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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 Mai's blog post 'Why Should Atheists Have to Show Respect For Religion?'
"I suppose another question would be whether religious folks should have to show respect for atheists?  The notion of (mutual) respect is one building community and sharing resources.  Should the (majority) religious folks respect the…"
Mar 20
Dr. Bob replied to Peter's discussion 'It Seems Like Yahweh WANTS Sin To Occur'
"So can you describe evidence in this case which would cause you to change your mind?"
Mar 20
Dr. Bob replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'Religious approaches to banal problems.'
"OK, well that's fair enough I suppose.  I do recognize that there isn't an authoritative atheist text.  We would have to come up with a word for an atheist who engages in fundamentalist thought and modes of expression exclusively…"
Mar 20
Dr. Bob replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'Religious approaches to banal problems.'
"Again, you are approaching this in the way a fundamentalist would.  Study in religion does not involve only or even primarily the study of sacred texts. It proceeds like it does in any other field of study. "Masterbatory…"
Mar 20
Dr. Bob replied to Unseen's discussion 'The dismal future of gainful employment'
"Because at the point there is no more coal or petroleum there will be solar (now cost-competitive with coal for electricity in most of the U.S.), or thorium reactors, or some other innovative power energy source, and that energy source can even be…"
Mar 20
Dr. Bob commented on Mai's blog post 'Why Should Atheists Have to Show Respect For Religion?'
"How about this: http://www.alternet.org/belief/patton-oswalt-bill-maher-and-richard-dawkins-its-ok-be-atheist-not-be-jerk “I feel, as an atheist, about people like Richard Dawkins and Bill Maher the way that Christians must feel about Fred…"
Mar 20
Dr. Bob replied to Peter's discussion 'It Seems Like Yahweh WANTS Sin To Occur'
"Sure, I would say the geocentrists were in the end mistaken.  I think we know that now quite definitively.  We might therefore call a modern geocentrist irrational, or in certain cases delusional, but only as individuals.  Those terms…"
Mar 20
Dr. Bob replied to Peter's discussion 'It Seems Like Yahweh WANTS Sin To Occur'
"@Davis, if your position is that religious fundamentalism is a bad or at least ill-informed way of looking at the world, then we are in perfect agreement.  I have said repeatedly that we Catholic types roll our eyes at our Protestant…"
Mar 20
Dr. Bob replied to Peter's discussion 'It Seems Like Yahweh WANTS Sin To Occur'
"Those things are not mutually exclusive.  Something can be both an actual event and a core component of a broader theory.   The breakup of Pangea was, we believe, an actual event.  It's also a core component of the theory of…"
Mar 20
Dr. Bob replied to Peter's discussion 'It Seems Like Yahweh WANTS Sin To Occur'
"No. At the time, geocentrism was actually as well supported by the evidence as heliocentrism.  They lacked the measurement precision to identify parallax of nearby stars (and also the expectation was that those stars were much closer than they…"
Mar 20
Dr. Bob replied to Peter's discussion 'It Seems Like Yahweh WANTS Sin To Occur'
"So I'm unclear what you're objecting to in my prose.  My reference to Fred Phelps and his behavior outside my church?  That was just actual reporting of what his group was doing.  My calling him a theological nitwit? …"
Mar 19
Dr. Bob replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'Religious approaches to banal problems.'
"Hi @Strega.  Nice to hear from you again. I suppose I do throw the term "fundamentalist" around a bit.  In my case I'm using it to refer to literal reading of authoritative text, which (consequently) devalues or dismisses…"
Mar 19
Dr. Bob replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'Religious approaches to banal problems.'
"Ah, so calculus and advanced statistics are also silly because they too require a lot of study and learning? This is my core objection, I think.  I reject your insistence on fundamentalist simplicity in text and in reading text, and I reject…"
Mar 19
Dr. Bob commented on Mai's blog post 'A job for the Pope'
"Popes, like bishops and secular (regular) parish priests don't have vows of poverty. Vows of poverty in Catholic clergy are only taken by religious clergy (nuns, brothers, and priests who are part of a religious order like the Franciscans or…"
Mar 19
Dr. Bob replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'Religious approaches to banal problems.'
"No doubt you will argue that those laws are not "sufficiently clear and helpful", because both require a lot of study and learning beyond the written words, which is really what this seems to be about.  It seems from your writing…"
Mar 18
Dr. Bob replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'Religious approaches to banal problems.'
"Who do you think appoints authorities, I wonder? I still don't quite understand why you so deeply desire a universal external human authority. Even those of us in hierarchical religions don't think that way. Let me see if I can respond…"
Mar 18

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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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