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
Adrian Roberts commented on Mark Collins's blog post The story of Adam & Eve - Literal, Allegorical or just a fairy tale?
"Exactly. Well-meaing Christians accept that parts of the bible are difficult to accept, but then try to have it both ways. Relatively recently a Christian friend said to me that he doesn't believe in a literal Adam and Eve, so I said "you would have…"
Mar 28
Paul Hazelden replied to Mark Collins's discussion Subscriptions or donations?
"It's a good point. The question of a membership fee was covered, I think, in quite a bit of detail as we were thinking about setting this up, and there was something about it on the previous PBWorks site, but I have just discovered that it didn't…"
Mar 23
Mark Collins left a comment for Daryl Martin
"Welcome to the site Daryl."
Mar 22
Mark Collins commented on Paul Hazelden's article Ukraine: Our Goal
"It's fine though for Belarus to be aligned to Russia with borders on Nato countries?
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Mar 21
Paul Hazelden replied to Mark Collins's discussion Suggestions for future discussion
"Excellent idea! I suggest you edit your original post to include all the proposed ideas, so we don't have to wade through multiple pages of ideas and changes.

My suggestion: What is the most urgent change we need to make in society? I can see a…"
Mar 20
Mark Collins commented on Paul Hazelden's article Politics: Can You Retain Your Integrity?
"But if a politician is honest about the compromises, surely they can keep their integrity.  It is the deceit that plagues me the most."
Mar 20
Mark Collins replied to Mark Collins's discussion Suggestions for future discussion
"What additional information would make us better people?"
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