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by Harry Marks
Sat Apr 20, 2024 9:28 pm
Forum: Religion & Philosophy
Topic: Can ethics be taught?
Replies: 13
Views: 6111
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Re: Can ethics be taught?

Yes, the straightforward response to the question "Can you teach ethics?" is affirmative. The challenge lies in the implementation and enforcement mechanisms. Do you really think so? I mean, yes, enforcement is important, but when it comes to reasoning about ethics, it is critical to be a...
by Harry Marks
Sat Apr 20, 2024 9:26 pm
Forum: Religion & Philosophy
Topic: Can ethics be taught?
Replies: 13
Views: 6111
Ukraine

Re: Can ethics be taught?

This conversation is very relevant to the current Booktalk non-fiction selection, The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck, which is quite an entertaining and easy short read. I have long resisted the book, but the main problem now is time. I will be doing well if I manage to read some of the discussion...
by Harry Marks
Sat Mar 09, 2024 9:35 pm
Forum: Religion & Philosophy
Topic: Both science and religion are wrong
Replies: 36
Views: 27470
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Re: Both science and religion are wrong

In contrast, the process of determining one's own ethics and morals is God at work. And yet a secular process of determining right & wrong somehow cannot be successful because it lacks God. I don't agree that such a secular process cannot be successful, or that it lacks God. Obviously it does n...
by Harry Marks
Thu Mar 07, 2024 12:27 pm
Forum: Religion & Philosophy
Topic: Can ethics be taught?
Replies: 13
Views: 6111
Ukraine

Re: Can ethics be taught?

think of US politics as resembling the slide in Ancient Rome from Republic to Empire. Maybe. Newt Gingrich claimed that he foresaw a coming era of clash when we lost the enemy of Russian Communism. I think what he really saw was the opportunity to use all the funds available from the billionaires, ...
by Harry Marks
Mon Mar 04, 2024 5:28 pm
Forum: Religion & Philosophy
Topic: Can ethics be taught?
Replies: 13
Views: 6111
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Re: Can ethics be taught?

A trial is a crucible - only The Truth remains. A lot of people believe that, but is it really true? Consider a situation where a defendant performed X felony, which corresponds to a 5 on a 1 - 10 scale of severity. The prosecution will note the number 5 and load him up with tougher charges 6 &...
by Harry Marks
Mon Mar 04, 2024 3:31 pm
Forum: Religion & Philosophy
Topic: Can ethics be taught?
Replies: 13
Views: 6111
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Re: Can ethics be taught?

I regard today's decision on Trump's violation of the 14th Amendment as just such a case of SCOTUS deciding based on expediency rather than the actual law. The three liberal justices, and Amy Coney Barrett, concurred even thought they disagree with the majority finding that only Congress can decide ...
by Harry Marks
Mon Mar 04, 2024 2:44 pm
Forum: Religion & Philosophy
Topic: Both science and religion are wrong
Replies: 36
Views: 27470
Ukraine

Re: Both science and religion are wrong

However to your point, although the admonition to kill those who commit adultery still exists, Jews and Christians do not enforce that. Why not? Well I think that exposes the paradox that even though we have numerous documents that purport to be the word of God, if those requirements go against our...
by Harry Marks
Sat Mar 02, 2024 2:40 pm
Forum: Religion & Philosophy
Topic: Both science and religion are wrong
Replies: 36
Views: 27470
Ukraine

Re: Both science and religion are wrong

I am not talking about those sorts of dramatic changes as new religions form or a slow cultural evolution. if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll. - Revelatio...
by Harry Marks
Fri Mar 01, 2024 4:26 pm
Forum: Religion & Philosophy
Topic: Can ethics be taught?
Replies: 13
Views: 6111
Ukraine

Can ethics be taught?

In the New York Times this week there was an Op-Ed discussing the turmoil in Constitutional Law classes due to recent (from "Heller" and "Citizen's United" on) U.S. Supreme Court behavior demonstrating that the principles of law were no longer guiding decisions, but rather the ra...
by Harry Marks
Fri Mar 01, 2024 3:02 pm
Forum: Current Events & History
Topic: Ukraine invasion
Replies: 42
Views: 24600
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Re: Ukraine invasion

I do think Putin is an evil dictator and his invasion against Ukraine was a brutish act, causing profound misery for untold numbers of people, both Ukrainians and Russians. Maybe his invasion was justified to some extent, given the perceived threat of NATO on Russia's doorstep. I read an interestin...

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