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Hello live journal uk [Nov. 21st, 2012|10:46 pm]
Life without Deity

ockhamsadvocate

Hi all

I used to be a member if this group a few years ago and really enjoyed posting here. Thought I'd come back

Nice to be back and hope I can help anyone with any local issues in Birmingham.

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Well said! [Dec. 2nd, 2009|03:59 pm]
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The Anthropic Principle and why God Wants Us to be Scientists. [Jan. 13th, 2009|11:52 am]
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[music |Twisting Turning Through The Never - Metallica]

A conversation I had with a theist friend a while ago got me thinking about the Anthropic Principle. He argued that the evidence of a devine creator could be seen in the fine tuning of our universe (not an argument I accept). This made me think that if theists really believe that fundamental physical constants in our universe must have been fine tuned by God, then it follows that their path to understanding Gods universe lies in them understanding the physics that lets allows everything in this universe, including us, to exist. I argued that if God created our universe, then he also created the matter that our universe consists of, and devised the laws of physics by which this matter interacts. God must have been the ultimate scientist. What's more, if we were made in Gods image, then it is only natural that we to will develop an understanding of science, since we have been made in the image of the greatest scientist of all time.

So at least some of the priests, immams, guru's and other people who claim to understand God should (if they are really sincere in their claims) really be scientists studying Gods work through the principles he set into motion. The fact that major religions spend less time helping their congrigations understand science, and more time telling them what they should and should not do proves that religions are not concerned with understanding God but actually controlling what people do. He agreed that I had a point, but unfortunatly our we were disrupted in mid conversation.
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You really couldn't make it up! [Jan. 9th, 2009|11:06 am]
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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article5478036.ece?Submitted=true

London
An atheist advertising campaign with the slogan “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life” has been reported to the Advertising Standards Authority. The advert is to be carried on 800 buses in England, Scotland and Wales, and on the London Underground, in a four-week campaign costing £140,000 that has been supported by the British Humanist Association and the atheist scientist Richard Dawkins.

Stephen Green, the national director of Christian Voice, said that the advertisements broke the ASA’s codes on substantiation and truthfulness. “It is given as a statement of fact and that means it must be capable of substantiation if it is not to break the rules. There is plenty of evidence for God, from people’s personal experience, to the complexity, interdependence, beauty and design of the natural world.”

The authority’s code states that “marketers must hold documentary evidence to prove all claims, whether direct or implied, that are capable of objective substantiation”.
 

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Regardless of Evidence [Jan. 8th, 2009|01:40 pm]
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[music |The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden]

As part of a debating session yesterday during a I asked the class to discuss whether or not they believed in 'The Big Bang'. At the start of the class I asked everyone who believed in the theory to put their hands up and only 3 out of 15 did. The class then spent the next hour watching an Horizon program about the evidence for 'The Big Bang' and how developed as a theory. After they had watched the program and we had discussed it as a group I asked the students again who now believed in the theory and who didn't. Only the Muslim students still disagreed on it. When other students asked them why they disagreed they said it was because of their religion (which everyone agreed was fair enough). But it made me realise, even when presented with overwhelming evidence gathered through actual observations, some people just do not have the capacity to overcome the ignorance demanded by their faith.

Initially the point of the session was just to get students to practice having simple informal discussions about a subject they are unfamiliar with. A religious discussion was never the objective of the class. The whole religious thing just sort of happened by itself. What surprised me was that the Christian and Sikh students all kind of accepted that it could have happened, but still found room for their own beliefs. It was only the Muslim students that refused to allow any compromise regardless of the evidence.
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No God [Dec. 15th, 2008|03:45 pm]
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Students to be taught there's no God
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Surprise Fundy Sermon [Dec. 11th, 2008|11:11 am]
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One of the women in my class last night was nice enough to give everyone a christmas card, but she couldn't help including a flyer to her church meeting and a quick sermonising to everyone. She said to me "I know your an athie thingy, but do you mind if I give you an invite too?" I kindly declined her offer. She sighed "I suppose you've read The God Delusion, but have you read 'The Dawkins Delusion'?  She was very surprised that I had bought and read both books.  Surprise, surprise and like other Christians I know, she had bought the Alisters book, but not Dawkins. I told her that i thought the Dawkins Delusion missed the point of God Delusion by too wide a mark for it to be a valuable critique. She asked me why I was an athiest, and what was my religious family background. to which I responded that I  my parents are Sikh, but me and my wife do not follow any religion at all. I told her that I owned a copy of The Bible and the Guru Granth Sahib, and I had read aspects of the Koran and the Vedas and they all made very nice Fairy Tales, but non of them experessed any knowledge that could only have come from a divine source. She huffed a little and turned away.



I wonder how she would have responded had taken a proactive role in sharing by disbelief first....
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Turn the other cheek? [Oct. 15th, 2008|10:13 am]
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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article4944164.ece
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The Jesus Shark? [Oct. 14th, 2008|01:23 pm]
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Is this the birth of the Jesus Shark?
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1076145/Virgin-shark-pregnant-say-astonished-scientists.html
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The demise of a once rational mind. [Sep. 12th, 2008|12:05 pm]
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I fear the catholisation of one of my best friends is nearing completion. He was an atheist for as long as I can remember (from a Sikh family) and married a Catholic a few years ago. Ever since then he has slowly began to turn more and more religious. He started spouting random religious crap at me and our friends, like how it's sad that our banks are larger then our churches, and how he has observed wisdom declining as technology advances. One evening, when we got onto the topic of religion, he started talking about how he can feel a light inside his head when he prays, and how, when he losses something, St Antony helps him find it again, even though he was a scatterbrain before he got married! He's now told us that he will bring his kids up as Catholics too. All this from a once staunch atheist who thought all religion was a load of bollocks!

I feel there is nothing I can do to help him. It's so sad watching him deteriorate like this.
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