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Wednesday, July 08, 2015


- Cardinal Pell says Same-sex marriage votes show society is abandoning Christian foundation, thus promoting the lie that there is only one Christian view of same-sex relationships, a negative one. He ignores that the Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church, the UCC, the Quakers, etc., support marriage for same-sex couples. Meanwhile, Pell's Church in Australia tries to get taxpayers to pay the bill for its sex abuse crimes.

- The Unbearable Darkness of Prestige Television ... Critically acclaimed genre series such as Game of Thrones and True Detective are using bleak self-seriousness to distance themselves from their lowbrow roots.

- The Work We Do While We Sleep

- Giving teens effective contraception like IUDs cut the unwanted baby birthrate by 40%. So why did Republicans cut funding? ... The real issue here is that opponents of accessible birth control want to keep sex dangerous, in the hope that danger will discourage girls and women from having sex.

- The Illusion of Time: What's Real?

- Knowing How Doctors Die Can Change End-Of-Life Discussions

- Controversial Chilean bishop's appointment continues to divide diocese

- ;) ...


Blogger PrickliestPear said...

The real issue here is that opponents of accessible birth control want to keep sex dangerous, in the hope that danger will discourage girls and women from having sex.

Scary, isn't it? One wonders how they expect anyone to take seriously their rhetoric about abortion when they do things like this that will inevitably increase the number of unwanted pregnancies, and thereby increase the demand for abortions.

4:37 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

I think it's that so many of the conservatives against women's reproductive rights don't actually care about the facts, perhaps feel the same way, even ... that must be part of what's behind all those abstinence sex ed programs, the idea that sex is just bad and no one should be doing it, and if there are consequences like abortion, then it's all on the heads of those bad women.

I tried again to comment on your blog a day or two ago - still didn't show up. You did check the spam place? For a while comments here were not getting published but were being automatically sent the the spam areal by Blogger and I had to search for them. I tried to turn the feature off but it can't be done, apparently.

5:22 PM  
Blogger PrickliestPear said...

I actually said something about the abstinence-only sex ed programs in my comment, but deleted it for some reason. Actually, it's because it's something I feel very strongly about, and when I start talking about it, I tend to go on. But you're completely right.

As for your comment on my blog, I checked the spam thing, and the comment didn't show up there. I'm not sure what's wrong. I changed the settings so that "anyone" can post comments, so it should work for you in the future. I also turned comment moderation on, because I think it will be easier to deal with spam that way. But I imagine that means comments won't show up right away.

6:59 PM  
Blogger David Roemer said...

Reasons to Believe in Jesus

Reasons to believe Jesus is alive in a new life with God can be found in quotes from two prominent atheists and a biology textbook.

Thus the passion of man is the reverse of that of Christ, for man loses himself as man in order that God may be born. But the idea of God is contradictory and we lose ourselves in vain. Man is a useless passion. (Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness: A Phenomenological Essay on Ontology, New York: Washington Square Press, p. 784)

Among the traditional candidates for comprehensive understanding of the relation of mind to the physical world, I believe the weight of evidence favors some from of neutral monism over the traditional alternatives of materialism, idealism, and dualism. (Thomas Nagel, Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False, location 69 of 1831)

And certain properties of the human brain distinguish our species from all other animals. The human brain is, after all, the only known collection of matter that tries to understand itself. To most biologists, the brain and the mind are one and the same; understand how the brain is organized and how it works, and we’ll understand such mindful functions as abstract thought and feelings. Some philosophers are less comfortable with this mechanistic view of mind, finding Descartes’ concept of a mind-body duality more attractive. (Neil Campbell, Biology, 4th edition, p. 776 )

Sartre speaks of the "passion of man," not the passion of Christians. He is acknowledging that all religions east and west believe there is a transcendental reality and that perfect fulfillment comes from being united with this reality after we die. He then defines this passion with a reference to Christian doctrine which means he is acknowledging the historical reasons for believing in Jesus. He does not deny God exists. He is only saying the concept of God is contradictory. He then admits that since life ends in the grave, it has no meaning.

From the title of the book, you can see that Nagel understands that humans are embodied sprits and that the humans soul is spiritual. He says, however, that dualism and idealism are "traditional" alternatives to materialism. Dualism and idealism are just bright ideas from Descartes and Berkeley. The traditional alternative to materialism is monism. According to Thomas Aquinas unity is the transcendental property of being. Campbell does not even grasp the concept of monism. The only theories he grasps are dualism and materialism.

If all atheists were like Sartre, it would be an obstacle to faith. An important reason to believe in Jesus is that practically all atheists are like Nagel and Campbell, not like Sartre.

by David Roemer


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