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Choose Your Own Topic / Thank you and goodbye
« on: July 06, 2019, 11:11:27 pm »

For months, I've thought I needed to leave RF.  So it's time for me to do that.  Thank you for many enjoyable conversations and your wise thoughts.

God bless,

Choose Your Own Topic / Frank the Hippie Pope Bans All Weapons
« on: July 01, 2019, 01:00:10 pm »
You might enjoy some amusing Lutheran satire.

Choose Your Own Topic / A neurosurgeon's criticisms of physicalism
« on: June 18, 2019, 12:18:33 am »
His points seem reasonable to me, everyone, but maybe you'll find problems that I wouldn't notice.

Choose Your Own Topic / Transgenderism and children
« on: May 27, 2019, 03:28:20 am »
Friends, I promise not to fill the forum with threads about homosexuality and transgenderism because I'm not trying to politicize RF, let alone to offend anyone here who may agree with transgenderism, gay rights, and related subjects.  You're hearing more about it because I hate to hear what well-meaning people are doing to innocent children who'll  be permanently harmed by hormones and puberty blockers.

Choose Your Own Topic / A critique of scientism and naturalism
« on: April 28, 2019, 04:00:21 pm »
This video is a part of a fascinating series where the arguments seem sound.  So I'm eager to hear what you'll say about the arguments in this video.

Choose Your Own Topic / Must stay gay?
« on: April 13, 2019, 10:11:02 pm »
Everyone, I know that some RF posters disagree strongly with me on whether reparative therapy helps people who feel unwanted same-sex attractions and that's okay.  Maybe I'm wrong about that therapy.  If I am wrong about it, I need to be honest enough to change my mind about it.  Since I dislike activism, I'm not posting this video to be like an activist.  Nor do I mean to be political in any way.  So if I'm breaking any forum rules, I hope a moderator will lock or delete this thread.  I'm posting the video because its information pains me deeply when I think about my three gay friends who, by the way, want those attractions.  The first of the three is one of the friends I love most.

The video pains me partly because I know how animately LGBTQ rights activists insist that people deserve the right to identify as whatever they believe they are whether they identify as women, men or even nonhumans.  But these same activists seem to feel angry, threatened, or both when some people with same-sex attractions refuse to identify as gay when there's a difference between homosexuality and the gay identity.  It's as though some activists believe that some people with SSAs are unfree to reject that identity.  I'm  contradicting myself if I say that although everyone is free to identify as whatever he thinks he is, he's not free to as a non-gay person who feels same-sex attractions.

What troubles me still more deeply is that some people with unwanted SSAs commit suicide because other people tell them that their same-sex attractions can't even diminish, let alone vanish forever.  Since my clinical depression has made me suicidal, I know that many people want to kill themselves because they feel hopeless.  And hopelessness is exactly what leads some people with unwanted SSA to take their own lives.

Again, I don't mean to be political.  But the video has unavoidably political implications.  So I'm sorry about them.

Choose Your Own Topic / Naturalism and self-defeat
« on: March 25, 2019, 05:36:45 pm »
Months ago, I told you that I bought Dr. James Slagle's book "The Epistemological Skyhook" because I  wanted to know why he believes that metaphysical naturalism defeats itself.  So you may want to hear this interview where he sums up his argument and says that science presupposes supernaturalism.

Choose Your Own Topic / Everything has a cause?
« on: January 11, 2019, 03:13:53 pm »
Michael Shermer asks, "If everything has a cause, what caused God?".  So he implies that there's a vicious infinite regress of causes.  But "Everything has a cause." is an ambiguous sentence because it could mean:

a. Each individual thing has a different, individual cause unique to it. b. Each individual thing has the same single cause. c. The totality of things has a single cause.

Baggini, Julian. The Philosopher's Toolkit: A Compendium of Philosophical Concepts and Methods (p. 75). Wiley. Kindle Edition.

Let's suppose that each thing has a different cause.  Then I can argue that:

Each thing has a cause.
Causation is a thing.
So causation has a cause.

The argument makes sense if there's a first cause.  But if there's no first cause, no God, then the argument implies logically impossible self-causation because for causation to make itself begin to exist, it must already exist to do that.  For anything to cause itself to begin to exist, the cause needs to both exist and not exist in the same respect at the same time.

Choose Your Own Topic / Theistic evolution and the culture of death
« on: December 08, 2018, 12:25:10 pm »
Here's a lecture by Fr. Chad Ripperger, one of my favorite theologians with whom I usually agree.  He rejects theistic evolution theory and I doubt it thoroughly.  I'm not a Darwinian anymore, but I'm willing to change my mind if there's a logically consistent way to accept evolution and classical theism.  If Fr. Ripperger is right about theistic evolution theory, I need to reject it, too.  Despite what my other evolution-related posts may suggest, I'm still trying to figure out what to believe about the relationship between classical theism an evolution theory.

I forget what we were talking about when I said that I believe firmly that reparative therapy works. But I do remember my promise to cite a video where Dr. Nicolosi describes an eight-member committee that formed to tell whether sexual orientation can change.  For Dr. Nicolosi, only 1.5 to 2% of Americans feel same-sex attractions.  So if those percentages are accurate, then the task force probably showed major bias when seven of its eight members were gay,  Anyhow, here's a link to the promised video.  Ignore the video if you want to.  I'm only keeping my promise to cite it.

Choose Your Own Topic / Does fatherlessness cause atheism?
« on: November 04, 2018, 12:06:05 am »
Dr. Paul Vitz, a psychology professor at New York University, lectured about the psychology of atheism during a Catholic apologetics conference I attended at the Franciscan University of Steubenville.  So I feel eager to read his book "The Faith of the Fatherless."

Choose Your Own Topic / Final judgement
« on: October 20, 2018, 04:24:45 am »
Fr. Chad Ripperger, one of my favorite theologians, lectures about what he thinks will happen to each person when he dies.

Choose Your Own Topic / Traditionalism
« on: October 12, 2018, 10:48:49 am »
This article captures the attitude I take when I say that I'm anti-progressive and reactionary.  So if you know much about American non-traditionalist political conservatism, you'll know why I  think it's liberalism in slow motion.  I want to repair and restore what needs to be conserved, not keep something merely sentimentally.

Choose Your Own Topic / Praying for departed souls.
« on: September 23, 2018, 05:18:22 am »

I'm writing to share something that pains me deeply when I reflect on it. 

If you've read my post about Elton John's "Last Song" video, you know that it makes me cry because as I found out just now, the young man in it died of AIDS at least 10 years ago.

I'm telling you this because it reminds me of a Pentecostal funeral I attended years ago, where everyone else in the funeral sang joyfully near the casket while some played guitars.  Though I hope and pray my friend went to heaven, I always feel sad when I hear non-Catholic Christians reject the Catholic doctrine about purgatory because they believe that that it's unbiblical. 

But suppose it is biblical as the Second Book of Maccabees suggests.  Then there are saved souls suffering terrible pain to purify them to prepare them for heaven.  While they do that, their friends and loved ones feel no need to pray for them because they believe that the departed are already in heaven.  I don't even pretend that I set a fine Catholic example for anyone I meet in person, let alone anyone who reads my RF posts.  But please, if you believe that God wants you to pray for anyone who has died, do that and remind the departed that you still love them.  If you worry that you might be sinning by doing that, you might ask Our Lord to deliver your message if he wants to.


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