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    I think I understand that part now. The word...

    I think I understand that part now. The word "then" was ambiguous. Also, I'm not aware of many atheists who make the argument that complex things need designers, only that complex things need causes...
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    I'm not sure I follow this part. Could you unpack...

    I'm not sure I follow this part. Could you unpack this a little bit more? I think I see what you're getting at, but I'm not sure.

    That God is complex and that complex things need causes at least...
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    It all goes back to Duchamp and the urinal.

    It all goes back to Duchamp and the urinal.
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    What I understand Rawls to be saying is that here...

    What I understand Rawls to be saying is that here is a proposal of how to get around clashing metaphysical doctrines, or as he calls them "comprehensive doctrines." Here is a proposed way of creating...
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    I don't know enough about it to comment. I know...

    I don't know enough about it to comment. I know he was heavily influenced by Aristotle and his Nichomachean Ethics. Glancing at the SEP page, it seems that it has a number of problems....
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    Perhaps if you had read my previous post, you...

    Perhaps if you had read my previous post, you might have noted that I also don't believe in "original sin"! I read the original sin story as an "originary myth" for free will and accountability. So...
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    Metaethics has nothing to do with limiting the...

    Metaethics has nothing to do with limiting the complexity or nuance of 'our human reality' anymore than physics limits the complexity and nuance of the physical world. There are many metaethical...
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    I agree with you that morality is largely...

    I agree with you that morality is largely context-dependent and it's not helpful to impose a reductionist, binary system upon it. That's why I tend to be a moral objectivist and not a moral...
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    If I understand your point, I don't accept the...

    If I understand your point, I don't accept the idea of original sin literally but as a metaphor for what every person goes through in terms of innocence, temptation, and then knowingly doing what...
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    It helped me and millions of working class...

    It helped me and millions of working class Americans get affordable health care. It was far from perfect, obviously, but Republicans refused to help fix it. Remember that it was a conservative...
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    Okay, you never actually used the word "equally,"...

    Okay, you never actually used the word "equally," but you have said that both parties stink to high heavens. Is that something that we really have to quantify?
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    I'll look for it. You've said more than once that...

    I'll look for it. You've said more than once that both parties are irremediably broken and disgusting, or words to that effect, and yet none of your posts that I read bear that out. If you're not...
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    There's S.R. 8. Universal Background Checks for...

    There's S.R. 8. Universal Background Checks for gun sales that passed the House and has 90% approval among Americans polled.
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    Yeah, actually you did. The one I...

    Yeah, actually you did.





    The one I referred to in the previous sentence, Sherlock.
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    I don't believe you are. You claim to be equally...

    I don't believe you are. You claim to be equally disenchanted with both parties, but none of the posts I have ever read by you bear this out. This seems to be a disingenuous claim.
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    I lived in Austin for nine years. (I know, I...

    I lived in Austin for nine years. (I know, I know. Insert snide comment here.) And I live in Tarrant County, which is turning blue. The suburbs are turning bluer, such as Collin County were Pete...
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    A judge subsequently overruled the jury decision,...

    A judge subsequently overruled the jury decision, giving both parents joint custody.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50172907
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    That's great. I guess I must keep missing all the...

    That's great. I guess I must keep missing all the places where you say things like that.



    Again, the unamericanism was germane to the hypocrisy tangent which I did not start. If you're gonna...
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    I rest my fingers.:teeth:

    I rest my fingers.:teeth:
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    Well, I wasn't referring to you individually, but...

    Well, I wasn't referring to you individually, but to the right and the left. Why is practically every thread you start the same thing, ie the libs are bad, really bad, and we conservatives are really...
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    It's become about 'hypocrisy', not by my doing,...

    It's become about 'hypocrisy', not by my doing, BTW. This is the common theme that most of these threads devolve into: the profound political analysis that can be summed up into: "Liberals: Bad!...
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    So when a Democrat apologizes, their motives are...

    So when a Democrat apologizes, their motives are obviously and immediately suspect. It's amazing how you can reduce the complexity of human motivation to one simple thing, especially when it suits...
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    Is the blame all on one side? Yes, the left goes...

    Is the blame all on one side? Yes, the left goes too quickly to their default racism charge, while the right goes too quickly to their "unamerican" charge, ie if you're not 'sufficiently...
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    At least Biden apologized for it, something Trump...

    At least Biden apologized for it, something Trump has never done, and likely will never do.
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    I think we all have a tendency for selective...

    I think we all have a tendency for selective outrage to some extent. Maybe even (gasp!) Trump supporters. I recall the Tea Partyers so enraged about Obama's deficit spending who are all strangely...
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