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  1. triangletiger

    Men schedule series with North Carolina State

    I live in the Charlotte area now, but will try to get tickets for myself and my two oldest sons. I work with a lot of NC State grads.
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    Baptisms at the Athletics Complex

    1) I didn't mean to imply that 'you' in particular had an obligation to explain or justify anything. There was the implicit assumption in there that the goal is convince someone that your worldview is true; and that in order to do this, there are certain questions that have to be answered. 2) Perhaps in a physical, mechanistic sense, what we know about the natural world is answered by science. But there are areas of knowledge that science is not equipped to deal with. For instance, questions of morality. Science can never tell us what is good or bad. Science cannot really answer questions about aesthetics either. Science can observe that we find certain aspects beautiful (like symmetry or regularity, for example), but it cannot tell us why we find them beautiful. Science cannot even tell us why science itself works or why we are able to apprehend any understanding of the universe we inhabit. 3) Then I guess you are okay accepting the brute implications of your worldview that all this is pretty much meaningless (or 'absurd' as the existential thinkers like Sartre would have put it) and that your life will end in the blink of an eye and that even the universe will ultimately reach a state of thermodynamic equilibrium (the heat death) in which even the stars will be dead and there will be nothing but cold lifelessness. I can accept that there are limits to human understanding; I, as a theist, am well aware of my own inadequacies and limitations. But I just find the naturalistic position untenable in that it can't answer the questions as to what started it all. We have the Big Bang, but how did it come to happen? (I know there are theories out there about the multiverse, but that just pushes the question out another level and is there is not scientific evidence to support the idea of a multiverse and requires faith to believe in the same as a religion.) The second law of Thermodynamics says that, in a closed system (in this case, the universe), the amount of entropy (disorder) can only increase or stay the same. In our expanding universe. entropy is increasing. So, what caused the universe to be in a state of minimal entropy at the beginning? Who or what wound up the clock? Maybe you would call my view a 'god-in-the-gaps' position, but the concept of an eternal, all powerful creator makes more sense to me than 'it just happened'.
  3. I do agree with it to some extent - in that we should not structure things (e.g., tax policy) in such a way that it stifles innovation and entrepreneurship. I just don't agree with much of what Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism - particularly when it comes to her ideas on Ethics. ETA: I apologize if I've taken this thread down a rabbit-trail. I won't post any more off-topic stuff here.
  4. Glad I didn't go with this one. (Not that I am an advocate of Ayn Rand's views.)
  5. triangletiger

    Baptisms at the Athletics Complex

    Sometimes, arrogance in defending one's position is really just a mask for insecurity in one's position.
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    Baptisms at the Athletics Complex

    No worries. I'm not easily offended.
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    Baptisms at the Athletics Complex

    True. However, it seems to me that a naturalistic worldview carries a burden to explain how the universe came to be that is different from that of a theist, who is able to point to an eternal, un-embodied Mind as the source for the universe. For the sake of coherence, any worldview should be able to respond to five basic questions: Origen - Where did we come from? Identity - Who are we? Meaning - Why are we here? Morality - How should we live? Destiny - Where are we going?
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    Baptisms at the Athletics Complex

    You can start with knowing that you are. The next question is, Can you trust what your senses are telling you?
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    Baptisms at the Athletics Complex

    Would you say that extremist leaders in Islamic-majority areas who force non-Muslims (dhimmis) to pay a tax (Jizya) for following a different belief system are misinterpreting the Quran (Surah 9:29)? Surah 9:29: Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.
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    Baptisms at the Athletics Complex

    Most Protestant Christians believe in the doctrine of Sola Fide (by faith alone) that we are saved only by believing in Jesus Christ and not by good deeds (or 'works') as described in Ephesians 2:8-10 and Romans 3:28. Ephesians 2:8-10: For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Romans 3:28: For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.
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    Baptisms at the Athletics Complex

    Have you ever asked the practicing Muslims in your family how they interpret some of the Surah's in the Quran that seem to be condoning killing infidels? For instance, how would a typical Muslim (non-extremist) interpret Surah 2:191-193: "And kill them wherever you overtake them and expel them from wherever they have expelled you, and fitnah is worse than killing. And do not fight them at al-Masjid al- Haram until they fight you there. But if they fight you, then kill them. Such is the recompense of the disbelievers. And if they cease, then indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful. Fight them until there is no [more] fitnah and [until] worship is [acknowledged to be] for Allah. But if they cease, then there is to be no aggression except against the oppressors." (Note: Fitnah seems to mean something like persecution or trial or temptation.) Or Surah 9:5: "Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful." ?
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    Jatarvious Whitlow reminds teammate of Madden

    I can see the resemblance (if I squint).
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    Jordan-Hare Stadium Renovation

    Are they going to put orange handrails in front of the luxury boxes to simulate orange facemasks?
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    Baptisms at the Athletics Complex

    How do you define 'a good person'? What is your basis for calling certain actions 'good' or 'evil'? I have no doubt that you act in what most consider a moral manner. But why? What makes something 'the right thing to do'? Do you have an objective basis for determining what you ought to do or what you ought not to do?