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Your friendly neighborhood Philosophy Mod. :)

Research Psychologist and HF Engineer at NASA.
Background in Psychology, Philosophy, and Computer Science.

Interests / areas of study:
artificial intelligence, linguistics, natural language processing, evolutionary psychology, persuasion, perception, developmental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, perception/phenomenology, Kant, Hume, Buddha.

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comment Is there any Biblical basis for hating homosexuals?
A larger problem I have with your answer is that you quote a wide range of Biblical passages out of context to support your claims, many of which do not directly support what you are saying. Take the first sentence, for example: "Hatred should not be shown towards anyone." A quote from the Bible saying "For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God" does not mean that no one should show hatred to anyone. It means that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God... The context of that passage talks about Israelites and non-Israelites being equal...
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comment Is there any Biblical basis for hating homosexuals?
In your very last sentence, you write "For he is the one to deliver the death penalty". I'm presuming you mean to capitalizing the "he" to "He", implying God is the one to deliver the punishment. What you quote (both as you wrote it and in the Bible itself, "let HIM throw a stone..." is uncapitalized, implying not God doing the throwing but a human being. So that quote would suggest that — in whatever example of punishment that is referring to — humankind should deliver the punishment...
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Jan
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comment Do Christians typically switch denominations?
Sure, "deeply personal" only in that it is a choice that resides within the purview of the self alone; not in that it was particularly "intense or extreme" (as in my parents' case). But I agree, the question is a bit borderline; I was just wondering if anyone had a general idea as to whether the habit of switching denominations was a common one or not common among Christians. I doubt there are any scientific papers on this, but I have a feeling there is a number many of you here might agree on...
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comment Can we truly know anything about God's character?
The Bible is not the word of God. It's the word of man inspired by God. It was written down and collected by mankind, and thus it is fallible. There are famous printing mistakes and it is well known that the Bible used to contain several other Gospels which man cherry picked. Further, as I said in the question, "even if the Bible was written directly by God, we could never really prove that it was more than what He wanted us to think about him, rather than how He really is." I appreciate your thorough answer, but it does not actually appear to address the crux of my question. :\
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comment Are there any statistics that show how many scientists are Christians or otherwise believe in a personal God?
@svidgen - Why not both? :P
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accepted How is modern day Christian morality reconciled with the morality of the Bible?
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comment How is modern day Christian morality reconciled with the morality of the Bible?
(a) Not necessary. I only need one to be correct. (b) Read your own answer "b" (c) Oh, I thought you meant something else from that statement (i.e. "No you're wrong and the Bible is right cos I said so"). What you actually meant is, however, irrelevant. I've discussed this with Monika — I could cede you that the Bible is right or wrong, it wouldn't matter to my argument. My argument relies on inconsistency, i.e. change. Yes, I'm sure most people on this planet would generally agree with me that our morality is changing for the better (as opposed to worse), but it doesn't matter.