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Are all men (and women) created equal?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen Sep 16. 115 Replies

I'm curious how people think of this.Jefferson proposed that it is a self-evident Truth that "all men are created equal" .  Let's leave aside the "created" bit.Belief in this "truth" and its…Continue

Tags: myths, assumptions, equality, rights

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

Tags: humans, modifying, CRISPR, Bioethics

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Unseen replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Are all men (and women) created equal?'
"Everybody here is right almost always, so nobody here has a record of admitting fault on a regular basis. ;) "
Sep 16
Simon Mathews replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Are all men (and women) created equal?'
"It's always hard to admit when one's wrong. But it can be liberating."
Sep 16
Unseen replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Are all men (and women) created equal?'
"BTW, what's good for the goose is good for the gander. How often do you admit to being wrong here at TA?"
Sep 16
Simon Mathews replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Are all men (and women) created equal?'
""Maybe I should message you when I do." Ha ha, I'd appreciate that."
Sep 16
Unseen replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Are all men (and women) created equal?'
"That's a fiction. I do concede a point from time to time on the very rare occasions when I got something wrong. Maybe I should message you when I do."
Sep 15
Simon Mathews replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Are all men (and women) created equal?'
"That's the most I've ever seen you back down. I'll take it."
Sep 15
Unseen replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Are all men (and women) created equal?'
"Forgetting the fact that you used the very word you are trying to define in your own definition Substitute "quite a few" for "a lot" if it makes you feel better. It probably works better than "a lot" because "a…"
Sep 15
Unseen replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Are all men (and women) created equal?'
Sep 15
Simon Mathews replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Are all men (and women) created equal?'
"It's alright Davis, he does it a lot... Sorry, I mean you won't have much trouble finding many posts (restricting threads to threads he has answered on) where he has done this or something like it."
Sep 15
Davis Goodman replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Are all men (and women) created equal?'
"Well you should probably make that clear unseen when you type out your sentences because we aren't always able to figure out what your idiosyncratic use of terms is. Maybe you can say ... "you won't have much trouble discovering…"
Sep 15
Unseen replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Are all men (and women) created equal?'
"I know how to say "a large proportion" when that's what I mean. By "a lot," I mean you won't have much trouble discovering a lot of them. You could start with murder suicides which are just about always revenge or…"
Sep 15
Davis Goodman replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Are all men (and women) created equal?'
"There is absolutely no water on Saturns moon number X23E ...any claim that there is water goes against the laws of physics and is an illusion. Now having said that...lets talk about the lake on the southern sphere. Such a cliché-"
Sep 15
Simon Mathews replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Are all men (and women) created equal?'
"True, context is important. For example I might look at someone's plate and say "That's a lot of chocolate cake". However, because I am referring to a specific instance of chocolate cake no-one would think I was saying that is a…"
Sep 15
Nerdy Keith replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Are all men (and women) created equal?'
"We have equality in this world because it stabilises our society. Are we born equal though? Well yes we are. We are all born with the same stuff. We have have the same blood, guts and bones. We all laugh, cry, sleep, eat, breath. We all have wants,…"
Sep 14
Unseen replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Are all men (and women) created equal?'
"@Simon Matthews (taking it to the top level Not so fast. Sometimes it could refer to a proportion and sometimes it could refer to a raw number. Google tells me that about a million people commit suicide every year worldwide, even 5% is 50,000…"
Sep 14
Simon Mathews replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Are all men (and women) created equal?'
"In everyday speech "A lot of X" is synonymous with "A large percentage of X" isn't it?"
Sep 14

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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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