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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

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Dr. Bob replied to Unseen's discussion 'HERE'S WHY SOCIALISM IS INEVITABLE'
"If you run a business, your job is whatever you define your job to be.   It's only relatively recently in America that a few bums-for-brains business schools have advocated that the job is to "maximize shareholder value". So in…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Ole Fredrik Skjegstad's discussion 'Forced to accept grace'
"The same way you access any fund of human knowledge.   Hard work, study, learning from others, engaging in the practices of the discipline, your own experiences and interactions with the world reflected on through the lens of the field of…"
Monday
Dr. Bob replied to Ole Fredrik Skjegstad's discussion 'Forced to accept grace'
"Taking @Simon Matthews back to the top again... And yet we have schools of art and design, and somehow some music and art get loved and preserved for centuries even across cultures.   If someone else "hating" something or choosing to…"
Aug 16
Dr. Bob replied to Marino Baca's discussion 'I don't know what to tell my younger sister'
"LOL @Reg.  Exactly.  Or whatever! The point is that the OP should let his little sister be a kid. "
Aug 16
Dr. Bob replied to Ole Fredrik Skjegstad's discussion 'Forced to accept grace'
"Aha!  Eureka!  I understand the mix up! The piece you are missing is that even though God or the universe are the "absolute authority" that doesn't mean that we little old humans are absolutely right!  In fact it means…"
Aug 16
Dr. Bob replied to DanPill's discussion 'Atheism is a belief... don't say it aint. It's a belief in non-existence of god.'
"LOL.  @DanPill, are you just trolling these people? Please don't tell them it's a belief.  If it were actually belief or an idea that offered something of value then it might be worth serious consideration.   As they view it…"
Aug 16
Dr. Bob replied to Ole Fredrik Skjegstad's discussion 'Forced to accept grace'
"This was a weird but interesting non sequitur. The research seems to suggest that "treating women as second class citizens" is a logical and rational outcome of plough farming in pre-industrial societies.   So if you want to fix that…"
Aug 15
Dr. Bob replied to Ole Fredrik Skjegstad's discussion 'Forced to accept grace'
"That's quite a Gish Gallop.   Where is @Gallup's Mirror these days?  He's usually the progenitor of protracted prose. I'll pick one... My church has always taught that capital punishment is gravely sinful, and…"
Aug 15
Dr. Bob replied to Marino Baca's discussion 'I don't know what to tell my younger sister'
"Nah, I think you're imagining boogeymen that aren't really there. I didn't dream up Santa Claus on my own.  That was a part of my imagination that I got from the general culture (meaning adults).  Probably a book my…"
Aug 15
Dr. Bob replied to Ole Fredrik Skjegstad's discussion 'Forced to accept grace'
"No, I would actively oppose ISIS, but then I have a rational basis for doing so, because I believe they are objectively wrong based on reference to an external authority. ;-) The question is on what basis you can rationally justify opposing…"
Aug 12
Dr. Bob replied to Ole Fredrik Skjegstad's discussion 'Forced to accept grace'
"Nah, most of us think the "God of the gaps" thing is just silly sophomoric reasoning. The point is that both religion and science are human disciplines that inform us (and inform each other).  Same with history, and literature, and…"
Aug 11
Dr. Bob replied to Marino Baca's discussion 'I don't know what to tell my younger sister'
"LOL.  Oh, no!  Not the Permanent Record!! I wouldn't worry about it, @TJ.  My mother used to tell a tale about how she had decided to be honest and tell me there wasn't a Santa, and that people just gave gifts to each…"
Aug 11
Dr. Bob replied to Ole Fredrik Skjegstad's discussion 'Forced to accept grace'
"And most parents would do the same thing with God and religion.  They would teach them about those things but not claim to be the authority on them, because God is the only author.  At the same time, they'd introduce them to teachers…"
Aug 11
Dr. Bob replied to Ole Fredrik Skjegstad's discussion 'Forced to accept grace'
"My Church would agree with you, and has taught that for hundreds (arguably thousands) of years, albeit not always well or perfectly in the face of secular and economic pressure.   In the end we won that fight, which is probably why you now…"
Aug 11
Dr. Bob replied to Marino Baca's discussion 'I don't know what to tell my younger sister'
"I agree with you.   Growing up in a Catholic family and attending a Catholic school I'm quite sure hell was never mentioned until well past the age of reason.  I honestly have no memory of that sort of discussion until high school,…"
Aug 11
Dr. Bob replied to Ole Fredrik Skjegstad's discussion 'Forced to accept grace'
"You're not understanding the Christian concept of sin if you believe it's some sort of debt accounting relationship. I think what you're not facing is that all those humane laws of the Western World that came about through a process…"
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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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