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    Political Skeptics, what's their motivation?

    The political skeptics are strange creatures. I can't quite understand them. How anyone can dismiss freedom without the slightest hint of regret or dismiss freedom whilst upholding that we ought not to live our lives in certain ways (i.e. religiously) is extremely odd - and it is a very...
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    The taint of God.

    Hello Jules, and thanks for your reply. I find your views and spiritual journey fascinating, but I myself have not reached as far as you have - I'm still on the spiritual path away from the anti-spiritual message of modernity. Not a long time ago I found it quite hard to understand how any...
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    The taint of God.

    Concerning salvation and the need to be saved I must say that I find the evangelical Christian view of salvation and atonement of ones sins a bit strange. I think there can be nothing less spiritual and uplifting than the view that eternal hell exists for some. However, I think philosophers...
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    The taint of God.

    Sorry for being a grumpy ol' bastard...
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    The taint of God.

    No, two wrongs don't make a right - but my point was that we use non-empirical premises in ALL of our questioning - not just in the arguments for transcendence.. It does not matter if our argumentation lead us to false conclusions once or twice - we simply have no other technique for knowing the...
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    The taint of God.

    And yet as I study ancient text this picture of immediate stake-burning for heresy is not the one I find describes the times best. The charges of heresy and atheism were quite often applied to your opponent, and not many of these cases ended up at the stake. Of course, I haven't researched it...
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    The taint of God.

    I think that it is much too simplistic to say that we have more freedom in spiritual matters these days. For avid students of history and especially the spiritual history of mystics in the west - the views expressed are as far-ranging and as critical of religious thought as you'd find today. The...
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    The taint of God.

    I also don't find one can say that we live in a spiritual age. Where on earth do you see that?
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    The taint of God.

    What humans are capable of when they are convinced of the nature of their moral stance is sometimes quite awful. I don't doubt that for a second. I don't really find that says anything about what I've been talking about. The experience of certainity of a moral value (which all of us have...
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    The taint of God.

    I have no real experience with NDE-literature and prefer not to answer questions about that. We all know that there exists contingent things that rely upon other things to cause them. This leads us eventually to draw the conclusion that some thing (or things) must be necessary. By that I mean...
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    The taint of God.

    The standard answer to this, which I thinks make sense, is that Gods nature is the standard for all values. So, neither does he create nor is he subjected to moral laws. Rather, as Tillich says, he is the ground of all being - he is being itself. Both logical and moral.
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    The taint of God.

    I have no desire to introduce a God. No interest at all. I also happen to think that mans inability to behave nicely towards one another is not worsened by religion. The problem for me is not that non-theists are better at moral intuition - they may be. However - does it not seem to be a...
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    The taint of God.

    Sorry David, but you fail to understand the fundamental nature of Nietzsches insight. Western culture is at heart theistic - no matter if it recognizes that point or not. The use of the word Good is truly nothing more than the expression of an emotion such as the clapping of hands for your...
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    The taint of God.

    Though I didn't find myself speaking wistfully of God (perhaps I did) that was not my point. My point (or rather, Nietzsches) is that the foundation for all of our lives is theistic (whether we admit it or not) and without this foundation we are and aim at naught.
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    The taint of God.

    The most obvious point of teleology is that we know of it directly and intimately. We know that we plan and execute aimed at different goals. Only someone who denies consciousness denies this. This is the usual problem with responses to Nagel - such as the one above. He is not trying to make...
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    The taint of God.

    Ah, yes. I fear I had to give you a thumbs up - even though I swore to myself that I would never use those things. I am an avid reader of poetry and I also write some myself. I have never really understood the utter garbage that is offered up as poetry these days. You can usually find more...
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    I feel that I am a simple thing that does not exist of parts in continual flux. This means that...

    I feel that I am a simple thing that does not exist of parts in continual flux. This means that matter (which is ever changing) is not me..
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    Mod+ AWARE Presentation Abstract

    Could you please tell me how deeply metaphysical discussions like these, between one person with at least some schooling in philosophy and another who disdains philosophy and metaphysics, could ever become anything other than the attempt (and oh, how meaningless it is) of one person to offer up...
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    The taint of God.

    Oh, yes, I always wondered why popular books and music made me want to vomit - until I read Schopenhauer. Chopin would have turned in his grave had he heard popular "music" and the genius of many spiritual poets of the ages would have been hard pressed to find anything other than disinterest at...
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    The taint of God.

    Hmm, very good point. Perhaps my doubts make spiritual experiences more rare.
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