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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

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'
"Oi!  And now we're back to simplistic mythological nonsense.  It was going so well there for a moment. In science, the scientific community mulls over, examines, considers and vets new ideas and "revelations."  We talk…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"Hmmm...  that's a bit of a muddle. I would say that the existence or non-existence of glow-in-the-dark-squirrels would be a theory or hypothesis in each case.  The underlying construct would be scientific positivism, and within that…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"So tell me about that.  What would you consider a valid "shred of evidence" for the existence of God.  Can you give an example?  If God came along and knocked you off your horse like St. Paul, would that do it?  Or the…"
Wednesday
Dr. Bob replied to IkeArrumba's discussion 'Do Christians read the Bible? Newsweek article says "no".'
"OK, I agree with that. Honestly, though, that's what I see in Hitchens-style atheism.  Nonsensically simplistic views of religion in order to allow folks to feel superior to someone else.  For example, I think if you consider things…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"Surely you see the bias inherent in that statement?  You deliberately reject anything that does not fit with what you know or want to believe about the world.  If it fits with your preconceived notions, it's true.  If it…"
Wednesday
Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"When non-belief became an affirmative statement, rather than simply healthy skepticism. "
Wednesday
Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"Would that really do it for you, @Gregg?  Magic tricks? That doesn't seem likely.  It wouldn't do it for me.  I'd wonder how it was done, and start looking for how someone set up the trick.  If silly magic tricks…"
Wednesday
Dr. Bob replied to IkeArrumba's discussion 'Do Christians read the Bible? Newsweek article says "no".'
"The real question for me is why you feel there is a dichotomy, and why those particular horns of the dilemma.  The problem isn't your choice between those two things; I suspect if forced to I'd make the same choice.  The problem…"
Wednesday
Dr. Bob replied to IkeArrumba's discussion 'Do Christians read the Bible? Newsweek article says "no".'
"I'm not sure what you all are looking for.  Barry wants to reject the notion of one way of thought being right and another being wrong, and Simon wants to reject anything that doesn't allow one to choose one way of being right and…"
Wednesday
Dr. Bob replied to IkeArrumba's discussion 'Do Christians read the Bible? Newsweek article says "no".'
"I think now you're on the right track, @Simon.  The way we choose to between different frameworks is not based on evidence for the founding assumptions, but rather on our perception of the utility of those frameworks in looking at the…"
Wednesday
Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"If you actually saw such a thing, @Simon, wouldn't you wonder about it?  Wouldn't you try to figure it out?  It's like the blasted electron that tunnels through too large a potential barrier or the 10 foot ladder traveling…"
Wednesday
Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"Well, not every failure to understand is the fault of the teacher. ;-)"
Wednesday
Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"I'm curious too, @Gregg.  @Reg has repeatedly asked for "evidence" of God.  I think that's a silly notion, but I find myself wondering what "evidence" he would think is dispositive.  That's at least…"
Wednesday
Dr. Bob replied to Michael's discussion 'You think there's a multiverse?'
"The reason why we have not found any evidence of intelligent extraterrestrial life to date is that all civilizations eventually progress to the point where their particle physicists build an accelerator to go look for the Higgs, and then conduct a…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Adam Shope's discussion 'What is Speaking in Tongues?'
"Hello @bongani! I'm not sure whether you're upset with me because I "dis" other Christians, or because I don't "dis" them enough.  I will certainly agree that Christians have committed crimes against other…"
Wednesday
Dr. Bob replied to Adam Shope's discussion 'What is Speaking in Tongues?'
"Come on, @Reg, that's simply illogical nonsense. It's perfectly possible to laugh at tribal medicine, and yet recognize that a few elements of tribal medicine may have validity.  We have looked at local herbal remedies, for example,…"
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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 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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