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Monotheism And Seeing-Eye Dogs

Monotheism And Seeing-Eye Dogs

9-11, Christianity, conflict, conservatism, Consitution, culture, Enlightenment, First Amendment, hate, Hebrew Scripture, Ideology, Islam, Judaism, monotheism, peace and justice, Politics, Religious War, secularism, separation of Church and State, Spirituality, terrorism, Tolerance, violence, war
****************************************************************** I had originally planned to observe a moratorium in "Skeptics Collection" posts until after the conclusion of the current e-course The Great Divide on religion and the US Constitution. What prompted me to change my mind was the President's speech at the National Prayer Breakfast on international terrorism. Critics of the President's speech have never, to this day, pointed out any factual errors of history the President committed in his address.  Instead, and perhaps not surprisingly, they all seem to have missed the point entirely -- which is what conservative Republicans seem to specialize in these days.  The following is my mouse-squeak of a voice in its attempt to fill the void left by people whose ignorance of both h...
On Not Minding One's Business

On Not Minding One's Business

Christianity, Church, conflict, conservatism, Consitution, critical judgment, culture, Enlightenment, Ideology, Islam, Judaism, monotheism, Politics, Quran, Reformation, Religion, Religious War, secularism, separation of Church and State, Spirituality, war, world
  I try to make it a practice to stay out of arguments to which I am outsider. I figure, as my long-ago maternal grandfather in Arkansas used to say, “I ain’t got no dawg in ‘at ‘ere fight”. So if our neighbors are having an argument among themselves, even if the argument is clearly audible from our deck in our own back yard, I tune it out. But if and when – this has never happened – if and when our neighbors were to stop shouting at each other and began to allow their Glock-9s and H&K MP-5s to do their talking for them, I would not hesitate to make it my business. Or rather, the moment the first ammunition round crossed the line between our properties, the neighbors themselves would have made it my business. Such is the situation in the Islamic world today. The most glaring diff...
Thoughtful Thursday: A Close Shave with Occam’s Razor

Thoughtful Thursday: A Close Shave with Occam’s Razor

Essay, Spirituality
One of the most useful, but also one of the most neglected, principles in the practice of theology is Occam's (or Ockham's) Razor. Occam's Razor is usually credited to William of Occam, a nominalist Franciscan monk of the early 14th century.  There are several mutually equivalent ways, in both Latin and English, of expressing the principle. One of the more common Latin versions is Pluralitas non est ponenda sine necessitate:  "Plurality is not to be posited without necessity". Much less laconic, but more colloquially accessible, is my favorite English version: "Hypotheses / suppositions / premises that contribute no expository power should be deleted from any proposed explanation". In the early 1300s, classical Scholasticism began to wane as theologians, William of Occam among the mos...