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+Matt Dillahunty The first question was an interesting one actually because the lady said she wasn't buying into any of it even at such a tender age, if someone asked me that same question 'when did I figure it out?', it would be a difficult one to give an exact answer for the simple reason that I was still a 'Christian' even when I already had doubts, I was wrestling with those intellectual doubts even when I was going to church singing 'hallelujah...praise the Lord' blah blah blah but basically I suppressed them, I can even remember my late mother who was a Roman Catholic telling me about this God when I was only 6 years old and the first thing I can recall asking her is 'where is he?', well it's the obvious question to ask isn't it? Lol, so I guess our brains are already processing and if need be rejecting things that don't make sense even at that age which is why I can believe she had decided even at that age, the difference I think with those of us who took longer to finally admit it to ourselves and everyone else is that I guess we wanted to believe it.

I know for a fact that I desperately wanted to believe it at the time, the idea of this God up there looking after us and having another life after this one when we die was very comforting to me so when I asked my late mother that question, I guess what I was really wanting her to do is convince me, just like when I got older and I got into arguments with my ex-fellow Christians, I was hoping they could reassure my doubts and restore my faith, they failed, it was a process which first came to a head when I was reading my Bible one day in my bedroom not long after getting baptised in water and I was looking at the Genesis story, Adam and Eve, the talking snake etc, as well as other things and suddenly, my brain almost literally said 'enough...I can't take this rubbish anymore', there were just so many absurdities, conflicts and contradictions, of course when I later pointed them out to those other Christians I got the old argument ''John....where you're going wrong is you are trying to read and understand Gods word with your intellect instead of taking it into your spirit" etc, ridiculous or what?, how can you read a book with your spirit even if you have one? Lol.
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there’s some sort  of audio feedback loop creating a high frequency noise,  I play my computer through studio monitors so I hear everything.  I love your stuff!!!
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+John Cashin "I would expect a supreme almighty being to be able to provide such evidence."

Ah, but faith. Also free will. More BS rationalizations that don't really make sense when you scratch beneath the surface! ;) Take care.
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+Frank289100 I've never dropped a load on anyone's face. What a degenerate you are. Eww.
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+Frank Lee Seaux​ so the social engineers set up your idiot religion in the nineteenth century... Building upon the secular/age of reason pantheism that still is the core religion of your leadership... And they infiltrated all the universities-and pulled the "weeds" out (creationist scientists) so that education would only support your idiot religion/devout atheism.. They did all this by stealth as you admit you don't know shit about your idiot religion being organized for the modern era.. And I prove this 100% with facts... And your behavior modification is so strong you still think your idiot religion is a free thought you found by yourself in your proto-ape coconut!?!???
Now that is some good religion their folks!! Any kook kult that has its followers so dumbed down they can't recognize facts anymore!!?? Wow!! How proud they must be.... In monkey heaven.

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Thanks +5tonyvvvv. Your ilk is doing vastly more for destroying your backwater theology than any atheist ever could. Keep it up man! You guys are chasing away kids from your backwater ideas so much more effectively than any atheist could do.
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+Jungle Jargon ." No natural visible thing can program your existence so your Maker is invisible and supernatural."

Uh huh, why of course it is - how silly of me, and how convenient of you to assert that which can never be proven one way or another.
So who's the fool here - me, whom has adopted a wait and see attitude, because it doesn't matter if it's true or not while you are alive, or you. whom has adopted your life around a cult/institution that enslaves you for this same time period? Good luck with your institutionalized mayhem. More and more people are divorcing themselves from this man-made construct for a reason. You are welcome to simmer in your delusion - YOU ARE THE WEAKEST LINK - GOODBYE!
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+Bible Bill At least you are not like the banana man Ray Comfort. He actually knows he is full of shit.
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Great conversation. I have watched several in this series. Keep it up Matt. I really like how Pinn put a human face on the topic. I was unaware of some of the information presented in this talk. Glad to see you branching out in to new approaches to disseminating information. Keep up the
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+DastardlyDawkins
I can see you are extremely dumb and autistic and i'm very sorry but this has to be done :)

By exposing such extremely dumb people like you religion is dieing out. Who in their right mind would believe a fairy tale thats backed up by people like you?

You either provide evidence for your outrageous claims or you accept reality.

Religion is for extremely dumb people. You got brainwashed by your equally dumb and useless parents. Live out your useless life ;)
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+Bible Bill Do the world a huge favor and don't continuate the spread of any religious book, because religious books do nothing but cause big and little conflicts and severely divide people.
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+Kevin McElroy "We actually do know at least one of the writers, and another is attested by people we do know, so...I don't know. Sounds like at least 60-70% of the New Testament writers are known. "

Do you have a (credible) source for that please? I would be interested to read it.

"The earliest gospel? No way to know that with certainty."

Indeed, but we can make informed estimates. I gave you the number that favors Christianity the most, which is an early date of 30 years after the death of Christ.

"As far as the eye witness things go, Ronan historian Tacitus wrote about emperor Tiberius in amazing detail, though he was not an eye witness and nearly 100 years after Tiberius. No one questions him. Interesting."

The reason no one questions Tacitus' work on Tiberius is because we compared it to the work of other historians on Tiberius, and found a consensus. This suggests Tacitus, like a good historian, studied Tiberius through other historic texts and artifacts. Comparing Tacitus' account to the New Testament doesn't work, because there are no credible historic sources that verify the works of Jesus and his apostles. Not to mention the contradictions in the New Testament itself.

"Again, we can tell the writers were not writing a book of fiction. They were reporting what they heard (and/or saw)."

Can we though? I would also like a source for this please.

"If someone now or even in 20 years claimed Harry Potter was real, who would believe him?"

In 20 years, no. But when this civilization is long forgotten, and someone finds Harry Potter in a ruin, who knows? I would hope people are smart enough to recognize it as fiction, but we can't know for sure.

"Are you going to claim it is fiction when the writer of Acts reports himself and Paul sailing to Troas? Or that Paul went to Damascus, or that he went to Jerusalem in 49/50?"

I don't see why I would take the trouble to make such claims. They prove nothing, for one, and aren't worth the time to investigate. I would rather focus on the important parts of the New Testament, like Jezus' miracles. Which have been investigated, and no evidence was found other than the New Testament, which is biased and contradictory.
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