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  1. nickname added a post in a topic African - the top of the Matterhorn   

    The Matterhorn is also a popular ride at Disneyland constructed mostly from steel and fiberglass by dwarfs, who were eaten by a yeti a few weeks after its completion.
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  2. nickname added a post in a topic Watch The "JESUS" Film   

    I watched it in German Standard. Although Ich weiƟ nicht, wie Sie sprechen Deutsch, that language seems to give everything a little more 'pep' than English. Thank you for the link FresnoJoe, the film was educational, although it did lack conventional dramatic elements such as car chases, explosions, cybernetic ninjas, etc.
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  3. nickname added a post in a topic Hope In Christ   

    In regards to the second item on the list, oblivion seems more likely. I was effectively 'dead' on more than one occasion before my heart started beating again. If there were an 'afterlife', I have no recollection of it. That, or the medics/machines were 'wrong'. As far as eternal suffering goes, logically, one should suffer in accordance with a lifetime of sins (a few decades, maybe, if 'thought crimes' are counted), so it's difficult to comprehend what purpose extending the punishment to forever would serve. Separation from God would be traumatizing for those close to him, but would not be very effective for anyone else, so I would agree with your reasoning to these options, and pascal's wager seems reasonable, as everyone is ultimately taking the same risk.
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  4. nickname added a post in a topic Hope In Christ   

    Fresnojoe, your posts always look to me like they are written in iambic pentameter for some reason. The aforementioned logic was from an old Irish anecdote, and not meant to be taken too seriously. There's a Japanese story along the same lines:

    There was once a man who was being chased by a ferocious tiger across a field. At the edge of the field there was a cliff. In order to escape the jaws of the tiger, the man caught hold of a vine and swung himself over the edge of the cliff. Dangling down, he saw, to his dismay, there were more tigers on the ground below him! And, furthermore, two little mice were gnawing on the vine to which he clung. He knew that at any moment he would fall to certain death. That's when he noticed a wild strawberry growing on the cliff wall. Clutching the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other and put it in his mouth.

    He never before realized how sweet a strawberry could taste.
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  5. nickname added a post in a topic Question for atheists.   

    I don't have much to add (I don't regard myself as being in the 'atheist camp', but I'm not a 'seeker' either), however upon reading this, I wondered about those three options myself, and to what purpose eternal damnation (torture, as you stated) would ultimately serve. A benevolent deity wouldn't derive any personal satisfaction or justice from assigning the first option. The last option is more logical if he is merciful, and the second option, as you observed, would only apply if one was already close to him.
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  6. nickname added a post in a topic Halloween   

    I regard hotwings and jerseys as junkfood and costumes... And, I do often mix up the holidays, because (here at least) people leave their Halloween and Christmas decorations up at the same time.
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  7. nickname added a post in a topic Halloween   

    Yes, Christmas was adapted from Saturnalia a winter solstice festivle, which is based on the viking holiday Yule. People tend to celebrate holidays for the genral 'mood', rather than the actual meaning or intention, and sometimes it's just an excuse to eat massive amounts of junkfood and dress up in costumes, without people thinking you're strange for doing so.
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  8. nickname added a post in a topic People who leave church before the end of service   

    I left when everyone started singing. My voice is terrible, and I didn't know the words. My exit wasn't that graceful, however, it was like an elephant trying to tip-toe out of a glass factory.
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  9. nickname added a topic in Outer Court   

    Your pet(s)
    I used to have pets, but not anymore. Some of you may currently have at least one or two. If you are so inclined, please post a small picture of your pet(s) and/or a short description, maybe how you met them, and a small story or two that defines their personality. Since most topics in the outercourt are fairly serious, I thought I'd start one that's more 'lighthearted' for everyone.
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  10. nickname added a post in a topic Bary and Sprev's physics convo   

    Oh, I was wondering where the rest of that conversation went, and, what sPrevorb31 said.

    Sorry to spam.
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  11. nickname added a post in a topic Topic Title   

    The song suggests that without the established institution of religion, individuals may be more peaceful. From what I've observed, religion enhances innate attributes, rather than introduce new attributes (violent individuals have violent deities, peaceful individuals have peaceful deities. Remove religion, and they will still commit violent or peaceful acts, however, they will claim personal responsibility, instead of invoking divine guidance.)

    Sorry to ramble on.
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  12. nickname added a post in a topic Topic Title   

    I watch movies, occasionaly read, sometimes produce digital music, and used to sketch. The most recent book I read was "The Blade Itself: The First Law" by Joe Abercrombie, the first in a series of fantasy novels featuring protagonist 'Ninefingers' who may have gleaned influence from Frank Frazetta's 'Conan'.
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  13. nickname added a post in a topic Topic Title   

    It wouldn't preclude opinions, however a cogent paradigm would be like that infamous scene in Blade Runner when the replicant was attempting to produce the correct reponse. To say "I believe" or "I don't believe" or "in my opinion" or "that makes me feel" suggest a personal attachment to whatever follows. In my case, there is no personal attachment, so I have to 'fake' it. As you would imagine, this makes it esp. difficult to relate to questions such as "what do you enjoy" or "what do you believe in".
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  14. nickname added a post in a topic Topic Title   

    Thanks for the welcome. I was diagnosed with a form of "anhedonia", but most people don't know what that is.

    John Lennon, "imagine", btw.
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  15. nickname added a post in a topic Topic Title   

    No, I don't do sports.
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