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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 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…"
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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…"
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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…"
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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…"
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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…"
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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…"
Thursday
Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"Well, the bag of money thing I confess I couldn't see the point of, as it was too far removed from anything we were discussing.  If you think God is a physical object like a bag of money that is subject to prediction (it's around the…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"@Reg hasn't answered, but perhaps you can.  What "evidence" do you feel would be dispositive for the existence of God? For me, there would be none.  It's an absurd request.  A claim subject to evidence exists…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"No, that's a prediction, and you're following up on the prediction.  I'm increasingly convinced that very few atheists understand science or knowledge at all, so that everything is reduced to the most extremely simplistic…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"Do you always fire your gun straight up in the air?  That might not be healthy. "
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Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"I know what we mean by evidence in the context of a physical theory, but I honestly have no idea what you mean when you use the word.  Perhaps you can give me an example of what "evidence" you would consider dispositive for the…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"Enjoyable talk, @Belle. I'm confused, though.  The speaker is a Buddhist monk, one of us darned religious people.  He's not making the same claims you are; in fact he even states that his religious/monastic life is central...…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"Hello @Belle, There's quite a bit there, and each item seems to merit some response, but it seems awfully hard to do that in the space provided.  Perhaps we can pick one or two?  Let me seed that with a few pithy comments. Again, in…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"For people within a discipline to discard long-held and strongly supported beliefs that are useful?  Of course. "
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Dr. Bob replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'The Doctor and the Farmer'
"By all means, narrow it down.  Which of those Google results do you actually think represents a World Science Convention? The undergraduate research conference at UNH? The 2015 Interdisciplinary Plant Group Symposium at University of…"
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Dr. Bob replied to IkeArrumba's discussion 'Do Christians read the Bible? Newsweek article says "no".'
"Certainly our understandings of God and the universe should always be held tentatively.  We are just small humans in a much bigger world, and all of our understandings about everything are probably wrong in the end.  In that way, no human…"
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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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