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Brendan Eich Ouster

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen Apr 13. 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. 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

Ask Dr. Bob

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 Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"No, @Reg, that's just nonsense. There's not a single productive system of human thought which does not rest on assumptions without evidence.  Mathematics, physics, music, philosophy... not one. If you begin with "assume…"
Dec 9
Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"That doesn't follow at all. We have a dickens of a time defining energy, but we have no trouble at all identifying characteristics or aspects of energy.   We have an awfully hard time defining love, but we have an easier time…"
Dec 9
Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"Forgive me, but the No True Scotsman thing is just blithering logical illiteracy.  I am as completely mystified as to why anyone would cite that as I am as to why anyone would cite Ayn Rand.  By the No True Scotsman measure, we…"
Dec 9
Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"Really?  You should let me in on them sometime!  What would the "laws of physics" be? "
Dec 9
Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"Both are the same thing. Energy is an explanation, not an observable or measurable thing."
Dec 9
Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"Ed, there are no semantical (sic) shenanigans. This is Dr. Bob the physics professor talking.  In modern science, there is no way to measure energy.  Energy is not an observable quantity.   There is absolutely no "physical…"
Dec 9
Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"Why in the world would I be certain that I am right?  To paraphrase Pope Francis, people who are certain they are right have lost God. "
Dec 9
Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"God is a concept, an assumption, a postulate.   We postulate the existence of God "on faith", and then see what kind of system of logic and teaching results from that beginning, plus observations of people/communities/the world.…"
Dec 9
Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"Do you think that ideas actually cause harm?  Or only people acting on those ideas (often in foolish ways)?  It seems that if you really believed that an idea (like religion) caused harm, you'd be in favor of banning books and…"
Dec 9
Dr. Bob replied to Roy Walker's discussion 'Budding Freethinker'
"I think the challenge, Ed, is that there's no point in discarding a framework that is in any way helpful unless you have found another that is at least as helpful. "
Dec 9
Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"Well, actually, no.  Between when Franklin discovered electrostatics and when we finally had an understanding of energy that incorporated a range of electrical phenomenon quite a number of years passed.  So very bright people were able to…"
Dec 8
Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"What does the "correct God" mean?  I see no reason to assume that because there are different theories or approaches that implies different realities. There are lots and lots and lots of phenomena for which we have multiple theories…"
Dec 8
Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"That doesn't seem logical to me, @Karlee.  On what basis can any of us claim that our own personal experience is uniquely authoritative?   I know mine isn't.   I'm also not sure what's different about…"
Dec 8
Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"No, or at least I would never myself use the words in that sentence.  I probably would be OK with believing that His son died for me so that I may be saved, but the "and become immortal" bit is just off, and not in keeping with my…"
Dec 8
Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"Why not? There's nothing unreasonable about divine revelation if one begins with the premise of a caring deity.   I suspect you're also thinking of revelation as something different than what it actually is.  It's a…"
Dec 8
Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"Oh my.  Hast thou become a theist? Religion is of course a human construct, a way of looking at the world, yes.  Like all ways of looking at the world, it has some built-in assumptions/axioms/unprovable structural elements/whatever you…"
Dec 7

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Atheist Admires Pope Francis. So what?

Posted on August 13, 2013 at 2:00pm 14 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 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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