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Steve

Location:

Chicago, IL
Hometown: Omaha

Member since:

January 7, 2014

What was your path to skepticism?

I was raised as a Roman Catholic. Although I felt myself to be very spiritual, I always doubted the validity of the church. Access to cable television and little parental supervision helped me in this. I've spoken with other non-believers and they always sounded more rational and correct than adherents of christianity or any other organized religion. Also, my experience with reading the Bible opened me up to all of the fallacies and hipocracies of Christrianity. If that is the best book that God could create he sure left a lot to be desired. In addition, it occured to me that if God allows evil to exist in the world, then he is either 1) incompetent, 2) an asshole, 3) testing us or 4) this world is just a safari for bored souls in heaven. I prefer to think of it as #4.

What is the best day and time for you to meet?

Saturday afternoon / evening or Sunday all day.

Are you alarmed by the state of scientific knowledge among the general population in America?

Movement conservatism in particular and organized religion in general when it becomes political is scary and should be rebuked with rationality.

Are there issues or topics you'd especially like to discuss?

I am no longer skeptical that store brands are as good as fancy brands. Also, I am interested in philosophy, science and language.

Introduction

I read Bertrand Russell's "History of Western Philosophy" and I was changed forever. I finally threw off the shackles of organized religion in favor of my own personal experiences with god.


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