To teach? To educate? Or to tell the truth?

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Teachers in North Korea risk imprisonment or death if they stray from the government approved curriculum.  According to the site Foreign Policy News, the mandatory state school education includes large amounts of hate speech, revised history, and idolization of leadership.(1) And yet tens of thousands of teachers just “go along” and don’t make waves. Teachers are faced a choice of teaching what is in a textbook, or teaching the truth.  Some have to decide whether to teach what is a PC, government sanctioned lie, or risk discrimination, disgrace, or worse for telling the truth!  But is this unique to North Korea?

Teaching is a high calling, and that high calling involves always instilling truth, not lies.  It also involves equipping students to search out truth, and recognize falsehood. But today, even in American high schools, colleges and universities this is often not the case. We instead see a focus on messengers, and messaging. Truth, the student is told, is always relative, not absolute.  Many educators focus on instilling “liberal values” and “fighting creationist propaganda” rather than evaluating the issues themselves, or seeking out truth in the midst of lies. They have even created “safe spaces” where students and groups can avoid any open debate that threatens their preconceptions or their liberal mindset. Teachers with a more conservative mindset often feel cowed into submission, unwilling to face the persecution certain to come if they stray from the secular atheistic agenda.

David Gooblar, a lecturer at the University of Iowa, explains why this is illogical, “To put this in perspective, you got a dubious letter and just spent 20 minutes fact-checking the mailman. And then you actually opened the letter and found it was a signed letter from your Mom. ‘Ah,’ you say, ‘but the mailman is a Republican!’ ”(2)  Is it really the messenger which deserves the focus of our attention?  Should we not rather focus on the message itself, and read what our mother has written carefully and attentively?

This is the state of so called higher education today.  In fact, I would suggest that the the highest calling that some of our educators strive to attain is not truth-telling, but inculcating a liberal philosophy into the minds of impressionable students, indoctrinating those youth into an atheistic, liberal, anti-God, pro-evolutionary mindset.

Now admittedly, teachers find themselves in a difficult position.  If the textbook authors say there is no God, evolution is a fact, and the Big Bang has been “proven beyond question”, who are they to question such things? Readers will know from prior posts that the big bang and evolution have certainly NOT been proven, and are NOT even scientific, but are rather propped up by numerous unscientific allowances and alterations (think Dark matter, Dark energy and the Inflationary period). (See previous post “Bangers.”) But lets just start with this question. Does the author of a textbook, or the school board have a right to tell teachers they cannot believe in or speak about their belief in God?  Do they have a right to indoctrinate all the children in public schools into the religion of secular atheism?

Columnist Dennis Prager has stated that a causal factor of the rise in atheism is the “secular indoctrination of a generation,” and that “From elementary school through graduate school, only one way of looking at the world – the secular – is presented. The typical individual in the Western world receives as secular an indoctrination as the typical European received a religious one in the Middle Ages.”(3)

If that statement is true, it is both powerful, and tragic. Are we indoctrinating students the same way Middle Age teachers did?  But what can an open minded parent or student do?  If one wishes to fully educate a child, and not just indoctrinate them, what are your choices?  Many, it appears, are choosing not to expose their children to atheist propaganda. According to the site Conservapedia,

The use of public school indoctrination is growing less effective for purposes of atheist indoctrination due to budgetary problems facing many governments in the Western World (per pupil it cost more to educate students via public schools than private schools), the inferiority of many public school systems and the growing popularity of vouchers for education (which can be used for private religious school education) and the growing practice of  homeschooling by parents.

In addition, many public universities college are failing to educate students properly and many college students are jobless as a result. An American study found that forty-five percent of students achieved no significant improvement in their critical thinking, reasoning or writing skills during the first two years of college. After four years, 36 percent displayed no significant increases in these so-called “higher order” thinking skills. Students, particularly those who made poor curriculum choices, are increasingly angry that college does not adequately prepare them for the marketplace and leaves them with a pile of debt.(3)

As tragic as that is, still God works in mysterious ways. I can imagine the day when school teachers, school boards and parents come together and agree that indoctrination is NOT education!  I can hope that someday soon students in public schools will no longer be force fed secular atheist propaganda.  I hope that we are now at a time, a very special time, when tens of thousand of teachers will once again be inspired to teach, not push atheism and secularism.  And then perhaps students will again be encouraged to think freely and evaluate faith, and science, with an open mind.

(For more information please see prior blog-posts; Pictures of Evolution,  AND Millennials; A Generation Lost In Deep Time, AND The Cambrian Explosion.)

(1) http://foreignpolicynews.org/2017/02/23/inside-north-koreas-education-system/

(2) http://www.chronicle.com/article/How-to-Teach-Information/243973

(3) /www.conservapedia.com/Atheist_indoctrination

 

An Evil Triumvirate

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Scientism is a religion tasked with preserving belief in evolution.  It is the alter at which the atheist worships.                  Neal Mack MD

If I told you there were three closely interconnected beliefs which are destroying society as we know it, you might be hesitant to believe it.  So let me explain. First the beliefs, and then their interconnections. Each of these three beliefs is dependent on the other.  Each belief naturally interweaves with the other.  Each, if taken to it’s logical extreme, virtually requires the other two. (See last week’s post on Evolution, Scientism, and the Demise of Atheism.)

Atheism. Christians and other theistic religions have no trouble explaining the origin of life or the universe.  An omnipotent God did it.  An atheist views that as a cop out.  He must somehow account for another origin for life. God is out of the equation. Life therefore, and the existence of the atheist himself, must have another explanation.  Enter evolution and the big bang. Pretty much everyone knows the definition of atheism. But most fail to realize that the atheist is completely dependent on belief in evolution. He has no other explanation for his existence. If he does not believe in God then he must believe mankind and the universe created themselves, or came about by virtue of some grand cosmic accident. Atheism is not in itself evil, just foolish.  Atheists are not of necessity evil persons, but atheism lacks the logical cognitive restraints against many of the sins and evil actions traditionally proscribed, forbidden, or banned in religious societies.

Evolutionism. Evolution is a theory (not a fact) developed for the express purpose of explaining life in the absence of a Creator.  Without evolution atheists have no explanation for life. Secular atheism is both the author and the beneficiary of evolutionary teaching. The chicken or the egg argument, in this case, actually works both ways.  The teaching of evolution benefits atheism and the teaching of atheism promotes belief in evolution. The belief that life created itself, is a faith based decision, usually dependent on atheism and on scientism.  Any person, religious or not, could entertain the possibility of evolution as an explanation for our existence. But since there is no scientific proof of events which happened in the distant past, they are accepted on faith.  One either has faith in evolution, or faith in creation. Those who believe “science has all the answers to all the questions” are in effect practicing the religion of scientism.

Scientism, the belief that science is the only source of useful knowledge, is also a faith based philosophy. It is a tenet of atheism that has developed over that last century into a strong influence throughout society that masquerades as science while promoting atheism and evolution. The two major (unproven) tenets of scientism are Evolution and the Big Bang. (See previous posts on Scientism.) Scientism is probably the least understood but likely most important leg of this three legged stool.  Scientism is an unjustified faith in science, as though it has all the answers to all the questions in life. “Scientism is an ideology that promotes science as the purportedly objective means by which society should determine normative and epistemological values.“(2) Although that sounds a little intimidating, it just means people have come to believe that science has all the answers to all the questions. But clearly it does not. (See prior blogs on why Scientism is self refuting.) Lets take the banner belief, the poster child of Scientism, the big bang, as an example.

Eric J. Lerner, president of Lawrenceville Plasma Physics, Inc. argues that the big bang is not even scientific, but absurd, “The big bang is essentially a creationist philosophy. It is creationist both because it opens the door to a supernatural origin of the universe itself, and because it basically says the universe seems absurd. We are asked to believe in it because the experts say it’s true.” (3) Lerner goes on to say, “In my mind the biggest pernicious impact of big bang cosmology, to quote my mentor Alfvén again, is that “it blurs the line between science and science fiction.”

Science?  Or Science fiction? Pretty much everyone is familiar with the Star Trek Series.  It was a staple on television for many years and a dominating motion picture franchise for decades.  In the beginning, which I still recall, it was called science fiction. People understood that Captain Kirk’s escapades with attractive humanoid aliens were imaginary.  But now, ask any college freshman about the likelihood of interstellar travel, parallel universes, and even time travel, and most will tell you it is all just around the corner.  Just one more discovery and we will have it all.  Those beliefs are based in scientism.  At some point people lose the ability to differentiate between reality and imagination. That is also the state of modern cosmology.  It is purely science fiction. Why do I think it is science fiction? I will let Lerner explain.

Lerner goes on to state, “Conventional cosmology today is a very big step back toward that medieval conception. Now big bang cosmology is talking about things like dark energy, dark matter, inflation. These are phenomena that cannot be observed or, in the case of dark matter, it could be but never has been in the laboratory and only exists in the celestial sphere. This makes these hypotheses much more difficult to test.” He continues “In most fields of science, if you have a clear contradiction between observation and experiment, you have to reject the theory. But the history of the big bang theory is that they’ve introduced new hypothetical entities that have no backing evidence except that they preserve the underlying theory. Twenty-five years ago the concept of inflation, which involves a completely unknown field and energy, was introduced to save the big bang from many very grave contradictions of observation. Soon afterward was the addition of nonbaryonic “dark” matter and, in the last 10 years, dark energy.”(3)

In other words  the big bang hypothesis has already failed the test of science.  But you see, Scientism has never been about finding the truth.  Scientism is a religion tasked with preserving belief in evolution.  It is the alter at which the atheist worships. Do not expect to find rationality here. Hence the title of this blog, “An Evil Triumvirate.”  Our beliefs determine our trajectory in society as well as in our individual lives. The cumulative effects of our acceptance of secular atheism, evolution, and scientism have unquestionably had such a negative impact on society as to be reasonably called disastrous. The insidious evil effects of these three beliefs are coming into full view now as we see rampant drug abuse, homelessness, family breakups, HIV, pornography, economic oppression, and even sex slavery.  Why?  Because with atheism, the universe is an accident and life has no meaning. Because without the Holy Spirit there is no limit to the evil men and women can commit.

(For more information please see prior posts; A Totally Modern View on Evolution, AND Evolutionism, Scientism, and the Demise of Atheism, AND Real Science, AND Five Things Everyone Should Know About Scientism.)

 

(1) http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/06/01/10-facts-about-atheists/

(2) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientism

(3) http://www.vision.org/eric-lerner-interview-big-bang-theory-378

Genesis 6:5 The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.

Fixing Global Warming

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It was heartbreaking when on a visit to Alaska, I saw the extent of the retreat of the massive glaciers. I am a firm believer in taking care of our planet, and in the conservation of resources. I drive an electric car and I have solar on my roof (which in the last 3 years has prevented over 50,000 pounds of CO2 emissions, or viewed another way, has been the equivalent of planting over 1200 trees to absorb CO2). Not many environmentalists can say they do this much. Yet environmental activists insist that such things are of minor significance and we must pass sweeping worldwide legislation and taxation to do much more.

But the question arises, how can weak, frail mankind fix such an enormous problem? Historically the earth has vacillated between Ice Ages, floods, droughts, and intense heat. The ocean levels have varied by many meters.  The Polar ice caps have grown and then retreated… and all this has occurred in past times without human intervention. It was neither caused by, nor alleviated by human behaviors.

And another pertinent question isHow do we know that we are not currently approaching an Ice age (as some respected secular scientists suggest), and perhaps the very most important, lifesaving, socially conscious thing we could possibly do at this time is to foster the creation of carbon dioxide to minimize the severity of the coming glaciation? (See my prior post on The Science of Predicting the Future)  The answer. We don’t.

Many secular scientist say we are indeed now overdue for an Ice Age. “Sometime around now, scientists say, the Earth should be changing from a long interglacial period that has lasted the past 10,000 years and shifting back towards conditions that will ultimately lead to another ice age – unless some other forces stop or slow it.” (1)

The point is, we do not know what happened 10,000 years ago. And we do not know what will happen five or 10 years in the future.  Only God knows.

As a scientist this is quite an uncomfortable realization.  Many secular, atheistic, humanistic scientists prefer to think we are in control of our destiny and we must protect our fragile planet from the ravages of human “infestation”. But Scripture (which has been around a lot longer than modern science, and is more dependable and trustworthy than some aspects of modern science) tells us otherwise. As a student of scripture, I can point to hundreds of accurate Bible prophecies which have already been fulfilled.(2) We know when these prophecies were written, and we know the times  (later in history) when they were fulfilled. Global warming scientists can make no such claim.

On the other hand, recent SCIENTIFIC studies by accomplished geologists at the ICR* have shown that the Ice Age(s) are much more readily explained by the repercussions of a global flood as described in the Bible, than by current prevailing secular hypotheses.(3) SCIENTIFIC analysis of geographical formations also show that the location and sequencing of earth’s great fossil fields are more compatible with a great flood than with prior “old age earth” hypotheses. (see blog on The Data in the Strata)

Geologists and astronomers have debated for decades about what caused the Ice Ages. There have been many theories, each one superseding the one prior.(4) But none of those theories can explain how such vast amounts of water vapor were in the atmosphere at the same time the planet was rapidly cooling.  Normally in a cold atmosphere there is very little water vapor, so cycles of cooling alone cannot explain the Ice Age(s). Only the Biblical flood model, with rapidly shifting tectonic plates and the associated underwater volcanic activity, can explain the subsequent massive precipitation required in an Ice Age occurring some years after he flood. (5)

So, if we are concerned with global warming, or cooling, or flooding, or melting ice caps, what are we to do?  As a scientist, and a Christian, I absolutely believe that such things are under the complete and total control of God the Creator of the Universe. In fact, it seems almost silly to believe there is an Omnipotent, Loving God who created everything in the universe for our benefit, and yet worry that we might destroy everything because we drive too many automobiles. Just stop and think for a second.  All it would take is one large volcanic blast to offset the warming from hundreds of years of man’s carbon emissions. If God wants the Earth to dry up and wither due to man’s sin, it will occur, and no amount of environmental activism will prevent it. If God does NOT want Global warming to occur, then no matter how much carbon dioxide man creates, natural processes will offset and balance it.

After all, wasn’t Jesus the first person to tell us, in essence, “Don’t worry, be happy?”. (6)

(See my prior posts on Hoaxed, The Data in the Strata, and Real Science.)

 

(1) today.oregonstate.edu/archives/2009/aug/long-debate-ended-over-cause-demise-ice-ages-–-may-also-help-predict-future

(2) http://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-study/topical-studies/the-old-testament-is-filled-with-fulfilled-prophecy-11652232.html

(3) http://www.icr.org/article/ice-age-genesis-flood/

(4) today.oregonstate.edu/archives/2009/aug/long-debate-ended-over-cause-demise-ice-ages-–-may-also-help-predict-future

(5) http://www.icr.org/global-flood

(6) http://www.biblestudytools.com/blogs/mark-altrogge/3-things-jesus-tells-us-about-worry.html

 

*ICR – Institute for Creation Research.  A small but distinguished group of scientists which have formed to look at science, and scientific studies, from a Biblical worldview.

The earth dries up and withers,
    the world languishes and withers;
    the heavens languish together with the earth.
The earth lies polluted
    under its inhabitants;
for they have transgressed laws,
    violated the statutes,
    broken the everlasting covenant.
Therefore a curse devours the earth,
    and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt;
therefore the inhabitants of the earth dwindled,
    and few people are left.  Isaiah 24:4-6 NRSV

Sex: Evolutionary Accident or God’s gift?

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There are really only two explanations for sex.  It is possible that it is simply an animal urge bred into humankind (and most other animals) as an essential part of the propagation of the species, as implied by atheists and evolutionists.  It is also possible that it might be a part of a Divine plan, a gift to mankind from a loving Creator, as taught in the Bible.

Atheists, of course, tend to believe the former, despite scientific evidence to the contrary (see earlier blogs).  As society becomes predominantly atheistic, with rejection of anything but a token belief in the spiritual or the Divine, we consequently see less respect for the sanctity of  life, and less understanding of the sacramental nature of marriage.  Consequently, our social fabric seems to be ripping apart.  Affairs are rampant.  Divorce is “normal”.  Children are disposable. Mass shootings, corporate corruption, individual gluttony and laziness… all seem to be increasing. 

Christians (and some other religions), on the other hand, tend to see the hand of God in the act of sexual intimacy.  In fact it has been called a sacrament.  The Bible of course tells us in many places to stay away from sexual sin. But it does not stop there.  Paul goes on to say that we should encourage sex within the marriage, that sex is an important part of the ongoing marital relationship:  The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer.  (I Cor. 7:3-5)

The wisdom of God’s plan for the family, and for a marital relationship founded on commitment and mutual gratification, becomes evident as we compare it to the alternative.  In other words, looking around we see divorce, gender confusion, the mental health crisis, rampant pornography, pedophilia, and social chaos. These have followed closely on the heals of he breakup of the traditional family.  It serves to confirm the wisdom of God’s plan.  While we as a society, and as individuals, value freedom and an unconstrained lifestyles, it appears God placed some constraints on our sexual expression, for reasons that relate to our individual and societal well being.

The family (along with its biblical pro-sex attributes) is designed to be the core, basic unit of a stable society. As stated in an article in The Public Discourse, “The second pillar of a decent society is the institution of the family, which is built upon the comprehensive sexual union of man and woman. No other institution can top the family’s ability to transmit what is pivotal—character formation, values, virtues, and enduring love—to each new generation.“(1)

But this pillar is crumbling. With rampant alcohol and drug use, the recent push toward legalized pedophilia in Europe, the exposure of our young children to sexual images on cell phones, and even sexual teaching about homosexuality and transgender issues in our public schools, and with the pressure on young children to choose a homosexual or Trans lifestyle even before they comprehend the framework of human sexuality, the family is quite literally in a crisis.(2)

It turns out that worldview does make a difference.  In fact it makes an enormous difference whether our children are raised believing they are a child of God, or believing they are the result of an accident of cosmology.  Tragically we have millions of children and young adults now with no spiritual compass, and no inherent, foundational belief in self worth.  Entire generations of youth who have been taught that they are no more special or meaningful than a monkey, or a slime mold.  Our society and children are paying the price. And nothing but God’s plan is likely to make things any better.

(1) https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/pillars/sexuality-and-family/

(2) http://chucklawless.com/2017/08/10-reasons-satan-attacks-families/

 

Hoaxed

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Evolution will someday be shown to be the greatest hoax in the history of science.  It may be, as the title of Jonathan Sarfati’s book suggests, “The Greatest Hoax on Earth?”  He writes, describing pro-evolutionist and atheist Richard Dawkins, “Dawkins is much like his hero, Charles Darwin, who embellishes scientific observations with curious speculation to fit his own atheistic worldview.” (Note: for much more on this topic see my earlier blogs on “Differing with Dawkins”, “The Data in the Strata” and “Cambrian Explosion.)

Of course even many atheists will admit there have been numerous “hoaxes” such as Piltdown man, Nebraska man, Java man, Orce man, or Boule’s Neanderthal man.  Archeoraptor and Haeckel’s embryos were also proven fraudulent. Some evolutionary proponents will admit individual instances of a person here or there who “faked” a specimen.  A few might even acknowledge the clearly “embellished” and fanciful horse series, (which has been put forward for generations as “proof” of evolution, but is actually three different species of horses).

These are just a few examples, but this is bigger than a few dozen examples can explain.  It is a systematic, guided, planned, and intentional misleading of our youth.  It is what some call textbook fraud.  Evolutionists tolerate knowingly fraudulent pro-evolution evidence in school textbooks. New textbooks purchased by schools are filled with lies to promote evolution. School teachers and professors (at least some of them) know the material is fraudulent, but continue teach it. Materials persist in High School and University Textbooks that were exposed as fraud over 90 years ago! Everyone ignores this, because this fraudulent data is the best evidence for evolution that they have!

Evolution itself, the very idea, the inane proposition itself will someday be shown to be the greatest (and perhaps most destructive) hoax ever perpetrated on mankind.

How could such a thing have happened?  Well it is amazing just how far astray you can go with the blind leading the blind.  Jesus told his followers, “Stay away from those Pharisees! They are like blind people leading other blind people, and all of them will fall into a ditch.”  Psalm 14:1 also tells us “The fool has said in his heart there is no God.”  Unfortunately, for over a hundred years, our society has been lead by fools, blinded by their pride and arrogance. Atheistic scientists are fools by scriptural definition because they don’t believe in God.  They have moved to the forefront of social consciousness, becoming so influential on our campuses that we have entire generations of youth believing that the universe created itself out of nothing, and that life rose from a mud puddle to its current array of magnificent complexity.

Romans chapter one (NIV) in context shows parallels to today:

18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

It is critical, for the sake of our youth, that a generation of scientists, teachers, pastors, and parents educate themselves on the fallacies of evolution and the Big bang.  Start from the beginning of this blog. Read my twice weekly posts starting back on July 23rd of this year.  EDUCATE YOURSELF.  Or Visit sites like the Creation Museum, or Answers in Genesis.  Join the movement. Share these blogs.  Save our kids.

Science vs Reason

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Yes, you read that correctly. The title of today’s blog is NOT faith vs reason.  It is science vs reason.  It seems most of society currently believes that science is the answer to all humanity’s questions.  Science is assumed to be logical, rational, and reasonable.  Science is looked on as the dependable and unassailable bastion of all truth. Science can tell us whether the universe is the grand design of God, or an accident of cosmology. Science can supposedly tell us if we are a child of God or the children of apes.

Faith, on the other hand, (at least in the secular media and on college campuses) is represented as illogical, irrational, and unreasonable.  Faith, according to the secular academics, is for stupid people, and science is for the thoughtful, rational, deductive, “smart” people.  Right?  (I think not.  But perhaps we can discuss that another day.)  Today we discuss Science vs Reason.

Science, like mathematics, logic, or philosophy are wonderful things, when applied properly to an appropriate subject or area.  But by the same token, like any other discipline, science can give misleading or inaccurate information when misapplied.  (See earlier blogs on Scientism.)  If we applied pure science in medicine, there would be no place for empathy, compassion or intuition. Very ill patients might be evaluated and terminated.  Emotions might be ignored.  In fact, there would be absolutely nothing precluding experimentation on prisoners if science alone were our guide..

In a similar vein, pure mathematics cannot solve many types of scientific problems where trial and error are indispensable to provide proof of a theory.  Historical studies are not well suited to solving problems in math or science.  Yet the current fad among institutions of scientific research is to believe all questions in all areas of learning can either be solved by science, or to presume that other areas of study offer solutions inferior to the solutions offered by science. Such an application of so called “science” is not only irrational and unreasonable.  It is dangerous. It is in effect sham philosophy pretending to be science. If mankind were a mere collection of chemicals, without free will and moral choices, perhaps science alone could be our god.  But we are more.  Much more.

Consider for example, philosophy.  As stated by Julian Friedland,

For roughly 98 percent of the last 2,500 years of Western intellectual history, philosophy was considered the mother of all knowledge. It generated most of the fields of research still with us today. This is why we continue to call our highest degrees Ph.D.’s, namely, philosophy doctorates. At the same time, we live an age in which many seem no longer sure what philosophy is or is good for anymore.(1)

Philosophy as a means of understanding the world clearly has limitations. Philosophers are of no help in building complicated machines or directing complex chemical processes.  In fact, philosophy has gotten a bad rap because so many philosophers and their arguments are totally disconnected from reality.  Even at its best, philosophy relies on very specific word choices, and is often subject to interpretation and argumentation when viewed from different vantage points. So it seems perfectly understandable that humanity would seek a more solid ground for understanding the universe, and the natural and obvious choice would seem to be science.

But as written by Joseph Rowlands, “The problem is that many scientists sought to escape from the clutches of rationalizing philosophy by jumping into Empiricism, the philosophy that rejects theoretical knowledge and only accepts direct sensory evidence.  As Rand said, philosophy is inescapable.  You don’t have a choice about having one.  If you try to reject philosophy, you’re just enslaving yourself to your implicit philosophy.” (2)

That is the absolute key to today’s discussion.  We are not given the choice of philosophy or faith vs science.  We are only given the choice of which philosophy we use to approach science.  Science in and of itself is nothing but a tool.  Like any tool, it can be used to accomplish a variety of tasks.  How the tool is applied it critical to the results obtained.  A hammer is equally capable of building a house, or tearing a house down.  Science is perfectly capable of building a rational view of the universe, or of portraying a totally false and indefensible view of the universe.  

Paul Bloom of the Atlantic, wrote, “Sociologists and philosophers deserve a lot of credit in reminding us that scientific practice is permeated by groupthink, bias, and financial, political, and personal motivations.” The physicist Richard Feynman once wrote that the essence of science was “bending over backwards to prove ourselves wrong.” But he was talking about the collective cultural activity of science, not scientists as individuals, most of whom prefer to be proven right, and who are highly biased to see the evidence in whatever light most favors their preferred theory.”(3)

I believe there is sufficient evidence to support the proposition that secular scientists have chosen to use the “hammer” of science in ways that are tearing down the house of humanity.  In future blogs we will discuss ways to apply science more appropriately.

 

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
    Tell me, if you understand.
 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
    Who stretched a measuring line across it?
 On what were its footings set,
    or who laid its cornerstone—
while the morning stars sang together
    and all the angels[a] shouted for joy?” Job 38:4-7 NIV 

 

(1) opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/05/philosophy-is-not-a-science/

(2) http://rebirthofreason.com/Articles/Rowlands/Philosophy_vs_Science.shtml

(3) https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2015/11/why-scientific-faith-isnt-the-same-as-religious-faith/417357/

 

Everyone has an Attraction!

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Same sex attraction is a big thing these days.  It has divided our country right down the middle, with the tendency to polarize one side against the other.  Each side feels they have the high moral ground and each side often tends to demonize those who believe differently. The saying, “Hate the sin, but love the sinner” makes perfect sense to many conservative Christians, but comes off as judgmental to most liberals. On the other hand, “Gay is the way.” hardly seems like an answer either, and hating Christians because of their beliefs is not any better solution than “hating sinners”.

However homosexuality is just one of many expressions of human sexuality.  Of course we want to avoid insults or judgment of the homosexual community.  But a question arises as to whether that justifies lifting all the Bible’s limitations and proscriptions on sexual activity? If we reject the Bible as authoritative on sexual matters, what authority do we accept?

There is an old saying in Southern Illinois (maybe it’s everywhere). “I guess there’s someone for everybody”. There is a lot of truth to that saying. But it leaves many important questions unanswered.  Is there such a thing as right and wrong types of sexuality?  If same sex attraction is fine, what about other types of attraction?

What if you are are attracted to children?  There is a movement in France to normalize pedophilia. (1) The same is true of Sweden. (2) In fact it seems to be true of much of the EU. (3) It is beyond the scope of this blog to fully discuss the dangers to children or society inherent in these societal trends. But as rational, caring adults we absolutely MUST recognize the necessity of protecting our children from sexual predation! However it should be noted that one of the main things that has prevented the abuse of children for centuries is the Christian worldview. This very same world view is now systematically being destroyed in the name of scientism and secularism.

To look at the issue from a different angle, what if you are attracted to practically every woman (or man) you see?  Does that mean you should be able to have relations with them? Should you be polygamous, or cheat on your spouse, or have kids outside of marriage with dozens of other men or women? If you tire of your spouse, should you move on for sexual excitement?  Should the next edition of the DSM in medicine remove all types of sexual dysfunction from its pages? Is cocaine OK if it leads to better sex or more sex? Should we allow, or even encourage, people to find pleasure and fulfillment in every area of sexual expression, no matter who or what the object of the sexual attraction might be?  Should there be NO limits on human sexuality?

What if you are attracted to certain animals? Does bestiality go “too far”? Not according to Finland. (4) In fact there are still several countries around the globe where it is legal. (5) There have been numerous recent articles about the rise of brothels dedicated to sex with animals in Europe. However this practice is by no means new.  It is almost as old as humankind. Should there be limits on bestiality?

The point of the blog is not to define the limits of human sexuality.  It is merely to state that human sexuality must have limits, and they must somehow be defined.  Science is incapable and insufficient in defining matters of conscience, or morality. Scientism has stated that all such matters as religion and morality are irrelevant. In the past it has been religion or scripture which has typically prescribed these limits. But now, under the lead of secularism and scientism, all limits and even the authority to place limits, have been summarily removed.  There is no God, say the secularists.  So all of God’s rules are just fabrications, nonsense, patently absurd in the new “enlightened age”. Especially those which place limits on our sexual expression.

There is an old proverb, “Be careful what you wish for, lest it come true.”  I think this applies to the desires for sexual freedom that have been the motivation for much of the secular revolution.  Society may have found their freedom.  And in doing so I fear that they may have loosed the worst type of bondage imaginable. I tremble in fear for the most vulnerable members of society if I am correct. Not only that. I fear for the eternal souls of all those who believe they have been freed of all repercussions of their sexual actions and appetites.

 

Matthew 5:28  “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” KJV

Matthew 18:6 “If anyone causes one of these little ones–those who believe in me–to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” NIV

Leviticus 18:23  “Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.” NIV

 

(1) www.sott.net/article/368779-Is-France-Attempting-to-Normalize-Pedophilia

(2) https://neonnettle.com/news/4024-sweden-caught-normalising-pedophilia-with-brochure-promoting-child-marriage

(3) https://justice4poland.com/2015/12/03/germany-and-eu-to-legalize-pedophilia-and-with-it-child-pornography-as-well/

(4) https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/yes_in_finland_you_can_have_sex_with_your_pet/8153974

(5) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legality_of_bestiality_by_country_or_territory