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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!

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

Re: “REVIEW: Charleston Stage's 'Peter and the Starcatcher' is cheeky, cheerful, and utterly charming

Nice review, but author should be advised both males and females have X chromosomes.

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Posted by woozlewuzzle on February 23, 2017 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Costume designer Susanna Puisto reveals the sexy wardrobe she created for Reckless

low, ugly ! bad combination of colors and design !! terrible !! for the ladies is fine but its totally unacceptable for men its just ridiculous ! TJ max ties ! matching colors is the worst ive seen !!!!!!!!!!! show is great ...

Posted by Benny Hamel on February 18, 2017 at 10:50 PM

Re: “Charleston Museum conserves a centuries-old vestige of the Lowcountry

Tabula rasa rather than rosa? Children were considered bank tablets, not pink ones.

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Posted by Linda Richardson on February 16, 2017 at 7:32 AM

Re: “Mr. Mercedes spotted shooting at Little Jack's Wednesday

Thanks, Keenan, you're right of course. Fixed.

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Posted by Sam Spence on February 15, 2017 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Mr. Mercedes spotted shooting at Little Jack's Wednesday

Anton Yelchin died last year in a freak accident. I don't think he is actually going to be in this. It's going to this guy.... http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/mr-mercedes-anton-yelchin-replaced-938203

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Posted by Keenan Grigg on February 15, 2017 at 3:09 PM

Re: “Spoleto's Nigel Redden reflects on immigrants and the arts in op-ed

HOW MANY "ACTS" do you get from YEMEN ? maybe they can have beheadings and worling dervaishes to set a festive mood!?!

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Posted by John Byram on February 7, 2017 at 12:12 PM
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