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    • We ALL Have a Universal Moral Code In Us
      By siegi91 · Posted
      Ein lieber Gruss, Luftwaffe. 

      Sorry for the delayed response, but I might need to go to Germany for a couple of weeks, and I need to prepare a lot of stuff. 

      The composition fallacy? I did not know it had a name. Maybe I would call it the decomposition fallacy: properties of the whole do not necessarily transfer to the parts. But I agree with you that it does not makes us necessarily wrong: it just does not make us sufficiently right. 

      I also agree that I am assuming a position of belief without sufficient evidence. The notion that atheists do not believe in things not supported by evidence is pure mythology. Everybody believes in something without enough support. For instance, I also believe that there is life somewhere else in the Universe, despite no evidence that this is the case. Probably, I would not study physics if I did not believe that what we ignore about the Universe did not have a physical explanation. 

      The natural origin of morality simply seems more plausible to me. For instance, there is some evidence that the brains of psychopaths work differently than the brains of normal people. You might say that this only affects their perception, but I think that positing that the brain is not only the detector, but also the source of morality, requires less assumptions. 

      And I agree that neuroscience is very materialistic and can be used to defend very materialistic positions. I am not sure about quantum mechanics, though. I think quantum mechanics has been (ab)used to posit a whole lot of not materialistic things. New age, universal consciousness and similar stuff, come to mind. 

      I am aware that you are defending the higher probability of a not material origin of morality. But I think that probability is a very tricky subject, with very strict applicability rules, that can also be abused to prove a lot of things. Just to make an example: history shows that many metaphysical explanations about the world (e.g. earthquakes are caused by an angry god), have been replaced by naturalistic ones (earthquakes are caused by continental drifts). I am not aware of any consolidated natural explanation being replaced by a transcendent one. I could abuse this to show that the probability of morality being natural as well is very high. 

      Unfortunately I could not open that video with my device. But I would agree with the professor: I believe that morality, and what we ought to do, are defined by the functioning of the average brain. Things can get tricky when the average brain in a certain part of the world is modified by the local culture. Things that are close to our low level survival instinct seem to stay more or less constant, but others appear to change. I can only speak for Europe: what the average European thinks today about what we ought to allow, would have been a crime 100 years ago. 

      And that should also answer your last question. 
    • Trans student seeks use of girls locker room
      By OakWood · Posted
      I believe that it is a mental illness. To believe that you are a sex that you are clearly not is a state of delusion. To want to have your genitals surgically altered or removed is self-harming at its most extreme and in sane times would warrant psychiatric treatment and possibly even being locked in a padded cell for your own safety. But of course we're not living in sane times, we're living in the era of delusion. I'm not going to debate whether mental illness is sometimes caused by demons or not, but I will say this: The fact that mentally ill people are being championed and encouraged in their illnesses rather than being cured of them shows that something very wicked is happening in the World. Psychiatrists and psychologists are meant to try and treat illnesses, not declare them as being 'normal', Common Sense actually went out of the window when we turned our backs on God. (Not 'us' Christians but Christendom in general). There are people in positions of power who are so anti-God that they have been sent the 'delusion' described in 2nd Thessalonians chapter 2. They are the ones that have lost all Common Sense and are driven by irrationality. They are incapable of grasping the simple logic that transgenderism is abnormal, contradictory and non-scientific. There is no such thing as transgender only people with false illusions that are incapable of grasping reality. These people need help, they do not need their fantasies pandered to. If I claimed that I was a giraffe, would you call me 'a giraffe' or would you suggest that I seek treatment to snap me out of my delusion? If I claimed that I could flap my arms like wings and fly would you tell me to seek help or would you tell me to climb to the top of a tall building and jump off and soar away? The answer to both those questions depends on who you are. If you are sane you would try to help me. The problem is that so-called 'transgenders' are being advised and guided by people who are as crazy as they are. The lunatics are now running the asylum!  
    • A different post-trib / pre-wrath interpretation
      By Last Daze · Posted
      The resurrection / rapture, which is our gathering together to Him, happens on the day of the Lord, which comes like a thief in the night after the armies gather at Armageddon.  That's the most simple, straightforward read of the passages related to our resurrection / change unto immortality. And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.  Revelation 16:12-16 Apparently, the resurrection / rapture is an event that is still future to the sixth bowl.  It can't be tied to the sixth seal.  The two things that are seen in Matt 24:29-31 are distinctly different.  The time lapse between them is however long it takes for the first six plague angels to carry out their trumpets and bowls, months and possibly a couple of year as I see it. That's the straightforward read anyway, and the one I prefer.  It doesn't require any fabricated terminology or creative duplicity.
    • The Biblical Canon
      By 19Duggarfan · Posted
      I agreed that the 66 Books that make our Bible are the complete Word of God.  But do question other information about them like how could James have been written before 60AD yet quote Revelations which according to modern scholars was written in the late 90's AD.  Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.   Revelations 2:10 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the  Lord hath promised to them that love Him.      James 1:12  
    • My sister needs some serious help/prayers
      By other one · Posted
      It's not like her to reach out from what I'm seeing....   it wouldn't hurt for you to  send her a text and let her know that you love her and would like to have a real sister relationship....   it sounds like it would be good for the both of you.
    • Kentucky clerk ordered to jail for refusing to issue gay marriage license
      By Butero · Posted
      I think it is time to start naming streets across America after her.  Isn't that what we do to honor civil disobedience in this country?  The woman has a lot of courage, and I applaud her for taking a stand. 
    • Obama secures votes to preserve Iran nuclear deal despite majority opposition
      By other one · Posted
      Now Shiloh, when I make statements like that you always want me to back it up with proof....     not that I disagree with you but boy, would like to see the proof.  LoL
    • Obama secures votes to preserve Iran nuclear deal despite majority opposition
      By Butero · Posted
      In order for a treaty to be fully ratified, doesn't the Senate have to vote to ratify it?  What is all this veto proof stuff about?  Where does the Constitution give the President the power to make a treaty and then the Congress has the burden of overriding it like a bill that was vetoed? 
    • Obama secures votes to preserve Iran nuclear deal despite majority opposition
      By shiloh357 · Posted
      I can imagine the phone calls from the Administration to the Democrat hold outs.    "Vote for the deal, or we'll release some pictures..."
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