Mark Collins commented on Paul Hazelden's article Human Identity
"Do I exist in the past, present and future simultaneously?  I believe there are models that suggest that every moment is an on going process. "According to theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli, time is an illusion: our naive perception of its flow…"
Sep 13
Mark Collins commented on Paul Hazelden's article Morality: An Introduction
"Option three - pragmantism - e.g. The Golden Rule is pragmatic in that if I treat others well I may more likely treated well myself. Evolution has perhaps delivered what we call 'moral behaviour' as a pragmatic development that creates a more…"
Sep 13
Mark Collins commented on Paul Hazelden's article Christianity: the Sovereignty of God
"'Not really providing a solution'. Religion has never provided solutions, just random explanations that when it comes down to it are all variants on 'God moves in mysterious ways'. Of course sometimes religious communities engage in practical help…"
Sep 12
Mark Collins commented on Paul Hazelden's article Christianity: the Sovereignty of God
"How about when the bird starves - is this God withholding his feeding?"
Sep 12
Mark Collins commented on Paul Hazelden's blog post You Are Not Your Brain
"So if the Nephesh is the body/physical being, resurrection of the cremated is a recreation rather than a resurrection?
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Sep 12
Mark Collins posted a blog post
In response to the request of a good friend, I have recently written a short essay about my journey from evangelical Christianity into humanism. It deliberately attempts to draw the common ideas from the seemingly counterposing ideas of anabaptism…
Sep 12
Mark Collins commented on Paul Hazelden's article Christianity: the Sovereignty of God
"Is atheism a belief system?  Well it depends. If you assert 'There is no God' then that is a belief.  If you say 'I see no evidence for your description of God', then that, I would say, wouldn't be asserting belief, it's rejecting the belief of…"
Aug 27
Mark Collins commented on Paul Hazelden's article Christianity: the Sovereignty of God
"'Atheism is too bleak' - I have heard this rebuttal many times when people object to my rejection of religion. Truth doesn't care about our feelings, and perhaps this response comes from a heartfelt need for more certainty. However it is not an…"
Aug 20
Mark Collins commented on Paul Hazelden's article The Desire for Freedom
"Freedom includes the freedom to change our mind. The commitments we make are rarely irreversible. How we manage the changing of minds and the impact on others also reveals our identities.I am reluctant to take this revelation too far though. For two…"
Apr 20
Paul Hazelden replied to Mark Collins's discussion Suggestions for future discussion
"From the March meeting...

• The war is presented by both sides in polarised terms – the Russians are bad, the Ukrainians are good. But the reality is far more complex – for example, there is a right wing fringe in Ukraine, an extreme right…"
Apr 17
Paul Hazelden replied to Mark Collins's discussion Suggestions for future discussion
"We have an offer from a lady called Veronica who is very happy to talk with us about posthumanism.

Two quick links to provide context and background: Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posthumanism) and Ethics Explainer…"
Apr 16
Adrian Roberts commented on Mark Collins's blog post The story of Adam & Eve - Literal, Allegorical or just a fairy tale?
"Paul: I think that what I mean is that if you reject the apparent certainties that are stated as such by the Calvinists, then what replaces them seems to be woolier. Perhaps people like me who have internalised a Greek way of thinking are too…"
Apr 10
Paul Hazelden commented on Mark Collins's blog post The story of Adam & Eve - Literal, Allegorical or just a fairy tale?
"Adrian: you will have to explain to me how you think I am trying to have it "both ways".  I don't believe in the version of God which you have rejected, but I don't accept your suggestion that, in rejecting the Calvinist understanding of 'Almighty',…"
Apr 4
Paul Hazelden commented on Mark Collins's blog post The story of Adam & Eve - Literal, Allegorical or just a fairy tale?
"To be fair, I had not done any proper research on the Jewish interpretation of this story: I was simply relying on what Jewish friends have told me over the years, along with a bit of background reading.  And there is a longstanding recognition that…"
Apr 4
Mark Collins commented on Mark Collins's blog post The story of Adam & Eve - Literal, Allegorical or just a fairy tale?
"I'm not sure I'd agree about your view of the Jewish interpretation of this…"
Mar 30
Paul Hazelden commented on Mark Collins's blog post The story of Adam & Eve - Literal, Allegorical or just a fairy tale?
"One difficulty of talking about this subject is that it raises many distinct and difficult questions, all of them inter-related.  So I'm not going to attempt to respond to all of this right now.  But, as a start...
Is the story literal, allegorical,…"
Mar 29
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