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» 8/02/2018 6:46:21 PM https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2018/01/how-should-atheism-be-taught/551885/.....
» 5/11/2017 9:05:26 AM Sells, Sorry for the misunderstanding. I could not find any article called “Idea of God i.....
» 3/11/2017 10:08:52 AM Dear Peter, Thanks for calling my attention to the most interesting article “Is God dead? .....
» 24/10/2017 10:00:32 AM >>The inconvenient truth is that all humans are prone to self-deception. But some mo.....
» 17/10/2017 8:37:44 AM Sells, An interesting piece. Still, can’t one read your “The Son, as we discover Him in.....
» 16/10/2017 2:22:53 AM Dear Banjo, Thanks for an interesting post. Already Augustin of Hippo said “What then is .....
» 14/10/2017 8:45:43 AM Dear Banjo, You obviously misunderstood my TECHNICAL (semantic?) question of whether one .....
» 13/10/2017 7:33:38 AM Dear Banjo, >> a good example of what happens if a culture sees the concept of God,.....
» 12/10/2017 9:22:48 AM Dear Banjo, You have got a point in saying there is a difference between belief in God an.....
» 11/10/2017 9:28:58 AM Dear Banjo, >>Indications are that it is simply turning away from religion and plac.....
» 10/10/2017 8:48:51 AM Dear Banjo, >> It’s nice to hear from you again.<< Thanks. >>but rath.....
» 10/10/2017 1:08:41 AM >>Am I right in interpreting this to mean that “god is simply a figment of the imagi.....
» 9/10/2017 7:09:28 AM Dear Yuyutsu, >>The Holy Spirit provides wisdom, prosperity and strength, thus the .....
» 5/10/2017 11:32:20 PM Sells, I nice essay that I (and apparently also Yuyutsu) could enjoy, however the other r.....
» 3/04/2017 2:52:43 AM AJ >>I take it then, George, that you cannot defend your claim?<< I do not k.....
» 2/04/2017 9:15:50 AM AJ I thank you too......
» 2/04/2017 7:13:29 AM Loudmouth, Thanks for the interesting post. >> in terms of Aristotle's thesis - an.....
» 1/04/2017 10:21:40 AM AJ, >>Your comparison is fallacious.<< I could have expected your reaction, .....
» 31/03/2017 8:37:45 AM Pogi, >>History as I have presented it is as it is.<< What you have presente.....
» 30/03/2017 9:20:40 AM AJ, OK, I agree, you understood my point (I never claimed you would not be able to unders.....
» 29/03/2017 10:03:24 AM AJ Sorry, you apparently did not understand my point, which is not surprising, therefore .....
» 29/03/2017 8:05:34 AM Jardine, >> It is true that many of our conceptions of right originated in Christia.....
» 27/03/2017 10:04:16 AM Killarney, Thank you for your post. The readers here are free to choose between Habermas’.....
» 27/03/2017 12:01:03 AM Graham, >>Although the idea that somehow it was an invention of the Roman Empire, o.....
» 26/03/2017 4:56:49 PM AJ, As I said, the quote reminded ME of the joke, it could not remind YOU since we have di.....
» 26/03/2017 10:45:28 AM AJ, The joke is not about the missionary whether or not he could be bypassed, but about th.....
» 26/03/2017 9:28:35 AM >> If an ethic, or set of ethics, based on religious mythology works, then … the sup.....
» 25/03/2017 2:06:01 AM The well known German philosopher and atheist Jürgen Habermas - quoted in the article from.....
» 11/01/2017 7:57:49 AM Dear Banjo, Apologies for wrongly assuming that you thought consciousness is to be dealt .....
» 10/01/2017 8:21:13 AM Dear Banjo, So your preferred context is neuroscience, which is more or less the same as .....
» 9/01/2017 9:11:24 AM Dear Banjo, >> you both indicate points of reference in the “hard” sciences, partic.....
» 8/01/2017 8:50:36 AM Dear Banjo, >>It can only adapt to them if it is “sensitive to” and “aware of” thei.....
» 7/01/2017 8:35:15 AM Dear Banjo, Thank you for your response. However, I fail to see how it is relevant to Pen.....
» 6/01/2017 8:04:38 AM Dear Banjo, Thanks too for reacting, and Happy New Year to you. There are many definition.....
» 5/01/2017 5:42:02 PM Dear Yuyutsu, >>While you and I are conscious, our minds are probably just a dead m.....
» 5/01/2017 8:12:44 AM >>Would you kindly indicate the evidence permitting to conclude that “computers will.....
» 4/01/2017 11:20:00 PM >>Man will create a mind that is self aware in time. << Conscious (or self aw.....
» 20/08/2016 12:26:59 AM A good article showing why difficult political decisions affecting the whole country shoul.....
» 15/08/2016 9:47:56 AM Dear Yuyutsu, There is a WESTERN wisdom contained in http://forum.onlineopinion.com.au/th.....
» 5/08/2016 10:10:33 PM Dear Yuyutsu, Thanks for the info. I think https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-difference-b.....
» 5/08/2016 12:20:10 AM Dear Yuyutsu, You mention Advaita Vedanta and the “sameness” of Atman and Brahman. [In my.....
» 3/08/2016 11:07:43 PM Dear david f, I agree that an agency of state should not advocate a particular worldview,.....
» 2/08/2016 8:14:05 AM Dear david f, I agree in principle, although I think making something available as an opt.....
» 1/08/2016 7:20:12 AM Dear david f, I have to apologise: In my anyhow clumsy sentence about reserving the term .....
» 31/07/2016 7:57:53 AM Dear david f, I do not know of a teacher - of RE or other subject - who would describe hi.....
» 30/07/2016 9:13:21 AM Dear david f, >>Public schools have no business using class time for indoctrination.....
» 29/07/2016 8:55:16 AM Dear david f, >>You have explicitly equated atheist as no religion. … Absence of re.....
» 28/07/2016 8:40:22 AM Dear david f, >>I see no difference between a Marxist state pushing atheism on stud.....
» 27/07/2016 8:14:28 AM Dear david f, You have a point there about the difference between the function of a Chapl.....
» 26/07/2016 8:16:10 AM ctd Financial government support for Catholic schools is a different matter. As I wrote el.....
» 26/07/2016 8:10:48 AM Dear david f, Your arguments about “indoctrination” (a word for teaching things, e.g. cul.....
» 25/07/2016 8:27:15 AM LEGO, A very good and witty illustration of how the American political mind in 2003 got i.....
» 25/07/2016 8:01:25 AM Is it so that in Queensland there are more homosexual students who could benefit from the .....
» 23/07/2016 1:03:21 AM AJ Philips, >>Please don’t play dumb with me, George.<< I don't remember I d.....
» 22/07/2016 10:51:51 PM AJ Philips, >>the fact that you … have appealed to the authority of those at Oxford.....
» 22/07/2016 7:55:27 AM AJ Philips, >>your insistence that I must be mistaken<< I don’t remember ins.....
» 21/07/2016 8:54:00 AM Dear Yuyutsu, I am afraid we have different views on what is the purpose of a census or a.....
» 21/07/2016 8:45:44 AM AJ Philips, >> please explain to me how the third definition is equally valid to th.....
» 20/07/2016 8:57:03 PM AJ Philips, Here we go again. If you call highlighting my remark that probably this is wh.....
» 20/07/2016 7:22:54 AM AJ Philips, >>I take it the third definition (which is the third for a reason) was .....
» 20/07/2016 1:23:23 AM The New Oxford American Dictionary, (Second Edition) lists THREE different meanings of the.....
» 19/07/2016 10:05:47 AM This article addresses at leat four topics, somehow interrelated but clearly distinct: 1......
» 19/07/2016 12:02:04 AM >> ’What should British, American and Australian Governments do - apart from apologi.....
» 15/07/2016 9:48:54 AM One difference: In Germany Angela Merkel says "Wir schaffen das (WE shalL cope) wit.....
» 14/07/2016 10:32:26 AM As I understand it, this is just a slight revamping of the Dublin Regulation, (which did n.....
» 14/07/2016 12:27:56 AM I think the difference between the British and Continental perspectives is that for Britai.....
» 29/06/2016 8:44:59 PM Dear Yuyutsu, So let us agree that our difference - you claiming that thinking and acting.....
» 29/06/2016 8:36:08 AM European unification after WWII was a great idea so long as those who were trying to imple.....
» 28/06/2016 7:39:16 AM Dear Yuyutsu, I don’t see much point in continuing this, but still. I really do think the.....
» 27/06/2016 8:35:05 AM Dear Yuyutsu, I think we have different understandings also of the words thought, thinkin.....
» 24/06/2016 7:28:56 PM Dear Yuyutsu, I think there is a difference between thinking (analysing and deciding) and.....
» 23/06/2016 8:22:17 PM Dear Yuyutsu, You are right, assumptions do not drive us to do anything but I was referri.....
» 23/06/2016 8:20:42 PM >>How is it that a country like America, with a lot of talented people, can produce .....
» 22/06/2016 11:53:47 PM Dear Banjo, Thank you for an interesting post. Jacques Monod is a good example of an athe.....
» 22/06/2016 7:07:15 AM AJ Philips, >>I would suggest that you use that definition in the future.<< .....
» 21/06/2016 7:56:54 AM ctd >>« You can argue for or against the rational aspects of “religious beliefs” an.....
» 21/06/2016 7:39:49 AM Dear Banjo, I don not think I can make myself more clear, nevertheless, let me repeat: I .....
» 20/06/2016 7:20:22 AM Dear Yuyutsu, Thanks. I just thought that it was confusing to use a word (exists) with a .....
» 19/06/2016 8:03:31 AM Dear Banjo, I agree but my concern was only with the (religious) meaning of these words a.....
» 19/06/2016 7:27:53 AM Toni Lavis, Yes, it was in anticipation of reactions like yours that I did not use the wo.....
» 18/06/2016 8:26:16 AM AJ Philips, >>how does this ‘fiducia’ differ from credulity?<< The same as a.....
» 15/06/2016 10:13:01 AM Dear Peter, Indee, an interesting article. Nevertheless: There is no rational argument f.....
» 12/06/2016 7:50:20 AM Loudmouth, To make 200 million into 4.5 billion in 42 years you need an annual interest o.....
» 29/05/2016 11:21:45 PM Yuyutsu, A nice post. I always thought the Taizé community was physically bound to the pl.....
» 29/05/2016 2:06:28 AM >>Why do you feel the need to negatively caricature people who don't share your fait.....
» 4/05/2016 12:09:41 AM mox, >>Syria is a sovereign state that is much more democratic than many others and .....
» 11/04/2016 7:19:50 AM Dear Banjo, I think we have been through this before: one cannot find this way a justific.....
» 10/04/2016 7:38:39 PM Dear Banjo, I do not see any point in discussing pejorative expressions like “blind faith.....
» 9/04/2016 9:06:19 PM Sells, Thanks. I never heard the Prodigal Son parable interpreted as resurrection. I re.....
» 9/04/2016 8:50:34 AM True, human beings may abound Who growl at things beyond their ken, Mocking the beautiful .....
» 8/04/2016 8:36:55 PM Dear Peter (Sells), I do not want to be cheeky by noting that it is not necessary to plac.....
» 8/04/2016 8:20:10 AM Dear Banjo (and Prebs), Here is what I actually wrote: http://forum.onlineopinion.com.au/.....
» 8/04/2016 12:36:33 AM Prebs, Thanks for an interesting explanation of the term (religious) faith. No wonder pe.....
» 26/03/2016 10:56:31 AM Hi Joe (Loudmouth), Again, I agree. Christianity had to go a long way to arrive at the co.....
» 25/03/2016 10:53:17 PM Loudmouth, I can agree with all that you wrote. However, not being a lawyer I still think.....
» 19/02/2016 9:08:16 AM Dear Poirot, You refer to Einstein equating gravitational and inertial mass - his famous .....
» 19/02/2016 9:04:50 AM Dear david f, I would not say that what Josephus or others say is nonsense but would not .....
» 18/02/2016 8:50:36 AM For those still interested in the topic of this thread: http://www.scientificamerican.com/.....
» 17/02/2016 8:05:22 AM Dear david f, You have used the word nonsense nine times in this short post. It reveals m.....
» 16/02/2016 9:11:20 AM Dear Mr Opinion, >>sorry wrong answer, try again … this problem was solved back in .....
» 15/02/2016 11:39:07 PM Dear david f, >>It is my understanding that Jesus was not the founder of any religi.....
» 15/02/2016 10:21:28 PM Dear david f, >>Jesus claimed that only through him could one enter the kingdom of .....
» 15/02/2016 10:32:58 AM Dear david f and ttbn Whether Jesus is trivial or not compared to another Jew, e.g. Einst.....
» 15/02/2016 9:15:37 AM Dear Shadow Minister, A small correction: >> What these discoveries do is clearly .....
» 9/02/2016 10:20:28 AM >>(Russians) not understanding that russian speaking Ukrainians are Ukranian before .....
» 4/02/2016 8:35:22 AM Aristocrat, I tend to agree that it is a good article. Or - as seen from Cologne where I .....
» 25/01/2016 9:26:04 AM Here in Germany there is a (still) minority of Germans with “migration background” (mit Mi.....
» 25/01/2016 12:46:03 AM Dear david f, >> What do religions do? That defines them.<< Yes, this refers.....
» 24/01/2016 9:24:14 AM Dear david f, Please note the “usually” in my last sentence. The difference between a d.....
» 23/01/2016 8:36:12 PM Dear david f, One has to distinguish between religion (no plurals) and a religion (e.g. C.....
» 23/01/2016 9:31:02 AM Dear Banjo, So you did not present your own definition only your own view about what is t.....
» 23/01/2016 9:28:44 AM Dear david f, Sorry, neither did I want to argue with you. I only wanted to point out tha.....
» 23/01/2016 12:47:10 AM Dear Banjo, >>I hope I have correctly interpreted your definitions. Both describe r.....
» 21/01/2016 10:21:51 PM Dear Banjo, You can define a concept - in a way understood and accepted equally by everyb.....
» 21/01/2016 1:43:26 AM If you see - as I do - religion as the “elephant” studied by the “six blind men“: a psycho.....
» 19/01/2016 10:30:22 AM Dear david f, You are right but I still think that Ricci would not have settled for Chris.....
» 19/01/2016 8:32:01 AM Dear david f, >>Would Christianity have survived if it had not become the official .....
» 18/01/2016 8:58:27 AM Dear david f, >>I used the word, culture, in the three following sentences: “Chris.....
» 17/01/2016 8:43:08 PM Dear david f, I just wanted to point out the difference between the two meanings of “cult.....
» 17/01/2016 6:56:36 AM Dear david f, The statement >>A society which has lost its religion becomes soone.....
» 17/01/2016 1:04:15 AM Dear Yuyutsu, I appreciate your response. Aquinas, of course, is a classic. What I liked .....
» 16/01/2016 3:51:31 AM AJ Philips, >>How is it possible to have a "greatest" in a discipline in .....
» 16/01/2016 1:18:47 AM Dear Yuyutsu, To what extent can you identify with this (following loosely Robert Barron,.....
» 14/01/2016 9:35:29 AM I agree with Sells, although I think Chris C’s “the Left controls culture (gay marriage an.....
» 9/01/2016 10:38:44 AM >>There has been talk of mass assaults on women in the German city of Cologne<<.....
» 8/01/2016 10:08:58 AM I nice article but since I have not lived in Australia for the last 15 years it comes to m.....
» 7/01/2016 9:52:49 PM mhaze, I did not want to disagree with most of what you wrote, although I think the situa.....
» 7/01/2016 9:13:15 AM >> The German police aren't even trying to find out who they were despite CCTV being.....
» 7/01/2016 12:28:54 AM >>I am sure the perpetrators of the sexual assaults you delight in repeatedly bringi.....
» 6/01/2016 9:53:44 AM http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/cologne-shocked-by-sexual-assaults-on-new-year.....
» 5/01/2016 7:31:10 AM Peter, an interesting point of view. I hope you can read the two outpourings above in the .....
» 8/11/2015 8:22:13 AM Dear Banjo, >>The conclusion of your article, “The nature of reality”, …<< Y.....
» 7/11/2015 9:46:15 AM Dear Banjo, >> It’s simply because “reality” seems sufficiently explicit to me <.....
» 6/11/2015 8:29:20 AM Dear Banjo, If I understand you properly, you are objecting to the term “physical reality.....
» 4/11/2015 7:54:37 AM Dear Banjo, >>the “vision” of physical reality being the reception of an image and .....
» 3/11/2015 8:09:34 AM Dear Banjo, >>It seems to me that this tends to illustrate that any “vision” of God.....
» 2/11/2015 8:34:09 AM Dear Banjo, Representation in contemporary philosophy of science is more than taking a pi.....
» 1/11/2015 8:45:35 AM Dear david f, We have been through this before. It is about biblical hermeneutics (exeges.....
» 1/11/2015 7:51:57 AM Dear Banjo, >>I find eminently appropriate Toynbee’s choice of the term “vision” to.....
» 1/11/2015 12:00:10 AM Dear david f, >>One aspect of God is inconsistent with another act of God. <<.....
» 31/10/2015 10:33:50 PM Dear David and Banjo, “Christianity and Judaism has one vision of God as being self-sacri.....
» 30/10/2015 8:05:06 PM Dear david f, Here in Germany it is considered inappropriate to send birthday wishes befo.....
» 20/10/2015 7:05:06 AM >> To take the mind of a child and teach them about religion as if it were an establ.....
» 29/09/2015 6:31:53 AM Armchair Critic, >>US policy is foolish but we're even worse for following along.&l.....
» 14/09/2015 7:07:37 AM Dear david f, >>Christianity has a tendency to become Christendom<< I think .....
» 14/09/2015 12:14:11 AM Sells (and others), Aren’t you confusing Christianity with Christendom? “Ye are the sal.....
» 13/09/2015 11:46:08 PM Lucky Australia whose main concern seems to be the right of everybody, male or female, to .....
» 12/09/2015 1:26:32 AM "Almost all of the civil and uncivil disobedience of the last half-century, from camp.....
» 11/09/2015 1:14:38 AM >>The Saudis can take Sunni refugees, and the Iranians and Iraqis can take Shia refu.....
» 8/09/2015 8:47:23 PM Dear david f, As said, I agree that Warfield should not have used - and today probably wo.....
» 8/09/2015 7:58:29 AM Dear david f, As I said, I did not quote Warfield to approve of his terminology. So maybe.....
» 7/09/2015 6:23:07 PM Dear David, >>How can one follow anything other than one’s own conscience? <<.....
» 7/09/2015 10:40:54 AM Oops, "(holding 18000 but designed for 1200)," should obviously be "(ho.....
» 7/09/2015 10:28:14 AM Dear David, >>nonsense that asserted that salvation was only possible through belie.....
» 7/09/2015 8:56:06 AM >>"We all know the Muslims have no tolerance for Christian beliefs.”<< T.....
» 2/09/2015 10:41:20 AM Yes, as I was saying, its relative velocity not distance matters......
» 2/09/2015 6:44:57 AM Toni Lavis, >>it depends on your frame of reference. … who are a couple of thousan.....
» 16/08/2015 9:35:30 PM Dear david f, I think Sellick has understood in the meantime that his use of the phrase “.....
» 15/08/2015 9:52:45 PM Dear david f, I gathered that you were not reacting to what was in the article but to wha.....
» 15/08/2015 7:52:58 AM Dear david f, I appreciate that you admit your reaction was emotional (I checked, there i.....
» 14/08/2015 10:08:36 PM Dear david f, >>Sellick's message is unequivocal. We must believe in mumbojumbo.<.....
» 14/08/2015 9:04:46 AM Sells, All I was trying to say was that one should adjust to the anticipated audience the.....
» 14/08/2015 7:22:43 AM Sells, As you can see, some people’s reaction to (the title of) your sermon (which I und.....
» 12/08/2015 1:53:04 AM Loudmouth, An interesting and percipient way of seeing positivism and constructivism as C.....
» 2/08/2015 9:23:42 AM Dear david f, I have already gathered that you do not agree with the Catholic position an.....
» 2/08/2015 7:33:41 AM Some think that actions to reduce population numbers will reduce poverty and preserve our .....
» 1/08/2015 7:34:28 PM Error: Of course, wide range not "wide rage"......
» 1/08/2015 7:31:23 PM Sister Chittister is a well known figure on the (extreme) left wing of American Catholicis.....
» 1/08/2015 7:24:33 AM Dear Banjo, Thanks for the compliment, however these are not new “religious concepts down.....
» 1/08/2015 1:01:38 AM JP, Maybe you understand now what I meant when I said that making God a being like us, on.....
» 30/07/2015 6:34:28 PM JP, I can understand your position (I am in principle on your side), I can understand Dav.....
» 25/07/2015 11:11:16 PM Sells, I do not understand why you find puzzling my link showing that there is also a les.....
» 25/07/2015 2:43:16 AM Perhaps a less emotionally loaded analysis: http://www.cruxnow.com/life/2015/07/24/the-hi.....
» 15/07/2015 9:05:38 AM Sells, >>physiological science can demonstrate that consciousness does rely on the .....
» 11/07/2015 7:30:03 PM Sells, I did not question your materialist view, only the compatibility of one sentence y.....
» 11/07/2015 12:08:28 AM >>Scriptural conception of death as the end of human individual consciousness.<&l.....
» 9/07/2015 8:10:10 AM As I understood it, the Kleins refused to provide a particular service - similar to that o.....
» 2/07/2015 11:11:10 PM Dear david f, >>Probably I noticed an unusual movement in the leaves and stopped the.....
» 2/07/2015 9:11:39 AM A very interesting article with a views that agrees with how I can see it from here in Col.....
» 26/06/2015 10:29:50 AM Peter, I agree that this is an interesting piece. “I-Thou,  theological doctrine of the.....
» 4/06/2015 7:00:23 AM Dear Yuyutsu, I completely agree. I think you rightly pointed to the question of whethe.....
» 3/06/2015 11:21:54 PM Dear Yuyutsu, >>Private employers should be able to employ whoever they want, whene.....
» 3/06/2015 11:20:05 PM Dear david f, >>On the question of rights for homosexuals those against those right.....
» 3/06/2015 8:38:47 AM Dear david f, >> I wrote how the articles smells to me. … You are taking issue with.....
» 3/06/2015 12:39:37 AM Dear david f, >> The article smells the same to me as the former opposition to equa.....
» 2/06/2015 11:30:04 PM Sells, >> This is significant because it emphasises a common reality, at least in n.....
» 28/05/2015 1:11:23 AM ttbn, >> So, the Northern Ireland Equality Commission thinks that it is doing the r.....
» 27/05/2015 10:41:26 PM I don’t know who in which particular case was offering or following what legal advice invo.....
» 27/05/2015 10:34:26 AM Poirot, I agree, I indicated in my last paragraph more or less the same thing. I only wan.....
» 27/05/2015 8:10:42 AM Poirot, >>So who can point me to any other organisation which institutes a protocol.....
» 21/05/2015 10:48:32 PM Sorry, it should have started "Dear Yuyutsu"......
» 21/05/2015 10:46:59 PM Yuyutsu, For me and many people - philosophically savvy or not - the statement “since I t.....
» 21/05/2015 1:26:28 AM Dear david f, I do not know much of the other two but Canon law is exactly that - a law. .....
» 20/05/2015 11:17:21 PM Dear david f, >> Thought-crimes are a Christian not a religious concept. << .....
» 19/05/2015 11:40:12 PM Peter, >>Descartes attempted to ground all knowing on the thinking subject <<.....
» 14/05/2015 8:31:37 AM What an excellent and very timely article!.....
» 13/05/2015 11:57:34 PM Dear david f, The moral maxim presupposes that you know which is the “speck” and which th.....
» 13/05/2015 10:20:38 AM Dear David, I did not want to defend the phrase “free society” only mentioned it as a ter.....
» 13/05/2015 8:39:18 AM I think one should distinguish between the political and economic frames of reference. On.....
» 4/04/2015 8:55:26 PM Dan, >> our society takes the opportunity to 'indoctrinate' our youth in what it co.....
» 3/04/2015 10:25:57 PM (:-)) Yuyutsu believs in the non-existence of God, although Christianas believe in His exi.....
» 3/04/2015 8:44:15 AM Dear Banjo, Thanks for a sincere insight into your formatting years. >>Perhaps th.....
» 3/04/2015 12:45:53 AM Dear Banjo, >> the following definition for indoctrination : 1. Teach (a person or.....
» 2/04/2015 7:41:12 AM Dear Banjo, >> I knew you would not take kindly to that expression << Thus y.....
» 2/04/2015 12:46:58 AM AJ Philips, I think you just proved my point, although originally I did not have you in m.....
» 1/04/2015 11:02:19 PM Hi Craig, Thanks for the interesting exposition preceding “I find the idea of a God as .....
» 1/04/2015 7:17:06 AM Dear Banjo, >>I perceive it not as a “definition” of religion but as a description .....
» 31/03/2015 8:40:27 AM Dear Yuyutsu, >>Which was wrong - the clergy were supposed to teach their flock the.....
» 31/03/2015 8:35:28 AM Hi Craig, >>the poorly framed 5th axiom that proved the undoing of that way of thin.....
» 30/03/2015 7:16:21 AM Hi Craig, I do not understand what Feynman meant (I have not heard of this before) but in.....
» 29/03/2015 11:44:19 PM Hi Craig, I agree that one difference between mathematics and religion is that religion T.....
» 29/03/2015 10:10:00 AM Hi Craig, >>Religions, including Christianity, … are the precursors to and the inte.....
» 25/03/2015 11:59:32 PM Sells, I agree but do not see how this contradicts what I wrote, except for the use of th.....
» 25/03/2015 8:37:28 AM (ctd) >> to some extent theologists have made a virtue out of necessity in raising .....
» 25/03/2015 8:22:42 AM Craig Minns, Thanks again for your resourceful input that made me activate my own grey ce.....
» 24/03/2015 10:42:07 AM Craig Minns, Thanks for the insights. >> someone with a PhD in mathematics should .....
» 23/03/2015 10:55:21 PM Sells, As for Kant, I am not a philosopher but I have sort of imbibed him in the educatio.....
» 23/03/2015 9:54:59 AM Oh Suseonline, “many” women (or men) "might change their mind" on whatever for w.....
» 23/03/2015 9:00:56 AM Interesting and insightful article, Peter, thanks. Except for: >>The first movement.....
» 12/03/2015 9:55:58 PM Hi Joe (Loudmouth), You are right, my fault. When making comparisons it is usually the Ca.....
» 12/03/2015 10:25:22 AM Dear Constance, I honestly tried to respond to your post. You obviously did not understa.....
» 11/03/2015 12:13:20 AM Constance, All I was saying was that one could get to the same conclusion as Robert, incl.....
» 9/03/2015 9:26:58 AM Robert LePage, You only need to use common sense, and ask cui prodest, to see that this t.....
» 7/03/2015 8:31:07 PM Yuyutsu, CORRECTION: My silly automatic spelling corrector ! Of, course it should have b.....
» 7/03/2015 12:42:53 AM Yuyutsu, >>Charlie Hebdo and the West ARE guilty of doing wrong things<< Dep.....
» 24/02/2015 10:37:08 AM Dear Foxy, Thanks, but I also keep on learning from you......
» 24/02/2015 8:54:17 AM Dear Foxy, Thanks for the link. It is the official position explaining away the Nuland co.....
» 23/02/2015 11:54:26 AM Putin feels cornered and scared that the chain of destabilisations - Afghanistan, Iraq, Li.....
» 23/02/2015 11:33:45 AM Koenigsberg (now Kaliningrad) was Immanuel Kant’s native city that he allegedly never left.....
» 19/02/2015 10:07:59 AM AJ Philips, “But I have not asked you to say that”. Neither did I claim you asked me to .....
» 18/02/2015 9:03:50 AM AJ Philips, >>Religion allows people in the millions to believe what only a crazy p.....
» 17/02/2015 8:27:50 PM AJ Philips, >>Your analogy is invalid.<< OK, so I assume a “valid” analogy w.....
» 17/02/2015 8:54:37 AM Dear david f, >>To Dawkins nothing can trump scientific findings except their falsi.....
» 16/02/2015 9:21:37 AM Dear david f, I agree that the missionary should have known how you felt about these thin.....
» 15/02/2015 11:13:14 AM Dear Yuyutsu, This is not what I had a problem with. It was the implication that curiosit.....
» 14/02/2015 9:21:11 AM (ctd) >>They leave me with the insulting, "I'll pray for you.”<< I know.....
» 14/02/2015 9:18:45 AM Dear david f, >> I was representing vectors as numbers<< That is an unusual .....
» 13/02/2015 2:39:39 AM Jardine K. Jardine, >>do you call geometry, mathematics and logic "science&quo.....
» 13/02/2015 2:36:34 AM Dear david f, >> a + bi – on a three dimension space as a + bi + cj - on a four dim.....
» 12/02/2015 9:38:50 PM Pericles, >>But which of these, in your view, is a justification for Christianity's.....
» 12/02/2015 8:51:52 AM Dear david f, >>Sells posted on page 4 of comments, “The virgin birth is a story wi.....
» 10/02/2015 11:53:09 PM From my earlier post (http://forum.onlineopinion.com.au/thread.asp?discussion=5580#154255).....
» 10/02/2015 11:21:27 AM Craig Minns, Thanks for David Deutsch’s Constructor Theory (http://arxiv.org/pdf/1210.743.....
» 26/01/2015 9:27:06 AM Dear david f, I read your touchy, even horrifying, story an hour or so after having watch.....
» 25/01/2015 11:32:11 PM (ctd) >>Some historians become ideologues. They marshal their facts to present a ca.....
» 25/01/2015 11:23:12 PM Dear david f, >>I am sure you take your religion seriously.<< I am not sure .....
» 24/01/2015 9:01:06 AM Hi Constance, Thanks you for the long list of personal experiences and opinions. I regret.....
» 24/01/2015 8:25:45 AM Dear david f, I agree with what you wrote but I still think a specialist is a specialist .....
» 23/01/2015 8:40:36 AM Dear david f, >>Although you are not a historian you have sound instincts and a rea.....
» 23/01/2015 8:29:36 AM (ctd) Let me add also my own personal experience. TV talk show are a German national spor.....
» 23/01/2015 8:22:41 AM Hi Constance, I think I can empathise with your feelings: as a Catholic I am well aware o.....
» 22/01/2015 7:39:17 AM Dear david f, I am not a historian, but folkloristic memories (folksongs) of e.g. the Hun.....
» 21/01/2015 8:49:35 AM Dear david f, >> With the Ottoman conquest of the Balkans the upper classes largely.....
» 21/01/2015 8:47:27 AM Hi Constance, >> You think Pope Benedict should have apologised?<< Certainly.....
» 20/01/2015 8:22:02 AM Dear Banjo, Thanks again for the info. >>The Muslims continued their advance and .....
» 20/01/2015 12:00:39 AM Dear david f, I agree, however the intensity of hostilities towards parts of population -.....
» 19/01/2015 8:33:22 AM Dear david f, Sorry, but I did not spot a contradiction between the quote from Freedman a.....
» 19/01/2015 8:31:05 AM Dear Banjo, Thanks again for the info. Integration into a prevalent culture and moving in.....
» 19/01/2015 8:27:01 AM Constance, >>Sorry George, Merkel is speaking in appeasement tones which can't last.....
» 18/01/2015 9:31:06 AM Dear Banjo, Thanks again for the insider insights. >>There seems to be a quasi co.....
» 18/01/2015 8:57:12 AM Jayb, >>In Australia we recognize the truth behind the cartoon & have a laugh. <.....
» 18/01/2015 2:28:46 AM Do the French want to live with Muslims who resent such Muhammad cartoons and will feel al.....
» 17/01/2015 10:23:14 PM Loudmouth, >>We should always have the right to criticise ideas, and even offend th.....
» 17/01/2015 11:48:09 AM Hi Loudmouth, I do not see at who that “slur” is supposed to be directed unless you mean .....
» 17/01/2015 10:52:34 AM Dear Banjo, Thanks for the reply, I agree with most of what you wrote. >>The jiha.....
» 17/01/2015 7:40:56 AM Poirot, This is a good illustration of the difference between the legal and mere decency .....
» 17/01/2015 7:38:41 AM Hi Loudmouth, My post was not about physical but verbal violence; I used the metaphor of .....
» 16/01/2015 9:50:55 PM Dear Foxy, I also liked your poem, and what, I think, it tries do convey. Thanks for shar.....
» 16/01/2015 12:22:44 AM Dear Banjo, Thanks for the insider view information. I think nobody - not even the blogge.....
» 15/01/2015 9:09:28 AM For those who can read French: http://www.les-crises.fr/indecense-rendons-hommage-a-charl.....
» 15/01/2015 9:08:17 AM Dear Banjo, I came accroos the following: http://www.les-crises.fr/indecense-rendons-hom.....
» 14/01/2015 9:18:24 PM Keith, >> Should criticism be allowed of a religion or its leaders? This is called .....
» 14/01/2015 1:23:53 AM Dear Foxy, Thanks for the quote. I think it was already G. W. Bush who declared “war on t.....
» 13/01/2015 8:54:34 AM Dear david f, Thanks for the kind words. You are certainly one of the few people on this .....
» 13/01/2015 8:32:39 AM Dear david f, >>I think some Muslims feel that anything, no matter how sacred, can .....
» 13/01/2015 8:28:54 AM Dear Poirot and Foxy, >>This whole subject opens up a can of worms. << You b.....
» 13/01/2015 12:48:25 AM Dear david f, >>The concept of God is not for me to define since I do not contend a.....
» 12/01/2015 11:14:47 AM Poirot, Thanks for straightening me. I wrote the piece at the time the rally started (Par.....
» 12/01/2015 2:26:47 AM When I am writing this, allegedly one million people from throughout Europe and beyond are.....
» 11/01/2015 8:38:26 AM Dear david f, I am not a historian, so I don’t know whether ancient Greek mathematicians .....
» 10/01/2015 10:45:55 PM Dear Foxy, Thanks for the thoughtful post that I have nothing to add except perhaps to re.....
» 10/01/2015 10:28:42 AM Dear david f, I think we have been to this before - the difference, as I understand it, b.....
» 9/01/2015 8:40:49 PM Though I am not a psychologist I think there is some similarity between the two positions:.....
» 9/01/2015 11:32:26 AM Dear Foxy, >> Would any of you turn to religion if you felt that you were going to .....
» 8/01/2015 1:18:12 AM Sells, I am not sure whether your sentiments are those of the majority of Christians, but.....
» 7/01/2015 10:44:10 AM "The adviser of the Ukrainian President Yury Biryukov announced that about a quarter .....
» 2/01/2015 1:36:12 AM Dear Yuyutsu, I thought it rather obvious that contemporary science and the ensuing techn.....
» 31/12/2014 11:22:01 PM So am I, Craig Minns, and again thanks you for the challenge to try to fathom the unfathom.....
» 31/12/2014 10:46:55 AM Dear Foxy, I nice poetic wisdom. Here are two variations of it: “Look at this window: it.....
» 31/12/2014 8:13:01 AM (ctd) So if the nature of physical reality is not at all clear (in spite of what physicis.....
» 31/12/2014 8:07:39 AM Craig Minns, In my view, Geertz’s definition fits mathematics only as far as it speaks of.....
» 30/12/2014 8:35:43 PM >>having all understandings now open to question and debate does not necessarily nee.....
» 30/12/2014 10:47:20 AM (ctd) The same about your explanation of faith which I think is more than just belief in .....
» 30/12/2014 10:42:34 AM Craig Minns, Thanks for the mini-essay that made me think about my Christian approach to .....
» 30/12/2014 1:23:39 AM Dear Yuyutsu, Thanks for your thoughts. It tells me much about your spiritual disposition.....
» 30/12/2014 12:53:50 AM Craig Minns, >> what has traditionally been ascribed to God is the same thing as mi.....
» 29/12/2014 9:13:37 AM Craig Minns, You got me there, of course Csíkszentmihályi, not Chikszentmihályi as I wrot.....
» 29/12/2014 1:39:37 AM Sells, Somebody said that if you asked Aquinas which parts of his writings were philosoph.....
» 28/12/2014 10:07:17 PM Craig Minns, You obviously meant Chickszentmihályi not Csikmentihaliy (the name derives f.....
» 28/12/2014 1:13:16 AM Hasbeen, So you must be sorry for very many people, because the majority build their unde.....
» 27/12/2014 9:57:31 AM Constance, >> my whole point is that people like Foxy contribute to the mess we're .....
» 27/12/2014 8:20:06 AM Hasbeen, >> I can't help feeling a little sorry for those who need the crutch of be.....
» 27/12/2014 7:38:04 AM I agree that "the RC church remains a nightmare to some, maybe many" (as anti-Ca.....
» 26/12/2014 9:30:42 AM Foxy, I am not sure which part of that comes from Marianne Williamson and which from you,.....
» 24/12/2014 6:40:47 PM Sells, >>So, do we base Christianity on the existence of a divine creator or on the.....
» 24/12/2014 7:38:26 AM Josephus, Nicely put. Merry Chritmas to you and all here......
» 23/12/2014 1:52:13 AM Squeers, >> A central point I’ve tried to make above is that time is past where we .....
» 19/12/2014 9:13:36 AM No, next comes Johan Wolfgang Goethe with his “True, human beings may abound Who growl a.....
» 17/12/2014 11:52:01 PM Squeers, >>in the circumstances of the human condition we are entitled to find sola.....
» 17/12/2014 8:14:07 PM Squeers, Thanks for the rich collections of thoughts that would take many more than 350 w.....
» 17/12/2014 8:29:33 AM ybgirp, Although I don't think "rational thinkers of the Enlightenment" rejected.....
» 17/12/2014 1:10:13 AM Squeers, Christianity, building on Judaism and Hellenism, gave rise to what we call the W.....
» 9/12/2014 9:56:20 PM Sorry, the above was refering to what Louise, not Is Mise, wrote......
» 9/12/2014 9:54:23 PM Yes, that is, more or less, what I meant by “to be understood literally”......
» 9/12/2014 8:26:46 PM Louisa probably overlooked the fact that those the Bible was written for to be understood .....
» 6/12/2014 10:29:16 PM >> Babette trying to champion the cause of the Pakistani Christian women is all very.....
» 6/12/2014 11:50:32 AM >>Which in reality, has nothing whatsoever to do with Islam and it's original, unedi.....
» 6/12/2014 3:48:14 AM Did Babbette claim that there were only good Christians? Is there no diffrerence in Pakist.....
» 5/12/2014 10:17:29 AM >>Whenever one religious sect dominates a countries government so it uses that power.....
» 25/11/2014 1:08:42 AM Dear Banjo, >>I don’t think a pair of quotation marks is good enough explanation<.....
» 24/11/2014 8:40:42 AM Dear Banjo, >>there is no evidence that "belief in afterlife" refers to s.....
» 24/11/2014 12:30:22 AM Poirot, You are so right. >>Pascal says something about true wisdom being reached.....
» 23/11/2014 11:22:17 AM Poirot, "The more I know, the more nearly is my faith that of the Breton peasant. Co.....
» 23/11/2014 9:42:29 AM Dear Banjo, OK, I should not have referred to the Newtonian understanding of absolute spa.....
» 22/11/2014 11:29:42 PM >>George ... invalidates the idea on scientific grounds<< I am certainly not .....
» 22/11/2014 1:50:57 AM (ctd) >>I am not an idealist, and certainly accept the reality of the phenomenal un.....
» 22/11/2014 1:47:23 AM Squeers, You apparently are not a retiree like I am, so I appreciate the time you take to.....
» 21/11/2014 2:26:16 AM (ctd) >> My own conviction is that ‘potentially’ the mind ‘is’ at least somewh.....
» 21/11/2014 2:22:31 AM Squeers, >>You’re still implying an objective stance for the observer in that he ma.....
» 20/11/2014 8:18:33 AM http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/interview-with-former-fbi-agent-and-islamic-stat.....
» 19/11/2014 10:15:57 PM Squeers, >>to miss the point that words and their meanings are cultural constructs,.....
» 18/11/2014 11:58:19 PM Dear Banjo, >> there is a formal definition of a Christian as a baptised person, wh.....
» 18/11/2014 8:42:10 PM Dear Banjo, >>George tells me that I am a Christian because I was baptised as a bab.....
» 17/11/2014 2:07:35 AM Dear Yuyutsu, >>most points I have already read in Peter's previous articles<<.....
» 15/11/2014 10:49:34 AM Peter, Thanks for an interesting article, although its point would be missed by many, als.....
» 15/11/2014 10:15:35 AM If all Muslims are either Sunni or Shia - which, of course, is a simplification - then Sal.....
» 29/10/2014 11:23:29 AM >>Halduell's comments, ... are essentially not relevant here.<< What then is .....
» 24/10/2014 8:12:31 AM Pericles, >>There is a clear difference in logic between "life" having a .....
» 24/10/2014 12:19:12 AM Pericles, >>Not quite sure why you pointed this at me, George. … And my own contrib.....
» 23/10/2014 9:20:38 AM Pericles, >>"Does life have a purpose?”<< I think this question does no.....
» 22/10/2014 12:02:20 AM >> Remember also that Putin is on side with Iran and Syria.<< Putin warned ag.....
» 20/10/2014 7:45:48 AM Poirot, It was clear from the beginning that the shooting down was not “murder”, i.e. int.....
» 13/10/2014 2:59:45 AM Dear Banjo, >>Would you kindly explain the connection you see ?<< Hôtel de V.....
» 12/10/2014 10:23:33 PM Dear Banjo, I do not think it would be very helpful if we tried to rename concepts in gen.....
» 12/10/2014 7:42:30 AM Dear Banjo, Please note that I just suggested an explanation of a terminology in (classic.....
» 11/10/2014 1:58:59 AM Perhaps this could explain what AJP had in mind when referring to logical absolutes: http:.....
» 10/10/2014 11:04:58 AM Dear Banjo, Thanks for your comments. Of course, I also see “a distinctive evolutionary.....
» 9/10/2014 11:49:50 PM Dear Foxy, Your posts, as usual, are insightful. Sociology is just one of a number of per.....
» 9/10/2014 7:40:21 AM Dear Banjo, No parody intended. All I wanted to stress was (i) the fact that most conce.....
» 8/10/2014 9:02:12 AM Dear Banjo, I agree, as I do with the following: My understanding is that primeval man i.....
» 7/10/2014 9:16:03 AM “Paul Tillich maintained that the main dividing line runs, not between those who regard th.....
» 18/09/2014 11:14:37 PM Agronomist, >>Well George, I am not quite sure where you are headed. << I wa.....
» 17/09/2014 10:57:40 PM Suseonline, Thanks for the link. It does not contain authentic quotes only accusations th.....
» 17/09/2014 6:59:06 AM Suseonline, >>I agree with free speech George, as long as what is said is not hate .....
» 16/09/2014 11:02:39 PM Agronomist, >>groups picketing abortion clinics in the US, where the WCF hails from.....
» 15/09/2014 11:17:49 PM >>I have seen worse behaviour by those picketing abortion clinics.<< Do abort.....
» 6/09/2014 9:45:14 PM Sorry, "economic" not "economical"!.....
» 6/09/2014 9:43:15 PM Russia and Ukraine are seamlessly - in the cultural as well as economical sense - connecte.....
» 4/09/2014 12:04:16 AM This article is a very one-sided and biased view of events that led to a dangerous situati.....
» 25/08/2014 11:42:42 PM Unfortunately a rather realistic assessment of the ultimately dangerous situation the worl.....
» 14/08/2014 9:17:53 AM Perhaps because the article is called “Abortion breast cancer link explodes in Asia” and D.....
» 13/08/2014 7:14:30 PM Poroshenko had three options: side too much with the Russians and alienate the Americans, .....
» 13/08/2014 8:15:48 AM Agronomist, That is a different cup of tea. As I said, I am not a specialist on these mat.....
» 13/08/2014 6:42:51 AM Yvonne, >>what is the point of writing a piece on "what the evidence shows&quo.....
» 13/08/2014 6:31:00 AM Agronomist, Thanks for the link to the article written from a similar position as the one.....
» 12/08/2014 8:58:45 PM Suseonline, >> Four years after receiving his PhD in 1981, Brind had a spiritual aw.....
» 11/08/2014 11:52:07 PM Khodorkowski - who certainly has no reasons to defend Putin - gave a recent interview (htt.....
» 11/08/2014 11:50:37 PM I do not think looking at present day dangerous world-wide developments through emotions g.....
» 10/08/2014 11:34:03 PM JP, As david f points out, one should distinguish between moral and legal attributes. Th.....
» 9/08/2014 6:29:48 PM “self-sufficient”, sounds here better than “self-explanatory”......
» 9/08/2014 6:27:04 PM >>It needs as much faith to believe that life spontaneously arose as it does to beli.....
» 9/08/2014 6:10:32 PM Robert, (and others), >>if an author has made a point worth debating I agree to a .....
» 7/08/2014 8:49:00 PM R0bert, >>a bit of background reading on Dr Lachlan Dunjey<< Sorry, but I ca.....
» 7/08/2014 6:59:14 PM R0bert, The author of the article is “pro-life”, others are “pro-choice”. There are disda.....
» 7/08/2014 6:01:05 PM No offence, whether meant or not, taken; only an attempt to keep the discussions on this O.....
» 6/08/2014 10:25:07 AM >> this needs to be a scientific and medical discussion, not one involving … invisib.....
» 6/08/2014 9:59:48 AM Jon J, >> I am quite happy to regard Stalinism, and Marxism in general, as a religio.....
» 6/08/2014 8:52:06 AM Suzeonline, >>judging women with breast cancer as being punished by their god for h.....
» 5/08/2014 8:51:47 PM Suseonline, I was only trying to show that what those sentences of yours were saying abou.....
» 5/08/2014 7:19:38 PM Jon J, >>Dismantle religion, and tolerance will no longer be an issue. << Ho.....
» 5/08/2014 6:37:48 PM >>Have you thought about … ANY woman who is fighting breast cancer who are immediate.....
» 3/08/2014 9:39:31 PM I also respect other people’s opinions when they “have the courage to tell the truth” as I.....
» 3/08/2014 7:22:54 PM >>the conference organisers, who are classified as a hate group<< Well, the a.....
» 2/08/2014 2:54:39 AM http://www.europeanleadershipnetwork.org/crisis-management-in-europe-in-the-context-of-eve.....
» 1/08/2014 8:07:14 PM Dear Foxy, Well said. Being an outsider, I think Gaza for its geographic position could o.....
» 1/08/2014 12:13:11 AM Google gave this translation of the title and subtitle of the article I found in http://ww.....
» 29/07/2014 12:41:39 AM This is the English version of what Putin said on TV after the disaster (http://www.youtub.....
» 29/07/2014 12:32:00 AM Pericles, Sorry to disappoint you, but on this I agree almost 100% with you. [As to who “.....
» 27/07/2014 8:51:47 AM Suzeonline, >>What are 'non-specialists' George?<< Laymen (and laywomen, if .....
» 27/07/2014 12:54:51 AM >> could be seen as ethical, if the purpose was to sabotage an organisation that doe.....
» 26/07/2014 7:48:36 AM >>” Wasn't there some philosopher who said that without a belief in God people find .....
» 25/07/2014 8:30:20 PM According to Wikipedia the views of Professor Joel Brind and Dr Angela Lanfranchi are rath.....
» 3/07/2014 9:06:00 AM Dear Yuyutsu, >>Sadly this misunderstanding had cost Galileo his head<< It c.....
» 3/07/2014 9:04:40 AM Dear Banjo, >>Metaphysics and religion are related, therefore, because religion oft.....
» 2/07/2014 8:13:42 AM Dear Banjo, I came across the Rev. Saunders’ article accidentally, to get you a quote yo.....
» 2/07/2014 8:10:15 AM Dan S de Merengue, You are right, there things that specialists disagree upon - e.g. whet.....
» 1/07/2014 4:53:15 AM Dear Banjo, >>I have noticed that the word “evidence” is absent from the vocabulary.....
» 30/06/2014 8:19:46 PM Dan S de Merengue, I stated explicitly that I agreed with you concerning "magic".....
» 30/06/2014 5:28:53 PM >> in the hands of the church's spin doctors, it would have been presented as a pret.....
» 30/06/2014 5:04:01 PM Dear Banjo, These are more or less known positions. None of them contain the word “eviden.....
» 30/06/2014 7:18:42 AM Dear Banjo, >> Catholic church singles out some very concrete and particularly impr.....
» 28/06/2014 10:53:55 PM Dear Banjo, I was wondering (sorry for the sarcasm) if you meant that the miraculous heal.....
» 28/06/2014 9:52:00 PM Dan S de Merengue, >> My common sense tells me that reptiles don't magically turn i.....
» 28/06/2014 10:27:52 AM Dear Banjo, >>verified and confirmed by other, qualified, independent experts, prio.....
» 28/06/2014 8:40:22 AM Dear Banjo, >>The person’s medical history could … but none of this would be scient.....
» 27/06/2014 7:23:34 PM Ojnab, you certainly raised the intellectual level of this thread!.....
» 27/06/2014 7:27:37 AM Dear Banjo, Sorry, I am not an expert on these matters, I just used my common sense to sa.....
» 27/06/2014 6:24:59 AM Dear Foxy, Jardine, David Sloan Wilson, an evolutionary biologist, has a good discussion .....
» 26/06/2014 7:53:05 AM Jardine K. Jardine, >>What about that eh?<< You seem to subscribe to a negat.....
» 26/06/2014 7:43:47 AM Matthew S, >>A number of key issues are of importance here<< One of the few .....
» 25/06/2014 10:00:16 AM Dear Banjo, In my understanding, spontaneous remission (an unexpected improvement or cure.....
» 25/06/2014 6:39:19 AM Dear Banjo, I think not only Is Mise but also others provided here enough material indica.....
» 25/06/2014 12:44:33 AM Those who expect to get healed in Lourdes irrespective of their state of mind (faith or no.....
» 23/06/2014 7:34:22 AM >>an interesting observation on the web by a Catholic priest called James Keller … .....
» 22/06/2014 11:43:37 PM Is Mise Thanks you for the story about the Miracle of Calanda (a young Spanish man's leg .....
» 22/06/2014 8:52:03 AM Is Mise, A miraculous healing - of the kind of the 67 recognised by Vatican (out of about.....
» 21/06/2014 5:41:01 PM >>Why do we need a definition of ‘religion’ at all? << Because if religion is.....
» 21/06/2014 12:25:53 AM An interesting review of an apparently interesting book. With one proviso. The question w.....
» 21/05/2014 8:07:35 AM Dear david f, >>Our species is unprecedented in certain areas. However, other speci.....
» 20/05/2014 8:38:37 AM (ctd) Another point I was trying to make was that we have an “innate propensity” for reli.....
» 20/05/2014 8:31:00 AM Dear david f, >>“Having survived and reproduced” is the only criterion for evolutio.....
» 19/05/2014 12:11:19 AM (ctd) My belief is that there is also a vacuum that is created - on both the psychologica.....
» 19/05/2014 12:05:02 AM Dear david f, Thank for the stimulating posts. Indeed, if “having survived and reproduce.....
» 18/05/2014 7:12:43 AM Dear Yuyutsu, It was David not I who used the expression “abandon religion” and judging f.....
» 17/05/2014 9:03:56 PM (ctd) Indeed, religion has provided benefits for humans, but sometimes also acted against.....
» 17/05/2014 8:55:04 PM Dear david f, >>humanity has done great things, but are the great things more impor.....
» 16/05/2014 11:38:43 PM Dear david f (and Yuyutsu), >>one fruit of religion is slaughter. Abandoning religi.....
» 15/05/2014 11:45:11 PM JP, That was a good example illustrating the difference between rationality (how to “prop.....
» 14/05/2014 6:08:05 PM WmTrevor, I did not want to start an argument with you about believing or not in God, and .....
» 13/05/2014 9:47:18 AM WmTrevor, >>As unfair as if I accused you of being insecure or hypocritical in your.....
» 13/05/2014 8:32:18 AM Rachael, Indeed, some people are so insecure in their rejection of God that they can reac.....
» 13/05/2014 8:10:49 AM >>"That poor mother, look what she went through. Was I worth the pain?"<.....
» 9/05/2014 8:26:39 AM Dear Banjo, >>If you have other definitions to suggest, I should be pleased if you.....
» 8/05/2014 10:57:31 PM Dear Banjo, >>Belief is an idea. It is the idea that something is true. An irration.....
» 8/05/2014 7:57:02 PM Dear david f, >>The thesis seems neither coarse nor lacking in precision. Whether i.....
» 8/05/2014 10:10:38 AM Dear david f (and Peter), >>Aren't you describing what always happens? The original.....
» 8/05/2014 7:23:32 AM Peter, An interesting sermon, although I am not sure this was the right place for it. By .....
» 23/04/2014 9:04:27 AM (ctd) >>That tells us nothing about the God that he believes in, only what he doesn.....
» 23/04/2014 9:02:51 AM Pericles, >>if you can pick and choose your definition of God<< I do not rem.....
» 23/04/2014 12:22:02 AM Pericles, >>You seem to be drawing a distinction between Mr Sellick's "impossi.....
» 22/04/2014 10:24:48 PM Pericles, >>We also hold in our minds an image of the Easter Bunny, without believi.....
» 17/04/2014 7:31:48 PM Extropian1, From what I, a non-histoprian and non-socilogist understand of him, I think h.....
» 17/04/2014 7:10:17 AM Dear Banjo, I am not sure what is Butterfield’s theory or where is the problem. I have al.....
» 16/04/2014 10:56:15 PM Dear david f, >>When the Nazis invaded many Soviet citizens joined them. It was onl.....
» 16/04/2014 6:38:03 AM (ctd) >>1 Corinthians 13 is written beautifully. Perhaps one should be satisfied wi.....
» 16/04/2014 6:36:27 AM Dear david f, >>Paul, he was a reactionary influence.<< I grew up in a world.....
» 15/04/2014 8:58:01 AM Dear Banjo, I thought we already agreed to let Butterfield rest in peace. So here we go .....
» 15/04/2014 6:40:42 AM Dear david f, Thanks for the three posts supporting your opinion about Paul. I appreciate.....
» 14/04/2014 7:46:15 PM >>I suggest that historians like Stark be careful of dismissing India, the Arabs and.....
» 14/04/2014 8:26:31 AM (ctd) You are right that my use of the phrase “oriental-like stagnation” was too terse and.....
» 14/04/2014 8:23:25 AM Dear david f, Thanks indeed for the interesting post. I found the following, indicating t.....
» 12/04/2014 9:14:42 AM Dear Banjo, I thanked you already for the quote from Kenyon though forgot about Hexter. .....
» 12/04/2014 7:45:17 AM (ctd) However, unlike in natural science, we cannot experiment, not even mentally (like e.....
» 12/04/2014 7:35:17 AM Dear david f, I agree that “evil” is a theological word, or perhaps better, a biblical wo.....
» 11/04/2014 11:01:22 PM Peter (Sells), >>I think that we can be in awe of nature … and yet not make causal .....
» 11/04/2014 9:47:21 AM Dear Banjo, My reservations were not about critical thinking but about passing hasty judg.....
» 11/04/2014 7:32:31 AM Peter (Sells), I am sorry, I overlooked the “monarchical” part that as an explicit adject.....
» 11/04/2014 7:23:46 AM Dear Banjo, I have also respect for your opinion, and if I am not as keen to proclaim a s.....
» 11/04/2014 12:57:28 AM Dear Banjo, Thanks for spelling out for me in such detail your views on this matter. I .....
» 10/04/2014 9:51:40 PM Peter (Sells), >>What evidence from nature would you propose can be used for the ex.....
» 10/04/2014 10:51:38 AM Dear Banjo, Yes, I presume I would find your version of criticism/disparagement more pal.....
» 10/04/2014 8:02:01 AM Aj Philips, >>So your insinuation that I am out looking for arguments is a little o.....
» 10/04/2014 7:53:57 AM Peter, >>when evidence for the existence of God is found apart from God revealing H.....
» 10/04/2014 7:45:01 AM Maybe multiculturalism could be understood similarly to multi-lingualism: the more languag.....
» 10/04/2014 6:28:50 AM AJ Philips, I think you have correctly spelled out the reasons why it is pointless for me.....
» 9/04/2014 9:09:26 PM AJ Philips, Thanks for illustrating my contention that what is often allowed to be said o.....
» 9/04/2014 9:21:34 AM I am trying to imagine what reaction I would get here if I wrote about “the evil presence .....
» 8/04/2014 11:25:26 PM Dear Foxy, Again, there is nothing in your factual posts that contradicts, or even addres.....
» 8/04/2014 9:31:16 AM Dear Foxy, I agree with much of what you wrote but I still think that one should distingu.....
» 7/04/2014 11:18:12 PM Dear Foxy, >>My parents set a precedent<< Unless I mistake you for somebody .....
» 2/04/2014 7:03:28 AM Dear Banjo, The “silly” adjective applied to the mathematical statements as they stood no.....
» 2/04/2014 1:33:15 AM Dear Banjo, I wrote “worse” because 8 > 3 and provided it with a smiley. Recently so.....
» 1/04/2014 7:04:51 AM Dear Banjo, Blame my spellchecker not Freud for slipping in unwanted corrections, when I .....
» 31/03/2014 10:26:49 PM worse, not worth.....
» 31/03/2014 8:52:01 PM Dear Banjo, Actually, it is worth than that. I get 1 = 1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1, if I follow your .....
» 30/03/2014 9:09:08 AM Dear david f, >>Why should it bother you that I am unwilling to accept a 3-in-1 God.....
» 30/03/2014 8:17:07 AM Dear dvid f, I think it is not about what you or I like something to be called. Of course.....
» 30/03/2014 12:19:17 AM Dear david f, Christianity is also a monotheistic religion with a Trinitarian structure (.....
» 28/03/2014 8:17:38 AM An excellent, balanced survey article, comprehensible also for those not versed in legal a.....
» 27/03/2014 1:25:13 AM Dear david f, I think it all depends on what one understands by model. I think your defin.....
» 26/03/2014 11:23:31 PM Squeers, Your responses are for me never disappointing. You provide insights that are nee.....
» 26/03/2014 8:59:56 AM >>George, you know what happens to people when they mention the name of that Scottis.....
» 26/03/2014 8:53:25 AM The other side of the coin: http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/a-look-at-the-crime.....
» 26/03/2014 1:16:19 AM Squeers, Thanks for the historical perspective. One can do mathematics without knowing mu.....
» 26/03/2014 12:19:16 AM david f, I counted four mumbojumbos in your post, referring apparently to certain models .....
» 25/03/2014 9:30:36 AM Sqeers, Since you are probably the only philosopher among us here, I take your words as a.....
» 24/03/2014 10:05:18 AM Dear Banjo, My posts here were not about why I - or somebody else - believes in God’s exi.....
» 24/03/2014 12:16:28 AM Dear Banjo, >> God is not a fact.<< I agree if by fact you mean something ac.....
» 23/03/2014 9:51:19 AM Dear Banjo, >>The mystic thinks he is looking at God, but it is simply an image pro.....
» 22/03/2014 7:17:16 PM Dear Banjo, >>Who, then, commanded the finger to point in that particular direction.....
» 22/03/2014 8:22:36 AM Dear Banjo, >>To "imagine" that "something" can be "beyond.....
» 21/03/2014 8:02:14 AM Dear Banjo, “Belief that union with or absorption into the Deity or the absolute, or the .....
» 20/03/2014 12:12:11 AM Banjo Paterson, Thanks for further insights into your cultural identity. You seem to be .....
» 19/03/2014 12:00:30 AM Dear Yuyutsu, We define concepts, not objects or phenomena outside of us that the concept.....
» 18/03/2014 10:48:12 AM Dear Yuyutsu, Of course, you are right that to deal with Russell's paradox mathematicians.....
» 18/03/2014 8:40:12 AM Dear Banjo, Nobody likes labelling or categorisation if it means stereotyping, however in.....
» 18/03/2014 1:06:01 AM Yuyutsu, The concept of an omnipotent God creating a rock He cannot lift is a self-refer.....
» 17/03/2014 9:33:01 PM >>I find a lot of these OLO stupid, … so please do not and I repeat do not go on wit.....
» 17/03/2014 10:08:04 AM Dear Banjo, I agree that nobody should be labeled “atheist” if he/she does not like it. T.....
» 16/03/2014 9:31:42 PM Jon J, >>by what right do you call yourselves 'Christians’?<< By the same ri.....
» 16/03/2014 8:40:03 AM Dear Banjo, Thanks again for the sincere words. So at no point in your life were you in a.....
» 16/03/2014 3:33:51 AM Yuyutsu, There is an Eastern parallel to Riceur's naiveté's: “before you study Zen, moun.....
» 16/03/2014 1:29:56 AM Banjo Patterson, Thanks for an impressive, and certainly sincere, way describing your ab.....
» 14/03/2014 8:33:08 PM There are those who prefer Christian funerals, those he prefer Buddhist funerals, etc and .....
» 14/03/2014 8:02:34 PM Dan S de Merengue, To be fair to Pericles, to believe in God and to believe that Genesis .....
» 13/03/2014 8:42:27 PM >>Let's keep the senselessnes & stupidity of religion away from sensible discussion&.....
» 12/03/2014 8:56:57 AM Dan S de Merengue, Of course, we share ancestors with any “living thing”, e.g chimpanzees.....
» 12/03/2014 7:25:05 AM Pericles, I think we share ancestors (hence the bulk of our DNA) with chimpanzees, but I d.....
» 12/03/2014 2:14:15 AM Pericles, You apparently understand these things better than I. My joking remark was only.....
» 11/03/2014 10:29:00 AM >> Being aware that I share around 2% of my DNA with Neanderthal man is, of course, .....
» 10/03/2014 8:52:39 AM >>By any reading, he is now doing exactly that in Ukraine, and almost as logical as .....
» 5/03/2014 10:01:27 AM As for the complicated situation in Ukraine, there are not only the obvious Russian and ge.....
» 23/02/2014 8:49:21 AM Pericles, >>How would they find out, George?<< I was referring to profession.....
» 23/02/2014 8:45:19 AM Pericles, There are no faulty analogies, metaphors etc. You either get what they are tryi.....
» 22/02/2014 9:37:49 AM Jon J, >> unless you or someone else can demonstrate how to tell the parts that are.....
» 22/02/2014 9:34:01 AM Pericles, >>in the case of the various religions, unlike gravity, their complexity .....
» 22/02/2014 9:20:44 AM Pericles, >>you cannot arrive at Christianity from first principles<< Depend.....
» 21/02/2014 1:44:33 AM Pericles, >>if you started that journey without a belief in a Christian God, you wo.....
» 21/02/2014 1:41:18 AM AJ Philips, >>Actually, they're not. The theistic default position violates Occam's.....
» 20/02/2014 11:51:43 PM Pericles, I though we have just agreed to disagree but here we go again. >> you ma.....
» 20/02/2014 9:12:48 AM Hi Jon J, >>when the two of them flatly contradict each other? Because that is, aft.....
» 19/02/2014 9:45:44 PM Chris, a great article. I appreciate you mentioning Michael Heller, the Polish priest an.....
» 19/02/2014 1:08:25 AM (ctd) >>You try fit religious belief into this ‘a priori’ category<< I did n.....
» 19/02/2014 12:51:12 AM AJ Philips, One can agree or disagree with the view that “what science can (potentially) .....
» 18/02/2014 8:47:07 AM AJ Philips, Sorry, but I cannot express more clearly, that belief in SOMETHING beyond the.....
» 18/02/2014 8:35:56 AM Pericles, >>There seems to be a bit of ducking and weaving going on here.<< .....
» 17/02/2014 10:11:57 AM Pericles, I cannot react without trying to clarify things even if you call it “splitting .....
» 17/02/2014 8:41:17 AM AJ Philips, I reacted to three of your statements hoping that some of those who read this.....
» 17/02/2014 8:33:23 AM Pericles, >> Which is … exactly the point I was making.<< I was not saying a.....
» 15/02/2014 9:06:03 PM >> Evidence that would be bias/worldview independent. << You don’t have this .....
» 15/02/2014 11:35:44 AM Trav, Indeed, what is “objective” evidence? My dictionary has the definition of evidence .....
» 15/02/2014 9:29:55 AM Pericles, I stand corrected, you were not after paradoxes (statements which can be neithe.....
» 14/02/2014 11:40:06 AM comparing it to a self-referential statement......
» 14/02/2014 11:37:37 AM Pericles, >> a version of the "I am not a liar" problem.<< I am su.....
» 13/02/2014 8:28:25 AM Trav, >> are you suggesting we dispense with the concepts of evidence and proof alt.....
» 11/02/2014 12:22:33 AM Trav, Here I must agree with Pericles, although in general I am of the same worldview out.....
» 9/02/2014 9:52:59 AM mac, Sarcasm or not, “the existence of XYZ is simply evidence that XYZ exists” says nothi.....
» 9/02/2014 8:20:03 AM >>The existence of the Universe is simply evidence that the Universe exists<< .....
» 7/02/2014 12:21:10 AM Pericles, >>This observation is also quite revealing: "For three hours the aud.....
» 4/02/2014 8:14:21 AM To quote Viktor Frankl - founder of the third Viennese School of Psychotherapy (in distinc.....
» 4/02/2014 7:36:18 AM Dear SteeleRedux, Sorry, but that quote does not make much sense to me. I can only repe.....
» 3/02/2014 9:14:10 AM (ctd) >> But apparently if we move area A to the right by 1 then it is not allowed b.....
» 3/02/2014 9:04:33 AM Dear SteeleRedux, I am still curious how the author of http://physicsbuzz.physicscentral......
» 2/02/2014 7:09:41 AM Dear SteeleRedux, Let me first reiterate (also as a comment on warmair’s post) that you c.....
» 31/01/2014 9:51:03 PM Dear SteeleRedux, If you are intersted in Ramanujan’s approach to “summation”, see e.g. h.....
» 31/01/2014 10:55:17 AM (ctd) >>The great Professor Feynman … discusses the difference between the mathemati.....
» 31/01/2014 10:40:25 AM Dear SteeleRedux, >> Mathematics like religion deals very much in the abstract and .....
» 30/01/2014 11:23:00 PM SteeleRedux, >>I’m finding it fascinating that mathematical types really go after t.....
» 30/01/2014 9:22:31 AM When making statements about mathematics one should use mathematical, not some popularized.....
» 29/01/2014 12:30:11 AM Is Mise, Well, it somehow disappeared from http://svc203.wic019v.server-web.com, but the t.....
» 28/01/2014 9:11:09 AM Is Mise, Why copy the lot from http://svc203.wic019v.server-web.com/ethics_forum/printer_f.....
» 17/01/2014 9:33:48 PM Sells, As I put it, it is important to understand what mathematical models can and what t.....
» 17/01/2014 8:46:02 AM I would not have started the quoted paragraph with “I even believe that …” if it were mean.....
» 21/12/2013 7:50:08 PM David G, >> the best I could come up was successfully voiding bodily wastes<<.....
» 21/12/2013 8:42:22 AM Danielle, Thanks for the interesting Penrose quote that I did not know of. One cannot exp.....
» 21/12/2013 1:44:55 AM AJ Philips, >>That was an unfair smear<< Plese note that the post was addres.....
» 21/12/2013 1:02:19 AM Danielle, >> Is the subtext of this discussion, that all people who believe in a re.....
» 17/12/2013 8:21:24 PM Foxy, >> Punishment does not deter misconduct. << Put thus - well, I agree, t.....
» 14/12/2013 9:19:29 PM http://www.hoax-slayer.com/hoax-cardwell-christmas-lights-ban.shtml.....
» 18/11/2013 8:22:51 PM Dear Foxy, >>Stalin also gave Bertrand Russell a tour of Russia (VIP treatment of c.....
» 25/10/2013 9:03:36 PM Where does the Nord Stream gas pipeline come into this scenario?.....
» 24/10/2013 3:49:44 AM Suseonline, Thanks again. >>in Australia there are many GP's who have also done so.....
» 23/10/2013 8:11:59 PM Suseonline, Thanks, but I am still confused >>George, an obstetrician is not neede.....
» 22/10/2013 7:56:19 PM Suseonline, I seem to remember you are a nurse, so please explain how does a GP "ref.....
» 17/10/2013 11:05:46 PM Matt Moran, I do not necessarily disagree with what you wrote as “the issue here”. Only t.....
» 17/10/2013 10:52:36 PM Dear Banjo, >>science and belief in God, are … mutually exclusive, one rational, th.....
» 17/10/2013 5:26:03 AM >>smaller families when armed with the information and means to control their fertil.....
» 17/10/2013 4:52:04 AM (ctd) On another topic, I agree that one day there may be an “artificial form of free wil.....
» 17/10/2013 4:41:30 AM Dear Banjo, >>inconsistent believers, those who demonstrated that there was a stric.....
» 16/10/2013 7:59:22 PM >>Australia, behind as usual, has at least recognised the need for a regional soluti.....
» 16/10/2013 1:42:53 AM Dear david f, I agree with what you wrote about consistency and inconsistency in formal l.....
» 16/10/2013 1:40:27 AM Dear Banjo, What I mean - admittedly stepping out of my field of competence - is that the.....
» 15/10/2013 1:26:08 AM (ctd) >>How do we know when we are acting from free will? Was it a compulsion that .....
» 15/10/2013 1:23:26 AM (ctd) Of course, the big difference here is that not many people feel compelled to believ.....
» 15/10/2013 1:19:22 AM Dear david f, When you wrote >>They made me feel like stopping my posts to this th.....
» 14/10/2013 3:13:43 AM Dear david f, >>Self-awareness is a component of consciousness<< This is mor.....
» 12/10/2013 4:46:31 AM (ctd) >>The difference between software and hardware is an arbitrary one and a matt.....
» 12/10/2013 4:40:00 AM Dear david f, I hope you don't mind returning to our topic away from the anarchists. >.....
» 11/10/2013 5:10:01 AM (ctd) >> I don’t think biological functioning deserves the adjective ‘mere’. I thin.....
» 11/10/2013 5:04:21 AM Dear david f, >>I am delighted to see posts from you.<< ditto >> I di.....
» 10/10/2013 5:00:34 AM (ctd) >>I think it is part of our biological functioning and not a result of a myth.....
» 10/10/2013 4:53:54 AM Dear david f, Of course, for those who DO NOT believe that the God of the Bible is real, t.....
» 9/10/2013 6:01:35 AM Dear david f, I agree that there is a great variety of definitions of religion (somebody .....
» 9/10/2013 12:32:38 AM Dear david f, Thanks again for the elaboration. I think I have to accept your explanation.....
» 8/10/2013 1:24:38 AM Dear david f, >>I know of no Jewish group that agrees with the view that faith alon.....
» 7/10/2013 12:43:27 AM (ctd) >>“When I am called before the Almighty he will not ask me why I am not like .....
» 7/10/2013 12:36:30 AM OUG, >>george/quote..<<..I really don’t see any point in continuing this game.....
» 5/10/2013 6:43:28 AM AJ Philips, >>if you are going to allege that others display naivety in their criti.....
» 5/10/2013 6:42:10 AM Dear david f, Thanks for an interesting look at these things from a Jewish cultural persp.....
» 4/10/2013 6:56:12 AM Dear david f, >>I was outraged. I saw no reason why discussing each other’s views m.....
» 4/10/2013 6:36:57 AM (ctd) >> I have no reason to think a soul exists. However, mind can manifest itself.....
» 4/10/2013 6:30:52 AM (ctd) >> I think there is no reason to think life has any meaning.<< The mea.....
» 4/10/2013 6:27:50 AM Dear david f, >>Please ignore my previous post. You do not have to account for your.....
» 3/10/2013 4:37:56 AM (ctd) Divinity residing in a tree could be seen as a naive (from the Christian point of v.....
» 3/10/2013 4:34:37 AM Dear Banjo, >> when I “think in words” I am actually talking to god. I should be in.....
» 2/10/2013 7:23:42 PM Dear Banjo, >>Who could doubt that science has its limitations (your expert advice.....
» 2/10/2013 5:18:16 AM Dear david f, Ghosts or no ghosts, I see that you can agree with my description of our wo.....
» 2/10/2013 2:13:01 AM AJ Philips, I never claimed “the Christian god” did not (does not) communicate with us, o.....
» 2/10/2013 2:03:55 AM Dear david f, >> it does not follow that rejection of a supernatural of any kind an.....
» 1/10/2013 7:01:42 AM Dear Banjo, So my metaphor about walking did not convey to you what I thought it could. S.....
» 1/10/2013 4:42:13 AM Dear david f, >>If you do not subscribe to the God of the Bible … do you have a per.....
» 30/09/2013 6:39:15 PM Dear david f, >> However, going from there to assuming the existence of a deity see.....
» 30/09/2013 5:32:30 AM (ctd) >> It sounds like you have absolutely no faith in the ability of god to find .....
» 30/09/2013 5:28:29 AM Dear Banjo, Perhaps we talk past each other. I certainly do “leave science a free hand t.....
» 28/09/2013 6:44:11 AM Dear Banjo, Re 1) The source of such “direct means of communication etc” if it took place.....
» 28/09/2013 2:30:51 AM (ctd) >>Australia is not passing from Christendom to a secular society<< Ret.....
» 28/09/2013 2:21:56 AM (ctd) >>… elements which establish the truth … may take the form of falsifiable mat.....
» 28/09/2013 2:17:50 AM Dear Banjo, Thanks for helping me better articulate my own position. >>Your propos.....
» 27/09/2013 6:20:57 AM Dear david f, Again thanks for the insights that I can mostly share. >> I disagree.....
» 27/09/2013 1:54:58 AM Dear david f, Thanks for your considerate post that I mostly agree with. Only two points:.....
» 26/09/2013 6:11:23 AM Dear david f, So you disagree with both parts of JP II’s quote, actually with the pope’s .....
» 26/09/2013 6:03:43 AM (ctd) >> I see no “à priori” reason why science should not “investigate” them simpl.....
» 26/09/2013 5:32:28 AM Dear Banjo, >>I see no “à priori” reason to justify the idea that science has limit.....
» 25/09/2013 5:48:28 AM (ctd) This, of course is possible and would reduce my assumption to another “god of the g.....
» 25/09/2013 5:43:47 AM Dear Banjo, Thanks for the challenge. >>This statement presumes the existence of t.....
» 24/09/2013 11:40:34 PM Dear david f, >>How has your belief in God affected your science? << I could.....
» 22/09/2013 9:14:44 PM Dear Banjo, Thanks again. So we are back to square one as to the noun corresponding to cr.....
» 22/09/2013 7:08:43 AM Dear Banjo, Thanks. So according to your dictionary this would mean that after all there .....
» 21/09/2013 6:09:07 AM Dear david f, >> in making decisions on personal. business, governmental, scientifi.....
» 21/09/2013 2:46:55 AM Correction: "I have always wondered about how people born understand" Of cours.....
» 21/09/2013 2:44:16 AM (ctd) I have always wondered about how people born understand those abstract concepts tha.....
» 21/09/2013 2:40:13 AM Dear Banjo, Thanks, so there are ten different French/English possible translations (and .....
» 20/09/2013 12:53:26 AM Dear Banjo, >>“Religious belief” in Latin is “religio”<< Thanks, but online d.....
» 19/09/2013 5:18:54 AM Dear david f, Inhibited or not, your posts are always stimulating. >>I think it be.....
» 18/09/2013 3:33:08 AM Dear Banjo, >>faith and belief are two different concepts (in French)<< Than.....
» 16/09/2013 6:25:46 AM Correction: On second thoughts, instead of writing “more than just believing in His mere .....
» 16/09/2013 6:10:32 AM Dear david f, I agree with your assessment of the two examples as well as of Obama’s quan.....
» 15/09/2013 6:04:22 AM (ctd) >>However, you had not gone to them. They had come to you.<< You are r.....
» 15/09/2013 6:00:49 AM Dear david f, I wrote “heaps of arguments have been written claiming that the Communist (.....
» 14/09/2013 6:00:27 AM (ctd) That is a “bird’s eye view” at the difference, and you rightfully pointed out, that.....
» 14/09/2013 5:56:29 AM Dear david f, >>However, I don’t think Christianity or the other monotheistic relig.....
» 13/09/2013 6:06:10 AM Dear david f, >> I guess we both enjoy the joust or we wouldn’t repeat it. I’m sure.....
» 13/09/2013 3:25:28 AM Dear Banjo, Touché! Nevertheless, >>planted weeds in the third little pig’s gard.....
» 12/09/2013 7:37:17 AM Dear david f, Thanks for the info, but I think we have been through this before. Not all .....
» 12/09/2013 3:44:33 AM Dear Banjo, >>I was referring to … where you explain your father’s teachings in rel.....
» 12/09/2013 3:40:59 AM Dear david f, >> I have heard that the priest describes a penance and may offer som.....
» 11/09/2013 7:01:39 AM Dear david f, Please understand, that I was just trying to EXPLAIN the Catholic practice .....
» 10/09/2013 9:56:11 AM (ctd) >>Disobedience to an arbitrary injunction where no harm is caused by the act .....
» 10/09/2013 9:52:18 AM Dear David f, I think you are mixing here a couple of things, Catholic practice of confes.....
» 10/09/2013 6:53:59 AM Dear david f, >>If the devil made one do evil than one is not responsible for one's.....
» 9/09/2013 7:00:44 PM Dear david f, Yes, I also like the Solzhenitsyn quote (except that in my joke I used the .....
» 8/09/2013 9:37:47 PM Dear david f, Thanks for the extensive info. America is certainly a land of extremes, in .....
» 7/09/2013 6:15:44 PM Dear david f, Thank for the link to the long article in The Atlantic Online. I only skimm.....
» 6/09/2013 6:37:43 AM Dear david f, >>The differential equation resulting from Newton’s Second Law is a m.....
» 5/09/2013 1:05:52 AM Dear david f, Hungarians make babies the same way as the ancient Jews or e.g. Americans, .....
» 4/09/2013 10:30:06 PM Funny thing about Erdős. The Hungarian spelling of Erdös is with a "double strok.....
» 4/09/2013 10:25:55 PM Dear david f, >>They are conversant with Darwinism … However, they really believe i.....
» 4/09/2013 10:18:22 PM Dear Banjo, >>“Do mathematics exist in nature independently of mankind. If so, how .....
» 4/09/2013 12:50:55 AM Dear Banjo, >> I don’t think any reasonable person would entertain the slightest do.....
» 3/09/2013 9:17:49 AM Sorry, the end of third paragraph should read: formulated in 19th century were very insig.....
» 3/09/2013 9:13:19 AM Dear david f, Thanks for the Hardy quote. My generation is younger than Hardy’s but als.....
» 3/09/2013 1:01:48 AM Dear Banjo, >>Let us, therefore, take away mankind for the time being and see what .....
» 2/09/2013 7:34:48 AM Dear Banjo, >> I see pure mathematics as a product of the human imagination and, as.....
» 1/09/2013 7:27:05 AM Dear Banjo, >> the duality of nature being an integral part of reality, not just an.....
» 30/08/2013 7:29:44 AM Dear Banjo, So we agree that Yin and Yang are not “things” of the same kind as qi (chi), .....
» 29/08/2013 8:27:44 AM Dear david f, >> mathematical models … approximate reality but are an abstraction w.....
» 29/08/2013 12:10:57 AM Dear david f, Thanks; that really clarifies the matter for me......
» 28/08/2013 8:56:51 PM Dear david f, >>And among that billion minus one Might have chanced to be Shakespea.....
» 28/08/2013 7:49:37 AM Dear Banjo, Well, we probably do not understand each other: You are probably right, tha.....
» 27/08/2013 8:57:40 PM Dear david f and Banjo, Thanks to both for your thoughts, especially to david f for his e.....
» 27/08/2013 8:05:51 PM Dear david f, >> The law does not define what is moral. The law defines what is leg.....
» 27/08/2013 1:22:43 AM Dear david f, Of course, there are ideas that entered Christianity from other than Jewish.....
» 26/08/2013 8:55:03 PM Dear david f, Thank you for the correction to Rodney Stark, by pointing out the differenc.....
» 26/08/2013 9:29:00 AM Dear Banjo, >>I see bigotry as a perversion of faith.<< I agree, perversion o.....
» 26/08/2013 9:26:29 AM Dear david f, You obviously have different ideas about what it means to be a Catholic tha.....
» 25/08/2013 10:26:43 AM Dear david f, >>The virgin birth does not seem a mystery to me. It is legend based .....
» 25/08/2013 8:45:11 AM Dear Banjo, >>“just as light produces shadow, the god concept inevitably comes with.....
» 25/08/2013 7:52:19 AM (ctd) >>There is some evidence that the virgin birth … narrative has been conflated .....
» 25/08/2013 7:42:02 AM Dear david f, >>One can also say belief is accepting that for which there is no evi.....
» 24/08/2013 10:01:09 AM Dear david f, Thank for the food for thought. The following is written off the cuff".....
» 24/08/2013 12:07:39 AM Dear david f, “unquestioning belief in that for which there is no proof.’ That is also a .....
» 23/08/2013 10:00:38 AM Dear Banjo, >> supposing … that there is no god … in which case (the theist’s) fai.....
» 23/08/2013 8:42:15 AM Dear david f and Yuyutsu, “If we are isolated in ourselves, we only have what we have we .....
» 23/08/2013 12:06:10 AM Dear david f, Somebody said that there were 300 different definitions of religion. I myse.....
» 22/08/2013 9:25:24 PM Dear david f, If you DEFINE faith as the negation, opposite, of doubt then you are right......
» 22/08/2013 9:04:31 PM Dear Banjo, >>From my perspective, the existence of a god is not a prerequisite for.....
» 22/08/2013 9:56:44 AM I forgot to paste this: I was once asked by a priest to write something apologetic about .....
» 22/08/2013 9:46:44 AM Dear david f, Thank you for the kind words. >> You seem secure in your faith and .....
» 22/08/2013 1:31:04 AM Dear Banjo, Thanks for the nice and sincere post. >>Having said that, there is no .....
» 22/08/2013 12:56:28 AM Dear david f, >Religion operates on different levels. A … pastor … told me of the soph.....
» 20/08/2013 11:07:01 PM Lexi, What a clear analysis of the complexities of the problem! I wonder if the “right o.....
» 20/08/2013 11:01:55 PM Dear david f, >>When I was a child and heard the nauseating Abraham and Isaac story.....
» 20/08/2013 7:56:17 AM (ctd) >>That is not to say that I, for one, should expect anybody to change their mi.....
» 20/08/2013 7:50:27 AM Dear Banjo, >>This, of course, is historically a domain of research occupied by the.....
» 19/08/2013 1:00:48 AM onthebeach, Spiritualism defined as “search for something sacred”, as in the link you pro.....
» 15/08/2013 6:52:26 AM Antiseptic, Yes, I soon realied that “taste” was not the right word to use. There is some.....
» 14/08/2013 7:03:55 AM Poirot, >>"Hold on to the centre. Man was made to sit quietly and find the tru.....
» 14/08/2013 7:01:35 AM Antiseptic, >>the thing about ethics, as Singer shows, is that there can be entirel.....
» 14/08/2013 12:12:07 AM Peter, >> Rather, I write for the many people who subscribe to the blog and others .....
» 13/08/2013 7:43:39 AM Antiseptic, >>I still see Tao as primarily a philosophy rather than a religion<&.....
» 12/08/2013 9:15:45 PM Peter, >>I find myself completely disinterested in the current round of arguments a.....
» 12/08/2013 10:44:11 AM Poirot, I don’t know whose translation of the second last paragraph of Chapter 38 you quo.....
» 12/08/2013 9:35:52 AM Dear david f, Thanks for the response. I do not see it contradicting anything I - actuall.....
» 12/08/2013 7:47:33 AM Antiseptic, >>I don't see Confucianism or Taoism as religions so much as moral phil.....
» 10/08/2013 10:31:25 AM Antiseptic, >> The Chinese, with their adoption of Confucianism and rejection of re.....
» 10/08/2013 1:24:53 AM dear david f, >>In Australia I might hide an asylum seeker.<< So would I - I.....
» 10/08/2013 1:18:21 AM Antiseptic, As usual, I find your posts very insightful. >> Joe, "mumbo jumbo.....
» 8/08/2013 6:47:54 AM Dear david f, >>Maimonides was Jewish, but he was free to teach and learn in the Mu.....
» 5/08/2013 12:50:54 AM mac, >>Where did I call anyone "dishonest"? It really isn't a sound proce.....
» 4/08/2013 10:22:22 AM After reading Antiseptic’s generous reaction to mac, I somehow regret having written the l.....
» 4/08/2013 9:49:59 AM mac, I am sure you and AJ Philips can lead a meaningful exchange of arguments between yo.....
» 3/08/2013 9:34:17 AM Antiseptic, I certainly agree that here we are into a “fertile field for thought”, and I .....
» 2/08/2013 11:33:16 PM Antiseptic, >>My point about Einstein's theory (or indeed those of Copernicus, Newt.....
» 2/08/2013 8:16:37 AM Antiseptic, As you know, I agree with much of what you are saying (and am grateful for yo.....
» 1/08/2013 9:20:11 AM I am grateful to the author for informing also me, living outside Australia, about the Kra.....
» 31/07/2013 8:32:44 AM AJ Philips, OK, so let us agree that there is no point to continue, for whatever reasons .....
» 31/07/2013 12:17:38 AM AJ Philips, Well, I don’t see why I should feel guilty about mentioning quantum physics (.....
» 30/07/2013 8:35:33 AM >>God is in the dregs?<< Sorry, it is too late to ask Heisenberg what he mean.....
» 30/07/2013 8:18:07 AM AJ Philips, >>using the weirdness of quantum physics to shoehorn their god into rea.....
» 30/07/2013 6:49:54 AM Poirot, What you describe in the last two posts is Einstein’s discovery, that inertial ma.....
» 29/07/2013 8:23:53 AM Antiseptic, >>‘The ongoing fragmentation of knowledge and resulting chaos in philos.....
» 28/07/2013 8:00:33 AM Antiseptic, Although “consilience” is a 19th century term, it was made popular by EO Wils.....
» 28/07/2013 12:32:52 AM Dear david f, >>I don't see that however the earth, solar system and universe origi.....
» 27/07/2013 8:21:19 PM Poirot, The Big Ban model of our universe incorporates time, so if one accepts this model.....
» 26/07/2013 7:34:17 PM Poirot, I am joining OUG in thanking you for the link. I did not know of the article (of .....
» 26/07/2013 8:18:13 AM Antiseptic, >>Not complete discontinuity, but a significant inflection in the curve.....
» 25/07/2013 8:57:38 AM Hi Antiseptic >>thanks for helping me to think about this<< I feel the same......
» 24/07/2013 8:31:20 PM Hi Antiseptic, Principally we are in agreement. Deduction whether in mathematics or not, .....
» 24/07/2013 8:28:14 PM Dear Banjo, Yes, you understood me correctly. Actually, what I was trying to argue was th.....
» 23/07/2013 7:55:49 PM Antiseptic, Thanks for the explanation. As a mathematician I strictly distinguish between.....
» 23/07/2013 9:30:47 AM Dear Banjo, I am really grateful for your inputs. They are challenging, and make me expan.....
» 23/07/2013 7:00:42 AM Dear david f, >>Is being a scientist compatible with being a Buddhist who doesn't b.....
» 23/07/2013 12:56:15 AM Hi Rhian, I am sure you are right about Karl Bath’s influence on Sellick. I was just wond.....
» 22/07/2013 9:34:49 AM (ctd) >>science should also eventually be able to gain access to human imagination a.....
» 22/07/2013 6:42:56 AM Dear Banjo, Thanks for your feedback. I indee appreciate it. I did not speak of “all” mi.....
» 22/07/2013 6:37:10 AM Jon J, Your first post made me think.This one didi not; it only testifies that you have no.....
» 21/07/2013 8:54:28 AM Dear Banjo, >> If “divine action” is a reality, George, then I see no reason why sc.....
» 21/07/2013 8:52:21 AM Antiseptic, >> How could anybody take the idea that some things are not empirically.....
» 21/07/2013 2:57:41 AM AJ Philips, Please accept that other people - those less educated than you as well as tho.....
» 21/07/2013 1:59:41 AM Dear Banjo, In your excursions into history there are parts I agree with and parts that I.....
» 20/07/2013 8:21:18 AM LEGO, I could reciprocate by writing another long list of simplifications, absurdities or.....
» 20/07/2013 8:07:54 AM Dear david f, >>I see just as much reason to follow the beliefs of the Yanomamo as .....
» 20/07/2013 1:16:44 AM AJ Philips, It was also you I had in mind, when I added “Let me state again the obvious: .....
» 20/07/2013 1:11:05 AM Jon J, >> If we rewrite 'religion' to remove any and all empirical content, we can m.....
» 19/07/2013 7:39:53 PM >>Whenever any group tries to change society in their favour they should have to pre.....
» 13/07/2013 7:30:29 AM Pericles, Well, I am not going to argue with you whether the majority of contributors who.....
» 12/07/2013 11:23:50 PM Peter, >> Atheists … insist that God can only be conceived as a supernatural being ….....
» 26/06/2013 2:09:20 AM Peter, >>his insistence on ethics as the key to a better world and presumably to a h.....
» 16/06/2013 1:42:15 AM Dear Yuyutsu, As I wrote before, I think I can see what you mean, but in order to communi.....
» 15/06/2013 7:15:56 AM AJ Philips, >>According to your philosophy, we can justify a belief in ANYTHING, so.....
» 14/06/2013 8:24:26 AM AJ Philips, >>if you are going to scoff at, or brush-off arguments from atheists as.....
» 12/06/2013 7:39:33 AM AJ Philips, >>I had asked several times before how you got from the “Something” to .....
» 11/06/2013 9:27:34 AM ctd So I probably cannot give you definitions of truth, God, existence, knowledge or answ.....
» 11/06/2013 9:23:08 AM AJ Philips, >>a point where I ask you what you believe<< which I answered a .....
» 10/06/2013 8:04:03 AM ctd >>I am not aware of anybody who believes in the existence of mathematics<<.....
» 10/06/2013 7:58:10 AM Dear Banjo, In English, belief and faith in a religious context are interchangeable only .....
» 10/06/2013 1:47:27 AM Dear Banjo, >>Neuroscientific research has revealed that several areas of the brain.....
» 9/06/2013 3:02:35 AM AJ Philips, >>which is why I think we make so much headway in our discussions.<&.....
» 8/06/2013 12:15:23 AM AJ Philips, I quoted those definitions from a respectable (not a priori theist or a prior.....
» 7/06/2013 7:07:41 AM AJ Philips, From your link I extract this as your definition of faith: “Faith is belief w.....
» 6/06/2013 9:01:59 AM AJ Philips, >>I feel that my preferred definition is just so much more practical<.....
» 5/06/2013 7:33:10 AM Perhaps these definitions (extracted from Webster’ Third New International Dictionary and .....
» 2/06/2013 8:09:12 AM Dear david f, >> the Marxist states put more obstacles to leaving than did czarist .....
» 1/06/2013 7:07:18 AM Dear david f, >>People should be free to believe what they like or reject religious.....
» 31/05/2013 6:53:37 AM Dear david f, >>However, other people read these posts. << This is exactly th.....
» 30/05/2013 7:04:05 AM Dear david f, There is nothing in your post I would disagree with. I admit that probably .....
» 29/05/2013 7:08:17 AM Babette, Thanks for a very interesting article that agrees with my own personal experience.....
» 17/04/2013 6:50:04 AM Dear Yuyutsu, >>I mistakenly believe that I exist.<< OK, so my counter-examp.....
» 16/04/2013 6:54:20 AM Dear Yuyutsu, Sorry, if I upset you. When you wrote “So according to your understanding .....
» 15/04/2013 7:38:56 AM Dear Yuyutsu, >>So according to your understanding of 'existence', God exists? Woul.....
» 15/04/2013 7:22:21 AM Dear david f, Thanks for your post. I agree with most of what you wrote. >> if we .....
» 14/04/2013 8:09:37 AM Dear Yuyutsu, >>Existence, including of God or gods, is the realm of science<<.....
» 14/04/2013 6:06:00 AM Dear Yuyutsu, >>I think that diminishing the importance of the church to some harbi.....
» 12/04/2013 7:40:37 AM Dear Yuyutsu, >>such an inference would mean that the Catholic Church and many othe.....
» 11/04/2013 6:49:11 AM Dear david f, Thank you for expressing your views. They are more or less standard, as are.....
» 10/04/2013 8:10:46 AM Dear david f, I am sorry but the only rational response I could offer would be to repeat .....
» 9/04/2013 7:41:35 AM Dear david f, >>The fact that he chose not to repeat<< How can you know that .....
» 8/04/2013 6:17:32 PM Dear david f, >>I wonder why Francis didn’t repeat that injunction. He seems to be .....
» 8/04/2013 8:33:18 AM Dear david f, >>Unfortunately all that the pope said was to tell Monsignor … to act.....
» 30/03/2013 7:00:05 PM Dear david f, >>The emphasis simply shifted to Europe. Ijtihad or the spirit of inq.....
» 30/03/2013 8:07:11 AM Dear david f, Thanks for the information. >>What I am objecting to is the whole id.....
» 30/03/2013 1:00:07 AM Dear david f, I never claimed that “science and technology” arose “full blown in the West.....
» 29/03/2013 7:29:07 AM Dear Banjo, OK, I should not have said “talk-past-each-other” but maybe “irrelevant”. My .....
» 29/03/2013 12:59:24 AM Dear Banjo, I suppose I could not have expected you to understand what I - or the author .....
» 28/03/2013 9:45:12 AM Dear Yuyutsu, Thanks for the link, I think it explains where you come from. I am not sure.....
» 27/03/2013 9:54:53 AM Yuyutsu >>I am defending religion. There is not this-or-that religion, only one:?&l.....
» 27/03/2013 9:10:09 AM Indeed, the article is an impressive (and beautiful) expression of what nowadays is called.....
» 27/03/2013 8:37:35 AM Yuyutsu, I think I am coming to understand and appreciate the insight you are trying to o.....
» 25/03/2013 7:54:36 PM >>Rupert Murdoch is a right wing Catholic and a Knight of the church too<< “P.....
» 23/03/2013 12:46:29 AM Another link for those interested more in facts than in slander: http://online.wsj.com/art.....
» 22/03/2013 10:32:03 AM Kipp, You might be interested that Cardinal Keith O'Brien, and Pope Francis, who is the .....
» 21/03/2013 9:55:41 AM Perhaps this recent statement might clarify some points in the article - for those who are.....
» 15/03/2013 8:30:15 AM No Pericles, but I thought you would think I thought so......
» 15/03/2013 2:44:13 AM Dear Banjo, >>I wish to thank you for your patience, forbearance and kind indulgenc.....
» 14/03/2013 10:10:25 PM When I heard " Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum; habemus Papam: Eminentissimum ac Revere.....
» 14/03/2013 11:06:40 AM Dear Tony, Your wikiedia article is only partly right. And, I don’t think we can answer.....
» 14/03/2013 2:00:35 AM Dear Banjo, Yes, this is more or less what I summarized in “If it is a material object th.....
» 14/03/2013 12:54:18 AM Lino James, Thanks for the link to the, I think too celebratory, article by Weigel. The.....
» 13/03/2013 11:42:58 PM >>A Pope, who with outstretched hands will then convince the Catholics ... there is .....
» 13/03/2013 11:43:26 AM Dear Banjo, Sorry, but I really do not know what “"the smallest quantity of somethin.....
» 13/03/2013 8:22:57 AM Dear Banjo, Sorry, I cannot better explain elementary properties of real numbers. There i.....
» 12/03/2013 9:55:59 AM Dear Banjo, Thanks. >>you consider space and time also to be physical entities. Ri.....
» 11/03/2013 10:57:01 AM Dear david f, Thanks again, for providing an opportunity for further attempts to explain m.....
» 11/03/2013 9:05:09 AM Dear Banjo, Sorry, I still do not understand how to interpret what you wrote within accep.....
» 11/03/2013 12:53:07 AM Dear david f, Thanks for the reaction. I agree that “instantaneous transmission” does not.....
» 10/03/2013 10:29:23 AM Dear david f, The link to Stanford Uni works, it is certainly a serious source. It sees e.....
» 10/03/2013 9:19:31 AM Dear Banjo, I don’t know how to translate what you wrote into the language of quantum phy.....
» 9/03/2013 9:07:19 PM Well, as its stands, the Chinese do not seem to be the first ones. See http://www.nature.c.....
» 6/03/2013 9:05:48 AM Poirot, >> Things like the constancy of the speed of light seem counter-intuitive. .....
» 5/03/2013 9:27:34 AM Dear csteele, >>However using your strict definition << I have certainly not d.....
» 2/03/2013 11:14:54 AM Poirot, Well, I concede, Einstein riding on the sunbeam was probably also part of the intu.....
» 2/03/2013 9:02:13 AM Poirot, Einstein riding on a sunbeam (or the sudden removal of a bowling ball from a tramp.....
» 1/03/2013 8:49:06 AM Dear csteele, >>“Since the sun and earth are neither “moving at constant velocity wi.....
» 28/02/2013 7:40:52 AM csteele, >> how on earth you expected me to let you get away with taking my “two gr.....
» 27/02/2013 12:35:30 AM Dear csteele, "If one of two gravitoelectrically interacting particles were to SUDDE.....
» 26/02/2013 10:29:47 AM Dear Banjo, “The language of physics is mathematics, and it cannot be done honestly witho.....
» 25/02/2013 9:12:32 AM Dear david f, >>"What do you mean by truth?”<< I think, after all, the .....
» 25/02/2013 8:26:51 AM Dear david f, Nicely explained, I think, except for >>We can assume any point in s.....
» 25/02/2013 1:21:42 AM In physics, “experiencing no acceleration” means you are moving with an inertial system (a.....
» 22/02/2013 8:21:41 AM Dear Banjo, >>it is my view is that all truth is information, but only that informa.....
» 22/02/2013 2:06:12 AM Correction: "natural numbers … form a ring of characteristic 0" should, of cou.....
» 22/02/2013 2:04:54 AM Correction: "natural numbers … form a ring of characteristic 0" should, of cou.....
» 22/02/2013 1:18:03 AM If one wants to be precise, 2+2 does not have to be 4: 2 + 2 = 1 if 0, 1, 2 are seen as .....
» 21/02/2013 10:21:39 AM david f, I agree. 2+2=4 is a logical conclusion of the Peano exioms for n atural numbers, .....
» 20/02/2013 9:31:26 AM david f >>Luke 9:27 But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which sh.....
» 19/02/2013 11:49:02 PM The poet J.W. Goethe on “truth” (from his “Faust”; since I do not think the English transl.....
» 19/02/2013 9:59:34 AM I agree, csteele never claimed to be the son of God nor did anybody, to my knowledge, call.....
» 19/02/2013 1:55:58 AM IMHO, david f knows what he is talking about (the union of two sets always contains their .....
» 17/02/2013 9:43:12 AM Hi Constance, Thanks. >>You once said, what is it with the English, in particularl.....
» 17/02/2013 2:26:15 AM Correction: "Your site contains a link to http://forum.onlineopinion.com.au/thread.a.....
» 17/02/2013 12:45:17 AM Arjay, You probably know that there are all sorts of things on the internet pushing this .....
» 16/02/2013 12:29:29 AM >>"...no Pope has ever, in his office as Pope, contradicted the teaching of the.....
» 15/02/2013 9:07:26 PM Sorry, "In the West these answers and aspirations ..." should have been "In.....
» 15/02/2013 9:04:49 PM Hi Constance, I apologize that in reacting to Arjay I somehow overlooked your earlier rep.....
» 15/02/2013 12:51:18 AM Arjay, >> I was raised in the Catholic system in the 1960's and thus have a inside k.....
» 14/02/2013 11:43:58 AM Arjay, >>During WW2 Ratzinger was part of the Hitler youth movement<< Follow.....
» 14/02/2013 11:39:39 AM Arjay, >>During WW2 Ratzinger was part of the Hitler youth movement<< Follow.....
» 14/02/2013 10:17:43 AM Constance, >>You should look up the Pope Benedict's encyclical on Eros.<< You.....
» 7/02/2013 12:51:24 AM Caryn, 1 Corinthians 13 ........
» 4/02/2013 8:34:55 PM Sells, >> Rather than an exclusive focus I would rather see narrative and systematic.....
» 31/01/2013 6:28:52 PM AJ Philips, >and then you start slinging mud<< If this is how you see my posts,.....
» 31/01/2013 1:08:39 AM AJ Philips, >>But by thinking in such a way, while simultaneously labelling yoursel.....
» 25/01/2013 8:00:00 AM AJ Philips, If I tried to react to your reasoning I would probably, again “disappoint you.....
» 24/01/2013 10:26:47 AM (ctd) “This book can be read either as a study of the evolution of human IMAGES of God, or.....
» 24/01/2013 10:23:31 AM Dear david f, Thanks for the interesting post; for instance I never heard before about th.....
» 23/01/2013 10:14:24 AM Pericles, You have a point here. My original paragraph was something like: First of all,.....
» 23/01/2013 9:57:25 AM David (of the AFoA), I thought you asked sincerely for information, not to start a ping-p.....
» 23/01/2013 8:41:45 AM Dear david f, First of all, I do not like the word proselytize because of its many negati.....
» 23/01/2013 8:37:44 AM David (of the AFoA), >>Maybe you can head me in the direction of the “educated athe.....
» 22/01/2013 11:06:51 AM David (of the AFoA), The Pope either speaks to the world at large, in which case he canno.....
» 22/01/2013 10:10:10 AM AJ Philips, I read your three posts very carefully. I noticed especially the places where.....
» 22/01/2013 8:52:23 AM (ctd) >>Where the United States decides to have diplomatic representation is not dec.....
» 22/01/2013 8:47:57 AM Dear david f, Sorry again, for having brought the Pope into play. As I wrote, it was the .....
» 21/01/2013 8:04:04 AM Dear david f, Sorry, I wanted to call your (and others) attention to Habermas and his sol.....
» 20/01/2013 8:01:06 PM Dear david f, >>You wrote: "Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI ...<< These are.....
» 20/01/2013 9:06:07 AM Dear david f, >>You asked if Christianity would be regarded as a respectable altern.....
» 20/01/2013 1:39:33 AM AJ Philips, You obviously have your own answers to all those questions - rhetorical or n.....
» 18/01/2013 10:57:00 AM David David (of AFoA), >>Now that we agee that atheism cannot be proselytised,<&.....
» 18/01/2013 8:20:41 AM AJ Philips, Had I reacted inappropriately to david f’s post, he would have told me, and I.....
» 18/01/2013 7:37:29 AM David David (of AFoA), It was not I who suggested atheists should “proselytize”, it was .....
» 16/01/2013 11:48:45 PM Dear csteele, >>The above are mere musings so don't feel you have to respond.<&l.....
» 16/01/2013 11:15:58 PM Pericles, OK, so you do not like the adjective “atheist” to refer to personal beliefs (th.....
» 16/01/2013 11:45:48 AM Pericles, I really do not know how to put it clearer: there are atheist belief systems (o.....
» 16/01/2013 12:32:22 AM Dear csteele, As you know, Apple OS and Mac OS X are not the same thing, the one is runni.....
» 15/01/2013 9:12:31 PM Dear csteele, So I misread you again, you do not believe in God-Creator, whatever you off.....
» 15/01/2013 9:11:30 PM Pericles, Let me repeat for the x-th time that I never claimed there was a belief system .....
» 15/01/2013 9:09:51 PM AJ Philips, I cannot understand your point. David f made two statements that I could agre.....
» 15/01/2013 9:21:16 AM Dear David (of AFoA), I concede. You want to talk about atheists having belief systems in.....
» 15/01/2013 8:46:53 AM Dear David f, >>I am trapped by language. Spiritual reality is to me a meaningless .....
» 15/01/2013 7:58:14 AM Dear David f, >> However, I accept scripture as a source of wisdom. I also accept t.....
» 14/01/2013 11:14:10 PM Dear csteele, Sorry for the confusion due also to the clumsy formulation of the question......
» 14/01/2013 11:10:44 PM David (of AFoA), >>But you were not convinced atheists had a ‘belief’ system<&l.....
» 14/01/2013 9:24:39 AM (ctd) Perhaps I should mention that I had no formal RE at school, so my approach to religi.....
» 14/01/2013 9:24:15 AM Dear csteele, Thanks for continuing to describe your motivations. I take it that your ans.....
» 14/01/2013 8:31:37 AM David (of AFoA), >>Atheism doesn't have common world-views and it definitely doesn'.....
» 13/01/2013 9:57:44 AM WmTrevor, >>also of other, religious, persuasions should not be fearful of seeming t.....
» 13/01/2013 9:50:58 AM WmTrevor, >>also of other, religious, persuasions should not be fearful of seeming t.....
» 13/01/2013 8:58:18 AM Dear David f, Of course, I agree with what you wrote about society and its openness. Note.....
» 13/01/2013 8:48:08 AM Dear csteele, Thanks for giving your reasons for answering NO - as I understand it - to m.....
» 13/01/2013 8:41:19 AM (ctd) As said, I do not have a clear answer as to how fairness towards all respectable (I .....
» 13/01/2013 8:36:55 AM Hi pelican, You touch upon two important questions. >>I used the phrase 'a particu.....
» 12/01/2013 9:24:44 AM Dear David f, I can respect convictions that go counter to mine, of course not all. So he.....
» 11/01/2013 8:59:41 AM pelican, Your post, as always, is insightful. As for my question, juxtaposed with the aut.....
» 11/01/2013 8:52:35 AM Dear david f, I used the verb “respect” in exactly the same sense as the author of the li.....
» 10/01/2013 10:29:20 AM Dear David, Thanks for your reaction which reminds me of the Catholic “respect the sinner.....
» 9/01/2013 8:54:32 AM The following sentence comes from an interesting article (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/0.....
» 30/12/2012 9:23:44 AM “That the birds of worry and care fly above your head, this you cannot change. But that th.....
» 27/12/2012 9:19:46 AM I was just wondering how many of the six councilors who voted against the motion were Musl.....
» 19/12/2012 8:37:47 AM (ctd) >>perhaps, we have the ability to understand our reality in an elementary way .....
» 19/12/2012 8:34:50 AM Dear Oliver, As promised, this is a continuation of my reading of your input, hoping that.....
» 18/12/2012 11:11:13 AM (ctd) To illustrate the distinction I have in mind, consider the difference between a mini.....
» 18/12/2012 10:49:34 AM Dear Oliver, As usual, your posts mean valuable impulses and challenges for me. I think e.....
» 14/12/2012 9:33:48 AM Probably there were people also in the seventeenth century who would ridicule Newton for “.....
» 14/12/2012 7:57:19 AM Aristocrat, Thanks for the feedback, I read it through a couple of times. One comment I.....
» 28/11/2012 8:46:48 AM Dear Banjo, May I reciprocate what you wrote in your last sentence by saying that I also .....
» 27/11/2012 8:03:27 AM (ctd) Please understand that I am not defending position (ii) - or (i) - only trying to cl.....
» 27/11/2012 7:57:53 AM Dear Banjo, Apologies if I wrongly concluded, from the way you presented your account of .....
» 26/11/2012 9:28:21 AM Dear Banjo, Please note that there was no mention of God or supernatural beings in my pre.....
» 25/11/2012 8:56:18 AM Dear Banjo, Thanks for explaining your terminology. So you speak of “faith” (that is not .....
» 24/11/2012 8:24:08 AM Dear Banjo, Thanks again. I am not sure what “blind faith” means, and how it is to be dis.....
» 23/11/2012 10:29:26 AM (ctd) (In 2009) the Bratislava I District Prosecutor's Office decided to halt criminal pro.....
» 23/11/2012 10:18:21 AM Dear Banjo, Sorry to take so long to thank you for the three posts. As to the first, we.....
» 22/11/2012 8:51:31 AM Tony Lavis, Thanks for your answers. Of course, I agree with what you wrote. The point I .....
» 21/11/2012 8:51:10 AM Dear Banjo, Thank you for the sincere words. I appreciate very much the fact that you add.....
» 20/11/2012 8:50:39 AM Dear Banjo, Thanks again for your reaction, which made me reread for the x-th time both O.....
» 19/11/2012 10:23:03 AM Dear Banjo, Thanks again for challenging me. We keep on agreeing that we disagree on wh.....
» 18/11/2012 8:13:54 AM Dear Banjo, I also thank you for making me think and formulate what I want to say more ca.....
» 17/11/2012 8:51:36 AM Dear Banjo, >>I consider that the technique employed also has its place in a ration.....
» 17/11/2012 3:23:40 AM Dear Banjo, I was not referring to any kind of debate, but to rational debate, where a de.....
» 16/11/2012 9:38:08 AM >> Marxism & Leninism were abruptly introduced in response to constricting religious.....
» 16/11/2012 8:20:00 AM My teachers were certainly not referring to “Christian faiths dominating in the West”. Mar.....
» 16/11/2012 7:31:08 AM >> The 21st century is going to be the last century for all Christian faiths.<<.....
» 16/11/2012 1:46:43 AM As I wrote, “preconceived hatreds and emotions are not a good guide” to … actually to anyt.....
» 15/11/2012 10:05:12 PM “My flirtations with children soon acquired an erotic character … On several occasions cer.....
» 8/11/2012 1:42:38 AM Dear david f, As I said, the terms involved in the definition of martyr are ambiguous. Yo.....
» 7/11/2012 9:39:50 PM Rhian, I take your point, St Stephen is a good example. The RC Catechism refers explicitl.....
» 7/11/2012 8:18:20 PM Rhian, David f knows that I disagree with his interpretation of history, as do many, obvi.....
» 7/11/2012 8:03:18 AM I can agree with much of what the author is saying about the Catholic Church. However, one.....
» 26/10/2012 6:23:23 PM mac, >>The main problem is that you insist that atheism is a belief system<<.....
» 26/10/2012 8:42:45 AM (ctd) Thus the difference between the two metaphors - not speaking English, and not collec.....
» 26/10/2012 8:41:11 AM Dear david f, Speaking of playing with words, you just replaced the verb “believe” with “.....
» 26/10/2012 12:54:22 AM mac, We obviously have different understandings of the terms “logic” and “evidence”. Susp.....
» 23/10/2012 11:28:16 PM mac, >>I've never had a 'spiritual' revelation myself.<< Neither have I. >.....
» 23/10/2012 7:57:54 PM The statements >>“mystical experiences" are brain states, nothing more<<.....
» 18/10/2012 7:49:58 AM David, I did not want to start a lengthy argument just to point out that one should not au.....
» 18/10/2012 12:26:46 AM David, One should be more careful with statements like “every person is defined by a relig.....
» 17/10/2012 8:43:56 AM “My flirtations with children soon acquired an erotic character … On several occasions cer.....
» 11/10/2012 9:21:13 AM Jayb, >>There are a myriad of Legends about Jesus Christ & the exact Origins of Chri.....
» 8/10/2012 10:11:14 AM Jayb, It is irrelevant whether or not you believe the facts stated in the (offensive to Ch.....
» 7/10/2012 10:21:07 PM >>There is a theory that Mary was betrothed to one of Herods sons. The one that rule.....
» 3/10/2012 1:45:57 AM Humanity’s attempts to understand Nature (only relatively recently called science) have al.....
» 27/09/2012 6:44:05 PM Banjo, >> We are not, and never have been, a multicultural society, we have been a m.....
» 29/08/2012 9:48:16 PM @Jimmy Jones >>The actual language and whether you'd use it personally is immaterial.....
» 29/08/2012 9:03:38 PM @Jimmy Jones >>get back to me if you still think you deserve an apology.<< I n.....
» 29/08/2012 7:58:21 PM @Jimmy Jones >>Catholic doctrine which doesn't permit marriage of two non-Catholics......
» 29/08/2012 1:11:05 AM >>The Catholic church, for instance, no more permits the marriage of two non-Catholi.....
» 28/08/2012 5:34:12 PM Dear david f, >>Whether or not same sex marriage is legal religious groups can limit.....
» 20/06/2012 5:53:12 PM David, You asked a question and I tried to answer it in the sense that I don’t know what .....
» 20/06/2012 3:18:37 AM David, >>That is why I asked, “What are the bad parts of atheism? Can you spell them.....
» 19/06/2012 7:35:37 PM David, Sorry, I did not want to enter into argument with you, but I apparently managed to.....
» 19/06/2012 6:05:31 PM David, >>The perpetuation of myth, especially the myth that Christianity created dem.....
» 19/06/2012 10:14:05 AM David, Thank you for your comments. I know, there is no point in arguing with you about t.....
» 18/06/2012 10:18:51 PM David, Thanks you for the link to http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/peter-singer-doesn.....
» 13/06/2012 8:32:19 AM Saltpetre, >>Bosnia (Czechoslovakia), how is one to know what is/was foremost in peo.....
» 3/05/2012 7:46:06 AM Rusty Catheter, >>I do not accept that Einstein was "more of an authority".....
» 3/05/2012 7:42:25 AM Dear david f, Thanks for the kind words. I cannot disagree with anything you wrote in you.....
» 2/05/2012 8:27:19 AM Dear david f, >>Dawkins has never claimed that his scientific theories led to the c.....
» 1/05/2012 6:43:46 AM ctd I think that is the main difference between Einstein - who did not need a Lemaître to .....
» 1/05/2012 6:32:31 AM Dear david f, Whatever you mean by “attitude by religion”, or “attack by religion” is thi.....
» 30/04/2012 7:16:05 PM Grim, >>Einstein's humility shines through. I think (at the risk of putting my words.....
» 30/04/2012 9:07:00 AM Squeers, >>I recommended a slim volume by Simon Critchley as an antidote to the kind.....
» 29/04/2012 10:37:47 PM Rusty Catheter, The question is not whether you are right or wrong about Einstein not bei.....
» 29/04/2012 10:33:36 PM Dear david f, Thank you for your sincere words. I think there are no “authorities on faith.....
» 28/04/2012 7:58:08 PM Rusty Catheter, You might be right, but that does not change what Einstein actually said/.....
» 28/04/2012 7:32:22 AM Tony Lavis, According to Wikipedia, Spinoza in a letter to Henry Oldenburg states that: &.....
» 28/04/2012 7:20:44 AM ctd >>I know nothing that would support Einstein’s statement. Do you?<< I do n.....
» 28/04/2012 7:15:37 AM Dear david f, I did not realise quoting Einstein in this connection would open such a can.....
» 26/04/2012 8:56:30 PM "Being a lover of freedom, when the revolution came in Germany, I looked to the unive.....
» 25/04/2012 1:20:01 AM spindoc, >>The more complex your answers, the less believable you are. That my fine .....
» 21/04/2012 8:06:15 AM Squeers, >>the book I have is "Beyond the Hoax" (Sokal 2008)… If you have.....
» 20/04/2012 9:08:39 AM Squeers, Thanks for the kind words. >>I recall our discussions on the topic, though .....
» 20/04/2012 7:38:44 AM ctd >> I refute this completely, unless you care to elaborate what looks like your o.....
» 20/04/2012 7:30:38 AM Squeers, Thanks for continuing in these discussions. >>The preceding context of this.....
» 20/04/2012 7:27:50 AM Houellebecq, >> Now (Nor?) s the exercise in itself really enjoyable, as I don't per.....
» 19/04/2012 7:46:43 AM Squeers, >>Calling yourself a rationalist doesn't make you one. I'm sure we all thin.....
» 18/04/2012 8:11:15 AM Yabby, >>brains and computers function a little differently<< So you did not .....
» 17/04/2012 9:37:35 PM Squeers, >>“but because it (modern science) takes its evidence (and cue) from the pr.....
» 17/04/2012 9:15:34 AM ctd I am not a warrior on the side of science against literary critics (C.P. Snow’s terms;.....
» 17/04/2012 9:10:46 AM Squeers, Thanks for the long exposition. I take your answer to my questions to be that yo.....
» 16/04/2012 10:04:11 AM Squeers, I really am trying to understand you, labeling you somehow as belonging to this .....
» 16/04/2012 7:10:02 AM Dear david f, I hope you enjoyed your stay at the Atheist Convention. >>The God of.....
» 15/04/2012 6:37:09 AM Luciferase (only once - take it easy), >>Detractors would say they "dispute&qu.....
» 14/04/2012 10:02:29 PM Luciferase, >> It is reasonable for Krauss to refer to the metaphysical nothing for.....
» 14/04/2012 7:27:34 AM Sells, >>Galileo only used the phrase for political purposes<< If by politic.....
» 14/04/2012 7:02:09 AM Hi Luciferase, >>If you wish to angle down the path that metaphysics subsumes physi.....
» 13/04/2012 7:58:39 AM Dear david f, Nobody doubts that there are differences between the three Abrahamic religi.....
» 13/04/2012 7:45:53 AM Hi Luciferase, Sorry to have to repeat myself: I have not objected to what Krauss wrote (.....
» 13/04/2012 7:41:14 AM G’day Grim, Thanks for the link. The article is obviously a popularisation of some experi.....
» 12/04/2012 7:53:03 AM Sells, I am not a theologian, and certainly not a specialist on Barth as you seem to be, .....
» 12/04/2012 6:47:40 AM ctd Nobody will criticise Krauss for saying that “Empty space is a boiling, bubbling brew .....
» 12/04/2012 6:43:57 AM Hi Luciferase, Thanks for the quotes. Nobody doubts that Krauss and Dawkins have many cri.....
» 11/04/2012 8:36:35 AM Dear david f, Thank you for the interesting posts and information, especially regarding E.....
» 11/04/2012 6:58:48 AM Luciferase, >>Even the definition of what "nothing" means in the context o.....
» 11/04/2012 6:51:33 AM Sells, I do not think the point is whether you speak here as a scientist or as a theologia.....
» 10/04/2012 8:43:33 PM I downloaded and just finished listening to the Dawkins-Pell debate. I was embarrassed how.....
» 10/04/2012 7:20:30 AM Dear david f, I certainly agree that "one’s explanation of history is based on one’s.....
» 10/04/2012 7:05:57 AM Dear Peter (Sells), As you know, I have always tried to understand you, and am not that r.....
» 9/04/2012 6:52:16 AM ctd Today you do not have that implicit consensus, therefore I have suggested (in http://f.....
» 9/04/2012 6:48:14 AM Dear david f, As for Castellio, see also our earlier discussion in http://forum.onlineopi.....
» 8/04/2012 7:49:16 AM ctd. The term unbeliever is standard and many atheists accept it as referring to their wor.....
» 8/04/2012 7:39:08 AM Dear david f, >>who is to establish what is objectively derogatory?<< I agre.....
» 7/04/2012 7:55:29 AM Dear david f, I am not sure how is this related to what I wrote but thanks for the perspe.....
» 6/04/2012 12:50:45 AM Dear david f, >>I am aware that other people feel differently. That is why I prefix.....
» 5/04/2012 9:57:10 AM Dear david f, I have posted the link to that article claiming some “evidence” (nowadays a.....
» 5/04/2012 8:17:28 AM "While a recent series of experiments suggests that reminders of death do indeed make.....
» 3/04/2012 4:21:49 PM >>Seriously, I could replace Christ with my cat and it would add or reduce nothing f.....
» 3/04/2012 9:28:54 AM >>the very recent Reason Rally in the USA gathered a crowd of around 20 thousand of .....
» 31/03/2012 11:34:09 PM Squeers, You might find this an interesting article supporting your position: http://www.....
» 30/03/2012 8:03:29 AM Squeers, If you remember me you will know that I do not always agree with you but I think .....
» 1/03/2012 9:52:22 AM Squeers, Thanks for your interesting deliberations showing not that the “pro choice” peopl.....
» 17/02/2012 12:05:22 PM “Tankard Reist ... says it's not being called Christian she objects to, but the claim that.....
» 17/02/2012 11:06:39 AM Poirot, I agree that one should “reveal” one’s CV, probably including religious or secular.....
» 2/01/2012 10:07:54 PM Graham, I am not a psychologist, even less a psychiatrist, but you might want to check Vi.....
» 2/01/2012 9:05:22 AM one under god, If I understood you properly, you do not like Stark’s sociological writing.....
» 2/01/2012 7:52:34 AM Dear Lexi (and Luciferase), You can find the Stark’s book I first quoted from on http://w.....
» 1/01/2012 1:54:44 PM Dear Lexi, You do not get many books about maths/physics that are a priori hostile to mat.....
» 1/01/2012 1:20:29 AM Dear Lexi, I liked your post, read it a couple of times to see if there was anything I co.....
» 31/12/2011 9:54:01 AM Dear Lexi, Thanks for the concise description of Durkheim’s contribution to the sociology.....
» 30/12/2011 8:48:50 PM Lexi (and Yuyutsu), >>The essential difference between such belief systems and reli.....
» 14/12/2011 8:59:38 AM Pericles, I do not think the two sentences you quote contradict each other. As I understan.....
» 7/10/2011 9:47:11 AM Bill Muehlenberg, thank you for an interesting review of an apparently not “politically co.....
» 8/08/2011 6:33:56 AM Dear Yuyutsu, You have just reconfirmed my suspicion that we understand different things .....
» 7/08/2011 5:34:38 PM Dear YuYutsu, You are asking about what I believe. Perhaps I should have mentioned that I.....
» 6/08/2011 8:24:08 AM Dear Yuyutsu, I think there is a big difference between dark energy and the imaginary unit.....
» 6/08/2011 8:17:28 AM Pericles, You are right that I should have said “many atheists do not like if you say they.....
» 5/08/2011 8:24:27 AM Dear Yuyutsu, >>the metaphoric question "where does He live?”<< Where do.....
» 4/08/2011 7:41:50 AM (ctd) “the ticking-outcome were to throw every newborn son of theists to the Nile river” A.....
» 4/08/2011 7:40:41 AM Dear Yuyutsu, I agree that “supernatural”, (i.e. “The Sacred”,“The Holy Other” etc) is no.....
» 3/08/2011 5:34:35 PM (ctd) >>God has no cause nor purpose, not even Himself! << I agree since I con.....
» 3/08/2011 5:31:50 PM Dear Yuyutsu, >> I consider the supernatural more likely, if anything, a diversion .....
» 2/08/2011 8:31:58 PM Dear Yuyutsu, >>my definition of "exists" is more inclusive than yours (I .....
» 29/07/2011 8:40:05 PM Jon J, >>Now explain how you can experience something that doesn't exist.<< Fo.....
» 16/07/2011 8:38:11 AM Yuyutsu, My I suggest you do not start with studying the three volumes of Tillich’s classi.....
» 16/07/2011 8:30:38 AM Poirot, >>How would either of you define God...What is God? Is everything God, as in.....
» 15/07/2011 12:57:16 AM Dear Yuyutsu, Neither can I follow everything Tillich wrote. His reference to existence a.....
» 14/07/2011 1:08:02 AM Dear Yuyutsu, Thank you too for a stimulating discussion >>if I claimed that God ex.....
» 12/07/2011 9:15:38 AM (ctd) >> I LOVE God and my love of Him is most central to my life.<< I appreci.....
» 12/07/2011 9:05:55 AM Dear Yuyutsu, Sincerely, I thought you were either a (westernized) Buddhist or apologist o.....
» 11/07/2011 2:38:24 AM (ctd) >> and I reject (2) on the grounds that God is not a “something”<< Neith.....
» 11/07/2011 2:29:23 AM Dear Yuyutsu, >>I have no idea whether or not "the material world accessible th.....
» 10/07/2011 10:15:28 PM (ctd) >>they feel nauseated by the CONCEPT of God, as propagated by religious establ.....
» 10/07/2011 10:09:43 PM Dear Yuyutsu, Thank you for a considered and inspiring reply. However, some misunderstandi.....
» 10/07/2011 7:45:35 AM (ctd) I agree with you that there is some confusion with the words “spiritual” and “sacre.....
» 10/07/2011 7:39:51 AM Dear Yuyutsu, >>I read Martin's article, but he did not mention Buddhists at all.<.....
» 9/07/2011 9:22:38 PM Lexi, Your last post confirms my impression that you are more of a genuine Christian (of .....
» 9/07/2011 9:02:09 PM Poirot, Thanks for the interesting quote. Of course, "man" here has to be read a.....
» 9/07/2011 3:31:56 AM Lexi, I think what you wanted to say was that being a Catholic is embedded in your identit.....
» 8/07/2011 9:30:45 AM Lexi, An interesting challenge, though I agree with Squeers that you perhaps should have e.....
» 27/05/2011 7:48:36 AM Otokonoko, Mat I join Saltpetre in commending you for the clear words you wrote concernin.....
» 5/04/2011 6:45:16 AM Nils, After having read online (amamzon.com) the Introduction to the Rodney Stark book I .....
» 1/04/2011 8:54:00 PM Pericles, I agree I should have used options, or whatever you prefer, instead of alternat.....
» 1/04/2011 10:15:30 AM The author’s concluding lines >> William James, the great American philosopher of .....
» 1/04/2011 8:43:34 AM Pericles, >>I have no doubt in my mind that Christianity had a significant influenc.....
» 31/03/2011 9:33:28 AM McReal, I think you have a point here: One should distinguish between coincidence, correl.....
» 30/03/2011 5:15:10 PM Mark Duffett, I agree and I thought you might be interested in an earlier extensive discu.....
» 29/03/2011 11:29:33 PM Pericles, Some time ago I wrote: “I somehow came to think you were a historian (apologies.....
» 22/02/2011 8:31:51 AM Pericles, >>the sole reason for rejection need only be "unfit for purpose".....
» 20/02/2011 8:19:25 PM AJ Philips, >>Now if you’ll excuse me, you’re tone is getting a little too nasty for.....
» 20/02/2011 10:14:38 AM AJ Philips, In spite of my earlier experience I reacted to your post. And I could also rea.....
» 19/02/2011 10:44:59 PM Bugsy, OK, so replace "camps" with "groups" in my last paragraph, if .....
» 18/02/2011 11:13:34 AM Ozanby, >>There are no acts committed "in the name of" Atheism<< We.....
» 18/02/2011 10:12:16 AM ozandy, >>True, Soviets were Atheist in name, however their ways were dogmatic and t.....
» 12/02/2011 9:34:20 AM Perhap this might be of interest: http://ncronline.org/blogs/all-things-catholic/americas-.....
» 10/02/2011 6:18:40 PM Here in Germany a (sizable) minority of Catholic theologians have recently (4/2/2011) publ.....
» 1/02/2011 7:26:04 PM M Fahy, One could hardly have put it better. What a pity that not everybody here seems to .....
» 15/12/2010 8:30:08 AM pelican, I think you provided a very good description of the ground on which secular human.....
» 9/12/2010 2:21:20 AM AJ Philips, >>it could also be what drives an activist to shoot-up an abortion clin.....
» 8/12/2010 7:43:16 PM JP, >>I have not been arguing from moral objectivity to God.… the single point I ha.....
» 8/12/2010 7:36:19 PM pelican, Thanks for the undeserved compliment. >> the term 'collective' or 'commu.....
» 8/12/2010 8:14:03 AM JP, Those who read my posts could expect me to side with you rather than with your adversa.....
» 7/12/2010 9:16:28 PM pelican, Another way of looking at the dilemma can be found in a previous interview of DER.....
» 7/12/2010 9:57:38 AM Perhaps this Brzezinski interview might be of interest to some: http://www.spiegel.de/int.....
» 2/12/2010 2:04:26 AM AJ Philips, >>Please don’t confuse my passion for truth and reason with defence mec.....
» 1/12/2010 9:36:38 AM A well written article. Just a small observation: If “Condemnation and the suggestion that.....
» 1/12/2010 7:56:58 AM Rhian, It is interesting you mention a theologian with scientific knowledge, rather than .....
» 30/11/2010 9:03:27 AM Peter, >>Socinius in the early 17th C made the same point about the two natures of C.....
» 29/11/2010 9:01:50 PM Peter, Thanks for an interesting essay on the history of the science-religion (theology) r.....
» 12/11/2010 11:22:37 AM mjpb, (and Philo), You might remember that I have been an enthusiastic reader of your post.....
» 12/10/2010 1:03:39 AM (ctd) There is one limitation on all this. Your use of the term dogma made me restrict my .....
» 12/10/2010 1:01:04 AM (ctd) I admit, this all can make sense only if one believes in a "non-physical form o.....
» 12/10/2010 12:58:00 AM (ctd) Not having theological qualifications I cannot further explain these things. However.....
» 12/10/2010 12:52:43 AM Dear Banjo, I was busy during the weekend so only now can I try to answer your two challe.....
» 10/10/2010 2:16:54 AM (ctd) I can see your point so comprehensively expanded in your last post, and of course, I.....
» 10/10/2010 2:12:57 AM Dear Banjo, >>As you find my comparison with a dictionary an over-simplification, I.....
» 8/10/2010 8:54:04 PM (ctd) Problems arise when the level at which a person understands matters of religion (or .....
» 8/10/2010 8:50:43 PM (ctd) The title of the book, where Dulles explains his ideas, is "The Craft of Theolo.....
» 8/10/2010 8:47:55 PM (ctd) Perhaps the difference was that my father did not trust the anti-theist school I wen.....
» 8/10/2010 8:23:36 PM Dear Banjo, I named the French authors just to convey to you what I meant by the Catholic.....
» 7/10/2010 12:31:48 AM Dear Banjo, I am not sure I understand what you mean by “well-informed elite communist in.....
» 4/10/2010 8:00:23 PM Dear Banjo, Thanks for the kind words. >> I too found you somewhat "heavily b.....
» 4/10/2010 12:45:20 AM AJ Philips, First of all, there is no need to paraphrase or interpret what Dawkins wrote......
» 4/10/2010 12:28:48 AM Squeers, Thanks for you flattering words. No, I am not writing my memoirs, I don’t think .....
» 3/10/2010 9:29:22 AM (ctd) My "rehabilitation" occurred because the agent who was behind the pressure.....
» 3/10/2010 9:24:56 AM Dear Banjo, Thanks again for your words. What I wrote was very sketchy but since you comm.....
» 2/10/2010 8:55:36 AM AJ Philips, >>I remembered that you do still often equate theism and atheism as tho.....
» 2/10/2010 8:52:19 AM Dear Banjo, >> I have visited Praha on two occasions and have fond memories particu.....
» 30/09/2010 7:15:41 PM AJ Philips, >>Dawkins explains, in the very next sentence, that his remark was, not.....
» 30/09/2010 8:16:34 AM Dear Banjo, >> I termed "tyranny" the discrimination you suffered as a ch.....
» 30/09/2010 12:17:00 AM Dear Banjo, >> No, you originally introduced the amalgam on page 13<< In all.....
» 29/09/2010 8:45:48 AM Dear Banjo, >> an amalgam between a form of "child abuse" (institutions i.....
» 29/09/2010 7:49:22 AM AJ Philips, I admit that when referring to a quote from Dawkins, the "couple of sent.....
» 29/09/2010 7:33:56 AM Dear Banjo, Thanks for the kind words, if I understand properly your last post. >>.....
» 27/09/2010 6:18:45 PM AJ Philips, >>When you say “religious education”, what you’re actually referring to.....
» 27/09/2010 8:41:10 AM Dear Banjo, >>"Do you really need to be given examples of "religious insi.....
» 25/09/2010 9:49:23 PM Pelican, >>it is a stretch for the Pope to equate the Nazi regime with atheism<&l.....
» 25/09/2010 9:47:20 PM (ctd) I have to repeat, that there are many things - not only "religious insights&quo.....
» 25/09/2010 9:38:08 PM Dear Banjo, >>experiences relating to your childhood but none that I could pin poin.....
» 24/09/2010 6:09:33 AM Dear Banjo, >> education is more important today for the well being of humanity tha.....
» 22/09/2010 11:30:18 PM Pelican, My posts were not about what atheist accept or not about the Catholic Church but.....
» 22/09/2010 11:17:35 PM Dear Banjo, Your quote from Dawkins is interesting. You will not be surprised that I do n.....
» 22/09/2010 11:12:35 PM Come, come, Poirot, I agree that these things are far more complex than the emotion-laden.....
» 21/09/2010 11:30:06 PM Dear Poirot, >>why couldn't he just have said "extremism" - most people w.....
» 21/09/2010 8:46:48 PM Dear Squeers, Atheism defined as “lack (or absence) of belief” is not my invention, I have.....
» 21/09/2010 8:43:32 PM Dear Banjo, There have been movements, religious or not, throughout history that had “uni.....
» 21/09/2010 8:26:03 PM Dear Poirot, Thanks for the quote confirming that the Pope related Nazism (not to atheism.....
» 20/09/2010 8:15:08 PM Dear Poirot, I do not think the Pope used a language comparable to yours. As I keep on .....
» 20/09/2010 9:30:41 AM Dear Squeers, Today I watched for two-hours the ceremony and speech by the Pope in Birmin.....
» 20/09/2010 7:50:31 AM Dear Banjo, It is a well know fact that Lenin copied a lot from the organisation of the C.....
» 20/09/2010 7:48:04 AM Dear Squeers, >>I'm talking about the trans-historical influence of the church<&.....
» 19/09/2010 8:01:36 AM (ctd) >> the Pope in Britain; notice he doesn’t criticise the system << Would .....
» 19/09/2010 7:57:38 AM Dear Squeers, Your embittered paragraph, where you focus on Christianity and the Pope, ma.....
» 19/09/2010 7:46:57 AM Severin, I am not sure if your first paragraph was meant as a compliment, but anyhow, tha.....
» 18/09/2010 8:07:13 AM Dear Banjo, I agree that there are many things I could have mentioned but did not. I know.....
» 18/09/2010 3:11:15 AM Hello Oliver, I must be getting old. I just found out that I had prepared the following r.....
» 17/09/2010 8:36:32 AM (ctd) >>Western capitalist culture is spiritually and materially untenable<< M.....
» 17/09/2010 8:33:18 AM Squeers, I just presented an alternative view to yours, standard or not. Toynbee in the qu.....
» 16/09/2010 7:54:22 AM Dear Squeers, You gave a sweeping description of the role of religion in history that has.....
» 15/09/2010 7:59:29 AM "History is replete with evidence of religion's adaptable, parasitical relationship w.....
» 14/09/2010 8:49:44 AM Dear Oliver, >>Maybe the Christian Church was not the main cause of the Dark Ages, .....
» 13/09/2010 7:00:04 PM ink blot, Thanks for your clear (to me) articulation of your world-view position. There a.....
» 13/09/2010 8:32:52 AM Dear Oliver, I agree with the facts you list, although I do not know according to what cr.....
» 11/09/2010 8:44:24 AM Hi Oliver, One can speculate about historical ifs ad absurdum. Nobody can deny that all.....
» 10/09/2010 9:46:11 AM Dear david f, These are some interesting points you raise. >>We would have quite a.....
» 9/09/2010 8:19:39 PM Dear Foxy, Of course you are right, Jones is a religious fanatic, and Westergaard an (ath.....
» 9/09/2010 6:56:12 PM Dear Foxy, As in most cases, I agree with what you wrote. As a guest/foreigner living in .....
» 9/09/2010 8:34:04 AM Dan, >> many genuine Christians want to accept Darwinian evolution. I don’t think t.....
» 9/09/2010 8:00:56 AM AJ Philips, >>there is nothing the West has acquired or achieved through Christiani.....
» 7/09/2010 8:23:56 AM Hello Oliver, Thanks for the link. I never claimed the way Christianity was spread after C.....
» 6/09/2010 7:50:29 AM Dear Oliver, I thought this thread has run its course for me, but … >> George, acc.....
» 2/09/2010 8:18:17 AM >> … George can … still not take any of religions' (plural) scriptures to be manifes.....
» 12/08/2010 11:28:57 PM Dear Squeers, No apologies needed, and I certainly did not feel offended. One could dis.....
» 12/08/2010 9:01:51 PM Dear Squeers, Freud was an original (and controversial) thinker, and - like most of them .....
» 12/08/2010 8:57:29 PM Severin, Well, I still don’t know what you wanted me to do, except not to blame Dawkins. O.....
» 11/08/2010 8:22:45 AM (ctd) Freud mentions a couple of time “The” scientific world view, which of course rings a.....
» 11/08/2010 8:17:01 AM Severin, > How can you stand by and watch a fellow Christian make such an idiot of him.....
» 11/08/2010 8:12:26 AM Hi Oliver, I am probably too old to know what/who is Biggy. I suppose, by “indwelling in .....
» 11/08/2010 8:07:20 AM Dear david f, >> I found it easier to just treat the collection of narratives in th.....
» 10/08/2010 7:51:24 AM Dear david f, >>I feel that the God in that story must be rejected if justice and c.....
» 9/08/2010 10:54:07 PM Dear Oliver, I do not think Lakatos spoke of doubt in connection with religious faith or .....
» 9/08/2010 7:18:16 AM AJ Philips, Let me repeat: I am not trying to take away your world-view certainties, nor .....
» 9/08/2010 7:11:47 AM Hi Oliver, I differentiated between “philosophical positions”, which involve only the rat.....
» 9/08/2010 6:57:46 AM Dear david f, I agree that Christian etc. religious beliefs are not “driven” or “justifie.....
» 8/08/2010 12:28:11 AM (ctd) The rest of your post repeats your (mis)understanding of the Christian position. Say.....
» 8/08/2010 12:24:19 AM AJ Philips, >> that was more to do with how you interpret (the Bible) than why you .....
» 8/08/2010 12:21:17 AM Dear david f, Sorry, I know practically nothing about ancient mathematics or the Pythagor.....
» 7/08/2010 8:02:30 AM Dear Oliver, I did not understand in what sense is the “thread of a spider’s web” seen as.....
» 6/08/2010 8:30:12 AM AJ Philips, I only objected to the “therefore” in the statement I disavowed. Now you have.....
» 6/08/2010 7:27:35 AM Dear david f, >>My philosophical stance is that all supernatural entities are merel.....
» 6/08/2010 7:23:46 AM Dear Severin, Thanks for your post. If I understand you properly, you would want me to ad.....
» 6/08/2010 7:17:29 AM Dear Oliver, It is amazing how this thread continues to evolve after I thought it was alr.....
» 5/08/2010 1:27:55 AM Dear Dan, >>You say that a programmer can create an algorithm that can create an ou.....
» 5/08/2010 1:23:35 AM Dear Oliver, >>a theory with a "little" support is prima facie to be regar.....
» 4/08/2010 8:02:51 AM Dear david f, I think we have already been into what people, e.g. anthopologists, call re.....
» 4/08/2010 12:15:35 AM Dear david f, >>Labelling atheism as a form of religious belief is often used as a t.....
» 4/08/2010 12:05:38 AM AJ Philips, >>I think you’re blurring the line between two different kinds of belief.....
» 3/08/2010 11:58:33 PM Dear Oliver, Obviously I have to withdraw my claim that you were comparing two physical th.....
» 3/08/2010 7:45:22 AM Hi Oliver, >>I have evolved some of my thinking from our exchanges.<< Again, .....
» 2/08/2010 9:23:24 AM Dear david f, I am sorry if you had the impression that I "labeled atheism as a form.....
» 2/08/2010 7:53:28 AM (ctd) The four possibilities in your last paragraph are not necessarily mutually exclusive.....
» 2/08/2010 7:48:12 AM Dear Oliver, I thought we have “rounded of” (as Dan put it), this discussion but since yo.....
» 31/07/2010 9:47:46 PM Dear Dan, >>I admire your ambition to try and round off this discussion<< If .....
» 30/07/2010 9:42:26 PM Dear Oliver, >> This detatchment … does, I think, allow me to be very objective <.....
» 29/07/2010 11:35:02 PM Dear Oliver, You can be an atheist (in the strong Sagan sense) and that is a legitimate b.....
» 29/07/2010 12:28:22 AM Dear Severin, Does your ME stand for me (as myself), or abbreviation for Middle Eastern? .....
» 28/07/2010 11:06:27 PM (ctd) “Always and everywhere there will crop up independents who sturdily resist any such .....
» 28/07/2010 11:05:43 PM Dear David, You quote extensively from the Stefan Zweig book, so perhaps this will intere.....
» 28/07/2010 8:25:26 AM Dear Severin, Thanks for the sincere words describing where you stand on a variety of mat.....
» 28/07/2010 6:48:33 AM (ctd) Thank you also for the rest. I read it carefully but am not going to nit-pick on it .....
» 27/07/2010 8:23:08 PM Dear Squeers, >>nit-picking through each others constructions, sharpening points an.....
» 27/07/2010 8:11:00 AM Severin, I am not sure how you know what “caused me any thought”. I did not react to the .....
» 27/07/2010 7:45:08 AM Dear david f, >>I would be involved with mathematics and the natural sciences rathe.....
» 27/07/2010 2:16:30 AM Dear Squeer, Immediately after reading your post about misrepresenting you I wrote - and .....
» 26/07/2010 6:51:59 AM Severin, Thanks for your comments. >> Apart from its obvious condescension, I would.....
» 26/07/2010 5:12:30 AM (ctd) I cannot elaborate further on these two distractions from the main topic of this thr.....
» 26/07/2010 2:09:30 AM Dear Squeers, >>I'm glad to hear religious folk's "certitude" is more abo.....
» 26/07/2010 2:06:54 AM Dear Dan, Thanks for the questions. I am sorry for the delay, but after having written the.....
» 25/07/2010 2:31:45 AM (ctd) >>One reconciliation would that God "is" beyond (George) existence y.....
» 25/07/2010 2:25:46 AM Dear Severin, >>why of formal religious text; why is it taken as the absolute ".....
» 25/07/2010 12:49:52 AM (ctd) "For the normative self-understanding of modernity, Christianity has functioned.....
» 25/07/2010 12:47:58 AM Squeers, Oliver, Severin, Dan, I am really glad I was wrong assuming this thread had dege.....
» 24/07/2010 1:34:08 AM (ctd) The simple answer is “we don’t know“, and so faith - which is a state of mind that c.....
» 24/07/2010 1:27:13 AM Dear Oliver, >>If a divinity is present outside of existence said entity could be po.....
» 22/07/2010 7:45:36 AM COPRRECTION: Well, the clumsy “potential memebership benefit to the Catholic Church“ sh.....
» 22/07/2010 7:26:58 AM Germany (where I live now) could provide a hint about potential memebership benefit to the.....
» 22/07/2010 6:59:58 AM Dear Foxy, Thank you for your sincere words. I knew about your parents’ background therefo.....
» 22/07/2010 5:53:37 AM Squeers, I thought by now only Oliver and I were following this thread, so I am pleasantly.....
» 21/07/2010 11:17:44 PM Dear Oliver, Silly me! The muddled up sentence: “For instance, a four dimensional non-co.....
» 21/07/2010 7:42:09 AM Foxy, >>Marx would have been dismayed at many of the practices of communist movement.....
» 21/07/2010 7:27:45 AM Dear Oliver, Thanks for the compliment which I ma happy to reciprocate. I too find exchan.....
» 20/07/2010 7:05:18 AM Dear Oliver, >>I had read (misread) something in Penrose (Road to Reality)<< .....
» 19/07/2010 9:56:36 AM Correction: "there are n-dimensional manifolds, for any POSITIVE integer n". (F.....
» 19/07/2010 9:53:59 AM Dear Oliver, Of course, I agree that investigations about the Universe can bring us furth.....
» 18/07/2010 6:10:12 AM Dear Oliver, Thank you for the quote. I do not have “The Emperor’s New Mind”, but have to.....
» 17/07/2010 8:28:21 AM Dear Oliver, >>The idea of Jesus dying is to make an aspect of god human and mortal......
» 16/07/2010 9:44:25 AM Dear Oliver, >>The knowledge of science and the knowledge of religion.<< Yes,.....
» 16/07/2010 9:26:47 AM (ctd) Again, the adequacy or not of these religious models cannot be judged from within th.....
» 16/07/2010 9:14:46 AM Dear David, Thank you for a sincere and comprehensive exposition of your position. It see.....
» 15/07/2010 7:49:23 AM (ctd) >>It is also a particular version of God, the Creator God. There may be a God......
» 15/07/2010 7:45:50 AM Dear David, The formulation is Oliver’s not mine. I cannot speak on his behalf, however I .....
» 15/07/2010 12:43:07 AM (ctd) >>showing the existence of god I feels more challenging. Science may soon be a.....
» 15/07/2010 12:40:05 AM Dear Oliver, Thanks for stimulating thoughts. I can see your point where you are suspicio.....
» 13/07/2010 10:39:43 PM Dear Oliver, Welcome back to this never-ending story. If I understand you properly, you a.....
» 7/07/2010 10:51:08 PM AJ Philips, >>What I do think is becoming a problem though, is your insistence of .....
» 2/07/2010 11:02:32 PM Dear Banjo, >>When one is, the other is not and vice versa. There is no common grou.....
» 2/07/2010 8:51:57 AM Dear Banjo, >>as you and Laplace seem to agree<< >>I just gave my grandd.....
» 1/07/2010 9:25:06 AM Dear Oliver, I think you are confusing the problem of the origin and occurrence of life in.....
» 1/07/2010 8:09:33 AM Dear Banjo, >>Belief in the supernatural is irrelevant to the project<< I do n.....
» 30/06/2010 9:15:25 AM AJ Philips, So I will not apologise any more, if that is the problem, and just accept tha.....
» 30/06/2010 9:04:40 AM Dear Squeers, >>it seems you and I have more in common than some of your other antag.....
» 30/06/2010 9:02:37 AM (ctd) >>the notion of a self-sustaining, self-organising universe is a more testable.....
» 30/06/2010 7:27:30 AM Dear Oliver, Thanks again for your challenging inputs into the question of compatibility .....
» 29/06/2010 8:12:15 AM Dear Dan, >>God did not leave us without statement to his creative activity<<.....
» 29/06/2010 8:07:31 AM Dear Banjo, Thanks for your contribution to my debate with Oliver, but I am still not sur.....
» 29/06/2010 7:52:49 AM Dear Oliver, If I understand you properly, you accept the Copenhagen interpretation of QM.....
» 28/06/2010 7:03:39 AM (ctd) I am not sure who you think does “stay put, in one's home, and not trek the marketpl.....
» 28/06/2010 6:54:29 AM Dear, Oliver, >>I am willing to apply the same methodology to some aspects of QM, a.....
» 28/06/2010 6:49:08 AM Dear Dan, I did not “direct” you to the article I only thought you might be interested in .....
» 26/06/2010 11:37:01 PM Dear Oliver, >>I would feel such an analyical process should be systematic<< .....
» 26/06/2010 11:20:45 PM Dear Banjo, I am sorry, but I cannot express more clearly - or simply, if you like - my c.....
» 26/06/2010 8:19:51 AM Dan, I thought you might be interested in this: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-rus.....
» 26/06/2010 12:45:19 AM Dear Oliver, Let me repeat, we all can learn from external, even if unsympathetic, looks.....
» 25/06/2010 1:08:44 AM Dear Oliver, >>Christians are aware of other religions … but do so from a very bias.....
» 25/06/2010 12:59:31 AM Dear Banjo, Well I do not know how google works. I got slightly different values when cha.....
» 24/06/2010 1:10:07 AM Dear Oliver, Thank’s for the collection of historical (and anthropological) facts the pla.....
» 24/06/2010 1:01:54 AM (ctd) >>Competition between science and religion seems to have settled into a stalem.....
» 24/06/2010 12:54:21 AM Dear Banjo, >>By "scientific proof" I mean whatever justifies the asserti.....
» 23/06/2010 12:57:53 AM Dear david f, Thank you for the sincere words that very much illustrate how a non-fundame.....
» 23/06/2010 12:50:02 AM Dear Banjo, The six, or seven, wise men in my metaphor were meant as representatives of w.....
» 22/06/2010 1:20:30 AM Oliver, My comment was only a reaction to your finding “it a challenge to encourage theis.....
» 22/06/2010 1:04:15 AM Dear david f, I agree with practically all you wrote above. >>it is unnecessary to.....
» 20/06/2010 11:07:43 PM david f, >>I eagerly read those books which are based on anthropology, sociology, ev.....
» 5/06/2010 11:52:21 PM Dear Banjo Paterson, >>what justification there was for a particular phenomena that .....
» 5/06/2010 8:33:27 AM Dear Banjo Paterson, >> " ... all interpretations of quantum physics, that hav.....
» 4/06/2010 10:43:41 PM Banjo Paterson, Apologies, I have just realised I was commenting on a question you actuall.....
» 4/06/2010 12:34:44 AM Banjo Paterson, >>Or do either or both of you have some other definition to suggest .....
» 3/06/2010 6:16:24 PM >> others had to wait for 43 more years<< Ha-ha, a mathemaician should know th.....
» 3/06/2010 8:49:49 AM AJ Philips, >>discovering that the TV doesn’t actually exist<< I do not unders.....
» 3/06/2010 8:39:31 AM AJ Philips, >>I can’t help but wonder … if … my posts aren’t worth responding to<.....
» 3/06/2010 8:30:50 AM Dear Foxy, Thanks for the info about Gavelis and his book. I probably won’t have time to .....
» 2/06/2010 8:19:36 AM mjpb, Thanks for your reply. I reacted to your post because you complained that you were t.....
» 2/06/2010 8:08:39 AM Dear Foxy, Thank you for the story about the Kryziu Kalnas with its deep (and sad) symboli.....
» 1/06/2010 8:43:13 AM Dear david f, Thanks for the kind words. All I wanted to say was that not knowing your Lu.....
» 31/05/2010 10:05:03 PM Dear david f, Thanks for telling us about this Maimonides’ beautiful and insightful wisdo.....
» 31/05/2010 8:15:47 PM Foxy, >>Many of us become seekers as we begin to question and search, etc.<< M.....
» 24/05/2010 8:14:35 PM "Where does a wise man hide a leaf? In the forest. But what does he do if there is no.....
» 15/05/2010 11:54:56 PM Hi Oliver, Thanks again for the thoughts and links. However, as I keep on saying, I do no.....
» 15/05/2010 1:05:55 AM Pericles, As I wrote in a previous post, “I got interested in this topic somewhat involunt.....
» 15/05/2010 12:37:52 AM Hi Oliver, >>I would suggest they turn themselves in<< That is exactly what al.....
» 14/05/2010 12:44:14 AM Hi Oliver, >>the Church should not be allowed to investigate crimes "before&qu.....
» 13/05/2010 1:20:23 AM Hi Oliver, I think you are right, you misunderstood what I said. So let me repeat: The Ch.....
» 12/05/2010 3:48:23 AM As if wanting to comment on my last paragraph, the pope observed today during his flight t.....
» 12/05/2010 12:49:22 AM (ctd) As I see it, what some bishops did is somehow equivalent to the hit-and-run crime, a.....
» 12/05/2010 12:42:45 AM Dear Oliver, I am not sure why you quoted me saying “US Church representatives (don’t) de.....
» 11/05/2010 1:26:27 AM Hi Oliver, >>The secular press see the Church must yield to secular law, full stop. .....
» 7/05/2010 11:39:02 PM Oliver, Thanks again for the feedback making me formulate my thoughts more carefully. I ag.....
» 7/05/2010 12:35:42 AM Hi Oliver, Let me repeat that nobody denies that some/many bishops acted, irresponsibly an.....
» 5/05/2010 11:14:06 PM Pericles, >> If the "law of the land" does not prevail over canon law, the.....
» 5/05/2010 12:26:36 AM Dear Oliver, Thank you again for helping me to better formulate my thoughts. >>You .....
» 4/05/2010 12:40:20 AM (ctd) >> Is further change needed. If so, what.<< Now everybody knows what sho.....
» 4/05/2010 12:37:31 AM Oliver, >> Is their (the bishops’) first allegiance to the State or their employer?&.....
» 3/05/2010 7:41:24 AM (ctd) >> I do think absolution must require offenders handing themselves in to secul.....
» 3/05/2010 7:39:35 AM Dear Oliver, Now you jump from “Crimen Solicitationis” to the more contemporary “De Delic.....
» 1/05/2010 12:02:43 AM Dear Oliver, Again, your post contains pieces I can agree with and pieces I cannot: the p.....
» 30/04/2010 12:13:59 AM Oliver, Your quote is apparently from “Crimen sollicitationis” (http://www.vatican.va/reso.....
» 29/04/2010 2:13:10 AM Pericles, >>I still fail to see why it is so complicated.<< Yes, I am aware of.....
» 28/04/2010 6:00:39 AM Marry, As Gordo Pollo says, this is an extremely complex affair, and I, an old man, admire.....
» 28/04/2010 12:41:08 AM (ctd) If only error of judgement on the side of the bishop was involved - acting not with .....
» 28/04/2010 12:36:44 AM Oliver, >>How would you have Benedict XVI deal with the bishops?<< You did not.....
» 26/04/2010 11:02:43 PM Oliver, Thank you for a further elaboration on your views and sermons. I am afraid you are.....
» 24/04/2010 10:50:21 PM Of course, you are right, socratease. Mt 18:22-23 would also apply to the victim if he car.....
» 24/04/2010 9:33:45 PM “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I fo.....
» 24/04/2010 1:41:32 AM Dear Oliver, >>My comment regarding Bormann as a “Judgment at Nurnberg” parellel … .....
» 23/04/2010 12:55:55 AM (ctd) >>I … get the allusion to martyrdom inherent in your reference to "Commun.....
» 23/04/2010 12:51:31 AM Hi Pericles, Here we go again. >> I have often found your logic a little difficult .....
» 22/04/2010 12:29:47 AM Pericles, Thank you for further expanding on your reaction to Jensen’s and Pell’s reaction.....
» 22/04/2010 12:10:43 AM >> Should the Pope resign? Yes. Jailed. Probably.<< Sorry Oliver, I thought yo.....
» 21/04/2010 12:44:16 AM Pericles, I am glad you returned to the original question I asked. Thank you for the detai.....
» 21/04/2010 12:28:27 AM Dear Oliver, OK, so I should have written “no point in responding to sweeping accusations .....
» 20/04/2010 8:41:47 AM A J Philips, >> One is a faith-based assertion, and the other is a reason-based resp.....
» 20/04/2010 12:35:53 AM (ctd) As to your questions, a) this is obviously the purpose of any sermon, but of course.....
» 20/04/2010 12:31:44 AM Pericles, Sorry if I upset you, but please just reread my last brief post (actually a long.....
» 20/04/2010 12:24:24 AM (ctd) >> Absolution withheld, until “after” the priest/brother surrenders to police&.....
» 20/04/2010 12:21:50 AM Oliver, >> … the Church is acting as if it has special privilege above secular law a.....
» 19/04/2010 8:58:47 AM AJ Philips, There are many Christian, theist, atheist etc world-views (one of them Jensen .....
» 19/04/2010 7:19:37 AM Pericles, I never spoke of privileges, but if you like, of course, Jensen, Pell, Dawkins a.....
» 18/04/2010 10:19:10 PM Hello Oliver, I included the two quotes because I thought they were relevant and interesti.....
» 18/04/2010 10:10:24 PM Pericles, >>Do you feel the same way about the sermons of Sheik Taj Din al-Hilali?&l.....
» 17/04/2010 10:43:58 PM (ctd) However, I agree that one can promote one’s own world-view without derogating the al.....
» 17/04/2010 10:41:26 PM Hi Pericles, Thanks for your response. Please note I was not objecting to what you wrote, .....
» 17/04/2010 10:33:08 PM Hans-Ludwig Körber, Germany’s most prominent criminal psychologist (an atheist of Lutheran.....
» 17/04/2010 10:31:24 PM Returning to the theme of the thread: "Priestly abuse of children is nowadays taken .....
» 17/04/2010 7:28:46 AM Shadow Minister, Thanks for the links. Those writing on the website called “rational skept.....
» 16/04/2010 8:59:06 PM Pericles, I often (certainly not always) disagree with you, sometimes I can learn from you.....
» 16/04/2010 7:46:57 AM Shadow Minister, >>The head master only tried to communicate with the parents of boy.....
» 15/04/2010 9:01:45 PM TBC, >>George... "lay Catholics have to lead their leaders" this, sadly, a.....
» 15/04/2010 8:37:51 PM Did indeed Peter Jensen and George Pell speak less favourably about atheists when celebrat.....
» 15/04/2010 7:26:28 PM Shadow Minister, Let me repeat, you asked for an example I provided one. I don’t know what.....
» 14/04/2010 10:25:09 PM Shadow Minister, You asked for an example I provided one, where the five victims (for what.....
» 13/04/2010 6:29:24 PM >>Perhaps these "voices of reason" should indicate where the church has ex.....
» 12/04/2010 11:38:54 PM Foxy, Thanks for the link. I have been following many articles on this issue, but this one.....
» 6/04/2010 8:36:54 PM (ctd) [As you know, I correlate this with my experience of another nature (relating to fai.....
» 6/04/2010 8:36:13 PM (ctd) >>is there a book you could recommend that might give me some rudimentary unde.....
» 6/04/2010 8:27:46 PM (ctd) Most of Sokal’s views on religion expressed here are built on Sam Harris’ “The End o.....
» 6/04/2010 8:25:23 PM Squeers, I am not sure you are still following this, however I know from another thread th.....
» 3/04/2010 2:19:12 AM Grateful, Thanks for the info and links. I should have mentioned that I do not understand .....
» 31/03/2010 11:18:21 PM Dear Foxy, I’d have to agree with AJ Philips that putting hope and truth in one context is.....
» 31/03/2010 12:34:13 AM grateful, Thanks for the quote and link I did not know of. If I may ask, what is your rel.....
» 30/03/2010 8:31:09 PM (ctd) Squeers “suspects there's something besides this life, rather than nothing”, this is.....
» 30/03/2010 8:29:11 PM Dear Foxy, I came across this thread only now, so I’d also like to join the long queue of .....
» 26/03/2010 11:57:29 PM AJ Philips, >>the learning can be done by all of us equally, not just anti-religious.....
» 26/03/2010 2:04:33 AM Graham, The only way to emphasize a word on this OLO is to capitalise it, which is often i.....
» 26/03/2010 2:03:11 AM Shadow Minister, >>the same treatment was dealt out to students … and anyone that di.....
» 26/03/2010 12:29:41 AM Grim, >>I would agree that BB was being rude and personal<< Well, this kind of.....
» 25/03/2010 1:11:34 AM Severin, >>are you strictly non-denominational Christian? << As I already said.....
» 25/03/2010 1:09:21 AM Shadow Minister, >>With all due respect, the oppression of christians in communist R.....
» 24/03/2010 12:12:35 AM A general remark: Graham facilitates the discussions/disputes on this OLO for which I thin.....
» 24/03/2010 12:11:10 AM I do not understand what those who attack Graham are after. After all, there were many soc.....
» 24/03/2010 12:06:39 AM bushbasher, I offered my personal experience with Communist atheism, as atheism was unders.....
» 23/03/2010 1:15:12 AM Graham, I agree with much of what you are saying, however I think one should distinguish b.....
» 22/03/2010 8:57:52 PM Squeers, Sorry, If I upset you, believe me that was not my intention, quite the contrary. .....
» 22/03/2010 1:03:37 AM (ctd) Let me repeat, to assume that there is that objective reality does not contradict th.....
» 22/03/2010 12:59:37 AM Squeers, Did I understrand you properly that you see yourself as a “poststructuralist firm.....
» 21/03/2010 1:24:30 AM Squeers, I am glad you are back, since you are one of the atheists on this OLO I think I c.....
» 20/03/2010 9:34:25 AM I have to admit I did not know about “Beyond the Hoax: Science, Philosophy and Culture” ap.....
» 18/03/2010 9:23:25 AM >>Yet another discussion thread hijacked by believers<< (principles) I went th.....
» 17/03/2010 8:04:20 PM pelican, >>atheists should not think themselves superior<< I agree, and would .....
» 17/03/2010 7:33:50 AM What about the following definitions: epistemic scientism: the view that “the only realit.....
» 16/03/2010 1:49:51 AM AJ Philips, Well, I had in mind only the part “the difference between Atheism and Agnostic.....
» 16/03/2010 12:07:22 AM AJ Philips, >>emotions prove themselves time-and-time again to be a bad thing to bas.....
» 14/03/2010 11:26:08 PM (ctd) I find it strange (if not condescending) to assume that ALL people who converted to .....
» 14/03/2010 11:17:14 PM Aj Philips, >>Yes, but it’s still considered rude or impolite to say one iota agains.....
» 13/03/2010 8:53:52 PM TBC, Though you did not tell me anything I have not heard before - about “religions”, thei.....
» 13/03/2010 8:31:39 PM (ctd) >>if you feel so secure in your beliefs, then you shouldn’t need to keep hidin.....
» 13/03/2010 8:24:11 PM AJ Phillips, Thanks for challenging me again to more carefully formulate my own views. &.....
» 12/03/2010 11:50:15 PM TBC, >>They even regard … a universal health system as a sin<< There are oppon.....
» 12/03/2010 9:28:43 AM AJ Philips, Thank you for the link to the TV programs featuring Dawkins in Australia that .....
» 12/03/2010 9:20:38 AM TBC, Thanks for your quick response. >>what sort of question is that?<< A rhe.....
» 11/03/2010 10:30:07 PM Squeers, You might be right, however I was not referring to politics, only the way people.....
» 11/03/2010 10:28:48 PM (ctd) If you agree with Habermas (see the link above), then we have no bone of contention .....
» 11/03/2010 10:19:26 PM TBC (and Hanrahan), >> Foxy and Examinator, but George has used them as examples of.....
» 11/03/2010 8:54:12 AM Severin, Please quote me, where I said anything about the relation of Marxism to the separ.....
» 11/03/2010 8:30:45 AM AJ Philips, I agree that “dismiss” rather than “eliminate” would have been a better word t.....
» 11/03/2010 12:52:23 AM >>without the passive support of the moderates, the real loonies would either be gon.....
» 7/03/2010 5:56:48 PM Squeers, I liked the quip about the balloon vs moon. One could continue with the metaphor .....
» 6/03/2010 8:14:14 PM (ctd) There is no point in comparing the subjective reasons, only the objective. This is .....
» 6/03/2010 8:09:32 PM Sqeers, Thank you for “taking me to task” thus helping me to make the basic tenets of my w.....
» 6/03/2010 10:21:06 AM Squeers, You are reacting to http://forum.onlineopinion.com.au/thread.asp?article=9389#150.....
» 5/03/2010 8:49:17 PM CJ Morgan, Please look up in your dictionary the difference between “mental” and “verbal”:.....
» 5/03/2010 8:38:30 PM Foxy >>The introduction of the much vaunted "new math," << The mathe.....
» 5/03/2010 2:30:21 AM examinator, >>Even George's extended definition of Atheism still falls short of abso.....
» 3/03/2010 9:56:03 PM Foxy, >>Australians are free to follow any religion they choose…(or) not to follow a.....
» 1/03/2010 10:14:18 PM Squeers, You mention Russell: my favourite joke (about his philosophy, not mathematics) wa.....
» 1/03/2010 9:23:22 AM (ctd) >>perceive ideology as the opacity that prevents us from appreciating the worl.....
» 1/03/2010 9:11:05 AM Sqeers, Thank you for your effort at explaining your position. I see, it is not diametric.....
» 28/02/2010 2:27:04 AM Squeers, I think you confuse two things, probably because I myself did not make that disti.....
» 27/02/2010 9:49:22 AM Dear David, >>It is not like inductive reasoning in mathematics where we can prove t.....
» 27/02/2010 2:49:47 AM Sqeers, Thanks for responding (in a way). I indeed prefer the “struggle” involved in tryi.....
» 26/02/2010 5:55:57 PM StG, >>You and me aren't really that different. We just call the same things somethi.....
» 25/02/2010 9:17:57 PM Dan, Let me repeat “evolution - like Quantum Mechanics, Second Law of Thermodynamics, et.....
» 25/02/2010 9:17:05 PM Sqeers (ctd), >> I don't believe in belief<< Again, this makes sense to me onl.....
» 25/02/2010 9:13:26 PM Sqeers, >>what's true for you is not true for me<< Well, I do not think you m.....
» 23/02/2010 11:10:46 PM Squeers, Thanks for your thoughts as well; especially the first sentence which - I presum.....
» 23/02/2010 7:55:48 PM Dear David, In Perelman’s biography on http://www.notablebiographies.com/supp/Supplement-M.....
» 22/02/2010 10:44:32 PM Rusty, Why not simply quote this, obviously endorsed by Dickerson himself: “(Dickerson’s.....
» 22/02/2010 10:19:34 PM (ctd.) I remember you were aware of the “science wars” and the “Sokal hoax”, so maybe you .....
» 22/02/2010 10:16:07 PM Dan, >>In the last few hundred years, no church that I know of, Catholic or Protesta.....
» 22/02/2010 8:35:05 PM Dear David, OK, Perelman is an eccentric (geek?) with no mental disorder, so was Heavisid.....
» 21/02/2010 11:54:12 PM Dear David, I was not referring to Plato’s philosophy as such (as far as I can see, both .....
» 20/02/2010 8:10:05 PM Dear David f, >>We invent God, religion, philosophy, mathematics<< I think yo.....
» 20/02/2010 7:47:35 PM GrahamY >>Aquinas said that God wrote two great books - the Bible and the book of n.....
» 20/02/2010 7:10:22 PM Dear david f, Thanks for the kind words. >>Why not contradict what I wrote?<<.....
» 19/02/2010 7:44:22 PM Dear david f, I certainly do not want to contradict what you wrote, although I prefer you.....
» 19/02/2010 1:50:30 AM Dear david f, >>science doesn't deal in truth. It deals with explanation for phenom.....
» 16/02/2010 8:27:30 AM Graham Y, Your Wikipedia link does not seem to contradict what I was trying to say, in par.....
» 15/02/2010 9:35:26 PM Graham Y, I think the posts by yorkshire_pudding and Desmond should sufficiently illustrat.....
» 12/02/2010 1:48:19 AM Dear David f, I concede that Boethius measured the speed of sound. Nevertheless, I still m.....
» 11/02/2010 8:55:15 AM Dear David f, I am not sure what you mean by “different attitudes”: Surely we can differe.....
» 10/02/2010 1:48:49 AM (ctd.) Canonization means that the Church officially proclaims somebody “saved, redeemed” .....
» 10/02/2010 1:35:18 AM pelican, I agree with most of what you wrote: Faith is first of all a state of mind, in di.....
» 8/02/2010 8:48:51 PM pelican, I think you are right pointing out the gist of the article in your quote, althoug.....
» 5/02/2010 9:31:09 AM Jule, I am not going to suggest how you should call your paper, only repeat my advice to l.....
» 3/02/2010 8:24:29 PM Sorry, Geoffrey Blainey not Geoffrey Blaney.....
» 3/02/2010 8:20:43 PM Jule, Like many stories, also that of the “stolen generation” of Australian Aborigines ha.....
» 21/12/2009 4:34:22 AM Oliver, Thanks again, but after all, I think I was right when I said our debate was going .....
» 17/12/2009 8:11:07 AM Oliver, As said before, I am not an expert on logical atomism, however there have been ma.....
» 16/12/2009 8:32:37 AM Oliver, I do not own the book by Popkin and Stroll but what I gather from amazon.com revie.....
» 15/12/2009 7:13:03 PM Oliver, Thank you for the link explaining Russell’s logical atomism which, however, does .....
» 11/12/2009 6:57:36 PM Oliver, >> if science can demonstrate matter “pops” into existence and becomes stabl.....
» 9/12/2009 6:55:43 PM Oliver, Thanks you continuing to challenge me. As to your first two paragraphs, I do not .....
» 9/12/2009 9:31:39 AM Squeers, Thanks for the link to the paper on philosophy of mathematics. In my case it is n.....
» 7/12/2009 6:15:07 PM Oliver, I did not understand the relevance of Higgs boson to Tillich’s theology. >>.....
» 7/12/2009 6:06:43 PM Squeers, >>I think the lesson is that there is no truth--what could be more maleable.....
» 6/12/2009 12:30:31 AM (ctd) By the way, there is a frequent reference to, and discussion of, Tillich in the phys.....
» 6/12/2009 12:26:37 AM relda, Thank you for your interesting comments. What you (and Tillich) seem to (rightfully.....
» 5/12/2009 10:31:02 PM Hi pelican, I was not looking for an argument, only that I read your quote as MIXING exper.....
» 5/12/2009 12:38:00 AM pelican, >>Experiencing the wonders of our natural world and the way we are connect.....
» 4/12/2009 8:10:22 PM relda, >>By this Tillich meant the God who transcends theism and the concrete symbol.....
» 3/12/2009 8:21:22 PM Oliver, >> it would (be) harder to indwell in the religious experience and understa.....
» 2/12/2009 3:03:03 AM stevenlmeyer, First, thanks for calling our attention to the article about the Horava-Lif.....
» 9/11/2009 6:10:30 PM crabsy, >>I'm not sure why you quoted the Wikipedia<< Because I am not that fa.....
» 8/11/2009 5:32:19 PM Squeers, Thanks for clarifying some things for me. Well, I am in the early 70s. What you c.....
» 8/11/2009 5:24:51 PM Oliver, Your reply to relda makes more sense to me than the other part about Sells, and I.....
» 7/11/2009 9:30:04 AM Oliver, If it is not the case that you were after the “strongest construct” among the many.....
» 6/11/2009 9:33:04 AM (ctd) >>religions having common components, could be found to be not as distinct, as.....
» 6/11/2009 9:13:30 AM “Faith Bushbasher... FAITH!” Indeed... I certainly did not want to upset your faith (“comp.....
» 6/11/2009 8:14:49 AM Dear David f, I think the quote is not about the NEED to “treat” other individuals (or gr.....
» 5/11/2009 5:32:18 PM Dear David, “Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and .....
» 5/11/2009 8:33:21 AM Squeers, Thanks for the insightful words. Am I wrong thinking that you are somewhat inclin.....
» 5/11/2009 8:23:04 AM bushbasher, Sorry but I can react only by repeating: one cannot explain to a person who do.....
» 4/11/2009 2:54:24 AM Squeers, >>bland, albeit "necessary", "articles of faith", engen.....
» 3/11/2009 4:45:07 AM Oliver, >>Your comment had unfamiliar and unnecessary bite.<< I concede and I .....
» 3/11/2009 1:24:16 AM Dear David f, Thanks for the considerate words of support. >> The premises themselv.....
» 2/11/2009 3:21:06 AM bushbasher, Are you sure you are not confusing infinity (clarified by Cantor), with infini.....
» 2/11/2009 12:20:13 AM bushbasher, >>mathematicians ended millenia of waffle about infinity. they mastered .....
» 1/11/2009 2:55:34 AM Oliver, >> I wonder if such a Christian anthropologist ... belief system. << Y.....
» 31/10/2009 10:20:48 PM Dear David f, Obviously Euclidean axioms was not a good example on which to explain to you.....
» 31/10/2009 8:27:08 AM Dear David f, Since we both agreed that you “do not bother with supernatural forces” I did.....
» 30/10/2009 8:47:14 AM david f, >> Evil is what one doesn't like.<< What a strange definition! My dic.....
» 30/10/2009 4:42:26 AM bushbasher, I don’t know why you would be interested in "astrological knowledge".....
» 30/10/2009 4:33:05 AM Oliver, >>a non-theist formerly raised a Catholic can be a professional anthropologi.....
» 29/10/2009 12:51:12 AM (ctd) Like when a person who has not heard of algebra asks: “How can you teach children th.....
» 29/10/2009 12:46:56 AM Answering two posts that mysteriously disappeared after the last crash: bushbasher, >&.....
» 27/10/2009 7:59:40 AM "Can we please have an example of religious knowledge ...?" “Religious knowledg.....
» 25/10/2009 1:58:04 AM The Blue Cross, >>if you are not an atheist, then I doubt you could possibly know th.....
» 24/10/2009 9:26:13 PM The Blue Cross, >>it really doesn't matter 'why' we are here, here we are. Dogs know.....
» 24/10/2009 1:11:15 AM Oliver, 1. You still did not answer my question. I am not an anthropologist but I doubt ma.....
» 23/10/2009 8:35:20 PM Dear david f, Thank you for reminding me again of Charles Freeman’s book. I am not a hist.....
» 22/10/2009 11:52:11 PM Dear david f, >>I regard it as abominable and inexcusable to burn people at the stak.....
» 22/10/2009 7:49:42 PM Dear david f, Of course, you are right about the facts, although the last (sweeping) sente.....
» 22/10/2009 8:33:12 AM bushbasher, CORRECTION: In my last post, please replace “people ... who are also convin.....
» 22/10/2009 7:28:42 AM bushbasher, please reread what I wrote; I did not “attack the religious fervour” of any me.....
» 21/10/2009 8:21:22 AM (ctd) Dawkins’ non-sequitur consists in his insistence that science and/or reason COMPEL y.....
» 21/10/2009 6:58:58 AM bushbasher, >>you brought up dawkins as an example of nonsense (admittedly not your .....
» 20/10/2009 7:35:18 AM bushbasher, >>does it matter?<< No, it does not. My remark was not about creat.....
» 19/10/2009 7:28:57 PM david f, >>God created man ... ; male and female created he them. In the above God .....
» 18/10/2009 7:52:26 AM relda, You are right about Berger: if he offered a judgement - positive or negative - abou.....
» 17/10/2009 7:20:27 AM (ctd) >>“Reality is not something that can be conceptualized or described, but it ca.....
» 17/10/2009 7:18:15 AM relda, When the sociologist of religion Peter Berger says that theology should not be left.....
» 16/10/2009 12:46:50 AM Grim, >>After 62 pages, what strikes me most forcibly is that every time we attempt .....
» 16/10/2009 12:12:07 AM relda, >> “Transcendence” and “immanence” ... lack coherence for an understanding or.....
» 15/10/2009 12:07:40 AM relda, I agree with what you wrote, including admitting that Teilhard’s vision is not comp.....
» 13/10/2009 10:48:04 PM relda, I think “being present in” is not the same as “being reducible to”. For me “matter .....
» 13/10/2009 8:11:18 PM relda, Of course, you are right if by “is rapidly moving” you meant “has been rapidly movi.....
» 12/10/2009 9:07:25 PM relda, Thanks for the interesting, as usual, comment. >>contemporary science is rap.....
» 12/10/2009 7:02:43 PM “(M)any people hold an assumption that the scientific view of the world should be the basi.....
» 10/10/2009 7:43:54 PM relda, >>can science and religion be successfully remarried?<< Maybe, but only.....
» 9/10/2009 10:53:36 PM Dan, >>If you believe I am telling lies, then how can we converse any further?<&l.....
» 8/10/2009 10:03:55 PM (ctd) On the other hand, an atheist needs to refer to evolution theory when defending his .....
» 8/10/2009 9:56:56 PM AJ Phillips, Thanks for you concern, but let me try to understand Dan, and reply, myself. .....
» 7/10/2009 10:42:53 PM Grim, You certainly do have a point here, although I would not call the language oxymoroni.....
» 7/10/2009 12:32:30 AM Darwinian (biological) evolution is just one part of the evolution of our universe since t.....
» 6/10/2009 10:41:48 PM Returning to the original theme of this thread, for those interested to compare: “(The R.....
» 6/10/2009 10:40:15 PM Grim, Thank you for the sincere confession. I know, you are not the only one who thinks t.....
» 6/10/2009 8:08:43 PM AJ Philips, I think we have begun to move in circles: you repeat yourself (about Jesus, ab.....
» 6/10/2009 1:31:26 AM AJ Philips, >>one of the main reasons we disagree is because I’m not willing to take.....
» 5/10/2009 10:28:56 PM AJ Philips, Thank again, for your thoughts. >>Granted though, that would take a fe.....
» 5/10/2009 10:24:10 PM Grim, >>I was forced to attend Sunday School up to the age of fourteen -when I was l.....
» 5/10/2009 12:02:02 AM (ctd) >>It’s convenient that he appeared at a time when society was shrouded in myth.....
» 4/10/2009 11:54:25 PM AJ Philips, Here comes the continuation of my last paragraph from 24 hours ago: Well, no.....
» 4/10/2009 7:37:33 AM Antiseptic, Grim, Yes, I might have read into the statement “religion should be kept aw.....
» 4/10/2009 1:02:51 AM CJ Morgan I used the term “educator” in the given context. I indeed never taught maths at .....
» 3/10/2009 10:39:52 PM Grim, >> George, you appear to show as much objectivity as any other fundamentalist:.....
» 3/10/2009 8:44:14 AM Grim, >> Presumably Jesus produced miracles to impress his audience of the time; why.....
» 2/10/2009 12:09:36 AM AJ Philips, As said before, I respect your reasons against belief in God, however I think .....
» 2/10/2009 12:02:00 AM AJ Philips, >> one can still teach a religion from an objective perspective<< .....
» 1/10/2009 11:51:22 PM DreamOn, To children of what age does the teacher have to “present in a clear, objective, .....
» 1/10/2009 6:11:36 PM AJ Philips, >> God would be neither sloppy, nor would they find it necessary to make.....
» 30/09/2009 6:47:00 PM Would those who think that religion should be taught “comparatively“ provided it is not ta.....
» 29/09/2009 7:24:57 AM DreamOn, My comment was a reaction to your wordy “dismissive attitude” towards spiritualit.....
» 29/09/2009 2:20:34 AM pelican, >> My daughter, when in Year 1, came home one day from school saying the te.....
» 28/09/2009 5:24:47 PM AJ Philips, I agree that I should have subdivided #2 into (a), (b) and (c) the same as #1......
» 27/09/2009 10:33:18 PM DreamOn, In a post above I spoke of being neurotic about sex. However, had I devoted almos.....
» 27/09/2009 7:42:50 PM AJ Philips, >> I was flattered with the effort he went to in responding to me. I saw.....
» 25/09/2009 8:26:42 AM Dear david f >>I have never experienced the Catholic confessional, but I understand .....
» 24/09/2009 7:53:19 AM Dear david f, I agree that “to revel in guilt” - like in many other things - is pointless .....
» 24/09/2009 12:19:42 AM AJ Philips, If your long line by line criticism of mjpb did not imply a criticism of White.....
» 23/09/2009 7:04:39 PM AJ Philips, If you do not like mjpb’s rewording of Whitehead‘s observation that “Faith in .....
» 23/09/2009 7:53:31 AM Dear david f, >> one should recognise where one has been wrong and try not to repeat.....
» 23/09/2009 6:50:08 AM stevenlmeyer, >>It is possible that science would have developed in Europe even with.....
» 22/09/2009 6:54:25 PM stevenlmeyer, Thanks for calling our attention to Rodney Stark’s 2004 book, and especially.....
» 22/09/2009 8:37:59 AM Dear david f, I tried to argue that the quote from the Bible did not “make the equation”, .....
» 22/09/2009 1:05:53 AM david f, I do not think “the Bible ... equates ‘lusting in one’s heart’ with actually doin.....
» 21/09/2009 5:28:03 PM Oliver, >> Do (you) believe Jesus would have known advanced physics when on Earth?&l.....
» 20/09/2009 7:07:38 PM Grim, I am not sure what you call logic, but you seem to confuse scientific predictions (a.....
» 19/09/2009 11:54:37 PM Constanze, During the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 the unarmed people did.....
» 19/09/2009 10:02:01 PM Grim, My remark was neither about Jesus’ teachings nor his divinity but about the absurdit.....
» 19/09/2009 8:12:36 AM >>If Jesus had said something simple, like "E=MC squared" ...<< May .....
» 17/09/2009 7:12:52 PM TR, >>Dawkins would call this a "God Delusion".<< That is his and yo.....
» 17/09/2009 8:21:52 AM Dear David f, >>What do you do as a mathematician?<< The short answer is nothi.....
» 16/09/2009 10:11:24 PM Oliver, >>Empedocles saw "love" and "hate" as alternative forces.....
» 16/09/2009 5:10:13 PM ctd- Since God is also the purpose of MY existence, the SECOND step in my belief is that I.....
» 16/09/2009 5:01:29 PM AJ Philips, You seem to challenge me to write “what I actually believe God to be”. So let .....
» 16/09/2009 8:01:43 AM Peter S, I thought you might have appreciated that in the quote I gave Polkinghorne also s.....
» 16/09/2009 7:35:10 AM Dear David f, I agree with your first paragraph in principle, though I would not use “def.....
» 15/09/2009 6:14:07 PM Oliver, I never claimed the yin-yang complementarity insight “worked” for everybody. I ma.....
» 15/09/2009 8:42:08 AM -ctd- You are right, I have not read “The God Delusion” and probably will not, since I do .....
» 15/09/2009 8:29:53 AM socratease, >>God remains inscrutable << Which does not mean people of differe.....
» 15/09/2009 6:55:56 AM Oliver, You wrote “If some trees are older than 6,000 years (and the Earth is not flat) th.....
» 14/09/2009 8:53:12 PM Peter S, For what it is worth, here is a quote relevant to what you seem to be saying: “.....
» 13/09/2009 11:10:45 PM socratease, I just wanted to expand on your reference to Hans Küng, but apparently I took .....
» 13/09/2009 6:50:51 PM Dear David f, What an interesting and concise journey through (parts of) West’s cultural h.....
» 12/09/2009 6:46:14 PM socratease, I agree with you that one should not use “bollocks” in discussions like this. .....
» 12/09/2009 6:29:22 PM socratease, >>I read up a lot of modern books on science and spirituality by writers.....
» 8/09/2009 7:38:21 AM Dear David f, Of course, you are right, I should have written “Christianity in the West”. .....
» 7/09/2009 11:38:53 PM relda, Thank you for your interesting exposé. I am aware of the difference between ".....
» 7/09/2009 3:02:26 AM relda, Sorry, I seem to have misunderstood you by seeing your "feminisation process&q.....
» 6/09/2009 3:44:46 AM relda, >>The process of feminization is deeper than most would presume<< I fou.....
» 4/09/2009 7:28:33 PM crasby, Of course, I agree - and so will most (educated) Christians - with the philosophy,.....
» 3/09/2009 6:56:49 PM Oliver, Thanks for your comments, though please note that my remark concerned religion and.....
» 3/09/2009 6:45:00 PM waterboy, I essentially agree with what you wrote about miracles, which is very different .....
» 2/09/2009 8:56:19 AM My impression from some contributions here is that when discussing religion and science, i.....
» 2/09/2009 8:54:35 AM waterboy, >> What ... is the point of God raising Lazarus? Why was the blind man giv.....
» 1/09/2009 8:09:33 AM Dan S, I did not say Polkinghorne was my “favourite scientist” only that he is my favourit.....
» 30/08/2009 11:45:02 PM Dan S, At second thought, you are right if you take the Jewish understanding of the day in.....
» 30/08/2009 9:13:32 AM Hi Constance, I think what you describe - though perhaps in too pessimistic colours - is .....
» 30/08/2009 8:13:55 AM Dan S, >>Technically you should have said ‘Sunday to Friday’ rather than ‘Monday to.....
» 27/08/2009 9:13:37 AM Hi Constance, Thank you for the kind words, although I am not that special, only probably .....
» 26/08/2009 11:47:05 PM Oliver, If I understand you properly you mean to say that the basic elements of faith, ont.....
» 26/08/2009 1:15:04 AM waterboy (and Oliver), >>... Christendom was not a necessary precondition. Classical.....
» 25/08/2009 8:25:08 AM waterboy, I agree with most of what you say, though I can understand statements like ".....
» 24/08/2009 9:05:17 PM waterboy, I agree in essence with the details you provided, supporting my statement that .....
» 24/08/2009 8:58:57 PM bushbasher, The author himself states: “This paper argues that if the Vatican was serious .....
» 23/08/2009 11:46:41 PM Sancho, I am sorry, but I do not answer loaded questions like “Have stopped beating your w.....
» 23/08/2009 10:40:51 PM waterboy, >>science has progressed most rapidly in the western world where Christian.....
» 23/08/2009 8:19:01 AM Grim, >> there are many, many instances in the historical record which indicate scie.....
» 22/08/2009 9:37:22 PM Sancho, Thank you for the term “dissembling”. I shall add it to the zoo of sins (like “int.....
» 22/08/2009 8:58:29 PM bushabasher, I do not think that statements like “sellick is a sanctimonious dick, repeate.....
» 21/08/2009 11:21:02 PM Sancho, Exactly, you can ask the Catholic Church to stick to its MORAL ideals (e.g. as exp.....
» 21/08/2009 10:48:06 PM Pericles, I am afraid we keep on talking past each other. All I was concerned was not a d.....
» 21/08/2009 8:49:22 AM Pericles, I reacted to your sweeping statement about "religionists" , not just S.....
» 20/08/2009 7:58:34 PM The Director of the Australia New Zealand National Secular Association lamenting that the .....
» 19/08/2009 6:04:27 PM Pericles, >>in order for a religionist to feel good about their own beliefs, they fr.....
» 19/08/2009 7:43:08 AM bushbasher, >> the passage you were quoting was silly ... sorry, but it's true.<&.....
» 17/08/2009 8:48:19 PM relda, >> There is our “symbolic intelligence,” where all the thoughts we have are i.....
» 16/08/2009 7:04:08 AM bushbasher, >> i found your quoting consomalgno silly<< That is your prerogati.....
» 15/08/2009 9:35:45 PM Constance. Thank you for your kind words of appreciation, as undeserved as they are. I wan.....
» 15/08/2009 3:51:49 AM “The (atheists) who are most likely to go in front of an audience to proselytize their ath.....
» 9/08/2009 7:10:19 PM Dear David f, I was responding to your use of the adjective “unprovable”, not to the gist .....
» 8/08/2009 9:16:23 AM (ctd) >> faith in unprovable propositions as somehow the truth that other people sho.....
» 8/08/2009 9:03:10 AM Dear David f, I am glad we moved away from Lustiger. May I return your compliment by sayin.....
» 7/08/2009 8:06:06 AM Dear David f, >>There is a mindset in both Christianity and Judaism that we are set .....
» 6/08/2009 9:52:21 PM Dear David f, >> He showed his ignorance of Judaism. Many rabbis simply do not care .....
» 6/08/2009 5:46:25 PM Dear David f, Apologies. Of course, you are right, that was a very silly formulation. The .....
» 6/08/2009 9:01:29 AM Dear David f, >>For some reason it is important to make myself understood to you.<.....
» 5/08/2009 8:39:03 AM Dear Foxy, I wish I could have known your father. A couple of years ago I met some friends.....
» 4/08/2009 8:34:38 AM Dear Foxy, I am really honoured that you addressed to me this fair - and, I would say, mov.....
» 4/08/2009 8:25:45 AM Dear David f, Let me repeat, where we seem to disagree is Lustiger’s right to call himself.....
» 2/08/2009 10:35:26 PM Dear David f, >>To Hitler he still would be a Jew<< I spoke about respecting s.....
» 2/08/2009 7:38:51 PM Pelican, You are right people convert at different ages but "critical thinking" .....
» 1/08/2009 7:22:58 PM Dear David f, >>distinction that I don't find important when you differentiate anti-.....
» 1/08/2009 12:06:54 AM Dear David f, You gave a good example of why I am suspicious of historical “ifs”. Mental e.....
» 31/07/2009 9:56:02 PM Fractelle, Irrespective of your language, you are right that I rather clumsily expressed t.....
» 31/07/2009 1:11:34 AM Pelican, Sorry, it is apparently my fault that you did not understood what I meant. I agre.....
» 31/07/2009 1:01:54 AM Dear David f, No apology was needed, though I appreciate it. >>the roots of antisem.....
» 30/07/2009 1:50:03 AM Dear David f, I came too late to the interesting thread you started. >> I consider t.....
» 30/07/2009 1:09:28 AM Pelican, I was not comparing the situation under Communism with the status quo in Australi.....
» 30/07/2009 12:57:55 AM Dear David f, >>I view Marxism as a Christian heresy.<< I appreciate that you .....
» 28/07/2009 11:54:53 PM Pelican, we already had a system: 1. That ... allows people to believe in what they will ......
» 28/07/2009 11:36:40 PM >> I don't like all this silly running around bending at the knees religious nonsens.....
» 18/07/2009 5:06:18 PM oug, OK, if you do not like "driven" you can replace it with stimulated, motivat.....
» 17/07/2009 7:46:14 PM oug, As far as I could understand you (e.g. do you agree or disagree that "religion p.....
» 16/07/2009 7:38:43 PM Foxy, What beautiful words! Most priests I know would endorse them, and often use as part .....
» 16/07/2009 8:12:50 AM Graham Y, As I said many times on this OLO, I would not call nonsense opinions, definition.....
» 15/07/2009 7:20:49 PM >> in lobbying for someone to become a saint you're lobbying for something of an uns.....
» 9/07/2009 8:55:42 PM Oliver, Master, oug, you might be interested in the following discussion of atheism: http:.....
» 9/07/2009 7:44:56 AM Sancho, The second of your links is really witty, I did not know of it, so thanks. It coul.....
» 8/07/2009 2:25:37 AM Master, I am not sure I know, or would understand, what you do or do not believe, what is .....
» 8/07/2009 12:34:49 AM Oliver, Thank you for the quote. I presume it is from the Parker-Taylor's book, and is mor.....
» 7/07/2009 7:01:38 PM Philo, I agree that the term “primitive“ can have many meanings (as you suggested), howeve.....
» 7/07/2009 8:10:22 AM Philo, I do not want to disagree with you, however my post - about the level of intellectu.....
» 7/07/2009 1:34:57 AM Isn’t it so that people who call “primitive“ symbolic language (e.g. mathematics or theolo.....
» 4/07/2009 9:07:57 PM ASymeonakis, Of course, the controversial declaration I was referring to was not called “.....
» 4/07/2009 6:50:38 AM Katie0, Thank you for interesting comments regarding the prehistory and etymology of YHWH.....
» 3/07/2009 11:31:20 PM ASymeonakis, Could you please give an exact quote and/or link to where the present pope is.....
» 3/07/2009 4:21:02 AM (ctd) Of course I agree with your other post. There are indeed discrepancies between how J.....
» 3/07/2009 4:00:18 AM Oliver, Yes, I have to concede, some people indeed see myths as mere fairy tales, like th.....
» 2/07/2009 1:59:47 AM (ctd) We know that many passages in especially the OT can be variously interpreted, and so.....
» 2/07/2009 1:49:31 AM Constance, Thank you for your kind words, and the list of facts that I certainly do not d.....
» 30/06/2009 9:01:27 PM Katie0 >>the God of the Bible is the same for Christians and Jews (the claim to rela.....
» 30/06/2009 8:56:12 PM Oliver, I never claimed those derogatory words were yours, and I only quoted them as a co.....
» 26/06/2009 8:06:15 PM Hi Oliver, Knowing and appreciating you from your previous posts I am deeply saddened that.....
» 25/06/2009 7:23:34 PM (ctd) The jealous God's chosen people easily fall into becoming intolerant persecutors ........
» 25/06/2009 7:20:43 PM Hi pelican, I was not suggesting a solution to the problem of how to teach religion/ethisc.....
» 22/06/2009 12:25:46 AM pelican, >>we really mean pluralism when we say secularism<< and, as I pointed.....
» 18/06/2009 12:21:32 AM Oliver, Without wishing to contradict you, mathematics does not help you “to understand G.....
» 17/06/2009 11:11:50 PM pelican, I think I can agree with what you wrote, except perhaps for: >> I don't th.....
» 16/06/2009 7:24:11 PM Thank you constance, relda (and Oliver, as far as I could understand you) for an interesti.....
» 16/06/2009 5:06:45 PM ozbib, All I wanted to express was my hope that the majority of today's Muslim immigrants .....
» 13/06/2009 11:23:54 PM >> Quite plainly, the culture of the country I had come to had much that required to.....
» 12/06/2009 8:43:08 AM (ctd) So I think that rather than lament about our “priceless centres of western civilisat.....
» 12/06/2009 8:25:55 AM Glorfindel, >> Communism ... has a parallel with Islam today in Europe. ... I feel e.....
» 9/06/2009 11:25:38 PM Glorfindel, Thanks for “outing yourself”, so let me reciprocate by explaining that I grew .....
» 8/06/2009 5:39:47 PM Glorfindel, What Russian "stuff” do you teach? Are you in a Russian Department? Do yo.....
» 7/06/2009 5:01:12 PM Glorfindel, Please note that John Allen‘s article is indeed about “congruence” not identit.....
» 7/06/2009 4:51:19 PM relda, My reference to the pope's recent rapprochements towards Muslims was aimed at Const.....
» 6/06/2009 8:11:38 AM Constance, I do not understand how one could read the quotes I provided as showing only th.....
» 4/06/2009 2:19:08 AM relda, I certainly agree with what you wrote about Fundamentalist Christians. However, in .....
» 2/06/2009 5:13:21 PM Glorfindel, Thank you for the info about John Carroll's recent book. As far as I can remem.....
» 2/06/2009 4:24:08 PM relda, >> this kind of unbelief was not as threatening to Islam as Jewish unbelief w.....
» 31/05/2009 7:59:35 PM >>Mediaeval Christianity ... was forced to evolve out of repressiveness by the Refor.....
» 4/05/2009 11:45:19 PM Grim, >>Where does your God live, George?<< Apart from the fact that I do not .....
» 29/04/2009 7:22:58 PM Bronhill1, Sorry, I should have made it clear that I was reacting to trav being accused of.....
» 27/04/2009 7:04:08 PM Well, reading this and a couple of other contributions, I must wonder who is proselytizing.....
» 24/04/2009 5:01:06 PM Eckadimmock, I know, that was a very long sentence of mine, hence easy to misunderstand: .....
» 23/04/2009 9:30:59 PM Eckadimmock, thank you for the link to the interesting article by Matthew Parris, (and Per.....
» 21/04/2009 9:00:28 PM Grim, There is no point in going round and round. I am sorry I could not express myself mo.....
» 21/04/2009 6:57:35 AM Grim, >> Polaris is north of the north pole<< Let me repeat, you are leaving t.....
» 20/04/2009 3:26:44 AM Grim, >> if an imaginary line is drawn from the south pole through the north pole, a.....
» 20/04/2009 3:19:15 AM bushbassher, Your are right, my comparison of the understanding of what could be meant by .....
» 19/04/2009 3:12:54 AM Pericles, >> the reason so many people trust science, is that at its most basic leve.....
» 19/04/2009 2:44:52 AM (ctd) pelican, >> I cannot accept your analogy with photons. << Well, all I wa.....
» 18/04/2009 1:51:10 AM bushbasher, >> i'm not claiming all the rationality for we non-religious folk <&l.....
» 18/04/2009 1:38:19 AM I am grateful for all the feedbacks my recent remarks have received. They enrich my own wo.....
» 17/04/2009 12:45:59 AM (ctd) >> If there is a God and one day he appeared I might change my mind<< Th.....
» 17/04/2009 12:43:06 AM Dan S, By its very definition, that part of the multiverse that is outside our universe co.....
» 15/04/2009 10:46:20 PM Dear david f, You are probably right, I should have written “This is a belief that some a.....
» 15/04/2009 8:56:28 PM pelican, I appreciate the inoffensive manner in which you present your opposition to relig.....
» 15/04/2009 12:29:54 AM In my dictionary: chapel • a small building for Christian worship, typically one attached .....
» 13/04/2009 6:14:29 PM pelican, I certainly did not mean to include you among those who need "emotional bagg.....
» 13/04/2009 12:51:44 AM pelican, >>Some believe in a supernatural entity some don't. ... Some believe that “.....
» 11/04/2009 10:05:20 PM Bugsy, >> I am only contemptuous of obvious superstitious thinking. That most Christ.....
» 7/04/2009 12:09:39 AM EVO2, Apologies. At a second reading of your text I realised you call “primitive minds” th.....
» 6/04/2009 11:59:01 PM EVO2, Which question of mine are you “trying to answer”? Your description of how humanit.....
» 3/04/2009 1:06:48 AM R0bert, >> Plenty of catholics have sex outside the bounds of marriage. Some appear .....
» 2/04/2009 6:29:10 PM R0bert, I am not an expert on Africa but from what I have read, availability of condoms is.....
» 1/04/2009 7:58:34 PM In my dictionary, "sophistry" is "the use of fallacious arguments, esp. wit.....
» 1/04/2009 5:14:19 PM Andrew, thanks for an interesting analysis of the complicated problem. It is understandabl.....
» 17/03/2009 2:56:44 AM This seems to come close to what I have been trying to say: >> Archbishop Rino Fisi.....
» 16/03/2009 10:06:12 PM mjpb, I do not want to disagree and I certainly I do not want to defend abortion activists.....
» 14/03/2009 10:44:58 PM waterboy, I agree in principle with everything you wrote, including where you state that &.....
» 13/03/2009 8:28:08 PM Daviy, >> ... academic and a Christian. I have never been able to understand how the.....
» 12/03/2009 7:49:19 PM mjpb, I agree that sensationalism (and vested interests) of the media should not be overl.....
» 7/03/2009 3:49:55 AM "A Vatican-backed conference on evolution is under attack from people who weren't inv.....
» 6/03/2009 7:28:52 PM Foxy, I think most, if not all, Catholics will agree with you and question the wisdom - I .....
» 2/03/2009 9:53:43 PM >>You don't need to be a theologian to see this article is full of crap<< runn.....
» 2/03/2009 12:13:13 AM relda, >>We now live in a mixed belief society<< Yes, and a mixed interpretati.....
» 28/02/2009 9:41:40 PM (ctd) Speculations about how religion might evolve differ from similar speculations about .....
» 28/02/2009 9:31:10 PM Dear david f, >>Do you really believe any religion now existing will survive as long.....
» 28/02/2009 4:49:49 AM (ctd) I agree that one cannot compare the two extremes. However, if a theist can accept th.....
» 28/02/2009 4:24:15 AM Shadow Minister, >>What on earth is neo-Darwinism?<< “Encyclopaedia Britannica.....
» 27/02/2009 2:44:38 AM Dear david f, The Catholic Church has survived many “entitites” that are now “dead as the.....
» 27/02/2009 1:59:46 AM AdamD, I liked my definitions of evolutionism and creationism because they emphasized wher.....
» 27/02/2009 1:26:48 AM relda, >> Kennedy’s motivation is not to split and separate from RCism, but to chall.....
» 26/02/2009 1:31:07 AM Dear david f You might or might not be right about “the continued existence or correctnes.....
» 26/02/2009 12:39:54 AM ShazBaz001, As far as I know also the churches of the levebvrist Brotherhood of st Pius X .....
» 25/02/2009 8:19:02 AM (ctd) It is only then that school, mainly high school, comes into play. At this stage the .....
» 25/02/2009 7:59:49 AM Dear AdamD, Our controversy is not about Darwin or evolution, but about language, the use .....
» 25/02/2009 12:37:40 AM bushbasher, You just repeated whom you don’t respect. My concern was not about persons but.....
» 23/02/2009 8:19:04 PM crabsy, >>If we are to perceive the presence of Jesus we need such things as symbols.....
» 23/02/2009 7:43:53 PM (ctd) I do not necessarily defend the Pope only his authority (as I would defend that of t.....
» 23/02/2009 7:26:24 PM bushbasher, I take your answer to my question as “yes“. Nevertheless I am glad there are m.....
» 22/02/2009 12:07:39 PM (ctd) When discussing the Catholic and, say, Lutheran versions of Christianity, there are .....
» 22/02/2009 10:41:36 AM Thanks collette, Otokonoko for factual information; Father Kennedy is apparently not such .....
» 21/02/2009 11:17:19 AM relda, thank you for your interesting post. Since I do not remember having presented my &q.....
» 21/02/2009 3:43:04 AM AdamD, I admit, in the post I reacted to, you did not mention explicitly what you were des.....
» 21/02/2009 12:24:41 AM As far as I can understand it, Father Kennedy was not reprimanded for his views or for doi.....
» 20/02/2009 8:35:58 AM As I said, there are tolerant as well as intolerant adherents of atheist world views. EVO2.....
» 20/02/2009 2:42:40 AM AdamD >> ... children ... are being taught stupidity and are having an ignorant mind.....
» 18/02/2009 12:58:35 AM david f, We used to joke that Newton would not pass our first year exams in calculus, par.....
» 17/02/2009 10:13:40 PM Oliver, Thanks for the link. It is not less irritating than definitions provided by atheis.....
» 17/02/2009 8:52:04 AM Dear david f, Actually I had exactly phlogiston and ether in brackets as exceptions (&quo.....
» 16/02/2009 11:46:54 PM david f, >> no scientific evidence against Darwin's theory. If such evidence should .....
» 5/02/2009 8:31:10 PM Well, not the Pope but his "Foreign affairs minister", just a technical differen.....
» 5/02/2009 1:15:18 AM bushbasher, My post was about those who themselves draw a cartoon version (distortion) of .....
» 4/02/2009 9:07:48 PM bushbasher, you twice mentioned “cartoon Christianity” in connection with my name. cartoo.....
» 4/02/2009 8:56:26 PM Dear Foxy, Thanks for the kind words. mjpb, I agree, the Pope is not to blame, at least n.....
» 3/02/2009 11:05:48 PM Dear Foxy, as far as I can tell, Williamson was not “reinstated” as bishop, he just became.....
» 3/02/2009 4:51:12 AM bushbasher, Sorry, not “attributing” but “assigning negative attributes”. >> who o.....
» 2/02/2009 4:46:16 AM AdamD, I simply referred to your post as one of two examples (I chose yours simply because.....
» 2/02/2009 3:08:20 AM bushbasher, If I understand you properly, your answer - to my question whether “Sellick is.....
» 1/02/2009 3:17:01 AM (ctd) You are certainly right that many atheists (in this context I would prefer the term .....
» 1/02/2009 2:56:26 AM bushbasher, >>he's not merely trying to present his views. he's a stirrer<< Le.....
» 31/01/2009 2:48:07 AM bushbasher, >>george, you suggest that dawkins' sense of atheism is "positive&q.....
» 30/01/2009 9:25:51 PM From a "Statement of Bernard Fellay, Superior of the Fraternity of St. Pius X" i.....
» 30/01/2009 2:18:49 AM (ctd) That article includes, as one possible definition, also “lack of belief”. Unfortunat.....
» 30/01/2009 2:13:44 AM Sellick, Your article is again playing the "God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob" aga.....
» 16/01/2009 8:24:07 PM What a comparison! Don’t you think many people in the 1930s and 1940s would have wished Ge.....
» 16/01/2009 9:42:57 AM An Jewish voice in the wilderness? http://www.newint.org/features/special/2009/01/12/gaza.....
» 15/01/2009 7:06:49 PM david f, the two of us had some disagreements on this OLO in the past (e.g. when apportion.....
» 14/01/2009 10:46:37 AM David, >> Religions are all about power to control the masses << Well, this i.....
» 9/01/2009 6:52:50 PM Correction. Pllease replace the ambiguous “Nevertheless, it is necessary to describe (to .....
» 9/01/2009 6:46:03 PM David, Maybe you are right, prism is a wrong metaphor. In my dictionary, prism is also “us.....
» 8/01/2009 5:32:11 PM (ctd) Thank you also for calling my attention to the quality “wisdom“. There are many conc.....
» 8/01/2009 5:21:06 PM David, In Galileo‘s times people did not clearly distinguish between science, philosophy a.....
» 7/01/2009 10:19:31 AM (ctd) This reminds me of the two (complementary?) interpretations of the Divine that we ha.....
» 7/01/2009 10:12:27 AM Sells, Thank you for an interesting exposé of the theology behind the Trinity doctrine. Ho.....
» 5/01/2009 8:38:57 AM David (VK3AUU), I apologise, my contribution to this discussion should obviously not have.....
» 5/01/2009 3:06:47 AM David (VK3AUU), >> it would (not) matter if the story of the Virgin birth was not tr.....
» 3/01/2009 8:42:19 PM Relda, Sels et al, What an interesting exchange of Christian perspectives! I knew that B.....
» 2/01/2009 9:10:53 PM waterboy, >> I‘m not as compliant as you with respect to acceptance of authority <.....
» 2/01/2009 4:34:21 AM waterboy, So, if I understand you properly, you agree that it depends on what one understa.....
» 1/01/2009 6:46:27 PM relda, Thanks for pointing out the ambiguities in my post. I guess it all depends on what .....
» 30/12/2008 8:02:45 PM Indeed, Pope’s Christmas Message was devoted to peace in the Middle East and stability in .....
» 30/12/2008 1:51:13 AM (ctd) >>I have a problem with women being excluded from any role in the church simpl.....
» 30/12/2008 1:42:03 AM waterboy, I can only endorse relda's thorough exposition of the Yin-Yang complementarity m.....
» 27/12/2008 8:32:34 PM waterboy, >> I cannot embrace the main body of Catholic Mariology<<. I respec.....
» 27/12/2008 8:27:41 PM Dear Polycarp, >>Mate... sounds like you are conflating eastern mysticism with Chris.....
» 27/12/2008 7:16:42 PM Indeed, some people look at the sky, or study cosmology, and exclaim "How great Thou .....
» 25/12/2008 9:24:50 AM Sells, An interesting article although, I am afraid, it might attract the usual detractors.....
» 11/11/2008 8:49:24 PM David Nicolls, I never mentioned any “Atheist indoctrination program“ which only proves t.....
» 11/11/2008 6:34:27 PM david f, Of course I agree but I did not have “mathematical advances” in mind but rather a.....
» 11/11/2008 9:07:54 AM David Nicolls, I think neither Christians nor anti-Chistians should have a monopoly on wha.....
» 10/11/2008 8:49:57 PM David, "an even playing field is the way to go". I completely agree. Atheist org.....
» 10/11/2008 9:51:49 AM Here we go again: “religious indoctrination is forced upon the toddler/child before they h.....
» 9/11/2008 10:18:08 AM David, >> the influence of genes and influences on memes produce the ideological pos.....
» 8/11/2008 8:54:06 PM David Nicholls, If this time I understand you properly, you did not mean to include my “go.....
» 8/11/2008 1:42:28 AM David Nicholls, I can just imagine the reaction I would get here if i claimed that my cont.....
» 7/11/2008 3:28:35 AM David Nicolls, Thank you for starting this thread. However, you cannot expect a believer, .....
» 5/11/2008 11:19:57 PM David Nicholls, You probably read this, but maybe other enthusiasts here have not: http:.....
» 10/10/2008 6:39:54 PM mjpb, Thanks for a very interesting reading about the historical background of the NT book.....
» 9/10/2008 5:24:33 PM relda, If I understood you properly, “New Jerusalem” is what is also called the “Kingdom o.....
» 4/10/2008 4:48:38 PM Dear david f, Of course, I had the Chinese cultural background in mind, and not the race,.....
» 4/10/2008 7:22:56 AM Dear david f. >> Have you done the thought experiment of having non-Christian ances.....
» 3/10/2008 10:22:27 PM mjpb, I agree, my analogy should not go so far as to regard atheism a disability. Those wh.....
» 2/10/2008 11:28:15 PM Dear David f, I just have to repeat my thanks for providing me with insider views of the J.....
» 2/10/2008 6:36:07 PM mjpb, Thanks for your support. We are both Christians and our world-views are apparently .....
» 2/10/2008 1:57:15 AM Veronika, >> One runs into the danger of being accused of condescension if one is c.....
» 2/10/2008 1:43:41 AM Dear David f, I am sorry to have upset you so much, and I repeat my apologies. I just coul.....
» 1/10/2008 1:51:55 AM relda, >>The concept of progress is of Western origin and is founded in the Christia.....
» 1/10/2008 1:07:56 AM (ctd) I have read only the first few pages, but I intend to read the lot. At least where t.....
» 1/10/2008 1:02:48 AM Veronika, >>No. No no no no no no. It refers to the first meaning.<< Good! Thi.....
» 30/09/2008 10:58:54 PM david f, >> Irish Catholics have become Jews. They remain ethnic Irish, but they are.....
» 30/09/2008 12:46:13 AM Pericles, I certainly never wanted “to convince atheists that they are ... merely agnostic.....
» 30/09/2008 12:34:46 AM Pericles, I would never open a post to you with a “my my, Pericles, what a patronizing son.....
» 28/09/2008 11:58:25 PM relda, Thanks for the interesting comment. I concede, I confused “Jews for Jesus” (that I .....
» 28/09/2008 11:27:19 PM Veronika, Your second paragraph is a clear description of a position I can also share, and.....
» 28/09/2008 11:24:42 PM CJ Morgan, >> it's not nearly as complicated as your mental gymnastics make it <&.....
» 28/09/2008 2:47:44 AM relda, Most of what you wrote are facts I cannot disagree with, although I fail to see the.....
» 27/09/2008 10:38:04 PM CJ Morgan, First of all, sophistry in my dictionary means "use of fallacious argument.....
» 27/09/2008 7:43:35 PM veronika, >> I don't firmly believe they don't exist, I simply have no belief in the.....
» 27/09/2008 6:24:51 PM boxgum, What a nice way to put it, except that I would not use the metaphor of a two edged.....
» 27/09/2008 1:15:54 AM relda, >> I find any idea of ... a covert conversion (e.g. Jews for Jesus) ... prett.....
» 27/09/2008 1:02:09 AM mjpb, >> If belief is so darn obviously one sided why are we having this discussion?.....
» 26/09/2008 8:50:23 AM gw, >> What evidence would you need to completely change your religious / non-religi.....
» 24/09/2008 9:05:32 AM Dan, >>why is she (the Catholic Church) having this conference and affirming a prior.....
» 23/09/2008 8:00:58 AM Dan, The Church, at least since John Paul II, has nothing against the scientific theories .....
» 20/09/2008 6:33:37 PM Dan, bennie, The Pope is trying to convince people around the world, including those with .....
» 19/09/2008 8:19:09 AM david f, OK, I should not have used the word “continuation”, Lustiger probably formulated .....
» 18/09/2008 11:10:29 PM Fractelle, >>to know that I find my truth within myself<< “Noli foras ire, in.....
» 18/09/2008 1:29:51 AM K£vin I suppose I would agree, I just do not know where is the quote from, and how is it .....
» 17/09/2008 10:22:11 PM david f, Thank you for expanding your views on Lustiger. I am doing my best trying to und.....
» 16/09/2008 6:54:29 PM david f, I wanted to know your opinion about Lustiger, now I know it. We indeed differ on .....
» 15/09/2008 7:52:06 PM AJ Philips, >> your flawed logic with the so-called (yet non-existent) “influence” t.....
» 14/09/2008 11:02:46 PM david f, Kant or no Kant, as I said, terms like proof or evidence have an unequivocal mea.....
» 13/09/2008 10:51:22 PM david f, I really appreciate your conciliatory words. >>Although I ... reject any .....
» 12/09/2008 9:36:20 PM relda, Thanks for the link to Dolhenty, a young “classical philosophic realist” as he call.....
» 12/09/2008 7:59:45 AM david f, You are right, we do differ. You regard my world-view as a contaminant received t.....
» 11/09/2008 7:56:38 AM (ctd) >>Christianity has the ‘theory’ but unfortunately, all too often, not the prac.....
» 11/09/2008 7:50:47 AM david f, >>Tolerance and broadening perspective are virtuous concepts but may reduce.....
» 10/09/2008 7:21:38 AM Dear david f, >>Christianity was prominent in bringing about all of them.<< Ch.....
» 9/09/2008 5:56:12 PM david f, Thank you for your essay which does not tell me much about Christianity that I ha.....
» 9/09/2008 4:00:59 AM david f, Thanks for the link to Bishop Spong’s homepage. It is an interesting reading. I d.....
» 8/09/2008 3:07:49 AM relda, An interesting link. It indeed speaks for itself. It says (a) that the author is a .....
» 8/09/2008 2:53:29 AM david f, Thanks for sharing your and your family's personal experience with languages and .....
» 7/09/2008 2:31:35 AM Priscillian, So we agree that we had different meanings of “respect” in mind. As mentioned.....
» 7/09/2008 2:23:47 AM david f, The story about the Chinese girl whom you saved from being indoctrinated into Chr.....
» 6/09/2008 1:37:47 AM (ctd) >>We are reminded by believers regularly that the unfaithful are devoid of mo.....
» 5/09/2008 9:30:57 PM Priscillan, I think it is nice of you to admit that your objections (or frustrations) are.....
» 5/09/2008 1:14:42 AM Priscillian, >>Holyoake invented the term "secularism" ... without active.....
» 4/09/2008 7:07:49 PM Priscillian, >>Peter: "Secularism is not just about church attendance it is an .....
» 4/09/2008 12:25:13 AM bushbasher, well, as far as the RIGHT to insult is concerned I must strongly disagree. Do .....
» 2/09/2008 8:52:47 PM bushbasher, I did not want to imply that the question of tolerance is more important than .....
» 2/09/2008 7:30:53 AM CJ Morgan, Thank you for your kind words, and for reading my OLO comments. So, after all, .....
» 1/09/2008 8:02:44 PM Fractelle, I was beginning to think that I was the only one who'd noticed the 'elephant in.....
» 1/09/2008 7:16:06 PM relda, I do not know about other scientists but physicists certainly have no problems with.....
» 1/09/2008 3:54:32 PM relda, first of all thank you for continuing with this debate that is very rewarding for m.....
» 31/08/2008 10:24:57 PM Peter, Thank you for a thought provoking article. I can see why it attracted such a respon.....
» 31/08/2008 9:34:51 AM (ctd) In your quote, Wittgenstein, roughly speaking, calls language what I called models, .....
» 31/08/2008 9:31:16 AM relda, you wrote: >> anything (spiritual reality) that “is not accessible through se.....
» 29/08/2008 3:17:08 AM relda, well, it is for K£vin to decide what he understood by supernatural. If it is indeed.....
» 28/08/2008 12:58:20 AM (ctd) Theodicy and miracles, God's interference in the physical world, are a different mat.....
» 28/08/2008 12:42:50 AM relda, >> magic (i.e. the supernatural)<< This is a different understanding of.....
» 27/08/2008 12:08:14 AM K£vin, >> the problem for Catholicism and some emerging forms of Evangelical Christi.....
» 26/08/2008 6:42:33 PM relda, I have to repeat that I am not a historian but as far as I know, nineteenth-century.....
» 25/08/2008 8:37:00 AM relda, of course, you are absolutely right. I have already called Dan's attention to Ayala.....
» 22/08/2008 7:05:47 PM (ctd) Retrospectively, I can agree that “the Christian faith has been so deeply involved.....
» 22/08/2008 3:49:05 PM relda, Again, I have to agree with most of your analysis. Note however, that in your quote.....
» 21/08/2008 6:02:21 PM relda, let me repeat, I (and the Pope) do not necessarily object to political programs (in.....
» 21/08/2008 8:08:46 AM relda, >> metaphysics was to the Gnostic age what the scientific spirit is to us <.....
» 19/08/2008 9:42:00 AM (ctd) Today faith is much harder to understand for an outsider (“unbeliever”) - see e.g. t.....
» 19/08/2008 9:39:37 AM relda, I can only agree and learn from your insightful thoughts about Christian scholars a.....
» 18/08/2008 7:52:45 AM waterboy, >> they are models rather than answers. << Models (in the language o.....
» 17/08/2008 10:10:14 PM waterboy, Thanks for your interesting insights as usual. The same to relda. I think this k.....
» 16/08/2008 11:07:50 PM waterboy, >> I regard body and soul as indivisible. Each is but an incomplete metaph.....
» 16/08/2008 8:50:51 PM waterboy, I am afraid that it is easier to agree on what is good or bad science than on wh.....
» 15/08/2008 9:39:51 AM relda, I agree with everything you wrote so there is no point in “quarreling“ whether “iro.....
» 15/08/2008 12:57:20 AM Candide, Touché ... OK, not paraphrase but metaphrase, parallel, mimic or what you like. A.....
» 14/08/2008 8:37:59 PM  >>irony of ironies the Vatican’s 2006 chief astronomer Fr. George Coyne admits<&.....
» 13/08/2008 11:01:21 PM Jon J, You object to a sentence that I do not necessarily agree with, it is just a paraph.....
» 13/08/2008 7:17:24 PM Jon J >> This is the problem with religion: once you grant people a licence to behav.....
» 13/08/2008 8:04:50 AM Perhaps a realistic assessment of the situation: http://www.spiegel.de/international/worl.....
» 11/08/2008 2:08:25 AM >>...this spirit is all around us and through out the universe with the label love a.....
» 9/08/2008 8:09:39 PM EVO, >> Evolution is winning the debate on all level<< I agree completely, no.....
» 9/08/2008 7:19:11 PM examinator, >>For practical reasons I favour defacto as a flexible arrangement with .....
» 9/08/2008 6:11:31 PM Well, threads like this show again and again that not only some Christians are very naive .....
» 9/08/2008 2:23:55 AM >>Those with ... religious inclination can go to a church and have the union perform.....
» 6/08/2008 3:03:30 AM Sorry, “intrinsically (not inherently) evil” !.....
» 6/08/2008 2:42:57 AM Brian, what an interesting explanation of proportionalism to a non-ethicist like myself. .....
» 5/08/2008 8:25:29 PM mjpb, No, I am definitely not, on the contrary, my adolescent recollections of priests (an.....
» 4/08/2008 8:12:16 PM Steel, >>You should ask why the Germans ... are so hung up about Nazis and their sym.....
» 4/08/2008 4:01:17 AM relda, Thanks for your snippets about Raman and Einstein. I have known Raman from his regu.....
» 2/08/2008 3:28:53 AM (ctd) Also I think that the mystery that Einstein speaks about, that can be experienced by.....
» 2/08/2008 3:22:35 AM relda, Again, I agree. I suppose I got carried away with your remark about the “network of.....
» 1/08/2008 1:40:29 AM (ctd) However, the theoretical physicist still has to assume THE truth about (physical) re.....
» 1/08/2008 1:35:52 AM relda, Yes, I agree in principle with what you wrote, especially with that quote from Fr. .....
» 31/07/2008 12:03:05 AM relda, As already mentioned, I do not know the writings of Fr. McBrien, neither those of F.....
» 30/07/2008 12:07:58 AM RubySoho, >> what better way to ignore my sarcastic vitriol than to write two commen.....
» 29/07/2008 11:46:00 PM Brian, >> An attempt to structure our knowledge today to keep a 1900 year old book v.....
» 29/07/2008 9:57:19 AM This article is an interesting, albeit hostile, view of the Catholic Church by an outsider.....
» 28/07/2008 9:02:37 PM Foxy, We obviously disagree on the meaning of the words sarcastic (marked by or given to u.....
» 28/07/2008 7:19:50 PM As a person living in Germany, I was not sure whether the WYD08 was such a success as clai.....
» 28/07/2008 6:22:31 PM RobP, >>We could go on and on<< Here I completely agree with you. The only rea.....
» 27/07/2008 6:22:59 PM >> I think it's a fair summary to say that the whole issue of sexual abuse in the Ch.....
» 25/07/2008 8:06:34 PM Thank you Father Brennan for writing this article. It is refreshing to get the facts, and .....
» 24/07/2008 10:17:52 AM RobP, Well, I am in a different company than you only as regards that one sweeping stateme.....
» 24/07/2008 9:00:02 AM RobP >>they just parrot off what is required to maintain their jobs, careers, instit.....
» 24/07/2008 8:54:26 AM Oliver, Nobody denies that the perpetrators of crimes should be punished, the same for th.....
» 23/07/2008 2:48:58 AM Spikey, RobP, What a nice Dorothy Dixer!.....
» 19/07/2008 6:15:46 PM mjpb, I think you would (and other contributors to this thread should) be interested in t.....
» 19/07/2008 3:54:56 PM Oliver, I like your zeal, but I think you sometime go overboard. >> One trusts the.....
» 19/07/2008 2:53:37 AM RobP, Thank you for making me think about an issue with legal and psychological ramificati.....
» 18/07/2008 5:32:35 PM Ludwig, >> Whatever way you look at it, Pell is just so terribly out of order with h.....
» 18/07/2008 7:50:08 AM Ludwig, >>‘and go out and have lots of babies because at the moment you er we er are.....
» 17/07/2008 11:40:30 PM mjpb, I agree with most of what you write. I appreciate your defence of Pell of whose acti.....
» 17/07/2008 11:24:08 PM (ctd) >> The problem with this approach is ... allowing a perpetuation of the cultur.....
» 17/07/2008 11:22:37 PM RobP, >>The problem with the Church is that all they ever do is to run to their law.....
» 17/07/2008 7:15:54 PM Yabby, >> I have seen no press reports that he disagrees with what the press claimed.....
» 17/07/2008 5:24:41 PM Dear Foxy, Thank you for your info. The googling you suggested, including Linda Morris' ar.....
» 17/07/2008 10:09:05 AM Yabby, Could you please provide an exact quote where Cardinal Pell claims that the West ne.....
» 16/07/2008 6:13:28 PM I do not understand what is wrong with asking your layers' advise and help, when you are a.....
» 15/07/2008 5:46:04 PM >>and this number is increasing at the rate of one billion every four days << .....
» 14/07/2008 8:44:26 PM (ctd) Otherwise thank you for the illuminative remarks, and factual information, in your a.....
» 14/07/2008 8:42:42 PM mjpb, As to your two definitions, I agree that unfortunately some people accept them, perh.....
» 13/07/2008 3:58:40 AM Spikey, As you might remember, my mention of "frustrations and grievances" was i.....
» 12/07/2008 4:55:41 PM Spikey, RobP >> Lots of us think that if Cardinal Pell won't take any notice and wo.....
» 12/07/2008 12:08:48 AM Spikey, If Leonie Sheedy did not imply that the Catholic Church's educational institution.....
» 11/07/2008 7:54:24 PM "many thousands of Australians who suffered neglect, cruelty, physical assault, slave.....
» 11/07/2008 12:31:29 AM I do not know more about the case than what is in the article http://www.smh.com.au/news.....
» 10/07/2008 7:03:43 PM mjpb, Thank you for your comments. I did not write those reports, and I do not want to de.....
» 9/07/2008 6:07:42 PM runner, >>I would like to know if their are a higher percentage of paedophiles among.....
» 7/07/2008 7:59:31 PM >> In 2004, the Vatican launched a global diplomatic campaign for the recognition of.....
» 2/07/2008 6:57:32 PM Cardinal Hollingworth? I missed this one. When did he become a Catholic, even a Cardinal?.....
» 31/05/2008 1:54:09 AM Pericles, Sorry for the misunderstanding. I was not commenting on Oliver’s question but ra.....
» 30/05/2008 1:16:08 AM Oliver, Do I understand properly, that you are/have been undergoing chemotherapy treatment.....
» 29/05/2008 6:50:14 PM Oliver, nice of you to call me. I have been following this thread only superficially firs.....
» 5/05/2008 10:44:49 PM Oliver, thanks for the feedback, it made me reread the part about “religious doubt” in Pol.....
» 5/05/2008 2:44:38 PM waterboy, thank you for your interesting “Gadamer in a nutshell“ exposition. One can learn.....
» 4/05/2008 4:05:03 PM Oliver, >> the priest is the "only" authority << for those who need .....
» 4/05/2008 1:23:33 AM waterboy, I completely agree, that is why i mentioned “different a priori cultural or phil.....
» 1/05/2008 12:53:00 AM (ctd) “It is understandable that a man may seek but not find; it is understandable that a .....
» 1/05/2008 12:49:08 AM Oliver, I tried to be as brief as I thought I should because it seemed to me that we were .....
» 28/04/2008 7:35:12 PM Oliver, I have never heard of Kuhn “overemphasizing ontology and underestimating epistemol.....
» 28/04/2008 2:42:24 AM relda, I think I can agree with all that you wrote. In particular, when you say that “an.....
» 26/04/2008 11:21:25 PM (ctd) (a) You can express the same thought in many different languages; (b) the same phys.....
» 26/04/2008 11:11:30 PM Oliver, Thanks again for your feedback. Let me repeat, differentiable manifolds are pure m.....
» 23/04/2008 2:12:22 AM Oliver, >> your religiosity and your fine ability to conceive abstracts mathematical.....
» 21/04/2008 10:30:12 PM Oliver, Thanks for the feedback. >> I think 6-D was allowable? Not all of the manifo.....
» 21/04/2008 7:26:16 PM Hello Oliver, I am not sufficiently knowledgeable about history of (classical) philosophy.....
» 14/04/2008 1:43:46 AM relda, Thanks for the rich feedback. Sell’s dislike of natural theology (the God of philos.....
» 13/04/2008 12:15:07 AM relda, I admit, it was I who brought mathematics into correlation with theology on this fo.....
» 11/04/2008 11:24:38 PM relda, I think you are right in principle: for a (pure) mathematician deduction is more im.....
» 11/04/2008 1:27:21 AM waterboy, Thank you for the compliment, but I am just an old man trying to see the world f.....
» 10/04/2008 8:57:13 PM "Faith is ... in direct contradiction with the truth of ... reason. Faith denies what.....
» 9/04/2008 10:45:16 PM waterboy, “analogy with mathematics eventually proves to be ambiguous and misleading” Any .....
» 8/04/2008 8:05:18 PM Sells, You are so right when you say that the meaning of the word “dogmatic” has become pe.....
» 8/04/2008 7:59:02 PM Jon J, I had to wait for 24 hours, and in the meantime waterboy answered, I think satisfac.....
» 7/04/2008 5:41:30 PM Fratelle, (and Jon J), I appreciate your unintended confirmation of my analogy between dog.....
» 7/04/2008 1:33:10 PM Peter, A very interesting article, except for your apparent distrust of philosophical insi.....
» 8/03/2008 3:40:17 PM peilcan, my comment on offences was a reaction to stickman‘s post; I certainly do not see.....
» 7/03/2008 2:13:19 AM Hi stickman, nice of you to remember me. “Christianity has more or less been forced to thi.....
» 7/03/2008 2:03:41 AM pelican, “in the absence of any other evidence, all we can conclude...”. I think the cruci.....
» 6/03/2008 12:56:29 AM CJ Morgan, I can understand very well that you are annoyed by the “smug delusion that the.....
» 6/03/2008 12:50:46 AM pelican, CJ Morgan, I think the point of the quote was not about insights being beyond one.....
» 5/03/2008 7:34:22 PM stickman, Can you justify the indoctrination from day one, of children, into learning a la.....
» 5/03/2008 6:06:13 PM Well, relda, I agree, we do not disgaree in principle, only in a different reading, a diff.....
» 3/03/2008 9:14:22 PM << Richard Dawkins said it best: "When you understand why YOU don't believe in .....
» 2/03/2008 9:16:22 AM waterboy, relda I indeed appreciate your posts except that I really do not understand why .....
» 2/03/2008 9:12:03 AM Roch, You put it very nicely, and I agree with everything you wrote except for the point o.....
» 29/02/2008 10:18:36 PM waterboy, Although I still cannot share your perspective, I am thankful for your explanati.....
» 29/02/2008 5:02:49 AM relda, Thanks for your interesting post. It very nicely illustrates what I had claimed, na.....
» 29/02/2008 1:34:38 AM wobbles, << if it was the facts I presented or the way I presented them that you fou.....
» 28/02/2008 9:48:20 AM waterboy, I can agree with everything you wrote - it is more or less the standard reading .....
» 28/02/2008 1:22:42 AM relda, The expression 'repentant criminal’ was of my choosing just to explain what the qu.....
» 27/02/2008 5:39:58 PM wobbles, I cannot see what has all that you wrote to do with what I was saying. I hope oth.....
» 26/02/2008 8:39:57 AM relda, please believe me, you do not have to explain to me what Communism is, I had a firs.....
» 26/02/2008 1:40:31 AM Jon J, You are more likely to go overboard in the name of something you believe in than in.....
» 25/02/2008 12:17:05 AM relda, Roch, “McCarthyism or the 'red under the bed' are certainly good modern examples of.....
» 22/02/2008 3:04:40 AM (ctd) This shocked many European Catholics who thought the Church had already learned its .....
» 22/02/2008 3:00:16 AM waterboy, I have to admit that my reaction to your note on Teilhard was too hasty. He inde.....
» 21/02/2008 12:12:19 AM waterboy, <<Teillhard, as Sells points out, does not represent mainstream theology.&.....
» 19/02/2008 7:24:00 PM relda, Thanks again for info about the Trinitarian doctrine. I have to concede that it is .....
» 18/02/2008 3:56:27 AM relda, Thanks for the kind words. I always thought the Trinitarian doctrine was an indisp.....
» 18/02/2008 3:44:55 AM Keiran, I do not know how “can humanity collectively ensure a continued appreciation of th.....
» 16/02/2008 9:11:49 AM (ctd) <<• the belief that the Catholic Church is the one and only true Christian ch.....
» 16/02/2008 9:06:13 AM relda, I think we have somewhat deviated from the original theme of the article, but I m g.....
» 15/02/2008 4:56:04 AM relda, <<'..to rock the boat ... in the hope of reform or restitution..'>> Exa.....
» 13/02/2008 2:02:18 AM keiran, I guess calling an argument you cannot follow confused apparently gives you the sa.....
» 13/02/2008 1:42:35 AM relda, It is true that it took Christianity and the Church well over a thousand years, inc.....
» 11/02/2008 6:28:51 PM relda, I prefer analytical philosophers and existentialists to postmodernists for about th.....
» 11/02/2008 3:19:39 AM relda, <<he express a coherence of thought where he describes us reaching a 'truly n.....
» 10/02/2008 11:13:31 PM AJ, <<We can change the breathing air of rats and observe what happens to them>&g.....
» 9/02/2008 9:51:56 PM (ctd) <<"..it is Newton more than any other thinker who has given us an infinit.....
» 9/02/2008 9:47:26 PM Sells, relda, Yes, I was naive in my understanding of apocalypse. I used to object to the .....
» 8/02/2008 9:06:20 AM relda, Thank for your info. I have to admit, I did some reading about Altizer on the inter.....
» 8/02/2008 8:55:06 AM Peter, Thanks for your two earlier articles, which I thoroughly read through. I think I wo.....
» 7/02/2008 5:05:07 AM (ctd) <<Peacock and Polkinghorne ... want to blend a Greek understanding of God with.....
» 7/02/2008 5:03:24 AM Peter, I have to admit, I was not sure whether I could understand your article; now I am .....
» 6/02/2008 11:41:37 PM AJ, <<as though you're implying that without the “orderly creator”, no one would hav.....
» 6/02/2008 2:04:20 AM Peter, Thanks for a thought provoking article concerning in fact the relation between Chri.....
» 5/02/2008 8:36:52 PM AJ, <<I found many mentions of science being documented better since the founding of.....
» 4/02/2008 11:55:59 PM goodthief, << I think we can all cope with being lobbied to some degree. If we can’.....
» 4/02/2008 8:50:13 PM > Missionaries who traverse the globe “helping people” often do little more than prosel.....
» 2/02/2008 2:22:35 AM Hi pelican, thanks for your sincere and tolerant words. It was exactly this kind of exchan.....
» 1/02/2008 12:09:36 AM AJ, >it is believed to the ultimate truth ... supposedly truer than all other truths&.....
» 31/01/2008 10:16:55 PM > if God can have a meaning and purpose without being created, then so can you.< sai.....
» 30/01/2008 2:46:12 AM AJ, >> if a doctor tells you that you’re fine, when in fact you actually have termin.....
» 29/01/2008 12:29:29 AM (ctd) Another term you mention — perhaps even more difficult to define so that everybody, .....
» 29/01/2008 12:19:18 AM david f, You say > George wrote: "Marxism is also … about their new belief."&.....
» 27/01/2008 10:14:22 AM Dan, (and AL) Perhaps this might interest you as well: http://www.mercatornet.com/article.....
» 26/01/2008 8:53:11 AM Dan, you might find the following review of the book "Darwin’s Gift to Science and Re.....
» 24/01/2008 8:46:02 AM I fail to understand why John Rawls' Theory of Justice should be seen as incompatible with.....
» 13/01/2008 3:22:21 AM AJ, we obviously have different understandings of the term “legitimate”, though it usually.....
» 12/01/2008 9:01:36 AM relda, as far as I could understand you, I'll probably agree with what you wrote. I just d.....
» 12/01/2008 12:28:53 AM relda, rather than comparing Creation Science to “ the 'theory' of leprechauns and the 't.....
» 7/01/2008 3:00:47 AM bushbasher, so have I......
» 6/01/2008 9:22:50 PM bushbasher, thank you for your sincere words. I do not think anybody denies you the right .....
» 5/01/2008 11:57:33 PM “pells' cheap god-on-my-side moralising is highly distasteful“ bushbasher, here I cannot .....
» 5/01/2008 8:40:35 PM relda, I could not have described better the ground on which open minded believers and ho.....
» 3/01/2008 11:09:54 PM (ctd) Very few philosophers ever doubted the existence of something independent of us that.....
» 3/01/2008 10:36:13 PM reida, I think you should be more careful with your distinction between “fact” and “theory.....
» 2/01/2008 1:39:54 AM bushbasher, “Positing a god doesn't explain anything, it simply is a way to avoid looking.....
» 30/12/2007 4:57:53 PM I think that the following two “non-sequiturs” pop up frequently in this kind of debates: .....
» 26/12/2007 12:29:25 AM (ctd) Also, the term “naive” could be pejorative, but also a technical term (e.g. naive re.....
» 26/12/2007 12:27:37 AM david f, you are right to a point: I should not have used the term “dawkinsian naive scien.....
» 24/12/2007 11:55:12 PM Dear david f, being knowledgeable about an ideology or oppressive political system, and ha.....
» 24/12/2007 6:27:11 PM DavidJS and david f, I do not know what are your experiences with communists (I lived thro.....
» 11/11/2007 8:32:56 PM waterboy, exactly, what is a "healthy" critique is one of those things where we .....
» 9/11/2007 9:51:03 PM waterboy, I think we can agree on many things that unite all Christians and form the essen.....
» 7/11/2007 6:54:30 PM waterboy, I can understand that you subscribe to the more or less standard criticism, not .....
» 6/11/2007 9:00:39 PM waterboy, I concede that the term 'undifferentiated and united' to describe the situation .....
» 5/11/2007 1:57:53 AM waterboy, I agree that we do not need a “universal church union”, presumably meaning Chri.....
» 1/11/2007 11:20:29 PM Sorry, "compete", not "comptere".....
» 1/11/2007 11:16:45 PM Sells, Thanks for your reference to the interesting Hauerwas’ lecture. As a RC I do not th.....
» 30/10/2007 2:37:49 AM Sells, I agree that theology should not become (be reduced to) philosophy (though Aquinas .....
» 26/10/2007 5:47:06 PM waterboy, thank you for your interesting comment. I never subscribed to the quasi-relativi.....
» 26/10/2007 1:20:15 AM Sells, Thank you for the kind words. I have no access (yet) to the paper in First Things b.....
» 23/10/2007 4:04:23 AM Sells, waterboy, boxgum, thanks for the interesting insights and comments which I do not n.....
» 18/10/2007 4:30:41 PM Sells, I am not able to comment on Clarke, and I am not sure I understand theory vs practi.....
» 9/10/2007 6:35:55 AM Sells, I think you misunderstood me. I used the term “out there” inspired not by medieval.....
» 8/10/2007 1:00:02 AM Desipis, The “fundamental difference between Catholicism and Communism“ is clear to anybod.....
» 8/10/2007 12:57:19 AM Sells, Of course, “maths is central to physics but not so central in the biological scienc.....
» 6/10/2007 9:15:28 PM (ctd) When you have to explain not “how to make the best of your TV” but “how to live your.....
» 6/10/2007 9:11:41 PM Desipis, Again, I have to agree with most of what you say. I am also aware that yours was .....
» 5/10/2007 2:36:33 AM Desipis, it was not my intention to contradict you, only to point to a situation where you.....
» 3/10/2007 10:28:59 PM Sells, I am no historian of science but what you describe as the Newton/Locke vs Descartes.....
» 3/10/2007 10:26:08 PM waterboy, thank you for this excellent defence of the Church's raison d'etre, and Desipis .....
» 2/10/2007 5:56:46 PM Sells, "science and technology would have done very nicely without Descartes and Loc.....
» 1/10/2007 5:51:23 PM Peter, an interesting article and conversation with BBoy, (with less interesting obligator.....
» 31/08/2007 6:39:39 PM haygirl, by comparing religious beliefs to the tooth fairy and santa you seem to indicate.....
» 26/08/2007 9:57:24 PM aqvarivs, you probably remember that I share most of your sentiments and opinions. Howeve.....
» 26/08/2007 3:09:41 AM Mick, you are right, science “is not done by counting votes” but if you are not a special.....
» 25/08/2007 2:28:21 AM (ctd) An interpretation of science in this context would mean taking into account some wid.....
» 25/08/2007 2:17:29 AM Pericles, let me start with the term science (the adjective ‘natural’ in English is impli.....
» 24/08/2007 1:53:43 AM Mick, as I said, I am not a biologist and so cannot pass judgement on the QUALITY of thos.....
» 23/08/2007 1:10:13 AM (ctd) So perhaps the relation science-theology, would be more symmetric than science-relig.....
» 23/08/2007 1:00:46 AM Pericles, let me repeat that I am grateful to you for pointing out the ambiguities of term.....
» 22/08/2007 12:08:37 AM (ctd) Being mutually irrelevant means that science left "uninterpreted" is irrel.....
» 22/08/2007 12:05:33 AM Mick, I agree with what you wrote, and apologise for the clumsy expression “pitting scienc.....
» 20/08/2007 10:41:47 PM waterboy, You still did not name a respectable Church that will regard ‘God used power to .....
» 20/08/2007 1:34:48 AM Mick, waterboy, as I tried to argue in my previous postings, I really do not think pitting.....
» 19/08/2007 1:15:38 AM (ctd) I know, this is a rather theoretical approach, nevertheless I would liken it to the .....
» 19/08/2007 1:11:47 AM waterboy, sorry, I should have read Sells’ article more carefully. Both he, you and most o.....
» 18/08/2007 12:59:20 AM waterboy, thanks for the kind words, though to be frank, I do not understand what you mean.....
» 17/08/2007 12:01:15 AM (ctd) You wrote “theology is more complicated than quantum physics. That's because it is a.....
» 16/08/2007 11:58:01 PM Bugsy, I certainly appreciate the less emotional twist in your argumentation. Never mind w.....
» 15/08/2007 11:45:29 PM (ctd) What is special about questions people ask the Church - or some other authority they.....
» 15/08/2007 11:39:10 PM Bugsy, I’ve never heard of a colourless car. And the scientists at NASA would certainly be.....
» 14/08/2007 2:07:02 PM Man, Bugsy, when at school the teacher was showing you three apples and three bunnies hopi.....
» 14/08/2007 12:09:37 PM waterboy, I agree that “much of the missionary activity outside the Western world is Medie.....
» 10/08/2007 9:42:51 PM “Can you remember that time? Before words? Before fear? Before judgment? When you only had.....
» 10/08/2007 12:20:07 AM K£vin, “though raised within the Roman Catholic tradition… the Earth IS the most beautiful.....
» 9/08/2007 1:40:05 AM K£vin, remco, if I understand you properly you would prefer to pick only those parts of th.....
» 8/08/2007 1:55:11 AM Peter, remco, thanks, but what you refer to are not my words but those of Louis Dupré. T.....
» 7/08/2007 1:21:29 AM Peter, an interesting article not only because it again gave our anti-religious friends th.....
» 4/08/2007 10:01:33 PM Gee, Pericles, here we go again. I cannot see how anybody can disagree with my maxim (=ax.....
» 4/08/2007 5:22:11 AM Pericles, thank you for expanding on my maxim that “one has to agree on the definitions of.....
» 3/08/2007 1:58:39 AM Francis, in case you can read German, here is the website of the publisher of the brochure.....
» 3/08/2007 1:56:27 AM yvonne, I have to admit that I paid so much attention to the anti-religious prejudices dis.....
» 1/08/2007 7:37:32 PM (ctd) I speak here from my own experience: having grown up in a Stalinist country I never .....
» 1/08/2007 7:32:17 PM "It is interesting that "Christian schools do not see it as relevant ... to teac.....
» 31/07/2007 7:06:52 PM "Funny, isn't it, how the supposedly godless, politically correct, values-neutral pub.....
» 30/07/2007 11:35:15 PM TR, Ho Hum, I fail to understand how your emotional outbursts are relevant to the topic of.....
» 30/07/2007 9:52:15 PM The statement "There is no proof that there is a “spiritual” realm or such a thing as.....
» 5/07/2007 10:38:49 PM Oliver, I agree that we do not disgree that much on the concept of model. I was thinking o.....
» 4/07/2007 8:28:20 PM Oliver, thank you for your interest (and comments on matters that are, I am afraid, beyond.....
» 3/07/2007 10:54:23 PM Dear TR, I am sure it would not be a hard exercise for you to replace just a few words in .....
» 3/07/2007 2:02:10 AM TR, “This I find annoying as there is no such thing as a 'religious vacuum'. … Muslims and.....
» 2/07/2007 11:51:38 PM The bill has allegedly legalised the following: • Human embryo cloning (so-called 'somat.....
» 2/07/2007 1:43:59 AM Oliver, “Mathematics can be used to better understand the Cosmos”. It goes deeper than tha.....
» 2/07/2007 1:15:21 AM stickman, (ctd) I do not know what you mean by “possibility of God” unless you refer to so.....
» 1/07/2007 1:15:45 AM Yvonne, I like your contributions on this forum, but I am not sure I understand you this t.....
» 1/07/2007 12:36:48 AM (ctd) Can it be that it simply offers models of a reality beyond the physical, (actually a.....
» 1/07/2007 12:32:18 AM stickman, I certainly appreciate that you can find time to communicate with an “old man” .....
» 1/07/2007 12:24:54 AM R0bert, you had a bad experience with a Christian RE, I had a bad experience with a secul.....
» 30/06/2007 1:04:13 AM DavidJS, “The laws of physics have nothing in common with belief systems such as Christia.....
» 29/06/2007 11:50:35 PM Oliver, Newton belongs to 18th century and we are in the 21st when both physics/science a.....
» 29/06/2007 2:21:55 AM TR, What did a Cardinal recently threaten you with? (Cardinal Richelieu, could threaten pe.....
» 28/06/2007 5:16:13 PM DavidJS , R0bert, West, I must have misunderstood something. I though the point of this a.....
» 28/06/2007 1:45:12 AM stickman, of course, my examples of non-religious trust and belief were very rough. Never.....
» 28/06/2007 12:39:43 AM Fellow_Human, thank you for your warm words. My feelings towards you are similar, hence my.....
» 27/06/2007 5:22:40 PM DavidJS, “Why should any religious instruction in schools be biased towards Christianity?”.....
» 27/06/2007 1:32:36 AM TR, If you feel that “scientific naturalism combined with philosophy and humanism is far .....
» 26/06/2007 11:52:21 PM First I found the article, and its argument, very reasonable, until I came to the sentence.....
» 26/06/2007 1:12:55 AM (ctd) About one kilometer from where I now live in Cologne, a big mosque (and Muslim cultu.....
» 26/06/2007 1:09:02 AM Oliver, “When I was ten, I had to make-up sins for Confession, … gave me a dressing down .....
» 25/06/2007 1:03:51 AM Fellow_Human, thank you for your reply. What you described as “mainstream Muslim” are simp.....
» 24/06/2007 3:37:37 AM I looked at http://www.aboutadidam.org/readings/art_is_love/index.html as suggested. Well,.....
» 24/06/2007 12:58:47 AM Fellow_Human, may I ask as well, what you mean by “mainstream Islam”? Within Christianity .....
» 23/06/2007 12:49:55 AM Oliver, you are right, Einstein was neither a cultural-anthropologist nor a developmental .....
» 22/06/2007 11:24:03 PM Fellow_Human, Thank you for your reference to Dr. Zaghloul El Naggar. I looked at http://.....
» 22/06/2007 12:23:53 AM Oliver, I see ,you did not understand the point of my remark. I hope Fellow_Human, to whom.....
» 21/06/2007 7:46:49 PM Fellow_Human, “there are those who follow the laws out of love and conviction, and other .....
» 20/06/2007 10:25:52 PM Bugsy (and others), there are many wisdoms similar to the one you quoted from Ecclesiastes.....
» 20/06/2007 7:22:41 PM Fellow Human, I just thought you might also be interested in this: http://www.catholicnews.....
» 20/06/2007 7:17:14 PM Fellow Human, I think we could all benefit from your advise to “stop mis-representing a fa.....
» 19/06/2007 5:42:09 PM Coach, Fellow Human, why do you have to snap at each other to the amusement (and satisfact.....
» 17/06/2007 10:46:50 PM Oliver, Thank you for your reply. I think we again shall have to agree to disagree. In the.....
» 17/06/2007 10:40:55 PM BN, “… if you think that abortion is "wrong", don't get one. Let those who do fa.....
» 17/06/2007 6:58:28 PM Oliver, you obviously never lived under a Stalinist dictatorship, and you probably underst.....
» 16/06/2007 10:26:01 PM Oliver, “Pell has the write to express his personal opinion in a letter to his representiv.....
» 16/06/2007 2:43:09 AM Oliver, what do you mean by intervention? Am I intervening in this forum if I write a post.....
» 15/06/2007 9:06:13 PM For those still interested in the biological and/or ethical questions raised by Cardinal P.....
» 14/06/2007 8:12:15 PM Irfan, As an Australian not living in Australia, and as somebody who more or less liked al.....
» 14/06/2007 3:27:50 AM OK, so I have to amend one of the sentences in my previous post: If they happen to believ.....
» 13/06/2007 1:29:13 AM Of course, I meant to say "... whereas those, including SOME high ranking scientists,.....
» 13/06/2007 1:08:12 AM Pericles, I have to agree. There is really no point in trying to explain to you, or learn .....
» 11/06/2007 11:32:56 PM (ctd) Now it occurred to me, whether you do not equate faith with what is commonly known a.....
» 11/06/2007 11:28:56 PM Pericles, first of all I have to thank you for helping me to understand what you do not un.....
» 10/06/2007 10:27:31 PM (ctd) The two crucial terms in your sentence are “faith” and “logic”. In the context of a .....
» 10/06/2007 10:23:45 PM Pericles, on the assumption that there are still people reading this thread and finding it.....
» 9/06/2007 9:47:54 PM Pericles, of course I agree that faith (a state of mind with its rational, emotional, etc......
» 8/06/2007 11:21:04 PM Pericles, to understand what brought you back to this dance around the word logic, I had t.....
» 7/06/2007 9:50:16 PM Sam, well, you have your understanding of logic, and we mathematicians (and logicians and .....
» 6/06/2007 10:12:44 PM sam, rest assured I fully realise I asked you a fundamental question. And I have also und.....
» 5/06/2007 9:14:36 PM pericles, you are right after all. My formulation was the standard atheist one, whereas wh.....
» 5/06/2007 9:10:56 PM sam, thank you for the info. This is the standard definition of (transcendental) meditatio.....
» 4/06/2007 6:47:20 PM pericles, thank you for correcting my description of the empiricist’s position, which I do.....
» 4/06/2007 6:38:06 PM goodthief, I think you made a point very relevant to our discussion about Islam. Is it not.....
» 3/06/2007 4:29:32 PM (ctd) One of the books I am reading is Dalai Lama’s “The Universe in a Single Atom: the Co.....
» 3/06/2007 4:22:11 PM Sam said, thank you, I think I can see your point. The alternatives as I presented them ma.....
» 2/06/2007 5:30:14 AM (ctd) “One side (the theist) claims … The other side (the empiricist) argues it is already.....
» 2/06/2007 5:21:58 AM Pericles, by worldplay you probably mean that you did not understand, so I’ll have to try .....
» 1/06/2007 3:37:52 AM (ctd) “It seems to be saying that "(natural) science, structured through logic and ma.....
» 1/06/2007 3:30:57 AM bushbred, thank you for your kind and thoughtful words. Before I continue, let me wish you.....
» 31/05/2007 3:16:48 AM (ctd) “An empiricist can cope with the fact that there are people who rely upon faith inst.....
» 31/05/2007 3:10:15 AM Pericles, I certainly do not want to quibble about which dictionary or definition is more .....
» 30/05/2007 2:59:30 AM bushbred, I think discussions about whether the only alternative West can offer Muslims is.....
» 29/05/2007 12:39:02 AM (ctd) All I wanted to defend in my post was the rational equivalence of such fundamental b.....
» 29/05/2007 12:29:56 AM Pericles, Sorry, I did not understand your reference to “wookie”. The link you provided ex.....
» 28/05/2007 12:26:42 AM (ctd) I fully agree with Christopher Hitchens since also we (21st century educated Christi.....
» 28/05/2007 12:22:56 AM David, I think we just have to agree to disagree on what we find “abhorrent”. I don't know.....
» 27/05/2007 12:04:45 AM (ctd)The English language has a very useful term “common sense” absent in some other langu.....
» 27/05/2007 12:00:33 AM “I use the word 'abhorrent' because it is a fact.” No, David, it is not a fact, it is an a.....
» 25/05/2007 8:02:00 PM BOAZ, You again prove that you are more at home with the Koran than I. Your suggestions: .....
» 24/05/2007 2:03:00 AM Boaz, You certainly know the Koran better than I, but what do you suggest as the alternat.....
» 24/05/2007 2:00:15 AM bushbred, I agree with Socrates, if for no other reasons then because the gods he was ref.....
» 23/05/2007 12:13:11 AM TR, I agree 100% with what you say, and would only add that this “rebuilding from the grou.....
» 23/05/2007 12:11:34 AM Now don't be silly Froggie - I wasn't trying to convert you. The “you” in my posting was r.....
» 21/05/2007 11:55:05 PM (ctd) Perhaps one of my earlier postings might illuminate this: Those who use words like q.....
» 21/05/2007 11:48:11 PM TR, “Personally, I find the creation accounts found in Christian and Islamic literature te.....
» 20/05/2007 11:25:47 PM TR, If I understand you properly, you want the Muslim “creed in a nutshell” to state ".....
» 20/05/2007 3:56:02 AM TR, "There is perhaps God, and it is possible that Muhammad could be a Prophet of God.....
» 18/05/2007 1:49:07 AM TR, You have a point there. As I already wrote elsewhere, I might have some insight into t.....
» 17/05/2007 6:26:57 PM TR Correction: Sorry for the silly sentence (I was not allowed to post a correction until .....
» 17/05/2007 1:03:25 AM TR, Thank you for your sincere words. Well, I do not think being polite is the same thing .....
» 16/05/2007 5:46:53 PM Thanks, aqvarivs, Philip Tang, goodthief, Fellow Human for showing us in your recent posti.....
» 14/05/2007 10:50:47 PM aqvarivs, "I prefer to know and reflect God by my own light as given to me by my own .....
» 13/05/2007 9:42:44 PM Oliver, I think writing about what one believes in without being derogative about what oth.....
» 13/05/2007 7:50:36 AM The link that Philip Tang gave us is to an official German website (quantara.de), and not .....
» 12/05/2007 8:35:04 PM oliver, well, perhaps you did not mean "fabrication" pejoratively (my dictionary.....
» 11/05/2007 4:34:08 PM Oliver, "One can debate science and religion in creation/creationism. But, when it co.....
» 11/05/2007 4:19:47 PM Sorry, fixture, not fiction of imagination......
» 11/05/2007 4:12:06 PM aqvarivs, I think I understand what you mean, namely that I failed - to use the words from.....
» 10/05/2007 3:37:06 AM (ctd) Namely, the one practiced by all doctors and mathematician of the world, taught at a.....
» 10/05/2007 3:29:48 AM aqvarivs, Of course, I have to agree with the bulk of your second paragraph. I do not know.....
» 9/05/2007 2:00:30 AM aqvarivs, Again, I agree with most of what you say. However by my reference to Treadgold .....
» 8/05/2007 11:29:11 PM bigmal, I used to tell my students when discussing their (maths) papers: "I think I k.....
» 7/05/2007 10:13:37 PM In the Islamica Magazine, that aquavirvs introduced me to, I found the following statement.....
» 7/05/2007 9:44:19 PM Thanks, aqvarivs......
» 6/05/2007 9:48:59 PM anti-green: “Napoleon: You have written this huge book on the system of the world without .....
» 2/05/2007 6:35:30 PM Keiran, if you attack belief in a transcendental God, you will have - if one is to believe.....
» 2/05/2007 8:35:42 AM I think one important difference between Christianity and Islam is also in how they view m.....
» 1/05/2007 7:02:57 PM I do not see why trustworthiness cannot coexist with predictability. If a politician's wor.....
» 1/05/2007 6:02:21 PM Oliver, I think you mean "The God Delusion" described e.g. on amazon.com as a &q.....
» 30/04/2007 8:48:05 PM Donnie, I think your self-correction is very much to the point. The craft of being a good .....
» 30/04/2007 12:32:59 AM A very interesting article, and perhaps an equally interesting discussion that I came acro.....
» 26/04/2007 9:27:27 PM Keiran, Thank you for your sincerely expressed views on maths and religious activities. So.....
» 25/04/2007 8:21:37 PM Indeed, one can have very distorted ideas about liturgy, worship if one does not accept th.....
» 24/04/2007 5:15:38 PM Oliver, Thank you for the remark. " If I were a theist (Christian), I would still hav.....
» 22/04/2007 8:09:59 PM Keiran, The Big Bang is a theory accepted by practically all physicists/cosmologists, reli.....
» 17/04/2007 11:32:15 PM Sorry, Arimaic, not Armenian!.....
» 17/04/2007 11:29:30 PM Oliver, Funny, you mentioning UNIX in this context. Well, I am an avowed adherent of the u.....
» 16/04/2007 10:44:27 PM Netab, Thank you, that is a very interesting insight into the psychological function of Ch.....
» 15/04/2007 9:46:52 PM Oliver, Again, I have to agree and thank you for the info about early catechumens. Yes, it.....
» 15/04/2007 5:12:56 PM Netab, " its time to send them all back ... requiring them to leave their religious b.....
» 11/04/2007 6:03:48 PM Oliver, We agreed to disagree, but I do not think we disagree on the point you make. Of co.....
» 10/04/2007 11:25:54 PM Sells, That was a very interesting piece to read, especially for someone old enough to und.....
» 12/02/2007 9:12:39 PM Oliver, thank you for this posting of yours which I could understand better than some of t.....
» 11/02/2007 12:08:15 AM (ctd) This would include superstrings or the multiverse: they either exist as part or feat.....
» 11/02/2007 12:01:59 AM Oliver, Boxgum and Peter used “no citation or allusion to Luke” apparently for the same re.....
» 9/02/2007 9:09:50 PM Oliver, I think we’ll have to agree to disagree - or rather agree that we talk past each o.....
» 8/02/2007 5:10:02 PM (ctd) She “read” through the book that would take me months to work my way through. She kn.....
» 8/02/2007 5:06:18 PM (Continued from 24 hours ago) Maybe, Oliver, you are right that Peter should have called h.....
» 7/02/2007 10:41:36 AM (ctd) Also, if you mean by “intimacies that cannot exist in isolation” the impossibility o.....
» 7/02/2007 10:38:00 AM (Continued from 24 hours ago) I have to admit I was rather impressed by "How does God.....
» 6/02/2007 5:03:43 AM (ctd) However, I do not see where Sells shows adherence to this outdated view. The shift f.....
» 6/02/2007 4:57:31 AM Keiran, Sells' article starts with "In the biblical mentality there is no such thing .....
» 5/02/2007 12:03:13 AM Oliver, it is hard to disagree with your quotes from Popper although I somehow fail to see.....
» 2/02/2007 9:50:29 PM (ctd) I believe one can dispute which religion has what advantages and merits but I do not.....
» 2/02/2007 9:47:13 PM Oliver, I am afraid we are conducting parallel monologues but I think you are right when y.....
» 31/01/2007 11:12:16 AM (continued) The "usefulness" of religious models is measured along different cri.....
» 31/01/2007 11:09:02 AM Oliver, If I understood you properly, much of what you are saying agrees with the way I se.....
» 28/01/2007 12:16:45 AM (cintinued) However, there are two differences: (1) Predictions in the case of religious.....
» 28/01/2007 12:13:44 AM Keiran, Let me repeat: There is nothing imaginary about imaginary numbers, there is nothin.....
» 20/01/2007 8:52:43 PM Well, aqvarivs, we obviously disagree on what is humour, what ridicule (and sarcasm), what.....
» 20/01/2007 12:18:15 AM aqvarivs, You remind me of the old lady who was ridiculing silly math teachers sitting dow.....
» 19/01/2007 8:17:38 PM Keiran, Firstly, I think your example of knots in "celtic fibre,... islamic ceramic t.....
» 18/01/2007 11:28:40 PM aqvarivs, thank you for presenting a good example of what I meant by "offensive lang.....
» 17/01/2007 9:28:10 PM (continued) Nobody speaks about "belief in belief for its own sake", but it is t.....
» 17/01/2007 9:25:57 PM Keiran, Of course, you can offer critical thoughts in a debate. However, a debate is meani.....
» 16/01/2007 7:02:42 PM (continued) relda, There are applied theologians, who are mostly concerned with the applic.....
» 16/01/2007 7:00:30 PM Oliver, I do not remember having said that Christian theocrasia (whatever that means) is b.....
» 15/01/2007 5:34:39 PM relda, this is a well known but very powerful "comfort factor" you are offering.....
» 15/01/2007 4:16:34 PM Keiran's posting makes me want to repeat a comment I already made here some three months a.....
» 13/01/2007 10:22:01 PM "Western societies have cast aside many of the myths ... but in the haste to throw of.....
» 12/01/2007 4:35:25 AM Oliver (continued), (e) Why is there only one differentiable structure on a paracompact m.....
» 12/01/2007 4:34:12 AM Oliver, (1) Well, circles are mathematical concepts, and as such are not part of the physi.....
» 10/01/2007 7:45:35 PM Oliver,(continued) The same is true about much more sophisticated mathematical concepts a.....
» 10/01/2007 2:00:02 AM Oliver, 0. I am not sure what you mean by a perfect circle, probably a physical object wh.....
» 9/01/2007 5:50:35 PM Peter, Thank you for your appreciative words. I think only those find it difficult to spea.....
» 9/01/2007 12:33:11 AM It is not true that "there can be no such number as the root of minus one", only.....
» 16/11/2005 3:15:56 AM To Whom It May Concern: You cannot have a serious debate about science and religion, reaso.....
» 14/11/2005 10:38:42 PM (Comment continued) However, I also believe that science will never find a convincing answ.....
» 14/11/2005 10:37:20 PM Jane says "What I want my children to learn in science class is how to assess evidenc.....
» 18/04/2005 4:29:53 PM When I came to Australia from a Communist (and atheist) country in 1968 I was pleasantly s.....
» 25/01/2005 7:20:23 PM "Some Christians argue that they must be free to say what they think whenever and whe.....
» 31/12/2004 9:37:35 PM "That other people may vilify things you hold dear or say offensive things is the pri.....
» 17/12/2004 11:41:21 PM A quote from THE AUSTRALIAN 17/12/04, that seems to confirm what Waleed Aly and I believe:.....
» 15/12/2004 9:24:19 AM "Muslims may not celebrate Christmas but it is ridiculous to suspect they are behind .....
» 14/12/2004 5:53:36 AM There are six comments here. I shall react to them in the reverse order of their appearanc.....
» 11/12/2004 12:55:47 AM Ericc, Firstly, the title of this article was not chosen by me. It was taken from Scholl-L.....
» 7/12/2004 12:59:11 AM Amir, please do not identify contemporary "Western" values with Christian values.....
» 2/12/2004 5:03:35 PM Hello Cameron, Thank you for your personal words. What you quote are Buttiglione's words .....
» 1/12/2004 6:50:18 PM "This (is) indicative of a recognition of ... discrimination against homosexuality&q.....

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