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How rude.  This is simply a gratuitous unprovoked attack with no connection to the topic.  And the OP seems so polite. 

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How rude.  This is simply a gratuitous unprovoked attack with no connection to the topic.  And the OP seems so polite. 

It was a rude joke, yes, by some standards, because it has the word poop in it. Poop jokes are rude. But it was a joke. You're totally taking the poop out of context. Put the poop back in context please.

 

If OP ever decides to visit this thread again and have a conversation (doesn't seem like he plans on doing that), I'll be sure to let him know that I didn't mean to attack HIM, I was just joking about the value of theology. He's not a theologian, he's a nuclear physicist. Even if he disagrees with my views on theology, there's no reason why he should take my rude joke about it as a personal attack.

 

It's also the 21st century, we're on the Internet, and Professor Kowalski defied a communist dictatorship before. If he comes back to read the thread, I think he can handle a doodie joke too. 

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Some of you might be interested in extracts from a theological presentation--of a Russian Orthodox priest--that I just posted at:
 
pages.csam.montclair.edu/~kowalski/sysoev.html
 
Comments will be appreciated,
 
Ludwik

 

 

These appear to be thoughts one might expect any priest to articulate.

 

First, claim knowledge is limited and subject to revision.  Then claim revelation is perfect and unvarying.  Therefore revelation is better.  

 

The Objectivist case against religion is essentially the case against what it calls philosophical intrinsicism.  In the third numbered paragraph of the linked text is this line:  "Science should be based on absolute knowledge, not on relative knowledge."   Intrinsicism in epistemology can hardly declare itself more clearly than this line does.  

 

All knowledge is necessarily relative to knowing subject, an actor who performs the action of knowing.  This applies to science, and theology, and gardening and philosophy equally.  Escaping subjectivism is the essential problem of a proper epistemology.  The theological shortcut of appealing to absolute knowledge via revelation is a way to dodge that problem, not address it or solve it.

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