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    Is everybody here atheist?

    I'm probaly going to get bashed for this but I don't care.

    I'm pretty new to site point (registered some time ago but have'nt been active in the forums), but from reading through the world events forum here it seems that most of the people (not all) are anti-god/ atheist, I'd like to get some peoples views here, please let's don't get into a big argument or try to change one anothers religion, but please reply below and tell me what religion you are or if your atheist and why.

    This is started just ot of my curiosity

    (please let's don't turn this into another "I hate the USA" or creation vs. evolution thread.

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    Nope, I am not an athiest, or any other type of ignorant extrememist.
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    I, personally, am a Christian. I know at least 100 others here are as well. In fact, my guess would be that atheists (those who disbelieve in a higher power) would be in the minority and that you would find more agnostics (those who believe it is impossible to prove either way or who are "weak" atheists).

    There is also a large cross-section of other religions including mid-eastern, druidic, "occult" (for lack of a better word: things like wicca, etc).

    Basically, as in any town of 20,000, you'll find a little of everything, too much of some things, and not enough of others. The things we often don't have enough of are common sense and the ability to hold our tongues (but I'm sure that's not just SitePoint either )

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    Originally posted by petertdavis
    Nope, I am not an athiest, or any other type of ignorant extrememist.
    Ooh, ignorant isn't a very nice word. This is meant to be a nice thread, so please be nice
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    I know theres a mix of everything....it just seems like the atheist speak out more, oh well I'm christain but most of my church thinks I'm very liberal and my community calls me an extremem conservative .......go figure (geuss i'm conservative in politics and liberal in religion).

    Anyway glad to be here. You guys seem to be a better community than most of the other webmaster forums I've found atheist or not.....lol....

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    I'm not quite sure what my "label" would be. Religion isn't a part of my life and rarely crosses my mind. Between work, school and personal relationships I don't have any time or energy to devote to something as abstract as a "higher power". Smoking a fattie on the boat on a hot summer day nursing a cold brew is as close to god as I'll ever be.

    Having said that a co-worker today was telling me about a church that his family belongs to that incorporates a wet bar, there is definately some possibility there...

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    Originally posted by Jeremy W.


    Ooh, ignorant isn't a very nice word. This is meant to be a nice thread, so please be nice
    LOL, I guess I shouldn't post after reading Death of the West Patrick J. Buchanan's latest book. That guy's a real jackass, but the book got my blood boiling.

    lol
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    Originally posted by Japhi
    Having said that a co-worker today was telling me about a church that his family belongs to that incorporates a wet bar, there is definately some possibility there...
    Now That's a Liberal church !!

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    bars at church

    A wet bar, huh? Now that would be quite the scene.

    My wife and I attended a new church (Evalengical Baptist) this past Sunday and most people in attendance were listening and singing, coffee cup in hand. Coffee was free, as was juice, water, etc. and there was no problem with it. Pretty cool, but still quite different from what I am accustomed to.

    But a wet bar? I wonder what they're serving

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    Is everybody here atheist?
    No, but there are quite a few socialists and capitalists.

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    I'm a Christian....and I have a pretty cool church too.......although we have yet to migrate to the "wet bar" scene...

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    No, I am not an athiest.

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    Originally posted by rapio
    I know theres a mix of everything....it just seems like the atheist speak out more, oh well I'm christain but most of my church thinks I'm very liberal and my community calls me an extremem conservative .......go figure (geuss i'm conservative in politics and liberal in religion).
    Speaking as what could loosely be described as an Agnostic, I have to disagree. I suspect it's a perception thing. I often see christian values banded about here even when they aren't strictly relevent. I have no problem with that, it merely surprises me that you find the "aetheists" more vocal when I see completely the reverse.

    As I said, prolly a perception thing.
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    I am, as are quite a lot of my friends (and no, I don't chose my friends on their religion)

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    I'm a seeker...I don't know which religion I belong to...
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    I am, personally, Catholic, and I don't know if I could be an atheist at all...
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    Originally posted by Jeremy W.
    In fact, my guess would be that atheists (those who disbelieve in a higher power) would be in the minority and that you would find more agnostics (those who believe it is impossible to prove either way or who are "weak" atheists).

    Athiests dont believe in god, a higher power might pertain to a more intelligent species.

    I'm generally athiestic unless i'm in a philosophical mood, in which case I contemplate the universe as a whole
    In a world where the human mind
    can be programmed like a computer,
    at what point does the human soul end
    and the cybernetic machinery begin?

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    Im not a Christian, but I would not call myself an Athiest either. While I do not believe in God per se, I do believe that there is some Higher Power out there that make 'things' do what 'things' do.

    Sometimes I wonder (and scare myself half to death) that surely there cannot possibly be infinite space out there and that the universe must have some boundaries. There is so much we know exists yet have not explored so I tend to be very open minded about what to expect in the future.

    Although I do not firmy believe in a higher power such as Christianity, I do try and live my life as close to the set of rules Christians follow. Also some of my very best friends at uni are Christians and they are some of my most valuable freinds I have, who I know would never intentionally hurt me for any reason, so I respect it for that reason.

    Oooo, excuse the waffle, hope you get what I mean.

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    Thats almost scary. I have a cousin that says he does'nt believe in god per se but believes in a higher power.....he also (and I'm serious here) believes he's an alien (you know from another world) and that we were all put here for a test to see if we could survive....then again maybe heis an alien he looks the part....lol.. ..... any way I must say he's a very, very, Very, VERY distant cousin

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    Personally I do not believe there is a “God”, and you could call me atheist. Maybe there is some kind of higher power, but even if such thing exist I highly doubt it will care about what we are doing let alone care about our well being.
    But this is just another theory that can not be proved like all the other speculations/assumptions/theories/religions out there.
    Therefore, since in this subject we can only speculate but we can never prove anything, I believe is better to just admit that we are not in the position to know the truth for sure (= agnostic).

    People believe in God not because they know, but because they hope.

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    Originally posted by S7even
    People believe in God not because they know, but because they hope.
    Of course, you can't KNOW that God exists... Every Christian or anyone else who believes in god (be that Allah, God as a Christian God, or anything else) asks himself at least once in a lifetime if God really exists... But, when certain things happened in my life, I began to trust that God really exists.
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    Originally posted by zweistein
    But, when certain things happened in my life, I began to trust that God really exists.
    Not to get into a huge religious debate or anything But I think the same things would happen in your life regardless... how do you attribute them to *god*.

    That's my main problem with the issue, how can you proove to me that god exists? As I understand it most people simply think there must be a higher power because the can't understand how certain things in our past happened and it's easy to pass it off as the works of a *higher power*.

    But anyway, I guess it gives people faith and whatever else in terms of churches and that kinda think which is good in its own right . Escpecially in times of hardship, etc.

    I could tell you a giant dog created the earth, etc, but I can't prove it to you, but you know it's a crazy idea

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    Originally posted by platinum

    Not to get into a huge religious debate or anything But I think the same things would happen in your life regardless... how do you attribute them to *god*.
    I partially agree with you here... But you know, if you believe in God, some things that happen in life just make the belief stronger...

    That's my main problem with the issue, how can you proove to me that god exists? As I understand it most people simply think there must be a higher power because the can't understand how certain things in our past happened and it's easy to pass it off as the works of a *higher power*.
    Hmmm... Yes, you can't prove that God exists... But you can't prove that it doesn't exist...

    But anyway, I guess it gives people faith and whatever else in terms of churches and that kinda think which is good in its own right . Escpecially in times of hardship, etc.
    Yep, that's right .

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    Yes, I'm an atheist, I see religion exactly the same way I see superstition. Chaff, basically. But that's OK, religious people are welcome to think I'm going to hell/going to be reincarnated as a slug/whatever else they reserve for non-believers.
    We all have to get along anyway, and most of the time do it pretty well, what bugs me is when religious differences suddenly become an excuse for a game of Jew vs. Arab. That is when religion drags mankind back into the gutter. But I guess if that sort of conflict wasn't down to religion, it would be something else causing the self-same hotheads to fight.

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