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Old 02-17-2012, 01:06 PM
 
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Statistically, I'm not impressed.



By the way, I can't find the margins of error anywhere on the website. I find that interesting.
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Believing in Jesus is not an escape from reality. Believe it or not, Christians put their pants on the same way you do....one leg at a time. Get this...they also breathe the same air as you do and go to the same schools as you do and drive on the same roads as you do! That's some far-fetched reality, isn't it!
As do Atheists, Jews, Muslims, Gnostics, Rastafarians, Buddhists, Hindus, Jainists, Sikhs, Zoroastrians, Taoists, Wiccans...
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:08 PM
 
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Not surprising at all. I *wish* I could suspend logic, have "faith", and put my worries into the hands of another. I can't and, yes, it leaves me with some angst, naturally.

I do worry that dying's gonna hurt and I know I'm not moving on to a better place--so yeah, atheism isn't overly comforting in that arena.
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:09 PM
 
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Not surprising at all. I *wish* I could suspend logic, have "faith", and put my worries into the hands of another. I can't and, yes, it leaves me with some angst, naturally.

I do worry that dying's gonna hurt and I know I'm not moving on to a better place--so yeah, atheism isn't overly comforting in that arena.
At least you're honest. That's more than most Atheists are willing to concede.
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:10 PM
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Children can be very happy and enjoy a sense of wellbeing while playing with their imaginary friends.

Some mental patients seem very happy and enjoy the time they spend listening to the voices in their heads.

I find the fact that people who believe in an imaginary sky daddy also claim to be happy meaningless.
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:12 PM
 
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From a Gallup study released today:

"An analysis of more than 676,000 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index interviews conducted in 2011 and 2010 finds that Americans who are the most religious have the highest levels of wellbeing. The statistically significant relationship between religiousness and wellbeing holds up after controlling for numerous demographic variables."
As opposed to fundies who forge a life making everyone as miserable as they are.
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:12 PM
 
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The self righteous always have an overabundance of pride in their actions, rarely doubt their convictions, and think they already understand it all.

That is not something to be proud of, it is something that requires reflection of the soul.
What's wrong with having confidence? If faith gives someone confidence in themselves, why do you have a problem with that?
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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From a Gallup study released today:

"An analysis of more than 676,000 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index interviews conducted in 2011 and 2010 finds that Americans who are the most religious have the highest levels of wellbeing. The statistically significant relationship between religiousness and wellbeing holds up after controlling for numerous demographic variables."
As an atheist who enjoys spending Sundays doing things other than worshiping statues or the sky I think this is hogwash.
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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What's wrong with having confidence? If faith gives someone confidence in themselves, why do you have a problem with that?
Confidence that you are right because a 2,000 year old book told you all the answers to everything is not confidence based on sound reason. Confidence based on some idea of self projection as god is not one either. That is confidence based in ignorance and arrogance.

Certainly not every person who is religious is that way, but you would be hard pressed not to find people like that in gatherings of fundamentalists, creationists, and Biblical literalists.
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Hinckley Ohio
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I'm sorta amused by some of the results. They claim that religious people have "healthier behaviors" (positive 9.2 points) the religious folks are not healthier than non-religious folks (non-religious are 0.6 points ahead there). That in spite of the fact that a far larger percentage of non-religious people smoke and have poor eating habits... Very Religious Americans Lead Healthier Lives

Conclusion, smoking, drinking, gluttony, sexual depravity, and a generally reckless lifestyle, while morally wrong might be VERY good for you health wise.
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