Religious people often tell me silly things like "it takes faith to be an atheist!" After I explain to them that it doesn't require belief to doubt something for which their is no evidence, I'm often told "oh, so you're an agnostic, not an atheist." No, I'm both. It's not a scale of atheist–agnostic–believer. Theism/atheism is one question. Gnosticism/agnosticism is a separate question. Read my post for a full explanation.
Both. I am an agnostic atheist. Theism is a belief in a god (or gods). Atheism is a lack of belief in a god (or gods). Consider the question: “do you believe in any gods?” If your answer is “no”, “I d...
So who's still using Google Plus? I'm interested in using it as a sort of Twitter+, instead of the Facebook alternative it's billed as. Speak up if you're actually reading this. If people participate on here, I'll start posting here more for more in-depth conversations.
I'm here. I find that technical discussions are of much higher quality here than on Facebook. That may be a function of the makeup of my feeds on each service, but I've found that it's a common sentiment.
Google+ seems to have far fewer people posting about their family or sharing random images-of-the-day. There's a time and place for that, but it's nice to have a place with a higher SNR.
All the world’s major religions, with their emphasis on love, compassion, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness can and do promote inner values. But the reality of the world today is that grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate. This is why I am increasingly convinced that the time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether.