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Old 12-21-2011, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Ontario, Canada
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It is telling that one who has explained his reasoning and open - mindedness and in the past that same reasoning and open - mindedness that required him to question what he was expected to believe without question is dismissed as dogmatic by one who would never admit to having any real doubt, ever, on any account, no matter what evidence was presented.
I have had my doubts. Yes, I have. Having doubts is what separates a believer from a fanatic. You don't like me very much now, but you'd like me even less were I a fanatic.
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:50 AM
 
Location: NZ Wellington
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That is, doubts about your atheism? Ever?
When evidence was presented, but every time I examined the evidence, it was a LIE!
Now whenever someone says they have evidence, I no longer have doubts that it's another misguided, or a deceitful person.
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:52 AM
 
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I don't think you will ever have any. Your dogmatic atheism won't let you.
And that's a bad thing, because?
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Old 12-21-2011, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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No.

I mean, sure, I'm probably like everybody else. I walk down the street and I wonder if today's the day Thor will smite me with his mighty hammer, Mjolnir, or if the stranger presenting himself to my door is Zeus, disguised to test whether I will live up to his standards of hospitality, or even if the Flying Spaghetti Monster will ever reach down and touch me with his Noodly Appendage, but since I know that there is no evidence to justify a belief in any of the gods I've heard of so far I really don't worry about it.
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Old 12-21-2011, 08:10 AM
 
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Constructive doubt is good. As a skeptic it is part of the methodology.

'it is a provisional stance, the suspension of judgement: a position held until a claim can be assessed. The purpose of constructive doubt is to avoid hasty conclusions such as accepting or rejecting claims without justification.'

What is Skepticism?

In saying that however, I have no doubt about my atheistic stance.
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Old 12-21-2011, 08:14 AM
 
Location: NC, USA
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Atheists: Do you EVER have doubts?

Well.........sometimes I doubt the reasoning ability of some theists.
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Old 12-21-2011, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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That is, doubts about your atheism? Ever?
Not as many doubts as I hold for Christianity, that's for sure...
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Old 12-21-2011, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Ontario, Canada
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Constructive doubt is good. As a skeptic it is part of the methodology.

'it is a provisional stance, the suspension of judgement: a position held until a claim can be assessed. The purpose of constructive doubt is to avoid hasty conclusions such as accepting or rejecting claims without justification.'

What is Skepticism?

In saying that however, I have no doubt about my atheistic stance.
But you can't prove it. So there is faith involved.
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Old 12-21-2011, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Doubts about what? When you have no religious beliefs at all what is there to doubt?

I don't have any. In fact, I used to call myself agnostic but I'm finding more and more I am an atheist. I don't believe. In any of it. I have no doubts about my non-beliefs.

I've had a few very tense and stressful moments over the last few weeks and thought my old self, who kinda believed would have prayed to god for help. I decided praying would be useless sense no one hears my prayers. So I skipped that and relied on myself to get through the situation. And it worked out. I found hope and peace of mind without any belief in a god.

I think it only cemented my belief that I do not religion at all. I gave me more proof that atheism is the best way for me. No doubts!
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Old 12-21-2011, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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Doubt that there might be some sort of cosmic being up there? Sometimes. It's very nebulous though so I don't much worry about it.

Doubt that the religions of man are all entirely fictitious? No doubts at all.
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