Fools Talk: CHAPTER 5: ANATOMY OF UNBELIEF (Pgs.79-105)

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In this chapter Guinness tackles the issue of unbelief.  What often is held to be the case is actually the converse when it comes to why people don’t believe the Gospel.  The reason many modern thinkers don’t come to faith is not because of philosophical reasons but for ethical ones.  Eminent contemporary philosopher Thomas Nagel admits his deepest objection to Christianity is not rational but visceral—fear:

“…I want atheism to be true and am made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know are religious believers.  It isn’t just that I don’t believe in God and, naturally, hope that I’m right in my belief.  It’s that I hope there is no God!  I don’t want there to be a God; I don’t want the universe to be like that.” (Pg.82)

It’s not about the truth, facts or evidence, Nagel, like many people, have psychological, not rational barriers that cause them to resist faith in God.  That is, instead of conforming their thinking to reality, many choose to conform reality to their thinking because something is at stake.  Guinness mentions that Huxley is one such example of a person who embraced a philosophy of meaninglessness because morality interferes with “sexual freedom”, and Pascal is quoted to say that: “Men despise religion.  They hate it and are afraid it may be true.

Guinness continues and points out that the philosophy of meaninglessness twists the truth into deception and makes reality conform to its thinking rather than the converse.   Thus, at its core, unbelief is the suppression of truth (Rom.1), and because Gods truth won’t go away, self-deception results.  This self-deception comes about ultimately because the creature rather than the Creator is worshiped.

Moreover, in a meaningless existence diversion turns out to be king, the examined life is neglected and thus the numbing effects prevent us from pondering the realities of faith and death.  The many diversions are swallowed up by the greatest of them all—false religion—which clothes lies in the garb of “truth” and fools people into thinking life has meaning.

According to Guinness, at the end of the day, unbelief is an act of the will choosing and how to deal with unbelief requires much wisdom.

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TRUE TRUTH AND WHY IT MATTERS: Can Our Technologies Be An Enemy of Truth? Part 5

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Friend, do you ever feel personal angst about how your family life unfolds?   I’m referring to busy schedules of work, school, play, entertainment, sports, etc. that make it impossible to have a family sit down dinner.  Our priorities are challenged constantly; parents feel guilty when quality time is excised from children; spouses feel alienated when date-night is pushed aside; singles feel anxiety when the mortgage is late; students feel overwhelmed when term papers are due; etcetera, etcetera.

Responsibility is good, but it can crush us.  If we don’t take the time to reevaluate the pace and clamor of life, our “train” inevitably goes off the rails destroying what we love most.  Thus, taking inventory of our lives periodically is wise to do.  But often the gadgets which are designed to enhance our lives keep us from a lifestyle of reflection—an indispensable quality for knowing and discovering what is true.

These technological wonders often rob us from being industrious, from living in meaningful community, from walking in holiness and from redeeming the—time.  Too much time is wasted.  Most of us can’t remember a time when the; television, radio, cell phone, car, washer, dryer, etcetera did not only exist, but also a time when these “servants” are not on.  These technologies have made our lives easier in certain respects, but they’ve also deeply hurt human flourishing.

In part 5 of this series on truth, we will specifically consider the issue of Technopoly which explores the good and bad effects our technologies impose on most of us without our understanding.  Depending on the technology, it can affect our abilities to think critically, they can present obstacles in our pursuit of truth, they can twist our understanding of what knowledge is and technologies will often prevent us from living in community.  To read the complete article click here  https://answerstotuffquestions.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/true-truth-and-why-it-matters_what-are-the-three-enemies-of-truth_-part-5.pdf

TRUE TRUTH and Why It Matters—“What Are The Three Enemies of Truth?” Part 4

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RELATIVISM: THE FIRST ENEMY OF TRUTH

The notion of relativism is an old idea, not a “hip” invention of the 21st century.  The book of Judges 17:6 says that in Israel, “In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes….  Again in Greek thought (Protagoras of Abdera) held that “man is the measure of all things” and that “truth is what appears to each individual”.[i]  Sadly, relativism is in vogue today such that true, truth seems archaic, civil interaction escapes us, and doing justice eludes us.

Christian Philosopher, Peter Kreeft quotes C.S. Lewis, on the importance of this issue which he called “subjectivism”.  In The Poison of Subjectivism, Lewis speaks on the perils of moral relativism and says:

“…it will certainly end our species and damn our souls.” Kreeft comments, ‘Please remember that Oxonians (those from Oxford University) are not given to exaggeration. He continues, why does he say, “Damn our souls?” Because Lewis is a Christian, and he does not disagree with the fundamental teaching of his master, Christ, and all the prophets in the Jewish tradition, that salvation presupposes repentance, and repentance presupposes an objectively real moral law. Moral relativism eliminates that law, thus trivializes repentance, and thus imperils salvation.”[ii]

This issue is a big deal and if you care about the truth pay close attention.  In this part we will be: looking at relativism as an enemy of truth that expresses itself culturally, societally, and individually.  Thus we will consider its implications and offer alternative solutions.  Click here for pdf.file      

[i] (Accessed 2/18/2014) from http://www.ucd.ie/philosophy/staff/mariabaghramian/Brief%20History.pdf

[ii] (Accessed 2/19/2014) http://www.peterkreeft.com/audio/05_relativism/relativism_transcription.htm#1

True Truth And Why It Matters: Part One

truthUWHY DOES TRUTH MATTER IN CHRISTIANITY?

The Christian religion makes many claims the core of which is that its Scriptures (Old & New Testament) and its author (The Holy Spirit through mankind) care about what is true as opposed to what is not.  A simple definition of truth is: truth is that which corresponds to reality.  Thus whatever your evangelistic method is believer, you must placard this basis in order to be faithful to Christ.  To not do so is a waste of time considering the cultural climate of moral relativism.  Truth matters in Christianity because …(read more)

Our Darwin, Design & Origin Seminar Notes are Now Online!

attq Darwin Series header colorIn response to the social climate of our day and the Great Commandment to love God and neighbor, Answers to Tough Questions is making these notes available to the body of Christ.  These are the notes we utilize in our one day seminar called Darwin, Design & Origins. This one day seminar  Continue reading “Our Darwin, Design & Origin Seminar Notes are Now Online!”