That sure seems like a distinction without a difference. A semantics game and nothing more.
By contrast, you are free to believe I'm crazy.
It's not solely your belief in a deity that leads me toward a conclusion like that.
What I take issue with is your behavior on the boards. It is not your right to run around personally attacking every poster with whom you disagree on this issue,
What you take as personal attacks are merely appeals to consistency and clarification. It is not my fault that religious people here tend to have very, very thin skin.
particularly when the thread in question has nothing to do with religion. What you are basically doing is dismissing ANY and ALL opinions of the 6 Billion people on earth that believe in God.
Begging the question that I dismiss any and all opinions of every believer. Incorrect. Logical flaw on your part. Are we allowed to apply logic here or is it off limits to you in this discussion, too?
My evidence is much more than wishful thinking. I've had personal experiences over the years, as have my family and friends. I won't present them here for two reasons 1) They are quite personal and are things I'd rather keep to myself and 2) As much as you claim otherwise, you are the furthest thing from open-minded. Your biased view will ensure that you attack each experience and try to "explain" it in your narrow-minded terms. It's really a waste of time.
So, some stuff happened that you can't explain without invoking a deity. You either don't want to look for a more reasonable, natural explanation or you can't think of one so you default to god. Got it.
“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”