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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 Andrew Lafont's discussion 'Church Tax Exemption?'
"The pope is flying to Poland for World Youth Day this month.  He doesn't own a corporate jet.  They lease a regular airliner from Alitalia.  The cost of leasing it is paid by charging the press corps business class rates to ride…"
2 minutes ago
Dr. Bob replied to Andrew Lafont's discussion 'Church Tax Exemption?'
"In addition to not endorsing candidates, they also can't endorse any ballot issue, nor can they lobby legislators to enact legislation, contribute to political campaigns, etc. It's not non-partisanship so much as it is no direct influence…"
18 minutes ago
Dr. Bob replied to Ole Fredrik Skjegstad's discussion 'Forced to accept grace'
"Now you're just being silly.   We have whole fields of cultural anthropology that describe both modern and ancient societies, none of which are "psychotic."  They do good work, but it's hard work.  Work worthy of a…"
24 minutes ago
Dr. Bob replied to Ole Fredrik Skjegstad's discussion 'Forced to accept grace'
"Try telling them about the world being made up of invisible particles that can never be seen, that are moving constantly even in a stationary object, and that can sometimes be two places at once or go from one spot to another without ever being at a…"
34 minutes ago
Dr. Bob replied to Ole Fredrik Skjegstad's discussion 'Forced to accept grace'
"I'd love to see that citation.  I don't dispute it; I'd just find it interesting. Christians and Jews (and I assume Muslims) are taught a religion, they're not taught a bible.  For kids we use age-appropriate catechisms…"
42 minutes ago
Dr. Bob replied to Kirk LeFou's discussion 'Muslim Idiot Zealots Threaten Nude Bathers in Germany - Hey, how about minding your own business!'
"It's hard not to advocate for simple, immediate deportation of people who are welcomed as refugees when they start up with this stuff.   You are a guest in someone else's culture.  Act like one."
56 minutes ago
Dr. Bob replied to Andrew Lafont's discussion 'Church Tax Exemption?'
"Not sure what you're calling a "business", @matt.   What's a labor union, for example?  Is that a business? It's an organization supported by dues and contributions from members, much like a church. Should labor…"
58 minutes ago
Dr. Bob replied to Andrew Lafont's discussion 'Church Tax Exemption?'
"Exactly, @Unseen.   In the U.S. it's broader than that, though.  We exempt from income tax all non-commercial organizations that are related to freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, and freedom of speech.  Non-commercial…"
1 hour ago
Dr. Bob replied to Andrew Lafont's discussion 'Church Tax Exemption?'
"I think I lost the thread of your argument, @Davis.   Are you saying that charities and NGOs should be taxed?  I'm not following.  It might be differences between the U.S. and places where you live that's confusing…"
1 hour ago
Dr. Bob replied to Andrew Lafont's discussion 'Church Tax Exemption?'
"It's summer and I just finished grading the first summer half-term tests.  Needed some mindless entertainment, and like to drop by with alternative-minded friends just to keep you honest.  ;-)   All of us faithful folks have…"
1 hour ago
Dr. Bob replied to Andrew Lafont's discussion 'Church Tax Exemption?'
"Hi @Reg! Here in the U.S. that will lose them their tax exempt status.   Can't speak to Ireland.  Different circumstances everywhere. Keep in mind, too, that we have a very well developed legal framework defining "lobbying"…"
1 hour ago
Dr. Bob replied to Andrew Lafont's discussion 'Church Tax Exemption?'
"Well, churchgoers as individuals are of course paying taxes, the same as you are.  You and they also have the right to vote, which of course churches and other corporations do not. So the logical argument would be that churches should be taxed…"
21 hours ago
Dr. Bob replied to Andrew Lafont's discussion 'Church Tax Exemption?'
"Not to put too fine a point on it, but you do realize that the Vatican Bank is audited, and the results published, right? And you do realize that "Vatican Bank" is just a nickname, right?  Legally it's more like a privately held…"
22 hours ago
Dr. Bob replied to Andrew Lafont's discussion 'Church Tax Exemption?'
"Social clubs are tax exempt, so are charities, hospitals, political action committees, schools, agricultural and horticultural organizations, labor organizations, trade associations, fraternal societies, veteran's organizations, etc. We live in…"
22 hours ago
Dr. Bob replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Corporate Bulldogs'
"Can I just point out the cognitive dissonance of those two statements? You've (finally) found a job that you love, and are good at, and that pays well, and that gives you a good life balance.   The only problem is that your job involves…"
22 hours ago
Dr. Bob replied to JadeBlackOlive's discussion 'Religion Is Harming Society And Lives'
"Oh, my. I do wish someone would teach people like this about science, so they would stop turning it into a religion substitute ("Holy Grail of Wisdom?"  Really?).  If he wants to do something about aging and disease, perhaps a…"
22 hours ago

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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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