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I Admit, Iím Christian Because I Need a Crutch And Iím Brainwashed
Townhall.com ^ | July 14, 2014 | Rachel Alexander

Posted on 07/14/2014 12:30:09 PM PDT by Kaslin

I cannot understand how atheists are able to ignore the spiritual realm as if it doesn’t exist. They explain away miracles and supernatural events as if these thousands of occurrences over many years are all just random. I’ve had hundreds of answers to prayer in my life, but atheists tell me they’re all coincidences.

One of the most frequent arguments I hear against my faith is that I believe in God because I’m “weak” and need some kind of support. Really? Me? Weak? I may be horribly flawed, but I wouldn’t describe myself as weak, after all the loudmouthed articles I’ve written, which I take a lot of heat for every week. I am flawed just like anyone else, prone to sin and doing things that don’t measure up to God’s standards of holiness, so why would I want or need some religion that tells me I can’t cheat, lie, etc., ever?

Although I was raised in a Christian home, I’ve discovered that it’s not easy living a Christian life. You’re never going to be very cool or popular; for the most part, Hollywood and being a musical star with their scanty clothing and drug-using lifestyles is off limits for Christians today. As the culture becomes more and more degenerate, it’s a daily battle to not cave in to it - to obey God rather than man.

I love science, and I love to debate, so I’ve spent many years reading books about Christianity, evolution and related subjects by scientists and brilliant academics. Many like C.S. Lewis, began their quest for truth as atheists seeking to disprove Christianity, but changed their minds the more they researched. I understand that most people believe in God based on faith alone, but I wanted to give intelligent reasons for the faith I held. Josh McDowell and the late Dr. D. James Kennedy have been two of the most influential thinkers in this area for me.

After years of reading all I could on the subject, I discovered that a few interpretations of certain Bible verses over the years may have reached relatively minute differing conclusions. Maybe the earth isn’t literally 6,000 years old, it may be older (2nd Peter 3:8 says that one day to us is like 1,000 years to God), and that the Bible was actually very forward thinkingwhen it came to women’s equality. It’s fascinating that Jesus first appeared to a woman, Mary Magdalene, after his resurrection, telling her to go tell his disciples that He had risen. Even basic Biblical doctrine, no matter how conservative/fundamentalist, disagrees here.

It doesn’t matter how many billions of Christians there are in the world, nor how intelligent and well-read they are, the other side keeps insisting we’re all brainwashed and need a crutch. The Christian faith is being pushed out of the public sphere more than ever today, as liberals in most parts of life - academia, government and the judiciary - try to squelch it. At the same time, Christians are standing up for Christ against powerful opposition, pushing back, often after great personal sacrifice.

There is a devout Satanist movementout there, which actively engages the dark side of the spiritual realm, including Satan and demons, and it is growing in size. How do atheists explain that away? Satanists hate God, and want to defeat Him, but they at least don’t try to pretend the supernatural world doesn’t exist, because they don’t ignore it. Explain away tarot cards, wiccans, and ouija boards “rationally.”

The intellectual Christian C.S. Lewis, who many - including myself - consider the greatest writer of all time, next to the Holy Spirit-inspired writers of the Bible, was a devout atheist for many years until he couldn’t escape the evidence any longer. He has said he was he was brought into Christianity like a prodigal, "kicking, struggling, resentful, and darting his eyes in every direction for a chance to escape … That which I greatly feared had at last come upon me. In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England.”

Lewis had been a close friend of the science fiction writer J.R. Tolkein - Lewis also wrote many brilliant sci-fi books, including the Lion, the Witch and Wardrobe Narnia series - and started an Inklings intellectual discussion group with Tolkein at Oxford. Tolkein was ecstatic to see his friend convert, although he would have preferred he choose Catholicism over Anglicanism. Lewis remained neutral when it came to sectarianism.

It reminds me of the liberal and atheist commentator Kirsten Powers on Fox News, who recently became a Christian. She toldChristianity Today, “I'll never forget standing outside that apartment on the Upper East Side and saying to myself, ‘It's true. It's completely true.’ The world looked entirely different, like a veil had been lifted off it. I had not an iota of doubt. I was filled with indescribable joy...The horror of the prospect of being a devout Christian crept back in almost immediately. I spent the next few months doing my best to wrestle away from God. It was pointless. Everywhere I turned, there he was. Slowly there was less fear and more joy. The Hound of Heaven had pursued me and caught me - whether I liked it or not.”

Why do I need a “crutch?” I don’t. I only believe in God because the evidence is so overwhelming; as someone with half a brain, I can’t ignore it. I guess if I wanted to live a self-centered, hedonistic life, ignoring others around me who are suffering, I could ignore all the signs that Jesus/God/Holy Ghost exists. I’d love to sound like the “scientific, morally superior and super cool” one to all my peers, and spend most of my time partying and bettering myself, without doing anything for others in need. What an easy life that would be, especially if I were to become the typical narcissistic Hollywood star with all the fans. Who wouldn’t want that? But that’s not where the evidence leads; claiming otherwise is really ignoring all the evidence - which, as the opposing side ironically says about us, isn’t very scientific, but instead, “narrow minded, judgmental and condescending.”


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1 posted on 07/14/2014 12:30:09 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
I’ve had hundreds of answers to prayer in my life, but atheists tell me they’re all coincidences.

Every prayer is answered, but the answer is frequently "no".

2 posted on 07/14/2014 12:32:32 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Kaslin

Atheists have a god. They see their god in the mirror every day.


3 posted on 07/14/2014 12:35:43 PM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("Don't be afraid. Just believe." - Mark 5:36)
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To: JimRed

“No” is still an answer, and sometimes for the best.


4 posted on 07/14/2014 12:36:08 PM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: Kaslin

I particularly like it when someone says I’ve been “brainwashed”. I can assure them, my brain was in desperate need of washing!


5 posted on 07/14/2014 12:38:22 PM PDT by Repealthe17thAmendment
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To: Kaslin

Guess I’m also brainwashed. Funny thing is that no one in the White House (to most assuredly include the Obamadork) could even begin to be hired in my company.

And, virtually every PhD I know (and they’re all in math/physics/EE....are very avide Christians.

Go figure.

Guess we’re all tres stupid and managed to fool our superiors.

Silly us, believing in a God when those who know better (?) just KNOW there isn’t a God.


6 posted on 07/14/2014 12:40:56 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Da Coyote

Oops, disregard my spelling errors. Move along, move along.

But, I’m still way, way smarter than the Obamadork.


7 posted on 07/14/2014 12:41:53 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Da Coyote

One of my favorite courses was Probability and Statistics. You start calculating the probability of certain things happening and you start doubting the concept of randomness.


8 posted on 07/14/2014 12:45:51 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs (.)
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To: Little Ray

Yes, God KNOWS what is best.


9 posted on 07/14/2014 12:46:51 PM PDT by Biggirl (¬ďGo, do not be afraid, and serve¬Ē-Pope Francis)
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To: Kaslin

Atheism attracts the most arrogant and condescending people I have ever met. There is no debating them. Everyone, but them, is some stupid backward non thinking hick who believes in fairy tails and Santa Klaus. To them there is no purpose in life. There is nothing after death. And my favorite is the loud declaration that Christianity has killed more people than anything in history.

I always tell them to go preach their atheist gospel in hospitals. Tell the infirmed that find comfort in their faith that they have been duped and they are stupid and there is nothing to hope for when they die.

They never do.


10 posted on 07/14/2014 12:46:56 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Kaslin

Beautifully written and expressed. Mirrors my own experiences. So many ‘coincidences’, so many miraculous events; cannot be explained away.


11 posted on 07/14/2014 12:53:58 PM PDT by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: Dr. Thorne

That’s one thing I’d take issue with the author on - not all atheists “ignore those around them in need”.

The core of atheism and humanism in general is the worship of self. Many, in the pursuit of their own definition of righteousness, do help others, but they do it to aggrandize themselves.

As Isa 64:6 says, if you’re not doing it for the Glory of the Lord, all your works are as filthy rags.


12 posted on 07/14/2014 12:56:00 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Kaslin

Jesus is not a crutch. He is a stretcher. I need Him to do everything for my salvation. I can do nothing. All is grace.


13 posted on 07/14/2014 12:57:59 PM PDT by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts so good.)
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To: Kaslin
“I cannot understand how atheists are able to ignore the spiritual realm as if it doesn’t exist”

Er...Because it doesn’t?

14 posted on 07/14/2014 12:59:55 PM PDT by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: Kaslin

Never trust Kirsten Powers.


15 posted on 07/14/2014 1:00:04 PM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: RinaseaofDs

Like the probability of life occurring spontaneously. The odds of the simplest life form existing by chance is less that 1 in 10^500.


16 posted on 07/14/2014 1:04:30 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Organic Panic
the loud declaration that Christianity has killed more people than anything in history.

Communism is atheist and has murdered more than 70 million people in the past 70 years.

17 posted on 07/14/2014 1:06:45 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Organic Panic
the loud declaration that Christianity has killed more people than anything in history.

It's not good that there have been wrongful deaths caused by Christians for wrong reasons. You should remind them every day those are wrong, yet aberrations. Atheists, however have killed HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of their own countrymen in their search for "justice" in just the past hundred years, a known fact.

Never let them forget that because the tally isn't even close. Deaths at Salem, a bit over a dozen. Let them do the math and compare that with hundreds of millions, then watch them splutter and turn red.

18 posted on 07/14/2014 1:07:18 PM PDT by Lakeshark
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Not long ago, there was a search for the “simplest” lifeform currently extant on the earth.

They found it, but it was in no way “simple” as far as being able to accidentally occur.

They “rescued” their theory, though, by saying the original simplest lifeform from which all the “tree of life” evolved no longer exists.


19 posted on 07/14/2014 1:09:59 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Organic Panic
Atheism attracts the most arrogant and condescending people I have ever met. There is no debating them. Everyone, but them, is some stupid backward non thinking hick who believes in fairy tails and Santa Klaus. To them there is no purpose in life. There is nothing after death. And my favorite is the loud declaration that Christianity has killed more people than anything in history.

I always tell them to go preach their atheist gospel in hospitals. Tell the infirmed that find comfort in their faith that they have been duped and they are stupid and there is nothing to hope for when they die.

They never do.


I have found that they often have a very adolescent mindset, even if they are well into their 30s, 40s, and 50s. Some can be very intelligent and articulate, but speaking with them is like speaking with a bright teenager who "knows everything." And they love mockery.
20 posted on 07/14/2014 1:10:58 PM PDT by needmorePaine
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To: Kaslin
It reminds me of the liberal and atheist commentator Kirsten Powers on Fox News, who recently became a Christian. She told Christianity Today, “I'll never forget standing outside that apartment on the Upper East Side and saying to myself, ‘It's true. It's completely true.’ The world looked entirely different, like a veil had been lifted off it. I had not an iota of doubt. I was filled with indescribable joy...

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

21 posted on 07/14/2014 1:22:02 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: BigCinBigD

Heh, good one...

Romans 1:20
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.


22 posted on 07/14/2014 1:22:23 PM PDT by Jay Thomas (If not for my faith in Christ, I would despair.)
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To: Kartographer

I had no idea Kirsten Powers found Christ. How cool is that!


23 posted on 07/14/2014 1:23:09 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs (.)
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To: Kartographer

The salvation story of the writer of “Amazing Grace” is really nothing short of truly amazing.


24 posted on 07/14/2014 1:24:24 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: RinaseaofDs

I found a good website called answersingenesis.com. It helps answer a lot of questions these people ask.


25 posted on 07/14/2014 1:25:02 PM PDT by Bitsy
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To: JimRed
Every prayer is answered, but the answer is frequently "no".

That's odd. I've found His answers always to be "Yea" or "I've gotten something better planned."
26 posted on 07/14/2014 1:32:20 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Kaslin

I start from this premise:

God is Truth, Truth is God

The fact is all have a god..

They may not have a deity ..but all have a god...

There are atheist that while not believing in a deity have truth as their god..

So they are on the path to God but have not found this truth yet.

Its the atheist that have their self as their God that are lost....

The thing is I think most self professed atheist are not atheist because they seek truth..

I think most self professed atheist just can not stand having any other God/Deity other then themselves..

In fact because they have self as deity.. are they even good atheist?


27 posted on 07/14/2014 1:34:00 PM PDT by tophat9000 (An Eye for an Eye, a Word for a Word...nothing more)
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To: Organic Panic

News flash: most atheists, like myself, don’t go around trying to talk other people out of their faith, or belittling them for it. We may get a little upset when some pious person insists on trying to talk us out of our lack of faith, though.

Speaking of arrogance and condescension, though, there’s more than a whiff of it in your (and others’) post.


28 posted on 07/14/2014 2:11:26 PM PDT by -YYZ- (Strong like bull, smart like tractor.)
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To: tophat9000

More condescension. You’re making assumptions and generalizations about other people’s beliefs (or lack thereof). You don’t know them or what is in their heart.


29 posted on 07/14/2014 2:17:01 PM PDT by -YYZ- (Strong like bull, smart like tractor.)
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To: Kaslin

All the wars and genocides have been the work of the godless atheists with the exception of the Muslim invaders and we are seeing once again.

Christians don’t want more earthly territory or power over people and regions, they want God in their lives.


30 posted on 07/14/2014 2:32:58 PM PDT by free_life (If you ask Jesus to forgive you and to save you, He will.)
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To: All

Atheism is the largest religion in the world. It is a belief system just like any other belief system.

This claim that Christians are forcing their beliefs on others is mostly nonsense, it is atheism often referred to as secularism that is forced on us all everyday by govt institution, media, schools and courts. Atheists think their’s is the default belief system. Their phrase “we live in a secular society” says it all. No we live in a society of many different beliefs and this country was founded on Christian principles ...and we will each decide how and what our children will be taught. My family will be default to your godless beliefs ever.


31 posted on 07/14/2014 2:41:25 PM PDT by free_life (If you ask Jesus to forgive you and to save you, He will.)
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To: free_life

Atheism/secularism/humanism...

all have one conclusion. Government becomes “god” in that it is the source of rights, and therefore has the authority to restrict or eliminate those rights. Ultimately, it has the “legitimate” authority to eliminate those who resist or disagree.

This is proven over and over again, historically.


32 posted on 07/14/2014 2:44:47 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: tophat9000

I enjoyed the dance.

What’s the next number?


33 posted on 07/14/2014 3:21:03 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: JimRed
Every prayer is answered, but the answer is frequently "no"

The real problem is that WE DON'T LISTEN. Especially when it's 'no'.

34 posted on 07/14/2014 3:37:08 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: Kaslin
Had a person of the aggressively atheist persuasion say to me: "Oh, you think you're better than me just because you're a Christer. How's that flying spaghetti monster working out?"

To which I replied: "No, I am a Christian because without the salvation of Jesus I would be even worse than I already am as a human being."

35 posted on 07/14/2014 3:44:17 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: RinaseaofDs
You start calculating the probability of certain things happening and you start doubting the concept of randomness.

It is 'we', by our choices, that make up the random component of life on Earth. Everything else has purpose and order.

36 posted on 07/14/2014 3:48:24 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: Biggirl
God KNOWS what is best.

The problem is that the human mind doesn't like anyone else deciding what is 'best' for it.

37 posted on 07/14/2014 3:52:31 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: BigCinBigD
Because it doesn’t?

Only because it's immaterial.

: )

38 posted on 07/14/2014 3:55:47 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: UCANSEE2

When it comes to answering prayer, it is either yes, no, or wait.


39 posted on 07/14/2014 4:01:38 PM PDT by Biggirl (¬ďGo, do not be afraid, and serve¬Ē-Pope Francis)
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To: -YYZ-; Organic Panic

It has been my experience that atheists generally believe in some kind of Intelligent Creator of the Universe. They just don’t believe in the ‘god’ described in various religious texts, and the associated religious practices. Especially since each religion declares their ‘god’ the only true one, and their ‘practices’ the only ‘way’.


40 posted on 07/14/2014 4:06:57 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: -YYZ-
I don't condemn your beliefs but I would be very interested in your answer to the following:

How does it make sense to get something from nothing?

There is a scientific principle of cause and effect. Since we logically fit into the effect category, why could we not allow our Cause to be called God (however that term might be understood)?

41 posted on 07/14/2014 4:08:14 PM PDT by Semper
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To: RinaseaofDs
You start calculating the probability of certain things happening and you start doubting the concept of randomness.

Like...

Or this...

...and this one is completely random...


42 posted on 07/14/2014 4:15:57 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: Sirius Lee
(All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")

I love that! Where did it come from?

43 posted on 07/14/2014 4:16:05 PM PDT by Semper
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To: Biggirl
When it comes to answering prayer, it is either yes, no, or wait.

But the 'key' is whether or not we are listening, or willing to accept the answer.

44 posted on 07/14/2014 4:20:18 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: Semper

Just made it up, as much as anything is ever made up.


45 posted on 07/14/2014 4:41:41 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: -YYZ-

how do you figure condescension?.

The articles point was atheist assigning less than honorable reasons to people of faith for there faith.

Guess what I agree some are just we or afraid..and some view God as a cosmic wishing well.

But some are seeking answers..seeking truth...so there is both noble in and ignoble reasons for faith.

but if you look at my post I also atheist have both noble and less then noble reasons for their beliefs on god of the lack of one.

Yet you seem be offended by the concept in any atheist mark might have less then noble reasons for their belief.0

What? Your beliefs are not to be examined and questioned the same way that others people beliefs are?......seem rather dogmatic?


46 posted on 07/14/2014 5:24:31 PM PDT by tophat9000 (An Eye for an Eye, a Word for a Word...nothing more)
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To: tophat9000
What? Your beliefs are not to be examined and questioned the same way that others people beliefs are?......seem rather dogmatic?

Which religion comes closest to somewhat matching your beliefs?
47 posted on 07/14/2014 5:39:59 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: -YYZ-

News flash: most atheists, like myself, don’t go around trying to talk other people out of their faith, or belittling them for it

...maybe...but your most notable exponents, the likes of Hitchens and Dawkins, are/were excessively obnoxious in their positions, and clearly delight in tossing ridicule around...

...and this is what people see when the topic of atheism comes up...


48 posted on 07/14/2014 5:45:56 PM PDT by IrishBrigade (')
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To: IrishBrigade
News flash: most atheists, like myself, don’t go around trying to talk other people out of their faith, or belittling them for it.

But you don't mind talking about it on FR. Do all atheists have the same belief system or does everyone have his or her own? What is the criteria a person of faith must meet before you can feel comfortable communicating with him about your belief system?
49 posted on 07/14/2014 5:50:01 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Sirius Lee
How's that flying spaghetti monster working out?"

What did that agressive advocate of atheism mean by that? Do you know?
50 posted on 07/14/2014 5:56:12 PM PDT by Resettozero
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