Which Americans Believe in God

Submitted by: buddy 10 years ago in

The most godless region seems to be the Pacific northwest.
There are 374 comments:
Female 3
Yay for Oregon! :D
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Female 39
Thats....

Really./...

Scary....

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Female 576
wow florida is a pretty God-less place..
that explains the horrible people i live around..
I`m so moving.
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Female 42
cool
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Male 98
Oh I don`t know. It`s kind of hard to find any form of written or oral history that doesn`t have bias in it from those who wrote it/tell it. That`s all history is. The facts as the people who won want to tell them. Religious or otherwise. So I wouldn`t count -that- as a reason against the bible anymore than any other book that discusses history.
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Male 61
[quote]On 7/14/2007 10:21:16 AM Ranger618 wrote: Riiight.... Yeah um.. I believe in God... and Jesus has been proven real from Roman court documents.. I`m bored... random right too many periods here....[/quote]

a guy called Jesus used to live near me, doesn`t prove much else though

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Male 7
Riiight.... Yeah um.. I believe in God... and Jesus has been proven real from Roman court documents.. I`m bored... random right too many periods here....
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Male 61
[quote]On 7/10/2007 7:48:27 PM Lou Two wrote: Apparantly proximity to the sea is a strong negative correlating factor to belief in God[/quote]

they probably get out more and have fresher air

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Female 525
gosh look at all the comments
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Male 205
"Different men wrote the bible over thousands of years. Yet they all seem to come together and make sense. Shouldn`t that tell you something."

mate, i could write something today and it would fit in with the bible and make sense. that doesnt make it true

neurolru is right

pianowire, im impressed


ps. if anyone is going to pray for me i dont mind

just please dont pray to someone that killed the first born child of everyone in an entire nation
... i dont want that persons attention pointed my way

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Male 4,246
horn4231: "I have already prayed for you individually, as well as many others from this site."

Say horn-meister, couldja ask The Big Cheese to get rid of this eczema on my ankle?? Or maybe it`s psoriasis, I`m not sure, but it itches and it`s making me NUTS!!!! Many thanks!

Hey, if you`re gonna pray, may as well pray for something helpful.

Oh, I`ve totally stopped taking this discussion seriously.

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Male 2,605
NeurolRu is very right. Indoctrination is not the best method for children to understand the world around them; it certainly does nothing to educate them or encourage them to think independently. To illustrate, here is a quote from H. P. Lovecraft:

"If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth."

Thank you for your compliments, NeurolRu. Maybe not marriage, but I`d definitely consider adding you to my buddy list. ; )

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Female 74
Overmann, will you marry me? Because you just put everything I`ve been thinking as I read this more eloquently than I ever could have.

To those of you who were exposed to religion from a young age... I encourage you to explore. Children are highly impressionable and teaching a young person religion is tantamount to brainwashing. Imagine if you were raised Buddhist or Muslim or Pagan, or any religion other than your current one, from the time you could first comprehend language. I guarantee that is the religion you would believe now, and other religions would seem ludicrous to you. If upbringing is the primary reason for your beliefs, maybe it is time to look beyond what you`re comfortable with, because under other circumstances, things could be completely different.

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Male 2,605
horn4231, if people are asking you to stop praying for them, it is common courtesy to follow their request. To suggest that these people are not comfortable in their godless way of living and would appreciate any attempt to sway them from their lifestyle is ignorant and condescending. Of course you cannot hope to expect atheists to respect your beliefs if you do not respect theirs in turn. If indeed you are praying for me, I am asking you kindly to stop. I imagine envyrain would appreciate the same.
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Female 155
Horn-

You`re truly creepy.

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Male 5
Okay. Let me make a point here. God "supposedly" created the universe in 7 days. But what is a day? A day is the period of time it takes for Earth to revolve around the sun. How can days exist when Earth and the Sun didn`t even exist? I rest my case.
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Male 87
oh, and envyrain - i really don`t mean to insult you in any way by telling you that I am praying for you - i really don`t. I`m just saying that so you know that I care about you.
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Male 87
"Different men wrote the bible over thousands of years. Yet they all seem to come together and make sense."

excellent point. thank you.

"And I truly doubt that ANY of you are actually going to pray for an atheist. You have better things to do, trust me. You could be contributing to the community, helping out a friend, volunteering someplace, fighting for a cause to help the world"

I actually don`t have better things to do. And yes, I have already prayed for you individually, as well as many others from this site. I tend to believe that trying to help someone find the Lord is a much greater cause than "helping out a friend"

....still praying :)

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Male 522
What does it tell me exactly?
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Female 2
BrettIsPyro Said:So if I wrote 67 books explain that god doesnt exist wouldn`t that mean he doesn`t exist (just the impression you`re giving me here)

Even if there r 66 books there are books called "fiction" meaning fake just cause you read it in a boook (or books in this case) doesnt mean it`s true Take harry Potter for example you r going to have one hell of a time convincing HArry Potter is real and he can do everthing he does in those books

Different men wrote the bible over thousands of years. Yet they all seem to come together and make sense. Shouldn`t that tell you something.

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Male 522
Nice, Pianowire! I can`t do that. I would pull something. I don`t care if any of you pray for me. I don`t care if you try to empty the ocean with an eye dropper either. Knock yourself out.
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Female 155
Yay! I was praised by Overmann! :D

Maybe if everyone read my post, this wouldn`t be going on still...
Oh, you lazy I-A-Bers. You dig your own graves.

Ohhh, and PLEASE stop saying that you`re "praying for me". Do you realize that you`re basically insulting an atheist when you say that? You`re insulting their lack-of-faith by trying to tell them that you can use the magical powers of God to... well, just why are you praying for us anyway?

And I truly doubt that ANY of you are actually going to pray for an atheist. You have better things to do, trust me. You could be contributing to the community, helping out a friend, volunteering someplace, fighting for a cause to help the world (all things Atheists do as well, because we don`t need a God to guide us in leaving a mark on the world) instead of wasting your time praying for an atheist. Because THAT`s a lost cause. Do something better with your time, please.

Even eating a sandwich would get more accomplished.

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Male 4,246
"You keep posting because you are infected with a highly successful, hyper-viral, self perpetuating meme, and like any good host you wish to spread it."

I cover my mouth when I meme around people; it`s just rude otherwise.

I`m in the mood for pizza.

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Male 9
Hey! look at what i can do!

blah blah blah blah God blah blah blah everyone that doesn`t agree with me is a moron blah blah blah blah

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Male 522
You keep posting because you are infected with a highly successful, hyper-viral, self perpetuating meme, and like any good host you wish to spread it.
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Male 87
and caboose i realize that your last post wasnt directed at me, but still, alot of people have been saying the same thing as you, and getting annoyed with us Christians haha, so I was just trying to clarify why keep posting
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Male 87
"now debating is good and all, but what will any of this accomplish? my opinions have not changed, nor have yours, so why do we argue over this?"

I don`t intend to change anybody`s beliefs by simply putting a post on IAB.com (however if I did, that would be awesome), but, I am just hoping to put a seed of doubt in somebody`s mind that God actually does exist, and maybe someday they would look to learn more about Him.

and i`m praying for you guys (whether you like it or not lol).

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Female 13
I`m kinda worshiping Overmann right now, is that good or bad?

Still BIG Kudos to Buddy, 15 pages of argument over a mis-interpretation/inappropriate title of a 7 year old census study. Seriously, it`s like people were just WAITING to fight about deities.

Seriously though, interesting read. And true to the promise of the site, killed off my boredom.

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Male 2,605
That quote is entirely accurate, caboose117. It`s in a letter written by Albert Einstein on March 24, 1954 and is included in the book `Albert Einstein: The Human Side`. Maybe you should do some research before you accuse me of fabricating my argument?

If you`d like more of Einstein`s thoughts on religion and other things, check this website out: http://einsteinandreligion.com/. You`ll find his views are most consistent with the description for his "religious" I provided.

Also, here is the back story of the letter I mentioned: http://skeptically.org/thinkersonreligio...

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Male 1,204
now debating is good and all, but what will any of this accomplish? my opinions have not changed, nor have yours, so why do we argue over this?
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Male 1,204
eh? i believe that isn`t completely accurate. if you look on time magazine, wikipedia and such, their is conflicting evidence.
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Male 2,605
caboose117: "i was just pointing out that einstein believed there was a god."

Then perhaps you should refer to the post addressed to you on the previous page, page 13? You`re only half done.

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Male 269
BrettIsPyro

wow i`m aghast, i think you and algore should go bowling

time is they key here, just a little clue, the "winner" writes your history

can anyone here help, brainwashing...anyone, i know i harp on this & global warming to the nth, although this definately supports the manchurian candidate part

i have goose bumps, this is kinda barbra streisand creepy

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Male 1,204
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caboose117 again: "So you`re saying we can`t believe what Einstein says now?"

You can believe what he said or not, that is entirely your option. *I* would say you shouldn`t trust anything one person has said just because that one person said it. Einstein was a scientist and as such I would especially advise taking anything he said with reservation and doubt. We can trust his scientific work now only because it`s been peer-reviewed and accepted, whereas his opinions on God still remains in the realm of uncertainty and likely always will."

well overmann, that right there was a misinterpretation of what i said. I was merely making a comeback to what a person said. they were talking about how all christians are dopes, and that everybody who isn`t atheist and watnot was on crack or was stupid. i was just pointing out that einstein believed there was a god.

Thanks for wasting 5 minutes of my life. time to go somewhere else

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Male 1,204
In the end, we have accomplished nothing, except maybe brush off the boredom for a few minutes. But that was the point, eh?

Man this thread shows the many different personalities of I-A-Bers. Xp being the flame starter, with his ignorant comments, people who take this as a joke, the god (buddy), people who argue a lot, people who are ignorant to opinions, the i`m right you`re wrong atheists, the i`m right you`re wrong christians, watnot.

gota love the personalities

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Male 2,605
caboose117: "no1 is really reading in the lines, and a lot of people have some screwed up facts."

Prove it: reply to my postings that were addressed to you.

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Male 2,605
ashtaysis: "You guys want proof and there is proof but it is something you feel in your heart. Once you do feel it you know there is God."

You are describing belief, which is fine as long as you can admit that that`s your sole justification for your religiosity, which is fine because I think you`ll find that`s precisely what atheists have been saying all along. There is no proof of God, only a belief in God that stems from the mind, the seat of all consciousness.

"I will pray for you guys..."

Please don`t, as scientific studies have indicated that praying for those who know they`re being prayed for will lower their state of well-being.

On another note, I notice you are very young (13-17). Tell me, what religious persuasion do your parents hold? Did you attend church as a younger child? Was it your parents` request that you attend church?

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Male 1,204
wow u guys pay to much attention. i`ve skimmed this all, and this debate is becoming so heated, no1 is really reading in the lines, and a lot of people have some screwed up facts.

in the end, i think buddy is victorious. HE is the God of I-A-Bers

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Male 155
"there are 66 books in the Bible. THE BIBLE IS NOT ONE BOOK. I don`t understand how you can doubt the existence of a God when there are that many documents of evidence. and yes, i did post almost this exact same thing earlier. But, basically, there`s not many things in History that we doubt the authenticity of when there are 50+ documents supporting them."

So if I wrote 67 books explain that god doesnt exist wouldn`t that mean he doesn`t exist (just the impression you`re giving me here)

Even if there r 66 books there are books called "fiction" meaning fake just cause you read it in a boook (or books in this case) doesnt mean it`s true Take harry Potter for example you r going to have one hell of a time convincing HArry Potter is real and he can do everthing he does in those books

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Male 155
"You guys want proof and there is proof but it is something you feel in your heart."

Srry to rain on your parade honey but that would be this stuff called blood that you feel in your heart Cause your heart pumps said blood throughout your body keeping you alive by providing oxygen to vital parts of your body to fuel the cells that work in your body.

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Male 155
yea only less that 30.1 or w/e put that surprises me cause i live in such a small area and i no a lot of religious ppl and we have a lot of churches (no sinaguags [srry i cant spell it Jew church] or mosque [is that the Muslim one] just churches :(]
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Male 64
This is pointless, flaming one another all over a religious census map that`s 7 years old. I quite literally skipped over 12 pages of ranting, knowing I wouldn`t like what I would see.

The simple answer to religion is this: Religious text was written by "man", no? Can you really trust your fellow "man" to lead you through the darkness?

Yes, please flame me, for leaving a logical post. And yes, by that old map, I live in the "godless" state of Washington. And I`ll leave on a slight note: Does faith make you a better person, or does religion close your mind? Let that stew in your head for a while... :-P

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Female 2
You guys want proof and there is proof but it is something you feel in your heart. Once you do feel it you know there is God. You guys do not want to see proof, your not going to see it. I am so sorry you do not believe in God because it is the best thing ever. I will pray for you guys and hope yall the best.
BTW...
God did`t start wars, hate, sickness, and all evil in the world. It was the devil. You guys probably don`t believe in him either but trust me they are both there.
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Female 553
My religion =
Peace & Love.
I made it up :D
Not that anybody cares...
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Female 2,084
wow. so many comments for a chart. lol.
i`m in a pink area. sounds about right.
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Male 269
btpanther39

I agreed with your point, "i am soooo surprised i havnt seen one person say "shun the non-believer...shuuuuuuuuunnnnnnnnah".."

`the rest was my own`

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Male 2,605
horn4231: "I don`t understand how you can doubt the existence of a God when there are that many documents of evidence."

One minor note that is bugging me, first. One never writes `a God` but rather either `God` or `a god`. The whole Holy Trinity thing really mucks up the works so to be safe, just write `a deity`. Saves the grammarians a bother. On to your point.

I do not consider the writings in the Bible to be evidence of anything other than man`s profound capacity for imagination. Nowhere in reading the Bible does one find an objective method for establishing the existence of God or any proof of God beyond that which can be deemed as opinion by consensus. Finally, I am not one to believe any concept or notion simply because a group of people were prolific in their description of this same concept or notion. To do so without substantial backing is insanity and unscientific.

With this in mind, disbelief in a deity through the Bible becomes natural.

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Male 135
another point, how many "documents" are there about santa, or...the easter bunny...or aliens...

hmm, books about santa...more than i can count

aliens, hmm...its claimed we have physical proof, thousands of people claiming to be eye witnesses. but yet...saying you believe in aliens is shunned by society.

but ur right, ur 50+ books written by biased source s (mostly the same guy), that arent meant to taken literally are 100% pure fact. but its ok, you said its obvious, so it definetly is.

and another thing...the church says "doubts are to be expected, but faith will see you through."

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Male 135
the bible was written by biased authors, aka, they were all believers in god. no objective bystanders. tell me now what historical certainty is based on documents that are under the same doubt as the thing theyre proving...
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Male 135
"there are 66 books in the Bible. THE BIBLE IS NOT ONE BOOK. I don`t understand how you can doubt the existence of a God when there are that many documents of evidence." "But, basically, there`s not many things in History that we doubt the authenticity of when there are 50+ documents supporting them."

ur right, there are 50+ documents supporting the belief in god. but the problem is, those 50+ documents are not proven to be true.

im getting sick and tired of people saying "its obvious" one way or another. come on, your are NOT some religious expert, cuz if you were, you wouldnt be saying that!! if it was obvious, it would be obvious to every one.

there is no way to say for sure one way or another. and also, jesus said in the bible that the belief in god is not something that can be proven, why?? god doesnt want it that way, he wasnt people to have FAITH!!

its crazies that say its obvious that gives the religion argument the stigma it has. so stop

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Male 1,078
wow. theres a lot of comments
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Male 87
"That a record from so long ago can be taken literally is unwise at best"

there are 66 books in the Bible. THE BIBLE IS NOT ONE BOOK. I don`t understand how you can doubt the existence of a God when there are that many documents of evidence. and yes, i did post almost this exact same thing earlier. But, basically, there`s not many things in History that we doubt the authenticity of when there are 50+ documents supporting them.

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Male 2,605
dch48: "Jesus performed miracles, which as I said, were supernatural in nature, and can not be proven or disproven."

I`ll take that a bit further and say that whether or not Jesus actually performed miracles, assuming he even existed, cannot be proven or disproven. That a record from so long ago can be taken literally is unwise at best.

That`s all I`ve seen that needed addressing, which is to say that`s all I have time for. I would like to offer special praise to envyrain as she appears to have it all figured out. Kudos to you.

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Male 2,605
Zerocyde: "Proof that God doesn`t exist"

Anyone proclaiming to have proof that a deity exists or doesn`t exist is equally off his rocker. There simply is no evidence to support either conclusion, and any such argument isn`t actual proof but is instead just a rebuttal to a previous claim of God`s existence\non-existence.

Even while I don`t believe there is evidence either way, I am atheist because I feel it is wisest to assume a negative than to throw myself on a perceived positive. Scientifically speaking, if not enough evidence exists to support a hypothesis, we must by default reject that hypothesis until something better comes along. I feel the God question is inherently a scientific question that we simply lack the tools or even intellect to adequately answer, but that does not mean we lack the tools to address the question scientifically, as I have just demonstrated.

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Male 2,605
caboose117 again: "So you`re saying we can`t believe what Einstein says now?"

You can believe what he said or not, that is entirely your option. *I* would say you shouldn`t trust anything one person has said just because that one person said it. Einstein was a scientist and as such I would especially advise taking anything he said with reservation and doubt. We can trust his scientific work now only because it`s been peer-reviewed and accepted, whereas his opinions on God still remains in the realm of uncertainty and likely always will.

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Male 2,605
m0uf: "All the atheists assume their role as absolutely nothing; meaninglessness, in the universe"

In the context of the Universe, yes, I am meaningless. The Universe will continue to accelerate in its expansion with no regard for the destruction and desolation such an act will eventually bring and I`ve absolutely no say in the matter. But you see, that also means I am free to define my own meaning. Personally I do not feel I am meaningless; I tutor at my college and that position enables me to help other students achieve what they want to, in essence fulfill their own meaning. I do not define helping others as the apex of my existence but at least it`s a worthy cause, one I assigned to myself.

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Male 2,605
derangedingo: "...god`s greatest evidence is the universe."

I would hope someday you will recognize the difference and distinction between opinion and actual evidence. I can say that a banana is evidence of God and from that conclude God created the banana, but at heart is the *opinion* that a banana is evidence of God. Factually speaking, I could only correctly conclude that a banana is evidence of life and should stop there, because I can no more explain the origin of life and shouldn`t try to.

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Male 2,605
Prowler2885: "What purpose do you serve?"

We are the end product of billions of years of chemistry. That`s it. We do not have any more specific reason for being here than certain elements having a natural electric attraction to other elements. And I think that if you looked at things in a grander perspective, what purpose does hydrogen serve? What purpose do stars serve? You`ll find there`s not much difference between understanding how things are caused (and what they in turn cause), and perceiving their purpose; these two notions are one and the same.

With all that said, I personally feel we are in control of whatever meaning we desire for ourselves and that this freedom is free for the taking. I`m overjoyed at the fact I am not here for any purpose (meaning) other than one I can assign myself, as living solely under some prearranged destiny or contract would just depress me.

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Male 2,605
StphnHrrll: "I think the world coming together strictly by coincidence is a lot harder to believe than God."

I`m assuming by `world` you mean Earth, in which case you are wrong. The formation of the Earth (or any planet, really) was accomplished through a process known as accretion, where collections of rock debris in a common area (usually around a star) collide with one another and build upon each other. These rock parts collide because gravity places them in a common area and in the path of other rock parts; in essence, it`s no coincidence these rock parts are in a position to collide with one another. Is this indeed what you were referring to? If on the other hand you meant the whole Earth system as we know it today (biosphere and all), I`ll happily explain why evolution is not an accidental process and is actually rather directional and predictable.

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Male 2,605
Sorry I`m late, guys, but I`ve done my homework and read all the pages thus far. Needless to say, I`ve a bone to pick with a number of you.

Berthaballs: "u all need Jesus"

Nice tits, by the way.

caboose117: "Einstein DID believe a God existed, not a specific one, but he did believe there is a God."

No he did *not*. Einstein`s God is a substitute for the nature and rules of the Universe. When he said "God doesn`t play dice" he meant that the Universe does not surrender to chance and is perfectly caused and ordered. Here is a direct quote from Einstein in a letter he wrote:

"It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it."

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Male 205
"I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."
- Sir Stephen Henry Roberts (1901-1971)

QFT!!

this is the most retarded argument you can have on the internet

i am an atheist, personally i cannot understand how anyone can believe in a god that would send the majority of the world to eternal hell just for believing in a slightly diff god, or trusting evidence.

when religion doesnt affect people who dont believe all is good. sadly this isnt the case

i dont argue my case over the internet because its impossible to have such a discussion not in realtime.
i also dont argue with anyone that doesnt want to
please just stop this worthless discussion: as stated above we all agree with eachother already!!

in real life this can be a very very interesting discussion.
on the internet its JUST dratING RETARDED

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Male 330
320th post!

blahblahblah Atheism blahblahblah

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Male 2,781
^THAT`LL BE MY BET
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Male 1,204
i think buddy planned this all out, and he and his chum are making bets on how many pages this debate will go to. I`m on to you buddy!!! i`m on to you D:
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Female 1,297
i dont think proving or disproving something will make people change their minds, people just want to believe what they want to.
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Male 1,204
yay we`re all argueing over something that can`t be disputed! we`ve all gone up a few IQ points :D
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Male 135
"btpanther39 has it right..

humans are emphatically retarded,
sceaming religion is a silly belief while running off to support algore & his global warming socialism movement"

whoa whoa whoa, thats not what i said at all!!

i find no fault in religion. if you read my entire post, i said something along the lines of "it makes the world a better place" and "its a perfect way to make people behave".

so come on, dont misquote me.

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Female 1,297
xp- the quran has alot of scientific info in it 1400 years before it was proven by others(the earths core is iron, how reproduction takes place). i find it ironic that alot of people try to counter religion with science. i do not know about the bible or torah but they probably have some sort of reference to science in it aswell.
also, i agree with stphnHrrll. every religion has its wackos, you cant judge million cos of a few
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Male 16
"It doesnt matter what faith you have, as long as you have faith" a wise man once said, which basically means it doesn`t matter what faith you are as long as you have somthing to keep you going in life...
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Male 87
I just don`t understand how people claim there is no evidence for God. Here is just one of the (many) reasons I believe.

How do we know that people like George Washington, Caesar, etc. lived? We read about them. We read about the things that they`ve done. We believe lots of historical figures existed because we have one or two documents that talk about them. There are SIXTY SIX different documents that were combined to make the Bible. All other figures in history who have that much evidence supporting their existence.....we just take it as fact. However, because all the 66 books were combined into one, people think one or two looneys just made it up.

if anybody wants to discuss this with me, shoot me an email at [email protected] because i don`t check this too much.

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Male 1,455
Oh, and yes I misspelled theory. Whoops.
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Male 1,455
And if part of the Bible has been disproved, well, what reason is there for me to believe in something else?

Seven: I don`t want to live my life knowing that I`m only a good person because I`m afraid of being set on fire by my deity. I want to live knowing that I am a good person simply because I choose to be.

These seven reasons are why I`m an atheist.

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Male 1,455
I have every reason not to believe in God.

First off: There is no evidence for a god.

Second: Big Bang theory explains the beginning of the universe. Asking me what there was before the Bang is like me asking you what there was before God.

Third: There are so many religions, and none of them give any sort of proof.

Fourth: For all we know, the Bible was written by two drunks who wanted money. It`s 2000 years old, we have no idea.

Fifth: The Bible says some guy`s donkey talked. I think any sane person should be a little less likely to adhere to its dogma after reading that.

Sixth: Evolution. Evolution has been proven conclusively, just ask any biology teacher or professor. Or, just use the internet. `Thoery` is the closest term in science for fact. Now, why do I bring up evolution? Because it flies in the face of what is written in the Bible about God creating man and all the animals and crap.

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Male 1,072
like who cares now ;P
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Male 5
Sorry for the double post, but I want to support the my statement of Christianity being obsolete. When was the last time you have heard of people doing things in the name of Christianity? Again, with the littlest offense possible, Muslims have committed so many crimes like suicide bombings in the name of their God Allah. Most Christians I know are satisfied with going to Church every Sunday.
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Male 5
I mean this with the littlest offense possible, but Christianity is becoming obsolete. There are so many people in this world who are only Christians because of their family, and most of the kids I know hate going to Church.

At school we`re learning about things that completely contradict Christianity. Evolution, plate tectonics, formation of the Universe, and we accept those things as true. Why do people learn about this and believe something that states the opposite at the same time?

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Male 1,033
With a fez? Can I have a fez?
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Male 269
btpanther39 has it right..

humans are emphatically retarded,
sceaming religion is a silly belief while running off to support algore & his global warming socialism movement

choose your poison, understnd though, your still just a talking monkey

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Male 4,246
"We`re on a BRIDGE, Charlie!!" :-D

"Aaaww, they took my frikkin` kidney!!" >-(

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Male 250
[quote]On 7/12/2007 2:30:34 AM btpanther39 wrote: haha, i do have to say this tho... i am soooo surprised i havnt seen one person say "shun the non-believer... shuuuuuunnnnah"[/quote]

I will play for you the Banjo. :-O

That is the greatest video ever. :)

And I agree with your "live and let live" approach.

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Male 135
haha, i do have to say this tho...


i am soooo surprised i havnt seen one person say "shun the non-believer...shuuuuuuuuunnnnnnnnah"

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Male 135
thanks prowler, i just dont find a problem with live and let live

and i dont take offence, im not a spiritual person in a religious sense, and im sure thats what you mean.

however, in the sense that a "spiritual compass" leads a person to do good, and live a life worth living: i dont believe religion is needed, i can be a good person without a god.

which actually continues my rant...

i used to be christian, and the whole religion (in a nut shell) says, be good, and you will be rewarded. and as far as i know, most religions say the same. and i do too, be a good person, and you will be rewarded in the end of your life with the satisfaction that you know youve left something good in the world. i still follow the 10 commandments. not because a god tells me to, but because i want to. i agree with them (with revisions such as, "gods name in vain" now meaning "dont speak ill of others").

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Male 98
It`s really just sad that the fine print was missed by so many. This doesn`t state it is CHRISTIAN numbers. It actually states it is of any religion. (funny that though, the U.S. considers Atheism a religion... so it makes all these arguments even more... amusing)
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Male 98
This is based on information apparently from 7 years ago? And apparently from voluntarily given by 149 different bodies of unspecified religions. Note: This does not say Christian bodies of religion. From what I see, this is probably very skewed and if anything underreporting of numbers. As there are far more than 149 bodies of religion in the U.S, and based on old old info.
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Male 425
Again, kudos to the rest of your post Panther.

You have earned my respect. I expect others should follow your example; whether they believe in God or not.

Once more, I take my leave. Goodnight.

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Male 425
I shall take my leave now.
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Male 135
it cut me off....

i do believe that we all need to root our lives in something, and religion is perfect for that, but it wasnt for me.

religion helps people, and i think its great if people believe in god and better themselves through it, it makes the world a better place.

good evidence for god would be "the case for christ" by lee strobel. i have read the book cover to cover and it definetly makes good points.

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Female 2,695
believe whatever the hell you want, or lack there of. just don`t try o change people`s outlook on life. let them do what they want, and you can do what you want.
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Male 425
Well, at least Panther justifies his non-belief in God, and backs it up with something that makes sense.

As with just about everyone else; it seems they`d rather bash the person they claim non-existant, than to convice people to stop judging.

It seems only Panther managed to pass my test. Kudos. I have regained minor faith in those without a spiritual compass (no offense).

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Male 135
stphnhrrll, you provided a link (http://www.doesgodexist.org/Phamplets/M... i read through it and i really dislike the way it said things. hopefully you see this, id like ur feedback. i just think that if youre going to give us a link, it should be a good one. however, that link more or less said its either a very strict version of atheism ("no beginning" for example) or god. and thats a huge problem, its not one or the other as the article says (in many words). the article then continues to discredit how it defines "atheism" and proves it wrong. which yes, i agree what they described can be scientifically disproven. it said that the galaxies are moving away from a centralize point, which would also be evidence of the big bang theory.

but yea, i just wanted to say, if youre looking to make a point, do so with good high quality evidence.

i do believe that we all need something to ro

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Male 135
"The only logical thing to do is to ask ourselves, individually what makes the most sense, and to act upon that. Whether our answer leads us to believe in the supernatural or not, by relying upon our reason, and our reason alone, we will come to good conclusions."

thanks Aristotle i agree 100%

those of you talkin poo about believers only give people who dont believe a bad name, i mean...come on...why cant we just let people believe what we want to believe. i dont believe in god, if you dont like it, thats great, i hope what you believe makes you happy like what i believe does for me

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Male 269
don`t believe in anything at all
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Female 13
Long time reader, first time poster.

But the frivolity of this whole argument in relation to the original post is cracking me up, I am compelled to say something.

The thing is, if you read the map, belief in God has nothing at all to do with it. The question is how many religious adherents belonging to the 149 "bodies" (churches?) that participated in the study. So, basically, belief in God has nothing to do with it, it`s just about either going to church or identifying with a specific religious group that happened to be participating in the study. Some area certainly have more people that identify themselves as being part of a religious group, but no where on the bit of evidence we were given does the question "who believes in God" come up.

Cleaver way to stir up debate though I-A-B mods, I tip my cap to you.

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Male 425
No, it just means we`re all disbelievers to each others beliefs.

Which, I guess proves we live in our own version, or our own universes. If that is so, then why the hell am I arguing with a bunch of people I "created" just so I have something to talk about and whatnot?

I wanna try something out... :Wills the world to follow different rules:

...Crap. I guess I don`t know how to master my own domain yet. I need a spiritual hacker to debug the matrix, so I can understand it a little more. Anyone know where I can find a Linux with extra-dimensional hacking tools?

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Male 404
"I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."
- Sir Stephen Henry Roberts (1901-1971)

There, so yeah...
Stop Arguing people, we are all atheists!

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Male 250
[quote]On 7/11/2007 3:16:39 AM xp wrote: If he/she/it is not the God that makes people start wars, vote for fascists, blow up buildings, hate gay people, and ban booze on Sundays [/quote]
Holy Hypocrisy batman!

Soviet Union. Started the Cold War. The whole dang place was chock-full of atheists. (or at least led by them, religion was banned)

Who is a fascist? If you mean Bush, he is a long ways off from being a fascist. If you think otherwise, you are not very smart.

I have never blown up a building. Muslims haven`t either. The ones that blow up buildings follow a corrupt version of religion. Certainly not approved by other muslims.

I don`t hate gay people. I disagree with their lifestyle. I had two neighbors who were gay, they were some of the nicest people I`ve met.

Booze is bad for you anyway. :-/

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Male 250
[quote]On 7/11/2007 5:26:07 PM envyrain wrote: Chickenman: I`ve been thought of as "sinful" in the past by others who were religious just because I`m an Atheist.[/quote]
That`s wrong. :-/ If they`re christian, they should know that everybody are sinners... It`s hypocritical to look at others and say they are worse... That`s also judgemental. You know the wrong christians, I`m afraid.
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Male 1,265
"Hey, look at me! I have an opinion about God that doesn`t mean $hit!"

Burn, internet, burn.

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Female 1,832
Jeez, I`m in California. Theres NO deep red maps there *sigh*
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Male 425
Well said Maverick.
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Male 206
To the one(s) comparing education with belief in God....

1) Maybe the education system is flawed? Universities and Colleges (in general) are very, very liberal and the majority of professors are athiest. The bible says that "if you think you are wise by this world`s standards, you have to become a fool to be wise by God`s standards"

2) Religious systems are also flawed, but it`s not God`s fault (or Jesus`s). I say they are flawed because many churches are letting few in and shutting themselves off from the rest of the world instead of going out there trying to help people.

Really, it all boils down to love. No dogmatic, systematic rules and regulations; it all comes down to love, because God=love

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Male 869
^ Ding,Ding,Ding.....100th post! =)
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Male 869
George Carlin said it best when speaking about religion and the church. He said "They have you believing that there`s this invisible man in the sky and he has this list of 10 things he wants you to do. And if you don`t do them, he`s going to send you down to the most terrible place imaginable. There you will be burned, tortured and beaten for all of eternity. But he LOVES you, and he needs you to send him MONEY! He`s all powerful, all knowing, all omnipotent, but he just can`t get that money thing down! Talk about the biggest BS of all time, HOLY SH*T!"......George Carlin is the greatest....LMAO!
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Female 338
I can`t believe West Virginia is mostly white and yellow.
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Female 31
uh huh...........indeed
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Male 58
Not to nitpick but I think you mean "accept Jesus."
If you "except Jesus" it kinda means you take him away from the situation and that`s probably the opposite from what you intended, isn`t it?

Also, no.

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Male 269
burn like brilliant trash
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Male 522
Yes we burn Christians when we see them here in Oregon, and any other religious people we see. Also we fornicate in the street and do science experiments on babies for fun. Mandatory abortions for all. Don`t come here.
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Male 58
Not to nitpick but I think you mean "accept Jesus."
If you "except Jesus" it kinda means you take him away from the situation and that`s probably the opposite from what you intended, isn`t it?

Also, no.

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Female 31
you all should just except jesus christ as your lord and savior.....there it`s done
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Male 425
Oh well; I give up.

Here are some actual words of wisdom you learn in religion, that doesn`t seem apparent in any non-religious "culture".

"Judge not, lest ye be judged."

You spring the trap of making bad words towards religion, and judging it with uneducated crap; expect to get flak heading your way.

It`s you non-believers that stared this; not us. We`ll take no responsibility if war or lawsuits break out on these forums due to these riduculous "debates".

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Male 58
Thanks, Prowler.

I`m not quite sure how to end this war... however, I do believe it`s a lot more complicated than either side would like you to believe with their victory/surrender rhetoric. I wish I had some answers to that whole problem. It`s just an awful mess of a situation with only bad and worse options thanks to our worst president ever.

Speaking of "worst evers" did anybody catch that new papal decree that every other religion asside from Catholicism is wrong and blasphemous?
Yeah, that`s gonna go well in the Mideast.

Worst. Pope. Ever.

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Female 124
Marth: While we really are all insignificant in the grand scheme of things, we still have to live here together in the time we have. Why not try to make this life the best we can?
P.S. religion has almost nothing to do with this...
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Male 1,149
[quote]maine is only godless in the center because its ntohing but wilderness[/quote]
Lol mate, i live in Maine. Anyways, it`s a percentage so the population doesn`t matter.
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Male 835
Some religious folk are drattarded, and therefore immune to reason.
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Male 425
Hell, whatever happened to neutrality?
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Male 425
quixoto has the right idea. We should change topic.

Why don`tr we come up with a solution to end this damn war, without either side conceding defeat, and without conversions on either side, and no more deaths?

Whatever happened to diplomacy?

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Male 1,149
[quote]And second of all, ImNoGod, you cannot prove anything by quoting the laws of the universe. Just because there are laws does not mean there is a law-giver. Of course, there is no proof that there ISN`T a law-giver, either. However, do not tell me that to *IMPLY* something is to prove it. Any person schooled in science will tell you that implications are by no means conclusive, substantive proof. [/quote] Anything that has ever been created, had a creator/(or creators). Any law ever given, had a law giver/(or law givers). In every case as we know it, this remains true. It is simple yet effective principle.

On my part, perhaps "indicate" or "prove" would have been a better word to use as opposed to "imply".

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Female 28
Kittenpants:

You`re right, it shouldn`t be happening and it`s a damn shame it is. I personally don`t know how to stop them, so all I can do is live my own life and try to be better than them. I try not to force my own beliefs on others and shame them for what they believe. While I cannot personally do anything to stop what our leaders are doing, I have complete control over my life, so I do the best I can to set an example for myself and the others around me. :]

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Male 425
That`s the propbelm. They hear the word of God; then they twist the words to thier own benefit, and whaddya know; we lose more people than we save.

I hate our leaders. They only care for themselves and thier kind.

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Male 58
No wait, L.A. is yellow.
Still, shouldn`t Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan be redder than Illinois?

I call shenanigans.

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Male 58
Wait a minute.
The three biggest cities (New York, L.A. and Chicago) are all located in red areas and yet the further you get from the cities the lighter color the map gets. I find it highly unlikely that rural areas are less religious than the urban ones so I`m having a hard time buying this chart`s credibility.

Also, this is a really dumb debate.
Person A: I believe in God.
Person B: I don`t.
Person A: You`re wrong and you`re going to hell!
Person B: No, you`re wrong and you`re an idiot!

Come on guys, isn`t there something more interesting to be arguing about here?

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Female 706
Prowler- yes. We are here for no reason, like MarthFador pointed out. Just like the animals, we`re here, we live, we do stuff, we die. Just because we can understand what we`re doing and why, doesn`t mean that we`re here for a "reason"
I think you just want to believe that you`re here for a reason because you need to have your life mean something.

"Obviously, it seems I`m talking to a bunch of people that never learned anything about anything."

Yeah, you`re just always right, are you not?
We`re just all dumb and we don`t know anything. Learn to accept that just because people don`t agree with you, doesn`t mean that they`re wrong.
If you really need purpose in your life, then make the world a better place. Then you have a purpose. And you don`t need some guy in the sky to tell you that. But if you really want to believe in him, go ahead. But we all don`t have to. Some of us are content with just exsisting.

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Male 269
the hypocrisy is staggering
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Female 124
Lyrenia: you`re right, personal beliefs shouldn`t matter that much. Except when world leaders start "talking to god" and decide to destroy those who don`t agree with them. Oh wait, that`s happening. right. now.
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Female 28
Hm... Religion has huge hype these days. I really don`t care what people believe. If you want to believe something, then fine. I have no reason to step all over you and try to make you feel bad. If I even tried that it would make me feel horribly low.

It isn`t that big of a deal, anyway. I am a Pagan and my fiancee is a Christian. We get along perfectly, despite our difference in beliefs. We like having that difference, it`s more fun that way. I disagree with what he believes in, and he disagrees with me. With that, we get to talk and debate about things, and it brings us very close. He loves me, I love him. Religion means nothing in that.

I don`t understand why people feel like someone else`s belief system affects them. I mean, I can understand if you fight back when someone is hounding on you about what you believe, but it`s just pointless to hunt people down and try to shame over them over personal belief.

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Female 1,004
Who said humans are around for any purpose? We`re on this planet, slowly killing it, and then we die. People just solely exsist, not much else. We live, we breed, we die. The end.

I honostly think our exsistance is nothing anyhow. We could all suddenly try to get along and be good, yet nothing on the world would change. If this whole planet would change, the galaxy wouldn`t. Even if the galaxy changed, the universe wouldn`t. Get what I`m saying? We`re all just grains of sand in the sahara desert....

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Male 425
Heh heh... xp got pwned.
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Male 425
Obviously, it seems I`m talking to a bunch of people that never learned anything about anything.

If you don`t have some sort of guiding light, and you don`t follow any sort of instict. Then why the hell do you still exist? You`re not serving any purpose for anything, or anyone; and you`re definately not helping nature in any way whatsoever either. You don`t sacrifice, you gain without doing so; so that must mean you spontaneously existed one way or another.

Unfortunately, my own logic in that area perplexes me. Because where`s the equivalent exchange? By what means do you exist? What purpose do you serve? As well, in what methods of being raised have the person been subjected through to know anything? What trials and consequences have been encountered for the existance to hold meaning?

I mean... Eh?! :blinks repeatdly: What are you if not human then?

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Female 458
xp p. 1
...The difference is that I do not tell people how to live their lives. I do not start wars, tell people they cannot get married, sow seeds of hate and ignorance, vote blindly for whatever evil bastard my preacher tells me to. I have to live on this planet too and I`m sick of all these believers screwing it up.


well you saying anything like that is starting a "war" in its own right. anything someone disagrees about can start and argument or fight whether it be religion or anything else. as soon as you started saying god doesnt exist you did exactly what you said you dont do


maybe you should think about what your saying before you make your argument

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Female 124
Prowler: um, yes. You are completely correct. the world consists of nothing but black and white, good and evil. B-|
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Female 1,004
Prowler, usually people who don`t believe in God don`t really believe in satan. Usually. I`ve seen cases where athiests thought demons were real, but more like some sort of El Chupacabra story. I myself believe in neither...
Just because someone is saying `yay for my county` or whatever doesn`t mean they burn crosses! Goodness, why is it that whenever someone says they`re athiest, people tend to think we`re a bunch of cross-burning, voodoo-chanting heathens? Someone asked me if I BATHED once when they learned I was athiest....Good grief....
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Male 425
Oh, and BTW, there`s no such thing as a shade of grey. If you look closely, opinions are in half-tone. It looks grey, but is actually justified darkness, or an unlcear lightness.
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Male 425
And I noticed another thing... What the hell do you people in the northwest, as well as those that celebrate thier religious demise, do up there? Burn crosses, and kill anyone that isn`t of your kind?

What are you guys? The next "Arian" race? Did Hitler ressurect himself and plague the entire west coast? I mean, what the hell? Okay, if you don`t believe in God, do you believe in Satan/Devil (AKA El Diablo)? Do you believe in demons?

If so, then what`s the polar opposite of that? Nothing can exist without a polar opposite. It`s theoretically impossible to exist without one.

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Female 986
yay north west XD
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Male 425
*doesn`t.
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Male 425
I`m amazed noone takes religion to even a multi-dimensional level. What if God is a 4th dimensional or a 7th dimensional, or the hypothetical 11th dimensional being?

That would make more sense about God being more a principality, than just a singular omnipotent being; plus, who`s to say that God doesn`t use his saints and angels to help run maintainence on the universe?

I mean, see everything as a hypercube (or tesseract; IE 4-dimensional block):

or a Tetradeca-7-tope (hepteract):

or a mythical unnamed 11-dimensional area:

If greater beings exist; they can do alot to us, and we wouldn`t even know they exist. You can see and touch alot of things, in that "small" a space.

Thus the complication to people who deny God`s existance; he may exist; but we can`t be sure whether he does

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Female 1,004
Excuse me, Prowler, but to me it seems that it`s mostly the believers that can`t type properly. Such as that babiigirl person....
But don`t go insulting intelligence, looks, or even locations just because of belief. This is all just silly! Can`t anyone really drop it? Hell, why don`t we include the Church of Google in this, it`s a `religion`! =P
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Female 124
Woohoo! *high fives everyone in the PNW, especially Oregon*

Maybe that`s why it`s been over 100 degrees here, we`re such heathens & hell has come to earth...:-D

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Male 269
i just can`t pass this up, believing in god is as sane as believing in global warming
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Male 425
Why not go with violence instead? That`ll improve your image. (not)

Well, if noone`s going to join, or practice any religions; then at least learn and practice some friggin` spelling and grammar. No wonder there are so many people that don`t believe in God. They can`t read, let alone write properly; so they can`t understand the concept.

I`m taking on a logical standpoint on this now. I mean; ever notice just how many non-religious people can`t spell, or follow standard grammar rules? They`re pointless to debate with, because they don`t read or know how to research.

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Female 406
xp said on page 1:
If you believe the sun is made of blue cheese I will mock you. There is the same amount of evidence for the Christan God as there is for the sun being made of blue cheese, therefore I mock people who believe nonsense. Especially when that nonsense seems to make them want to control everybody elses lives, including my own.
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You go dude! Took the words right out of my mouth! Man, you rock for speaking out in a creative way. Now on to my story. Once there was a girl named Ashley. She was very religious. We argued about God`s existence. finally we proposed to agree to disagree. The end. (this story has a lesson you guys should learn)
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Male 1,455
I`m flying out to Oregon on Friday :X

We`ve got crappy, rainy weather here on the east coast, and it`s 110* in Oregon. Talk about extremes.

As for the link, well, I see no evidence for a god at all. I don`t believe in things I don`t see any evidence for, thus I don`t believe in a god. If it helps someone else, fine. But don`t make laws based on your religion [gay marriage ban], and don`t try to convert me, or flame me, or attack me in any way, or I`m going to take the picket and fight back. That`s all there is to it.

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Female 430
go utah! hahaha.

and oregon...:)

I totally couldve of guessed theyd be on opposite ends of the spectrum

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Female 31
and if someone can be convinced to switch religions just from starwars ....then i no .............................. ...................THE END IS NEAR
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Female 31
Im repin jesus lovein south fl
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Male 111
maine is only godless in the center because its ntohing but wilderness
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Male 1,343
while we are on the topic of religion, i once convinced a christian to become a satanist using Starwars.

I said to them that Darth Vader was like satan, and how when luke showed that he cared for him, he became a good jedi. and they said, "hmm, never thought about it like that" and said that they would become a satanist.

it was awesome.

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Male 1,343
yeah, representin` Wa to the Shington, punks.


no gods for me, no sir!

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Male 495
Sorry if this has been pointed out, but this has nothing to do with believing in God. It is about membership to a religious congregation. Plenty of people of all faiths are not members of a church.
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Male 623
... why did you even post this buddy, you and everyone else knew this was going to turn into a religion war!
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Female 2,695
bwahahaha, my area has a lacking of religiousness :D
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Female 107
So if God created the universe and everything, then who created God? God musta came from somewhere right?

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Male 3,431
Oregon is going to Hell.
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Male 135
StphnHrrl

Your link does nothing to prove anything. The statements are not at all referenced to their origin, or a way to double check them. It only fits the way YOU see the world. This is a poor example of a proof. It is the argument of a sophist. Look it up if you don`t know that word.

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Male 994
Sounds good but I`ll have a Java Chip
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Female 59
Hey...wait up! I`ll join you. :)
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Male 522
Oy... I could spend a lifetime talking/arguing about these issues.Actually, I probably will, but its too hot today and I don`t have AC. So I`m going to Starbucks and drinking an iced soy chai and hanging around in their AC while I read a book (and not believe in god). Good luck to you all.
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Male 425
I know someone wants to kill me for mentioning this...

Since when was it evil to practice faith, or mention God; but if you insult Scientology or those that have no faith or belief in God or higher powers; you`re evil, and must be killed or sued? (I cite from the WTF about Issac Hayes AKA "Chef" leaving South Park because he made some cracks on Scientology, and left the show because he was ashamed of it. Yeah; like shooting flak at Christians and Catholics alike, as well as Bhuddists and just about every other faith, including Muslims, wasn`t shameful enough. You THEN, see the light after mocking a false religion based off a f***ing fictional book`s "religion". I hate people.)

Sorry, this circle is a roller coaster.

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Male 425
Ouch, I think KimonoThief actually out-smarted you there. Think up a better technique or strategy when dealing with these guys.
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Male 425
Looking back a page or two... Where are we? Rome during Nero`s reign?

Just because you lack faith, doesn`t mean you cruicify those with it; and because you do have faith, doesn`t mean you hold all the answers. Not everyone believes, and not everyone pracitces faith the same way (reason why seperate religions exist; for those of differing methods).

Thanks to an episode of Futurama, we need a church of Amaglamated faith. (Amaglamated = combination of all forms into one united form); but I think it would just turn into the UR (United Religions; the cousin of the United Nations). But I think it would serve only an exclusively small amount of members, considering the lack of faith in the world as a whole.

Sorry, I was riding the edge of a circle there for a moment (going off on a tangent, for you non-nerds).

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Male 126
One thing really bothered me in these comments.

"Why don`t all atheists just kill themselves... (Death is inevitable, and time is infinite. To live 100 years is to live 0 years. Therefore, existence is futile. Literally. For those of you who have trouble with literacy, heres some math. If n < infinity and n / infinity = x, x = 0.)"

That`s not true at all. n / infinity has no meaning. Infinity is NOT a number; therefore, you can`t divide a number by it. If you mean, "the limit of x as y goes to infinity of n/y equals 0, then you are correct, BUT the function never actually reaches zero. Please, next time you tell me to kill myself, take a little calculus first.

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Female 59
Well said!
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Male 425
I didn`t bother reading the arguments (had enough on another topic).

God is an omnipotent being which cannot be proven to exist or not exist. End of argument.

I`m Catholic BTW, just so noone would jump me about it (though, considering the denisity of ignorant fools (again, I had to deal with quite a few in another topic), I think that`s unavoidable.).

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Male 425
Bwahahaha... New York is more faithful than all of California. I love it.

No wonder most people don`t like me. They know somehow that I was born there.

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Male 374
Yay I saw my county on there!
We`re in the deep red.
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Female 1,025
Texas is filled with Christians!!

California....ehhh not so much. xD

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Male 521
hmm..
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Female 59
Thank you OAmYO...you too!
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Female 601
Lol, I-am-bored.com arguments.

I didn`t know that my part of Michigan was so "godless" so to speak (too tired to use proper adjective or whatever o_o). It seems that everywhere I turn, someone`s like, "Accept Jesus into your heart! :-D".

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Female 471
Sco_Thistle,
Not you my dear, my envier. Have a lovely evening.
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Female 59
Who was that comment directed to OAmYO?
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Female 155
Chickenman:

I`ve been thought of as "sinful" in the past by others who were religious just because I`m an Atheist. I wasn`t sure if that was brought up in this thread but I didn`t feel like skimming through all 9 pages... :)

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Female 471

I tried my approach, so I`ll try yours. I didn`t say I was hurt - I said "hurtful comments".
"Shove it up your ass" translation - get rid off, dismiss.
You couldn`t hurt my feelings, well maybe perhaps by existing another day.
I can play the fighting "fire with fire", you give me the impression that arging makes you masterbate.
I`m amused. You get very upset and I feel like I`m throwing a stick to a dog. You don`t get it, you just keep bringing it back!
What makes me sad - fighting about "God" not "you".
There is no point arguing about something you cannot see. Human beings have the instinct to need visual proof.
Why do I keep posting to you? Because you are a moron and I`m being highly entertained.
Now come back and post in another hour, after you are done pleasuring yourself.
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Female 59
That`s okay...we all love you too AKappy!
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Male 250
[quote]On 7/11/2007 4:57:01 PM envyrain wrote: It doesn`t mean we`re all "sinful" people with absolutely no morals. [/quote]

Did anyone say you were a sinner for not believing? I`m just wondering.

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Male 869
Religion: Uniting crazy people for over 2000 years!
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Male 2,616
I was only trying to lighten the mood because I love you all so much.
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Female 59
There`s no proof to either side of this argument and it is almost impossible to convince someone otherwise. Envyrain said it right...people won`t change their minds because you claim to have proof. Truth is man-made anyway and humans can`t be 100% sure about anything. There is always that chance for doubt and error. No two people on the whole planet see things `exactly` the same. Just believe what you want and be happy about it.
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Female 155
I`m an atheist. I don`t believe in God. Big deal.

I`m happy that a lot of you do believe in God, but no matter what kind of "proof" you try and give an Atheist that there is God, an Atheist will always shoot down your attempt to do so.

We`re Atheists for a reason. We have already thought through all the possibilities of existence and decided that there is no reason to believe in God or follow organized religion. It doesn`t mean we`re all "sinful" people with absolutely no morals. It doesn`t mean we`re uneducated about the Bible. It just means that we live life as it`s presented to us in terms of science and human nature.

Atheists will probably never change their minds about what the believe and don`t believe. So stop trying to give us "proof that God exists".

And to all you "Atheists" that say that you`re not sure whether there is a God or not, you`re not an atheist. It`s called being Agnostic.

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Female 59
lol...Wrong place for that! :)
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Female 532
*sigh* I came back to see what happened after I left, and wow. First of all, 0AmY0, I have always been flattered by the thought that I may be powerful and intelligent enough to be Satan. So thank you for the compliment.

And second of all, ImNoGod, you cannot prove anything by quoting the laws of the universe. Just because there are laws does not mean there is a law-giver. Of course, there is no proof that there ISN`T a law-giver, either. However, do not tell me that to *IMPLY* something is to prove it. Any person schooled in science will tell you that implications are by no means conclusive, substantive proof.

For instance, earlier I implied that 0AmY0 was ugly, by suggsting that if she looked in a mirror, it would break. I have absolutely no proof, but implying it doesn`t necessarily mean it was true...

Oh, and that reminds me, 0AmY0, I wanted to ask you: Why are you acting all hurt when you were the one who told XP to shove it up his ass in the first place?

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Male 2,616
Oh... oops.
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Male 2,616
Dang those upside-down pictures are sweet.
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Female 84
Im from Oregon which is apparently the most godless state.
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Male 9
ooooooooooooohhhh.....i didn`t say "non-nice individual"

*shakes fist*
>:0

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Male 19
#1. There is only one God and I believe in him.
#2 This "study" isn`t about God, is about the adherants to religion. Come on ppl, dont believe all the headlines you read. Read and try to understand for yourself. Is it YOUR opinion or theirs?
#3 The "study" is extremly false. I am from one of the Eastern counties that show <35% and I assure you that it is one of the most religious counties in the US.
**all my beliefs and opinions
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Male 9
sho` is, kenny_f.

oh man, there`s a lot of anger.
i`m about as antireligious as they come. but i`m not against god. you can`t prove one way or the other.

but, for religious people, God if he created man gave him a brain. i think it would be highly disrespectful to not make full use of it and swallow anything whole before analyzing it yourself.
and for christians (not all, just the ones throwing angry comments), there are really col bibles that have anything that Jesus said highlighted in red.
read all the red text and ignore everything else.

and to the atheists (which for lack of a better term i usually refer to myself as) what good does it do to slam people of faith.
nothing proves/disproves god.
by all means, fight against silly dogma that can be harmful to people or their liberties, but there`s no reason to be an non-nice individual.
it`s not helping your fight, and ironically, i`ve seen too many wannabe atheist martyrs.

please don`t flame me, i love you a

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Female 59
All statistical data is subject to error...that`s why it is not 100% accurate. If they said it was accurate...then we would have a problem with the data, but I think it`s just for a rough idea. Nothing official and that`s why it`s on this site to begin with. :)
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Male 1,149
This is my proof.

In the universe we have laws. Let`s say I toss my pen into the air. Naturally it will come to a turning point from rising, to falling. The descent, is caused by gravity. The universe is held together by laws such as these. With out laws, the universe could not exist.

Well laws my friends, Imply there is a law giver.

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Male 98
Negative Response Bias, is what I`m basically suggesting.
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Male 98
I`d actually like to know how they conducted this survey. I mean, if it`s an optional survey, and you ask "Do you believe in God?", the people more likely to answer are those that DON`T believe in God. People who feel negatively tend to feel more strongly about their answer.
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Male 1,825
its completly pointless to argue
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Male 880
sunnysongbrd...
I thoroughly enjoyed your idea of geography being a basis for athiesm (not exactly, but i needed a one sentence wrap up ). i think there is some very good points made. But when you mentioned transportation it got me thinking about multiculturalism. Although, I am not saying that different cultures dont believe in God, but the blending of multi cultural ideals and viewpoints tends to create an atmosphere for openmindedness (typically).
With the areas around the coasts having larger cultural populations, individuals have a more open understanding to the world around them and are not enclosed in their `bubble` being reinforced by similiar teachings.

But then places around the Gulf coast seems to be more religiously based, despite, historically, containing a plethera of other cultures.

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Female 59
*throws hands up is disgust*
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Female 471
I found Satan...look a couple posts up
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Female 59
Shhhhh Berthaballs!

Don`t start something else!

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Female 31
for those who are looking for god.....look for satan first
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Female 59
Hehehee!
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Female 532
BigWaFuu, you just won the entire thing.

Thank you, Big. Thank you very much!

Now I`m going to go give God another three or four reasons to send me to hell...

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Male 1,162
Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeehaw!!
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Female 532
Saskcowgirl, people like you are the reason that we are having this discussion in the first place. You offer an immutable conclusion, "You guys are stupid if you can`t see the evidence that there is a God." and then offer me no evidence at all!!! What am I supposed to think?!

And I`m happy too, and I actually have a boyfriend, and I didn`t need God at all to get here! In fact, when I was Christian, it only made me depressed and morose!

So, if the fact that you`re happy proves God`s existence, why is it I can be happy without God?

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Female 1
You guys are stupid if you can`t see the evidence that there is a God. I`m just a teenager and I`m a perfectly normal teenager except one thing. I`m actually happy. No I don`t have a boyfriend and I`m not on drugs or anything like that, I just have Jesus. I`m not one of those creepy people who think about nothing but religion and make sure that they do everything right. That`s not really Christianity. I don`t care what religion you guys follow but just because your not a Christian doesn`t mean that you have to say nasty things about Christians!

Oh and about the weather. It`s cold here :P :(

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Female 532
How much higher dch? Oh, and it was the old format of the SAT, in case that makes a difference. And how can somebody as smart as you are not be able to give me solid examples?? Come on dch! I`m rooting for you to prove it!
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Female 59
You shouldn`t get too upset about what other people say OAmYO. Like they say, "those who matter don`t mind, and those who mind don`t matter". Don`t let it get to you and try not to insult people if you are just going to wish you could take them back. "Keep your words soft and sweet just incase you have to eat them". :)

Cheers!

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Female 532
Once more dch, you tried to prove that the Bible can be proven, and then you turn around and say "But it all comes down to faith anyhow." That`s a cop-out I`ve heard by almost every Christian I`ve ever got into this discussion with. If you`re going to try to prove it, prove it! Don`t all of the sudden come out with the trump card (meaning faith) when you`re into hot water and can`t come up with anything solid.

You have not helped my opinion of fanatics at all, whether or not you are one.

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Male 5
Mine were higher, not that that proves anything---
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Female 59
Wow...those are good SAT and ACT scores!
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Female 471
I don`t know if she is or not, I really don`t. I was just saying it was "sounding" that way. I feel awful insulting someone and I shouldn`t have written that. It`s hard to take pointless hurtful comments and not get upset. I can`t believe all this - it`s horrible and sad.
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Male 5
I find it funny that you have more of a problem with the New Testament than the old. The New Testament is meant to be taken almost entirely literally where the Old Testament, primarily the first parts of it, are not. Jesus performed miracles, which as I said, were supernatural in nature, and can not be proven or disproven. However, there are prophetic elements in the New , and Old Testament, that did happen as predicted. The ones that haven`t , well it isn`t time yet. The crucifixion was predicted in Psalms, and the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple was predicted by Jesus himself, and did come to pass. However, it all comes down in the end to Faith, you either have it or you don`t. At one point in my life, before the age of 25, I was on the other side of this debate, a strong agnostic. But this whole thread and the posting that started it should be deleted because it is not about how many Americans believe, but rather how many belong to a Church or religious organization.
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Female 532
Thank you Thistle :-) I was rather proud of that myself.

And 0AmY0, I thought I WAS making fun of the less fortunate. I don`t know you personally either, but you sure are fun to insult. You know why I insult you? Because you decided to insult somebody who was much more intelligent than you in the first place.

Oh, and haven`t you ever heard that song "Life is Like High School"? Because its true. Nobody ever really grows out of insulting other people (as evidenced by IAB posters) or gossiping, or anything like that.

I am not heartless. I love many things, and many things love me. I just don`t love you. Ignorant? No, I`m very well-educated and very smart. 1420 on SATs, and 33 on ACTs, if you want to know.

Immaturity will never be outgrown by the majority of people...

I was just stooping to your level for a minute to say something you might have understood.

Love,

Sunny

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Female 59
OAmYO

You are also right...leave the teasing for school. We should be more reasonable than that...
But you also shouldn`t call sunnysongbird a "heartless, ignorant person." Don`t bring yourself down to someone elses level.

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Female 59
caboose117,
I`m glad someone understands what I`m saying!

Cheers!
Thistle

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Female 471
You know, I really want to leave this alone but something inside of me won`t let me right now. sunnysongbrd, I don`t know you personally, but by reading everything you have posted on here you sound like a very heartless ignorant person. A mature person wouldn`t call someone ugly. I thought that immaturity was dropped in public school. Pointing out my typo`s? Com`on, give me a break! You can`t answer why you are being so ridiculous so you attack me where it`s easy? Why don`t you start making fun of the less fortunate? Do you see my point?
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Female 59
And sunnysongbird...you made me laugh...I love the phrase "I don`t. I was merely insulting you". That was so good! :)
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Male 522
There are so many strawman arguments in this thread I could open a scarecrow store and make a fortune. Remember folks; when refuting an argument please make sure you are refuting an argument that someone actually made. Please?
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Male 1,204
Sco, I see you`re on to something. It isn`t the religion that`s bad, it`s a certain group of people in it that give it a bad name.

unless the religion is about a god bent on the genocide of all humanity that is not part of that religion. then i think it`s pretty bad

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Female 59
Well SPrinkZ...I agree with you to a certain extent. I already talked about the "imaginary friend" bit...but I wouldn`t necesarrily say religion (most anyway) is too dangerous. It is the weak people who make it dangerous and ruin it for everyone else, giving the whole group a bad name.
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Male 1,204
meh, i`ve seen bad internet speak for portueguese, korean, and watnot, i`m very used to the internet-speak, as long as p03p13 d0/\/t u53 13375p34k 1/\/\ f1/\/3

and i believe this chart probably isn`t the most accurate, but i think you guys can do what you want

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Male 869
They don`t call it the "Bible Belt" for nothing.
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Female 532
Ok dch...

I told you that I understand that certain things from the Bible (especially from the Old Testament) can be proven...

What I was asking for was your "thousands" of instances where things could be proven, applied to the NEW Testament, because that`s the one I have a problem with...

And you couldn`t tell me one.

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Female 532
LOL Hoisted by my own petard?? I think not!

I said maybe for a reason... I myself have nothing better to do than this... And I freely admit it, 0AmY0.

And now I hope I`ve killed the religious debate here...

Have I?

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Female 471
Sunnysongbrd -

I must say one more thing and leave -

" So maybe we should all just leave the comments page and do something with our lives???"

It took you how long to realize this?

My point proven once again. Goodbye.

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Female 532
P.S. And you spelt "proves" wrong, but I thought maybe I should only tell you about one mistake at a time, in case your brain overloaded.
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Female 532
0AmY0,

I don`t. I was merely insulting you. And you spelled intelligence wrong, but at least you didn`t use Internet-speak this time...

Love,

Sunny

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Female 471
sunnysongbrd
how do you know what I look like? It also pooves your intellegence by pointing out my spelling mistake.
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Male 5
I didn`t say everything, and no it was certainly not a joke. I was referring to historical and geographical reference that have proven to be entirely accurate. Succession of Kings, locations of cities and other things that when discovered, were exactly where the Bible said. Things like that. I was not referring to things like miracles that in essence are supernatural events that cannot be proven or disproven, by natural means.
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Female 532
And I don`t think the "Can`t we all just get along?" speech is going to work here Caboose. The subject is too emotionally charged, and people are too sure of their own opinions (yes, including me)... So maybe we should all just leave the comments page and do something with our lives???
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Female 532
Yes, I know, and I`m one to talk with my dyslexic typing, caboose, aren`t I? :-P

But I detest internet-speak. It gives me a headache to read it, and even the smallest "ur gonna die!" makes me cringe...

I can`t help it. I speak four languages, and nowhere have I ever seen one more mutilated than English is on the Internet...

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Male 1,204
everybody thinks they`re right, when will we come to an agreement? i think buddy should list funnier stuff.
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Male 3,255
Proof that God doesn`t exist:

Every single religion ever believed in by humans did not exists at one point. Evey single religion had a point in time where no one on earth had even heard of it... then some human came along and invented it.

For Christians there was Jesus, for Jews there was Abraham, for Mormons you have Joseph Smith, Islam as Mohammed, 7th Day Adventists have E.G. White, for Jehovah`s Witnesses there is Charles Taze Black Muslims have Wallace D. FardRussell even the idiots at the Church of Satan have Anton LaVey`s weird ass.

I could go on and on but there are hundreds and I`m not gonna list them all here. The point is, if you believed in any religion, you are shaping your entire life around a magical invisable wizard just because a few thousand years ago some random looney said you should... D U M B, Dumb.

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Male 2,616
"I think the world coming together strictly by coincidence is a lot harder to believe than God."

StphnHrrll, I appreciate yor thoughts, and merely offering my own opinion as if anybody cares- I don`t think that it is hard to believe our world came together by "coincidence," considering that there are billions of galaxies and planets. It seems as though it is just an act of probability that at least one such planet would put together the ingredients necessary to develop and sustain life.

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Female 532
dch, are you kidding? I think you`re kidding. I`m going to take everything you just posted as a joke., because that`s all it can be meant to mean...

Not a single word conclusively proven wrong, hmmm?? Well, that`s fine, I`ll give you that, because its nearly impossible to prove myths wrong. For that matter, I`d like to see how you could prove to me that my belief in the fact that Zeus is among the stars, watching us, waiting to unleash his next lightning bolt down on us is wrong...

And where is the proof for the Bible?? Yes, historians regard it as a treasure trove becuase it does document several older kings and such in the Old Testament, but as far as the New Testament, show me how you prove that water turned to wine, or that the fish and the two loaves fed 5000, or that Lazarus was raised... I really want to see that.

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Male 1,204
lol, i don`t think spelling matters to IAB. but stupid mozilla has a spell check that gives me red squiggleys everywhere
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Female 532
0AmY0, I ahve to admit, your argument is strangely compelling... I mean, I`ve never heard more enlightened words in my life... Now turn to the mirror and (if it doesn`t break first), say it to yourself....

And then learn how to spell.

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Male 5
Another fact, while the Bible has been proven in thousands of instances to be accurate and true, not one word of it has ever been conclusively proven to be wrong. There was a process of creation, no, it did not take a literal 7 days, but that`s the way it was told to Moses so his feeble human mind could grasp the concept. Time is a human invention , it means nothing to an eternal being like God. A billion of our invented years to him is like the blink of an eye. Religion is not dangerous, people who use it and twist it for personal gain are. Unfortunately there have been, and still are, far too many of those, but you don`t reject God because of the actions of evil people.
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Female 532
lol people define themselves by stereotypes, caboose... It is literally impossible to find one human being who does not have some preconceived notion about one group or another... its human nature...

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Male 1,204
sunny, i said that because i believe what we are doing we take too seriously. i mean, we`re only here on IAB for enjoyment, are we not? time to watch another random link...
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Female 471
XP - believe in what you want, and others as well. All this ranting - all of you shove it up u`re ass
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Male 1,204
"is no proof of God and there never can be. Proof denies faith, if God gave a method to prove his existence he would deny free will. Trying to proove God`s existence is rediculous"

the word faith can have more than one definition.

i dunno if i should really take this debate seriously : / i didn`t know people were so biased and loved all em stereotypes

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Female 532
caboose117, its rather hypocritical to say:

i don`t see why we`re debating so much on IAB...

when you yourself gave input into the debate not 5 comments ago, don`t you think?

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Male 1,204
lol mormons. no wonder utah is so religious. but nyway, organized religion isn`t what kills people, it is the people in it. if the people who start the wars weren`t part of the religion, chances are, they`ll find another reason for mass genocide.
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Female 532
dch48, its not a chart of who believes. Its a chart of who PRACTICES their religion... which means going to church, etc... Just because 90% of Americans believe in a god doesn`t mean that they go to church weekly or anything...

Yeah, that title was misleading...

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Male 1,204
i don`t see why we`re debating so much on IAB...
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Female 532
Oh, and yes, Utah is populated by the Mormons, although they like to be called the "LDS", which stands for "Latter-Day Saints"... Pompous little buggers, aren`t they? I would know, I had to live in Mesa, AZ, which is just its own little Utah.

I mean, my neighborhood had three Mormon churches within one square quarter-mile!

*sigh* if anybody is going to take over the world, its them... They`ve got a hive-mind, I know it!

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Male 835
God doesn`t ever bother me. His fanclub is a pain though.
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Male 5
The whole thing is meaningless. It says the numbers come from memberships in Churches or other organizations. Many believers, including myself, belong to none of these. The true numbers are that about 90% of Americans do believe in a God in some way.
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Female 532
So, if water catalyzes civilization, and civilization shows a decline of faith, as it were, then yes, in a way, water does help to bring about faith`s demise...

Interesting, no? I thought so.

Oh, and for those who can take a joke, check out mrdeity.com... Very great skits based on the Christian belief system...

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Female 532
Balthazaaq and ieatbunnies, and anyone else who thinks the ocean contributes to not practicing religion (and yes, I know that most were just joking), I thought I might take the forum away from the religious debate for a minute to note what I actually came across in some study of Human Geography:

Human beings congregate towards water, whether that be oceans, rivers, etc. A body of water is a catalyst for civilization, as water can be used to transport goods, water fields (in the case of rivers/lakes), and so on and so forth.

It has also been shown that the more civilized a group of people is, the less faith overall they have. Yes, it has something to do with education, it also is related to technological advances (if we can figure this out on our own, why do we need >insert deity`s name< to help us?) and overall better self-sufficiency.

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Male 1,204
"Whats interesting is that if you look at this map then compare it to education there is a direct correlation. States with higher education tend to not believe in God, where as states that tend to believe in God have less of an education... often much less.

I am actually not surpised, because people tend to put their faith outside of themselves when they are not someone anyone should put faith in.

And before anyone goes bitching... I used the United States Education Departments reports for 2006-2007 and 2000-2001."

I believe you`re insulting us believers, but if you want to know, Einstein DID believe a God existed, not a specific one, but he did believe there is a God. So you`re saying we can`t believe what Einstein says now?

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Female 266
When I started reading comments for this chart . . . I worried. I could tell it would expand into some huge thing. Anyway, I`m glad that this is probably the best debate that we`ve had. And I love how everyone has very good reasons supporting their theories/beliefs. (I`m aware that I sound like a fourth grader writing a book report ;-/ )

Anyway . . . I, myself believe in intelligent design, as I don`t think something this huge could happen solely by evolution and all.

But that`s just me.
We all have a choice to do and think what we want to believe.
And I know, that I probably am not right in my beliefs, but that`s okay. Because we have free speech. And as long as we`re keeping it on an intellectual level, and not too absurd, then I think it`s great.

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Male 1,204
well... who knows if this is accurate. i believe in a god, but that doesn`t mean i believe there should be a religious debate, as long as no1 is going to cause mass genocide, i think our beliefs are safe
: /
also, utah has such high percent because i believe of the mormons.
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Male 1,149
[quote][quote]xp: you give atheists like me a bad name. your analogy is way off. there is evidence of the sun being something besides blue cheese. there is NO EVIDENCE either way indicating existence of either God or no God. NO EVIDENCE. NONE.[/quote]

If you say the _lack of evidence_ is evidence, you are wrong. And dumb. If you say your holy book is evidence, I ask you what about person B`s holy book which contradicts yours and which also declares to have the unassailable, absolute truth.

The only logical thing to do is to ask ourselves, individually what makes the most sense, and to act upon that. Whether our answer leads us to believe in the supernatural or not, by relying upon our reason, and our reason alone, we will come to good conclusions. [/quote]
Though i believe in god, i agree with you all the way.

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Male 2,307
"I always find it funny how when religion is brought up, everyone goes flying off their handle bars! Everyone can state their own opinions, but that doesn`t mean you should attack that other person for thinking differently."

It`s not a matter of thinking differently. If someone said they think red is the best color in the universe, then that`s fine. I can observe red by its wavelength, and for whatever reason it causes them enjoyment to wear it, see it, etc.

Now, delusions, crazy ideas, and nonsense...I can`t respect that. If a child believed something insane, then I`d have to help the child realize that it`s wrong, so the child will not grow up to believe in a delusion.

The same goes for adults. Essentially, religion is the adult`s imaginary friend, and I find it very dangerous.

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Male 880
You can link the increase in global temperature to the drop in number of pirates if you want. The correlation is there.

Yea, but the correlation between education and religion actually contains merit and, although are not directly dependant, show a strong relation. Mainly because most of education is based on science and math which do not make leaps of faith of blatantly ignore facts to support their claims, which religious fundamanetalists often do. (I use fundamentalists becaue not all theists follow blindly.)

And as for your labeling of me and others who argue agaisnt religion as atheists. I adementally believe in the presence of God but despise religion. Religion is not created by God, but created by man, which is why most of religion is crap.

The belief in God does not ignore science and/or fact... but religion does.

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Male 15
Me `n Jesus are BFFs!
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Male 703
doesn`t mean every body follows God in that thing... some people just believe not follow...
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Male 625
thats pretty cool that the middle has the most people who believe in god over in the uk i reckon the north are more christian than the south
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Female 59
On Wednesday, July 11, 2007 9:34:55 AM Lou Two wrote:

So you think yourself better than a believer since you don`t require that support?

I never said that...and I don`t think non-believers are better than believers in any way. I was just saying that God is what you want him to be and that can be a good thing. You don`t have to be a religion to believe in "god" and it can be a good thing for people..to have some hope and stuff like that.

I always find it funny how when religion is brought up, everyone goes flying off their handle bars! Everyone can state their own opinions, but that doesn`t mean you should attack that other person for thinking differently.

Thank you for all the people who leave nice comments and remain peaceful. After all...isn`t that what religions for?

Thistle

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Male 4,546
And sorry for the triple post, but correlation != Causation.

You can link the increase in global temperature to the drop in number of pirates if you want. The correlation is there. It doesn`t mean it`s true.

You know all these philosophical tools you learn about to defend atheism and talk about how clever it is, why do so many of you fail to apply any of these philosophical arguments to any other aspects of your lives?

Why blurt out philosophical catchphrases like:
"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."
"Flying Spaghetti Monster".
"Invisible Pink Unicorn".
"Proof denies faith".

Etc, all pulled directly from text when you can`t apply the MEANING of any of those to your own thoughts and ideas?

If you don`t know the reasoning behind the catchphrases you`re using all you`re doing is following other people because you have blind-faith in their logic, not your own. So why the self righteousness?

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Female 441
Necrotism.....wut i wrote didnt really come across as wut i meant...sorry i read it again and it soundz dumb..lolz...wut i meant wuz i really hate to think tha5t wen ur dead ur dead..nothing...(maybe im wrong on this)..but atheism is more of i scientific way of thinking in my opinion that dusnt leave alot of room for love...etc...
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Male 4,546
And there are lots of definitions of religion. Last I checked, Atheism falls under arguably 2 of them, Bhuddism 3, Christianity/Islam about 5 or 6.

From Dictionary.com
Definition 2: A specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects: the Christian religion; the Buddhist religion.

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Male 4,546
"Whats interesting is that if you look at this map then compare it to education there is a direct correlation."

There`s also a direct correlation with annual rainfall.

Well, it`s not that strong, but if I wanted to believe it I could make a strong case for it.

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Male 594
DBtG,

Again, you`ve displayed your ignorance of history.

You must be unaware that the Bible is made of several genres, some histories to be read as such, some allegories, some poems, and an apocolypse (a genre).

If you want to debate the Bible, I`d suggest taking a look at Calvin, Luther, Sproul, Piper, and a host of others before you open your mouth & insert your foot.

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Male 139
MarthFador:

Thats cool, I was just wondering if I was correct in my understanding of where Buddhism stands in the realm of belief systems.

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Female 1,004
Ah, i don`t think it could be called religion, no. But I`m just calling it my belief either way =P
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Male 139
MarthFador:

From what I understand of Buddhism, is that it isn`t a religion but a philosophy. please correct me if I`m wrong.

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Female 1,004
I, myself, call myself a buddhist. I say `call myself` because there`s a few things I believe that are different than full-blown buddhist, though there`s several types...
I don`t believe in any sort of suprime being, whether it be christian or islamic, and I do think that Jesus was real, just no `son of god`. Probably a really nice guy, though. I do believe in karma and the whole want = suffering thing, too...
As for afterlife...I kind of think our `souls` or `spirits`, whatever you might want to call them, are recycled into new bodies. i don`t think everyone`s personalities can be /completely different/ throughout history. Really...
People need to mellow out a little. Belief is belief. If you`re so confident in your own belief, you shouldn`t have to get so uppity when defending it. It`s okay to explain your belief, don`t force it on others!
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Female 471
You people make me embarrassed to be a human being. When will everyone grow up?
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Female 712
I`m surprised there aren`t more dark areas in the south...
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Male 2,440
I have no problem with the belief that god exists. What makes me mad is people who claim that their religion is the only correct one, god wants you to do this and do that, yadda yadda yadda, heaven and hell and all that other bullsh*t.
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. If the Earth was really created in 6 days and it`s 6,000 years old, the evidence would support that. But the evidence doesn`t, the evidence supports that the Earth is around 4.5 billion years old. And evolution is real by the way. It`s not bullsh*t. People who say that evolution isn`t real don`t understand evolution.

I don`t believe in god. No one knows if god exists or not. Do I think god exists? No. Could god exist? Sure, along with the Flying Spaghetti Monster and the Invisible Pink Unicorn. I also don`t believe in spirits, ghosts, demons, angels, magic, and other mythical nonsense. It`s the 21st century, and it`s okay not to be religious. Being skeptical is a GOOD THING. Yay Atheism! WOOT : )

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Female 447
Upon seeing the title of this posting, I thought there might be a contraversy which was confirmed by the number of comments relative to the other postings.

I must say, I`m pleasantly surprised, though: I thought the comment sparking the debate would be political in nature, not theological. I`m glad to see that not every issue has been reduced to blue and red.

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Male 880
Whats interesting is that if you look at this map then compare it to education there is a direct correlation. States with higher education tend to not believe in God, where as states that tend to believe in God have less of an education... often much less.

I am actually not surpised, because people tend to put their faith outside of themselves when they are not someone anyone should put faith in.

And before anyone goes bitching... I used the United States Education Departments reports for 2006-2007 and 2000-2001.

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Male 330
What textual scholarship?

The Bible is a historical document, not a source of historical information.

I`m all for an intelligent debate, but at least bring something to it.

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Female 31
my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge....... hosea 4:6
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Male 31
bigoldjeffry, what a good way of sounding profound and intelligent without actualy telling anyone anything. i think DBtG has actualy got it dead on
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Male 594
Interesting, DBtG. Wrong, but interesting.

If you`d do a little textual scholarship, you`d see how wrong you are.

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Male 330
I believe in God. Not a Christian God, or a Muslim God, or a Jewish God, or even a Roman God, simply an existent power greater than man.

And I believe that people who use the Bible as any sort of evidence are stupid. It`s a f*cking book full of allegories, not a scientific or even historic textbook! (But don`t misquote me, reading the Bible doesn`t make you stupid--It`s believing in God for no other reason than "The book says he exists, so he must".)

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Female 31
u hate jeff
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Male 205
I hate god.
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Male 4
i thought i oughta add id love the comfort of heaven but the thought of it is as unbearable as the thought of nothing i have no way of being able to spend an ETERNATY doing any thing!! honestly we are not talking about a long time here ETERNATY would be boring and torturus thus i cannot find comfort in religion
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Male 4
im an athiest and i wish i could find comfort in religion but it seems to false and illogical for me to be able to have faith in so i tend to not be able to stick with religion alas
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Female 31
Jesus saves Stupid comments
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Female 63
Nice to know that my county is one of the most godless in Vermont, evidently. XD
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Male 139
"I cant be athiest because i believ thier is too much good in the world"
Ummm, what? What does that mean exactly? To be an atheists means to believe that no good exists? I`m really confused, please elaborate.
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Male 139
berthaballs:
I really hope that was a joke... :-?
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Female 441
I am agnostic....i am happy to say that i jus plain dont know......I cant be athiest because i believ thier is too much good in the world...i cant be christian..etc...because its all used as sum old wives tale to scare people into being"guud" people....i believe in karma and acceptance and all around luv (yes im a hippie lolz)christianity is all about rule fllowing do this or die do this or go to hell...I cant belive that there is a higher pwer that actually wud want people spewing this hate and ignorance....if thier is a god....why is thier war, cancer,guns,abuse,KKK,Terrorist,...i knoiw sum bible buddy will sure find an answer to that real fast.."oh..god dus it cuz he luvz u and wants u to learn..blah...blah...blah" go ahead if u wanna believ thier is a guud excuse for all things bad...thats ur beef...if u wanna believe thier is nuthing... no guud no bad...science, rules all...go ahead....there is nothing wrong in wut u believ if it works for u...
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Female 31
u all need Jesus
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Male 2,510
i dont belive god exists....so sue me, i do however believe we have souls and when we die we go somewhere else.
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Male 139
BigBonny: Utah, it`s a primarily Mormon state if I`m not mistaken.
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Male 2,216
I dont know the US that well, what`s that really religious looking state east of Nevada?
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Male 139
conqdequeso:
Ha, i got what you meant. But this is a perfect example, we have (I`m speculating) very different views on the world and beliefs in the religious sense. But that doesn`t mean we have to be to feuding factions. We`re not even agreeing to disagree, we`re agreeing that your belief is your belief and cannot be the belief of everybody else.
(at least thats what I`m assuming we`re agreeing on haha)
I think we just patched up years of tension between catholics and atheists on the IAB forums. haha =D

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Male 1,420
"It is patently insane to believe in anything other than what you can observe."
we couldn`t always observe, for example, radiation due to decay of unstable elements, but it exists. we saw effects, and studied it further. just because you`re not staring something in the face, doesnt mean it doesn`t exist.

i believe it is ok to share your beliefs, and even to encourage others to do the same. but there is a major difference between "I want to show you this" and "YOURE GUNNA DIE, FAG! READ THE BIBLE!"
theres no need to be extreme, yes, but that doesn`t mean everybody needs to sit on their hands and keep away from each other.

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Male 148
Is it just me or is IAB trying to provoke discussion of god? )-|
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Male 31
no one can know for sure until we`re dead, so i think everyone who has thaught about it and made their choice based on what they find logical should all just try to get along. however, i think it is not only in good taste but we are actualy obliged to mock and disprove exremists who only believe what they have been told to because, to be frank, they are frikin stupid.
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