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Church membership discussion

MOD NOTE Discussion split from the Losing my faith thread. OK, couple of issues here. In no particular order: 1. If a priest told you that your registry office marriage is unrecognised and therefore you are still living in sin, I think that priest was wrong. That is not a correct statement of

3 years, 8 months in Christianity by Peregrinus 79 Replies 1 Thank

Survey: what does census religious identification mean?

Following the last UK Census, the Richard Dawkins Foundation commissioned MORI to conduct a survey of people who had identified themselves as “Christian” in the census return, exploring what that identification meant and what engagement with Christianity they had. It will interest the regulars in t

7 years, 3 months in Atheism & Agnosticism by Peregrinus 50 Replies 3,409 Views 6 Thanks

Would you sell your soul?

It appears here that a surprising number of atheists are reluctant to sell their souls, even for hard cash, and one who was willing only agreed to do so on terms that he was free to sell it again to someone else, which implies an unusual understanding of the word "sell", I think. Would you be will

7 years, 5 months in Atheism & Agnosticism by Peregrinus 31 Replies 1,782 Views

Brexit discussion thread VIII (Please read OP before posting)

Nevertheless, the same polls which are saying that the Brexit Party will get 30% or 35% in the EP elections are also saying that it would get 12%, 13% in a General Election. That's the same pollsters asking the same people the two questions in one interview - Who will you vote for in the EP electio

6 hours, 14 minutes in Politics by Peregrinus 9,583 Replies 807,087 Views 4 Thanks

Is it right to be skeptical?

God forbid that we should allow this thread to be derailed into a dicussion of the rights and wrongs of abortion. We know how that will end. But I do want to pick up one point here. If, by "right to choose:", we mean a right to choose that is established by law, then of course that can be empiric

7 hours, 3 minutes in Christianity by Peregrinus 42 Replies 1,418 Views 1 Thank

Is it right to be skeptical?

His observation of the crime is itself empirical evidence of the crime. His testimony in court that he witnessed the crime is itself empirical evidence of the fact that he witnessed the crime. [Don't confuse "empirical evidence" with "absolute, incontrovertible proof".]

7 hours, 37 minutes in Christianity by Peregrinus 42 Replies 1,314 Views

Is it right to be skeptical?

In the sense of "grounds for believing that a proposition is true or valid", evidence doesn't have to be emprical. There's no empirical evidence, for example, that a woman has the right to choose, or that the square on the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares on the other two sides, so if

13 hours, 56 minutes in Christianity by Peregrinus 42 Replies 1,314 Views 2 Thanks

Is it right to be skeptical?

Antiskeptic is suggesting that it's skeptics who characteristically demand empirical evidence. Should your challenge perhaps be addressed to skeptics? Or do you want to refute antiskeptic's suggestion that the demand for empirical evidenc is a characteristically skeptic position? Or his suggestio

1 day, 7 hours in Christianity by Peregrinus 42 Replies 1,177 Views

Brexit discussion thread VIII (Please read OP before posting)

Yup. Remember, UKIP came first in the 2014 European Parliament elections (with 27% of the vote) but they won only one 1 seat in the 2015 General Election (which they lost in the 2017 General Election). Success in a European Parliament election in the UK is not a predictor of success in a general el

1 day, 7 hours in Politics by Peregrinus 9,583 Replies 807,087 Views

Referendum time again! This time, it's divorce

You're focussing more on something you find to be implied in the statement than on what is actually explicit in it. No offence, but I think this is a very tendentious reading

2 days, 7 hours in Atheism & Agnosticism by Peregrinus 122 Replies 4,078 Views

Referendum time again! This time, it's divorce

Read on

2 days, 8 hours in Atheism & Agnosticism by Peregrinus 122 Replies 4,078 Views

Referendum time again! This time, it's divorce

The amendment is going to pass anyway. I think Nulty knows this, and I don't think he imagines that anything he might say will change this. Reading his statement, at no point does he call for people to vote against the amendment. Rather, he calls for people to "reflect on the implications of th

2 days, 8 hours in Atheism & Agnosticism by Peregrinus 122 Replies 4,078 Views

Land boundaries

It still goes somewhere. It goes to the stream. Even if the stream has been diverted or has dried up, it goes to where the stream used to be. This relates to private rights of way, where e.g. I have a right of way over your land in order to access my own land, but the general public has no simil

2 days, 14 hours in Legal Discussion by Peregrinus 11 Replies 464 Views

Copyright question

In the OP you talk about the names under which two businesses are registered. Now you ask questions about trademarks. Which is it? Has either of these businesses registered a trademark and, if so, exactly what trademark has been registered?

2 days, 14 hours in Legal Discussion by Peregrinus 14 Replies 369 Views

House guests. Is this unreasonable?

Well, hindsight is a great teacher. But, yeah, you should have asked her. And, more, you should have asked her before you made any commitments to your friends, or allowed them to make any plans that depended on staying with you. As others have pointed out, this is her home as well as yours, and s

3 days, 9 hours in Accommodation & Property by Peregrinus 129 Replies 11,556 Views 4 Thanks