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Foreword by Patrick D. Miller In this remarkable, acclaimed history of the development of monotheism, Mark S. Smith explains how Israel’s religion evolved from a cult of Yahweh as a primary deity among many to a fully defined monotheistic faith with Yahweh as sole god. Repudiating the traditional view that Israel was fundamentally different in culture and religion from its Canaanite neighbors, this provocative book argues that Israelite religion developed, at least in part, from the religion …

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Debate me. I believe in God. That he created this universe. I have a firm belief that this life is a moment in our very long spiritual journey. Prove me wrong.(r/DebateAnAtheist)

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> I believe that God is a physical being, not just a spiritual, that could easily ‘prove itself’ using the scientific method.

> But the purpose of this life I believe is to use and develop a spiritual ‘sense’ that we all possess even in the harshest circumstances. After we develop this (as I see in my life, i cant speak for others) I can begin to see a lot of ‘evidence’.

You have mentioned evidence a number of times; as well as acknowledged the burden of proof. Yet – no evidence seems to be presented.

> if there really is no god, then i’m just a strange human being, that has an extremely awkward sense on reality, and my state of mind.

Why would you having a Faith based belief in supernatural deities, when there may in fact be no gods, make you strange? The desire for, or the emotions to support belief in, supernatural deities is very natural and a result of the evolutionary route taken by humans. God is an answer, an answer to what we do not know or have knowledge of. Gods started as answers to questions like: What is that source of heat and light in the sky? What is that bright light that sometimes starts fires in storms? Why did my mate die from eating raw intestines? Basically god is a shortcut to satisfy curiosity when there is no other knowledge upon which to base an answer; answers that are given with little effort and yet, are enough to satisfy the curiosity, the need to know, the God of Gaps.

> I believe in God. That he created this universe.

Cool. Those beliefs get you to non-intervening Deism or Pantheism. How do you make the jump to an intervening revealed Deity with published doctrine (i.e., Word of God)?

You mentioned evidence a number of times, and acknowledged the concept of burden of proof – yet the anecdotal and subjective evidence you have alluded to does not satisfy the burden of proof – though it is enough to satisfy those with the same or similar conformation bias.

Thank you for taking the time to make this post and open yourself to debate/criticism. If you are interested, please feel free to make a new post for debate topics to showcase your position. I would recommend that you narrow the breath of your topic to one or two specific debate points – for example: ‘I feel that Mormonism provides a positive benefit to society’ or ‘The morality expressed in the Book of Mormon, which is summarized below, is superior to that of mainstream Christianity (or whatever).’ However, consider rather than looking for a debate, look for a discussion (your experiences as a convert to Mormonism would be interesting, as would be ‘Why Mormonism over that of the 34,000 other sects of Christianity, or Islam, of Judaism (the all have the same Deity))’.


Evidential sources related to the development and growth of monotheistic Allahism/Yahwehism from a historical polytheistic foundation:

TL;DR. Words, so many words. It’s a Gish Gallop. Also – not proofread.

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Paperback

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ABIS_BOOK

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Mark S. Smith

Book Edition

2nd

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Eerdmans

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