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3 years ago  ::  Mar 12, 2011 - 8:14PM #1
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The Discuss Atheism board is a dialogue and debate forum where members of any faith or tradition may come to find out more about atheism and secular philosophies, debate issues with atheism and secular philosophies that they may have, and discuss differences that may exist between their religious ideas and atheism.  All members may participate and may not be personally challenged for their beliefs.  It is not an atheist community club.  That can be found on the Atheist and Secular Philosophies board. 

Discussion guidelines: Members may not establish local rules of evidence, or limit topics to those acceptable to atheists.  This is a general debate board where all topics are welcome. All members are encouraged to start new threads when appropriate rather than disrupt an existing thread with a new discussion topic. Please remember that homosexuality and abortion discussions are restricted to the appropriate forums.   It is expected but not necessary that atheists will participate in most topics to provide the atheist point of view on the topic of discussion.  But as in any discussion the assumption that an argument is defective must be supported, not merely asserted.  A member's religious beliefs must be assumed to be valid for them.  If they choose to discuss certain issues, those issues may be discussed from an atheist point of view but the beliefs of the member must be respected. 
 
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3 years ago  ::  Mar 17, 2011 - 12:12PM #2
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    3 years ago  ::  Jun 14, 2011 - 2:14AM #3
    Jcarlinbn
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    A couple of threads and many posts are missing because of discussions of other members.  These discussions are not permitted by the ROC whether or not the member is mentioned by username.  I remind all that motives for posting, are specifically prohibited by the ROC.


     

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    3 years ago  ::  Oct 07, 2011 - 10:44AM #4
    Jcarlinbn
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    Please note this is a discussion board open to all members.  It is not an atheist community board which can be found at Atheism and Secular Philosophies.  


    There is also an Agnosticism community board  


    If you do not want theist comments on your posts, start a mirror thread on A&SP, or Agnosticism as appropriate .  


    A&SP and Agnosticism are discussion boards, but discussions are closed to religious members.


    There is also a learn about or Welcome Atheists board, which technically is not a discussion board, although some discussion is permitted.  

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    1 year ago  ::  Jul 05, 2013 - 11:07AM #5
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    12 months ago  ::  Aug 14, 2013 - 11:40AM #6
    JCarlin
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    Aug 14, 2013 -- 10:38AM, Thetanager wrote:


    I realize this thread has gotten largely off track (or at least added many new tracks) from the original intent.  I do not wish to derail it, if others want to get back to it.  I am not trying to make this thread just about me and my beliefs, but I do want to answer the good questions people are posing to me.  If threads need to be moved or stopped.  Please let me know if I miss anything or if we should drop it all and get back to only discussing whether religion is divisive. 




    Unfortunately on the current platform for beliefnet, threads get unwieldly.  For practical purposes the last few posts become the topic of the thread.  If anyone wishes to continue on the OP hesh can quote and copy the last relevant post and start a new thread (preferred) or post it as a continuation on the same thread.  You will see in the index several threads marked (part 2) or (continued.)  Alternatively if a question deserves a thread of its own simply quote it as usual, copy the quote and paste it into a new thread and respond there.  Any member can do this.    You will note that several threads here have many subthread topics.  Frustrating for all, but the platform is what it is.


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    8 months ago  ::  Nov 29, 2013 - 11:49AM #7
    Jcarlinbn
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    Discuss Atheism is a discussion board for topics relevant to atheism.  Atheism is without a belief in God/gods by definition.  Generally atheists have good reasons for being without belief.  This board is a forum to discuss those reasons.  


    Theists are welcome to participate but those chosing to post on the board can expect discussion of their reasons for belief by atheists.  If theists do not wish to expose those reasons to discussion by non-believers they should not be on the board.  Believers may not discuss religions not their own on this board.  Such discussions must take place on an appropriate religion discussion board.  


    Unsupported, that is non-discussable, assertions of God belief are disruptive and will be removed.  


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