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  1. All species are transitional. Not one is ever the final product. Extinction is part of this natural process, and it is understood that over 99% of all species are now extinct. Science can only reveal the deepest truth it can find concerning life and the universe and nothing has yet overturned Darwinism. Some scientists believe that the universe itself is subject to the hit and miss process of 'Natural Selection', in other words the entire cosmos is 'Darwinian'. This explains the constants found in nature and the Anthropic Principle. There is no room for God in modern scientific thought, and remember that science is just a few hundred years old. Before then it was philosophy, but that is now dead as it fails to keep up with science. No doubt there will be amateur philosophers, but they will easily be shot down. In the course of human evolution there is the possibility it will go backwards, as health care prevents the weakest from dying before they get a chance to reproduce. Evolution is cruel, but had it not been for it then none of us would be here.
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    Why Faith?

    This is the 'you'll be sorry' type threat, much beloved of Christians. No wonder Christians love to go to war, and Christianity has killed over 100 million people in the past. In the Christian Taiping Revolt alone up to 100 million people were killed. Christianity is a killing machine. The threat of torture goes on even after death, according to its holy book. The world would be a better place without Christianity.
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    Why Faith?

    The mental health of characters from the Bible should not be taken for granted. Faith has no substance. https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/341926/Jesus-Christ-may-have-suffered-from-mental-health-problems-claims-Church-of-England The mental health of believers today should also not be taken for granted.
  4. steve w

    Why Faith?

    Whatever next? Christianity is a monotheistic religion based on the one God of Abraham and the teachings of a man called Jesus. The rest of your post is nonsense.
  5. Don't stop at cutting off your hands and plucking out your eyes. God also wants you to cut out your tongue. The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out. (Proverbs)
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    Is it moral if it isn't true?

    Otherwise known as babbling gibberish, and most commonly observed in babies and drunkards.
  7. steve w

    Why Faith?

    Science is an open mind. It makes no assumptions. It works off testable models. It doesn't always reveal what you would like to hear. Religion is a closed mind. It works off ancient belief and mythology. So if you talk about a virgin birth you are contradicting the science of biology. If you talk about a crucified saviour beamed up to Heaven you contradict the science of gravity. And so on... Quantum consciousness is at the moment only a theory, supported by the likes of Schroedinger and Penrose. Other theories are available. Quantum physics works off probability. Classical physics does not. Which one is true? Both work well. We do not have a theory of quantum gravity, but candidates include String and Twistor theories. The one thing that modern science does prove is that there is no supernatural which is what religion works from.
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    Why Faith?

    Nothing is more irrational than faith. If you are wise, when you fall ill ensure you get help from medical science, not from faith which would be useless. So it was faith that reduced the walls to rubble. This would be contrary to the laws of physics. Joshua was not even around when the walls fell. Jericho sits on a plate where earthquakes are common and it was most recently levelled less than 100 years ago. Now I ask you, give this a try and use your faith to try and bring down walls.
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    Why Faith?

    Provide evidence and faith would be redundant. Religion is purely faith based, and is overly trusting in what someone else is saying. There is also a belief in belief, because the realities of life are unpleasant. If we are lucky we might get 7 or 8 decades. If we are really lucky, even more. Faith is a denial that life is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short (H0bbes). It demands not only this life, which is precious, but an afterlife also. If you are unmoved by the talk of an afterlife paradise, then you are probably a rationalist and a realist.
  10. If you want to read the full article: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-fossil-fallacy/ I would also like to know where is the creationists' evidence for the simultaneous creation they are so fond of mentioning. One of the great ironies of history was when Darwin sailed on the Beagle. Captain Fitzroy was looking for evidence of the Creation. He found none, but it dawned on Darwin that evolution was driven by what he called Natural Selection. The term 'survival of the fittest' was then coined and added to a later edition of The Origin of Species. If you want a meaning to life then look to survival and reproduction. If you want a still deeper meaning then look to the blind programming of replicating molecules called genes, as units of natural selection, which build bodies for their own survival and reproduction. As humans, we are just along for the ride. We are the temporary hosts for these units of life which survive down the generations. All life forms, including humans, merely pop in and out of existence within genetic space-time.
  11. You are absolutely right. Evolution is just a theory. And it's been going on for much longer than 150 years. Maybe as far back as the Ancient Greeks, but nobody knew how it happened. Eventually, a man called Lamarck proposed that it worked off the principle of inherited acquired traits. Sounded reasonable, until it was found that acquired traits are NEVER passed on to the next generation. It was down to Darwin and Wallace to propose a new mechanism called Natural Selection. There is war in nature and the most favourable traits are the ones inherited allowing new generations to survive and reproduce. Now, Christians would love to prove this wrong, and they have thrown everything at it for over 150 years, and NONE of them have succeeded. What Darwin didn't know was that Natural Selection itself works off genetic mutation, which has now been proven. Your last paragraph proves you know nothing about evolution and extinction. This is religious belief based on cognitive dissonance. DNA and RNA almost certainly existed, albeit in a more primitive form even before life began. https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21528795-500-dna-could-have-existed-long-before-life-itself/ As for primates evolving into humans this is a very popular misconception. The evolution of species is also based upon common ancestry. Humans did not evolve from any ape alive today. They share a very similar DNA to chimpanzees and gorillas, who are cousins rather than ancestors.
  12. To correct your sins and avoid hellfire, the Bible tells you to cut off your hand or pluck out an eye (Matthew). Have any of you ever done this, or should it be treated as allegory?
  13. As above link didn't seem to work, try another. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44576201
  14. Child abuse latest. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/22/church-england-excluded-child-abuse-allegations-inquiry-downplayed/
  15. steve w

    The key to heaven is a new heart

    The key to heaven is a new heart? Don't know what you mean. Don't swap it for a new one. Don't give up on your old heart. It's priceless, and a healthy heart helps with a healthy brain.