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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 dakotah tyler's discussion 'Interesting Ideas Regarding The Fermi Paradox'
"I'm not sure you have to posit religion. Perhaps every intelligent species eventually makes it to genetic experimentation and creates a pandemic that wipes itself out as a civilization.  Perhaps their particle physicists do one too many…"
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"Life is like a box of chocolates...thou shalt have no false caramels before me!"
Jul 11
Dr. Bob commented on Johnny's blog post 'How Many Gods Are In The Bible?'
"Thermal, Kinetic, Electrical... how many different gods energies do you believe in?  Which one is the real one? <g> No, you really can't observe or measure energy unless you're using your ESP.  You can measure other things,…"
Jul 11
Dr. Bob replied to daryl sickler's discussion 'religion in general'
"Not even close.  Actual executions over the 300 years of the Spanish Inquisition have been estimated at somewhere around 5,000 or so.  They kept records, so the estimates aren't bad.  Even say estimates are off by a factor of…"
Jul 11
Dr. Bob replied to daryl sickler's discussion 'religion in general'
"This meme is fascinating to me.  I confess it makes me think atheism is a detriment to logical thinking. Let's try the list of wars by death toll at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wars_and_anthropogenic_disasters_by_death_toll Quite…"
Jul 10
Dr. Bob commented on Johnny's blog post 'How Many Gods Are In The Bible?'
"Personally I think textbooks mostly change based on the publisher's need to rip off of a new bunch of students.  Beyond that, for physics they change mostly because of changes in the art or technology of teaching, not changes in the…"
Jul 10
Dr. Bob commented on Johnny's blog post 'How Many Gods Are In The Bible?'
"Personally I think textbooks mostly change based on the publisher's need to rip off of a new bunch of students.  Beyond that, for physics they change mostly because of changes in the art or technology of teaching, not changes in the…"
Jul 10
Dr. Bob commented on Johnny's blog post 'How Many Gods Are In The Bible?'
"Sorry, @Strega, when I said it was hard to understand, I was referring to theology - the study of God-stuff.   Energy doesn't need physics to operate, and God doesn't need theology to operate.  You are quite correct that the…"
Jul 10
Dr. Bob replied to dakotah tyler's discussion 'What are your thoughts on Tithing?'
"I never much cared for figs, so I get his point. "
Jul 10
Dr. Bob commented on Nerdy Keith's blog post 'Born Innocent Until Proven Guilty'
"It wasn't an apple though, was it? It was fruit from the forbidden tree, but it wasn't actually an apple specifically. I think that's right, @Strega.  In fact someone once told me that the forbidden fruit in Islam is depicted as…"
Jul 10
Dr. Bob commented on Johnny's blog post 'How Many Gods Are In The Bible?'
"So you attribute the expansion of mercury in an evacuated glass tube to the magic gremlin "energy"? And you attribute the voltage increase you measure from ionization by a gamma ray photon to a "different form" of the magic…"
Jul 10
Dr. Bob commented on Johnny's blog post 'How Many Gods Are In The Bible?'
"I'm sure you would say that.  I might as well.  Now substitute "God" for "energy" and note there isn't much difference. The only thing you have technically wrong is that there is no way to directly observe or…"
Jul 10
Dr. Bob commented on Johnny's blog post 'How Many Gods Are In The Bible?'
"Certainly energy and it's application per time are measurable. --- @Robert, I'm conscious of the fact that is a comment area, not a TA discussion, so I'll be brief. Just consider the thought experiment: Try to describe a direct…"
Jul 9
Dr. Bob replied to Nerdy Keith's discussion 'Poll: Do you Support Communism ?'
"Not an atheist, so don't add me to the poll, but WTF? I confess I don't understand Lennox's argument. The early Christian community (and some Christian communities to this day) were communist to a large degree. Atheism and economic…"
Jul 9
Dr. Bob commented on Nerdy Keith's blog post 'Born Innocent Until Proven Guilty'
"I like that @Joe. It's witty, though it does beg the question of what you have against cross-dressers. @Keith, I agree with most of your analysis, but I'm afraid you've created a straw man of sorts. What you describe and argue…"
Jul 9
Dr. Bob commented on Johnny's blog post 'How Many Gods Are In The Bible?'
"I really do believe quite strongly in the Christian God, and am very comfortable within the Catholic intellectual/religious framework.  I would make personal choices based on that belief and framework without hesitation, in the same way I would…"
Jul 9

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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 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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