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    It appears that in a sense all creatures have a...

    It appears that in a sense all creatures have a free will - an animal can eat, sleep, mate, etc. as it chooses.



    Great question - I'm going to reframe it in a way that I think I can answer more...
  2. Thread: Knowing

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    I would agree with you that healthy skepticism...

    I would agree with you that healthy skepticism (ie: curiosity) leads to significant growth as an individual. In fact, I would argue that the good Christian, ought to be curious. I also think, that...
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    Perhaps. Or God knew the fall would happen,...

    Perhaps.

    Or God knew the fall would happen, and allowed it to happen. We can surmise as to why, we can surmise as to God's goodness in that light (that He, Himself would suffer the consequences...
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    Tax laws and such seem to be different in the US...

    Tax laws and such seem to be different in the US than in Canada, so all I can do is speak anecdotally.

    Anyways, I work in a church that is funded by it's own members with after-tax dollars. I am...
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    Thread has laid idle for a while, but let's pick...

    Thread has laid idle for a while, but let's pick it up. Things in Canada are likely different than the US, but it's worth discussion anyways.

    So should public schools, museums and the like be...
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    The very idea of faith (at least in terms of...

    The very idea of faith (at least in terms of theism) can be perhaps be described as this - you believe in something that you inherently can't prove through empiricism. By all accounts, this should...
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    Yoyo, what you seem to be pushing for beyond...

    Yoyo, what you seem to be pushing for beyond 'education' seems to me to be a push towards virtue:

    such as humility in the face of uncertainty
    courage to say I don't know
    Intuitiveness in...
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    Philosophy Exactly the point. You don't necessarily prove...

    Exactly the point. You don't necessarily prove God through empirical evidences (though there is much philosophical arguments, but usually those are fruitless). However, much of the contention of...
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    Religion Questions for Atheists/Agnostics

    I appreciate that many of you take time to seriously answer these posts - so I thought I would ask a few other questions:

    1. Do you believe in the supernatural? If so, to what extent?

    2. What...
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    So they should pay tax...because they exist? Or...

    So they should pay tax...because they exist? Or because they discuss publicly who they would vote for?

    Because the citizens that attend have voting rights?

    I'm not sure I understand the...
  11. Events Justice and Mercy: What should be done to/with James Holmes (Batman shootings)

    First off, clearly a sad situation, but I think we may be able to have a fruitful discussion regarding justice and mercy, and what should be done in light of heinous crimes.

    For the discussion,...
  12. Thread: Lisa Brown

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    Events You would likely be more correct if you replaced...

    You would likely be more correct if you replaced the 'religious' word with 'philosophical', unless you want to consider yourself a religious person. IE: you have a view on what is considered life -...
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    It's been a long while since I've posted, but the...

    It's been a long while since I've posted, but the summer is usually a slow time for me, so I think I'll poke around a bit again :)

    Here is what I'm trying to say:

    the reason 'the fall' is so...
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    Granted, but for the sake of the argument with...

    Granted, but for the sake of the argument with Paradiso, it does.
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    Quite likely. I would go with 'develop by way of...

    Quite likely. I would go with 'develop by way of the Fall', but to me it seems more consistent with Scripture, tradition and reason.
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    Philosophy Granted. If you allow for God to be historically...

    Granted. If you allow for God to be historically infinite than the mystery of the universe shrinks. We have causality (which is how we typically understand our world), etc.

    Denying causality, to...
  17. Thread: Ron Paul 2012

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    Politics I think in the society in which most Westerners...

    I think in the society in which most Westerners live, we'd be better off with a few different options:

    1 - Marriage - a religious distinction founded upon Abrahamic view of marriage as commonly...
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    Incentives for Atheism

    I've been thinking a lot about incentives lately, and was wondering if we could have an honest discussion about the incentives found in being an atheist. Being a Christian, I don't want to use...
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    Politics It may be different in the US, but aren't...

    It may be different in the US, but aren't homosexual couples allowed to have civic unions, which gives them the same 'special treatment' as a married couple? That's how it has been in Canada for a...
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    In some ways yes - hence the command 'be...

    In some ways yes - hence the command 'be fruitful, and multiply' ;) Again though, you've flattened the viewpoint of family and children, which is directly related (in Christianity) to sexual...
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    Or, Secular Joe demands that there be no abortion...

    Or, Secular Joe demands that there be no abortion and no poor parenting - taking acts to strengthen the way in which society nurtures children - based upon common values (the sociological argument...
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    It could be, we are uncertain in all honesty. We...

    It could be, we are uncertain in all honesty. We have an open theistic view of God (He didn't know we would fail), we have a calvinistic view (God knew we would fail/fall but planned it to redeem...
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    Philosophy I find a lack of intellectual honesty to say that...

    I find a lack of intellectual honesty to say that the past is simply infinite.

    To me, I'd find it more intellectually honest to say, it's simply a mystery and I find the theory of God untenable....
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    Events For me a couple things: 1 - IP rights are...

    For me a couple things:

    1 - IP rights are important, but the foolish thing is these large companies are ignoring ingenuity to find new profit highways (think iTunes - which is essentially a large...
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    Religion Ugh. That is all.

    Ugh.

    That is all.
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