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How do you define atheism for your purposes?


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  • #300178

    LoisL
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    3point14rat: I am confused. If god impregnating a woman is immaculate conception,

    It isn’t. 

     

     

    then both Mary and her kid were immaculately conceived… right?

     

    No, only Mary. Although Jesus himself is considered to have been conceived without original sin, it isn’t called an immaculate conception by the Catholic church. True, it seems to be the same thing, but Mary’s conception of Jesus is called an “incarnation”. Jesus being conceived by god made it “immaculate”, but Mary, having been conceived by two human parents, had to have been created without original sin in order to be impregnated by god. It’s useless to try to make sense of it. Just remember, “Immaculate Conception”: how Mary was conceived. “Incarnation”: how Jesus was conceived. 

    #300179

    LoisL
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    PatrickD: I’m sorry if I have not been able to explain myself more  clearly. This is  the best I can do.

     

    Don’t worry, you’re doing as well as anyone. Even the Catholic church can’t explain its own dogma adequately.

    #300184

    TimB
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    Wow! So God got to put his holy spirit member in a sin-free virgin.  I never even had sex with any virgin.  I wonder what it was like.  Probably, relatively boring, except for the novelty.

    #300191

    Patrick D
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    @loisl;

     

    As you say, even Catholic clergy can’t explain all dogma simply and clearly. In my personal experience, trained theologians resort to sophistry, but don’t usually try to blame you for being ignorant, stupid or ‘full of spiritual pride”,  I can’t blame anyone not from the Catholic tradition  to  begin to understand the woo.

    Ya know wot?  I don’t really care.  I think between us we have already spent far more time on this  issue.

    #300494

    LoisL
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    Tim B

    Wow! So God got to put his holy spirit member in a sin-free virgin.

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    No, he didn’t do it with his “member”. He probably never had one. What would he need one for?  He had Mary conceive by magic, the same way he created heaven, earth and everything in it, including the first two humans, in six days. But when it came to creating, Jesus he must have lost some of  his magical powers, because he seems to have needed a woman to conceive and gestate him. I’ve often wondered why he didn’t just create Jesus full grown out of dust, the same way he created Adam. Nobody would have known how he came to be, and all the claptrap about Mary, Joseph and the Angel Gabriel would have been completely unnecessary. God certainly works in mysterious ways. 

    #300499

    LoisL
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    Citezens challenge:

    Me, I’m fine with the notion of an unknowable God, something more, that’s beyond our reach and timeless.

     
    <p style=”text-align: left;”>But according to the bible he is not unknowable. He wanted humans to  “know” he created the universe and Adam and Eve in six days. And he wanted humans to “know” he made Mary without original sin and fathered a son with her by incarnation. Besides that we “know” he gave us a moral guide, made us humans capable of “sinning” and watches us for any sign of it so he can relegate us to heaven or hell, as if he didn’t know what we’d do ahead of time. Is that being “unknowable? He’s apparently knowable sometimes and unknowable other times. Neat. </p>

    #300500

    Player
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    then how can you claim that such a God exists if its beyond us to know anything about God??

    #300502

    LoisL
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    Player wrote:

    then how can you claim that such a God exists if its beyond us to know anything about God??

     

    I don’t. I was presenting the believer’s view and questioning it.

    #300505

    Player
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    Ok. BTW, why did adam and eve (the first born) have belly buttons??

    #300511

    LoisL
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    Player.

    Ok. BTW, why did adam and eve (the first born) have belly buttons??

     

    How do you know they had them?

    #300514

    Patrick D
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    Ok. BTW, why did adam and eve (the first born) have belly buttons??

    Yeah; I just asked that question  on another thread, citing Adam’s navel on the Sistine chapel painting. Be willing to bet there were learned theological arguments at the time.

    A quick look online shows  different opinions. The arguably more rational, like the Catholics, say of course not; a navel shows  the person was once attached to its mother. Adam and Eve were created, not born, so no navels.

    Au contraire, say the fundies; everything which exists today is  as god made it, so of course Adam and Eve had navels.

    A third answer;  nobody knows.

    Fourth answer, most rational answer. (imo) . Adam and Eve are mythological creatures who never actually existed.

    #300517

    TimB
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    Lois, If man was created in God’s image, the “member” is a pretty important part of that image, one would think.

    Perhaps God’s “member” serves as an adjunct organ that helps enable his omniscience.  This could explain why men so often seem to think with their “member”.

    #300521

    LoisL
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    To TimB. Indeed! MEN could have been created in god’s image, but what about WOMEN? They don’t have a “member”. Does that mean god has female genitals and breasts, too? Perhaps god is a hermaphrodite.

    Leave it to human men to decide they were made in their god’s image. Pretty narcissistic, don’t you think?

    Lois

    #300532

    TimB
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    Well if I happen to be narcissistic, it’s only because I am so great.

    #300547

    Patrick D
    Participant

    “Well if I happen to be narcissistic, it’s only because I am so great.”

     

    I seem to have read a something similar recently, out of the US. Can’t remember  from whence it came.

    LoisL there are heaps of really impressive goddesses around, if you don’t mind leaving the Abrahamic faiths. I’ll always been partial to Diana and to Kali.

    Jewish apocrypha  tell us the first woman was a fiery redhead called  Lilith. She wouldn’t do what Adam told her to d0, so Adam went  whining to god, who mad Lilith a demon. God then made Eve, a treacherous  madame if ever there was one.

    Recent discoveries in Israel have led to the conclusion that that YHWH originally had a wife called Asherath*

     

    *sources. :

    The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology’s New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts, a book published in 2001, discusses the archaeology of Israel and its relationship to the origins and content of the Hebrew Bible. The authors are Israel Finkelstein, Professor of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University, and Neil Asher Silberman, an archaeologist, historian and contributing editor to Archaeology Magazine.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bible_Unearthed

     

    Did God Have a Wife?: Archaeology and Folk Religion in Ancient Israel, (Eerdmans, ISBN 0-8028-2852-3, 2005),[1] is a book by Syro-Palestinian archaeologist William G. Dever, Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Archeology and Anthropology at the University of Arizona. Did God Have a Wife? was intended as a popular work making available to the general public the evidence long known to archaeologists regarding ancient Israelite religion: namely that the Israelite god of antiquity (before 600 BCE), Yahweh, had a consort, that her name was Asherah, and that she was part of the Canaanite pantheon.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Did_God_Have_a_Wife%3F

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