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Are all men (and women) created equal?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen Sep 16. 115 Replies

I'm curious how people think of this.Jefferson proposed that it is a self-evident Truth that "all men are created equal" .  Let's leave aside the "created" bit.Belief in this "truth" and its…Continue

Tags: myths, assumptions, equality, rights

The Sinful Doctor and the Farmer who's a sinner

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sonia Martinez Dec 14, 2015. 25 Replies

What is the sin that I am committing that is not allowing me to experience this God. Can some Christian please tell me how to remove it? What do I need to do to?In the other thread @Reg asked this…Continue

CRSPR and Bioethics: How the science of what we can do can dangerously outstrip the ethics of what we should do

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen Dec 3, 2015. 6 Replies

@Reg mentioned this briefly in another thread, and it seems worthy of discussion.All of you are probably familiar with the rapid advance of gene sequencing technology within the past two decades. …Continue

Tags: humans, modifying, CRISPR, Bioethics

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Dr. Bob replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'You have faith too....'
"LOL.  I don't know.  Try another topic and we'll see ;-) Actually, though, that's what I really think.  I find nihilism to be asinine."
10 hours ago
Dr. Bob replied to JadeBlackOlive's discussion 'JW's & Child Abuse'
"Yep.  As I've said before, I knew Bernard Law in Boston.  The man was always an ass, but if I had a rope I would have hung the man myself when I found out what he'd done.   I saluted the Boston Globe reporting and was…"
10 hours ago
Dr. Bob replied to JadeBlackOlive's discussion 'JW's & Child Abuse'
"@TJ, yes, ministers are one of the professions with privileged access to kids.  Parents, close relatives, family friends, teachers, youth group leaders, coaches, siblings and parents of a child's friends, etc. all fall into that group.…"
11 hours ago
Dr. Bob replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'You have faith too....'
"Exactly.  Not believing in Zeus offers nothing of value.  It doesn't predict anything, it doesn't explain anything, it doesn't help me make decisions of any sort, it's not even entertaining. Or, to pull more from the…"
11 hours ago
Dr. Bob replied to JadeBlackOlive's discussion 'JW's & Child Abuse'
"More like "other groups do terrible things so if we really care about kids we'd pay attention to the real root causes of this phenomenon."   It is painful to think about how many people have had to deal with problems like this,…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'You have faith too....'
"@TJ, I don't care if you don't want to call atheism a belief.  Whatever.  The point is it's not a system.  It offers nothing worthwhile. I believe that God exists, and I wouldn't say that disasters are "His…"
Sunday
Dr. Bob replied to JadeBlackOlive's discussion 'JW's & Child Abuse'
"Isn't that sort of like saying "I have no respect for any cab drivers?"  or "I have no respect for any atheists?" I'm not convinced its rational to judge people by their group or category rather than by their own…"
Sunday
Dr. Bob replied to JadeBlackOlive's discussion 'JW's & Child Abuse'
"There's no evidence that there's a disproportionate number of cases.  The simple reality is that we don't have records from most other organizations.  In terms of cases resulting in successful prosecution from the evidence,…"
Sunday
Dr. Bob replied to JadeBlackOlive's discussion 'JW's & Child Abuse'
"The sad reality is that every organization that runs youth programs has cases of abuse.  Adults in youth programs are trusted, they have access to youth, they have power over youth. It has nothing to do with celibacy; on the contrary, most are…"
Saturday
Dr. Bob replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'You have faith too....'
"It seems to me, @TJ, that most of the folks here insist that atheism is not a system of belief.  It's just not believing in god(s).  A belief without a system, in other words.  Some like @Simon are building their own system,…"
Saturday
Dr. Bob replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'You have faith too....'
"Well, theories within science have "evidence" or observations that support the theory.  Science itself is a philosophy or set of philosophies for which there is no real evidence other than that people find it to be a useful way of…"
Saturday
Dr. Bob replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'Do You Need The Universe To Have Had A Beginning?' in the group Atheists who love Science!
"The KNOWN universe had a beginning, the big bang is the common name for that scenario. Well, OK.  But the unknown universe may well be inhabited by leprechauns and unicorns for all we know.  I thought you were an atheist.  Isn't…"
Saturday
Dr. Bob commented on Belle Rose's blog post 'A Rabbit Trail That Leads to Nowhere'
"Hmmm... Well, @Belle, I welcome you back to the ranks of the believers.   I wish you the best in your continued journey, and I will pray that you find a church community that is truly supportive and welcoming.   It's not magic,…"
Friday
Dr. Bob replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'You have faith too....'
"If there's evidence, you don't NEED faith....you have evidence. The challenge is that evidence is just an observation.  Observations are useful, certainly, but they don't get you to understanding, nor to practical application. In…"
Friday
Dr. Bob replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'You have faith too....'
"Hi @Belle! As the occasional drop-by theist, let me say that if you change your mind just because a Christian man is telling you all kinds of things, that's the wrong reason to become a theist.   Don't get me wrong... doubting and…"
Friday
Dr. Bob replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'Do You Need The Universe To Have Had A Beginning?' in the group Atheists who love Science!
"Umm... yes. We know that photons pop into existence, and we know that electron-positron pairs can pop into existence.  These are observations of the physical world, not theoretical constructs nor axiomatic definitions. TJ unfortunately has a…"
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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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