Quote fromBut... regardless... yes, it's my birthday today... I like how facebook and various messaging services on various organizations remember that my birthday is today It's nice to come into work, especially when feeling a bit down, that people are remembering my birthday today I wonder if anyone at work will remember
It's a little depressing having my birthday be on a day I have to work, and look for a new job... but hey, I'm going to have an awesome party on Saturday, so I guess I just need to hang on to that thought
Oh, I know how you feel about working on your birthday.
Happy Birthday, Danica. Have fun on Saturday.
Quote from Mr. StuffGenesis being literal is incidental...?
That's right. Not incidental to many peoples' eyes, but that's not what I said. I said it was incidental to the validity, or lack thereof, of the Christian religion. Or any religion.
If an evolutionary model of the development of life is true, it is no real way a threat to any religion's premises. I am perfectly aware of the controversy, but this is a matter between different groups of people - it's ultimately not relevant to the theism debate. People think it is, but it's not.
When it comes to Dawkins, I personally don't find it hard to understand the motives for how he acts, but it goes both ways. It always does. If it's not okay for atheists to be mistreated and for bad reasoning to come from Christian figures, then it's not okay for someone like Dawkins to wig out or say fossils disprove religion. At the very least, it just shows that the people in the debate don't know what they're really debating.
The scholarship about this, on both sides, needs to be better than it is.
The christian belief system? It's actually not too shabby as moralities go, and scientifically it's perfectly unobjectionable.
It's not as though the preacher is going "haha, I don't believe this crap, but it's an awesome way to make lots of money and gain power". Perhaps some are, but I believe the majority genuinely feel they are doing the right thing by trying to spread and privilege their belief system. That's why the belief system's got to go, because it's flat out scientifically and morally untenable and unhealthy for society.
Fundamentalism is untenable, however, and that is not the same thing.
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