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Brendan Eich Ouster

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen Apr 13, 2014. 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, 2014. 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

Ask Dr. Bob

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 commented on Nerdy Keith's blog post 'Forever Cursed'
"Hi @Nerdy, I'm curious... when you say that something or someone is "cursed", what does that mean in an atheistic (or deist) context?  The notion of being accursed is a fundamentally theistic one. Do you think that institutional…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Peter's discussion 'It Seems Like Yahweh WANTS Sin To Occur'
"I think if you're trying to read the Bible as a fundamentalist you do run into some of the problems you describe, though I think even the fundamentalists would consider your analysis awfully shallow. I think as well that you are having trouble…"
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Dr. Bob replied to D L's discussion 'Does God follow his WORD? Or is it --- do as I say and not as I do?'
"A gnostic Christian bishop?  Hmmm... Well, my friend, I think the first thing you have to come to terms with is whether or not your belief in God is dependent on biblical literalism.  Your objections seem to posit that, in terms of how you…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Haugurma's discussion 'Prolife? Pro-choice? Me I am a new middle ground I call Pro-DECISION'
"I think you are perhaps "pro-education", which is a camp I fall into as well. The reality is that no matter what the law, women do have the choice to abort, albeit less safely.  The "choice" is always there. So the relevant…"
Feb 10
Dr. Bob replied to Haugurma's discussion 'Prolife? Pro-choice? Me I am a new middle ground I call Pro-DECISION'
"Isn't that also true of murdering an infant, or even a mentally handicapped adult? "
Feb 10
Dr. Bob replied to CAPTAIN OBVIOUS's discussion 'Column by David Brooks...thoughts?'
"All of us religious folks would agree with you.  We'd say those things are aspects of moral natural law.  The challenge is that whether we're talking about Newton's Laws or the moral version of natural law, these are things…"
Feb 10
Dr. Bob replied to CAPTAIN OBVIOUS's discussion 'Column by David Brooks...thoughts?'
"I am generally unimpressed with Brooks as an author, and I would agree that this piece is unimpressive. At the same time, he does echo some of the questions I have raised.   Morality is taught to most people not by reason, but by the…"
Feb 10
Dr. Bob replied to CAPTAIN OBVIOUS's discussion 'Column by David Brooks...thoughts?'
"I think the challenge is that hobbies are different from communities of faith. Hobbies are past-times that we share with like-minded people.  They are fun, and those people can be friends and acquaintances.  However, like colleagues at…"
Feb 10
Dr. Bob replied to Haugurma's discussion 'Prolife? Pro-choice? Me I am a new middle ground I call Pro-DECISION'
"I would add to your list that abortion is often a tool advocated by those in power as a way of repressing groups of people.   For example, the broad Chinese extermination of unborn girls, because boys are more valuable. People's…"
Feb 9
Dr. Bob replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Is it possible to kill in the name of Atheism?'
"I grasped it, I just didn't agree.  There's a difference. I'm not even really sure whether "murdering in the name of X" has any real meaning.  What we're interested in may be what the causes of violent acts…"
Feb 9
Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"Hi @Belle, When you say "Truth" (with a capital "T" no less), what do you mean by it?   On what basis can any human idea ever be True? I "believe" in energy not because there is any evidence of energy, nor…"
Jan 29
Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"Why do you believe that becoming a Buddhist means not thinking for yourself, or giving up freedom to change your mind?  That doesn't make any sense to me.  Buddhism wouldn't tell you not to think for yourself.  That's…"
Jan 29
Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"I don't think all the discussion has been "semantics"; in fact I think that undervalues the thoughtful contributions of many people here. This is a shared discussion (The Doctor AND the Farmer), so I think there's also more than…"
Jan 29
Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"I can agree with all or most of that. If we're going to propose new ideas, that's a fine and good thing.  Recognizing of course that most new ideas are temporary fads and fail, still every now and again they bring new insights and…"
Jan 29
Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"I think most groups clutch on to their influence over political processes. There are two problems you have to contend with, I think.  In order to resist (or remove) "bad" governments, you have to create alternate groups with the power…"
Jan 29
Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"Hi @Belle, I think if you find Buddhism like this attractive then you should pursue it.  Buddhism, or at least some Buddhism, is a second cousin to my faith.  Buddhist monasticism in particular shares much common ground with Catholic…"
Jan 29

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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 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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