Our last reading for this segment of blogging was titled human origins and religion but the selection was more about religious views on abortion rather than human origins. This topic has already received enough attention and really, nobody’s opinion is changing anyone else’s position on the issue. Here is a newer idea to discuss about human origins and religion relevant to this site. How does your mythos create your religious views? So is it your personal story that draws you to appreciate a… Read More
Added by Erin Ray on December 4, 2009 at 11:43pm —
So, I was supposed to post on human origins and religion but I had thought. What about all those animal analogies in the Judeo-Christian texts? Is there a basis for the animal comparisons in regards to human circumstances? Lion=leadership, Lamb=pacifist, Dove=peace, Wolf=liar, Snake=evil, Flock=followers. In reality do these animals really display these human values or is there some sentiment towards animal worship? When the Israelites made a golden calf Moses melted it to ashes, then mixed the… Read More
Added by Erin Ray on December 4, 2009 at 9:33pm —
What if, on Opposite’s Day, the view that an ultimate force apart from nature directs the universe and the view that all matter is generated through principles of randomness swapped places on the philosophical portico and for one day (Opposite’s Day) each opposing view took on the task of arguing for what typically it would argue against. When these views wake up the morning after Opposite’s Day did anyone learn anything besides a Bloody Mary does not work for that headache?
Added by Erin Ray on November 7, 2009 at 10:16pm —
Is there a purpose to human consciousness – Can it always be said that a conscious thought is driven by a purpose? My required reading for this class comments, “Consciousness is always conscious of…” Suggesting to me that every human thought is driven by a purpose. The debate in this reading is between naturalism as an explanation of human conciseness or a transcendent force apart from nature. I am always inclined to look at natural processes to explain human nature. The reading for this… Read More
Added by Erin Ray on November 7, 2009 at 9:37pm —
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there.” – Jalal ad-Din Rumi
As a member if the PHI 214 class I was required to read a portion of Rosemary Radford Ruether’s “The Female Nature of God”. Ruether confronts very well the exclusively male image pertaining to the god of the Judaeo-Christian religions. I can agree with her observation of this male centered philosophy being an enabler to a structure of patriarchal rule and subordinate roles… Read More
Added by Erin Ray on October 16, 2009 at 12:00pm —
Once upon a time, there was a boy and there was a girl. A potential circumstance perpetuating through many possibilities leads the boy and the girl to cross paths. And when these two paths meet it stirs a pause, an ephemeral lapse of moment and motion, the boy and the girl sense there is a something; a great little something that only human beings can realize. What is this something? The boy and the girl know, but to explain this great little thing away - to use the patterns of plain language… Read More
Added by Erin Ray on October 16, 2009 at 11:09am —
Governments' tolerance towards religious beliefs. Many of us lucky enough to live in countries that really give so much freedom to worship. I believe not even one single government in this planet fully apart from the religions of its people. Governments always in the sight of religion one way or another. Back when I was in Indonesia I still remember how churches were tore down, burnt down, and destroyed like worthless illegal buildings. I still remember vividly how christians cried out to the… Read More
Added by PH214 Ibtsouy on September 25, 2009 at 3:00am —
A Religion, a fundamental freedom of every human being. We were born free to choose what we want to believe in but many theocracy and non-secular governments tend to limit our freedom of choice to believe what we want to believe. No explanations are better to show the condition of our religious freedom than examples. In Malaysia, Malay natives ethnic were born automatically to the religion of Islam. The head of state of Malaysia HH the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (The Paramount ruler) is the official… Read More
Added by PH214 Ibtsouy on September 21, 2009 at 6:30am —
Chèvre and mashed potatoes. In the realm of taste buds, mine in particular - these flavors are compliments. The creaminess of the melted chèvre melding with the starchy, whipped consistency of boiled red potatoes ignites a mad dash of electric pulses, sending sensory signals swiftly from my tongue on an unyielding race to cross the finish line at my cerebellum, where then I know, these flavors are compliments.
On a not so culinary day, I sometimes find myself “tolerating” a set of… Read More
Added by Erin Ray on September 19, 2009 at 4:24pm —
Religion and Government: PHI 214
How, in your view, do Locke’s ideas on tolerance affect the way we think about religion in today's wired and networked world?
Locke’s ideas about tolerance seem to hold common ground with many people for there is no shortage of discussions generated over the topic of religion in numerous settings on the internet. These discussions may be a way for individuals to test personal beliefs, express and defend individual ideas or even learn… Read More
Added by Erin Ray on September 19, 2009 at 2:37pm —
Religion and Government: PHI 214
What does Locke mean by tolerance in regards to the text reading in chapter 7?
“…neither pagan nor Mahometan [Muslim] nor Jew ought to be excluded from the civil rights of the commonwealth because of his religion.” (Stewart, p. 273). I think this quote from our reading of Locke sums up his view on tolerance, which is realizing the diversity of opinions in a community concerning the philosophy of religion and peaceably holding ones… Read More
Added by Erin Ray on September 19, 2009 at 2:02pm —