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Brendan Eich Ouster

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen Apr 13, 2014. 37 Replies

I'm curious what the community thinks about the ouster (under pressure) of Brendan Eich from Mozilla.Should someone be deprived of their livelihood for contributing to a candidate or cause with which…Continue

Tags: 8, Proposition, discrimination, homosexual, Eich

Pope Francis considering appointing women cardinals?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judith van der Roos Nov 3, 2013. 1 Reply

The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but no one knows where it comes from or where it is going.  So it is with everyone moved by the Spirit.Well, that didn't take long to get…Continue

Tags: Catholic, Church, cardinals, women, Francis

Dawkins and Pedophilia

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Smith Feb 12, 2014. 358 Replies

In one of the interminable threads that devolved into endless discussions of pedophilia a couple of months ago, I raised an academic question about whether those who were commenting could come up…Continue

Tags: pedophilia, Dawkins, Richard

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Dr. Bob Aug 13, 2013. 555 Replies

It seemed these things were popping up in multiple discussions as people like @Suzanne chased me about, so rather than continue the multiple hijacks, maybe putting them here will be more entertaining…Continue

Tags: Vatican, bible, purgatory, questions, Catholic

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Dr. Bob replied to Stutz's discussion 'The Consequences of Omnipotence'
"Hmmm...  OK, part of my confusion is over the use of "quality-of-life", which is a term that is generally reserved to sentient beings.  I don't quite know how to interpret "quality of life" for a bacterium. Another…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'What is the difference between ethics and morals?'
"You lost me a bit there, @Pope.  Perhaps you're positing something like Kohlberg? The challenge of law and social contract theory more generally is that laws can be unjust.  The role of religion is to propose and perpetuate…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'What is the difference between ethics and morals?'
"I really do think all of you atheists are scripture-quoting fundamentalists at heart.  In fact, you seem to derive even more comfort out of biblical literalism than they do."
3 hours ago
Dr. Bob replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'What is the difference between ethics and morals?'
"For us Catholics, atheists can be "saved" and fellow Catholics "damned" both fairly readily.  Faith is a virtue, but lack of faith is not a vice, at least not most of the time.  Skepticism, doubt, etc. are normal and…"
17 hours ago
Dr. Bob replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'What is the difference between ethics and morals?'
"I'm not sure that follows. As a theist I'd be inclined to say that morality was to some extent "tethered" to God (though I'm not quite sure what "tethered" means in this context).  I don't think it's…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'What is the difference between ethics and morals?'
"I think I'm sort of where @Pope is at.  Ethics in some contexts at least refers to norms of professional practice.  Medical ethics, professional ethics of attorneys, etc.  In that context, ethics are clearly distinct from…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Stutz's discussion 'The Consequences of Omnipotence'
"This is a position shared by theists. Theists do hold a 'previous commitment', I think you're right about that.  I think that's a logical position to take no matter what the discipline.  Physicists hold a 'previous…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS FOR THEISTS'
"Yes, exactly. Historically in the Catholic Church, the pronouncements of Councils were always framed in the negative.  One can reach conclusions that something is wrong, but not that any human idea is definitively right. This formed the basis…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Bouncy Edhel's discussion 'I Think I'm Dead... Advice?'
"I like your quote; it reminds me of a rabbinical quote about early Christianity. We're not talking about an ideology here, though.  We're talking about an aunt.  Best not to confuse the idiosyncratic views and needs of people…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Stutz's discussion 'The Consequences of Omnipotence'
"Ummm... OK.... I seem to be missing something from earlier in the thread? What two central principles? (As an aside, I'm also confused as to how a central principle can be explained by a theory of biology.  Wouldn't that make the…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Stutz's discussion 'The Consequences of Omnipotence'
"I think that would be helpful, and is indeed the way the development of ideas is described, at least in the sciences."
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Dr. Bob replied to Stutz's discussion 'The Consequences of Omnipotence'
"Exactly."
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Dr. Bob replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS FOR THEISTS'
"1) Who says we don't believe in Santa Claus?  Or at least St. Nikolaos of Myra. 2) No. 3) No."
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Dr. Bob replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS FOR THEISTS'
"Oh, quite a few. All of them would recognize that @Davis was unsuccessfully mouthing the words, because Christianity is a culture (with various sub-cultures), and just like any culture there's a lot more than the words. Similarly just like any…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Stutz's discussion 'The Consequences of Omnipotence'
"I tend to agree with @Davis.  Kierkegaard I find to be completely convoluted and opaque.  I'm sure there are some interesting ideas embedded in his obscurantist prose, but I find it mind-numbing to try to sift through.  Plus, you…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Stutz's discussion 'The Consequences of Omnipotence'
"I think you're mistaking theological abstractions like your modern English definition of "omnipotent" with the fundamentals of our religion.   Theology, like science, is a human explanation.  It can be incomplete, it…"
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Standing Fast for Education

Posted on April 4, 2015 at 3:30pm 19 Comments

Once again this past week we have news of students and colleagues who have become the target of violence by the forces of rabid tribal ignorance. 

Garissa University College on the plains of Kenya is a small but growing school.  It was formerly a "normal" school, which is the old fashioned name for a teachers' college - a place where bright and service-minded young people could prepare to carry the light of knowledge to children and teens in towns and villages across the area.   More…

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Atheist Admires Pope Francis. So what?

Posted on August 13, 2013 at 2:00pm 13 Comments

I ran across this piece by a on a blog maintained by the order.  I thought the piece was quite good, actually, and reflects my own views in many ways, and the comments the author makes both to Catholics and indirectly about atheists might be of interest to those here. 

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It’s not uncommon for my various social newsfeeds to look like an avalanche of news about Pope Francis; it’s an occupational hazard of (i) being a Jesuit and (ii) knowing a lot of Catholics.…

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Religion as Idolatry: A Theist's Perspective

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 7:22pm 13 Comments

This past week, in a small corner of the news there was information about a bombing of a Church in a small community near Arusha, Tanzania.  Several locals along with a handful of Saudi nationals have been arrested as responsible.  The target apparently was the Archbishop of Arusha, a man whom I know personally and whose installation I attended some years back in Tanzania.  Many innocent people were hurt, who were just gathered as a community to dedicate a new church building they had…

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At 1:56pm on April 8, 2015, Colleen Jousma said…

Are you really a doctor? :D 

At 6:06pm on November 21, 2014, Reg The Fronkey Farmer said…

Yes, I am often more annoyed with the anti-science brigade than the religious fundies. I suppose there is a high correlation between them though. I will post this link in my next Sunday school page.

No bird though, just a good Indian curry!!

At 5:02pm on November 17, 2014, Reg The Fronkey Farmer said…

Hi Bob, I found that post here...

At 7:02pm on November 15, 2014, Reg The Fronkey Farmer said…

Hi Bob, I get the travel bit...I am about to fly to the US for Thanksgiving. I have a place in Florida and family living in Atlanta so we will meet up on the beach......I can't find the blog I wrote but will search again for it. I know I did not delete it. I have helped many fundamentalists and born again to get back on track (or on track for the first time). I am almost "religious" about it :-)

At 7:07pm on October 11, 2013, Cesar Deicide said…

Moderation? Seriously?

At 7:06pm on October 11, 2013, Cesar Deicide said…

What happened to the blog post?!

At 6:03pm on August 13, 2013, Unseen said…

Hello, Dr. Bob. Nice to meet you.

At 4:11pm on March 16, 2013, Sagacious Hawk said…

It's refreshing to see a believer on these forums approach with civil, polite, and intelligent discourse even when not treated with such. You, sir, have run our virtual gauntlet and gained my respect. I do hope you stick around and continue to contribute. I sometimes worry that without dissenting opinions and viewpoints, we'll just keep reinforcing our own, and while some of us try to keep a level head and an open mind, we can't articulate a different viewpoint as well as if it was actually ours.

That said, I know it can be a daunting task, but I look forward to seeing what you have to say in the future.

 
 
 

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