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faux serious introspection
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Angels & Demons
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The Taliban as Mafia
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reductio ad absurdum
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Sunday Poem Series
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it was never the case that all terrorists were Muslim
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The comments...

AvatarE.D. Kain
+ Doubt, to my mind, is something that we carry with us. It is ongoing - probably not "vanquished" though certainly there is no reason [. . .]
AvatarChet
+ And how can one really appreciate the faith they accept without first tackling the struggle of doubt? But if you construe "doubt" as something to [. . .]
+ I love Audrey Tautou. I think she is sublimely lovely, and a talented actress. She could have offered to accompany me to every city that [. . .]
AvatarE.D. Kain
+ Chet - how does one set something beyond doubt without first confronting doubt? And how can one really appreciate the faith they accept without [. . .]
AvatarE.D. Kain

Thanks, Bob. I'll look for that one.

AvatarChet
+ If doubt is so great, why not doubt the very existence of God and become an atheist? Isn't the point of faith to set some things [. . .]
AvatarBob Cheeks

E.D. well said!
Try Suarez's Daemon...this generations 1984, a philosophical/techno thriller!

+ I have to admit I enjoyed all of Brown's novels. i've always had this unique ability to enjoy even mediocre prose as long as the [. . .]

Indeed.

Some crazes I get, some I don't. Like Harry Potter makes sense to me. I love it. These - not so much...

AvatarBob
+ I was teaching high school at the peak of the DaVinci Code craze. The kids loved it, the library had multiple copies. Serenity [. . .]
+ Totally, Bob. That was clear enough. I mean, I think amongst believers or non-believers of whatever tradition this still holds true. Doubt [. . .]
AvatarJaybird
+ Legalize Poppies. This can be the A+ #1 thing that the US could do in the region to generate good will among the population. The US [. . .]
AvatarBob
+ "But as Kyle says above, many of the Saints were plagued with doubt, and it inevitably led them to a stronger faith." There is no day [. . .]
+ I would agree, Bob. Now - I would say Obama is probably not as theologically traveled as Larison, however I think few public officials [. . .]
AvatarBob
+ "The word 'doubt' has a fairly wide application, but in the context of this discussion.... Well I take the context of this discussion to be [. . .]
+ The word “doubt” has a fairly wide application, but in the context of this discussion, I would oppose doubt not to the virtue of faith, [. . .]
AvatarMichael Drew
+ I'm truly surprised to hear Larison saying this. I must have misapprehended his view on faith in a pretty big way to this [. . .]
AvatarBob
+ Here are the President's words, "But remember too that the ultimate irony of faith is that it necessarily admits doubt. It is the belief in [. . .]
AvatarChris Dierkes
+ I'm not entirely sure how this fits, but the key point about apophatic theology is that apophatic theology is an actual experience of unknowability. [. . .]
AvatarBob Cheeks
+ Chris, delightful analysis...powerfully done! The Big 'O's in the driver's seat for sure, and the GOP is toast. However, if the Ayrabs kill a bunch of [. . .]
Avatargreginak
+ To one of the godless, these arguments always sound like, how dare you have a different theological view. Yours is obviously wrong and you are [. . .]

It doesn't limit their rights, as they have no right to treat the child in that fashion.

Avatargreginak
+ Jay , you called yourself an absolutist in another thread. For what its worth, I don’t think the state has any reason or right to [. . .]
+ Bob- What do you think should be the appropriate consequences for the Speaker, assuming she is lying (and as far as I’m concerned that’s [. . .]
AvatarJaybird
+ "Many people who aren’t entrenched in “movement” abortion politics hold complex views that are often contradictory." They aren't necessarily contradictory. They merely weigh different things differently. [. . .]
AvatarBob Cheeks
+ Well, E.D., you do seem a fair minded person. What do you think should be the appropriate consequences for the Speaker, assuming she is lying [. . .]
AvatarRj
+ Quick hits: 1. That Gallup poll is more than a little suspect. For example, it has the sampled equal percentages of Democrats and Republicans when [. . .]
AvatarJaybird
+ Why complain about conservatives not believing in a right to privacy, then? They can even accuse you of being an absolutist if you disagree. Then you can [. . .]

Surely those examples constitute intrusion against the child's rights, greginak? It's not a limitation, then, merely a state protection.

Avatargreginak
+ yes Jay most people aren't absolutists. every right has limitations and sometimes conflicts with others. People shouldn't be able to kill or rape their children, [. . .]
AvatarJaybird
+ The problem is that *NEITHER* side believes in a right to privacy. I mean, if people have a right to privacy, they might X! What about [. . .]
+ Once again, actions merit judgment. The action of authorizing torture vs. the action of knowing about it are two different things altogether. So [. . .]
AvatarBob Cheeks
+ E.D., My point is that the 'current' discussion is related to whether or not the Speaker of the House lied to Congress, not Bush or Cheney, [. . .]
Avatargreginak
+ I don't think R v W will be overturned either. But the federalism argument for returning it to the states, which is pushed by anti-abortion [. . .]
+ " How to circumscribe a new lodestar around which all political constellations are now defined in relation to. " What a line! Additionally "internetical" is now my [. . .]
AvatarChris Dierkes
+ g, i don't think roe v. wade being overturned is a likely scenario. i was making the point that I think if conservatives keep pushing [. . .]
+ Here's some data points for you. Is Indonesia a haven for terrorists? Yes. Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim county, is a vast archipelago with [. . .]
Avatargreginak
+ While people may be against abortion for monetary reasons, who gets to say when somebody has a good reason? Who gets to decide who has [. . .]
+ Bob - it's different for those who authorized torture vs. those who only knew about it. But, then again, I did write: Now, does [. . .]
AvatarBob Cheeks
+ If Nancy is lying about the CIA not mentioning 'waterboarding' back when should she resign? Face charges? Get a redo ticket? Is it different for [. . .]
AvatarChris Dierkes
+ Katherine, I think what you are underestimating is the degree to which there would be a backlash effect if Roe v. Wade were overturned. This [. . .]
AvatarChris Dierkes
+ Paul, Yeah it's not just that he seems so, he actually he is a very good speaker. That said, he gets a boost from the [. . .]
AvatarChris Dierkes
+ My impression is that Indonesia today is a center of al Qaeda-style Muslim fanaticism and that this has played havoc with traditional Indonesian religious culture. [. . .]
Avatarpaul h.
+ It's quite true that Roe v. Wade is further left than the majority opinion. And, come on, it's not just that Obama SEEMS like a really [. . .]
+ I think that if you look at previous administrations you will find they broke the law in a variety of ways in the interest of [. . .]
AvatarKatherine
+ If it Roe v. Wade were somehow nullified, outside an increasingly diminishing white Protestant-evangelical Bible Belt (Kansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi,etc.) abortion would, if returned to the [. . .]
Avatargreginak
+ Mike---So you are saying there was a deliberate policy of using torture in previous admins? If so then the truth commissions should find [. . .]