Naughty bits

Rick van Opbergen
#31
nah it's something really serious ... 'bout developing countries ... comparing them etc. ... but I have to go now, dinner is served ...
 
Reverend Blair
#32
I'm a reverend, Peapod...I never do anything naughty.

If you're writing on African countries you might want to look up a guy named Paul Harris, Rick. He does a column for Vive le Canada and another for the Yellow Times. There's also that columnist for the Globe and Mail...I can't remember her name...but she's their person in Africa. Some very inciteful stuff there.
 
Cosmo
#33
'Nuff ducking slings and arrows and back to the good stuff ... one of my favourite photo sites in the world bills itself as "literate smut":

www.nerve.com (external - login to view)

You need to be a member (free) but it's worth it for the great black and white photography!
 
Cosmo
#34
Quote: Originally Posted by Reverend Blair

I'm a reverend, Peapod...I never do anything naughty.

My condolences, Rev ... perhaps you should consider becoming Catholic to cure that!
 
Reverend Blair
#35
I was raised Catholic...that's what convinced me to become an atheist.

I can vouch for one thing though. You know that song "Catholic Girls" by Frank Zappa? I'm guessing Frank was speaking from experience when he wrote that one.
 
Cosmo
#36
Quote: Originally Posted by Reverend Blair

I was raised Catholic...that's what convinced me to become an atheist.

I can vouch for one thing though. You know that song "Catholic Girls" by Frank Zappa? I'm guessing Frank was speaking from experience when he wrote that one.

Yup, familiar with that ditty. Grew up a "nice" Catholic girl myself. Perhaps you knew this since one of the lines in that song are about doing the "hokey pokey"

I used to refer to myself as a "recovering Catholic" till I realized the guilt is unassailable and no amount of resistance can ever completely sever those tough roots.

Atheist, eh? True atheist as in believes there is no greater power than self? Or more agnostic? Either way, you should know all the naughty bits if you are unburdened by religious moralization!
 
Reverend Blair
#37
Quote:

True atheist as in believes there is no greater power than self?

That about sums it up, although I don't subscribe to self meaning an individual, but rather the species. I also consider atheism to be as much a belief system as any religion since the non-existence of deities can no more be scientifically proven than their existence. Active non-belief is as much an act of faith as belief is.

I did the "hokey pokey" with a few Catholic girls back when I was a Catholic boy. Several of them were named Colleen, which always strikes me as odd because there were a lot more Tammys than Colleens around back then.
 
Cosmo
#38
Quote: Originally Posted by Reverend Blair

Active non-belief is as much an act of faith as belief is.

I concur. The key word, I think, is "active". Whatever spiritual highway one rides, a consistent consciousness of the belief system of choice and the application of it to ones life is "faith". I see atheism as valid a faith as any other.

I wonder, tho, about your application of this faith to the entire species. Isn't faith, no matter what flavour, an entirely personal, individual experience? I lean toward existenialism but am always interested in hearing other opinions.

Perhaps this thread belongs in the religion one, tho. Shouldn't we be discussing the Catholic girls instead? Mine were "Cathy" and "Debbie".
 
Dexter Sinister
#39
Quote: Originally Posted by Reverend Blair

I also consider atheism to be as much a belief system as any religion since the non-existence of deities can no more be scientifically proven than their existence. Active non-belief is as much an act of faith as belief is.

I'm a little surprised to see that one coming from you, Reverend. Usually it comes from Christian apologists trying to obscure the issue. Not believing in a deity is similar to not believing in the existence of the Loch Ness monster, Sasquatch, and Santa Claus: it's a rational decision made after examining the evidence provided by believers and determining that the evidence is not sufficient to justify the belief. Faith doesn't enter into it. I'm an atheist not as an act of faith, but because the evidence that I've been offered as justifying belief in a deity is simply not convincing.

You seem to be claiming that anything that's not an empirical scientific statement is a matter of faith. That would mean, for instance, that believing in the rules of logic is an act of faith. In a sense it is, but that's quite a different meaning of the word. Putting that on a par with believing in such claims as the virgin birth seems at best a little misleading.
 
Rick van Opbergen
#40
Hey, no dirty talk about Catholics here OK ... thanks for the tip Reverend (Paul Harris), but the deadline is tomorrow ... it's quite interesting ... we have to use the HDR (Human Development Report, UN) to determine the meaning of "developing country" ... really interesting ... we also have to make a conclusion about six countries: Bhutan, Bulgaria, Cuba, El Salvador, Guinea-Bissau and Swaziland ... in the HDI (Human Development Index, UN), Guinea-Bissau is considered the least developed country, while Cuba (not Bulgaria or El Salvador) is considered the most developed country ... want to know what the five most developed countries are? 1) Norway; 2) Sweden; 3) Australia; 4) Canada (good job ...); 5) the Netherlands (you just beat us)... the top 20 is for a large part compromised out of Western European countries, with the acceptions of Australia (3), Canada (4), United States (8 ), Japan (9) and New Zealand (18 ).... but I'm going on and on and on now ... sorry!
 

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