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    (Original post by TheOpinion)
    The general implication was to ask about Atheism...
    Ok. I'll phrase the question more specifically. Do you think people can decide whether or not to be atheist by themselves?
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    (Original post by like_marmite)
    Academic argument is plural, according to you? :lol: Let's not try to get into a who is the smartest prince of them all because you won't win. And you need to grow up a bit if you're so threatened when someone challenges that you have to try to correct grammar where their grammar is actually correct. Again this lack of sophistication in argument, by the people who want to engage the topic of religion, is why no adult should never engage the topic of religion.

    That is a reasonable approach, certainly, but only if you have access to the people you want to affect. If you're talking in mid-air, to anyone who'll listen, with unsophisticated argument whilst possessing the sole intention of giving people the impression you're some philosophy professor when you're really someone whose only interaction with philosophy is a B in GCSE RE, then I doubt informing people about their options is your sole intention.
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    By you I mean people generally. I am not saying you personally are guilty of this.
    I pluralised it to generalise. Oh Dear, you should really stick to your GCSE politics class..
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    I'm an atheist too. Do you think the recent religious supremacy seen in the Education secretary Nicky Morgan is indicative of a counter reaction to the excellent work of the British Humanist association and the death of the Church of England and British Christianity in general? If so do you think the promotion of faith based free schools and academies will successfully indoctrinate a new generation of loyal religious drones, or will the free availability of fact-based religious criticism online mitigate the harm caused by the current propagation of religious supremacy in education?
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    (Original post by morgan8002)
    Ok. I'll phrase the question more specifically. Do you think people can decide whether or not to be atheist by themselves?
    I think they can. Where religion appears to be much more indoctrination, Atheism is purely a logical decision that one makes.
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    (Original post by TheOpinion)
    I pluralised it to generalise. Oh Dear, you should really stick to your GCSE politics class..
    You tried to correct me and you failed miserably. You pluralised it to generalise? What the **** does that even mean?

    And nice. Using insults I already dished out to you is really creative there, buddie boy.
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    As civilisation has advanced religion has become less prevalent, soon God/Allah or whatever you want to call him will be treated as a figure in mythology the same as Zeus, Ares etc. Throughout history religion has merely been used as a tool to keep people under control.

    I do however appreciate that it can bring a lot of comfort to people and some religious organisations help charitable causes that would otherwise be neglected.
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    (Original post by like_marmite)
    You tried to correct me and you failed miserably. You pluralised it to generalise? What the **** does that even mean?

    And nice. Using insults I already dished out to you is really creative there, buddie boy.
    By pluralising something you are referring to a group of something. Gosh, I feel like a year 7 teacher here.

    You are really showing your arrogance right now, it's rather amusing.
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    (Original post by like_marmite)
    Academic argument is plural, according to you? :lol: Let's not try to get into a who is the smartest prince of them all because you won't win. And you need to grow up a bit if you're so threatened when someone challenges that you have to try to correct grammar where their grammar is actually correct. Again this lack of sophistication in argument, by the people who want to engage the topic of religion, is why no adult should ever engage the topic of religion.



    That is a reasonable approach, certainly, but only if you have access to the people you want to affect. If you're talking in mid-air, to anyone who'll listen, with unsophisticated argument whilst possessing the sole intention of giving people the impression you're some philosophy professor when you're really someone whose only interaction with philosophy is a B in GCSE RE, then I doubt informing people about their options is your sole intention.
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    By you I mean people generally. I am not saying you personally are guilty of this.
    Yes, arguing anything from a place of ignorance is pants. Hopefully this thread will attract those who specialise in a particular academic field that can contribute their knowledge to the thread.

    I would never argue from a philosophical point, only a scientific or historical one, I like to keep it non trivial. No, the aim would not be to create any kind of impression (and the last thing I would want would be any kind of affiliation with Philosophers!) but to get women questioning why they have been given the role they have according to religion.
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    What is the need of religion if there is no God? In your opinion.
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    (Original post by TheOpinion)
    By pluralising something you are referring to a group of something. Gosh, I feel like a year 7 teacher here.

    You are really showing your arrogance right now, it's rather amusing.
    Well, collective nouns can be treated singularly or plurally with some exceptions. We're not even talking about a collective noun here; it's a mass noun which can only be treated singularly. What you're suggesting here is analogous to saying water are blue.

    Your little grammar tricks might work on your 12-year-old pals, but it won't work here. Top 10 RG coming at you, kiddo.
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    How are you so sure there is no god? Surely being agnostic is the best approach to this situation?
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    (Original post by like_marmite)
    Well, collective nouns can be treated singularly or plurally with some exceptions. We're not even talking about a collective noun here; it's a mass noun which can only be treated singularly. What you're suggesting here is analogous to saying water are blue.

    Your little grammar tricks might work on your 12-year-old pals, but it won't work here. Top 10 RG coming at you, kiddo.
    Can we get back on topic? (Not taking sides, have not read through this grammar mini debate)
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    (Original post by like_marmite)
    Academic argument is plural, according to you? :lol: Let's not try to get into a who is the smartest prince of them all because you won't win. And you need to grow up a bit if you're so threatened when someone challenges that you have to try to correct grammar where their grammar is actually correct. Again this lack of sophistication in argument, by the people who want to engage the topic of religion, is why no adult should ever engage the topic of religion.



    That is a reasonable approach, certainly, but only if you have access to the people you want to affect. If you're talking in mid-air, to anyone who'll listen, with unsophisticated argument whilst possessing the sole intention of giving people the impression you're some philosophy professor when you're really someone whose only interaction with philosophy is a B in GCSE RE, then I doubt informing people about their options is your sole intention.
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    By you I mean people generally. I am not saying you personally are guilty of this.
    Also, I received the highest mark on record at my leading school in Philosophy at A Level. My exam papers have been used every year for 7 years as how to examples.
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    Do you think the religion of science, so to speak, is almost as bad as religion itself?

    Like imagine if you'd call religion one extreme, than the other extreme is giving authority to science. Do you think or not think that is bad?
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    (Original post by leavingthecity)
    Also, I received the highest mark on record at my leading school in Philosophy at A Level. My exam papers have been used every year for 7 years as how to examples.
    Did you read the spoiler or did you not?
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    (Original post by Lawbringer)
    How are you so sure there is no god? Surely being agnostic is the best approach to this situation?
    What do we KNOW? - not 100% sure.
    What do we BELIEVE? - no god mate

    So ... agnostic-atheist... still really an atheist
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    (Original post by chemting)
    What do we KNOW? - not 100% sure.
    What do we BELIEVE? - no god mate

    So ... agnostic-atheist... still really an atheist
    Ok thanks
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    Are you a libertarian?

    How many fedoras do you own?
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    (Original post by Lawbringer)
    Ok thanks
    But the probability of there being a god? very low... and the probability of it being your favourite god? even lower (almost non-existent)
 
 
 
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