What L Ron Hubbard wrote is wrong because _______.
What Joseph Smith wrote is wrong because ________.
What some anonymous author wrote 60 years later is wrong because _______.
The brain can be cheated. We do it all the time for several reasons. When I buy a lottery ticket, I do it pretending that the odds are reasonable. It's a pretend game, deep down I know I'm just fooling myself. But when I'm buying the ticket, I don't care because it feels good to think you are buying a reasonable chance of being rich. It's the same thing with some religious people. I know it because I did myself before becoming an atheist.
|Neumann murió cuando sus padres usaron solo la fe|
|Yo mismo oraba por los enfermos|
This race was never supposed to be close at all. She was supposed to sail to a win this time. The socialist Senator was supposed to be a blip. He’d won the expectations game. LINK
Sanders is already a historic candidate—the first socialist in a century to build a genuine mass movement in American party politics. And whatever the Democratic Party is in the next 20 or 30 years, it will owe a great deal to Sanders and all the people—young or otherwise—who felt the Bern. LINK.
This is the first US election I've ever followed. (I'm South African) I can see how important Bernie winning is for America and for the world. I hope enough of you turn up and vote for the only hope for all of us.
I am 70 YOA (years of age) and for the very first time, I will not have to vote in an insect election (the lesser of two weevils) when I mark my ballot for Bernie Sanders. Elsewhere on the inter web, I have answered a questionnaire specifying my views on a variety of subjects. The results indicate I have a 98% alignment with Senator Sanders. A vote for Sanders is a vote against the oligarchy which now runs our country and is the ONLY vote which gives my children and grandchildren a chance of living a life as rich and wonderful as I have enjoyed. Thank you Mr. Loftus for your support of Senator Sanders.
A. A documentary filmmaker professes to seek the “truth” in a fair-minded and “scientific” way.
I’m into Bernie Sanders. I think Bernie Sanders is somebody that we really have to focus on—especially now,” he says. “Whether or not the money buys the other contenders, we still have to stay together on Bernie because Bernie’s got the goods. He really knows what he’s talking about and he’s got all the issues down. He gets all these little donations because he doesn’t want to be beholden to anybody. Bernie will give us the best shot at getting equality for men and women, African Americans, and all people of color; he’ll give us the best shot at healthcare; he’ll give us the best shot at the international situation so that we don’t start blowing things up, and to try to pull back a bit on the Imperialism. We need to pull back on it. We can’t keep dealing with regime change and all this shit! You guys—the young people—have to look at this and say, ‘Enough of this crap!’”
He adds, “I think a lot of people are starting to Feel the Bern—that’s a funny saying, but people are starting to feel the heat and the responsibility that we all have to at least give the planet a shot. We want to try to keep the Earth in a stable position for our grandchildren and great-grandchildren. LINK.
1. There's a tendency among the religious to take offence at comparisons drawn by atheists between religious belief and other supernatural beliefs such as belief in ghosts, fairies, etc. No doubt some atheists do just want to belittle and bait the religious by making such comparisons. However, it seems to me that drawing such a comparison can be very appropriate. I certainly intend no offence by drawing it. I don't think the religious should take offence.
I find it most interesting that there are a cadre of Christian evangelical philosophers and apologists claiming, as MacGregor does, that Molina "ranks among the foremost philosophical theologians in church history" (p. 15) who was only discovered accidentally by them when Robert Adam's told Avin Plantinga that a good bit of his defense of God in his 1974 book "God, Freedom and Evil" was straight out of Molina. Adams' rejected Molinism as did William Hasker in his 1989 book "God Time, and Foreknowledge." I would think that to say a given theologian "ranks among the foremost philosophical theologians in church history" as MacGregor did, when he's only recently been discovered by evangelicals who think of him this highly is unjustified, since his work was not appreciated by them until 1974. Unless of course, MacGregor is making a prediction of his stature into the distant future, upon which it’s way to early to call that. LINK.For current debates on Molinism see Ken Perszyk's book, Molinism: The Contemporary Debate.