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Religion has so many connections to political and economic beliefs, there needs to be a place to identify linkages, problems, goals, options, action plans and evaluation criteria.  

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An eternal question, what is the purpose of life?, occupied philosophers’ thoughts throughout history. Stone pictographs reveal even primitive peoples reflected on this query. Each one has the capacity to define his or her personal thinking about politics, economics and religion.

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Atheists’ self-defeating superiority: Why joining forces with religion is best for non-believers

Started by Bertold Brautigan on Tuesday. 0 Replies

Steve Newmann's written the above titled article in Slate with the…Continue

There Is No Republican Middle

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In his Esquire politics blog, Charles Pierce today provided a nice bit of Santorum bashing along with an analysis of the unhinging of…Continue

The Most Dangerous Woman in America, Kshama Sawant

Started by Joan Denoo Mar 16. 0 Replies

Slowly, over the past 40-45 years, we have seen a levelling out of wage labor, a widening of the income gap, a reduction of the middle class, an increase of those living below the poverty line, and a takeover of government by moneyed interests. No…Continue

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Steve Shives, reviews "An Atheist Reads God's Not Dead" by Rice Broocks.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 13. 3 Replies

Steve Shives, in his usual robust manner, reviews "An Atheist Reads God's Not Dead" by Rice Broocks.Shive covers virtually all the claims of a believer attempting to replace confidence in science with holy scriptures and debunks fables that come to…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 20, 2013 at 11:23pm

Caves, Creationism and the Divine Wonder of Deep Time

"I do not mean to diminish the lives of people who believe in such pseudo-science. One of the most hardworking and courageous persons I can think of was a man blinded by a mine in Vietnam. Once we were discussing what he would most like to see were his sight restored and he said without hesitation “The Creation Museum!”. I think this man’s religious faith was a well spring for his motivation and courage, and this, I believe is what religions are for- to provide strength for us to deal with the trials and tribulations of human life. Yet, I cannot help but think that the effort to black- hole- like suck in and crush our ideas of creation so that it fits within the scope of our personal lives isn’t just an assault on scientific truth but a suffocation of our idea of the divine itself."

Rick Searle , Nov 16, 2013

From my perspective, it makes god, any god, too small. The universe is so much larger than any imagined superpower who hears and answers prayers. The blinded soldier surely said his prayers and his eyesight was not restored. Some would say he was to fault because he didn't pray hard enough, or did something to deserve his fate.

Nonsense! that is pure rubbish. That kind of thinking makes one stop thinking of the real causes of war. Why was he on a battle field in the first place. Surely not to "protect" USA! Absolutely not to keep us safe!  These lies, fueled by propaganda, hides the real motive for going to some poor tropical country and blowing them from the Bronze Age into the Stone Age. 

Comment by tom sarbeck on November 20, 2013 at 1:04am

Joan, before you go on the warpath, check out Peter Boghossian's A Manual for Creating Atheists and its reviews.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2013 at 5:40pm

OK, all gloves off! I am embarked on an adventure of great importance to me and I hope to others. The non-believing groups, and there are many,  each with a different and important messages, provide a lifesaver way of thinking that empowers and enriches people's lives. We are not the devil, and we need to realize that, not just wish and dream and silently hide in closets hoping no one will see us. We live out in the fresh air and sunlight, enjoying being alive and joining with others in celebration of freedom and shared responsibility to create a better, safer, more stable and secure Earth. 

We stand with pride, self-respect, courage and determination to be who we are and get on with life. 

Join us if you want, peek in if you are afraid, or turn your back on our experiences and maintain and perpetuate the status quo. 

Just look at the evidence: USA, a war-mongering nation wanting to make the whole Earth a slave, including all humans, all flora and fauna, and all minerals and other elements.  

According to Ask, "Approximately, 34 major wars and conflicts are being fought today, causing a number of deaths, leaving many homeless and causing people to escape from their countries and seek refuge in other countries. These conflicts include: the Afghan civil war, Somali civil war, Iraq war, war in North West Pakistan, Arab-Israeli conflict, conflict in the Niger Delta, Côte d'Ivoire crisis, etc."

We exist as a community of many varied histories, we doubt and question, experiment and explore, fail and pick ourselves up again to try new ways of thinking. The old ways get us unto the most awful, terrible troubles.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2013 at 3:55pm

Hate is hate, even if wrapped in religious rhetoric.

Nurse Emily Lyons, Victim of a 1998 Abortion Clinic Bombing, Speaks...


Silence in the face of bigotry, implies agreement 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2013 at 7:57pm

Tea Party Logic

With the courage to shut down the government ...

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 17, 2013 at 12:41pm

Loren, I very much like your addition of Consequentialism. That is an important part of problem solving: look at the consequences of the action before making a decision about its value. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 17, 2013 at 10:06am

Thanks, Joan and Loren!

Last month Kacie Tsao told us about the Flash game "Socrates Jones: Pro Philosopher", where you, playing an accountant, have to try to rescue yourself and your daughter by rebutting many flawed arguments about the sources of morality.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 17, 2013 at 8:21am

And one more, Joan: Consequentialism.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 16, 2013 at 10:02pm

Here are some links to information about soures of morality 

Major Moral Theories

(1) Utilitarianism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_utilitarianism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Act_utilitarianism

(2) Kantianism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kantianism

(3) Social Contract Theory

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_contract

(4) Virtue Ethics

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/ethics-virtue/

(5) Care Ethics/Ethics of Care/Feminist Ethics (Esp. Carol Gilligan)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethics_of_care 

(6) One Concern: Moral Relativism - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_relativism

Thanks:

Jonathan Figdor

 16 October 17:33

AHA!@Stanford: Sources of Morality Discussion

Comment by Daniel W on October 15, 2013 at 7:51pm
I think just about the only people who are not disgusted by the behavior of those politicians, is the peope who voted them into office. Narcissistic backward foolish selfish bullying arrogant asses.
 
 
 

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