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Goblinmonger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-17-10 04:25 PM
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Why I don't believe in gods.
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A. There is absolutely no evidence for one.
B. There is not need for one to explain anything. Let me explain through events yesterday that spurred this OP:

My daughter was in a car accident yesterday. She went about 40 miles away to an apple orchard and then was going to visit a nearby "gravity hill" (the perspective of the surroundings makes it seem like your car is rolling uphill). She was stopped on the highway to turn left and the driver in a car coming up behind her was not paying attention and hit my daughter's car at approximately 55mph. Her and her boyfriend were pushed about 100 yds. The car is totaled (OK, I don't have the "official" call on that yet, but it's totaled). Luckily, she is not dead. She is in a neck collar and needs to go to the neurologist tomorrow because there is some spacing between C4 & C5 and they need to make sure it is just a ligament sprain (no fractures on the CT). It was just a random string of random events that caused everything (OK, the guy not paying attention caused the accident but you know what I mean). Had my daughter not decided to be nice and stop in a long line to get her brother a caramel apple, she would never have been at the road at the same time as Mr. Inattentive. Had she turned her wheels to the left while she was stopped waiting for oncoming traffic, she would have pushed into that oncoming traffic. She had about 7 pumpkins in her trunk and had her back seats open to the trunk because she got some corn stalks, too. Had she not been a serious violin player, she would not have had the sturdy, metal music stand in her trunk that is mangled and likely stopped those 7 pumpkins from flying to the front of the car to do more damage to her and her boyfriend. If she had not been in a car that we purchased because of safety rating (to some extent), it is likely the very large pickup truck that hit her would have done more damage to her car and, relatedly, her. Sorry for rambling (this happened yesterday at 4 pm--I did not get to sleep until about 1:30 am and when I went to get her her favorite egg bagel sandwich this morning at Big Apple Bagels, I had to pull over and cried for about 10 minutes for the first time since the protection instinct kicked in) but it feels good to pour this out on the computer.

In short, neither her getting in the accident or surviving it needs a god to explain it. A whole bunch of circumstances came together to make it happen and to not make it worse for her health. To me, right now, it seems like a pretty good analogy for life. (And for those of you that file me in the evil atheist or asshole atheist in your head, when we were talking to our neighbors about it this morning and they said they would pray for my daughter tonight, I said "Thank you.")
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  -Why I don't believe in gods. Goblinmonger  Oct-17-10 04:25 PM   #0 
  - I feel your pain...  WillParkinson   Oct-17-10 04:30 PM   #1 
  - If you were thinking more clearly  skepticscott   Oct-17-10 04:34 PM   #2 
  - I hope that is sarcasm  Angry Dragon   Oct-17-10 04:41 PM   #4 
     - It's sarcasm. I got it.  Goblinmonger   Oct-17-10 04:45 PM   #6 
     - Sorry about your daughter, btw  skepticscott   Oct-17-10 06:10 PM   #19 
     - God's plan was  skepticscott   Oct-17-10 04:45 PM   #7 
  - I am very sorry your daughter  handmade34   Oct-17-10 04:35 PM   #3 
  - I am sorry she and her BF are going through this.  Ruby the Liberal   Oct-17-10 04:45 PM   #5 
  - Plenty of people do.  Goblinmonger   Oct-17-10 04:48 PM   #8 
     - Wow! You must be proud.  Ruby the Liberal   Oct-17-10 05:24 PM   #13 
  - I hope your daughter recovers fast, Gob!  Odin2005   Oct-17-10 04:54 PM   #9 
  - Sorry your daughter got hurt. Glad it wasn't worse.  Manifestor_of_Light   Oct-17-10 05:03 PM   #10 
  - And I am beginning to think along the lines of an Atheist  Bitwit1234   Oct-17-10 05:03 PM   #11 
  - Thoughts on this  Ruby the Liberal   Oct-17-10 05:32 PM   #15 
  - Best of luck to the kids. And thanks for your thoughts.  onager   Oct-17-10 05:11 PM   #12 
  - Glad your daughter is not seriously hurt, GM.  trotsky   Oct-17-10 05:27 PM   #14 
  - How I think...  HawkerHurricane   Oct-17-10 05:53 PM   #16 
  - These seem to cover the possibilities  MikeH   Oct-22-10 09:12 PM   #37 
  - Yikes! I hope they both turn out OK in the long term. nt  ZombieHorde   Oct-17-10 06:05 PM   #17 
  - some people need that prayer. some people need that god in the sky.  ejpoeta   Oct-17-10 06:06 PM   #18 
  - Why didn't you post this in the Atheist/Agnostics group?  PADemD   Oct-17-10 07:47 PM   #20 
  - Because I didn't want to.  Goblinmonger   Oct-17-10 08:42 PM   #21 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Oct-17-10 10:14 PM   #24 
  - K&R n/t  DeSwiss   Oct-17-10 09:42 PM   #22 
  - Your daughter sounds like quite a young woman.  beam me up scottie   Oct-17-10 10:11 PM   #23 
  - Physics explains it better than a god (or gods) do  HarveyDarkey   Oct-17-10 10:49 PM   #25 
  - An agnostic myself..  cilla4progress   Oct-17-10 10:58 PM   #26 
  - Glad she's probably OK  struggle4progress   Oct-18-10 01:06 AM   #27 
  - If Wishes work  intaglio   Oct-18-10 06:41 AM   #28 
  - glad she's okay  TZ   Oct-18-10 07:34 AM   #29 
  - I'm glad your daughter wasn't seriously hurt. - n/t  Jim__   Oct-18-10 08:08 AM   #30 
  - Aw, man! I am so sorry to hear this!  cleanhippie   Oct-18-10 10:29 AM   #31 
  - Hope your daughter and her BF recover soon.  raccoon   Oct-18-10 11:32 AM   #32 
  - Update  Goblinmonger   Oct-18-10 02:17 PM   #33 
  - Glad she's okay. As I mentioned before, I recently got hit by a car as well  Evoman   Oct-18-10 02:54 PM   #34 
  - But you do need a god to explain people digging a hole to free some trapped miners.  laconicsax   Oct-18-10 04:10 PM   #35 
     - LOL, I stayed out of those miner threads because I couldn't stand the hypocrisy.  LAGC   Oct-18-10 04:46 PM   #36 

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