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  1. Contradictions are only an issue for inerrantists, and they've had more than a thousand years of clever people finding ways to explain them away. It's not usually a productive line of criticism.

  2. Didn't they do this with the council of Nicaea? I heard one of the things they did was delete a bunch of contradictions.

  3. Most of Rob Zombie’s movies. I just don’t really find them enjoyable and they are kind of cringe.

  4. Yes. His movies are terrible. I like some of his music though.

  5. The bible speaks of a woman that drinks the bitter poison to have an abortion if the child isn't the husbands.

  6. Newer versions of the Bible have sanitized this. They simply say she must drink water and her thighs will rot. Or something vague like that. Point is it’s easy to misread it and lots of Christians will say its not about abortion. The much older versions are more explicit and discuss making a potion to cause her to miscarry. And forced miscarriage is just abortion.

  7. I just tried to research this very point and I found exactly what you're talking about. Although what I haven't found is an originalist version that talks about the actual procedure tells you what the bitter water is actually composed of or anything else.

  8. I heard someone on a podcast once read an old version that mentioned sulphur (at least I think it was sulphur) in the water but I don’t remember where I heard it.

  9. As hard as it would be, I’d break up with him. He clearly doesn’t view women as equals. You either understand that people get to control their own bodies or you don’t. Also the fact he doesn’t understand basic biology tells me he’s not as smart as he thinks he is, and those types of guys are not worth it in the long run. Sorry.

  10. Claim they owe you $1M and say the burden of proof is on them to prove they don’t. And then say that they are just trying to force their belief that they don’t owe you this money on others.

  11. If it’s true, then good. But I wonder if there’s an ulterior motive here from Fox. Like they’re whipping up their theocratic viewers to go fight some imaginary war. I mean, these people have been fighting an imaginary war for 3 decades, and I worry about what they’ll do when they realize they’re a dying breed.

  12. Some of the worst people I know are Christians. Some of the nicest are also Christian, although most of them voted for Trump so I guess they’re not entirely smart. In fact, I can only think of 1 friend who’s a devout Christian and an actual humanist.

  13. most fascists have been using religion to control the masses. Hitler was a Christion

  14. He was also atheist. He has a complicated history when it comes to religion because he went from one to the other all while oppressing and murdering millions. But to your point, yes he used religion to initially gain power.

  15. Without reading the article (so maybe I’m missing the intent) but I’m Pretty sure religion is why we're currently facing tyranny. It would be nice if people actually honored the first amendment's rule to keep politics and religion separate. There’s a reason they set it up that way.

  16. This is why they say they'll answer to God, because it gets them out of answering to society. Even Amy Coney Barret said her first duty is to God, which should have nullified her supreme court nomination. But here we are, watching conservatives slowly turn America into a theocracy against the wishes of the majority.

  17. My favorite is The God Delusion. Undeniable by Bill Nye is also very good. Also, while not a science book nor a book about disproving religion, The Founding Myth is a great examination of why America is not a Christian nation (which is kind of only applicable if you're American).

  18. My litmus test is whether or not they say "Well, I could be wrong, but I think..." before they talk. People who do that are generally nice and level-headed. People who think they're always right or say, "Well, that's what I meant," when you prove them wrong, are usually toxic assholes.

  19. I once debated a friend about religion and said when you die there's just nothing. She just couldn't comprehend that idea and kept yelling, "how can there just be nothing?! It doesn't make sense!" She got very mad and stormed off. I think this Inability to understand nothingness explains a lot of religious fanatics.

  20. The Death of Expertise is pretty good. It's not really about science per se but talks about how more people are believing woo and psuedoscience these days than actual science and medical experts.

  21. It's OK. The plot is amusing. I've definitely seen worse.

  22. Raised episcopal. Went to church until I was in my 20s but then started noticing things just didn't make sense. Took about another 10 years before I realized I was an atheist.

  23. Was there a pivotal moment of realisation, or was it more a dawning sense of doubt?

  24. It was just a build-up of things over years. Things just started to not make any sense. The only pivotal moment I had was attending a new church with my parents in my late 20s (I was already mostly a non-believer at this point but I went to be nice) and being kind of skeezed out by all the weird cult-like behavoir. And also the minister's sermon was just nonsense and he started saying something about how their church welcomed everyone but then he slipped in an anti-lgbtq statement and I was like, so basically you're a charlatan. (As an aside my parents quit that church months later.)

  25. I had to go to a church a couple weeks ago to see my niece's preschool graduation. They sang songs about God and prayed and virtually nothing had to do with actual academics. The entire audience was asked to pray and sing along during the ceremony. I didn't. It was super cringe. I honestly felt bad for the kids, who have all been indoctrinated.

  26. I had to go to a church a couple weeks ago to see my niece's preschool graduation. They sang songs about God and prayed and virtually nothing had to do with actual academics. The entire audience was asked to pray and sing along during the ceremony. I didn't. It was super cringe. I honestly felt bad for the kids, who have all been indoctrinated.

  27. I had to go to a church a couple weeks ago to see my niece's preschool graduation. They sang songs about God and prayed and virtually nothing had to do with actual academics. The entire audience was asked to pray and sing along during the ceremony. I didn't. It was super cringe. I honestly felt bad for the kids, who have all been indoctrinated.

  28. Why did you ask for proof of evolution if you believe in it? Seems hinky to me. Also, just because we don't know what caused the big bang doesn't negate it. We'll figure it out eventually, even if everyone reading this is no longer around to find out.

  29. You're an agnostic atheist and I'm an atheist it's just not gonna work.

  30. Took me a few years. Once I started looking at it and analyzing religion it started to crumble like a house of cards. I realized it was all made up and my life got so much better. It felt like I was freed from a prison.

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