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It's hard to know where to start

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Paynton Jan 21. 53 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 Mike Lansing Jan 28. 8 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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Dr. Bob replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'What would you consider evidence?'
"42! Y'all are really funny.  Even the most fundamentalist of Christians doesn't believe in the Authority of the Bible in quite the bizarre way you all do.  "
Feb 7
Dr. Bob replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'What would you consider evidence?'
"Lol.  The taoiseach at least has a sense of humor.   In answer to your question, no, nowhere that I'm aware of is a woman still purified with burnt offerings.   The turtledoves of the world are safe.   Of course, if it…"
Feb 7
Dr. Bob replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'What would you consider evidence?'
"Of course it's not cherry-picking to pull out the "horrible, nasty, immoral parts" interpreted in a way that the people who compiled the book or who reference it now would never interpret it. You seem to imagine that the Bible is some…"
Feb 7
Dr. Bob replied to CDB's discussion 'Immigration and the "Constitutional Test"'
"I think the whole point of the American Constitution is that it allows individual citizens to promote any ideas or agendas that they want, unfettered by the government. Freedom isn't freedom if only the people we agree with are free."
Feb 7
Dr. Bob replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'What would you consider evidence?'
"I don't know, but overall it seems like a reasonable protocol for protecting against bloodborne pathogens in an era before humanity knew about microbes.   Many of the Leviticus rituals for handwashing, preparation of food, keeping kosher,…"
Feb 6
Dr. Bob replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'How has your life changed in the last two weeks?'
"Impeachment is fundamentally a political act, according to our Supreme Court.  The constitutional criteria for impeachment are "high crimes and misdemeanors."  The Supreme Court has ruled that impeachment is fundamentally a…"
Feb 4
Dr. Bob replied to ProgrammingGodJordan's discussion '★★ [4.3 SECOND conversion] ★★: CONVERT religious to atheist, in roughly 4.3 seconds'
"No, I said that I can say absolutely that I believe in God ;-)/ I can comment with some degree of confidence on my own mental state.  My own mental state is a belief in God.   Belief is belief, it's not absolute.   Not sure where…"
Feb 4
Dr. Bob replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Are we safe on TA?'
"I was at a campus task force meeting this past week with immigration attorneys and in-house counsel as we try to figure out how to support and protect our students. Best advice right now is that your son's father should not leave the country at…"
Feb 4
Mike Lansing replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'I find this very disturbing... (genetics and alt-right)'
"The Cogito and God, pitiful residues. Chinese do not metabolize diazepam very well, and Prozac will turn minnows into killers."
Jan 28
Dr. Bob replied to ProgrammingGodJordan's discussion '★★ [4.3 SECOND conversion] ★★: CONVERT religious to atheist, in roughly 4.3 seconds'
""Cults" makes it sound so negative. This is true of every human school of thought.   Groups and communities that form around ideas adopt a technical language for those ideas.  "Terms of art" differ in their meaning from…"
Jan 27
Dr. Bob replied to ProgrammingGodJordan's discussion '★★★★★★★★★★★★ [1 second conversion] Convert theist to atheist, in 1 second ★★★★★★★★★★★★'
"@ProgrammingGodJordan, are you perhaps a non-native English speaker?   I don't know how to parse what "the horizon of scientific evidence" is, and I'm wondering if you're literal-translating a colloquial expression from…"
Jan 27
Dr. Bob replied to ProgrammingGodJordan's discussion '★★★★★★★★★★★★ [1 second conversion] Convert theist to atheist, in 1 second ★★★★★★★★★★★★'
"It's ironic that you use a dinosaur in that meme. Why do scientists tend to claim that the existence of [pick your favorite explanation of phenomena] is "true" without first claiming whether true/absolute is possible? And indeed,…"
Jan 27
Dr. Bob replied to ProgrammingGodJordan's discussion '★★★★★★★★★★★★ [1 second conversion] Convert theist to atheist, in 1 second ★★★★★★★★★★★★'
"Nonsense.   It all depends on what you choose as your priors. ;-)"
Jan 27
Dr. Bob replied to ProgrammingGodJordan's discussion '★★★★★★★★★★★★ [1 second conversion] Convert theist to atheist, in 1 second ★★★★★★★★★★★★'
"Ummm....  huh? Would you like to try that again?"
Jan 27
Dr. Bob replied to Violetta Fay's discussion 'Why should America be Pro-Israel?'
"I have to agree with @Davis. If you must find a reason to support Israel, though, I suppose it's because they're a stable democracy and staunch ally in the middle of a region full of dictators and groups more inimical to the U.S. in…"
Jan 27
Dr. Bob replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Too little too late you assholes!!!!!'
"Have to agree with you, @Belle. At the same time, don't forget all the of the conscious efforts to suppress the black, urban vote.  For all those of you around the world, I apologize on behalf of America.  That inaugural speech...…"
Jan 24

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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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