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I need help with a class assignment -- answering some Philosophy questions.

Posted on 04/22/2013 10:42:44 AM PDT by kitchen-cook

I am needing to gather information for a paper for my Philosophy course. The information needs to be gathered from other people's thoughts. Could you help me? - What is ultimate reality to you? God? Matter? An impersonal force? Something else? - Is truth absolute or relative? - Are moral values absolute or relative? - Let's go back to ultimate reality. Do you believe in God? If so, why? If not, why not?


TOPICS: Apologetics; Skeptics/Seekers
KEYWORDS: hmmm; ilikecheese
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1 posted on 04/22/2013 10:42:44 AM PDT by kitchen-cook
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To: kitchen-cook

The answer is 42


2 posted on 04/22/2013 10:44:49 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: kitchen-cook

Objective truth is absolute, but our ability to perceive truth is subjective because many things can affect ones’ ability to perceive that truth.


3 posted on 04/22/2013 10:45:29 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Mr. K

Oh, this is going to be good.


4 posted on 04/22/2013 10:45:45 AM PDT by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
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To: kitchen-cook

You signed up today just for this?


5 posted on 04/22/2013 10:46:07 AM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: kitchen-cook
That's about 2500 years of Western philosophy alone right there. Fantastic questions but a lifetime of answers.

Cut to the chase on one of them, though - I believe in God because He told me to.

6 posted on 04/22/2013 10:46:31 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Mr. K
The answer is 42

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

7 posted on 04/22/2013 10:46:40 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: kitchen-cook

“What is ultimate reality to you? ... Do you believe in God?”

These are profiling questions.

Just saying.


8 posted on 04/22/2013 10:49:56 AM PDT by Ray76 (Do you reject Obama? And all his works? And all his empty promises?)
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To: kitchen-cook
I see you following the rule about posting a vanity the day you sign up.

Good thing, you you may get the Zot Treatment.

9 posted on 04/22/2013 10:51:32 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: kitchen-cook
Deja vu

Deja vu
10 posted on 04/22/2013 10:53:21 AM PDT by Spruce
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To: TexasCajun

I’ve seen this exact question posted at least once, maybe twice, in the past. It’s profiling.


11 posted on 04/22/2013 10:53:29 AM PDT by Ray76 (Do you reject Obama? And all his works? And all his empty promises?)
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To: kitchen-cook

I believe in God for a number of reasons, here are just a couple.

I have been so close to being killed or dying a number of times in my life (car accidents, heart surgery, out of control infections, hospitalized for pneumonia, explosions, being shot at, etc). Surviving those seemingly impossible situations with little or no damage has led me to believe that I am being looked after by God who has camped his angles about me.

I also hold patents in cryptography and as a result of dealing with incredibly large numbers, I understand that random could not possibly account for the DNA code complexity. The code requires the guiding hand of God.


12 posted on 04/22/2013 10:53:37 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: kitchen-cook

It is hard to beat a sharp cheddar.


13 posted on 04/22/2013 10:54:00 AM PDT by Gadsden1st
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To: kitchen-cook

“...I’ve come up with only two hard, incontrovertible facts; there is a God, and, I’m not Him.”


14 posted on 04/22/2013 10:54:18 AM PDT by areukiddingme1 (areukiddingme1 is a synonym for a Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and tired of liberal BS.))
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Ahh. Beat me to it, Spruce. :)


15 posted on 04/22/2013 10:54:53 AM PDT by Ray76 (Do you reject Obama? And all his works? And all his empty promises?)
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To: Gadsden1st

Ya might cut yourself.


16 posted on 04/22/2013 10:55:38 AM PDT by Ray76 (Do you reject Obama? And all his works? And all his empty promises?)
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To: kitchen-cook

Red, no BLUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUE!!!


17 posted on 04/22/2013 10:55:41 AM PDT by TomServo
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To: kitchen-cook

A good Napa chardonnay goes well with ripe pears and an aged Stilton.


18 posted on 04/22/2013 10:56:57 AM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
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To: kitchen-cook

Thou Shalt Not Kill! ...too many.


19 posted on 04/22/2013 10:57:16 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: kitchen-cook

I believe in two realities.

The external reality of physical matter where truth is absolute... water will wet you, fire will burn.

And an internal reality of me and my perceptions of the external.

The battle is to perceive absolute truth through the filter of subjective thoughts and emotions and not delude myself or allow others to delude me.

The existence of an eterna creator God who reveals Himself through both nature and scripture is the primary absolute truth.


20 posted on 04/22/2013 10:58:21 AM PDT by Valpal1
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To: Spruce

Bizarre.

Nice frickin’ catch.

IBTZ.


21 posted on 04/22/2013 11:00:12 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: kitchen-cook

If you have faith no explanation is necessary. If you do not, no explanation is possible.


22 posted on 04/22/2013 11:02:43 AM PDT by Free in Texas (Member of the Bitter Clingers Association.)
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To: Billthedrill

There really is a lot involved in these questions. The main one I am interested in for now is the last one. Do you believe in God? If so, why? If not, why not?
Thank you for your response to this.


23 posted on 04/22/2013 11:02:48 AM PDT by kitchen-cook
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To: exit82

As a matter of fact, I did. It’s important to me.


24 posted on 04/22/2013 11:02:48 AM PDT by kitchen-cook
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To: kitchen-cook

Take Pascal’s wager.


25 posted on 04/22/2013 11:03:42 AM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: kitchen-cook

“I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, and born of the Father before all ages. (God of God) light of light, true God of true God. Begotten not made, consubstantial to the Father, by whom all things were made. Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven. And was incarnate of the Holy Ghost and of the Virgin Mary and was made man; was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, suffered and was buried; and the third day rose again according to the Scriptures. And ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of the Father, and shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, of whose Kingdom there shall be no end. And (I believe) in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father (and the Son), who together with the Father and the Son is to be adored and glorified, who spoke by the Prophets. And one holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. We confess (I confess) one baptism for the remission of sins. And we look for (I look for) the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.”


26 posted on 04/22/2013 11:03:46 AM PDT by HerrBlucher (Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation)
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To: kitchen-cook

The Viking Kitties.


27 posted on 04/22/2013 11:05:17 AM PDT by WorkingClassFilth
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To: kitchen-cook

Sorry,noob.
These are profiling questions and you are a troll for asking them on your first day.


28 posted on 04/22/2013 11:06:05 AM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: kitchen-cook; 50mm

The answer is: “IBTZ”.


29 posted on 04/22/2013 11:09:17 AM PDT by DCBryan1
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To: kitchen-cook

It is philosophy, there are no right or wrong answers.


30 posted on 04/22/2013 11:09:28 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal and WOD defender is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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To: kitchen-cook

Which school do you attend? What is the title of the course? Who is your instructor? Please post the syllabus. Otherwise, forget it.


31 posted on 04/22/2013 11:10:35 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: kitchen-cook

Entitle your paper, “What is Courage.”

On the first page type, “THIS IS,” and then hand the paper in.

You’ll either get an A+ or an F.

Guaranteed.


32 posted on 04/22/2013 11:11:26 AM PDT by Labyrinthos
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To: Ray76

Everyone has a profile, what’s wrong with the questions?


33 posted on 04/22/2013 11:11:49 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: kitchen-cook

Ultimate reality in a nut shell “in the beginning,God created the heavens and the earth.”


34 posted on 04/22/2013 11:15:29 AM PDT by pastorbillrandles
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To: kitchen-cook

Get a job.


35 posted on 04/22/2013 11:22:31 AM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Is that a right answer?


36 posted on 04/22/2013 11:23:22 AM PDT by kitchen-cook
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To: kitchen-cook

I’m assuming that yours is a serious question. If so, here
is a serious answer:

Go to google.com and search “why I believe in God”. What will pop up is an essay by the theologian Cornelius Van Til. It will explain what you need to know, and how to answer your questions.


37 posted on 04/22/2013 11:25:16 AM PDT by TIElniff (Autonomy is the guise of every graceless heart.)
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To: kitchen-cook

ultimate reality cannot be known, all info and inputs are filtered through bias (platos cave), but as close as I have come is in combat during a firefight I could see the bullets and hear individual shots coming at me and I could see so well and far that I seemed to be next to the guys I was shooting at, time was so slow it seemed to be five minutes when it was actually about fifteen seconds and then a pause and another thirty seconds and then it seemed I couldn’t move or hear or think for a few minutes as the adrenalin just overwhelmed mw, I was bulletproof and invincible . The other questions are faith and I believe in God because he ahs been present at my best moments and all of my worst moments, not to help or scold but to remind me of my worth and his love for me. I’m no angel and killing other beings is hard afterwards but my God is real and when I ask for something I usually get what I need but never when I asked for it


38 posted on 04/22/2013 11:27:21 AM PDT by reluctantwarrior (Strength and Honor, just call me Buzz.kill for short......)
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To: stuartcr

So how long have you had these thoughts?


39 posted on 04/22/2013 11:28:28 AM PDT by Ray76 (Do you reject Obama? And all his works? And all his empty promises?)
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To: kitchen-cook

Eliza will help you:
http://www.manifestation.com/neurotoys/eliza.php3


40 posted on 04/22/2013 11:28:44 AM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: kitchen-cook

Blame bad events on global warming or sequestration. Bad things are also caused by Rethuglicans, Tea Baggers, Koch brothers or Fox News. And if you feel like being nostalgic, blame it on Bush.

Life flows easily from there. No need to think, just point your finger.

Oh wait, this is Free Republic and not DemocratUnderground. Never mind.


41 posted on 04/22/2013 11:30:47 AM PDT by kidd
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To: Ray76

Which thoughts? That everyone has a profile or about what other people think or believe?


42 posted on 04/22/2013 11:31:59 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: Spruce

Thank you. I knew I had seen this question before. Looks like Eagle Nest Home just re-registered to re-ask the same homework assignment.

Jeez.


43 posted on 04/22/2013 11:32:06 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: TIElniff

Thank you for your response. I appreciate the Christians who are standing up for what they believe. I did not make myself very clear in my original post. (Obviously, I am not very experienced in this.)
I am a Christian. For my paper, I am needing to hear the “other side of the story” —from one who is an atheist or a skeptic. I would like to hear a sound argument on why one does not believe in God. Since I am a Christian, I do not see the “other side” very well, and I would like to listen to somebody who will be reasonable enough to tell me. From what I have seen on these posts so far, there have been responses from either serious Christians who are well-grounded in their beliefs—Good for You! :-) —or people who really are not interested in the discussion.


44 posted on 04/22/2013 11:33:35 AM PDT by kitchen-cook
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Hmm. Yes, go on.


45 posted on 04/22/2013 11:34:10 AM PDT by Ray76 (Do you reject Obama? And all his works? And all his empty promises?)
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To: kitchen-cook
#1, there is a God

#2, I'm not it.

46 posted on 04/22/2013 11:35:03 AM PDT by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: Ray76

which thought?


47 posted on 04/22/2013 11:36:55 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: kitchen-cook

http://www.cslewis.org/resources/studyguides/Study%20Guide%20-%20Mere%20Christianity.pdf


48 posted on 04/22/2013 11:38:10 AM PDT by donna (Pray for revival.)
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To: Gadsden1st

It is hard to beat a sharp cheddar
= = = = = = = = = = = =
You can pick your friends.
You can pick your seat.
You can pick your nose.

BUT

Not a good idea to pick your friends nose
AND
if you pick your seat, good idea to change hands before picking your nose.


49 posted on 04/22/2013 11:38:12 AM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 --I turn 75 next year- but remember, that's only 24 Celsius. (TKS R. Reagan))
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To: kitchen-cook

It’s none of your business!


50 posted on 04/22/2013 11:38:35 AM PDT by equaviator
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