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Re: “Herb Silverman's newest essay collection suggests how we can be "good without God"

For anything to be real, it must be composed of atoms and neutrons and such - physical matter, that is. Gods can ONLY be imagined - and feared where Christianity is concerned.

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Posted by tupper29406 on April 3, 2017 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Herb Silverman's newest essay collection suggests how we can be "good without God"

As is so often the case, the people who would most profit from reading this book are the last people on Earth who will do so.

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Posted by Richard S Russell on April 2, 2017 at 3:26 PM

Re: “Herb Silverman's newest essay collection suggests how we can be "good without God"

Yes, Ron, I have read that joke before. I sure wish there would be more common ground. But many Christians are prejudiced against atheists, thinking that since an atheist is not obeying any God, he or she must be more immoral than Christians. Many would not even vote for an atheist for President, or even other offices. Though some atheists are so extreme, they think all religions are dangerous. Meanwhile in the land of my birth, which is now the Czech Republic, atheists are frequently getting elected, no problem, after all only about 20% of Czechs are still Christian. And the murder rate in the Czech Republic is much lower than here in America. True, there is more corruption in the Czech Republic, but that is because it is a poorer country than America. In general, the poorer the country, the more corruption there, because the salaries are lower, so more temptation.

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Posted by Tom Martin on April 1, 2017 at 9:18 PM

Re: “Herb Silverman's newest essay collection suggests how we can be "good without God"

Lots of common ground to be found between Christians and Atheists - they don't believe in 99% of the same gods.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on April 1, 2017 at 6:29 PM

Re: “Herb Silverman's newest essay collection suggests how we can be "good without God"

Ian, gods could be real. Just because I haven't seen one, and you haven't seen one, does not prove that the likelihood of a god existing is infinitely small. And if there is an afterlife, and if it is better than this life, that would be great. I would love to meet my dead relatives again, or my dead dog too.

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Posted by Tom Martin on April 1, 2017 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Why the best year in South Carolina's filmmaking history might be its last good year

I can completely relate, as to how all of you involved in the film industry, feel . Turning back into time, mid 1990's , there were such awesome opportunities, and some lawmakers, then, challenged, and championed for the film industry to have a great life, within the arms of SC. Some, others, made some dumb mistakes and I have been sad since then.
Savannah College of Art and Design was spinning out upon avenues that SC could have/should have, and it made me -sick, that we would be seen to be- left behind.
I saw, then, the writing on the wall, of what would come from - no insight, and I thought, "HOW can this be" ! We have everything going for us, and WHY should we not be- 'out in front ' ??
Someone told me, "to have SC happen, it must be- by the people/for the people" .
I see, still, that this is true, more than ever and you all have the heart and soul driven drive, to cross that finish line- 1st!, - and I am one who hopes that you all, as SC film industry people, can unite, together, and drive those heart and soul felt dreams, slamdunk , into - reality .
I truly believe that you can.
You have more going for you, than you might realize, because, what I saw back then, still, exists, and so much more, now, today .
You have cards within your hands and you ,all, together, need to find a way to make them work for you.
Go and bring home the bacon, for yourselves, and, the people of SC.
You have the guts and gear!
and I have renewed hope!

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Posted by MOLLY B BAD on March 31, 2017 at 2:15 AM

Re: “Herb Silverman's newest essay collection suggests how we can be "good without God"

JAVSimson, you seem to be buying into the argumentum ad populum fallacy. The fact that lots of people throughout history were (and still are) superstitious is not evidence that gods are real. There is no evidence for the existence of any of the thousands of gods that people have manufactured to cover their ignorance, so there is no reason to believe.

There is as much evidence for the Tooth Fairy as there is for any god - i.e. none at all, and I'm sure you have no qualms about asserting that the Tooth Fairy doesn't exist. In fact, I suspect that you'd view an adult who professed belief in the Tooth Fairy to be delusional, despite the fact that you don't know for sure that she doesn't exist.

Why give a god more respect, when all the evidence shows that the likelihood of a god existing is infinitesimally small? Is it fear of the unknown? Fear of death? Hope for an afterlife? Because it's certainly not rational or honest to profess belief when all the evidence stands against the idea that gods are real.

Gods aren't real. Grow up!

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Posted by Ian Brett Cooper on March 30, 2017 at 8:26 PM

Re: “Herb Silverman's newest essay collection suggests how we can be "good without God"

Sorry, Ian Brett Cooper, but I believe that religious agnosticism is the only honest position to take when talking about "God." Since the idea of God--or gods--seems to have been around since before human language was first recorded (in stone or bone), it's hard to know exactly what "It" (that idea) refers to. We cannot know whether or not God (or gods) exist, nor how It/they are manifested, which is the essence of agnosticism.
I'm sure that Herb Silverman's book would be a worthwhile read, regardless of your belief system.

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Posted by JAVSimson on March 30, 2017 at 7:42 PM

Re: “Peeking behind the curtain with Charleston's illusionists

Caleb Alexander does not show up for a prepaid performance! We hired him for a birthday/family reunion and he disappointed everyone by not showing up. I don't know what he was thinking. He had no excuses and still has not returned my prepayment. Don't be disappointed, don't hire this guy!!

Posted by Richard Taylor on March 30, 2017 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Herb Silverman's newest essay collection suggests how we can be "good without God"

There has never been a valid figure for non believers and there never will be for valid reasons. (like decapitation or flaying for heretics and apostates) A goal for humanists is to find fellow men and women of like mind.

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Posted by Ardeth Patterson Norman on March 29, 2017 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Why the best year in South Carolina's filmmaking history might be its last good year

Excellent work, Ms. Spitz, in shedding light on this charged subject in your debut story for CCP. Your writing is refreshing, insightful, and appears to be carefully researched. I have followed your work from your previous engagement with Willamette Week in Portland, Oregon. Great to have young writers with substance, style, and class. Brava!

Congrats to Michael Campina for his outstanding photography -

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Posted by Louis Spencer-smith on March 29, 2017 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Ode to the Carmike James Island 8 movie theater

But it WAS Johnny Depp, K-$.

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Posted by Leslie Burns on March 29, 2017 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Why the best year in South Carolina's filmmaking history might be its last good year

I sure hope they smarten up and get us on par with Georgia and No. Carolina and do it quickly. There are a lot of us here whose lives depend on it. I too am in the industry and would love to see more work here for everyone. This is a non brainer. Great incentives, more jobs more revenue it really is that simple.
It brings more goodness than not.

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Posted by Barbara Holler on March 29, 2017 at 7:42 AM

Re: “Herb Silverman's newest essay collection suggests how we can be "good without God"

"I'm agnostic. I'm one of those wishy-washy irreligious folks who doesn't quite want to claim the title of "atheist.""

Okay, so if you aren't an atheist, which god do you believe in? Because agnosticism doesn't address the issue of faith - it's about knowledge, and EVERYONE is agnostic, whether they adopt the label or not, because it's impossible to know everything about anything.

You either believe in a god, or you don't. There is no wishy-washy middle ground.

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Posted by Ian Brett Cooper on March 29, 2017 at 7:02 AM

Re: “Ode to the Carmike James Island 8 movie theater

I think this was the last theater in town that you could go to for under $10. What a shame to lose this hidden gem.

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Posted by dgt5 on March 28, 2017 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Ode to the Carmike James Island 8 movie theater

Developer's Greed will kill Charleston sooner than the rising waters from climate change.

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Posted by LuvtheNewslessCourier on March 27, 2017 at 6:11 PM

Re: “Making America filthy again with John Waters

Perhaps some of you might join us in response to those who were waving Confederate flags in Marion Square last weekend. https://www.facebook.com/events/1803620646…

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Posted by Donna Jones on March 10, 2017 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Stephen King adaptation Mr. Mercedes filming downtown in Wagener Terrace

When I read that Anton Yelchin had signed on for the title role, I bought the book with the intent of finishing it before the show aired. On June 19th, 2016, I threw the book in the trash.

While I wish the cast and crew well in this project, I won't be watching it.

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Posted by Tim Addams on February 25, 2017 at 11:09 PM

Re: “Broadway hit 'Hamilton' will stop at Greenville's Peace Center

Alexander Hamilton was, ahem, "intimate friends" with Charlestonian John Laurens.

http://outhistory.org/exhibits/show/hamilt…

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Posted by Letstakeawalk on February 24, 2017 at 5:19 PM

Re: “It'll be OK, everyone. Southern Charm is back in April

Can't wait to read your write ups!

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Posted by Robin Hillyer Miles on February 23, 2017 at 8:00 PM
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