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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 mobojo23's discussion 'I wonder why -'
"Sorry, @mobojo, you've got your science wrong.  The great majority of organisms have to be producers, not consumers, otherwise you violate energy conservation and the second law of thermodynamics.  If you're in our universe, the…"
Dec 11, 2015
Simon Paynton replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'The Sinful Doctor and the Farmer who's a sinner'
""There aren't any mysteries"  - that's not true: there are problems, for example, in finding out how to compete with "Jesus" and "Christianity" in motivating and inspiring people.  Those are…"
Dec 9, 2015
Simon Paynton replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'The Sinful Doctor and the Farmer who's a sinner'
"I hope that people can see how a bit of detailed fundamental knowledge makes the whole thing piss-easy. "
Dec 9, 2015
Simon Paynton replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'The Sinful Doctor and the Farmer who's a sinner'
"I complained about and made fun of Trevor's explicit statement that thinking for yourself is a sin.  Of course, as an atheist, I think that is the biggest hogwash I have ever heard.  However, at the same time, it points the way…"
Dec 9, 2015
Simon Paynton replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'The Sinful Doctor and the Farmer who's a sinner'
""it is not plausible that a Creator would require you to become a card-carrying Christian in order to please Him correctly"  - to be fair, @Dr Bob gives a different account of this, and it makes sense to me.  He seems to say that…"
Dec 9, 2015
Simon Paynton replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'The Guardian: We can save atheism from new atheists'
"What do you mean, Jack? "
Dec 8, 2015
Reg The Fronkey Farmer replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'The Sinful Doctor and the Farmer who's a sinner'
"But it's reserved for the unique one of a kind people :-)"
Dec 8, 2015
Jack Mayfield replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'The Guardian: We can save atheism from new atheists'
"Seems a bit esoteric to me.   How you get to enlightenment has many paths but only one goal. "
Dec 8, 2015
Strega replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'The Sinful Doctor and the Farmer who's a sinner'
"What, so you can see me sneakily posting on TA on my cellphone in class? Not likely!"
Dec 8, 2015
Reg The Fronkey Farmer replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'The Sinful Doctor and the Farmer who's a sinner'
"Please move to the front row."
Dec 8, 2015
Strega replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'The Sinful Doctor and the Farmer who's a sinner'
"We could say that X is more unique than Y but we'd be mangling the English language. We should get a C- for our puny attempts at grammatical accuracy. Alternatively we could say X has more unique components than Y and we would be Top Banana in…"
Dec 8, 2015
Simon Paynton replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'The Sinful Doctor and the Farmer who's a sinner'
""Objective morality"  - I agree, they don't sit easily together, along with "moral facts" and "moral truths".  In a way it's something of a nonsense, since its origin and purpose is firmly within the…"
Dec 8, 2015
Strega replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'The Sinful Doctor and the Farmer who's a sinner'
"What can be more or less unique? What has a degree of uniqueness? What measurement IS a degree when applied to uniqueness? Objective morality is a Deepak Chopra-style of expression. It takes two unconnected words, plasters them uncomfortably…"
Dec 8, 2015
Simon Paynton replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'The Sinful Doctor and the Farmer who's a sinner'
"I can see your point, but even with uniqueness, there can be degrees of uniqueness.  Something can be more or less unique.  But you're saying that "objective morality" has a very specific meaning.  We can base a…"
Dec 8, 2015
Simon Mathews replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'The Sinful Doctor and the Farmer who's a sinner'
"I agree with everything you have said except about the different degrees or forms of objectivity. If we are to use the term strictly objective has a specific meaning which is that it represents something devoid of bias towards personal feelings or…"
Dec 8, 2015
Simon Paynton replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'The Sinful Doctor and the Farmer who's a sinner'
""An objective morality is one that determines right and wrong regardless of any individual or group's viewpoint."  - in that case, it can't exist, simply because it must necessarily have been created by an individual or…"
Dec 8, 2015

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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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