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Honestly, there isn't any reason you can't recognize evolution and believe in god. I mean, even the pope believes in evolution.
I'd recommend you start reading about it, because quite honestly, it's pretty cool. Google it for a little while, or buy an old version of a biology textbook for 5 bucks from your local used bookstore.
Let me know if you have any other questions!
I'm going to have to refer you to the middle east, or the crusades, or the inquistions, or really a ton of wars throughout human history.
And, FWIW, most religions are tied to money, so I think you're riding a fine line to begin with.
I guess I look at it with 2 thought exercises:
1. Try and think of something good a believer would do that a non-believer wouldn't.
2. Try and think of something evil a believer would do that an non-believer wouldn't.
The first one is difficult - atheists give to charity, help the poor, etc. The second one is quite easy - preach hate against homosexuals, suicide bomb, murder people for beliving differently, etc. etc. etc.
Well I was specifically referring to Christianity. The Muslims have been fighting since(If you believe in the bible) Issac and Ishmael, and the Holy Wars, well that was fueled by the Christians at the time. However, today that is not the case, which is what I thought that person was alluding to. I have no clue what the inquisitions are fwiw.
Those are only three wars, there have been tons and tons of wars that have not been religiously motivated. WWI, WWII(Racial and not very religious IMO), Korea, Vietnam, Civil War, and loads of other wars. Those are just recent ones. There will always be a few examples for one side(And maybe more in this case). Money is the real issue, and if that is true then the use of religious purposes is just a false front and it wasn't really about religion in the first place.
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It is interesting that you bring WW2 up. The anti-semitism that was embraced by Hitler is long-though to have originated with the Catholic Church, who used plays like the passion and the cruxifiction of jesus to rouse up anti-semitism in the 14th centuries. Further, reading the religious views of Adolf Hitler (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_views_of_Adolf_Hitler#Views_as_an_adult) it is quite clear that, whatever his ultimate decision regarding the existence of God, he was sorely influenced by Christian-endoresed anti-semitism. Therefore, to simply dismiss the Holocaust as a solely racial event is, at best, incomplete.
I digress, because I don't want to get into the religious beliefs of a conflicted, confused, monster of a man.
Ultiamtely, human beings have this nasty habit of killing people who they don't fit into their same demographic categories (race, sexual orientation, etc.). Religion is just another way humanity divides itself.
There was a little town nearby that had a guest speaker about the bible. His real agenda was to disprove it. He cited some scientific reasoning to explain that when Moses supposedly parted the red sea, it was only 12 inches deep. Some woman jumped up and screamed "praise the Lord". He was confused and repeated, himself "I said at the time moses supposedly parted the red sea, it was only 12 inches deep." Again the woman jumped up and screamed "praise the Lord". The man got irritated and said what is wrong with you? This huge parting of sea happened in only 12 inches of water. The woman jumped up again and said "who but the Lord could have drowned the pharoah's entire army in 12 inches of water? Praise the Lord!"
My aunt goes to that church, says she was there, and swears it's a true story.
AND THAT WOMAN WAS EINSTEIN.
A believer in what?
I been a Christian all my life, been in many churches, have yet to hear any sermon directed at homosexuals, and not aware of any christian suicide bombers and none in my circle that murder people who believe differently.
I guess you included radical buddist suicide bombers, radical mormon suicide bomber, and them crazy ass Amish suicide bombers.
EDIT: Don't let me forget this a-hole
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As I said, none of them are in my circle. So, the links you provided accurately represent every religion and every member of every religion in the world?
So because none of the horrible acts committed by Christians that I mentioned are people you know, they somehow don't count?
Those people believe the same general things you do about religion, and they use them as an excuse to do terrible, terrible things.
your argument is just silly.
ONLY Christians bomb and kill.
That's not even close to my argument. That's a weak, half-assed attempt at a straw man to try and evade the fact that there are Christians out there who do really bad things in the name of Christianity.
There are good people in this world, there are bad people in this world, and this applies to Christians, Muslims, atheists, etc.
But there are good people who do bad things in the name of their religion.
and bad people who do bad things because they do not like religion...ever see where Churches are set on fire?
Actually, no, I haven't.
Most violence on churches comes from members of other religions.
None of those articles on the first page implicated suspects who were non-believers.
So, how is this relevent to the argument that good people do bad things in the name of their religion?
Aren't you the one that tried to use the Bible as a source to prove that there were dinosaurs on this earth 4,000 years ago?
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