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  • In America, can the criminally insane ever be executed?

    From what I understand, there's a strict law that people with insanity cannot be executed. Can there ever be an exception for this if the crime was ridiculously grand? For example, hijacking a tank, killing two thousand people and destroying the white house with the president inside or something ludicrous like that? Or is it absolutely inescapably airtight?

    1 AnswerLaw & Ethics4 years ago
  • Can someone explain why meninism is equated to sexism if feminism is equated to fighting for women's rights?

    It seems like a contradiction for so many people to say "I support equality" then frown when men complain of issues they face (or even issues they face to the same degree as women, where it's not even a specific gender issue since it's inflicted on everyone).

    For example, I've seen people furiously slamming the media for the unrealistic body image they set for women, but will claim that men are being whiny/ petty if they complain about the same thing. I don't understand how this mentality is equality, am I missing something?

    10 AnswersGender Studies5 years ago
  • Which religion do you follow (if any), and do you consider yourself to be open minded?

    Atheists: What would it take to convince you a particular theistic religion was true?

    Theists: What would it take to convince you god didn t exist, and what would it take to convince you that you were following the wrong god (two different scenarios there in case that seemed confusingly contradictory)?

    17 AnswersReligion & Spirituality5 years ago
  • Theists: Why do you personally believe your religion hasn't been accepted globally as fact by now?

    Bear in mind that this isn't just a matter of personal preference; for example, I'm an atheist and I personally don't believe in the existence of any of the gods as described by the various religions. Others simply believe in what you would consider to be false gods.

    In a world where we've either found definite conclusions about things or acknowledged that we simply don't yet know (for example, we can definitively test whether or not something is a cure for cancer), why do you feel that the actual existence of your god is still far from being globally accepted? It would be understandable of course that some people have faith in different gods as to whether or not they should be followed and trusted (for example, some people believe in the Christian god, but side with Satan), but what explanation do you believe in to explain why we simply haven't come to a definite global conclusion yet?

    9 AnswersReligion & Spirituality5 years ago
  • Theists: Doesn't it concern you that there are many different beliefs you don't believe in that have the same reasons for believing?

    Disclaimer: I'm generalizing with this question, so take it loosely and correct me where it doesn't personally apply to you. Also, there's always theists and atheists that can't see a question for what it is, so I'll make it clear now: This question isn't some sarcastic or nasty jab at your religions, I genuinely want to hear people's viewpoints on this.

    Kind of hard to write out exactly what I mean in the character limit in the question; what I mean is, at least in my experience, every explanation I've heard for why a particular religion is correct can (and is) used to support the existence of another religion that you would say is false.

    For example, I've previously pitted the question to Christians and Muslims "Why do you believe Christianity/ Islam is true but Islam/ Christianity isn't?" and had both sides say "*holy book* says so" and "because I have faith".

    Putting aside any bias and looking at this from a purely rational viewpoint; do you have any evidence or reason for belief in your religion that actually sets it aside from the crowd? What is the true reason for believing, and if someone said that exact same reason for a different religion you currently don't believe to be true (let's say the Norse Gods since nobody believes in them anymore like they used to), would you consider it to be just as likely to be the truth and re-evaluate your faith, or how would you meet that obstacle of a religion passing all the same reality checks yours does?

    8 AnswersReligion & Spirituality5 years ago
  • Theists: Does it bother you that the religion and spirituality section is a subgroup of society and culture?

    Would you consider it an implication that you only believe what you believe because of where you happened to be born rather than you being one of the enlightened ones that knows the one and only truth? If so, does it offend you personally, and how would you change it for the better?

    11 AnswersReligion & Spirituality5 years ago
  • Christians: How do you explain God suddenly becoming shy in the modern day, particularly with the invention of cameras/ internet?

    For example, The biblical God actively spoke to people frequently and was not hesitant to show he existed. People often quote "You shall not test the lord your god", but forget the part where God tells people to test their God: Only he, the true God, shall be happy to demonstrate proof of his existence through his actions while the fake Gods will be unable to answer their calls because they don't exist. He was all over the place performing miracles and talking to people, to the extent that people not believing he existed wasn't really an issue (and he certainly did a good job of proving he existed to the nonbelievers).

    Fast forward to the present day and suddenly the number of miracles dropped with the invention and improvement of the camera and the internet. Where there was once God, there are now just people making excuses for the lack of any clear sign that God exists, despite these excuses failing to address the inconsistency in The Bible.

    So how would you explain God's absence, considering he was incredibly vocal and blunt towards nonbelievers and blasphemers? (If your answer is that you can simply "feel" him or you have to have faith etc, explain how that doesn't contradict The Bible where straight up nonbelievers and blasphemers would be spoken to by God himself and have miraculous curses put on them that would have no scientific explanation even today).

    Please don't forget to explain your reasoning, and why it's not inconsistent with The Bible.

    5 AnswersReligion & Spirituality5 years ago
  • Why don t Christians act more like Adam and Eve before the fruit of knowledge was eaten?

    For example, they weren t self aware of their nakedness, and this was presumably what God wanted. They ate the fruit and suddenly became self aware about it and wore clothes, against God s original designs. So why don t Christians reject the sinful act of Adam and Eve by being nudists and accepting God s original design?

    10 AnswersReligion & Spirituality6 years ago
  • Is a diet of fruit smoothies, whey protein shakes, vegetables and eggs healthy?

    I usually struggle to decide what to eat which leads to me eating unhealthy foods, but I've recently discovered fruit smoothies (home made with just fruit, milk and ice, no sugar etc). I'm quite skinny and looking to bulk up a bit, and want to have a diet that's very healthy. If I balance these out in my diet, is there anything important I'm missing?

    1 AnswerDiet & Fitness6 years ago
  • In Bleach, why don t the shinigami just destroy all the hollows?

    They managed to fight off the Espada and presumably would have won if not for having to fight Aizen... so why didn t they just storm into the hollow s world and kill them all? Is it because of the soul balance or the fact that the purified hollows would appear in an already overcrowded Soul Society? Are they fine with hollows as long as they don t pick fights with humans/ shinigami?

    1 AnswerComics & Animation6 years ago
  • What's with the annoyance at those that don't tip in America?

    I know it's a hot topic, but before assuming I'm some kind of jerk, bear in mind I'm from England and I don't know much about how things work in America, hence my reason for asking.

    Something I don't understand is why waiters get annoyed at customers that don't tip. Shouldn't that be part of what you pay for? When you buy something from Burger King for example, you aren't expected to personally pay part of the wages of each cook that handled your meal and the person that takes your order, because the cost of the food goes to the company which then uses that to pay the wages of the staff. From what I understand, the waiters make a low wage which is then taxed based on a hypothetical tip of $12 that may or may not exist? Why do people get annoyed at the customers for not paying them loads of tips to keep up this system, rather than being annoyed at the people that designed that system in the first place?

    Another thing I don't get is that I've heard lots of people saying they get paid under minimum wage... How does that make sense? Surely if their wage is below 'minimum wage', then THAT is the minimum wage?

    14 AnswersEtiquette6 years ago
  • Isn't it contradictory to claim God created everything including time and space, yet has always eternally existed?

    The claim is that everything with a beginning must have a cause, including space and time, therefore there must be a creating force that never had an origin; it never started to exist because it ALWAYS existed.

    I'll say that again: A creator lives has always lived for all eternity... then he creates time? Am I missing something here or is this truly a contradiction in the logic of a creator?

    11 AnswersReligion & Spirituality6 years ago
  • How can God be omnipotent AND have limits?

    The common explanation given for why evil and suffering exist in a world with a God is that he needs to use those as part of his perfect plan, he simply cannot have a perfect plan without it... yet if you then ask if God is omnipotent and can do anything without limit, it'll be treated as common sense, of course God can do anything and isn't limited by anything. How can both be true?

    26 AnswersReligion & Spirituality6 years ago
  • Do I need an official business to buy wholesale?

    I'd like to buy a certain collectible wholesale for investment purposes rather than selling right now. I have enough money to buy the items in bulk (plus a few for myself at the reduced wholesale price :P), but I don't have an official business, I just buy a lot of stuff to sell a few years down the line. Is it ok for an average joe to buy wholesale if he has the money?

    The website in question requires people to make a wholesale account before they can view the wholesale prices and such, but would that be because they need to verify business information or something or can anyone do it?

    The website is http://www.entertainmentearth.com/

    3 AnswersSmall Business6 years ago
  • Is it safe to use beams in the attic for pull ups?

    I don't want to get a pull up bar installed, so can I use the beams instead? Would I need to provide a picture or is there a general yes/ no to it being safe in general? They're not rotting or anything, the attic is well used rather than some extra room left to rot, they look brand new (not sure exactly how many years old the house is but I can't imagine it's particularly old).

    3 AnswersDo It Yourself (DIY)6 years ago
  • Poll: What's your religion and country?

    If America, put which state as well.

    23 AnswersReligion & Spirituality7 years ago
  • Why do so many theists do this?

    In religious debates, so many people use their holy book in their argument, such as using "The fool in their heart says there is no God" as evidence for there being a God. Would they genuinely expect an atheist to say "oh goodness, The Bible says there's a God!? I didn't realise! I follow The Bible with all my heart and just missed the part where it says God exists!"

    I just can't understand it, why would anyone use their own book that they're trying to prove correct as evidence as if it's already proven as correct? If you do this, could you explain what you're thinking as you do it?

    9 AnswersReligion & Spirituality7 years ago
  • Do you seek to learn when you feel you already know something?

    Specifically in religion; I'm sure most of you will have settled on a religion/ atheism, so when the other side says something, do you automatically view them as misled people that should be taught the truth of the world (as in, the truth as you see it), or do you listen to what they have to say and continue to question your opinions? Do you self evaluate or just set out to convert/ feel pity that they're on the wrong side of the fence and let them be ect?

    This goes for theists and atheists.

    8 AnswersReligion & Spirituality7 years ago