But sounds like you're all in favour of burning heretics and witches at the stake
Obviously, I was using a figure of speech. I wouldn't want to see those people burn to death, because not even those deserved such a fate.
What that article doesn't mention are the results from US and Japanese labs that preceded the CERN findings and also found particles moving faster than light but weren't revealed until after the CERN findings because those labs dismissed them out of hand. What makes the CERN data good science is that they accounted for every possible variation and then stood up and basically said that Einstein might not have got it completely correct, they created uncertainty. They got lots of people to ask one question "OK, so what the hell is going on?" and that's never a bad thing.
Do you have a link regarding that? I'd like to read up about it, since it's the first time I'm hearing that.
The problem there isn't the underlying message of the Bible, it's just people being selective about which bits of information they think are important. But that selectivity is commonly used with books that aren't the Bible as well, it's not a reflection of the book just the reader.
You're correct, but the problem still lies in the scope of influence the bible (and religions in general) have on a large amount of people. Why are otherwise intelligent people so easily mislead and baited into horrible behavior ("God hates all fags" etc.)?
Everything which exists, exists either necessarily, or contingently.
Then where does God come from? Who or what created God? Or is God merely a coincidence?
One can go a bit further, and say that it is necessarily true that 2 +2 = 4. Once you understand what is meant by "2", what is meant by "+" and what is meant by "4", it is obvious that it is necessarily true. There is no possible world in which 2+2 = 5. To ask "Could 2 +2 =5" is simply a nonsense question.
Can there be a triangle with all its angles summing up to 270°? Yes
. Can there be a surface that has only one side? Yes.
Can the sum of all natural numbers not be positive? Oh fucking yes.
So I can't see a reason why there shouldn't be a reality where 2+2 does indeed equal 5.
Well, it's perfectly possible to imagine that the universe could have been different, and this doesn't involve any logical incoherence. We could have had a universe where JFK didn't get shot in 1963, or where England won the 2014 world cup. There mere fact that the previous sentence has understandable meaning shows that the universe exists contingently. These questions do not seem to be logically incoherent in the way that to ask "Could 2+2=5" is incoherent.
Depending on which scientist you ask, it could very well be that actually all possible results actually do happen
. So there is a universe where JFK didn't get shot, a universe where England won the world cup, a universe where God is real and meddles in our lives on a daily basis, a universe where WW2 and the holocaust didn't happen and Hitler instead brought world peace, and so on.
I am a Druid, and what I am about is not to do any of those things. I do not abuse, I do not intimidate, and I do not hurt people. Nor do I scam them. I am about sharing knowledge and wisdom, offering helpful advice(when asked) and sharing what I know with others.
Neither did I accuse you of being such, nor was that my intent. If I unwittingly came across as such, I apologize.
I am a very spiritually aware person, and there is no true way I can prove this to non-believers because they will always find a way to pick it to pieces.
I have my belief, because that is what I was lead to. I have my Faith, and my Spritiuality because it is what feels the most right to me.
I don't doubt that you believe and feel that way, but how can you know
? I admit I know little of contemporary druids' practices and ceremonies, but wouldn't there be any sort of measurable effect that could be studied scientifically?
The nasty and cruel ones should be stamped out. However, that doesn't speak to such beliefs as 'Love thy neighbor as thyself' and 'Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.' That's a bit like throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
I disagree. If you look closely at the bible, it's a horrible, awful, source for morality. Even disregarding the utterly spiteful, vengeful, bigot, sexist, elitist, mass-murdering God of the Old Testament, the bible isn't exactly a good example. There's a host of really questionable statements
Jesus made, many of which have been mentioned by Vergil already. How could anyone ever find any of those teachings morally acceptable?
Also, the Golden Rule
you mentioned has already existed for over four centuries (in Ancient China, Egypt, and Greece), long before Christianity made any ping on history's radar.