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    Re: On why christianity has declined in the west

    Philosophy, culture, logic and history.
    Thousands of years of trial and error between competing mores and the necessary continual refinement that comes from such exchanges offers us insight. It is...
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    Re: 'Star Wars' discussions

    Nah, remember the guy she married had a missing leg and all that.
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    Re: 'Star Wars' discussions

    Have you never seen that movie step-brothers? Same thing.
    A brother in law is when your sister gets married, her husband becomes your brother in law. Or if you marry a girl, her brother becomes your...
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    Re: On why christianity has declined in the west

    Only if you're willing to admit that God is not timeless.
    If God is timeless then predestination is essential.



    No different from every religion that ever existed, currently exists or will...
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    Re: 'Star Wars' discussions

    She was a constitutional monarch with very little money or actual power for a planet with a small population. The reason the trade federation chose Naboo (other than the Palpatine connection) was the...
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    Re: On why christianity has declined in the west

    From God's perspective sin already existed, ipads already existed: everything always existed. God being timeless.
    Ok, go on. Where else does God reveal himself?



    To burn in a lake of fire for...
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    Re: On why christianity has declined in the west

    Sin/evil-acts are still phenomena, they exist in what God created.



    ....and how does he show it? In one book? What about the thousands of other religions/books, making different claims?
    It's...
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    Re: On why christianity has declined in the west

    Being a threat and being reality are not mutually exclusive.



    God being the ultimate source of all things he is also the source of all evil. Whether he is the direct source or the vicarious...
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    Re: On why christianity has declined in the west

    When the offer of "love" is accompanied with a threat of infinite torment that is cruel, regardless of one's definitions.
    It's even worse than being threatened with a gun, because a gun is merely...
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    Re: In death all are equal, just ask this atheist.

    So America has so many shootings because Obamacare sucks proverbial balls?
    That's probably true.
  11. Re: Billion + believe in Satan. Should all schools be mandated to teach Creationism?

    They claim their religion to be the original and yours is the copy, with the same credibility. Or rather, because we have their writings that predate yours: they have more credibility than your...
  12. Thread: Interstellar

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    Re: Interstellar

    Thankfully it wasn't a drawn out reunion, they may have cut it a bit short I agree, but the alternatives weren't great, they kinda wrote themselves into a corner and did their best, but on the whole...
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    Re: Muhammad, Cartoons and Criticism

    Christianity was USED to promote and excuse slavery.
    A superficial distinction I agree, but a distinction nonetheless.
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    Re: My ideal Warhammer 40k game

    Oh my God, wow, wow, that's a great idea. Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes.
    I wish I knew how to mod.
  15. Re: Putin did not order the execution of political opponent

    What'chya gonna do?
    He can do what he wants, nobody can stop him, or his cronies.
    Heil Putin.
  16. Re: Billion + believe in Satan. Should all schools be mandated to teach Creationism?

    Of course anecdotes make no difference. If anecdotes, of the type you cite, were valid then we'd all have to be Hindus, Muslims, Catholics, Evangelicals, Raelians, Buddhists, Druids, Scientologists...
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    Re: In death all are equal, just ask this atheist.

    American gun culture is weird. But there's no way to change it: Changing laws concerning gun ownership is monumentally stupid, on par with prohibition, guns are already dangerous, to drive them...
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    Re: How Europe could be Islamised

    I have said that I'm and agnostic-atheist like a billion times.
    The vast majority of agnostics are atheists, technically, but won't admit it usually due to the stigma associated with the atheist...
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    Re: How Europe could be Islamised

    I do not: I am an atheist.



    You may not care all you want, but that doesn't make me any less or more of an agnostic.



    Religion is a complicated thing in Japan, having been so muddled with...
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    Sticky: Re: Unit Preview [with many screenshots]

    While I did study calligraphy in school and college, which included old Irish and Latin (from the dark ages, which we ironically call Ireland's golden age), I never actually learned its meaning. As...
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    Re: How Europe could be Islamised

    No it doesn't, plenty of Buddhists are atheists and plenty of them have anti-scientific/supernatural beliefs, same for people who believe in UFOs, ancestor worship, certain forms of animism, Big-foot...
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    Sticky: Re: Unit Preview [with many screenshots]

    Understood.



    Well limitations are obviously required, like using the Old Testament/Iliad as a source, except the Lebor Gabala Erenn is further de-legitimized due to the additional thousand...
  23. Thread: Good Sci-Fi?

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    Re: Good Sci-Fi?

    Even with the supernatural nonsense it's a fantastic story. The divine beings are like sprinkles, they're not key to the whole thing.
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    Re: False Class Conciousness?

    Capitalism with a degree of social security/welfare is a good compromise.
  25. Re: Freedom of Movement between the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand should be a given - but it's not.

    It's funny that South Africa was left out because the most English person I know is from South Africa. He's so English he can use "spiffing" in a sentence without needing to be sarcastic or ironic,...
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    Sticky: Re: Unit Preview [with many screenshots]

    Can two factions be programmed into the one settlement? Maybe the Tuatha De Dannan could be like rebels and then if unrest gets too high for them the Fomoire rise up and so on? The eternal war...
  27. Re: Here are the politicians that want to kill your children

    Natural immunity is a great defense against polio, sure.
    If self determinism in the pursuit of self destruction is so important: perhaps a compromise might be reached by quarantining such people...
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    Poll: Re: Total War: WARHAMMER officially confirmed!

    After playing Atilla over the last few days: It's perfect for Warhammer, just a few skins, a new map, a few new skeletons and some animations and hey presto a perfect Warhammer total war game. ...
  29. Re: Billion + believe in Satan. Should all schools be mandated to teach Creationism?

    Would you like an example?
    "What I have done is to show that it is possible for the way the universe began to be determined by the laws of science. In that case, it would not be necessary to appeal...
  30. Re: Billion + believe in Satan. Should all schools be mandated to teach Creationism?

    I have never asserted that the Universe was made out of nothing, that is what you claim. You claim that God made everything out of nothing, that is the precise position that I am arguing against.
    ...
  31. Thread: GOTHAM.

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    Re: GOTHAM.

    In the Killing Joke he admits that he has made up his back story so many times he can't remember which one is true anymore. It's likely he will forget this storyline too, his actual back story is...
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    Re: Regarding earths rotation

    The atmosphere rotates with the Earth. And we are flung along with it.
    Think of a swimming pool on a cruise ship, the ship moves at 50 km per hr. You don't have to swim over 50km to reach the other...
  33. Re: Billion + believe in Satan. Should all schools be mandated to teach Creationism?

    Yes, a claim needs to be supported. All claims.



    That is a baseless and arrogant assertion. Not only about the nature of reality, but also to claim to know the minds of strangers: It's the...
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    Re: In death all are equal, just ask this atheist.

    The default position (on all things) are ignorance and unbelief. Having a position and taking a position are two different things, the latter is an action, the former is not necessarily an action....
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    Re: In death all are equal, just ask this atheist.

    That is an atheistic philosophy of sorts, but it is still not shared by all atheists. Atheism is not a philosophy, just as theism is not a philosophy. They are single positions on a single topic,...
  36. Re: English racism raising it's ugly head: racist and we like it

    Isn't mixing up English and French people a bit racist?
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    Poll: Re: Total War: WARHAMMER officially confirmed!

    Well if you consider Warhammer as an experiment, it offers the ideal playground for testing flying units (think blimps, bi-planes etc.) and there are steam-tanks in warhammer too. It's quite clear...
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    Re: Sylvania--- WHY SO HARD :(

    Yup, they're one of the hardest factions...... and rightly so, especially at the start of the campaign, they're technically supposed to exist only in hiding, spending a hundred years planning their...
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    Re: Bloody Evil AI Stacks

    Yup: scripts are essential. Besides AI (by definition) is a series of complex scripts anyway: duh. This is just a few cut corners, in a way. With every update, however, there is a great improvement...
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    Re: My ideal Warhammer 40k game

    Surely it'd make more sense if it were more of a Necromunda style game, with all of the same mechanisms you've listed.
    Another space marine game is far from ideal. It's almost impossible for a game...
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