Do you have any empirical evidence? If I took personal anecdotes as evidence I would believe in everything. From the empirical evidence we do have it seems pretty clear that NDE’s are hallucinations from not only chemicals in the brain but the brain being deprived of oxygen. Many fighter pilots have experienced NDE’s when experiencing high G’s which deprives their brain of oxygen.
October 21, 2015 at 11:54am
A book on NDE from 1975? Well, 40yrs later we know quite a bit about what causes NDE’s. He should update his library.
I don’t think you read the article very well.
Also, we’ve always known about what causes near death experiences: people dying and being revived. Not sure any “updating” of his library would add or detract from that blatantly obvious fact.
Also, you have to distinguish between near death experiences and hallucinations. They’re not the same thing. A near-death experience usually involves learning new information of some kind. For example, in a near-death experience, a person might die on an operating table, and experience themselves standing or hovering near their body, walking down the hallway, and listening in on conversations in other rooms.
One doctor I spoke with said that after she lost one of her patients, she went down the hall, went to the bathroom, threw up, and changed her clothes. The patient came back to life a few minutes later, and claimed that she followed the doctor down the hall, watched the doctor throw up, and then described the bright yellow butterfly prints on the doctor’s underwear. There’s no way a person who hallucinated could know things like that.
So don’t mistake hallucinations from lack of blood to the brain as a “NDE”. It’s not the same thing. Not even close.
Unfortunately for you Lucretin....halucinations don't explain how people who have "died" have accurately described -in vivid detail- the events and conversations around them and accurate accounts of details and activity in adjacent rooms to where they're being resuscitated.
You know nothing of "NDE's" 40 years or 100 years later champ.
[-2] September 26, 2015 at 4:16pm
So majority rule? You do realize the constitution is a protection for all it’s citizens against majority rule right? Just like the Danbury Baptists concerns, which you mentioned in a separate post, were put to rest by Thomas Jefferson because of the first amendment and the separation of church and state that it creates. If the country every became a muslim majority I would feel the same way as I do about this…all Americans citizens, which would include Christians should feel that their government and military was neutral when it came to religion. If Allah was showing up on government buildings and military bases I could completely understand how my Christian brothers and sisters would justifiably(for real this time) feel that their government was not giving them a fair shake or equal representation. Surely, you must see why the law will fall on the side of the First amendment and the establishment clause every time right?
[-2] September 26, 2015 at 4:05pm
But lets just assume that the law, constitution, history, and facts are not on my side. Let’s say the framers of the constitution wanted the federal government and it’s military to show favor to a particular religion. That wouldn’t make it right today any more than it would make it right to own slaves as they did. 250 years later we have plenty of evidence in the middle east of governments favoring the majority religion over another and know how dangerous it is.
[-1] September 26, 2015 at 4:00pm
The first amendment and establishment clause, which has been shown time and time again, is not just about “establishment” but also about “preeminence” or favoring one religion over the other.
I think this is hard to comprehend when it is your religion being shown favor creating a blind spot in your ability to reason effectively. I imagine if one the most powerful militaries in the world, for which I proudly served, showed favor to lets say Vishnu, Allah, or Xenu. You would have an easier understanding of why the 1st amendment and its establishment clause are so important.
Let’s see what the person most responsible for the First Amendment had to say.
“Congress should not establish a religion and enforce the legal observation of it by law, nor compel men to worship God in any manner conrtary to their conscience, or that one sect might obtain a pre-eminence, or two combined together, and establish a religion to which they would compel others to conform.” James Madison (Annals of Congress, Sat Aug 15th, 1789 pages 730 – 731).
“The civil Government, though bereft of everything like an associated hierarchy, possesses the requisite stability, and performs its functions with complete success, whilst the number, the industry, and the morality of the priesthood, and the devotion of the people, have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the church from the State.” James Madison (Letter to Robert Walsh, Mar. 2, 1819).
[-10] September 26, 2015 at 3:14pm
The establishment clause, it’s mentioned in the article so I”m not sure why you are confused. If you need further information you could look up multiple court cases spanning years or you could read the writings of Jefferson and Madison which they clearly indicate their intention of creating a separation between church and state.
[-9] September 26, 2015 at 2:58pm
Would you be ok with that same sign if it said “Allah” instead of god?
Allah is Arabic for God. Arab Christians use this term when refering to God. If Arabic becomes the predominant language in this country then it will be fine, of course I think if this, which is Obama’s plan, comes to fruition we will have more to complain about than a sign.
So majority rule? You do realize the constitution is a protection for all it's citizens against majority rule right? Just like the Danbury Baptists concerns, which you mentioned in a separate post, were put to rest by Thomas Jefferson because of the first amendment and the separation of church and state that it creates. If the country every became a muslim majority I would feel the same way as I do about this...all Americans citizens, which would include Christians should feel that their government and military was neutral when it came to religion. If Allah was showing up on government buildings and military bases I could completely understand how my Christian brothers and sisters would justifiably(for real this time) feel that their government was not giving them a fair shake or equal representation. Surely, you must see why the law will fall on the side of the First amendment and the establishment clause every time right?
God, guns and guts.
Did I say “majority rules?”. I take it my point went over your head. We predominantly speak English in this country and would of course use the English word for God as opposed to the Arabic word. Stop being a weak willed “victim” and try and use critical thinking.
Btw, it said God with no mention of Christ. Lots of religions believe in God.
BTW, laws are passed by majority rules. You will beg for those "offensive Christians" when the Muslims have the majority.
@Lucr. – I am still waiting on you to show me where a religion was established or even “favored” in this. You stated below that since we used to have slavery that other ideas of the Founders could be rendered obsolete and null. That was some of the more remarkable fallacious reasoning I have witnessed on this site. I see now you want to overturn the 1st Amendment and the Founders actually gave you a mechanism to do that, or is that mechanism obsolete as well? And people wonder why “progressives” are a danger to this country.
@Luc - From your "retort" it is clear you gave neither read Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptist or their letter to him. You are just regurgitating the thought some equally confused teacher gave you.
Our government is based on Judeo-Christian beliefs. Hence the mention of God in many government documents since its inception.
The 1st A protects freedom of religion. It means that the government can’t force you to, or keep you from practicing any or no religion, NOT that the government can’t have a religion.
The sign expresses the beliefs of the vast majority of Americans, and in no way limits or prevents anyone from practicing any or no religion.
Seeing as islam is not AT ALL compatible with the US Way of life, then NO.
IF Islam were a tolerant religion, yes, I would. But it has shown itself to be so intolerant that almost all Muslims living in the US would prefer to replace the Constitution with Sharia. Do you think that we would have freedom of anything then?
No, I wouldn’t,….we are not nor have we ever been a Muslim country. However , it would not bother me in the least to be driving down a road in a Muslim country and see a sign on a military base, saying, God is great or Allah Akbar. Nope wouldn’t bother me at all. I noticed you capitalized Allah and not God. No I don’t even care that you worship your moon god .
 September 26, 2015 at 2:53pm
Ironically, the hair standing up on the back of her neck is and interesting example of of evolution and our ancestry.
 September 5, 2015 at 11:13am
They got the most up votes…look at their time stamps. You can change the view to first post by switching it to “oldest” or “newest” if you like. Or next time you can try to refute their argument.
[-1] September 5, 2015 at 11:02am
Ahhhh the ripple effect!!!!! One lone county clerk refusing to do her job because of her religious beliefs!!!! Oh the humanity!!!! This country is doomed!!!!!
 September 1, 2015 at 3:17pm
nothing has changed in her job description, issuing marriage licenses.
 September 1, 2015 at 3:04pm
I informed my employer this morning that I can no longer perform some of my duties because of my religious beliefs but must continue to pay me.
yup, thats about right. And in this case it is correct and just
I dont recall her saying she should be able to keep her job and be paid?
I hope you get fired.
July 15, 2015 at 12:28pm
Should I assume that since places in Greek mythology were historical places that you believe Greek mythology to be…well… True?
 July 13, 2015 at 10:57am
“When Almighty God speaks, I listen. End of story.”
“There is still one thing you haven’t done. Sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
“Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.”
“And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; 45and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. 46Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart,…”
July 13, 2015 at 10:50am
Could you explain or provide some evidence for me to look up?
[-4] July 13, 2015 at 10:40am
I can see Jesus now….building a wall to keep people out of his kingdom.
Have you ever heard of St. Peter at the Gate? Why do you think there is a gate?
Jesus doesn't build the walls that keep us from heaven; we do.
[-4] July 6, 2015 at 8:03pm
“yes so called christians have a higher divorce rate, but atheists only make up about 3%-7% of the population, so they are virtually irrelevant in your synopsis”
Not how statistics work. Lets say we have a population of 100 people….90 are Christians and 10 are atheists. If 18 of the 90 Christians had a divorce that would be a 20% divorce rate among Christians. If 3 people out of the atheists group got a divorce that would be a 30% divorce rate. So, as you can see the size of the population has no bearing on the statistics and who is getting divorced more.
“where as if someone says they are an atheist, there is nothing to believe in, because hey nothing matters, right ? existentially speaking, right ?”
Uh, no. I am an atheist and I believe in a lot of things and a lot matters to me. Existentially speaking? Things don’t have to be transcendent for me to have beliefs and matters I find important here.
“but he is NFL calibre, and yes he was slighted because of his faith.”
I’m not going to argue that he has enough talent to play in the NFL…because he has. But let me ask you something? Have you ever watched football? It is overwhelmingly religious…player prayers before and after games…have you watched the ESPY’s? They thank god left and right. If they ran talented players out based on their faith…we would probably be watching quarterbacks with QBR ratings of 33.4. Which is the rating that Tebow has btw…the lowest QBR since 2010.
 July 6, 2015 at 7:44pm
I’ll give you three guesses. Which quarterback has the lowest QBR since 2010?