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It's hard to know where to start

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pope Beanie 8 minutes ago. 51 Replies

Each day's news here in the U.S. becomes a bit more appalling.Today, I wake to discover that our President-Elect has formed a new government commission on vaccine safety, appointing rabidly anti-vax…Continue

I find this very disturbing... (genetics and alt-right)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Mathews Jan 3. 7 Replies

This article from The Atlantic ruined my day yesterday.…Continue

Tags: education, science, genetics, alt-right

Are all men (and women) created equal?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen Sep 16, 2016. 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

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Pope Beanie replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'It's hard to know where to start'
"I agree this is a good question. Right now I'm wondering if in-group vs out-group thinking is partly driven just for it's own sake. I.e. just heating and stirring up our conflicts (whether based on real or imagined cultural differences)…"
8 minutes ago
Dr. Bob replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'It's hard to know where to start'
"How have your conservative neighbors responded to finding out that the Russian GRU has been actively trying to manipulate their perspective? I expect they're holding on to their perspective, and trying to claim that the whole Russian thing is a…"
26 minutes ago
Dr. Bob replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'It's hard to know where to start'
"Can you describe what the "larger identity issue" is, @Sagacious? I don't believe Catholics are immune from this nonsense, any more than Catholics are immune from being lying, cheating scoundrels or naive biblical literalists.…"
30 minutes ago
Dr. Bob replied to ProgrammingGodJordan's discussion '★★★★★★★★★★★★ [1 second conversion] Convert theist to atheist, in 1 second ★★★★★★★★★★★★'
"Ummm... Actually, our understanding of science only says that we can't measure complementary aspects of matter/energy simultaneously.  Thus we can't simultaneously measure position and momentum to extreme levels of accuracy.…"
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Dr. Bob replied to ProgrammingGodJordan's discussion '★★★★★★★★★★★★ [1 second conversion] Convert theist to atheist, in 1 second ★★★★★★★★★★★★'
"LOL.  Well, you returned the coffee-spit-over-the-keyboard from the other thread. ;-) "
44 minutes ago
Dr. Bob replied to ProgrammingGodJordan's discussion '★★ [4.3 SECOND conversion] ★★: CONVERT religious to atheist, in roughly 4.3 seconds'
"I'd say that absolutely, I believe in God. You seem to be mired in semantic games, and I think you're confusing yourself."
48 minutes ago
Sagacious Hawk replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'It's hard to know where to start'
"I'm glad that your community is different than the people in my state, but the three of my siblings who are Catholic are wary of the vaccine schedule and don't believe that they should get all of them done and that's just my family.…"
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Sagacious Hawk replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'It's hard to know where to start'
""Trump and his appointees aren't religious, beyond superficial lip service for appearance's sake."This list from the FFRF would beg to differ. Not to mention that both Gov.'s Perry and Perdue both led their states in…"
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Sagacious Hawk replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'It's hard to know where to start'
"I see this firstly a policy issue and secondly as a communications issue. I think that our top priorities should be providing political candidates at all levels and in both major parties that refuse hyper-partisanship, focus on making government…"
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Sagacious Hawk replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'It's hard to know where to start'
""Perhaps we need our own version of sensationalized news?"I suppose that it's an option, but what happens when my conservative neighbors find out that a liberally biased news source is actively trying to manipulate their perspective?…"
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Sagacious Hawk replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'It's hard to know where to start'
""...when the more natural religious response would be to oppose greed in favor of helping people."I this is true, then one has to wonder why there is not more opposition."
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Dr. Bob replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'It's hard to know where to start'
"New Zealand, Sweden and the Netherlands are small, highly resourced, largely homogeneous cultures. The latter two cemented cultural traditions after being occupied by a hostile power engaged in genocide that devastated their economies, leaving much…"
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Dr. Bob replied to ProgrammingGodJordan's discussion '★★ [4.3 SECOND conversion] ★★: CONVERT religious to atheist, in roughly 4.3 seconds'
"The thing about that, @Reg, is that older, more experienced professorial types can do that to younger people about any topic.  I could play Socratic deconstructionist and people to doubt democracy, or recorded history, or science, or…"
Thursday
Dr. Bob replied to ProgrammingGodJordan's discussion '★★ [4.3 SECOND conversion] ★★: CONVERT religious to atheist, in roughly 4.3 seconds'
"Huh? Well, the other one I sort of got.   This one, not so much.   I think most theists would walk away shaking their heads and wondering where you bought your mushrooms. ;-) Again, we don't "absolutely" believe that God…"
Thursday
Dr. Bob replied to ProgrammingGodJordan's discussion '★★★★★★★★★★★★ [1 second conversion] Convert theist to atheist, in 1 second ★★★★★★★★★★★★'
"Tick.  Tock. Nope, I'm still a theist. :-) I think you're too caught up on black and white notions of "absolute" or "omniscient".  Getting hung up on the "omni-" words seems to be an atheist thing I…"
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TJ replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'It's hard to know where to start'
"On the forums, the antivaxxers seem to overlap the chemtrail and other conspiracy groups, in that the same people post on all of them. So, some one will make a silly claim that proves more people died of vaccinations than of diseases or whatever,…"
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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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