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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 JadeBlackOlive's discussion 'AMERICA! KEEP YOUR GUNS OUT OF CANADA!'
"It's not that hard to oppress an armed populace. We have all kinds of empirical examples of armed populaces around the world.  What an armed populace typically gets you is long-term insurgencies and death squads, degenerating into smaller…"
4 hours ago
Dr. Bob replied to JadeBlackOlive's discussion 'AMERICA! KEEP YOUR GUNS OUT OF CANADA!'
"I agree with all that, @Robert.  The problem I have is with the modern gun lobby.   I grew up with firearms, was plinking targets with a .22 at age 7 or 8, did some hunting, still do some skeet and sporting clays.  I grew up with…"
4 hours ago
Dr. Bob replied to Ole Fredrik Skjegstad's discussion 'Forced to accept grace'
"That's just an observation.   As presented, science plays no part. It becomes science when you begin to develop certain types of explanations for why Jim is taller than Clive, and start using those explanations to predict how much taller…"
4 hours ago
Dr. Bob replied to Marino Baca's discussion 'I don't know what to tell my younger sister'
"You're so funny!    What do you think schools are?  They're enormous investments of society to take young people and make them mouldy using the brain formation machinery!   All of us who teach are at some level…"
5 hours ago
Dr. Bob replied to Marino Baca's discussion 'I don't know what to tell my younger sister'
"You've at least got a good imagination. "Threatening with torture?"  Really? Next Santa Claus will be child abuse because it threatens children with lumps of greenhouse-gas-causing coal.  In Little Red Riding Hood, Grandma…"
5 hours ago
Dr. Bob replied to Ole Fredrik Skjegstad's discussion 'Forced to accept grace'
"But again, we have never actually observed the constituents of water.  We have only observed phenomena associated with water and then explained those observations by proposing it has various constituents that interact in various ways. We…"
5 hours ago
Dr. Bob replied to Ole Fredrik Skjegstad's discussion 'Forced to accept grace'
"One is an observation, the other is... a personal reflection?  An objective statement of personal preference?   I'm not sure. The point is that making observations is part of the practice of science, but making observations is not…"
6 hours ago
Dr. Bob replied to Unseen's discussion 'HERE'S WHY SOCIALISM IS INEVITABLE'
"Sorry, @Unseen, that's not U.S. law.  You are simply wrong about that.  What you are describing is one school of thought in business ethics. I think it's a dangerously corrupt one, though it has become more common in the past…"
10 hours ago
Dr. Bob replied to Ole Fredrik Skjegstad's discussion 'Forced to accept grace'
"No, I think Dr. Bob is talking about #1... well, sort of.  The language is all wrong, but probably the gist is right. #2 makes a completely artificial distinction about psychopaths.  The range of human behavior is continuous, not discrete.…"
10 hours ago
Dr. Bob replied to Ole Fredrik Skjegstad's discussion 'Forced to accept grace'
"LOL.  I wish atheists in general could grasp the actual practice of science, and realize that subjective/objective distinctions are a bit of a myth. "
10 hours ago
Dr. Bob replied to Ole Fredrik Skjegstad's discussion 'Forced to accept grace'
"I suspect that's likely. Where there is a difference, it may be that I actually believe as a scientist that the universe exists.  While I learn from the community and the reports of others and my own work, I believe that collectively…"
10 hours ago
Dr. Bob replied to Unseen's discussion 'HERE'S WHY SOCIALISM IS INEVITABLE'
"If you run a business, your job is whatever you define your job to be.   It's only relatively recently in America that a few bums-for-brains business schools have advocated that the job is to "maximize shareholder value". So in…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Ole Fredrik Skjegstad's discussion 'Forced to accept grace'
"The same way you access any fund of human knowledge.   Hard work, study, learning from others, engaging in the practices of the discipline, your own experiences and interactions with the world reflected on through the lens of the field of…"
Monday
Dr. Bob replied to Ole Fredrik Skjegstad's discussion 'Forced to accept grace'
"Taking @Simon Matthews back to the top again... And yet we have schools of art and design, and somehow some music and art get loved and preserved for centuries even across cultures.   If someone else "hating" something or choosing to…"
Aug 16
Dr. Bob replied to Marino Baca's discussion 'I don't know what to tell my younger sister'
"LOL @Reg.  Exactly.  Or whatever! The point is that the OP should let his little sister be a kid. "
Aug 16
Dr. Bob replied to Ole Fredrik Skjegstad's discussion 'Forced to accept grace'
"Aha!  Eureka!  I understand the mix up! The piece you are missing is that even though God or the universe are the "absolute authority" that doesn't mean that we little old humans are absolutely right!  In fact it means…"
Aug 16

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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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