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Knowledge and Reality

I was reading an article in the Wikipedia on Jewish philosophy at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_philosophy  and the section far down the page at:
Traditionalist attitudes towards philosophy
which reads: Haredi traditionalists who emerged in reaction to the Haskalah considered the fusion of religion and philosophy as difficult because classical philosophers start with no preconditions for which conclusions they must reach in their investigation, while classical religious believers have a set of religious principles of faith that they hold one must believe. Most Haredim contended that one cannot simultaneously be a philosopher and a true adherent of a revealed religion.

Texas Fires: More Vengeance?

Michele Bachmann seems to be missing a great opportunity in her battle for the Republican Presidential nomination. If  she can call the earth quake and hurricane Irene God’s vengeance for us electing Obama President she should be calling  the Texas fires God’s vengeance for electing Rick Perry Governor.

God’s Vengeance

I was wondering how long it would take for some religious fanatic to say it. “I don’t know how much God has to do…. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?'” I thought it would be some Islamic fundamentalist saying it was God’s punishment for us killing Bin Laden. It wasn’t it was a fundamentalist of another persuasion …

More on Seperation of Church and State

My father, a fundamentalist Baptist Minister, opposed, (no he was actually angered), by public events that included pray.  He based his opinion of such acts on the verses which you can check out here:  http://bible.cc/matthew/6-5.htm  and here  http://bible.cc/matthew/6-6.htm and here  http://bible.cc/mark/12-17.htm  and here http://bible.cc/john/9-31.htm.  He agreed with Billy Graham that what these verses made abundantly clear was that  ” Sin erects a barrier between us and God.

Fundamentalism

Christian Fundamentalism 
This is a condensed summary of what Fundamentalist Christians believe.
There is only one God.
God is a Spirit. (That is he has no physical or material existence. [Unless he chooses to have one like when he “… became flesh and dwelt among us.”])
God is omniscient (all knowing [although he sometimes asks questions like “…

Separation of Church and State

“This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary not with-standing.”

GOD

Suppose you wanted to have a conversation about God with someone. If there is to be any communication you’ll have to both mean the same thing by the words you use. The most important word in such a conversation will be God, and at least some minimal assumptions of what God is have to be made to have the conversation.

Elections

Some definitions from the dictionary
conservative |kənˈsərvətiv; -vəˌtiv|
adjective
holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation
noun
a person who is averse to change and holds to traditional values and attitudes,
ORIGIN late Middle English (in the sense [aiming to preserve] ): from late Latin conservativus, from conservat- ‘conserved,’ from the verb conservare
liberal |ˈlib(ə)rəl|
adjective
• open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values
• favorable to or respectful of individual rights and freedoms
• favoring maximum individual liberty in political and social reform
noun
a person of liberal views
ORIGIN Middle English : via Old French from Latin liberalis, from liber ‘free (man).’ The original sense was [suitable for a free man,]

Super Bowl Saints

Well beyond everyones expectations (except for the folks in New Orleans) the Saints have won and the Colts will have to sneak out of Miami in the middle of the night with their tails between their legs just as they did from Baltimore all those years ago. When I lived in Maryland the Colts were my team….until they packed up and sneaked out of town in the middle of the night.

Nevada Caucuses

The Nevada Caucuses took place Saturday and Liz and I attended our precinct Democratic caucus at the local school.  We had 117 show up.  Only 3 candidates received support and (unfortunately) Edwards only had 15 supporters.  The viability cut off was 18 and we were unable to convince anyone to join us so we had to redistribute ourselves. Obama managed to come out with 1 more delegate than Clinton in our precinct.  I still prefer Edwards and hope he can manages to do better in the remaining primaries.

Election 2006

Have you seen the adds being put on by AARP? You know, the ones that say “Don’t Vote”?  Well not voting isn’t the thing to do, but that’s not what they’re telling us to do anyway.  What they’re say is “Don’t vote until you know where the candidates stand on the issues.”Well, I did that, I found out where the candidates stand on the issues and as a result I decided I wasn’t going to vote for any of them.Fortunately, here in Nevada for all the state wide and Congressional races we have the choice on the ballet to vote

TRUST ME!

George W. Bush: “…our intelligence activities strictly target al Qaeda and their known affiliates.” TRUST ME!George W. Bush:  ”…the government does not listen to domestic phone calls without court approval.”  TRUST ME!George W. Bush: “…the privacy of ordinary Americans is fiercely protected in all our activities.” TRUST ME!George W. Bush: “…We’re not mining or trolling through the personal lives of millions of innocent Americans.”   TRUST ME! George W.