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re: United Methodist Church special session this week - Sapere
[quote]"Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture comes from one's own interpretation." - 2 Peter 1:20 "He [St. Paul] writes this way in all his letters, speaking in them about such matters. Some parts of his letters are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people d...
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re: Reading Challenge 2019 - Sapere
[b]Goal: 30[/b] 1. After Virtue, Alasdair MacIntyre, 278, 4* 2. The Final Empire, Brandon Sanderson, 672, 4* 3. The Well of Ascension, Brandon Sanderson, 763, 3* 4. All That Is in God, James Dolezal, 4h 22m, 4* 5. The Hero of Ages, Brandon Sanderson, 724, 3.5* 6. Nicomachean Ethics, Aristo...
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re: The reason why so many of our values and traditions are being systematically erased: - Sapere
[quote]I do. Most of it. Religion is low hanging fruit. Ours is truth. Yours is satanic.[/quote] Are you saying the view "Ours is the truth. Yours is satanic" is a bad viewpoint and that your own is the true viewpoint?...
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re: Mississippi wins right to enforce religious exemptions law - Sapere
[quote]"Since the agent of authority is but a sword in the hand, and is not responsible for the killing, it is in no way contrary to the commandment, 'Thou shalt not kill' to wage war at God's bidding, or for the representatives of the State's authority to put criminals to death, according to law or...
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re: Mississippi wins right to enforce religious exemptions law - Sapere
[quote]when hundreds of thousands of people are all killed in the name of X, then yes, at that point its safe to say X is a problem.[/quote] Say you decide to share your infinite wisdom with the world. You teach love and compassion. A group decides to follow you and performs multiple heinous ac...
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re: Mississippi wins right to enforce religious exemptions law - Sapere
[quote]only part that matters here is "murder in the name of Christ". what youre describing here is evil that only happens because of religion[/quote] If one murders in the name of X, is X always responsible for that murder? ...
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re: Is there a secular argument against abortions? - Sapere
[quote]It doesn't have to prove that there isn't an absolute truth. It merely has to prove that whatever that absolute truth is, humans don't actually agree on it. Not even the ones who AGREE that God is the source of it. [/quote] Yes but what is the point of this. If we are defining "object...
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re: Is there a secular argument against abortions? - Sapere
[quote]Ok. Science denier. I recognize that leftist philosophy has created an arbitrary construct called personhood, bu that is because the scientific fact is life begins at fertilization. [/quote] The scientific fact that life begins at fertilization does not necessarily render it immoral to ter...
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re: Is there a secular argument against abortions? - Sapere
[quote]Nope, it's completely relevant. You asserted: "when the golden rule is properly defined." You then proceeded to define it in a manner that is neither objectively correct, nor the first or only example[/quote] Are you saying that it is not objective in that not all people accept this specif...
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re: Is there a secular argument against abortions? - Sapere
[quote]You're defining this in a biblical context. The theory and concepts predate that interpretation by thousands of years across multiple cultures.[/quote] Irrelevant. The person I was replying to said that the golden rule is faulty. I responded with a formation that gets around the objectio...
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re: Is there a secular argument against abortions? - Sapere
[quote]if every single person who ever read the Bible came to the same conclusions regarding morality you might have a point. But they don't [/quote] Why would every person need to come to the same conclusions to prove that an objective moral law exists or that said moral law is revealed in the ...
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re: Is there a secular argument against abortions? - Sapere
[quote]The golden rule is pretty good, but how does it hold up when you are dealing with a masochist, for example? The masochist enjoys having pain infllicted upon themselves, so should they inflict pain into others? Kind of a ridiculous counter example; but a good illustration on the shortcom...
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re: Sam Harris- The Left is irredeemable at this point - Sapere
[quote]Really, I'd Sam Harris is one of the greatest living philosophers. He's incredible at it. He's debatably the greatest living philosopher, which has made him many enemies.[/quote] You might need to read a bit more if you think he is one of the greatest living philosophers. The argument...
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re: Planned Parenthood keeps saying 3% of their income is from abortions - Sapere
[quote]I'm not sure how I feel about abortion full stop. But I don't believe true human life, qualitatively, starts at conception. I have lots of friends and family who are adamant that it does. But whenever I ask the following, they can't give an answer consistent with that position. Say you co...
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re: What do you think it means to believe in science? - Sapere
[quote]Those things you named that were designed were designed by something more complex than them. So, if god designed us, that would have to mean he was designed by something even more complex.[/quote] Your second sentence does not follow the first. You have not established that if something i...
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re: What do you think it means to believe in science? - Sapere
[quote]You do not have "faith" in your own experience. You think therefore you are.., it is the most concrete thing in the universe, if you doubt that, or it requires "faith" on your part, perhaps you lack the ability to think, which based on your post definitely seems plausible. [/quote] Cogito ...
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re: The evangelical right is also melting - Sapere
[quote]Calvin believed in hardline predestination[/quote] As does Piper. [quote]the immaculate conception and perpetual virginity of Mary[/quote] Where in his writings does Calvin specifically endorse these views? [quote]rejected sola scriptura[/quote] This might be too hasty of a...
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re: Good for Pope Francis - Sapere
[quote]But we can't prove it one way or the other[/quote] Why not? ...
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re: Good for Pope Francis - Sapere
[quote]Not at all. Luther's "do as I say and not as I do" attitude disprove nothing I've said.[/quote] So you believe Luther desired to sin and create this system where he is free to do so, but that he also believed that one ought not sin as it is not something to be desired? ...
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re: Good for Pope Francis - Sapere
[quote]It's obvious he viewed it as something not to be desired, but ultimately meaningless in matters of salvation.[/quote] So you retract what you said earlier then? [quote]Luther wanted to the freedom to "sin bravely" without fear of judgement so he created a God in his image.[/quote] ...
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