I don’t stop by the comments section too often, as it seems a lot of vile things are stated. That being said, what you said was wonderful – it shows a side of humanity too often forgotten in days where we no longer have to look each other in the eye. I fully agree with you and thanks for that message. Today I found myself ruminating on a number of things and to hear a message such as yours… well, thank you again. It means more than you could know.
@FreeUsAll-----Having reviewed some of your past comments, several from 2015,are you including yourself as having a "vile" stated comment?...because if not you're a big hypocrite.-----is that vile enough for ya?
February 3, 2016 at 11:05am
No and no, I had no idea. I thought it was fairly red. Unfortunately, I heard the State itself has had some issues with cronyism, which is red, correct?
February 2, 2016 at 10:07pm
Not a fan a Socialism by any stretch, but those countries wouldn’t be having an issue with Socialism were they still culturally and ethnically homogenous. The immigration in those countries has resulted in throwing off the populous via different cultures, work ethics, etc. and thus the effectivity of the system.
February 2, 2016 at 10:03pm
When I was that age, I can’t argue I wasn’t the same. Now, I’m merely disillusioned.
 February 2, 2016 at 10:02pm
Idiots. These people vote. Hooray!
 February 2, 2016 at 10:02pm
The shocker is that the press was actually doing it’s job, though I wouldn’t be surprised if it weren’t merely because Tennessee is a notorious red state.
Apparently you don't live in TN or you'd realize that Nashville (Davidson county) is a center of Democratic power, just like Memphis (Shelby County). The rest of the state actually has a brain and doesn't support the idiotic progressives in those two counties. Sadly those two counties account for about 1/5 of the population of the state, so they can still create their progressive tactics.
Your comment on cronyism is amazing. Amazingly naive or just purposely ignorant. Cronyism is endemic and epidemic in both parties. Thinking the Republican's somehow have a corner on corruption and cronyism, while the Democrats are pure and light, is simply a fantasy.
 January 13, 2016 at 11:04am
Thank you for the recommendations. I will look into both.
 January 13, 2016 at 9:17am
Interesting article. This keeps returning to my mind again and again. I’m agnostic, but I do want to know. I’m currently reading a book by Edward Feser titled, “The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism.” It’s an interesting read thus far. Feser seems to know a great deal more than most and in an in-depth fashion, as it were. I wouldn’t mind looking into a few of Dawkins books – I hear many atheists who lend much credence to his thoughts on the matter.
FREE, it is always good to have an open mind on matters that cannot be proved one way or the other. But as an atheist I would not recommend Dawkins. I would suggest Sam Harris or Neil Degrasse Tyson instead.
And I will add this book you recommend to my reading list.
Strictly speaking, atheism cannot be a superstition since it is not a belief. It is the absence of a particular belief.
 January 13, 2016 at 9:09am
I think he did implicitly state that which you mentioned in the first sentence. I would agree with your assessment, by the way.
 December 8, 2015 at 1:41pm
This is amazing. It definitely shows intelligence in communication, (or through communication,) among dolphins, and it also could be a stepping stone for technology used by humans. Great article!
[-2] October 7, 2015 at 11:25am
I agree with your first sentence. However, couldn’t Christianity, like any belief system, be held as indoctrination? We’re all indoctrinated with some paradigm, though the choice remains ours, (on a conscious or unconscious level,) to accept, reject, or choose the “salad bar” method with what we are presented. For most, (and this is conjecture,) I think they accept on an unconscious level via “salad bar” method, as there are many conflicting worldviews out there. I’d also say that the resulting worldview is a “Frankenstein” held together by logical fallacies and cognitive dissonance. I really don’t know for sure, however.
All my life, I believed that nothing was black and white. The world was full of infinite gray areas. But imagine, if you can, walking through a world where everything is just shades of gray. What happens when you stumble upon something colorful, that is full of beauty and light? And what happens when you stare at that bright, shining thing long enough?
I'll tell you what happens. The gray areas of the world grow dim, and dark, until the contrast between infinite gray and infinite light turn into black and white. What used to be gray is now pitch black by comparison. But had I never stared into the light, I never would have recognized the darkness.
Or as the old hymn goes:
"Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face.
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace."
Your statement, "I really don't know for sure, however" pretty well sums up your comment.
When people find God it's not a stalag-type indoctrination. It's a beautiful and blessed event. I find it difficult to understand how people can NOT believe in God.
 July 30, 2015 at 8:19am
The devil didn’t ruin his life – he ruined his own life. This smacks of one trying to dodge responsibility for past transgressions.
No it doesn't sound like he's trying to dodge anything. Yes we may be the ones ultimately responsible for our actions but who is the one standing there, whispering in our ears, to do awful things?
July 28, 2015 at 4:19pm
Not only do I agree with your comments on this thread, but I logged on to tell you I absolutely love your avatar. That’s dark… read: perfect!
 July 15, 2015 at 8:15am
I can’t really hope for an eternity of unending pain for him, as I don’t believe it to be, but I will agree with you that the description was awful. I think now I know why he was content with his own method of demise – he knew firsthand of other possibilities.
[-1] July 9, 2015 at 3:22pm
1) You never answered the question, justy offered a counter based on what you think I am. That could be a red herring.
2) “If you no longer believe in Christ, then I doubt you ever did…” That’s called rationalizing, nothing more. “…people can convince themselves of most anything…” Yes, the same could be said of you.
3) “but being ‘yoked equally in Christ’ is an ultimatum?” Yes, if it involves just THAT – an ultimatum.
Bonus #1: “Lastly, 12 people walked with Jesus for a 3 year ministry, watched him die and come back to life, then carried his gospel to their deaths by torture. 2000 years later he still has followers.” THis proves nothing. Another logical fallacy to believe that something is true because other people believe it to be.
Bonus #2: “… it’s called election. God seeks out, not the other way around. If God doesn’t draw you, you are not the elect.” Then the rest of us are damned by your count? It’s no wonder I think God’s an *******. Fortunately, if it does exist, I really don’t think it is what you think it is. Have a great day!
July 9, 2015 at 12:41pm
Actually, American libertarianism is what you are thinking as far as the name, but in Europe, libertarianism takes on a different meaning in many circles. I’m an American libertarian, but I make no mistake with nomenclature.
“I think that Connie wrestled with her conscience and told Ken what she believes. She holds her beliefs in her heart…”
You know her heart? I suppose it’s imposition of your own views, so you must either be the optimist or merely have a good heart. Either way is fine by me.
“…the truth is that only the Holy Spirit moves someone to Christ.”
By that count, if I no longer believe in Christ or never have, then has the Holy Spirit been ineffectual? Has God turned it’s back? Is there really such a chance for the occurrences or would it be more logical to say two people met and didn’t jibe until he made some “adjustments” at her behest? By your count, I could easily hold the Holy Spirit, (read: not myself, but someone or something else,) accountable for my lack of “faith.”
[-1] July 9, 2015 at 11:20am
Lol! Motivations connote sincerity, which suggests integrity as opposed to vice. Motivations mean much for an individual. The fact that you toss it aside like an errant thought is illuminating.
[-1] July 9, 2015 at 8:19am
Great story, but how sound is operating on an ultimatum? In certain circles that’s referred to as “missionary dating.” Hell, if it worked for me, I’d jump on. The only problem is that if God even exists, I don’t find any virtue in it at all and no amount of ultimatums could tell me otherwise – they’d merely reinforce my beliefs. After all, what is an ultimatum but a coercive technique aimed at an end goal rather than addressing the issues at hand? I wonder if there isn’t more to it than what he’s stating?
FREE, Good questions. Did he really agree to the ultimatum so he could be closer to Jesus or or to be closer to the chick?
free- Ultimatum? I think that Connie wrestled with her conscience and told Ken what she believes. She holds her beliefs in her heart… can she compromise her values to go a path that she thinks will destroy her in the future? Can Ken choose what he wants in this situation?
Missionary dating is going in with the intent of leading to Christ, which is wrong… that is manipulative and uses sex to steer someone into a conversion to an earthly reward… If you fall for someone that you realize is doing something self destructive and say ‘I love you but I can’t go down that road’, it is considered wisdom, but if you say “I love you, but can’t be with you because you disagree with something I feel shapes my every decision and makes me sound in mind and soul. If I go that way we both will lose.” Is that missionary dating to you? Connie felt that her path was with someone godly and Ken chose to be in a relationship with Christ and Connie. Being Christian is from the heart, not from the mind.
What difference does his original motivation make? He is saying that he found something real and meaningful there. So what if it was his love for the girl that got him to actually look closely at Jesus?