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Jim Downard

Jim Downard
Jim Downard is a Spokane native (with a sojourn in Southern California back in the early 1960s) who was raised in a secular family, so says had no personal faith to lose. He's always been a history and science buff (getting a bachelor's in the former area at what was then Eastern Washington University in the early 1970s).

Ask an Atheist: Religion in the Workplace

More generally, since Christianity at least is at heart an evangelical "share the Good News to all" religion, that a believer feels obligated to do exactly that has never been a problem for me, nor do I take offense to it.

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The Charleston tragedy compounded by breast-beating

Everyone with a sympathetic heart and clearly functioning brain weeps to think of the violent racist thug who decided what his city really needed was a race war sparked by gunning down innocent worshippers at a black church steeped in the travails of the Civil Rights movement

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Ask an Atheist: Is atheism dependent on religion?

Logically, it is up to believers in god(s) to make a positive case for belief in their god(s) to the exclusion of all others. That typically is a tough hurdle, which is why so many defenders of particular god(s) prefer to restrict their argument to their faith vs none at all atheism, rather than a far slipperier comparative religion defense.

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Ask an Atheist: What do atheists believe?

The older concept of an atheist being someone who does not accept a particular god (even if they believe in some other) could include such religious "atheists" in that sense, but that isn't how most people use the concept today.

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Ask an Atheist: Is Atheism Disbelief or a Lack of Belief?

As most people do not live in places where there religion isn't the majority, it is all too easy for individual religions to imagine the issue only in terms of their own belief or non, not a smorgasbord of equally certain convictions that are quite mutually exclusive as doctrinal packages.

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