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  1. lan·guage    [lang-gwij] noun 1. a body of words and the systems for their use common to a people who are of the same community or nation, the same geographical area, or the same cultural tradition So, what do you think? Is music a language?
  2. Should "dying" languages be preserved and why? Should nations stress language uniformity? I'd like to see your take on these questions. I've been researching both sides of this never-ending debate and at first I found myself completely set on preserving dying languages. However after reading a few very well written articles I find that I don't feel as strongly that dying languages should be preserved. Any thoughts and opinions on the issue?
  3. Well as I said about the sharing the beliefs thing, I think that's quite a fundamental point - I'm not sharing any of my beliefs! The only person in the situation with beliefs would be you (and people who think the same thing as you). Atheism isn't a belief - it's not a deeply-held conviction or even really a 'thing'. It's just an absence of belief which, due to the insistence of people to make categories, has been given a name. Not believing something isn't an active state v.s. believing in something, which is. The thing with beliefs is that the burden of proof or explanation falls on people
  4. !! No need to apologise, I'm not offended by anything you said! I was just trying to answer your questions and continue the discussion. Threads aren't interesting if nobody disagrees with each other, the whole point of debating things is to make a case for your views, so don't feel worried about doing it. I like debating things Haha I apologize for apologizing! I just find myself in religious debates often in school with my peers and it's hard to argue my side without knowing the other side as well Of course I was raised in an environment that is quite different from many people in this thre
  5. My response to the fact that there might be a hole in me (!!!) would be exactly the same as citizenoftheuniverse's. If god is filling a 'hole' in some people then great for them, but I don't have a hole that needs filling. It's just a really weird thing to say. Seeing the world 'only through logic and the proven' isn't entirely true either. Certainly we all see the world emotionally as well, attach significance to things, have relationships, feel love, feel hate and so on. However my emotions are my own. I don't understand why there needs to be some other person in this equation or why there w
  6. This is excellent, absolutely excellent I would love to see you expand more on the issue and if you ever do I would love to read it
  7. Thank you for this response, I would like the clarify that I didn't mean to offend you or to criticize atheism. I think that this is a great example of the gap of understanding between religious and non religious peoples. Inadvertently I immediately began to try and understate the idea of non-belief by comparing it to what I personally believe which is the central reason for the religious debate itself! Again, I would like to apologize, I in no way meant to be biased. I guess what I was trying to deduce for myself was how one aspect of my religion compared to the similar aspect of atheism. I m
  8. I find through a lot of people I have asked this question to that this is their answer, so if you don't mind may I ask another? Just because you don't see the need to believe in God does that mean you believe in only logic and the proven?
  9. Thank you for answering! If you don't mind I'd like to ask a a few questions based on your response as a whole but more specifically this section. (If the following appears to offend you I apologize immensely, I mean in absolutely no way to judge your personal beliefs I just have a few questions that I would like to hear elaborated on by someone who does not believe in God) Mainly, I respect the fact that as an intellectual you try to understand your world better by seeing through only facts and logic, however do you feel that there is an empty portion of you correlated with the fact that you
  10. Thank you so much for your answer! I've been raised in a religious household my whole life and I've come to terms with the fact that my beliefs are mostly inherited from my parents. However I know many people who have the same history and grow up to find that they themselves do not believe in God. Yet I still hold strong in my beliefs because I have matured enough on my own to understanding my personal opinions on religion and I find that even without the guidance of my parents I would still believe in God. I am just extremely curious to hear the other side of the religion debate, and I'm real
  11. I completely agree with anyone who has said that such a question is very relative. Murder by definition is unlawful killing, however does that mean that there is such a thing as lawful killing? Well yes, in a sense it does. Under law there are certain exceptions to murder, self defense being a widely used example. So by lawful definition murder can be and is currently justified. However anything put through the legal system is debatable Some people strongly believe in the use of capital punishment while some people are completely opposed to it. And yet we still see cases of capital punishment
  12. I just spent the last 30 minutes reading an old thread on God and the correlation between intelligence and religious beliefs. Personally, I am very well educated and top of my class and yet I still have strong religious beliefs. But this is besides the point, I only use myself as an example. This question is generally directed to anyone who is atheist, agnostic, or just is completely unsure! (But of course anyone feel free to answer, I'd also love to hear the religious side of the argument!) So, in essence of saving time I'll be direct; If anyone out there doesn't believe in God, why? I honest
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