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  • Atheism IS a Religion

    Coveny said:
    Coveny said:
    At the end of the proverbial day.
    All religious and god bothering debates tend to boil down to the trading of linguistic semantics.

    Listen to me, I am more eloquent than you.

    Formal definition would say that Atheism cannot be regarded as a religion.
    Loose definition would say that anything could be regarded as a religion.

    Everyday he religiously tended to his garden.
    The same does not hold true with the words theist and atheist.

    Not sure what you're trying to say with this statement.
    How does it relate to my proposition.
    Perhaps you could expand your explanation a little.
    You are using this definition of religion.

    Define religion:
    Webster - a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith
    Oxford - A pursuit or interest followed with great devotion.
    Dictionary - the body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices
    Cambridge - the belief in and worship of a god or gods, or any such system of belief and worship

    Something like money is the new religion per say. Right?

    Theist have a value “belief in god(s)”. The “a” on the front simply means not. Like the words asymmetrical, atypical, etc. So atheists simply means “no belief in god(s)”, nothing else is attributed to the word, it’s a null value. 

    How do you pursue a null value? How does a null value have principles? What are the practices of a null value? 

    To take it a step further if it were possible to call null values like atheism a pursuit, doesn’t than mean that all null values become a pursuit? Do you play golf? No, well that’s the “not playing golf” religion. 

    I’ve been an atheist my whole life, and over the years I have been told that I worship satan to eating babies and making nature disasters. That isn’t what atheism is. I’ve been told that atheist are this way or that way, or whatever. That isn’t what atheism is. Look at any definition and you’ll see theist and atheist are diametric opposites where theists “believe in god(s)” and atheist don’t. Unlike many words (religion) which get blurred because of common usage, theist and atheist don’t have that problem, they are very clear on the usage. To say it another way is to say being atheist means you have a lack of beliefs, a lack of practices, a lack of devotion, a lack of faith… a null value can’t be a religion.

    Now you could be anti-theist… that could be a religion. Pro science… that could be a religion. There are MANY other “values” that could be a religion… atheism can’t be though because of the semantics of the word, and the logic of how you are trying to use it.

    Ok. Thanks for explaining. I agree with what you are saying.

    Coveny
  • Is Islam compatible with modern day science? Like the theory of evolution.

    I am no expert on Islam, but from what I can tell, there are some Islamic theories supporting the idea that God (Allah, in this case) created evolution.  So yes, I will assume that Islam is compatible with evolution.  I hold my religion (Catholicism) to be true and I agree with the ideas of the Big Bang and evolution, and Christianity and Islam do have similar roots, so perhaps Islam is compatible with evolution like I believe Christianity is.  However, I do know for a fact that Islam's current state is not compatible with Western civilization.  Islam needs a reformation before it tears itself and all associated with it apart.
    aarong
  • Is Capitalism Evil?

    It's a system that promotes people to seek after one's own profit rather than doing what is good for the most amount of people possible. It puts some people in a hierarchy at the  top of a business and subjects people to a owner.
    aarong
  • Latino is not a "Race", nor is "Hispanic" or "Mexican"

    There is only one race... human. The rest are constructs. Not to mention they all have the same ancestry if you go far enough back.
    aarongSilverishGoldNova
  • Is Capitalism Evil?

    Capitalism isn't good or evil by itself. It depends who is in the capitalist society. If it is full of charitable billionares who help out the poor and middle class, then it becomes good. If it is full of greedy billionares, then for sure would be used for bad.





    aarongAlwaysCorrect
  • Showdown looms as Trump demands funding for wall on U.S.-Mexico border

    Most of the pioneering settlers were all those great things you said and more but I was just pointing out they were not innocent either. They did in fact kill Indians and our government put what was left of them on to reservations. Now technically one could certainly argue they are not criminals since there were no laws to be broken when they arrived but it was not all sunshine and rainbows either because the settlers did in fact take land by force that was not ours and make it into the country we love today.
            I was not rationalizing or accepting anything​ but was giving pushback to the claim that their all just low lives here with bad intentions. Many are here for the same reasons the settlers came here and that is in hopes of a better life. Let me assure you I would be equally as pissed and sad if one of these criminals killed someone I love as I would if a white us citizen did. @Pino
    aarong
  • Was legalizing gay marriage a good decision?

    People should be allowed, But when they got what they wanted, They wanted more.  Example: Bathrooms for gays.  Like really? Give em an inch, And they take 5. 
    aarong
  • Does Donald Trump Deserve to be President?

    Donald Trump satisfied the established requirements for achieving a victory in the Presidential Election...there are no additional requirement needed nor has there been any new standards created that he did not meet.  Therefor by definition YES, Trump does deserve to be President. 
    aarong
  • Showdown looms as Trump demands funding for wall on U.S.-Mexico border

    Sen Ted Cruz has just introduced the El Chapo Act, which would use $14 billion in forfeited drug proceeds from the Sinaloa drug cartel to help fund the wall.

    aarong
  • What is your political party?

    I wait until an election is imminent then appraise how the party in power performed during it's tenure  and then study the manifestos of all those in the running.
    Blind, unwavering tribal politics can be very dangerous as people can vote traditionally without having any idea what's contained in the ''small print''.
    aarong

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