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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 Unseen's discussion 'This topic again'
"Except that reducing the minimum wage is deflationary in the same way that productivity increases are deflationary.  I'm not a fan of a gradual return to feudalism, or the social unrest that comes from a deflationary spiral. It's…"
Jun 7
Dr. Bob replied to Unseen's discussion 'This topic again'
"Nah, the financial deregulation happened under Clinton, not Bush.   Gramm-Leach-Bliley was passed in 1999 and signed by Clinton. CFMA was passed in 2000 and signed by Clinton during the lame-duck session.  Both contributed…"
Jun 7
Dr. Bob replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'The real danger to children'
"Yeah, interesting how these narratives get spun, because the Department of Education's action was itself a reaction to North Carolina's new law. So who started pushing the NC law, I wonder? Of course, the Executive Branch didn't need…"
May 28
Dr. Bob replied to Jake LaFort's discussion 'Funeral Protocol'
"No particular dissonance on my part.   Lots of Jews and Catholics in the field.  Plenty of atheists and agnostics too.   I do have a colleague who is an evolutionary ornithologist and a fundamentalist Christian.   Now…"
May 21
Dr. Bob commented on Kirk LeFou's photo

Defining a Christian

"At least it's honest in admitting that it says a lot about you and your assumptions - "what you hear".  I like it. ;-)"
May 21
Dr. Bob replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'The real danger to children'
"LOL. I'm not sure why we're suddenly having bathroom wars either.  It seems silly.  I guess it's the latest weird incarnation of the effort to energize the Republican base. At the same time, its worth keeping our rational…"
May 21
Dr. Bob replied to Renee's discussion 'Who Was Jesus, Really??'
"I'm confused, @Dustin.  Wasn't this about the historicity of Jesus? "
May 19
Dr. Bob replied to Renee's discussion 'Who Was Jesus, Really??'
"Videos are often compelling.   I find McDonalds commercials compelling, even though the food is crap. Richard Carrier unfortunately is an academic hack.   His stuff fails peer review, so almost all of it is self-published. …"
May 19
Dr. Bob replied to Jake LaFort's discussion 'Funeral Protocol'
"Hi, @Jake.  Bob here.  Roman Catholic.  Still practicing (one day maybe I'll get it right).  Occasional visiting theist.  Academic physicist by profession.  "Dr. Bob" is just what my students seem to call…"
May 19
Dr. Bob commented on Kirk LeFou's photo

The perfect religion

"You do realize you could do the same sort of thing for science, right?   Or political systems, or economics, etc. What charts like these depict is the nature of humanity and human thought.   Ideas change over time. new schools of…"
May 17
Dr. Bob replied to Jake LaFort's discussion 'Funeral Protocol'
"Oh for crying out loud. The rule of common courtesy should apply:  Don't be an ass. Trying to turn a funeral and a person's grief into a forum for debating the merits of atheism or religion is just being an ass.  It doesn't…"
May 17
Dr. Bob replied to Simon Paynton's discussion 'Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs'
"@Simon, I've been away for a while and you still seem to want to ascribe intent to natural physical processes.  "Thrive", "drives", "toward greater adaptation", etc.   That's a theistic…"
May 17
Pope Beanie replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'What, for you, is Science?'
"And then God said "Let there be quarks and gluons inside my supposedly elementary particles!". (I believe that document is still buried somewhere near the Dead Sea.) "
Apr 26
SteveInCO replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'What, for you, is Science?'
"See what I wrote in response to Reg, below...scale isn't the only issue. (OK, I see you have responded to Pope, who responded to me.) They even got the colors wrong in this diagram.  (Kidding!  but I do notice that when I was a kid…"
Apr 26
Noel replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'What, for you, is Science?'
"Laughing my ass off! Talk about covering all your bases. You'd think the gods would be smart enough to sniff out a phony. Silly, stupid gods... "
Apr 25
Unseen replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'What, for you, is Science?'
"One of the problems of the subatomic level is that we really have little choice other than to use terms metaphorically. Is an electron round and a tiny sphere or is it a sphere-shaped fog with a nucleus in the middle? Is the nucleus a bunch or…"
Apr 24

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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…


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. 


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.…


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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