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by Mr. Mercurial
Thu Oct 07, 2010 5:11 pm
Forum: Education and Children
Topic: Compulsory Religious Education in the Junior Certificate
Replies: 46
Views: 15389

Re: Compulsory Religious Education in the Junior Certificate

If only it were so, Mr Merc. The curriculum is presented as a neutral academic study of religion but in practice it is Catholic faith formation. I believe this was intentional in order to assuage the fears of non-religious parents and allow the Catholic 'chaplains' (who are often the teachers of th...
by Mr. Mercurial
Thu Oct 07, 2010 4:22 pm
Forum: Education and Children
Topic: Compulsory Religious Education in the Junior Certificate
Replies: 46
Views: 15389

Re: Compulsory Religious Education in the Junior Certificate

I don’t really see the problem with this, given that the curriculum is designed to be studied by students regardless of their religion, or lack thereof.
by Mr. Mercurial
Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:52 pm
Forum: Announcements & Meetings
Topic: Does God Hate Women? - Oct 28
Replies: 14
Views: 5687

Re: Does God Hate Women? - Oct 28

Furthermore, her credentials are impeccable ; she earned her PhD from an Ivy League college under the supervision of one of the most influential contemporary philosophers of mind, Jaegwon Kim. As a sceptic of the entire field of philosophy, I believe a phd in philosophy is not an "impeccable creden...
by Mr. Mercurial
Thu Oct 22, 2009 9:50 pm
Forum: Announcements & Meetings
Topic: Does God Hate Women? - Oct 28
Replies: 14
Views: 5687

Re: Does God Hate Women? - Oct 28

So, are you objecting to this talk because the lecturer is a feminist or because the poster has a (not actually naked) woman in it? Im not objecting to the lecture. Im merely warning those who might go along expecting an informative lecture to be aware that the speaker teaches "womens studies" and ...
by Mr. Mercurial
Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:56 pm
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: The most horrifying religious massacre in 20th century
Replies: 25
Views: 6294

Re: The most horrifying religious massacre in 20th century

Patrick, presumably what is meant by “religious” massacres, are massacres which were motivated in whole or in part, by religious beliefs. The fact that people who happened to be atheists have been involved in massacres says nothing about the motivation of those massacres unless it can be shown that ...
by Mr. Mercurial
Mon Mar 02, 2009 4:07 pm
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: Islam and it's lies
Replies: 15
Views: 3919

Re: Islam and it's lies

Give them the benefit of the doubt I say. We met a perfectly amiable born-again Christian evangelical the other day in the pub.
by Mr. Mercurial
Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:25 pm
Forum: Atheism in the News
Topic: Atheism dissertation
Replies: 28
Views: 13644

Re: Atheism dissertation

My atheism is more or less a direct result of taking a module on “philosophy of religion” in UCC about three years ago. It’s really all a lot of nonsense when you stop and think about it.
by Mr. Mercurial
Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:17 pm
Forum: Announcements & Meetings
Topic: God is Fraud debate, feat. Michael Nugent
Replies: 26
Views: 9265

Re: God is Fraud debate, feat. Michael Nugent

Who is the Opposition speaker?
by Mr. Mercurial
Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:15 pm
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: Islam and it's lies
Replies: 15
Views: 3919

Re: Islam and it's lies

Ok, so fundamentalist Islam is a problem. Suggestions for a solution?
by Mr. Mercurial
Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:05 pm
Forum: Science and Scepticism
Topic: For those in Cork who are interested...
Replies: 3
Views: 1733

Re: For those in Cork who are interested...

Saw it last week, they've got a platypus!