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by patrick
Fri Feb 03, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion & Introductions
Topic: What's your favorite kind of play?
Replies: 3
Views: 699

Re: What's your favorite kind of play?

Reading theological tomes and ponder the meaning of existence, of course. :eugeek: :shock: :P Heh. Yeah, on most days studying languages is about as much "fun" as I get up to, so I can kinda relate. I had gone out to a few meetups in my area when I first moved, but that kinda slipped off once I sta...
by patrick
Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion & Introductions
Topic: What's your favorite kind of play?
Replies: 3
Views: 699

What's your favorite kind of play?

So I started working with kids about a month ago, and I realized just today that I haven't been playful enough -- too much hanging back and trying to defend what's fair rather than getting into the thick of things to entertain directly. So as I was playing more with the kids, it made me wonder what ...
by patrick
Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:43 am
Forum: The Bible and Scripture
Topic: Difference Between Religion and Jesus
Replies: 1
Views: 516

Re: Difference Between Religion and Jesus

This is one of the big things that makes Christianity feel real to me. Most other religions feel too much like a game or a test to me. Like we have to "win" at what God has laid out for us, and everything else is just there to separate the winners from the losers. With Christianity, it feels a lot m...
by patrick
Thu Jan 26, 2017 2:01 am
Forum: Christian Theology
Topic: Reconciling the Trinity with Divine Simplicity
Replies: 9
Views: 1998

Re: Reconciling the Trinity with Divine Simplicity

So I thought I'd revive this thread to review my understanding of the Trinity. And perhaps get more discussion going. ...(much like your social trinity suggestion), it suggests that when they are thinking about the Trinity, they are thinking of the three Persons as distinct beings that are in some m...
by patrick
Mon Jan 23, 2017 6:47 am
Forum: Friendly Chit-Chat
Topic: Passengers: Would you?
Replies: 16
Views: 1843

Re: Passengers: Would you?

I probably wouldn't, but I might depending on what there was to do alone vs with others
by patrick
Thu Dec 29, 2016 1:27 am
Forum: Christian Theology
Topic: Christianity and anger
Replies: 18
Views: 1457

Re: Christianity and anger

Just in to say that I've long been concerned that our culture is too suppressive of anger, but I haven't been quite sure where to really draw the line. I agree with most of what's written here, especially the part about not responding to your anger with fear on the one hand and making sure it's just...
by patrick
Tue Dec 13, 2016 5:41 pm
Forum: Philosophical Discussions
Topic: Agnostic Theist / Agnostic Christian
Replies: 12
Views: 3528

Re: Agnostic Theist / Agnostic Christian

And yet, you know, for some reason you're drawn to Christ. You say " the Christian notion remains the most coherent form ", yet such is truly foolishness to those who don't believe. I'm not sure you could get there, unless Christianity also resonated as true in your very being. Such, is an experien...
by patrick
Sun Dec 04, 2016 3:06 am
Forum: Philosophical Discussions
Topic: Agnostic Theist / Agnostic Christian
Replies: 12
Views: 3528

Re: Agnostic Theist / Agnostic Christian

Revisiting this issue, I think this position could only be fully held by someone who doesn't see gnosis as necessary for trust/faith. Because this logically implies trust, faith, or confidence in God without any rationale supporting the thesis "God exists" as true. I think this would most likely occ...
by patrick
Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:05 am
Forum: Philosophical Discussions
Topic: Agnostic Theist / Agnostic Christian
Replies: 12
Views: 3528

Re: Agnostic Theist / Agnostic Christian

Well, fwiw I sorta identify with this position -- I wouldn't consider myself to be agnostic about theism itself but rather to be agnostic about any form beyond the Aristotelian/philosophical notion of God. I think it's possible to have personal experiences that would provide tangible support for a b...
by patrick
Sun Nov 27, 2016 11:12 pm
Forum: Politics and World Events
Topic: RTD: The liberal postmortem is not going well
Replies: 10
Views: 1511

Re: RTD: The liberal postmortem is not going well

Yeah, this is one of the most frustrating things to see coursing through my own circles. There are just ridiculous levels of hypocrisy and frankly blindness with how most liberal/progressive-leaning people have handled these election results. Always pointing to the extremists to justify their fighti...
by patrick
Thu Oct 13, 2016 3:44 pm
Forum: Politics and World Events
Topic: Is Russia really behind the US cyber attack?
Replies: 2
Views: 311

Is Russia really behind the US cyber attack?

So I've read that the link of Russia to the recent cyber attack on the US is questionable. Yet I've yet to read a probable cause for another party running it. Previously I thought it was simply Assange, the person running WikiLeaks, but WikiLeaks simply reports stories that it can get a hold of. So ...
by patrick
Wed Oct 12, 2016 10:24 pm
Forum: Questioning Non-belief
Topic: What is behind suffering?
Replies: 53
Views: 5085

Re: What is behind suffering?

From a naturalistic POV, I think suffering is seen as an indicator of an animal being stuck in nonideal conditions. For instance, octopi evolved to behave in certain ways that we don't yet fully understand, so when placed in a tank for study they are always seeking a way to escape. Whether these way...
by patrick
Tue Oct 04, 2016 3:11 pm
Forum: Questioning Non-belief
Topic: what is a believer?
Replies: 31
Views: 3085

Re: what is a believer?

I said earlier that it seems to me a bright line distinction between people, those who apparently are able to just choose, and then believe, and those whose minds dont allow for that sort of self deception (as it seems to me to be). People apparently do believe in the book of mormon, as translated ...
by patrick
Thu Sep 29, 2016 1:44 am
Forum: Prayer Requests
Topic: Prayers for Hillary Clinton
Replies: 34
Views: 4058

Re: Prayers for Hillary Clinton

I think Matthew 5:43-48 says that we should pray for them like we would anyone else, we should not treat them different, they may see us as enemies, but we should view them as our neighbour. Just like in the story of the Good Samaritan, he sees his enemy (neighbour) and he takes him and looks after...
by patrick
Thu Sep 29, 2016 12:34 am
Forum: Prayer Requests
Topic: Prayers for Hillary Clinton
Replies: 34
Views: 4058

Re: Prayers for Hillary Clinton

I'm saying I think the most compassionate thing you can do is pray she gets her priorities straight. If not for her, then certainly for the nation of people she's trying to lead. I think Matthew 5:43-48 says that we should pray for them like we would anyone else, we should not treat them different,...