Too bad he’s not around to take you up on that. I can see people placing bets now.
Can I bet against myself? I do better one on one debate in real time. However I was kidding, I am not a professional debater’, and to make matters worse I have horrible stage fright.
That’s nice and yes, I do have a degree and more, as do probably many on this board do. Big deal. Were you expecting any differently?
No not at all, It was you that seemed to be taunting me and questioning the scope of my education, I was simply answering your question. I am a fan of the book the art of war. Debate is sometimes like war. I never underestimate my debate partner, and attempt to give him a full measure of respect, even if its not reciprocal.
Am I suppose to be impressed? I’m not trying to be insulting, but at the same time, that really does not impress me at all, in part because it sounds like a bit of arrogance coming through. I’m sure several of us here could compete, so I’m not sure is you are trying to be impressive or what
Again it was your question. If you had not have questioned my education etc I never would have mentioned it. What was I supposed to do? Sorry I am not a meek man (even though I am working on eliminating the cancer of pride from my personality).
So which sect of Xianity are you talking about? Is it Calvinistic or Wesleyan?
With the respect I have always given you or tried to, I am speaking of traditional modern Christianity, not the philosophy of Christianity. As you may or may not know, there are several branches of Christianity, whose beliefs differ in detail. The one standard that is accepted by most Christians, and the sect I was speaking of is the ‘Apostles’ Creed’. I would be happy to expand on that if you wish. Now that you brought it up both Augustine (Calvin) philosophy and the philosophy of Arminius (Wesley) is interesting.
No, God is a concept created by humans, but I don’t have to use science to show that.
I would only agree that humans wrote it but God ordained it.
I can stick strictly to religion, not even using psychology, if you please, to show that it is a human concept with no evidence of existing, except in the minds of humans. In fact, I can show that Jesus never existed as presented in the Bible and what is written is purely literature, rewritten mythology.
These days there are almost no scholars that deny the historical Jesus existed. Christ and Christians are mentioned in not only the gospels but even secular roman documents as well as other writings. So I think you will have a very difficult time proving that the historical Jesus did not exist. If you are speaking of miracle working etc that is more difficult to prove or disprove. There was no MTV, CNN or thank God no MSNBC. I would like to point out that due to our diametrically opposed beleifs we will have to agree to disagree much. That’s ok in my book, and I unlike some of my atheist peers still respect an opposing viewpoint and the person delivering it.
I am also secure in my beliefs, or rather disbelief, more so than I ever was before.
I am happy for your temporal happiness.