About a year and a half ago a friend forwarded an article to me for comment and I responded to my friend with comments at that time. However, the issue the article addresses is still very relevant, and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future – neither the article nor my response to it is dated. Feel free to check out the original article before reading my comments below. The article was one posted by Michael Craven to Crosswalk.com titled “Postmodernism: Friend or Foe?”
This morning I read an article a friend sent me about the progress being made by CERN (the European Center for Nuclear Research) in their quest to discover the Higgs boson (the “God Particle”), a theoretical particle that physicists believe may explain why other particles have mass. The article explained that CERN scientists are excited to have had “tantalizing hints” of the Higgs boson’s existence this week.
The above sentences should sound strange to you, and not just because of the technobabble. Continue reading
There is an attitude, prevalent among religious believers and secular people alike, that faith and reason are somehow part of a zero-sum game, and that where knowledge increases, faith must decrease, and vice versa. This attitude, called “fideism,” defines faith as belief independent of evidence. Unfortunately this attitude is mistaken in two important ways. Continue reading
In my last post I discussed how hypocrisy has become our culture’s unforgivable sin, and in fact perhaps the only sin that most people are still willing to recognize. Making Christians and other moral people feel hypocritical is a key part of Satan’s strategy for disrupting public discourse about ethics, the strategy that Chuck Colson calls a “Spiral of Silence.” Continue reading
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
“Why should a bunch of atoms have thinking ability?” writes Darwinian philosopher Michael Ruse in his book, Can A Darwinian Be A Christian? He continues: Continue reading
Love. Everyone wants it, and everyone hates to lose it once they have it. Love is the primary virtue praised by our culture today, mentioned ubiquitously in movies, songs, books, and magazines. Is there anyone who seriously doubts the importance of love? But for all of the attention and “love” that love receives, how many people really understand what love is? 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