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    I think he likes to be contrary just to be...

    I think he likes to be contrary just to be contrary.



    Right. Dr Stephen S. Smalley points out that earlier in 1st John, John is likely referring to a heretical split that suggested either that...
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    :shifty:

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    Yeah... You've made this point a few times, so...

    Yeah... You've made this point a few times, so when I see carpedm act like it hasn't been addressed in later posts after he's quoted and replied to it, it's just like...eh, either he doesn't get it,...
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    That's kind of you, but the longer I've been on...

    That's kind of you, but the longer I've been on forums, and the older I get, I've found myself becoming more of a curmudgeon. I don't have the patience to listen to people repeat the same arguments...
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    That's perfect, but I don't see it in the list of...

    That's perfect, but I don't see it in the list of smilies. Am I missing it somehow?
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    Thanks. I suppose that'll do, but I was thinking...

    Thanks. I suppose that'll do, but I was thinking something more subtle. Like a resigned Patrick Stewart palm on forehead emoticon or something. :smile:
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    She is too pressed in by the walls of the fear...

    She is too pressed in by the walls of the fear and death to even consider things like value and meaning. A child victim put in those sorts of circumstances does not make their own meaning. They don't...
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    I'm sorry to hear about your father's predicament...

    I'm sorry to hear about your father's predicament before his death. I'm no stranger to illness and death, so I sympathize, but your father's life still had meaning even at his worst, not because of...
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    If you can't understand why it's important to...

    If you can't understand why it's important to clarify who is arguing for what, and where the argument originates, then I don't know what to tell you. It's not splitting hairs, and it's not silly.
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    It matters when you're asserting that it's his...

    It matters when you're asserting that it's his argument.




    We can't. There are plenty of pantheists, and religious non-theists (strains of Buddhism for instance) that assert that there is...
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    This is a disingenuous rebuttal for a number of...

    This is a disingenuous rebuttal for a number of reasons. MM isn't stating that because a lot of people say it, it is therefore true. 1.) He's saying that his argument didn't originate with him, so...
  12. Yep. I don't think that the news has ever been...

    Yep. I don't think that the news has ever been bias-free, but 40 years ago we got a much fuller story simply because it took so long to get the news to the audience. That, by itself, cut down a lot...
  13. Yeah, but even without commentary, it's often...

    Yeah, but even without commentary, it's often selective so that a narrative is structured to the biases of the demographic. And that's true whether it's about politics or about the latest...
  14. I don't see why it has to be an either/or. I...

    I don't see why it has to be an either/or. I think that Trump continuously says dumb things, and lies a lot (most of which are based in braggadocio and saving face), but that the media also...
  15. Interesting thought. I think it's more than a...

    Interesting thought. I think it's more than a woman sinned; the Messiah came. It's about restoring our intimate relationship with our creator. About restoring the link between heaven and earth. OT...
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    It's really not as difficult as you're making it...

    It's really not as difficult as you're making it out to be, and again, there are plenty of non-theists who believe that self-made meaning is illusory. We call these people nihilists. That you think...
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    Nope. They literally mean it in the sense you...

    Nope. They literally mean it in the sense you mean it. In fact, Alex Rosenberg specifically goes after secular humanists like yourself in his book. He subscribes to what he calls "happy nihilism."...
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    Probably because you haven't read Rosenberg. The...

    Probably because you haven't read Rosenberg. The point wasn't "let's compare lists." The point was that your claim that, "the atheist goes through each day aware that meaning is what we bring to...
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    He doesn't. As Russell himself stated, “That...

    He doesn't. As Russell himself stated,


    “That Man is the product of causes which had no prevision of the end they were achieving; that his origin, his growth, his hopes and fears, his loves and...
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    If kiwimac is representative of Old Catholic,...

    If kiwimac is representative of Old Catholic, then that doesn't really sound like a move in a less liberal direction.
  21. Well, like Dr. Spitzer in my previous post,...

    Well, like Dr. Spitzer in my previous post, Jimenez was quickly and heavily derided for going against the narrative, even though he had absolutely zero motive for lying, and in fact, as a major gay...
  22. Are you familiar with the work of the award...

    Are you familiar with the work of the award winning investigative journalist, Stephen Jimenez (himself openly gay), on Matthew Shepard's case? Contrary to the popular narrative that Shepard was...
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    Michel has a hard time expressing his positions...

    Michel has a hard time expressing his positions clearly, as evidenced by much confusion throughout the forum.
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    I like games that are wrapped in history so that...

    I like games that are wrapped in history so that I (hopefully) learn something while I'm playing. I recently finished the RPG Kingdom Come: Deliverance, and it was phenomenal. Loaded with all sorts...
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    Reading some of your back and forth with Carpe,...

    Reading some of your back and forth with Carpe, it seems to me that there's some unspoken assumptions about your view of scripture as an authority. You didn't pick up a Bible one day, go into a...
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