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  • You just proved it is subjective. An objective moral value by definition must be universal and unambiguous. Our relative morality originates from our need to cooperate to survive as is the case with all social animals.

     

     

  • _Robert_ replied to the topic Sunday School June 18th 2017 in the forum Group logo of Sunday SchoolSunday School 1 day ago

    Well, the opposite from what Reg said: something that isn’t just a matter of opinion or culture. In philosophy, “moral realism” is the term used. The idea I favor is that flourishing and happiness are values which all people pursue, with morality based on fulfilling those.

    “Flourishing” is usually at someone else’s expense. There…[Read more]

  • I was more worried to be left alone with a nun.

  • Nature has no problem with stealing, a crow will steal a French fry right out of your hand.

    There are many cases when “stealing” is acceptable to society as well. The rules are as subjective about “ownership” and stealing as anything else. Possession is 9/10’ths of the law ya know. So do the Native American feel like they were ripped off? You b…[Read more]

  • I would like to know one objective moral ‘rule’. Could it be “thou shall not Kill?” Clearly not. People kill all the time, self defense, war, accidents. How about “do no harm”. Define harm. Just by living we harm. How about “love God”. WTF does that even mean. Objective morality, sin, justice and forgiveness are all man-made social constructs that…[Read more]

  • _Robert_ replied to the topic Failed Conversion in the forum Atheism 1 day, 9 hours ago

    When President Obama said “god called his children home” after they were gunned down at school, I remember thinking…what kind of god is this that couldn’t think of a better way !!!!

    So many things just reinforce my deconversion from the catholic mind jail.

  • _Robert_ replied to the topic Moral Choice in the forum Small Talk 1 day, 9 hours ago

    Yes. Plus the truth is always easy to remember.

  • _Robert_ posted a new activity comment 3 days, 2 hours ago

    Welcome. In the beginning man made God

  • _Robert_ posted a new activity comment 3 days, 2 hours ago

    I read somewhere that many Russians welcome global warming for obvious reasons. Some parts of the world will have unprecedented suffering and other parts may even benefit, at least for a while.

  • _Robert_ replied to the topic Failed Conversion in the forum Atheism 3 days, 4 hours ago

    I remember the day I completely lost my faith. I had already been reduced to a deist and dabbled in the wiccan/new age stuff. I questioned the existence of God and religious dogma my entire life, but never really cared enough to call myself an atheist and well, eternal life certainly sounds better than non-existence.

    I gathered with fellow e…[Read more]

  • When I was in school I asked a visiting priest if people who never heard about (his) God would be sent to Hell by default if only the saved could get to Heaven. He too started to talk about Aquinas and Augustine, saying that disbelievers were sinners. I “corrected” him by saying that while Aquinas did consider “un…

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  • Glad to see articles like this, just as a reminder that there are people trying to reform the practice of Islam.

    Muslim Reformers Versus Islam Apologists: A Brief Field Guide

    https://conatusnews.com/muslim-reformers-versus-islam-apologists/

     

  • _Robert_ replied to the topic Donald Trump in the forum Politics 1 week ago

    Davis, when you say the US entered the war at the last minute we simply had no means to enter Europe’s war in 1940, with an insignificant army and no real war machinery. Talk about gearing up! The US war production was truly the arsenal of democracy, even supplying the Russians and Chinese.

    And then there was “our war”, the one in the Pacific.…[Read more]

  • _Robert_ replied to the topic Donald Trump in the forum Politics 1 week ago

    A couple of other good things about the US

    (1) We saved the free world a few times

    (2) Giving https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Giving_Index

    Americans have a huge mistrust of government in general. Truly a nation of capitalists. “Don’t tread on me” should have been our national flag.

     

  • _Robert_ replied to the topic London in the forum Politics 1 week, 1 day ago

    @_Robert_. Yes I am suggesting we provide food and stability to those regions – do you think bombing them is working out well?  Perhaps if we think about what causes someone to despair, we would have a better understanding of how to go about addressing it.

    Bombing is not the answer of course. I believe we should not try to inject democracy and ca…[Read more]

  • _Robert_ replied to the topic London in the forum Politics 1 week, 1 day ago

    I wanted to believe that article, but the march is just commemorating (and the continuation of) sectarian Muslim violence more than some unified Muslim protest of ISIS. Oh and then the mandatory pity plea that the Western press ignores all the good will that springs from the religion of peace.

    Women, men, elderly, and children made their way t…[Read more]

  • _Robert_ replied to the topic London in the forum Politics 1 week, 1 day ago

    and then a few minutes later a big fire…..dammm

  • _Robert_ replied to the topic London in the forum Politics 1 week, 2 days ago

    Back to London… then before the IRA there was the Nazis…so yeah perhaps that IS what makes London so great….brush off your knickers and then, Let’s ROCK !!!

  • _Robert_ replied to the topic London in the forum Politics 1 week, 2 days ago

    Ireland, indeed see there ya go…the last Christian theocracy of  a sort. Most Christians had moved on by the 70’s….

    Are you suggesting we provide food, education and financial stability to Saudi Arabia, Iran or Pakistan? These are the theocracies that export terror. Saudi Wahhabism is the key component in all of this. The actual war zones l…[Read more]

  • _Robert_ replied to the topic London in the forum Politics 1 week, 2 days ago

    Let’s face it; just about all of the world’s theocracies today are Islamic. A theocracy the polar opposite from the ideas of Enlightenment, the Age of Reason, and the democratic republics that followed ideas of Locke, etc.  It is the opposite of liberalism that some of us hold dear. Christianity on the other hand has lost it’s power to have na…[Read more]

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