He is a smart man, but at times when things are boring he may try to get under your skin alittle bit. Most of the times he means no harm, but he will challenge you to think outside the box. Of course, like the rest of us, he also has his flaws and I'm sure they get the best of him too. I sense you will both move past teh misunderstandings and the ugliness.Duane has lots of good comments. I learn a lot from him about matters Christian and with regards to history of the Bible. But when I correct him on science and anthropology, he gets so upset that, rather than explain his argument he attacks my character and misrepresents my position. This is now the third time he's done this and I won't accept it. I am a forgiving person - Catcher always chides me on this - but after three times? Not until I get an apology first.
Ok, so you're not accomplished, but I don't believe you should be calling yourself a loser either.I'm not accomplished. Not sure where you get that idea from. I've done some good things for my department and my university, and I've contributed to my academic field - but barely. Just barely. I kind of think I'm a loser, to be honest.
I learn every minute of every day.
As well you should.
Dogma stops learning.
What does it stop learning?
Dogma destroys it, provides misleading, easy answers for you rather than real knowledge.
What is 'it'?
If it were dogma, I would probably be inclined to agree with you, but it isn't dogma, at least that's not teh way I view what I understand to be true.
What do you deem "real knowledge"? Not because you haven't seen or experienced something doesn't mean it isn't real.
What are these illusions in what I believe? I don't think you understand. Don't you believe it is better you ask questions first rather than assume?Dogma makes you believe the illusions you hold dear equate to knowledge, makes you stop being self-reflexive (not reflective; I mean reflexive).
It might help you spiritually, in your specific religion, but dogma harms scientific knowledge.