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Harv, You Write Softly And Genially

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Posted by Michael W. Pearson on May 28, 2002 17:47:41 UTC

but as you have represented yourself as
1) having the same religion as me -and-
2) being agnostic...
it is rather bold of you to write...

Harv:
"The 'how' and 'when' are science questions, and generally we shouldn't see any difference in answers between an atheist and a theist. The 'why' is where an atheist and a theist tend to diverge. The theist believes that there is a 'mind' and 'purpose' to many of the events of the past, whereas an atheist generally regards the events as 'matters of fact' having no reason (i.e., no 'mind') for being this fact of matter versus another fact of matter."

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1)
We SHOULD see major differences in "how and when" because their self-expressed versions are greatly different. Your desire to reconcile the two camps is nice but that's about all.

And...both camps may assert the importance of mind. Atheists may find the past purposeless, as you say, but will state it was by missing the opportunity to apply mind that this state of affairs occurred.

I don't know where you get your information, but maybe you should see if you can get your money back.

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