"The favourite teacher thing is true. That's why it bothers me so much to see what you have become.[A false-thinker accusation with lack of evidence. BC does not even know me except that he does (and does not) like to argue with me on the web.] Maybe you need to see yourself from outside eyes. [Yes BC and you too! ]
You've become mean spirited, dishonest and dogmatic. [Notice no reasons, just accusations. BC has decided that I am what he thinks without evidence, just his atheistic belief system I guess. It is a bit like someone who disagrees with someone else because he won't agree with him, so therefore the person that does not agree with BC is I guess automatically mean-spirited, dishonest and dogmatic]
When I think of you and the things you have written me over the years I don't see the good Christian principles you tell me you follow. I see many good Christians in the world doing good things, I don't get the sense that you are one of them. [So if I had good Christian principles I would agree with you automatically without question????]
You tell me I lump all Christians into this bad stereotype and that is just you striking out rather than dealing honestly with what I am telling you. [More ad hominem attacks instead of using evidence. He at least lumps all Christians who actually believe what Jesus Christ said as being the same which of course is using a stereotype. Those "christians" that do not necessarily believe what Jesus Christ said, he likes. Of course, if anyone disagrees with him, then he dislikes them, those that agree with him or do not believe what Jesus Christ said, he likes. Go figure.]
I tell you evidence suggests Hitler was Christian and you tell me I think all Christians are like Hitler. [No. You said Hitler was a Christian. I asked you what Christian principles did he follow. You had no answer! Calling oneself a Christian does not make one a Christian. Following the principles of God and of course his son, Jesus Christ is what being a Christian is. Exactly like calling yourself a baseball player and never playing baseball does not exactly make sense does it?]
You call me illogical that I can have friends and family that are Christian and think Hitler was one too." [To call Hitler a Christian and your family Christian is YOU Brian saying that Hitler and your family have something in common. What exactly is that? You did not explain. Is it because he hated and killed Jews, homosexuals and others that he thought were inferior and your family hates the same? Or what does your family and Hitler have in common??? I was amazed that you insisted that Hitler was a Christian when he left all Christian principles behind!]
That's just dishonest [What is dishonest?] and it saddens me that you've become this thing that can't deal honestly. [I honestly do not see what Hitler had in common with Jesus Christ! So maybe it is YOU being dishonest because you have not explained why he was.] That's just an attack on me because you can't argue honestly. When you have a position you can't defend you attack then project that same trait on to me. [Brian it is you calling Hitler and Your Family Christian, not me. I was simply pointing out to you that there must be something common about the two that made them Christian. But you never explained what that was. I simply asked you facetiously if it was that your family liked to murder those they think are inferior? You never did tell me how the two are the ]
Currently he's taking a lot of heat lately in the movement for some sexist tweets. So it's not just me.[I wouldn't know because I don't hear anything about him much???]
Even some atheists are honest enough to surrender their dogma to truth!Thanks for the former favorite teacher thing. Words on paper can take on meanings not meant by the author. There are no gestures, no tones of voice, no facial expressions, no body language.
Since your tone is much more reasonable, let me try to set the record straight.
As a sciency person, perhaps you were never taught about the 3 parts of communication. There is what the speaker/writer means, what the speaker/writer says, and what the audience understands.
That little saying sums up over 99% of all misunderstandings and disagreements. Perhaps some of ours too.
Everywhere I have read and experienced neo-atheists (new atheists) these characteristics are common.I never once attacked your family. I don't even know your family. I was talking generally about the United Church and the Anglican church which you seem to think are some of the largest churches. I did not mention any individuals just the church. If you look back. If you find an Anglican or United Church that is growing, it is unusual or it is evangelical or charismatic.
It is ironic is it not Brian that I read what you say and to me that is exactly what you have been doing.
Brian your logic is illogical. You do realize that evolution, and atheism, and liberalism are also dogmas, do you not? Dogmas are simply (Ref. Free Dictionary) 2. An authoritative principle, belief, or statement of ideas or opinion, especially one considered to be absolutely true.
I do not as stated hate or dislike you as a person. When I think of you I think of a smiling Brian with a twinkle in his eye.
Now to your points:
"You have attacked me many times ...."
That may be your perception and even tho I never meant to attack you as a person, you do have many similar traits to most atheists I have talked with online or elsewhere. You are like a stereotype neo-atheist. Attacking when you cannot answer a point is very common among all groups but right now neo-atheists. You can find many articles about it on the web.
"blogged that Atheists hero worship Hitler and Stalin"What I was saying is that Hitler, Stalin and other atheists have the same commonalities. Hitler did what he did, because he thought he was right and everyone else was wrong. Sound familiar? He justified killing Jews and homosexuals as inferiors not deserving of life. He wanted to "purify" (when in reality it was putrify!) the Aryan race as he saw it. He started by mocking them, criticizing them as being the cause of the economic problems of the time. He encouraged attacks on Jews and their synagogues. He did this so gradually that most people who fell in with him, did not realize what was happening. The first step in the downward slide toward mass murderers who for the most part where atheists, is to belittle them. Have you done that? You started off way back, belittling my church. Have you ever set foot in it? Pentecostals, Charismatics and Evangelicals are the growing group of Christians. They are not growing because they are like Hitler. They are growing because in general they follow the teachings of Jesus not the modern ideas of liberal churches.If you look up to a person or group rather than God, then you are in a sense "worshipping them". Not with incense and hymns or songs but with adoration and as The Free Dictionary describes below. Hitler was a free-thinker. He changed his beliefs as he "progressed".
a. The reverent love and devotion accorded a deity, an idol, or a sacred object.b. The ceremonies, prayers, or other religious forms by which this love is expressed.2. Ardent devotion; adoration.3. often Worship Chiefly British Used as a form of address for magistrates, mayors, and certain other dignitaries: Your Worship.v. wor·shiped or wor·shipped, wor·ship·ing or wor·ship·ping, wor·shipsv.tr.v.intr.
1. To honor and love as a deity.2. To regard with ardent or adoring esteem or devotion. See Synonyms at revere1.You look up to people you call "free-thinkers", people supposedly unhindered by dogmas and societal beliefs. Well, that describes Hitler to a T. Because he had no devotion to God or God's principles or the principles of Christianity, he made up his own as partially described to you above.
You claim to be a free-thinker, do you not? You make up your own beliefs do you not? So in that sense you and Hitler, and Dawkins etc. have similar beliefs. I am not saying you agree with the awful things he did, just the principles of thinking he used different from societal norms.Everywhere I have read and experienced neo-atheists (new atheists) these characteristics are common.I never once attacked your family. I don't even know your family. I was talking generally about the United Church and the Anglican church which you seem to think is one of the largest churches. I did not mention any individuals just the church. If you look back. If you find an Anglican or United Church that is growing, it is unusual.
It is ironic is it not Brian that I read what you say and to me that is exactly what you have been doing.
You said ...
BCReason didact Sep 26 (4 days ago)
What are you 6?Do you not think it childish and immature to attack people instead of principles or ideas? I do. If I have done that, as I am sure you feel I have, then I apologize. However if you read most of my emails you will not find me ATTACKING YOU. But your religious ideas are in open season. I think it is adult and mature to state a point you disagree with and then present what you feel is wrong with it in an UNEMOTIONAL way. Just the facts please! That is the method of mature debate and discussion.
And now to Lewis or Hawkings. We cannot compare science now to science 100 years ago give or take. And also Lewis's ideas were based on experiences after listening to men like Tolkien. You have seen the Lord of the Rings have you not? You do know that what he wrote came out of his Christian beliefs... "some things are worth dying for" (quote may not be exact but idea is.)If you read here, it was not a knowledge of his science but a knowledge of his imperfections as a human.See here .... http://www.cslewis.org/resource/chronocsl/ - after a discussion with TolkienI was and am simply pointing out that in the past and now intelligent people, people smarter than you or I became Christians when they used to be atheists.Yes, of course, not all do. But surprisingly many do. Billy Graham was a Christian while his friend Charles Templeton lost his faith.No one can honestly use Hawkings or Dawkins or Hitchens (C) as examples of smart atheists and say that they were smarter than intelligent Christians.The point is Christians are not stupid riff-raff as portrayed by many neo-atheists.Intelligence does not equal wisdom. (Remember the genius Howard Hughes? Have you seen the movie about his life? You do know how he ended up with all his intelligence.I am simply pointing out that intelligence is NOT a reason to believe someone. Some very unlearned men have had very much more "common sense" than the average.
I have heard uneducated people at Tim Horton's or elsewhere make statements that were much smarter than most of the news media or politicians.
It is not intelligence that changes a man, but observance of life and the principles or lack thereof of the world in general.
One of my former students asked me in Tim Horton's ... he sells petroleum products to companies and governments in bulk ... Why is it that everywhere I go, everyone wants something from me, not just my products? (In further discussion he said that every person he wishes to sell to, wants a little bribe or some reason other than the quality of the product for buying it. It is because the Christian principles of selflessness have given way to the principle of "me first" as the influence of Christianity has lessened.
I need to shorten this up... you talk as if because Steven Hawkings says it, it must be so. Isn't that like a Christian saying that "God says we should ....?" Yes it is. It is a religion (a system of beliefs) It is all in who you put your faith. But always remember Howard Hughes or you may choose to remember Mother Theresa instead.
Howard Hughes gave his life for advancing aviation, so what?
It is the ideas that the person has and the evidence he has gathered NOT how smart he supposedly is or how long he has studied his subject. Attacking a geologist or a mathematician as if they could not possibly be more correct than someone who has studied climate all his life is just simply NOT true. [One can be a blind climatologist.]
Give me an idea, forget the man. I can talk about the idea and the evidences for or against, but I will not tell you to believe because someone has studied something his whole life... that simply bears NO authority.
You have faith in science. But science has had evolution for over 100 years and still there are things that cannot be explained by evolution. I am sure you know about them even if I do not cite them here.
And when you say, I give you no evidence, just re-look at your own email where I see no evidence just appeals to smart people and look at mine where I cite evidences from the Wiki and the Free Dictionary almost constantly.
It is your subjectivity that prevents you from seeing this.
If anyone looks at the world objectively, society made progress due to Christians attempting to treat the poor, the uneducated, the sick, the oppressed, women, children.
And as you and other neo-atheists often quote your dogma about Christians being the cause of most of the wars, that is simply wishful thinking.
You need to look at the research here. http://www.allipedia.com/religious-wars-vs-atheist-wars/
Enough for now. I have to get up before 6 and drive a school bus.... :)
Do you not see that your dogma is the typical neo-atheist dogmas?
I have no idea why you were such a miserable christian but I am extremely happy, blessed and loving my life as most of my Christian friends are. Christianity has nothing to do with denominations, it has to do with the golden rule as they say.
This is what Jesus said and his true followers have been doing ever since. However I do not see atheist ideas leading toward helping others; usually it is about helping self...
Jesus Rejected at Nazareth14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15 He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:18 "The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."[f]20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips.In fact here is some evidence of what I say. Instead of listening to Dawkins listen to men who have spent their whole life understanding God, okay? They are the experts. Dawkins is a child when it comes to Christianity. Either he is totally ignorant or he is a consummate liar because ..... read below ....
On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 10:59 PM, BCReason didact <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
[Your best friend is not the person who lets you go around all day with your fly open, BC. It is someone who TELLS you your fly is open.]Don't be so high and mighty. You've attacked me plenty of times and blogged that Atheists hero worship Hitler and Stalin. It doesn't get much worse than that. Here you are calling me childish and immature. [No your reasoning is childish and immature]
I have also agreed with you many times. Including I really don't know you now as you suggest. The little I do know now I really don't like. You used to be my favourite teacher. I have many fond memories of you and your class. Most of the others have faded away with time but yours stands out in my memory. You and the things you taught with a light heart. Now you seem mean and sarcastic. [Because I disagree with you?]
[I do not know your family and I make no judgements on them. What it means to be a Christian is to study the principles of God as espoused by Jesus Christ and do your best to follow them. I could say the last paragraph about people like you, Brian. Why do you hate having your beliefs questioned?]Is this what it means to be a "Christian"? Is this what religion does to people. If so I don't want any part of it. I'll stick to my friends and family, who to you, are fake Christians. I'm sorry if you think this is an attack. I'm just speaking from the heart. I really liked the ancient you.
For the most likely 5th or 6th time here's my answer to your C.S. Lewis question.I'm most likely not as smart as Lewis. He was certainly a literary genius. However he was not a student of science. The arguments he gave for his conversion were mostly made on a lack of knowledge of science. Therefore while most of his logic was sound they were based on faulty premises and the argument from ignorance logical fallacy. So while he maybe smarter than I am, his arguments were flawed and so I remain unconvinced. Not because I'm closed minded but the arguments are unconvincing. I don't just automatically follow someone because they maybe smarter than me. (That would be an argument from authority. Another logical fallacy.) They have to present a credible argument, that's logically sound and fits the evidence. [One cannot compare the knowledge available a hundred or more years ago and consider someone faulty in their reasoning. You are coming to that conclusion because of modern knowledge and reasoning. Lewis could not. His main reason was NOT just reasoning but listening to his friend Tolkien and considering why Tolkien was a Christian.]There is my answer again. Mostly word for word how I answered it the first time.Now please, this time, acknowledge that I have given an answer. You wonder why I attack you. Mostly it's out of frustration that you never seem to pick up on anything I tell you. You then continually stereotype me, no matter how many times I explain myself. Conversely you sprout fundamentalist talking points, like your reading them straight from Jerry Falwell's playbook and you criticize me for stereotyping you. You call me illogical for liking liberal Christians while acknowledging the fact that Hitler was also a Christian. [You have to be ignorant of what a Christian is to call Hitler a Christian. Yes I am attacking your faulty reasoning which is also illogical.] All you are doing is denying the Christianity of my friends and family.[I do not know them and am certainly not judging them and I am merely citing what has happened to the church that they are part of.] By your logic my Muslim friends must all be members of ISIS.I have also done dumb things in the past. Like everyone else. So far leaving religion behind is not one of them. [You should leave religion behind. But if you read what Jesus Christ said and did and do not see he was more than a man, then you are simply not open.] I am so much happier as a atheist than I ever was as a Christian.[There are happy drunks and violent drunks. Happiness is not a sign of truth.]I was never certain if I was the correct branch of Christian. Should I have become Catholic? They seem to be the majority and the oldest. Would I go to Hell for picking the wrong one? Now I don't believe in Hell. [The denominations mean nothing. The principles that Jesus the Christ or Yeshua the Messiah taught and practised are what matters.]I don't recall this thing about agnostic and atheist. I remember you had some silly [silly only because you did not know what an atheist was, BC] word game and then after that you kept calling me an agnostic.[You admitted that you were!] Even after I sent you the definitions and told you how I fit the agnostic, atheist label.[How can you be both? An atheistic declares there is no God. An agnostic says "I do not know if there is a God".]
I am 99.99% certain there is no god. I have no belief in a god. That makes me an atheist. I do not have an absolute certainty that there is no god as there is no way to prove that god does not exist. Not having absolute knowledge makes me agnostic (No knowledge of a god), I also have no belief in a god which makes me an atheist. So I'm an agnostic atheist. Since I'm very certain there is no god. I consider myself an atheist.
"You seem to put much to much faith in various individuals as if because they SAY something, it MUST be right. Would Steven (Stephen?) Hawking be one of those?"
Hawking is the preeminent expert on cosmology. Therefore when an apologist argues for God from the perspective of cosmology, who should I believe? The theology major or the preeminent expert on cosmology. It's not just him but most of the major cosmologists are also atheists. So obviously the cosmological arguments that seem to convince the Craig's and the Lewis' are not convincing to those that give their lives to the study of cosmology. This does not mean Hawking et. al. are right about every single thing. Hawking even famously lost a bet regarding black holes to another cosmologist. However they have the most knowledge in the field and they disagree with Craig and Lewis.How do you determine what is most likely true? You have a spectacular ability to find someone that agree's with your own preconceived dogmas that is not an expert in the field. For instance your geologist that tries to convince people climate change is a hoax, when the majority of actual climate scientists say it's real. You then projected that same ability on to me here. Why would I put my "Faith" regarding cosmology into Lewis who didn't even have a good layman's understanding of it. If Hawking were to tell me something about biology I would be skeptical. Biology is not his field. Famously Linus Pauling, the noted physicist, made a fool out himself promoting Vitamin C as a cure all. He was operating outside of his field and made a mistake.WHAT Evidence. The only evidence you ever give me is your own personal experience.If you send me a link to a blog with questions that are respectful and not just meant to be a silly word game to catch the unwary. I will answer one in a respectful manner without being confrontational. If after a period of time you leave the answer intact and unmodified. I will answer more. DEAL?
On Sep 29, 2014, at 19:21, Charles Pedley <email@example.com> wrote:
The problem is, did you actually read any of the articles about why smart people make a lot of mistakes and do dumb things? They are not my ideas, They are the ideas of psychologists and researchers and historians. Smart people often do dumb things and think dumb thoughts. So yes, you too, Brian can be very smart, but do dumb things. I have done my share.You seem to put much to much faith in various individuals as if because they SAY something, it MUST be right. Would Steven (Stephen?) Hawking be one of those?You say you answered questions but I do not have time to go back and check all your emails to see where. IT could take hours. So on a separate blog, yes I would put exactly what you say. As you know most blogs have rules about inflammatory remarks that cloud the issues. That is why I edited yours. To take out what you were actually saying from the flames and answer your points. NO I have never seen your answers.You have a funny idea of nice. I guess nice is to agree with you. Isn't that rather egocentric? I am actually probably the best "friend" you have other than your wife because I tell you the truth whether you like it or not. It appears that you would rather have yes men that agree with you. Have you EVER agreed with any point I have made? Or do you feel you are always right? Surely that must be at least a few things that you are not right about it. Are there not? So what are some of them, that you are undecided about? Or what are some things you have been wrong about but never admitted them?Now you probably don't have disagreements with your friends. They probably are a lot like you, having somewhat modern liberal beliefs. So I doubt you argue with them .If you disagreed with them and attacked them as you attack me almost every email, they would probably not be your friends.Can't you ever make a point without attacking me? Isn't that is a childish immature tendency of yours?Maybe you should count how many times you put me down without even knowing me personally. You knew part of the ancient me, but you know little about the present me but that still allows you to be constantly insulting. Is that a sign of maturity or immaturity?Why don't you stick to the point? One point at a time. Your circumnavigate the globe and a lot of your conjectures are totally false. For example, I already explained that YOUR idea of Christians and their size in the world is totally wrong. I even gave you the wiki facts to back it up. But you disregard this evidence.
Surely you have noticed that once pervasive churches like many Anglican and many United churches have deteriorated so that it is actually doubtful if they can actually be classified as Christian. Once you do not follow the main tenets of Christian belief, you cannot actually call yourself Christian. For example the Anglican church of Hamilton offered three downtown churches to the Pentecostal Assemblies of which I am a member. The PAOC looked at them and realized it would be too expensive to adapt, heat and cool them so they thanked them for the offer but refused them. In fact the Anglicans and the United Church people who are making a difference have usually withdrawn from their respective bodies and joined others which actually believe what Jesus Christ believed.
I suppose you are a product of a failing educational system which has not taught proper discussion, without malice and insults. I can prove nothing by constantly berating you. I can give evidence that you are wrong. But the question is "Are you man enough to admit it?" For example way back, you admitted you did not actually know what an atheist was. I showed you evidence and so you agreed that you were an agnostic but that only lasted a short time. I showed you many things you were wrong about but I do not recall once other than the agnostic-thing that you actually admitted that you wre wrong.
If I have time to do the blog, I will do it one question at a time and you can say what you want. And of course I can point out where I disagree with you.I won't TWIST your words, I will show you what words are not evidential and what words make absolute sense to you but not to many others.
That's all I have time for now. Real life beckons.
On Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 1:55 PM, BCReason didact <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
What are you 6? "I'm not going to answer your questions because you don't answer mine!" Firstly, that's a damn lie. I do answer your questions. You're just pissed because I don't answer them the way you want me to. You want me to give a pat answer that'll make me fall for your stupid words games. Word games are not arguments and they are not evidence. You asked me if I was smarter than Lewis. I answered multiple times. You were just hoping I'd say Yes, which would make me arrogant or No which would mean I'm just stubborn and closed minded. I didn't fall into your juvenile trap and now you're sulking and refusing to answer my question. The trap works both ways, that's why you didn't answer till now. At least, I gave an answer whether you liked it or not. Now I can call you arrogant and closed minded since you think you are smarter than Hawking and refuse to acknowledge his arguments for there not being a God.I won't answer your questions online because you won't post them unaltered. You take it upon your self to change my answers to fit your agenda. You took what was essentially a well argued essay and posted disjointed pieces of it that no longer made sense. Then had the audacity to make fun of something that wasn't even my argument since you'd edited it.So if Lewis' arguments are mostly based on cosmology, but Lewis is not an expert on cosmology why would I accept his arguments? Hawking on the other hand is an expert on cosmology. (The preeminent expert) Yet he is an atheist. Lewis, Craig, and many others give cosmological arguments for God but are not cosmologists. They are intelligent but they don't have the evidence you claim them to. Yet Hawking and Krause do have the evidence and have reached the opposite conclusion. Why do you accept their cosmological arguments over Hawkings. It's not logical. It's like going to a plumber for a heart problem.It's amazing the amount of projection there is. Atheists for the most part believe we are insignificant to the greater universe at large, that we are just at the beginning of knowledge and have much to learn. Yet we are called arrogant by ChristiansThe arrogance of Christians is appalling. They believe the universe is created for them, by an all loving creator and all the answers are in the Bible if you can just interpret it properly.Despite your protestations to the contrary, I'm still open minded, I'm still learning and changing my mind about things everyday. This is not something I've seen from you. You have yet to provide evidence or a compelling argument to get me to change my mind.Your reference to Pascals wager as insurance is meaningless. What kind of "insurance" is trying to guess from 100,000 different insurance companies, which one (if any) will actually payout when you die? Chances are you are almost definitely paying premiums to the one that's false. Statistically speaking, if heaven exists we both have an equal chance of going there or to the other place. It's a fools bet, but at least I'm not paying premiums for nothing.Re Ghost Hunter. Over and over again you accuse me of having a closed mind and not open to change. This is just evidence of how wrong you are. As I gained more information re ghosts and the supernatural I changed my outlook 180 degrees. You can't have it both ways. Am I closed minded or gullible?Re. Hitler"Either being a Christian is being like Jesus the Christ, Mother Theresa, Albert Schweitzer, the Buntains of India and many others or it is being like Hitler and mocking and killing those you feel are a lower life form than you, not worthy of living. "
I really think there is something wrong with you. You have a binary mind, totally incapable of distinguishing nuance. Every concept is an either or. Christians are either saints or they are evil is not a true statement. I would not even say that about Hitler himself. He was not all evil and definitely not all good.
"At least you are open enough to go to church with your wife, which shows your flamboyant aggressive, illogical behaviour such as "speaking with a forked tongue" about Hitler being a Christian and then losing all logic when you said some of your relatives are also Christians. An interesting conundrum all based on the fact that you don't understand what a Christian is or simply refuse to listen to valid arguments on the other side."
It is only illogical to say all Christians are the same. It is you that is making that claim, not me. Do you keep harping on this just to infuriate me or do you truly believe all Christians are identical?I'm not sure how much you know about Christianity yourself. You seem incapable of recognizing most Christians are not like you. There are pro gay, pro choice, Christians that vote liberal and anti-gay pro life Christians that vote conservative. There are the Albert Schweitzer's and the Adolf Hitler's.
"I challenge you to read a modern version of the New Testament with a truly open mind, if it is possible for you, especially the actions and words of Yeshua (Jesus) and then tell me what you believe the religion called Christianity is all about. "
Yes, the modern versions! The highly sanitized for your protection versions. How is the infallible word of God can have so many versions?I seem to have a better idea of what Christianity is all about than you do. Remember I used be one. Peace and love and helping the poor, living a good life, judge not lest ye be judged, living up to your commitments to your wife and family. Most Christians are like this.Then there are Christians that piss on all that. They start wars and genocides in the name of Jesus, launch inquisitions, engage in slavery, beat up gay people, deny rights to women and people of colour.Yes, the New Testament says a lot of nice things. Too bad not all Christians actually follow it. Confucius and Buddha had nice things to say as well. How come you don't follow them?How about the Old Testament. Try Numbers 31.I would post my ideas on line if you swear to God, you won't edit them. What you did was just completely dishonest and you refuse to acknowledge it or apologize.
On Sep 25, 2014, at 10:01 PM, Charles Pedley <email@example.com> wrote:
Either being a Christian is being like Jesus the Christ, Mother Theresa, Albert Schweitzer, the Buntains of India and many others or it is being like Hitler and mocking and killing those you feel are a lower life form than you, not worthy of living. It all starts with creating a stigma, a stereotype like Hitler did with the Jews, treating them as problem-creators, creatures rather than human beings, using them as economic scapegoats much like the neo-atheists, do with Christians today, accusing them of things that are totally devoid of historical truth. You need to decide which. From many of your comments you have little knowledge of the Bible and mix up things that happen in one place with something that happens in another time or place.Remember Brian, you are the one that was deceived by the Ghost Hunters show whereas I on the other hand have always been skeptical but open, about such things. Since you were deceived once, is it not possible that you now have been deceived again? There is such a thing as a gullible personality. You may have one.So if you are right, when you die, you will be gone forever, back to dust and that is all. On the other hand when you die and find yourself for a short period of time in torment, your stubborness to listen to the other side, will have sad consequences.I on the other hand have insurance. If I am wrong and die and there is no afterlife, then I have enjoyed my life and felt hopeful in situations like my daughter losing her husband, instead of being depressed and cynical. And if I and the millions of others from the world's largest religion are right, then we will enjoy eternity in a different form than we are now forever.You must be showing signs of your advanced age as I do not recall ever mentioning Newton.Why should I answer a question when you to my knowledge have never answered the question I put online and sent to you?
And there is no parallel. You, Brian are the one that bragged about being ahead of me because of all the listening you had done. I have never made such statements.
However in one sense, yes I am smarter than Steven Hawking, and that is about Jesus Christ, the son of God. Any intelligent person that actually weighs the evidence will come out in favour of the claims of Christ as Lewis, Flew, Peter Hitchens and many others. There is no other logical choice. Remember I said in ONE sense, in ONE area. Of course you have to be a true free-thinker, not a person who is swayed by every new idea that comes along, especially if it belongs to the Religion of Scientism that some practise today instead of Science.
It is also sad that a person who claims he believes in logic and science does not believe in open debate online. If it bothers you that I have edited your comments, I can set up a site where no editing is done, except for removing flaming comments (which technically are ad homimen attacks). If you make not attacks except on ideas then there will be no editing, just answers to your points.Perhaps you are not aware that the knowledge of the world which is actually fact, often comes about by discussing a conflict of ideas.What purpose would continuing to answer your questions serve, Brian? I see none. You have a closed mind even tho you claim to be a free-thinker.
And what purpose would it serve, Brian. You have shown an evangelistic dedication, in spite of questions, and problems with modern liberalism. You have decided what way you are going and are not interested in any opposing views regardless of any facts that support them. You make emotional flaming comments whenever you meet an argument you know you cannot answer. Typical neo-atheist I assume.
You, unfortunately, on the other hand obstinately avoid answering questions which show that your thinking is not logical or simply incorrect or that is the way it seems to me and to others who have been following your comments.
At least you are open enough to go to church with your wife, which shows your flamboyant aggressive, illogical behaviour such as "speaking with a forked tongue" about Hitler being a Christian and then losing all logic when you said some of your relatives are also Christians. An interesting conundrum all based on the fact that you don't understand what a Christian is or simply refuse to listen to valid arguments on the other side.
References for above paragraph:I challenge you to read a modern version of the New Testament with a truly open mind, if it is possible for you, especially the actions and words of Yeshua (Jesus) and then tell me what you believe the religion called Christianity is all about.
In answer to why Hitler hated the Jews from http://www.annefrank.org/en/Education/Teachers-portal/Pupilsquestions/Why-did-Hitler-hate-Jews/"An important term to mention here is 'scapegoat'. Hitler and the Nazis said the Jews were responsible for huge events like losing World War One and the economic crisis. This was totally untrue.But by giving the Jews the blame Hitler created an enemy. Hitler said that all Germany's problems had been caused by the Jews. Many people believed him. ....."
So good luck, you may need it.
So are you open to debate your ideas online?
On Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 4:21 PM, BCReason didact <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
You never did answer my question ( You never do)
Who's smarter, you or Stephen Hawking?
You like to crow that Isaac Newton was a Christian and I'm not as smart as he is. Well Hawking holds the same position that Newton did at Cambridge. He must be near as smart as Newton to hold the same position. And he must know more than Newton as he has the advantage of 350 years of scientific progress over Newton. Yet Hawking is an atheist. How come?
C.S. Lewis was a smart man. Most likely smarter than I am. But I have one advantage over Lewis. I've read Hawking's books, Lewis had not. So when I read Lewis' reasons for being a Christian they are insufficient to convince me as I have knowledge that Lewis did not. I have the same knowledge that cosmologists like Hawking and Krause have as I have read their books. If Lewis were still alive and was able to read the current understanding of cosmology as I have. He most likely would return back to atheism as he would have had his arguments refuted. That is what smart people do. Recognize when they were wrong and change their minds. Hitchens' sister complained to him that he was smug and always thought he was right. His response was. "Of course I always think I'm right. Because when I find out I've been wrong, I change my mind and then I'm right again."
So again to the question, that never seems to get an answer.
Who's smarter, Hawking or you?
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