In this age of postmodernism and relativism, it is rather difficult to get very many people to agree on anything. Nevertheless, there is one thing that just about everyone seems to agree on, and that is that hypocrisy – the state of pretending to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that one does not actually have – is wrong. Continue reading
Do objective moral values and objective moral duties exist? If so, then their existence provides solid evidence for the existence of God, by way of the simple three-part argument known as the Argument from Objective Morality. You may recall that the argument runs like this: Continue reading
In my last note, ‘Just So Stories’ – Atheists, Ethics, and God, Part 1, I observed the recent trend of moral outrage or “righteous indignation” on the part of some atheists, who decry what they see as moral shortcoming of various religions (usually Christianity). There may or may not be such moral shortcomings, depending on the specific case, but what is fascinating is the self-defeating use of objective morality to condemn Christians. I say “self-defeating” not because objective morality undermines any case they wish to make against Christianity, but rather because a strong argument can be made that objective morality undermines their own atheism.
I have recently been perturbed by what could only be called righteous indignation coming from, of all people, atheists. The clearest examples of this righteous indignation come from the dogmatic sacred texts penned by the secular priesthood of Evangelical Atheism. Consider this gem from High Priest Richard Dawkins, the one – time science writer who has since taken his village atheist show on the road: Continue reading
Some time ago (in another venue) I wrote about the three different levels or categories of religious beliefs. These three types of beliefs correspond to the answers given to three questions: Continue reading
“Creatures, I give you yourselves,” said the strong, happy voice of Aslan. “I give to you forever this land of Narnia. I give you the woods, the fruits, the rivers. I give you the stars and I give you myself. The Dumb Beasts whom I have not chosen are yours also. Treat them gently and cherish them but do not go back to their ways lest you cease to be Talking Beasts. For out of them you were taken and into them you can return. Do not so.” Continue reading
This ship is sinking – so they say.
If I hurry I can reach the lifeboats.
They must be speaking figuratively; it’s only an analogy.
But who gave reactionaries the right to rain on my parade?
Their narrow-mindedness appalls me, who are they to say what I must do?
I’ll find my own way to live; I’d rather just emote.