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Old 17th February 2011, 05:47 PM
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Hi All,
I'm a mature aged guy (still married by some miracle...and I don't mean religious) who probably has always had an inquiring mind and always thought that religion was not quite "rigi-dig" even at Sunday school as a 5 yr-old.
I thought the images of suffering on the cross were awful and related to nothing logical.
In my early twenties I tried to become a Catholic in order to permanently acquire the attentions of the most beautiful girl I had ever met. However, this did not come to pass, mainly because I could not become a Catholic after all. The lesson I gained from that little foray into religion was that it was divisive and dictatorial and only caused pain and rejection to someone who simply wanted to love and be loved.
I also found that I could not do the required mental and emotional gymnastics, nor repeat the required spiel with any sincerity (not that sincerity seemed to be an essential....they just wanted you to say the "right" things and do the "right" things at the right time).
I was also always sceptical of anything paranormal or unscientific.

Initially I found Bryan Paterson's Faithworks blog to be an interesting motivation to contribute and argue, but I have to say that the level of personal abuse directed at me, combined with the constant wild distortions of "logic" and deleting of any telling posts that were difficult to counter, have made me less interested in contributing lately. I mean, why bash your head against a brick wall?

It was, in fact, ironically, Bryan's recent reference to AFA that made me look it up, so here I am.
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Old 17th February 2011, 05:51 PM
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Glad you could join us, Roland.

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Old 17th February 2011, 05:53 PM
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Gudday Roland.

Hope you enjoy the forums.
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Old 17th February 2011, 06:19 PM
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Welcome Roland. Hope you enjoy yourself here.

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Old 17th February 2011, 06:35 PM
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Ha, the lard moves in mysterious ways. ;-)

Welcome Roland. Glad you found us. Hope you enjoy the forums.

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Atheist: n; A person to be pitied in that he is unable to believe things for which there is no evidence, and who has thus deprived himself of a convenient means of feeling superior to others.
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Old 17th February 2011, 06:45 PM
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Hi Roland. Enjoy the forums.
Just stick to the idea that science tests falsifiable hypotheses to destruction.
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Old 17th February 2011, 06:46 PM
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Hi Roland. As always the best arguments for atheism come from theists.
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Old 17th February 2011, 07:12 PM
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The Irreverent Mr Black said View Post
You're welcome here, Roland.

We're getting some good people from those referrals.
Quite the atheist spruiker, that Bryan.
Welcome Roland.
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Old 17th February 2011, 07:26 PM
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Quite the atheist spruiker, that Bryan.
Welcome Roland.
Oh, the irony of Bran the Flake being a motivator for people to pop over to our forums...

Welcome Roland - enjoy your time here. Hopefully there will be minimal bashing of your head against a brick wall.
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Old 17th February 2011, 08:31 PM
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Congratulations on finding us Roland - Bryan has been working tirelessly on AFA publicity lately and we're reaping the benefits. *waves at Bryan*

Well, actually, people like yourself tired of circular arguments, illogical positions and flat out bullshit are benefitting by finding your way here. Gotta love that!

Look forward to seeing you round the place.

Oh, and remember to wear the epithet of "troll" with pride, when it is bestowed by such a silly person as Bryan Patterson
I've never been very good at knowing "my place". Well actually I have, it's just never been where you want it to be.

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