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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 Kirk LeFou's discussion 'Why do Atheists have to be freaking science experts?'
"Ah, so here's the never-ending question. Can you find a person on TA who has shared their own world view as an atheist?  Not "God doesn't exist", but an actual worldview? Can you say what you believe in? My worldview is…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Kirk LeFou's discussion 'Why do Atheists have to be freaking science experts?'
"You really need to talk to @Reg the Irishman about how to spell "shenanigans". ;-)"
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Dr. Bob replied to Kirk LeFou's discussion 'Why do Atheists have to be freaking science experts?'
"There is no such thing as a scientific method. Do you think scientific thought is synonymous with a scientific method?  Why would you think that?"
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Dr. Bob replied to Kirk LeFou's discussion 'Why do Atheists have to be freaking science experts?'
"Repeat after me:  "Most theists are not fundamentalists."  Sing it with me, brother!  "Most theists are not fundamentalists!"  See the light!  "Most theists are not fundamentalists!"  One…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'What is the difference between ethics and morals?'
"Now we're rewriting the dictionary to conform to our worldview, eh? There's no discussion of moral values?  That's hysterical."
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Dr. Bob replied to Kirk LeFou's discussion 'Why do Atheists have to be freaking science experts?'
"Who knows? History is hard.  Did we all descend from woman?  We think so, now.  Less than 30 years ago we all thought that was ridiculously absurd.  Did a meteor kill the dinosaurs?  We think so, now.  Twenty-five years…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Kirk LeFou's discussion 'Why do Atheists have to be freaking science experts?'
"To speak very simply, space stretches. That's what cosmological redshift is.  It's not (just) that more distant galaxies are moving away from us faster, it's that during the time light has been traveling space has stretched, and…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Kirk LeFou's discussion 'Why do Atheists have to be freaking science experts?'
"Hmmm. In that case, depending on what you mean by "God" and "exists", I might be an atheist, even though I'm a Catholic Christian believer. @Unseen after all roughly translates "God" as an unseen mystical sorcerer…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Kirk LeFou's discussion 'Why do Atheists have to be freaking science experts?'
"This is exactly backward from scientific thought. Negative claims are quite clear, and critical thinkers are delighted to be able to make absolute negative claims.  Measure the precession of the perihelion of Mercury and you can make an…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Kirk LeFou's discussion 'Why do Atheists have to be freaking science experts?'
"Why would that be nonsensical or illogical? "
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Dr. Bob replied to Unseen's discussion 'Property is theft. If it isn't, how?'
"I just used food as an example, but the principle applies more broadly. Let's say that everyone in my village takes an hour a day to fetch water from the local stream, which is a fair ways away.  I'm a bright hunter-gatherer, and I…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Unseen's discussion 'Show us your funny atheist visuals, cartoons, memes, etc.'
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Dr. Bob replied to Unseen's discussion 'Property is theft. If it isn't, how?'
"So if I'm a hunter-gatherer, and I do all of the work necessary to hunt a wild boar, including the risk to my own life, the time spent putting together a spear, the time spent in the forest away from my family, etc.  ... do I get to keep…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Kirk LeFou's discussion 'Why do Atheists have to be freaking science experts?'
"That's good, @Unseen.  I don't believe that some invisible spiritual sorcerer conjured up the universe either.   You shouldn't believe that. Evil leprechauns?  The wee folk aren't evil, lad.  Everyone…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Unseen's discussion 'Bad parenting'
"I'm not sure that's the right criteria to support a claim that "it worked".  At least not giving his mom a beat-down is a pretty low bar."
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Dr. Bob replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS FOR THEISTS'
"Sure. What becomes more interesting is when we try to answer the question:  Provide a basic understanding of what? (and, I suppose, what constitutes "a practical level")  The physics notions a med tech needs to go into that field…"
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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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