Sunday, November 27, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
<Here followed a very long response full of religious references and scripture.>
I am sorry that you wasted your time on such a long response. Empty platitudes do no make something true. I understand that you want to argue for your viewpoint, as I often do. I see a harsh reality, and we are better off understanding the world as it is, rather than to believe that some supernatural force is looking out for us or is on our side. If you drive your car too fast around a curve, the laws of physics are not going to care if you hit a tree. Best wishes, John
It's a matter of belief John,& nothing more.
As my Uncle's close friend would say all the time..."We shall see what we shall see".
but not with any conviction because there is no credible evidence for
any religious belief. Religion is a matter of philosophy.
It is a question of do we trust the world as it is presented to us and
try to survive using the evidence of our experience and knowledge , or
do we believe that some supernatural force is going to provide for us,
for which we have no evidence?
People can choose to think rationally, but that means that they make a
distinction between those things that are speculation and those things
that are fact. People believe because they want to believe, which
means that their reasoning is based upon emotion.
Best wishes, John
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
1. Steve is rotting in his grave. There is no afterlife.
2. Steve is part of God like everything else. He has reunited with God.
3. He is part of some unknown afterlife.
I do not think that it is possible to know. All I do know is that I don't believe in the traditional religions, parts of which are evil.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
If you have a slow Internet connection, the way to watch a video like
this, or any other video, is to hit play, pause it, and allow at least
a minute for the progress bar to indicate that the video is mostly
loaded. If your Internet connection is really slow then you might
want to go away for five minutes and cone back.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
power to influence other people and make a living doing this work.
Not only would their entire identity be absorbed by this work, but it
would also serve as an excuse not to go into a more difficult and more
It should be noted that when I was around 16 to 17, I desired nothing
more out of life than to serve God. However, this would have been a
poor use of my talents. I am too left brain, not verbal enough, and
too much of a loner to be a successful preacher. The ideal preacher
is someone who is less logical, strongly verbal, and a strong people
person. These are also good qualities for a car salesman.
Friday, August 26, 2011
'William Wollaston's 1722 book The Religion of Nature Delineated describes the "truest definition" of "natural religion" as being "The pursuit of happiness by the practice of reason and truth.'
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Interesting how she refers to Dawkins as an idiot. He is one of the
most learned people I can think of. It is not such a good idea to
tie religion to politics.
There are two basic facts for which the evidence is overwhelming ...
1. The earth us very old.
2. Simpler lifeforms came before more complex ones.
No matter how impossible people say that evolution is, based on these
things we know that it happened. So if it really is impossible i.e.
if we can't explain how it happened (we can), then we would have to
assume that God made evolution happen. I would prefer to look for a
more scientific explanation rather than assume that a miracle
occurred. The purpose of science is to explain how things happen and
not assume that magic made it so. You could assume that at the time
of creation God made the laws of physics, but everything that happened
after that has a mechanism that usually can be determined by science.
Monday, August 22, 2011
On Aug 22, 2011, at 10:44 PM, Larry Trout <utahtrout wrote:
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Been watching "The Tudors" which is a highly risqué political soap
opera about King Henry VIII. It is not as risqué as "Rome", but
close. I enjoyed both series quite a bit.
Friday, April 1, 2011