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Go to: The Dawkins Challenge

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The rationale behind the doctrine, which is known as transubstantiation, employs categories of substance and accident, which have their origin in the philosophy of Aristotle. According to the Church, the underlying substances of bread and wine are replaced by the body and blood of Christ while the external appearances of bread and wine remain. A scientific analysis of the consecrated host and wine would only detect these external appearances.

So, is he a proponent of substance dualism, then? I suppose we need a preliminary discourse as to why spiritual substances isn't just something somebody made up, which I'm sure would require legions of sophisticated theologians.

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 00:14:13 UTC | #947285

Go to: From Minister To Atheist: A Story Of Losing Faith

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Comment 16 by Sliver69 :

      [Andrew B.]         : Re: Comment 2 by Sliver69 and Comment 4 by katy Cordeth-Do you have any idea how difficult it is to start over with new friends and a new life, let alone find a new job and acquire new job skills later in life?  I find your comments to be unimaginative and rather foolish.  Put yourself in her place and see if you get a better idea of what she is going through before you just say something so profoundly naive as "well stop being everything you've become over the last several decades and start over from scratch.  There, problem solved!"

Yes I do know how difficult it is to start over with new friends and a new life and a new job because I've had to do it. I did put myself in her place and from my own experience of a similar situation I gave my honest response, I stand by that response 100%.

Maybe you should be less judgemental of others before you start going on a moral crusade against people like me, who you clearly know nothing about but have the arrogance to assume things about me none the less.

Lots of Love Sliver69

Then you should have known better and should have offered some of your helpful thoughts instead of simply telling her to "quit being a pastor. Problem solved." The fact that you've gone through similar experiences and still offer such a trite response to her predicament paints you worse than if you were merely ignorant. It shows that, despite understanding her situation better than most, you learned nothing from your experiences.

Tue, 01 May 2012 20:04:19 UTC | #938795

Go to: From Minister To Atheist: A Story Of Losing Faith

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Re: Comment 2 by Sliver69 and Comment 4 by katy Cordeth

-Do you have any idea how difficult it is to start over with new friends and a new life, let alone find a new job and acquire new job skills later in life? I find your comments to be unimaginative and rather foolish. Put yourself in her place and see if you get a better idea of what she is going through before you just say something so profoundly naive as "well stop being everything you've become over the last several decades and start over from scratch. There, problem solved!"

Tue, 01 May 2012 01:38:43 UTC | #938523

Go to: The "Absence of Evidence..." Dodge

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Comment 2 by Cartomancer :

This can be taken further, however.

The absence of any evidence for a phenomenon IS evidence for the absence of the phenomenon in cases where we would very much EXPECT there to be evidence for said phenomenon.

Yes, exactly what I came here to say.

Wed, 28 Mar 2012 22:00:10 UTC | #931038

Go to: Why Are Religious Beliefs Off Limits?

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I've come up with a response to those that object to their beliefs being challenged: The extent to which a belief affects society is inversely proportional to the extent to which criticism of that belief is controversial.

Therefore, criticizing beliefs which profoundly affect people's behavior and judgement should be completely uncontroversial. If your beliefs influence or determine your actions, they're fair game for criticism.

Wed, 07 Mar 2012 00:07:14 UTC | #925016

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