• Does the earth revolve around the center of gravity of where the sun was 8 minutes ago or its current center?

    If gravity waves travel at the same speed as light it would take 8 minutes for earth to feel the effect of the suns movement. So are we revolving around where the sun was 8 minutes ago or where it is now?
    If gravity waves travel at the same speed as light it would take 8 minutes for earth to feel the effect of the suns movement. So are we revolving around where the sun was 8 minutes ago or where it is now?
    12 answers · Astronomy & Space · 4 years ago
  • Is Voodoo considered a religion? Or a cult?

    i need to do a project and this would be a lot of help, please, thanks :)
    i need to do a project and this would be a lot of help, please, thanks :)
    4 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 4 years ago
  • Will faith based health care be available for enrollment by October 1?

    I would like to sign up for Jesuscare.
    I would like to sign up for Jesuscare.
    5 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 4 years ago
  • Athiests, if you put aside the evidence for evolution for a second?

    ah, look at that. you have no evidence. nice try though.
    ah, look at that. you have no evidence. nice try though.
    16 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 4 years ago
  • If a fertilized egg is a person, can a pregnant woman drive in the carpool lane?

    Or will she get a ticket for having an infant in the front seat?
    Or will she get a ticket for having an infant in the front seat?
    13 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 4 years ago
  • Isn't reciting prayers just a form of casting spells?

    I just read yet another Christian advising on what to say in a prayer. "Here, say this: [Insert composed prayer]." That borders on casting spells as far as I'm concerned. When I was a believer, it always rubbed me the wrong way that people would tell me precisely what to say as if the god I believed in was waiting for a password, an... show more
    I just read yet another Christian advising on what to say in a prayer. "Here, say this: [Insert composed prayer]." That borders on casting spells as far as I'm concerned. When I was a believer, it always rubbed me the wrong way that people would tell me precisely what to say as if the god I believed in was waiting for a password, an "Open Sesame!" of prayer. What do you think? If a Christian prescribes precise words, aren't they just really prescribing a spell? ... Disclaimer: I know, spells don't work. But the people "casting" them believe they do. No Chance... You see what I mean. Thanks. ... Joshua, thumbs up for giving me a new way to look at the Psalms. They are a book of spells. Thanks! The question is about to expire in 2 hours and I still cannot pick a best answer because they all are! Just a few agreements and comments not sorted out to specific people: - Yes, I see Psalms as pre-written spells. - Praying is trying to get one's god to do what you want. Good point about them not knowing in spells. - Putting meaning into it vs. Trying to get what you want... not mutually exclusive. - Agree! When I believed, I thought the words should come from *me*, the one in the relationship. - For some, ritual makes them automatons, along for the chore and not emotionally involved. - For others, ritual makes them OCD and worried they aren't doing anything well enough. - Saying my prayers at night all the way up to when I stopped as an adult teen, I would open with the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be, then I would speak personally. I would say them so many times because I have ADD and during even short stanzas, my attention would wander and I would realize I recited w
    13 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 5 years ago
  • Do christians who doubt evolution realise it's now been witnessed and proven under laboratory conditions?

    In the lenski experiment, e-coli strains have been studied and had their genome mapped for 50,000 generations. they have seen many adaptions, and some strains have evolved totally new abilities. One strain evolved the ability to digest citric acid, something not seen before in e-coli and would be enough to classify it as a new... show more
    In the lenski experiment, e-coli strains have been studied and had their genome mapped for 50,000 generations. they have seen many adaptions, and some strains have evolved totally new abilities. One strain evolved the ability to digest citric acid, something not seen before in e-coli and would be enough to classify it as a new species http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._coli_lon... ah well. you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him think Someone Else: If... Tommiecat: How strange what parts of the theory you've arbitrarily decided are true and false Benoni: there might be some logistical issues about doing this experiment in the lab. When Michael Behe published his paper in Quarterly Review of Biology (QRB) in December, 2010, the journal's editors apparently felt compelled to also publish in the same issue a companion article, titled "Irreducible Incoherence and Intelligent Design -- a look into the conceptual toolbox of a pseudoscience." The paper received a storm of criticism, many claiming that Behe disengenuosly "switches" definitions of irreducible complexity from an absolute argument to a probabilistic argument to avoid criticism SDA Frank: Nobody calls it a variation apart from you. if a human evolved the ability to digest and live off gasoline, would you say "ah, it's just a variation"? many bird species (far more complex animals) are seperated only by their diet Cindy: biologists also happen to have a few billion years of the geological record, millions of classified fossils, and logical model that they can use to accurately make predictions about species also to support the theory of evolution. I was just pointing out they've now seen and species evolve under laboratory conditions. It's not my fault that many of you don't understand the concept of species and how a bacteria that can process a totally different food source is no longer the same species as the one it evolved from several years and thousands of generations previously
    18 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 5 years ago
  • Christians, should we implement the death penalty for homosexuality?

    You are against homosexuality because it says so in the Bible, right? Then you must be for the death penalty for homosexuals because it is in the Bible, right? Leviticus 20:13 New International Version (NIV) 13 “‘If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to... show more
    You are against homosexuality because it says so in the Bible, right? Then you must be for the death penalty for homosexuals because it is in the Bible, right? Leviticus 20:13 New International Version (NIV) 13 “‘If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads. Some might say that we are no longer bound by the old laws, but it wouldn't be a sin to continue following them, would it? @Jim - It doesn't say in the Bible they should get professional help, it says they should be put to death. Why would you disobey God and do things your own way? Isn't that what non-believers do? @Cayder - Why do you ignore the last question? @ten - That's exactly my point, stop cherry picking. Don't you think we should implement all of those? @Dawn - Why do you conveniently ignore the last question too? @ten - Nvm, I misunderstood you. It's directed at Christians, right? @Friztby - That's so disingenuous. They stoned people to death all the time in those days. Disobedient children, picking up sticks on the Sabbath, adultery, but for some reason this case is an exception for homosexuality? @Love has teeth - Ok, so you're saying that the death penalty is punishable by the death penalty, which is punishable by the death penalty, which is... @Love has teeth - In addition, you're saying that death penalty was ok in the old testament, but not ok in the new. But I thought morals were absolute? Or are they relative to time/era situation?
    14 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 5 years ago
  • If your brain is damaged in a way that you can no longer believe ancient myths, will you end up in hell?

    Is this a disability that will send you to hell?
    Is this a disability that will send you to hell?
    14 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 5 years ago
  • Is same-sex marriage the begining of a slippery slope?

    I mean if Christians ban same-sex marriage what will they ban next? Will atheists and Jews be allowed to marry in the future? What about people who eat at Red Lobster? Or people who wear clothing of mixed fibers? If women with pierced ears can't get married, there's going to be a lot of competition. These are all evil according to... show more
    I mean if Christians ban same-sex marriage what will they ban next? Will atheists and Jews be allowed to marry in the future? What about people who eat at Red Lobster? Or people who wear clothing of mixed fibers? If women with pierced ears can't get married, there's going to be a lot of competition. These are all evil according to Christians and if they ban one group of sinners, what's to stop them from banning of all them? I know these fundamentalists claim they won't ban the sins that they commit on a daily basis, but can we really trust them? @Xavier, No, its actually a legal status with many benefits in my country.
    12 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 5 years ago