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by Belinda
Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 51
Views: 380

Re: "Free will was given to man by god."

Which determinism? (RCSaunders)' Causal determinism, as in everything that happens necessarily happens . No philosophical question will ever be resolved by appeal to authority, especially not an authority that is admittedly myth. Unless we use the same lexicon we can hardly discuss the matter. 'Myt...
by Belinda
Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 51
Views: 380

Re: "Free will was given to man by god."

Despite the Christian claim that Free Will allows human behaviour to be "self-determined" it's not true. Free Will is supposed to override reason; this being so, Free Will is random choice. Dunno about this. "Random choice" suggests we have no control. That may be so, but for the purposes of ethics...
by Belinda
Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Why the Ramana Maharshi model for humanity is flawed.
Replies: 65
Views: 1080

Re: Why the Ramana Maharshi model for humanity is flawed.

But, Seeds, the brain pertains to the body. Human minds are shaped by the specific cultures in which they are nurtured. If human bodies become extinct there would be no vehicles to carry human cultures. BTW it's worth reflecting on the difference between eternal and everlasting. Your picture, above,...
by Belinda
Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 51
Views: 380

Re: "Free will was given to man by god."

God determines everything that has happened or will ever happen. So that men could choose to obey God, or not as the case may be, ... If God truly determines everything it would include every supposed choice every human being made. That is the view of the extreme Calvinist called predestintion . Th...
by Belinda
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Does a pregnant woman carry a human being/person or just 'life'/meat?
Replies: 159
Views: 1828

Re: Does a pregnant woman carry a human being/person or just 'life'/meat?

Immanuel Can. I expect that ordinary people like you and me will try be more frugal and generally more careful. Eventually the politicians will have to make laws to change the industries that use too much water and other finite natural resources. Like you, I don't fully understand what needs to be d...
by Belinda
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 51
Views: 380

Re: "Free will was given to man by god."

I wrote:
Determinism implies that everything that happens happens of necessity. But it does not imply that what will happen can be predicted.
Uwot, physics has a high rate of predictability because the variables of the very small and the very huge are so few as compared with events at our level?
by Belinda
Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: How does one answer Schopenhauer’s critique of the cosmological argument ? 

Replies: 19
Views: 264

Re: How does one answer Schopenhauer’s critique of the cosmological argument ? 


Classical theists make the argument for God from the contingent to the absolute, or from the conditioned to the unconditioned, like Aquinas’s 3rd way. 

 A devotee of Schopenhauer, I imagine, would make 3 points. 
1) You cannot apply our notions of causality beyond physical reality. 2) We only know...
by Belinda
Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 51
Views: 380

Re: "Free will was given to man by god."

Jay jacobus wrote: why would you gain knowledge by reading about Adam and ignore your own experiences? The Bible is part of the culture that I and a lot of others are embedded in. Every person's experiences are shaped by the culture in which they live. There never has been nor ever will be a person...
by Belinda
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 51
Views: 380

Re: "Free will was given to man by god."

Jay jacobus wrote: why would you gain knowledge by reading about Adam and ignore your own experiences? The Bible is part of the culture that I and a lot of others are embedded in. Every person's experiences are shaped by the culture in which they live. There never has been nor ever will be a person ...
by Belinda
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 51
Views: 380

Re: "Free will was given to man by god."

Determinism implies that everything that happens happens of necessity. But it does not imply that what will happen can be predicted.
by Belinda
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 51
Views: 380

Re: "Free will was given to man by god."

But for both the atheist and the theist the problem remains that the world is deterministic. Sorry...you're just wrong about this. This is not what Theists believe is the case. It's what a certain narrow band of them does. It's not at all a mainstream position. Theists believes God created and main...
by Belinda
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do humans have a soul?
Replies: 207
Views: 3015

Re: -1-

Only religion could have the power to promote Free Will as a supernatural add- on to the natural biological man This isn't true, actually. As I say, there's a well-developed secular literature on the subject, involving many of the major philosophers. Let me suggest you start with something like Sch...
by Belinda
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 51
Views: 380

Re: "Free will was given to man by god."

God determines everything that has happened or will ever happen. So that men could choose to obey God, or not as the case may be, God gave men Free Will by special dispensation so that men apart from all other created things could choose to obey God and not have to act from necessity like plants an...
by Belinda
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do humans have a soul?
Replies: 207
Views: 3015

Re: -1-

Henry, Free Will is a religious doctrine No, Belinda, it's not. You may have encountered it first that way, but it's not. It has religious implications, but it's merely a philosophical position. There's a well-developed philosophical literature on issues like "voluntarism" and "libertarianism," non...
by Belinda
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Does a pregnant woman carry a human being/person or just 'life'/meat?
Replies: 159
Views: 1828

Re: Belinda

henry quirk wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:25 pm
Take your own advice: go, look and see who profits most from promoting human-driven climate change as real.
Shout that from the rooftops Henry!