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MaineDog BS: Atheists: No 'so help me God' (314* d) RE: BS: Atheists: No 'so help me God' 01 Jan 09

Swearing an oath by God means, basically, that you are accepting as fact that you will lose your Salvation and be damned to hell if you fail to do you best in your enterprise. The assumption is that the oath-taker is a Christian, and is therefore seriously influenced by taking this oath, and so, he can be trusted to fulfill his promise. In a society of believers, this carries a lot of weight.

How then, should an atheist attempt to convince the largely atheist public that he is really serious about his promise?

"I will forfeit my --- if I fail to do this!!!"

My ipod?
my unfaithful wife
my wine cellar?
my stock portfolio, (which is now worthless)
my dead Subaru?
my house on the sand (also worthless)
my reputation (already suspect)
In short, he can't convince me of anything.

So, if he is serious, he must swear by God, even if he doesn't actually believe.

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