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by The Protector
Sun Oct 07, 2012 5:46 pm
Forum: Philosophical Discussions
Topic: Morality Without God?
Replies: 650
Views: 103305

Re: Morality Without God?

I have just read/skimmed through this thread. Please allow me to present my dramatic synopsis of the exchange between Butterfly and his various interlocutors: Butterfly: I submit to you a foundation of objective morality absent God: the Golden Rule. Interlocutor: What makes it objective? Butterfly: ...
by The Protector
Tue Aug 21, 2012 11:09 am
Forum: Questions for Christians
Topic: Am I doing right?
Replies: 28
Views: 5532

Re: Am I doing right?

Ryan, I can certainly sympathize with you. You sound a bit like Sir Lancelot in Monty Python's Search for the Holy Grail: "Please, let me have a little bit of peril!" y[-o< I recommend you pick up a copy of The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It's long and at times a bit thick, but it's an...
by The Protector
Mon Jul 23, 2012 10:59 pm
Forum: Politics and World Events
Topic: Socialism
Replies: 66
Views: 17926

Re: Socialism

Reactionary, Thank you for your thoughtful response. Perhaps I wasn't very clear in my prior post. I am not an anarcho-capitalist, nor are most Americans. It has actually become a common tactic among progressives in the United States (essentially American socialists, more commonly known here by the ...
by The Protector
Thu Jul 19, 2012 3:25 pm
Forum: Politics and World Events
Topic: Socialism
Replies: 66
Views: 17926

Re: Socialism

Some here seem to think that Socialism has little or nothing to do with a constriction of individual liberty, but that simply is not the case-- no matter what "type" of socialism we are talking about. Socialism, to some degree or another, is fundamentally a circumscription of economic freedom. "Capi...
by The Protector
Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:05 pm
Forum: Philosophical Discussions
Topic: Truth and knowledge : Not relative and not plural
Replies: 115
Views: 26594

Re: Truth and knowledge : Not relative and not plural

Personally, I think I understand enough about pluralism to allow it to refute itself. I would like to hear more of your thoughts on eastern religion and philosophy.
by The Protector
Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:10 am
Forum: Politics and World Events
Topic: Christians in a republic and God's law
Replies: 3
Views: 1086

Re: Christians in a republic and God's law

I actually didn't intend for this to be a repeat of the discussion in the other thread; my question was not what Christians should do by secular standards, but rather what their duty to God is. Perhaps I put this in the wrong sub-forum. For what it's worth, though, I will respond to your statements ...
by The Protector
Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:52 pm
Forum: Politics and World Events
Topic: Christians in a republic and God's law
Replies: 3
Views: 1086

Christians in a republic and God's law

This is something I've been thinking about for a while, and I'm hoping the collected wisdom of the members here might enlighten me: I think one of the over-arching themes in scripture is that God has given us the right to self-determination; Christ's sacrifice was for all of us, but God leaves it up...
by The Protector
Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:19 pm
Forum: Moral and Ethical Affairs
Topic: Establishment Clause
Replies: 10
Views: 3144

Re: Establishment Clause

And if any state adopts a religion officially...then I weep for our country, because it means that "freedom of religion" is dead. Also, what is the difference between adopting an official, required religion (as prohibited by the constitution) and making laws based solely on religious context, there...
by The Protector
Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:11 pm
Forum: Moral and Ethical Affairs
Topic: Establishment Clause
Replies: 10
Views: 3144

Re: Establishment Clause

When it was written, it was not intended to keep religion out of the public sphere, or even out of government. Note how the language here differs from that found in the second amendment: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and b...
by The Protector
Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:32 pm
Forum: Philosophical Discussions
Topic: Truth and knowledge : Not relative and not plural
Replies: 115
Views: 26594

Re: Truth and knowledge : Not relative and not plural

That's all fine and fair, and I'm glad you at least feel that you've gotten something positive out of Christ's message, but finding something personally fulfilling regardless of its veracity is not the same thing as demonstrating that its truth is relative. It makes no difference to you whether or n...
by The Protector
Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:31 am
Forum: Philosophical Discussions
Topic: Truth and knowledge : Not relative and not plural
Replies: 115
Views: 26594

Re: Truth and knowledge : Not relative and not plural

Again, I think you are misunderstanding what I'm getting at. I pretty much agree with everything you've said here. However, I'm not trying to get into soteriology. I'm merely saying that, as nice as it sounds to say that one doesn't have to be "pinned down" by one religion, it seems to me that there...
by The Protector
Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:21 pm
Forum: Philosophical Discussions
Topic: Truth and knowledge : Not relative and not plural
Replies: 115
Views: 26594

Re: Truth and knowledge : Not relative and not plural

I actually agree with the sense that we are not to "pick a religion". Religion is man's construction to understand and relate to God. God has given us, not a religion that we should rely upon ourselves in that regard, but I believe God revealed Himself to us in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is not a r...
by The Protector
Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:51 pm
Forum: Philosophical Discussions
Topic: Truth and knowledge : Not relative and not plural
Replies: 115
Views: 26594

Re: Truth and knowledge : Not relative and not plural

. I'm not of the opinion we are required to to pick a religion and go with it hook, line and sinker anymore than I think people should be required to pick a particular genre of music or type of art and appreciate it at the exclusion of all else. I risk embarrassing myself by even posting as i am wa...
by The Protector
Sat Dec 03, 2011 1:53 pm
Forum: Questions for Christians
Topic: Is new atheism finally starting to go backwards?
Replies: 20
Views: 3936

Re: Is new atheism finally starting to go backwards?

New atheism is a dying fad certainly - but that is not the main danger I think- Secularism is. An apathy of people who don't give religion a second thought. People just don't seem to care about it - and have a very superficial understanding of Christianity. It is seen in this country as a quaint fe...
by The Protector
Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:26 pm
Forum: Moral and Ethical Affairs
Topic: Homosexuality
Replies: 270
Views: 50011

Re: Homosexuality

Marriage is a right. It all depends on how marriage is being defined. I would content that marriage, by it's nature and definition, is a civil or religious union between a man and woman. Gay people certainly have that right. If we change the definition of it then its nature could become a civil or ...