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Ask ten people what reality is, expect at least 11 answers. Seems everyone has their own definition -- at least to some extent. That's one reason I personally tend to avoid the word, although I sometimes use it.
When I do use the word, I usually define it as "anything that can be empirically observed and/or detected plus anything that can be logically or rationally demonstrated."
The "logically or rationally demonstrated" allows for the possibility of something to be real -- not...
This is more of a rant.
I'm not an activist but I do see how LGBTQ politics is in unintentionally creating and confirming stereotypes that is just not true or budged among people who identify as LGBTQ as a whole. While activism helps gay (LGBTQ) invidual obtain the same level of service, same benefits, etc as our straight peers on the other hand the method of doing so is highly miscued because of the flamboyancy (no pun) in nature.
1. Defining us by your experiences and political leanings...
Archbishop Vigano has given his third testimony regarding the moral failings among the hierarchy, not excepting the Pope.
Archbishop Viganò issues third testimony, refutes accusations of Cardinal Ouellet
It appears that such criticism, whether from lay Catholics or members of the hierarchy, is tolerated - so far.
What forms of discipline or chastisement can be applied to the Pope, or his critics?
Some weeks ago the mods moderated a post of mine which said "Those who believe in witchcraft are retarded".
I didn't expect that phrase to be considered against the rules of a religious forum.
Nevertheless, it was a phrase I borrowed from an Italian anthropologist, Cecilia Gatto Trocchi with whom I identify a lot. She's a secularist like me. A rationalist like me. A fan of French Enlightenment like me.
Well...she basically says that certain beliefs, since Enlightenment took place, don't...
As a spanked child I once thought spanking was an important tool, but I am convinced that it may be altogether unnecessary, that there are better methods of discipline. That being said, I want to hear evidences that spanking is unnecessary, and I want to hear methods of replacing it.
Children have tantrums. They disobey. They lie. They steal. They won't go to bed. Children won't clean . What do you do? What are other situations where children might be spanked, and what do you do?...
I was just wondering, since no one has reported on what it actually is. People just say it's a place your soul goes. Is it physical? Or is it ethereal? If the latter why recently are there questions that correlate to this current life, even remotely relevant to the afterlife. If it is a destination for souls then I'm guessing isn't physical.
The only think I can imagine would be close to 'heaven' would be a virtual world where any and all desires can be realized but not physically...
I've heard so many Christians say that they are certain the Bible is the inerrant word of God. So certain are they, that they devote their life to it and are willing to die for it.
However, Muslims are certain that the Quran is the word of God, and they're willing to die for their beliefs as well. How do I know you have anymore credibility than a Muslim who thinks the Quran is the word of God?
Of course, you know that the Bible is without error and it is the word of God. You just know....
I often hear some statement along the lines of, "If a god does not exist, then there can be no objective morality".
As it happens, that sort of statement suffers greatly from the misfortune of being false.
It is possible, for example, that Platonic forms or ideals of morality exist even though no god exists.
Note: I am not attempting here to present an argument for the existence of an objective morality.
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