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    Thread: I DON'T BELIEVE IN MY MOM'S STUPID FUCKING RELIGION
Post: RE: I DON'T BELIEVE IN MY MOM'S STUPID FUCKING REL...

Academic studies seem contrary (usually indicating a complex picture). For example, here is an extensive academic review of published evidence, supporting the view that exposure to violent video games...
Michael B Christianity 102 14249 October 5, 2014 at 3:56 am
    Thread: Is "being the creator of everything" an essential characteristic of the xtian god?
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Whateverist. What you describe sounds more like the Platonic view of a 'demiurge' where there are a succession of created beings, the last of which created what we see. Some forms of Gnosticism took ...
Michael B Christianity 16 3736 October 5, 2014 at 3:05 am
    Thread: God is love. God is just. God is merciful.
Post: RE: God is love. God is just. God is merciful.

Fair enough Chad. I don't come from a 'sola scriptura' background so can't really go down that route with you. But I quite understand that if that's the tradition you came from then you'll probably na...
Michael B Religion 62 15810 October 4, 2014 at 12:24 pm
    Thread: God is love. God is just. God is merciful.
Post: RE: God is love. God is just. God is merciful.

Chad. If you want to go by the bible alone (that's not my tradition) then you can't assert any number of levels of hell, including one. If you are interested in historical and traditional Juduasim and...
Michael B Religion 62 15810 October 4, 2014 at 10:14 am
    Thread: God is love. God is just. God is merciful.
Post: RE: God is love. God is just. God is merciful.

Chad, it's interesting that you assume all punishment is the same. That's certainly not the Judeo-Christian tradition. Dante, for example, has the 'nine circles of hell' in his famous 'Inferno' (with ...
Michael B Religion 62 15810 October 4, 2014 at 9:25 am
    Thread: Conclusive proof of God
Post: RE: Conclusive proof of God

Hi Satsujin. For me that example (of the sun approaching Earth) would fall short of proof of anything as soon as I wondered 'could I be in a dream here?'
Michael B Religion 84 13618 October 4, 2014 at 6:11 am
    Thread: God is love. God is just. God is merciful.
Post: RE: God is love. God is just. God is merciful.

Boru. The way I see it is that mercy must always start from a position of justice. Without justice, mercy means nothing. So mercy is a layer on top of justice, or as Shakespeare so poetically put it, ...
Michael B Religion 62 15810 October 4, 2014 at 6:05 am
    Thread: Conclusive proof of God
Post: RE: Conclusive proof of God

Hi Satsujin. It's really hard to find conclusive proof that we ourselves exist, or that anything we perceive as real is really real. I don't think it's possible to have conclusive proof of God's exist...
Michael B Religion 84 13618 October 4, 2014 at 5:41 am
    Thread: God is love. God is just. God is merciful.
Post: RE: God is love. God is just. God is merciful.

Chad I think when we talk about love, justice and mercy, then those words should have a consistency when we use them, whether we are talking about God or a person. So I would say the love of God re...
Michael B Religion 62 15810 October 4, 2014 at 5:27 am
    Thread: Why should religion have any influence on our lives?
Post: RE: Why should religion have any influence on our ...

Fidel. I think you're labouring under a gross misunderstanding about funding of faith schools.(For people jumping into this thread, Fidel and I are talking about schooling in the UK). The Catholic Chu...
Michael B Religion 62 7601 October 3, 2014 at 3:49 pm
    Thread: Why should religion have any influence on our lives?
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Fidel. Faith schools are slightly under-funded compared with the 'under-funded state comprehensive' (in your words). The faith school must find 10% of capital costs itself. There is simply no preferen...
Michael B Religion 62 7601 October 3, 2014 at 1:13 pm
    Thread: Why should religion have any influence on our lives?
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(October 3, 2014 at 11:42 am)Pickup_shonuff Wrote: (October 3, 2014 at 11:40 am)Michael B Wrote: Certainly we'll all analyse things differently from our different perspectives. I think that's some...
Michael B Religion 62 7601 October 3, 2014 at 12:02 pm
    Thread: Why should religion have any influence on our lives?
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(October 3, 2014 at 11:28 am)FatAndFaithless Wrote: That does make it clearer, thanks. It just seems a bit unwieldy and overcomplicated to me, but that might be my dumb American talking~ Actually i...
Michael B Religion 62 7601 October 3, 2014 at 11:55 am
    Thread: Why should religion have any influence on our lives?
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(October 3, 2014 at 11:34 am)Pickup_shonuff Wrote: That's probably true. I wasn't speaking about respecting a person's faith. I was only speaking about learning of religious history, tradition, rule...
Michael B Religion 62 7601 October 3, 2014 at 11:40 am
    Thread: Why should religion have any influence on our lives?
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(October 3, 2014 at 11:00 am)FatAndFaithless Wrote: I'm not sure I'm quite clear on that. So everyone pays taxes into the gov't, and then the gov't can use that tax money to pay for faith-based sch...
Michael B Religion 62 7601 October 3, 2014 at 11:15 am
    Thread: Why should religion have any influence on our lives?
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(October 3, 2014 at 10:51 am)Pickup_shonuff Wrote: I suspect you wouldn't get much useful education about Hinduism or Islam in a Catholic school. I think you'd be surprised. Certainly the schools ou...
Michael B Religion 62 7601 October 3, 2014 at 11:03 am
    Thread: Why should religion have any influence on our lives?
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(October 3, 2014 at 10:28 am)FatAndFaithless Wrote: That's where the US and The UK seem to differ, in law at least. Over here the government can't use public money to endorse any religion (or relig...
Michael B Religion 62 7601 October 3, 2014 at 10:45 am
    Thread: Why should religion have any influence on our lives?
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(October 3, 2014 at 10:00 am)Fidel_Castronaut Wrote: End of. Except what you miss all through all of your reply, is that the only "End of" there is is that the demand of the secularists to ban state...
Michael B Religion 62 7601 October 3, 2014 at 10:23 am
    Thread: Why should religion have any influence on our lives?
Post: RE: Why should religion have any influence on our ...

Fidel - we do fund our own schools. I'm a higher-rate tax payer: I pay for education. I probably pay in part for your education. So let's not have any of this "use your own wealth". We (I) already do....
Michael B Religion 62 7601 October 3, 2014 at 9:51 am
    Thread: Why should religion have any influence on our lives?
Post: RE: Why should religion have any influence on our ...

(October 3, 2014 at 9:15 am)Fidel_Castronaut Wrote: (October 3, 2014 at 9:04 am)Michael B Wrote: So Fidel (apt name, by the way), how do you teach religion on an equal, or even a truthful basis, i...
Michael B Religion 62 7601 October 3, 2014 at 9:28 am