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"Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country.
Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up the sex crimes of the Rev. Fernando Karadimas, such accusations against Barros are “all calumny.”
The pope’s remarks on Thursday (Jan. 18) drew shock from Chileans and...
There has been some discussion and skepticism regarding spiritual experiences, what they are and what, if anything, they reveal about God, Gods, Ultimate Reality etc. In this thread I will present my own tentative sketch guided by some books I have along with my own experiences and conversations with others. Anybody is welcome to contribute to the discussion or raise skeptical concerns as well.
I will open the thread with excerpts from a book called Philosophy of Mysticism that presents a...
God is One, what does that mean in practical terms?
Does that mean everything is God. I'm God, you're God, the cat walking down the street is God?
Or is there some technical nuance I'm supposed to understand, like the cat is God but at the same time not God?
There's this idea of omnipresence. Does this mean that God God exists fully in the being of the cat or is the material body of the cat not God and God exists within the cat as some immaterial aspect?
When I was trying to figure this...
David Chalmers introduced the notion of a philosophical zombie. This is an entity that is physically identical to a human person, but lacks consciousness. His goal was to refute materialism, by showing that physical information alone isn't enough to explain consciousness.
In this formulation, a zombie looks and acts identical to a regular conscious human: if you talk to it, it replies as a person would. If you poke at it, it will *say* that it feels pain, even though in reality it...
I'd like to debate Christians on whether or not Catholics are idolaters. If you are a Christian who believes Catholics are idolaters, please debate me on that.
It's true I pray to Mother Mary, and I find the rosary and her intercession , maternal nurturing, and friendship to be very healing.... But the Catholic Church forbids people to give the Adoration that belongs to God, to anything less than God.
The catechism forbids idolatry.
I don't see it as idolatrous for me to ask Mother Mary...
Where does the pope derive his powers and how does he use them?
The “Roman Pontiff”, got his position of power, of being the Pontifex Maximus (Supreme Pontiff), through the “beast with two horns like a lamb”, Constantine, who instituted the pope’s Roman church at his convened Council of Nicaea. Constantine was passed that position down through the Augustus Caesars, who got it from Julius Caesar, the fifth head of the beast of Revelation 17:10, who usurped that position of being head of...
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