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  1. docphin5

    Annie Besant - a fascinating atheist to look into

    If I am hearing you right, you believe that our human species is the first intelligent thing with a moral intellect in existence and you refuse to believe that there could be any other superior intelligence either before or after us. And you conclude that because your five physical senses do...
  2. docphin5

    Annie Besant - a fascinating atheist to look into

    I am finding in the literature a correlation between spirit and intelligible things. The point being that one can appreciate the material things by the senses, for example, a sunset, a waterfall, etc., but spiritual things could be beyond the material senses and be things perceived by mind...
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    Annie Besant - a fascinating atheist to look into

    No “code” or rules, or laws, as in, Mosaic Law, or commonly prescribed by religious sects, usually outward rituals, because the individual has a mature moral consciousness, available to anyone, anywhere, that guides them, summed up as, love your neighbor. Annie Besant did not need Christianity...
  4. docphin5

    Annie Besant - a fascinating atheist to look into

    I thought that quote was very interesting because it parallels the world development process of early Christianity. I don’t think that was her point to revive an idea found in early christianity. Presumably, she found it in Eastern religions and/or neoPlatonism or personal vision, etc. I...
  5. docphin5

    Annie Besant - a fascinating atheist to look into

    In an effort to understand how an atheist like Annie Besant could be so opposed to Christianity yet open to theosophy, I watched a YouTube documentary about Helena Blavatsky, the founder of the Theosophical movement, which Annie Besant became the leader of after Madame Blavatsky’s death. The...
  6. docphin5

    Annie Besant - a fascinating atheist to look into

    Annie Besant (1847-1943) was an atheist who evolved into a very active, humanistic, spiritual advocate for women’s rights and social causes. She might serve as an example for atheists wanting to explore a spiritual side of themselves. She did it by basically rising above sectarian religion and...
  7. docphin5

    Is intelligent design continuing?

    No, I am saying that in order to prove God does not exist you would have to prove that he is not involved in a different universe in any way, because in this one, he is so intimately involved, at least, as far as I can tell. Again, if you could show me beyond a doubt that another universe...
  8. docphin5

    Let's see if you Darwinists have evolved a sense of humor

    I sometimes think I was made this way for a reason, —not boring, but analytical, protective (a guardian), uncompromising (although my wife rules in my house, ha ha!)
  9. docphin5

    Is intelligent design continuing?

    Off the top of my head I would say, “If we observed life in a universe where we knew God did NOT exist then that would be good enough evidence (for me) that there was no designer.” I am with you on this. Do you know how much time and energy I could have saved in my life if God did not exist...
  10. docphin5

    Let's see if you Darwinists have evolved a sense of humor

    You are correct, I am not a riot at parties. My wife is. She could charm an eskimo into buying ice. Ha ha! I think that is why we enjoy each others company so much. I laugh at her jokes! Ha ha!
  11. docphin5

    Is intelligent design continuing?

    Sounds like the polemic used by Russian cosmonaut, namely Yury Gagarin, who traveled to space and concluded, “I looked and looked and looked, but I didn't see God.” It appeals to those who have chosen not to believe in God. On a more science based, critical thinking, level, I don’t know how we...
  12. docphin5

    Is intelligent design continuing?

    I don’t know... I am pretty good at reviewing study designs (I did it for a living) and I am not seeing it, —a study design that is possible, for presumably an omnipresent entity, in order to test if he exists in the universe he lives in AS A TRANSCENDENT BEING.
  13. docphin5

    Let's see if you Darwinists have evolved a sense of humor

    Religious fundamentalists have so poisoned the discussion on evolution that there is nothing funny about it anymore. Maybe this is a joke to you and other Christians, —just one way to poke the secular audience in the eye, but lies matter. Lies are like dirt in a motor. The motor doesn’t run...
  14. docphin5

    Is intelligent design continuing?

    The only way that logic would work is if you had a second unrelated universe not connected to this one and proven to not be created by a divine entity. It would serve as the control for this one. Then we could run tests in both to see what happens, i.e., does life appear? Your challenge does...
  15. docphin5

    Universal Development Per Paul in Pictograms

    The Book of Enoch describes a similar concept that parallels actual world development, that is, something going wrong with the pristine heaven and its fall to earth. For those who do not know, the Book of Enoch was among Dead Sea Scrolls (DSC) written up to 200 BC by a community of...
  16. docphin5

    ID is evitable.

    Good point. I guess I will have to qualify my general statement to except bio-tech companies. Thanks.
  17. docphin5

    ID is evitable.

    The current way ID is taught is not based on quality, peer-reviewed science. As a theist and scientist there arguably is an intelligent designer who is behind all known and unknown causes (aka random causes) influencing our world, to include using the mechanism of evolution, but there is no...
  18. docphin5

    Universal Development Per Paul in Pictograms

    I do not believe the letter to the corinthians handed down to us is 100% reliable, therefore I look for alternative explanations for difficult passages, in this case, whether the “abortion” that Paul perceived could have been meant for the dying Christ. Yes, it could have an important connection...
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    Universal Development Per Paul in Pictograms

    Please do not try to speak for me or my intentions. My words speak for me. If it makes you feel better, your opinion has been noted. But as a general rule I do not consider an unsolicited anonymous opinion in an informal, online discussion as authoritative. Moreover, you are harping on a...
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