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    Welcome to the Atheist/Agnostic Club. Here we will be discussing issues about life, and everything without giving god credit for it.

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    It wasn't just my own work on the FAQs, though - I couldn't have given you anything worthwhile without Neferka's contributions.

    I guess we'd best get down to topical discussion, then. As we might all be well aware, this past weekend marked the date of the huge Rock Beyond Belief event held at the US Military base Fort Bragg. This occasion followed closely on the heels of this year's Reason Rally, itself held on the famous National Mall in Washington, DC. I know it's a long shot, but was anyone here able to attend either of these events? I was taken up with schoolwork (and not being able to afford the travel, ahaha), so I had to miss them.

    These events characterize the mobilization of activism for equal political and social expression in the US for the atheists and agnostics in favor of a secular government. They're trying to make a safe and happy home for atheists in real space, so I guess we can try to do the same in our own little corner of the internet in the form of this thread. ^_^

    To that end, welcome to any and all interested posters who visit here, and congratulations to the regulars on the occasion of the new club thread. =D

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    Ahhhh, another family to join. I'll....post stuff later when I'm feeling more intelligent, and there are actually people to talk/debate with. lol.
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    If any of you are observers of the materialist-vs-dualist debate about free will, prepare to be surprised. Materialism suffers a defeat at the hands of - of all things - SCIENCE (caps!).

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    I wasn't an observer as I usually don't get too tied up in things, but damn, that's awesome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neferka View Post
    I wonder though, is the force really that great or is it just particularly loud and operating under an enormous confirmation bias that is allowing it to disseminate it propaganda without shame?
    When it's great enough to push through legislative changes that negatively affect science education in my country, it's a force I'm prepared to consider a real threat. And apparently, the seriousness only deepens from here on out. I am not a supporter of the political and personal movements that aim to turn matters of scientific importance into an "us versus them" kind of battle. I don't know whether to hope this study provokes a reactionary return to the objectivity of naturalism (if only out of fear of being branded some negative thing or other) or worry that it will further entrench this already trenchant "us versus them" mindset. =(

    I get the feeling (when reading anti-science/anti-evolution creationist propaganda) that the people writing these things are using a theistic mindset to evaluate science and evolution. That is, something that is quite short sighted and inflexible. It's like when someone (even atheist regrettably) bring up infinity when talking about time for instance, and then they go on to say '...like trillions of billions of years'. This is absurd since the value they just mentioned is actually insignificant in comparison to infinity (as is any finite number XD ). It suggests that they haven't quite wrapped their minds around the concept of infinity.
    It's a legitimate and very serious division. This opposition is fostered by there being two similarly epistemologically tenuous presuppositional worldviews: one theistic and one naturalistic. We've seen the hundreds of arguments for the existence of a God refuted in an intellectually sufficient way millions of times, because they all try to argue either factual or logical points - and they are unsound to the last. The real divide is the epistemological foundations for either opposing worldview, and it is much more thought-provoking (and in my experience, that much more intellectually frustrating =P) to try and hammer out a necessary resolution.

    We can debate natural and logical facts till the end of time and come out soundly for all our work, but it can't make much difference if our interlocutors enter the debate with presuppositions that negatively prioritize natural and logical arguments compared to a theistic metaphysics. The only way to speak to that unspoken argument (as opposed to speaking past it, which is the unfortunate standard) is to engage it on the metaphysical and epistemological levels - levels that provide the foundations for naturalistic facts and so cannot easily themselves be proved by them.

    This is why I had to disagree with Mister Zero's stance on attacking/ridiculing religion (Dawkin's stance too). Ridiculing the messy particulars of theism on the level of our natural world is a waste of time - the foundational metaphysics and epistemology is where the real debate lies, and it is almost summarily ignored in the public conversation. It is akin to pruning a weed's leaves while letting the roots go untouched, and it almost always looks and sounds petty. (And if we leave our own foundational philosophy unexamined, all our contigent naturalistic and logical arguments are proportionately precarious.)

    I think what the US needs is a Carl Sagan like figure who can narrate television programs about science and evolution on mainstream TV in a tone that the layman and young people can understand... Maybe then when the science teacher at school starts spouting some bunk about 'kinds' of animals and so called 'evolution controversies' the students can see creationism for what it is.
    As AzukanAsimbu said in the old thread, Neil DeGrasse Tyson is a great figure for this aim. He manages to make science appealing and forceful without wrapping it up in the theism-atheism debate. Steven Pinker I think is good for this too, but less so since he does frequently get dragged into the conservative-liberal aspect due to the nature of his projects.

    It's a role I hope to fill one day, ever more desperately as times goes on. =/

    Edit: Well, through books, anyway.
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    *joins* Nice job on the new club Darato.
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    Nice work as usual, guys. Officially joining, I guess.
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    Is this the new Atheism club. May I join?

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    Welcome Ambre.
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    I'm pretty sure I qualify as Agnostic. I don't belive in any of the five major religions - 'though I belive they're all equally plausible - and instead have my own belief system that I can except may not be true.

    My stepdad belives in an afterlife, but not any perticular religion.

    My girlfriend is a Seventh Day Adventist, but I suspect she only attends church for her mother's sake. Which I can respect.
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    I am back! Kinda bad timing as i be going on a small vaccation, but hey, atleast i got to join again before i left. Gnostic Atheist as usual.

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    I gotta say it feels good to be able to post in this new club finally after school work/trying to catch up on said schoolwork after being sick stopped me from being able to. Congrats Darato, Neferka, and Profesco for the work in this new club. Can't wait to get this up and running at full capacity again.
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    I feel like such a nobody by not having contributed to the new Club , Anyway shouldn't we request that the old club gets closed? because people are still posting there.
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    Hiya! Forgot me, did 'ya?
    Well. I'll join this one too, i guess.

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    Hi everyone. I think I want to join.

    I'm on the fence between agnostic theism and Christianity. My family's kept me in a very strong Christian environment my whole life, but recently I've started to find the whole concept a bit...silly. It's not hard to look in the Bible and find contradictions and false statements, and tenets that no one or very few people still hold today. I don't want to disappoint my family and just completely drop an affirmative religion, so I tend to shy away from the subject. I'm sure I'm not the only one in this situation, so I think I'll join this club.


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    I'd say i was more of a deist then anything else

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryubane View Post
    Hi everyone. I think I want to join.

    I'm on the fence between agnostic theism and Christianity. My family's kept me in a very strong Christian environment my whole life, but recently I've started to find the whole concept a bit...silly. It's not hard to look in the Bible and find contradictions and false statements, and tenets that no one or very few people still hold today. I don't want to disappoint my family and just completely drop an affirmative religion, so I tend to shy away from the subject. I'm sure I'm not the only one in this situation, so I think I'll join this club.
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    Your right 7t-tars, I feel a bit bad that I couldn't make any contributions to this yet, but we can make up with this by getting as involved as we can in the new club. Also, it'd probably be a good idea to close the old one but leave the last message be the location of the new club that way people know what to link to since the first thing they read is the last post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryubane View Post
    Hi everyone. I think I want to join.

    I'm on the fence between agnostic theism and Christianity. My family's kept me in a very strong Christian environment my whole life, but recently I've started to find the whole concept a bit...silly. It's not hard to look in the Bible and find contradictions and false statements, and tenets that no one or very few people still hold today. I don't want to disappoint my family and just completely drop an affirmative religion, so I tend to shy away from the subject. I'm sure I'm not the only one in this situation, so I think I'll join this club.
    Oh, well! Welcome, Ryubane. I'm really glad to hear you're starting to subject your beliefs to scrutiny and criticism. Regardless of what you end up concluding, as long as you're thinking critically for yourself, you've got my applause. I also hope that the kinds of things we talk about here will help you to better understand theistic and atheistic philosophy both, and that your contributions will improve our understanding too. ^_^

    Quote Originally Posted by Pashtun View Post
    I'd say i was more of a deist then anything else
    It's amusing - most of the traditional arguments for the existence of God can only be said to support deism at best (not that any of them are conclusive or convincing arguments), and certainly no personal and complicated beings like the Western religions all claim. Comparatively speaking, deism may just be more realistic than Western theism.

    It'll be neat to have the contributions of a deist to our discussions. =)

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    I'll contribute where i can

    I wasn't actually expecting to find religous issues on a Pokemon forum, and now im seeing people with sig's blaring their love of religion or lack of it

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    In case you guys didn't see on the old group, theres a couple of Atheist Youtubers that haven't really taken off yet. I think we should help em out. Their channel is called LogicInVita. Heres a link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pashtun View Post
    I'll contribute where i can

    I wasn't actually expecting to find religous issues on a Pokemon forum, and now im seeing people with sig's blaring their love of religion or lack of it
    You know what, I think it's a manifestation of the really high reactivity right now between faith and atheism. Politics in the US seems to be in this exaggerated battle between the conservative Christian influence and the secular activism, and this has transferred over to England too. Anyway, the rhetoric is so well inflamed by media, and the internet is so full of loud voices, that both sides might feel compelled to profess their beliefs or criticize those of the other side as fiercely as if they were being personally confronted. Just speculation on my part, though.



    In other news, one of my final paper assignments is a philosophical critique/review of either The God Delusion, God Is Not Great, or The End of Faith! It's going to be tough, but it's pretty exciting. ^_^

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