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Lost faith

I think what you've said here is really helpful, even though I'm going to push back :). At the outset, we should both acknowledge that moral matters can be incredibly complex. But I think we also need to make a distinction between discerning whether a certain act is right or wrong (which can be incr

1 day, 17 hours in Christianity by ChrisJ84 201 Replies 3,891 Views

The Hazards of Belief

That's fair. He could be a Christian and be horribly misguided. Or he could be a charlatan. Either way I think we can agree that his stance on vaccines is completely wrong

1 day, 22 hours in Atheism & Agnosticism by ChrisJ84 9,675 Replies 601,422 Views

Lost faith

Happy for us to agree to disagree on this one, I wouldn't expect you to see things in this way. Not quite. The commandment clearly indicates that murder is forbidden, not all killing in any context whatsoever. I already defined murder as the unlawful and immoral killing of another human being. Th

1 day, 22 hours in Christianity by ChrisJ84 201 Replies 3,596 Views

Lost faith

I think that's really helpful. There is a common but (I believe) mistaken idea that science explains (or someday will explain) everything. One problem with that is that, strictly speaking, science provides descriptions and doesn't actually explain anything. A second problem is that, as you say, wh

2 days, 4 hours in Christianity by ChrisJ84 201 Replies 3,477 Views

Lost faith

I'm not really trying to generalise, but neither do I think that we're nothing more than unique snowflakes who can craft our own version of reality. Some things you believe might be consistent with your atheism, and others might not. I think the latter in particular can make for an interesting conve

2 days, 4 hours in Christianity by ChrisJ84 201 Replies 3,477 Views

The Hazards of Belief

I'm a bible believing, evangelical Christian and I think he's an idiot as well. The cynic in me wonders whether this has less to do with "Dr" Fields supposed Christian convictions, and more to do with the marketing value of slapping "Christian" on something in the US to give it credibility

2 days, 6 hours in Atheism & Agnosticism by ChrisJ84 9,675 Replies 601,233 Views

Lost faith

Yep, I would say that atheism is no more a religion than monotheism. But just like monotheists tend towards certain faiths (Christianity, Islam, Judaism etc.), so do atheists. Materialism is a common one in the West; there mightn't be temples or physical idols but it certainly has religious qualitie

2 days, 6 hours in Christianity by ChrisJ84 201 Replies 3,371 Views 1 Thank

Lost faith

I wouldn't say they have to be compartmentalised, but we might need to do some work to reconcile them alright. I would generally agree, with the caveats from my last post. The historical and orthodox Christian position is that the bible is authoritative in the matters it addresses. On that basis

2 days, 19 hours in Christianity by ChrisJ84 201 Replies 3,371 Views 3 Thanks

Lost faith

Right, the most we can say is that it is consistent with a Christian worldview. I think it's important for both the religious and the non-religious not to overstep. Scientists aren't qualified to make theological / philosophical pronouncements on the existence of God on the basis of their scienc

2 days, 21 hours in Christianity by ChrisJ84 201 Replies 3,207 Views

Why did Jesus allow demons to enter a herd of pigs?

Which doesn't apply to enlightened types like yourself I suppose :rolleyes

2 days, 22 hours in Christianity by ChrisJ84 261 Replies 6,031 Views 1 Thank

Lost faith

Something else that needs to be acknowledged in relation to this is that I don't think I've got it all figured out, or that I have all the answers. I have doubts, and vast gaps in my understanding. But I still need to set those in the balance against the things I do know and am certain of, such as t

3 days, 1 hour in Christianity by ChrisJ84 201 Replies 3,181 Views

Lost faith

Sure, I had inductive reasoning in mind rather than mathematical induction. For that matter, the order and structure implied by mathematics is consistent with what I would expect to see in a creation ordered by divine wisdom. Not sure I said it's with good reason but the important point to stress

3 days, 3 hours in Christianity by ChrisJ84 201 Replies 3,131 Views

Lost faith

I'm not saying at all that things like the speed of light or 2+2=4 are matters of faith. But assumptions like "inductive logic works" and "we can rely on the perceptions of our senses" are unprovable, and science relies on them to function. I realise that they are validated to an extent in practice

3 days, 5 hours in Christianity by ChrisJ84 201 Replies 3,109 Views

Why did Jesus allow demons to enter a herd of pigs?

That is exactly what the bible tells us - the heavens declare the glory of God. In Romans, Paul points out that God's "eternal power and divine nature" can be seen by everyone in creation, and that on that basis we have no excuse for denying him. The bible is also clear that the fact that we do deny

3 days, 19 hours in Christianity by ChrisJ84 261 Replies 5,699 Views

Lost faith

With you on this but testing, refining our understanding, and rejecting error all rely on the unprovable presuppositions that we are operating in an orderly system and that our brains are rational enough to make such judgements. Those presuppositions are consistent with the idea of a creator God who

3 days, 19 hours in Christianity by ChrisJ84 201 Replies 3,023 Views