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Anders Breivik is responsible for the 2011 Norway Attacks, killing 76 people. The knee-jerk assessment of his personality is that he's insane, but is this actually the case? Is evil possible without insanity?
Religious people and even scientists sometimes claim that science is ultimately just a matter of faith, based on unproven assumptions. The argument is used to cast doubt on all scientific beliefs, as well as demonstrating that scientific attacks on religion are ultimately not only impotent but furthermore hypocritical.
New York has countless mosques, but recently a plan to build a large mosque and Islamic cultural center two blocks from Ground Zero has sparked controversy. Some conservatives want to ban the construction of the mosque, claiming its an insult to the people who died on September 11th, while libertarians tend to argue that religious freedom is a constitutional right.
In the wake of 9/11, many Muslims have outspokenly condemned violence in the name of their religion. However, critics of the faith, and critics of religion in general, have suggested that the faith can indeed breed extremism, and that many passages in the Koran, if taken literally, seem to even condone the slaughter of non-believers.
Many atheists believe science undermines religion, not only with specific theories such as evolution and the big bang theory, but also by its very methodology, which requires that knowledge of the world must be verified via controlled observations. Defenders of religion claim that the core truths of science and religion are complementary rather than contradictory, and that religious matters belong to a realm beyond scientific inquiry.
Some philosophers claim that we can derive what we ought to do based on what is. Others claim that ought-statements and is-statements belong to separate realms, and that there is ultimately no justification for what we ought to do based on what is.
When we say an act is "good" or "bad" or "right" or "wrong", is that entirely relative to our personal preferences and societal conditioning? Or are such statements true or false in an absolute sense, in a way that can be applied universally across all people and cultures?
The burka is clothing that completely hides a woman's body and face, apart from a small slit for the eyes. Some countries outlaw the burka, some claiming it oppresses women, and others saying it poses a security threat. Defenders of the burka claim a ban is an infringement of religious freedom.
Some people who have had spiritual experiences claim these experiences are irrefutable evidence of the existence of God or the supernatural. Others claim that while such experiences may be very meaningful, they are completely consistent with a scientific account of the mind.
Atheists can be split into those who believe religious views are generally harmless, and those who wish to actively challenge religious beliefs. The latter group, sometimes referred to as militant atheists, often believe that harm stems from delusion, where religion is no exception.
The laws of physics are foundational to all of science, describing with mathematics the basic ways in which the physical world behaves. Although physics doesn't provide the simplest explanation for everything - we need fields such as biology to explain emergent phenomena like life - it does require all explanations of the world to be compatible with physics. In contrast, some religious thinkers believe that this compatibility is impossible in explaining humanistic concepts such as free will.
James Randi
I accuse the Christian god of murder by allowing the Holocaust to take place — not to mention the “ethnic cleansing” presently being performed by Christians in our world — and I condemn and vilify this mythical deity for encouraging racial prejudice and commanding the degradation of women.
The Catholic Church
The Church teaches that every spiritual soul is created immediately by God
Steven Novella
Does God exist? Disagree
First, to be clear I don’t believe in God or any supernatural being …
Kenneth Miller
Miller proposes that God set the world in motion and nature is evolving just as planned. "We cannot think of God as a part of nature. God is the reason for nature," he explained.
Massimo Pigliucci
The new ad says: “You KNOW they’re all SCAMS,” and it’s signed “American Atheists — Telling the truth since 1963.” “They” are at least five of the major religious traditions, as is made clear by a set of symbols accompanying the poster. … it is a really bad PR move, even if the target audience is in fact limited to closet atheists and agnostics. … it is an even worse PR move when it comes to the public perception of atheists considered more broadly.
James Randi
Is God just? Disagree
I accuse the Christian god of murder by allowing the Holocaust to take place -- not to mention the "ethnic cleansing" presently being performed by Christians in our world -- and I condemn and vilify this mythical deity for encouraging racial prejudice and commanding the degradation of women.
Massimo Pigliucci
The new ad says: “You KNOW they’re all SCAMS,” and it’s signed “American Atheists — Telling the truth since 1963.” “They” are at least five of the major religious traditions, as is made clear by a set of symbols accompanying the poster. … First, the ad is simply making a preposterous claim that cannot possibly be backed up by factual evidence, which means that, technically, it is lying (but see below for another interpretation). Not a good virtue for self-righteous critical thinkers.
James Randi
Does God exist? Disagree
To make sure that my blasphemy is thoroughly expressed, I hereby state my opinion that the notion of a god is a basic superstition, that there is no evidence for the existence of any god(s), that devils, demons, angels and saints are myths, that there is no life after death, heaven nor hell, that the Pope is a dangerous, bigoted, medieval dinosaur, and that the Holy Ghost is a comic‐book character worthy of laughter and derision.
Robert M. Price
(From the blurb on the back of his book Jesus is Dead) Those who read this book almost certainly will agree that it is explosive in its argument that (1) not only is there no good reason to think that Jesus ever rose from the dead, (2) there is no god reason to suppose he ever lived or died at all.
Steven Novella
What if someone claims that there is a god that exists outside the confines of the material universe? This being is unknowable to us mortals, one can only have faith in his existence. A believer can also claim that the existence of the universe was the will of this being. These beliefs are all inherently untestable.
Old Testament
Should abortion be legal? Mostly Disagree
Exodus 21:22 If men strive [fight] and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit [fetus] depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.

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0 Points       dionisos       23 Aug 2016     Is suicide morally acceptable? Agree
Suicide can reduce suffering a lot.

0 Points       dionisos       22 Aug 2016     Is "ought" derived from "is"? Disagree
The same than blacktrance.

0 Points       dionisos       22 Aug 2016     Should atheists directly challenge religious beliefs? Agree
Beliefs have consequences, they doesn’t live outside reality.
False beliefs have generally bad consequences.

We can, if done well, reduce false beliefs by challenging them.

0 Points       dionisos       22 Aug 2016     Can science prove or disprove the existence of God? Agree
Most definitions of god are incoherent, so we can dismiss them by pure logic.
Some other definitions of god, are testable in theory.
Maybe some are coherent and untestable, but i wait to see one of them which is conceptually useful, and not just a poetical way to say something almost tautological.

0 Points       dionisos       22 Aug 2016     Does God exist? Disagree
Nothing special to say. (just trying to have enough data to see who agree with me on other subjects)

0 Points       Side Effect       21 Apr 2015     Does God exist? Neutral
yeah, God is invisible to the natural eye.

0 Points       Capricious       25 Mar 2015     Should the burka be banned? Mostly Disagree
People should wear whatever they want.

0 Points       Capricious       25 Mar 2015     Should the Bible be interpreted literally? Disagree
It shouldn't be taken factual too.

0 Points       Capricious       25 Mar 2015     Is the Earth approximately 6000 years old? (as opposed to 4.5 billion) Disagree
I vehemently disagree.

0 Points       Capricious       25 Mar 2015     Would the world be better off without the Catholic Church? Mostly Agree
It isn't that bad today.

The church was pernicious back in the day and in the likes of Al Qaeda.

0 Points       Capricious       25 Mar 2015     Does religion encourage good behavior? Neutral
Such a broad question.

Because some religions are peaceful (like Taoism, Shintoism and Buddhism) and others are horrible.

0 Points       Capricious       25 Mar 2015     Does God exist? Disagree
It's highly unlikely.


Religion Question Index

Should abortion be legal?
Does religion encourage good behavior?
Does God exist?
Should atheists directly challenge religious beliefs?
Is God just?
Can science prove or disprove the existence of God?
Was there a man named Jesus Christ living in Israel from around 1 CE?
Should religious institutions be separated from government?
Is the Earth approximately 6000 years old? (as opposed to 4.5 billion)
Is it worthwhile to die for your beliefs?
Is abortion morally acceptable?
Is Anders Breivik insane?
Is science ultimately just a matter of faith?
Is torture ever justified?
Do Muslims have the right to build a mosque near ground zero?
Are spiritual experiences evidence of the supernatural?
Do we have an immaterial soul?
Must God exist to explain how the universe began?
Is "ought" derived from "is"?
Are the core truths of science and religion complementary?
Is morality objective?
Is there life after death?
Does life have a meaning?
Is Islam fundamentally a peaceful religion?
Should the burka be banned?
Is revenge OK?
Is the world explainable without God?
Is there a Law of Karma?
Would the world be better off without the Catholic Church?
Do all religions ultimately express the same God?
Is the Earth at the center of the solar system?
Is rebirth/reincarnation plausible?
Is life a deterministic consequence of physical laws?
Do miracles happen?
Does evolution violate the second law of thermodynamics?
Should heads of state shun meeting the Dalai Lama to appease China?
Should euthanasia be legal?
Can the E-Meter measure "mental energy"?
Is masturbation morally acceptable?
Should the Bible be interpreted literally?
Is hope good?
Should Intelligent Design be taught in science class?
Is God on our side in war?
Is suicide morally acceptable?
Does belief in God have a significant genetic component?
Is abortion wrong because it destroys the potential for life?
Is the value of a life proportional to its level of consciousness?
Is Scientology a scam?