without calling you a type of name that implies that you&#39;re an idiot.


    Done.


    Thank you anyway! :-D


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    Shine: Reooooowwwwrrrr! Fsssk, fsssk! Meow!


    Whatever.
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    Please explain which of my statements caused offense. I stated that my intent was not to bash you; I merely responded in the same vein as your original post. I apologize if my posts do not seem playful and frisky due to a lack of emoticons or extraneous capitalization.
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    At least I look forward to my afterlife. Regardless of how &#39;crazy&#39; all of you want to believe me to be.
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    I am not really sure how this fits into your argument and my instincts tell me to leave it alone. (If you do want to engage in a discussion of the philosophy of the afterlife, I would be more than willing.) I am not sure who "all" of us are that are labeling you as crazy; I am fairly certain that I myself have never called you crazy.
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    The reason I have posted in here is that when I state my religious beliefs, I do not name-throw that people who do not believe &#39;live in a fantasy world&#39; are &#39;stupid&#39; or my &#39;deep-seated-need to believe&#39;, as it were.
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    Again, please show me where I have engaged in any name calling. At no point have I ever referenced a fantasy world or insulted anyone&#39;s intelligence.


    About the "deep-seated need to believe," I am afraid you will have to take your grievances to Dr. Sagan. But what is so offensive about this phrase? It is an apt description of the human mind and our tendency to search for meaningful patterns amidst utter chaos. We all have a deep-seated need to understand the universe around us; some people do this through belief systems while others disregard anything devoid of factual evidence.
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    I honestly feel like Atheists are always calling me &#39;crazy&#39; in one form of the word or another.
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    I apologize if you have had some negative experiences with atheists in the past. However, I cannot be responsible for the conduct of persons whom I have never met. If you have been previously attacked for your ideology, then I can understand why you may have been prone to misinterpret my post as antagonistic.
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    I, on the other hand, honestly do respect your right to not-believe. I just disagree. Without calling you a type of name that implies that you&#39;re an idiot.
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    I thank you for respecting my right to reject belief systems and I fully respect your right to disagree with my choice. However, I still cannot find anywhere that I insinuated that you were an idiot.


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