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by PaulSacramento
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: Questioning Non-belief
Topic: Essence and Existence
Replies: 8
Views: 175

Re: Essence and Existence

The difference between "essence" and existence" was explained this way to me: The essence of something is NOT dependent on it's existence. 2+2=4 would be that even if there were no items to count that equaled 4. Triangularity would still be something with 3 angled sides even if there were no materia...
by PaulSacramento
Mon Mar 26, 2018 5:26 am
Forum: Questioning Non-belief
Topic: There is no Hope without Jesus
Replies: 441
Views: 6176

Re: There is no Hope without Jesus

By the way Nils, We really appreciate your participation in this thread.
by PaulSacramento
Mon Mar 26, 2018 5:11 am
Forum: Questioning Non-belief
Topic: There is no Hope without Jesus
Replies: 441
Views: 6176

Re: There is no Hope without Jesus

WIth this definition it seems that also computers have free will. In the philosophical litterature there are several definitions of free will. How can you say that any of these are wrong. I am interested in Free WIll as a base for moral desert. As Galen Strawsson says: It is a matter of punishment ...
by PaulSacramento
Fri Mar 23, 2018 4:24 am
Forum: God and Science
Topic: Yeah, Mr. Hawking passed away, and...
Replies: 27
Views: 475

Re: Yeah, Mr. Hawking passed away, and...

It's always possible he had last second repentance-as unlikely as it is- and is saved now. That goes for nearly anyone too. I hope so, I feel really sad when an Atheist dies... Don't be, at the resurrection, as John 5 tells us, believers will be resurrected to eternal life and all others to judgmen...
by PaulSacramento
Fri Mar 23, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: Questioning Non-belief
Topic: There is no Hope without Jesus
Replies: 441
Views: 6176

Re: There is no Hope without Jesus

It seems to me that Nil either doesn't understand free will of he is committing the same error that Harris does, which is redefining free will in a way that can be shown to not exist. Free will is simply the ability to CHOOSE between whatever options you are presented. HOW isn't relevant as much as ...
by PaulSacramento
Fri Mar 23, 2018 4:20 am
Forum: Questioning Non-belief
Topic: There is no Hope without Jesus
Replies: 441
Views: 6176

Re: There is no Hope without Jesus

I notice that there are societies that work rather well without any knowledge of absolute morality, I think of some animals, apes and early humans.
Where did you get that idea ??
Please define absolute morality.
by PaulSacramento
Fri Mar 23, 2018 4:18 am
Forum: Questioning Non-belief
Topic: There is no Hope without Jesus
Replies: 441
Views: 6176

Re: There is no Hope without Jesus

Hereditary and environment, Nature and nurture, Genetics and adaptation, etc. They all mean the same things, that we are a SUM of what we are and what we are exposed to and how we learn and adapt to it. If there was no choice then what we do would be based SOLELY on our genetics and environment. Ye...
by PaulSacramento
Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Questioning Non-belief
Topic: There is no Hope without Jesus
Replies: 441
Views: 6176

Re: There is no Hope without Jesus

Hereditary and environment, Nature and nurture, Genetics and adaptation, etc. They all mean the same things, that we are a SUM of what we are and what we are exposed to and how we learn and adapt to it. If there was no choice then what we do would be based SOLELY on our genetics and environment. BUT...
by PaulSacramento
Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: Questioning Non-belief
Topic: There is no Hope without Jesus
Replies: 441
Views: 6176

Re: There is no Hope without Jesus

I asked earlier what kind of logic you refer to but I don't think that I got any answer.
Logic based on reasoning and experience ( and not just OUR experience, by history as well of course).

Where is the logic of holding someone accountable for actions not under their control?
by PaulSacramento
Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:05 am
Forum: Questioning Non-belief
Topic: There is no Hope without Jesus
Replies: 441
Views: 6176

Re: There is no Hope without Jesus

The general answer is pragmatism. Which is no answer. Pragmatism is a philosophical movement that includes those who claim that an ideology or proposition is true if it works satisfactorily, that the meaning of a proposition is to be found in the practical consequences of accepting it, and that unp...
by PaulSacramento
Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:02 am
Forum: Questioning Non-belief
Topic: There is no Hope without Jesus
Replies: 441
Views: 6176

Re: There is no Hope without Jesus

OK, than please explain how it can occur without referring to God. So, it THAT the issue? If so that is a simple one and has been addressed in various ways over the centuries. Middle knowledge for example. That God is outside Time means that choices we make in TIME are choice He knows in OUTSIDE of...
by PaulSacramento
Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Questioning Non-belief
Topic: There is no Hope without Jesus
Replies: 441
Views: 6176

Re: There is no Hope without Jesus

Predisposed means to "make someone liable or inclined to a specified attitude, action, or condition." There is no necessity to predispositions. For example, if I'm feeling angry then I might have a predisposition to vent kick the dog, (I'd not dare do such a thing! only because I have kids to do th...
by PaulSacramento
Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Questioning Non-belief
Topic: There is no Hope without Jesus
Replies: 441
Views: 6176

Re: There is no Hope without Jesus

I have tried to explain this several times but you don’t comment, only repeating your argument. Assume that you find convincing proof that there is no objective moral. Would you then argue that we shouldn’t try to stop theft? No, you would still argue that we have to stop criminals by threatening t...
by PaulSacramento
Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Questioning Non-belief
Topic: There is no Hope without Jesus
Replies: 441
Views: 6176

Re: There is no Hope without Jesus

OK, than please explain how it can occur without referring to God. So, it THAT the issue? If so that is a simple one and has been addressed in various ways over the centuries. Middle knowledge for example. That God is outside Time means that choices we make in TIME are choice He knows in OUTSIDE of...
by PaulSacramento
Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Questioning Non-belief
Topic: There is no Hope without Jesus
Replies: 441
Views: 6176

Re: There is no Hope without Jesus

I think that Nils believes that if he is predisposed to certain choices that, somehow, that means he has NO CHOICE in what he chooses.
Is that correct Nils?