The God Thang

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Posted Feb 6, 2012 - 7:50 AM:

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You're missing the point. It's a sign of open-mindedness to request arguments in favour of a view that one does not obtain.


I think in this case it is merely a challenge to engage in an idle and acrimonious debate. Regardless, though, I think we would all be better off if as to this issue each of us believed, or did not believe, and were silent. Very, very silent.
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I think in this case it is merely a challenge to engage in an idle and acrimonious debate. Regardless, though, I think we would all be better off if as to this issue each of us believed, or did not believe, and were silent. Very, very silent.


That is not helpful, C. If someone believes and that belief is critical to something further, such as their ethics or whether they'll blow you up, then the existence or not existence of the object of their belief is material. It would be nice if private belief had no more consequence than a wet dream, but it has much more import than that. To pretend otherwise is to ignore about 2000 years of Western history.

On Feb 6, 2012 - 10:03 AM, prothero responded: It is hard to deny the role that religon plays in both history and modern times.
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Posted Feb 6, 2012 - 8:23 AM:

With all due respect, guys, your discussions cannot be fruitful until you all agree on the definition of God. Numerous definitions exist out there. If you don't agree on it first, your debates would be like debates carried out in different languages without translations.
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That is not helpful, C. If someone believes and that belief is critical to something further, such as their ethics or whether they'll blow you up, then the existence or not existence of the object of their belief is material. It would be nice if private belief had no more consequence than a wet dream, but it has much more import than that. To pretend otherwise is to ignore about 2000 years of Western history.


My comment was intended to address perpetuating this silly debate, but certainly we would all be better off if each of us not only were silent as to our religious belief or lack of it (which I would think would preclude insisting that others share it or seeking to persuade them to do so) but took no action to impose it or eliminate those who do not share it, as well. The presumptuous desire to impose religious belief has not and will never be lessened by this debate, because the debate is itself vain.
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Posted Feb 6, 2012 - 9:29 AM:

ciceronianus wrote:
I think in this case it is merely a challenge to engage in an idle and acrimonious debate. Regardless, though, I think we would all be better off if as to this issue each of us believed, or did not believe, and were silent. Very, very silent.


That's a value judgement that is relative to your own personal standard, which others may not share. If you have better ways to spend your time, then good for you; but you are the one who ought to be silent, since your tendency to complain, whilst bringing nothing to the table, isn't productive towards philosophical investigation.

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Posted Feb 6, 2012 - 10:03 AM:

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That's a value judgement that is relative to your own personal standard, which others may not share. If you have better ways to spend your time, then good for you; but you are the one who ought to be silent, since your tendency to complain, whilst bringing nothing to the table, isn't productive towards philosophical investigation.


So much for open-mindedness. Does the suggestion that a debate is senseless bring nothing to the table? It might be considered a kind effort to encourage others not to waste their time, at least.

Certainly I make a value judgment, but not I think based merely on personal standards, unless one maintains that it is the imposition of a "personal standard" to consider the continuance of the debate without resolution for thousands of years (the same old arguments being made and unmade) an indication of its futility. I like to hope there are other, and better, philosophical investigations to be made.
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Posted Feb 6, 2012 - 10:51 AM:

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Does the suggestion that a debate is senseless bring nothing to the table?


Yes, as I stated, it brings nothing to the table. There are many people who're convinced that there's a god. It's possible that there are grounds for convincing the OP. The OP has requested that other members share these grounds, in order to be assessed. If anything is futile, it's your attempt to cease this philosophical investigation.
On Feb 6, 2012 - 11:03 AM, ciceronianus responded: That's likely true, alas. But I'll keep checking in; you've made me anticipate his conversion.
On Feb 7, 2012 - 7:12 AM, Sapientia responded: Don't count your chickens... wink
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Look, I don't want to clutter up the religion forum with stuff that spoils their fun. Just tell me this. Use any system of thought you wish: logic, mystic, theological, math, who gives a rat's ass, just convince me of the God Thang. Oh so erudite, Doctor.


May I simply ask one thing... why?

Another question...

Do you feel like you are missing out or perhaps lost something along the way?

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Posted Feb 6, 2012 - 6:33 PM:

Cicero' is almost correct in calling my OP and invitation to an "idle and acrimonious debate," but there is a point to it. And when the Mayor asks why? I answer with the same point. I don't think the god-freaks should go unchallenged on a philosophy forum when they start out saying "God is, God knows, God does," This is not philosophy, it is not debate, and such statements deserve ridicule. You have to remember that these whackos have had it all their own way for several thousand years
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Posted Feb 7, 2012 - 6:42 AM:

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Cicero' is almost correct in calling my OP and invitation to an "idle and acrimonious debate," but there is a point to it. And when the Mayor asks why? I answer with the same point. I don't think the god-freaks should go unchallenged on a philosophy forum when they start out saying "God is, God knows, God does," This is not philosophy, it is not debate, and such statements deserve ridicule. You have to remember that these whackos have had it all their own way for several thousand years
You might take note that many threads open with questions about the concept of God and about theists beliefs. Many of these threads are started as yours is by people with a more atheistic and materialist worldview but non the less on the surface seem to invite responses from theists. Often I think such threads do not really desire a response from theists but instead wish to open a discussion mocking and ridiculing any form of theistic belief (even those with more naturalistic as opposed to supernatural or revealed theologies) as silly superstitution. Still one should excpect responses regarding various conceptions of divine nature and divine action when one posts a thread invoking discussions of religion and god. You are of course free not to participate in such threads and the forum is free to ban all discussions deemed religious as opposed to philosophical. There is however a field known as philosophy of religion and the vast majority of mankind still harbors a fundamentallly religous worldview and metaphysic still playing an important role in society, politics and history so perhaps such discussions are not totally out of place or lacking in merit. smiling face
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