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Brendan Eich Ouster

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen Apr 13. 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. 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

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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 Haugurma's discussion 'Why do we want to show people they are wrong?'
"An interesting question to ask yourself is whether slapping a label on something or someone is really sufficient, from a rationalist perspective, for failing to consider the argument being made or the true character of the person whom you are…"
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Dr. Bob commented on Ed's blog post 'Preacher housing allowance survives at appeals court.'
"I'm always a bit nonplussed by people citing highly biased postings from the political advocacy blogosphere.  It's like climate change deniers citing climate skeptic blogs or gay bashers citing religious screeds.  …"
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Dr. Bob replied to Haugurma's discussion 'Why do we want to show people they are wrong?'
"Hi @Davis.  I certainly was not making a case for subjective ethics; I'm not sure how you got there.  Nor is what I wrote in any way unorthodox, at least from a Judeo-Christian perspective.  There is a notion that God may judge,…"
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Dr. Bob commented on Ed's blog post 'Preacher housing allowance survives at appeals court.'
"I think the issue of property tax is a different one than taxing the income of individuals because their job requires them to live on-premises. Property taxes in the U.S. fund police, fire, garbage collection and other infrastructure that by and…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Haugurma's discussion 'Why do we want to show people they are wrong?'
"An interesting question might be if you take the tack of folks like Hitchens, can the same thing be said of you in reverse?  It does not matter to most atheists if you are polite or uncivil about your theism.  Once they know you are a…"
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Dr. Bob commented on Ed's blog post 'Preacher housing allowance survives at appeals court.'
"Hi @Ed, Living on the premises in the parish rectory or in the monastery/religious house is generally a requirement for Catholic clergy and religious in most cases, also some episcopal congregations, one Buddhist group near us, etc.  I…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Unseen's discussion 'The Pope admits that God is not omnipotent and Big Bang and evolution are real... (WTF!)'
"Hi @Simon.  Good questions. Most of my fellow Catholics would consider me fairly traditional, though I guess I'd be a moderate with respect to some of our bishops at the moment.  I'd argue they're really a historical…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Unseen's discussion 'The Pope admits that God is not omnipotent and Big Bang and evolution are real... (WTF!)'
"Of course I realize that's what I'm doing.  So do most (I'd venture to say almost all) theists.  You seem to think that it is a sudden, stunning revelation that we posit the existence of God.  I don't understand…"
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Dr. Bob commented on Ed's blog post 'Preacher housing allowance survives at appeals court.'
"I think courts really do a disservice by using the lack-of-standing argument when they want to avoid or delay ruling on the merits. Nevertheless, in most cases for most religious groups this is a perfectly acceptable thing within the tax code, and…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Unseen's discussion 'The Pope admits that God is not omnipotent and Big Bang and evolution are real... (WTF!)'
"The explanatory value of Newtonian Physics was, for a time, comprehensive, useful, and undeniable. We now know that it was also wrong.  It offered a good first-order approximation of common observables, but in actuality we are now much closer…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Unseen's discussion 'The Pope admits that God is not omnipotent and Big Bang and evolution are real... (WTF!)'
"Observables are a "certainty," at least to the extent that our instrumentation is functional and well-calibrated and our selection/reporting of data is fulsome and unbiased. We can say with certainty that the Earth orbits the Sun, because…"
Nov 17
Dr. Bob replied to Unseen's discussion 'The Pope admits that God is not omnipotent and Big Bang and evolution are real... (WTF!)'
"Of course.  Why would you think otherwise?"
Nov 17
Dr. Bob replied to Erock68la's discussion 'Criticize the ideology, not the person?'
"So, @Virgil, defend what you say.  Rather than simply calling me ignorant or behind the times, or claim knowledge because you have traveled through places where some of us live and work, explain your reasoning.  Share your observational…"
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Atheist Admires Pope Francis. So what?

Posted on August 13, 2013 at 2:00pm 14 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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