@Simon – I like to live simply, because I can’t cope with a complicated life.
I recently told someone I was going to “de-clutter” my house and she said “But you hardly own anything”?? True, but it still seems more than I need.
To paraphrase Socrates, when someone tells me about a new store opening, I reply “It will have plenty of things I wi…[Read more]
@Simon Comparing Christians and Nazis??
“We tolerate no one in our ranks who attacks the ideas of Christianity … in fact our movement is Christian”.
Adolf Hitler, 1928.
@Simon – People who follow Christianity without the moral influence of Jesus end up hating those who are different.
That is why I keep sayi…[Read more]
@Simon: However, you don’t need to be a Christian to get something out of Christianity. There’s plenty of valid material there without the theological parts.
What do you mean by that? What valid material?
@Simon – The title of the video is “Convincing historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus”. The first 30 minutes offers no evidence. The arguments used are “because the Bible says so” or appeals to long debunked non-biblical historical writings.
Note: I wonder how many Christians understand what these scholars meant by “Q” during their…[Read more]
Reg the Fronkey Farmer replied to the topic Is a little injustice sometimes necessary for a democracy in the forum Politics 2 months ago
@Simon – are you thinking of Bentham and his Greatest Happiness Principle here? If the vast majority of people in that society think the decision to be fair and justice is seen by them to be served is it still not a just decision?
The person on the receiving end of the decision may feel aggrieved and feel unhappy (rightly or wrongly so) but the…[Read more]
@Simon – Re the anti-atheist prejudice in Academia.
I have heard of it before and happening in the more “hallowed halls” of long established Universities. Just over 100 years ago almost all of them were religiously controlled and the hierarchy decided what could be thought. If you did not agree you were a heretic and had no chance of getting (or…[Read more]
@simon: The ball falls also because somehow it has got to a height. What if the ball was in a zero-gravity environment? It is not turtles all the way down. But you are making a good case to start an argument about Determinism. Your honor my client is innocent because someone gave him the gun. He could not have put it…
@Simon: The ball falls also because somehow it has got to a height.
What if the ball was in a zero-gravity environment? It is not turtles all the way down. But you are making a good case to start an argument about Determinism. Your honor my client is innocent because someone gave him the gun. He could not have put it in his own if that other…[Read more]
michael17 replied to the topic Does history attest to the accuracy of the prophecy of the book of revelation ? in the forum Theism 3 months, 2 weeks ago
He has purposed that we fulfill the light and unwittingly the darkness.
michael17 replied to the topic Does history attest to the accuracy of the prophecy of the book of revelation ? in the forum Theism 4 months ago
”Many civilisations have dynasties, it’s normal. I don’t understand the remarkableness of the correspondance between a Biblical prophecy and a list of Roman dynasties.”
Can you imagine how scandalous it would be if the prophecies are not fulfilled?
I really don’t think we disagree much on the issue. All I do is urge caution on not taking the “alpha male spreading the seed” and “female cowering for protection” to the extent that many do in the popularization of human sexuality. Yeah many species of canines and felines do and some primates but most mammals are actually quite solitary…[Read more]
We’re terribly lacking in data on the topic of sexual assault. It does happen by women but its so uncommon each case is very notable. The problem is rape is barely even reported in many societies (and is even partially serialized in a couple cultures like in a tribe in Papua New Guinea where boys felate adults to “gain the essence of…[Read more]
I feel like a virtual babe in the philosophical woods here, so let me get a couple of naive observations/questions out of the way. (Tongue in cheek.)
Is all sophistry specious?
Is it wrong to like the initials “UC” in this conversation because it fits so well with “UC Berkeley”?
Now, I hate name-calling, but calling one elitist here doesn’t…[Read more]
@Simon – “Jesus” – there’s always room for a character example or mentor figure in people’s lives, and he provides a good one.
Except for a few occasions but at least he didn’t stutter:
(also covered in Sunday School last January 6th).
He told his followers to hate their families.
If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and…[Read more]
@Simon – to remind us of our own insignificance in the scale of things for starters. Try finding a place without light pollution at night, lie down, look up for 10 minutes and report back 🙂
@Simon I feel that relying on the adjective “positive” is a flaw at the beginning. “Positive” is a concept limited to human beings, or at best, living things…
Simon first you say “positive” is limited to human beings. I explained it was related to the “positive” properties of the experiment into the godlike existence of an entity. I am not g…[Read more]
@Simon – are you an advocate of NOMA as Gould understood it? When you say “God” what do you mean?
To talk about God in scientific language might seem bland and uninformative…
Religion is in conflict with Science but science is completely unconcerned with any notion of “god” or other super-naturalism. It only investigates the natural world…[Read more]
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