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  1. Electric Skeptic

    Which Is More Important - Religious Belief or Political Leaning?

    This is, as we all know, a sub-forum of a Christian website, so one would expect religious beliefs to be the criteria of primary importance. However, it seems to me that in this sub-forum, one's political leaning is much more important in evaluating which other posters are likely to attack...
  2. Electric Skeptic

    What Links Conservatism and Irrational Beliefs?

    In my mind I categorise religious beliefs into two (2) categories. The first category is what I call reasonable beliefs. These are the core Christian beliefs, such as that God created the universe, that God took form as a man and came to Earth to (in some way) redeem us. These are beliefs that...
  3. Electric Skeptic

    A Tale Of Morals

    I remember doing this exercise in school many years ago, and I thought it might be interesting to explore here. First, a story. Sheriff John has finally captured Robin Hood, and Robin is scheduled to hang the next morning at dawn. While the Sheriff stands guard over him, Maid Marion comes to...
  4. Electric Skeptic

    A Book To Forget

    Is there a book you've read that you'd love to entirely forget - not because it was awful, but because reading it for the first time was wonderful, and you'd really love to read it (effectively) for the first time again? For me Lord of the Rings, definitely. Honorable runners-up: Ender's Game...
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    One Atheistic Experience

    The other day a friend introduced me to another friend who, I found out during the conversation, was a pastor. No biggie, he seemed like a very nice bloke, and we were all getting along fine. The conversation evolved, as it does, and my friend, with a twinkle in his eye, thinking to promote some...
  6. Electric Skeptic

    Would It Still Be An Abortion If...

    Imagine that we perfect the artificial womb, such that any fetus can be removed from a woman carrying it, inserted into the artificial womb, and have the same chances of surviving as if it had remained in the woman carrying it. Would the process of, at the woman's request, removing the fetus...
  7. Electric Skeptic

    Opinion, Belief and Knowledge

    There seem to be a number of people on the forum of late who don't seem to know what the words 'opinion' and 'belief' mean. To help out: Opinion: - a view, judgment, or appraisal formed in the mind about a particular matter Belief: - something that is accepted, considered to be true, or held...
  8. Electric Skeptic

    Could You Be Wrong

    Is it possible that everything you believe you know could be wrong? Before anybody asks: yes, it is possible that everything I believe I know (with the sole exception of "I exist") could be wrong.
  9. Electric Skeptic

    Vaccines and Masks - A Hypothetical

    This is primarily directed at those who do not believe 1-4 below, though of course any/everybody is welcome to chime in. It's a hypothetical, so if you don't like hypotheticals, think they're pointless, insist on saying "but that's not how it is" or anything else that indicates you don't know...
  10. Electric Skeptic

    When I Die

    In a recent thread, a Christian poster claimed that 'annihilation' is 'the fervent HOPE of the Non-Christian'. I wondered then how common an opinion this is among Christians? It looks to me to be another instance of Christians deciding something that non-Christians think without bothering to...
  11. Electric Skeptic

    Pointless Changes In Adaptations

    I do not understand the need to make pointless changes in film and TV adaptations of books. I can understand when the change emphasises a dramatic point (even a different one than in the original), or when it simplifies something in the original. An example of the first can be found in the...
  12. Electric Skeptic

    Anemendatheism

    Anemendatheism: Noun. Refusal to admit error or mistake, regardless of how egregious, when that error or mistake is pointed out by an atheist. From: the Greek 'an' - not, without the Latin 'emendo' - correct, amend the Latin 'a' - not, without the Greek 'theos' - god Usage: "I see that...
  13. Electric Skeptic

    About Trans People...

    This is primarily addressed to BMS, with whom I've been discussing the entire issue of trans people, but of course anybody else is welcome to weigh in. Hopefully you will agree with the facts below and answer the questions I ask. Everybody has a sense of whether they are a man, a woman, or some...
  14. Electric Skeptic

    Doing Harm

    This started in the context of a discussion about a doctor who was refusing to treat patients who met a certain criteria. Another poster said "so much for 'do no harm...'. To that I replied "Ummm...by not seeing patients, he is by definition doing no harm." The original poster disagreed...
  15. Electric Skeptic

    Favourite SitCom

    Not long ago we had a thread on favourite movies which generated some interesting and friendly conversation. Let's try this one... What are the all time best (or, more accurately, your favourite) TV SitComs? Mine: 1. M*A*S*H 2. Seinfeld 3 (tied). Married...With Children 3 (tied). Get Smart 3...
  16. Electric Skeptic

    Trans - The Facts

    There seems to be a lot of confusion around trans people in the forum of late, so I thought I'd post something containing just the facts. No morality, no religion, no 'this is right/wrong', no 'you should do this'. Just the facts, as Joe Friday would say. All human beings have a sex, defined...
  17. Electric Skeptic

    No, our goal is not reducing auto accidents

    Imagine if some group had this position: We don't want to reduce auto accidents - we want to eradicate them entirely. We are opposed to driver safety programs - they just encourage people to drive more and to think they're immune to accidents. The more people know about safe driving, the more...
  18. Electric Skeptic

    School District and Transgender Students

    My local school district has a policy of accepting transgender students, allowing them to use the bathrooms of the gender as which they identify, etc. One thing they state is something I've not head before - a student can register an 'unofficial' name with them, and they'll be known as that...
  19. Electric Skeptic

    The Loathsome Right and Girl Scouts

    In 2011 the Girls Scouts of America came out with a statement that they would welcome transgender children and adolescents who identified as girls into their organisation, saying (in part): "...if the child is recognized by the family and school/community as a girl and lives culturally as a...
  20. Electric Skeptic

    The Twelve...or So...Soldiers...or Minutemen...or something.

    Some time ago someone posted an allegory on here about a group of military men who had witnessed a rape (or was it a murder?) and done nothing. When they were questioned, each replied in a way that matched one of the apologetics responses to why God does not intervene to stop people from...
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