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The World Will Be As Oneism

December 28, 2013

“Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…”

~ John Lennon

In light of the Duck Dynasty controversy I am reminded that our modern society is constantly taking bigger and bigger steps towards its conceived oneness-utopia. Essentially, it is a lovely little place where the Imago Dei is crucified, buried, and guarded. Final causation, or what something is naturally intended for, is dissolved. Nature is malleable. It is putty in our hands. We are gods over it and are able to do with it as we please. This is really at the heart of Secularism, and most other “isms” prevailing today.

We are trying to achieve what Dr. Peter Jones calls “Oneism”, just as Lennon would have us “live as one” (the irony here is that Jones and Lennon were actually child-hood friends!). I would urge you to watch this hour long lecture which Jones gives. It touches on how the spirit of “oneism” (a purging of the Creator/creation distinction) is the neo-Pegan monster which is alive and well like never before in our world today.

All this is also conjoined with neo-Gnosticism and can be read about here.

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Militant Materialists Dogmatically Won’t Allow Anyone To Say They’re Dogmatic

August 29, 2013

Rupert Sheldrake gives an excellent speech at TED, in early 2013, only later to have it banned from the TED website by the likes of PZ Meyers, and others. He challenged the modern scientific dogma of militant materialism, and rightly so. The great irony is that after challenging such dogma, he is then dogmatically shut off from being allowed to challenge it! These naturalist high priests of science couldn’t make their bias more apparent.

Here is an excerpt of his speech at TED. He beautifully challenges our modern dogmatic paradigm that science is only science when it assumes philosophical naturalism. In other words, and as he puts it, a purely mechanistic view of the world.

Here is Sheldrake’s insightful response to the whole debacle. In addition, he mentions how militant atheists are the face of science to the public.

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Is It 6 Days or 15 Billion Years? Yes.

August 29, 2013

I always enjoy listening to Gerald Schroeder. Yes I know there are holes in every theory, but it’s still interesting to consider what he talks about here. Since time is relative, and the theory of relativity is true, it naturally makes sense to reconcile the Bible and modern science the way he does.



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The Profound Contingency of Reality

July 10, 2013

If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? I’ve heard atheists such as Sam Harris answer this with a definitive “yes” without blinking. But actually, it doesn’t make a sound!

This video explains something we often don’t think about. It’s something that is so profound, so simple, yet we take forgranted every day. It’s the contingent nature of conscious beings and the world. Sound was created for us, and we were created for sound. Sound is only a reality if there is a brain to perceive the sound. Otherwise, there is no sound, only waves. Ultimately, sound is a perception. The same is for sight.

Think of it this way: Imagine the world being black and soundless unless you were wearing a specialized helmet. Nothing could be perceived unless the helmet was put on to transmit the data floating around. You take the helmet off and nothing. You put it on and you perceive the world with sound, sight, taste, touch, etc. That is the human brain. The sound waves and light waves were created for us to perceive, and our ears and eyes were created for the sound and light waves to give our brains that perception.

Things are profoundly contingent!

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Splitting Scientific Hairs For Bad Reasons

July 10, 2013

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You can see the crux of the discussion in the debate at:

36:00 – 1:11:45

I found this to be a very good dialogue because it entails many truths about science, history, and philosophy which you wont hear too often these days. Both Barr and Behe make many great points, and surely have much to agree upon. Barr rightly sees the value of philosophy and theology, as the medeivals did, and is something which is lost today in our broad society. However, I wanted to point out what I believe to be a note-worthy inconsistency in Barr’s reasoning. He argues that wherever there are philosophical implications of science in the science classroom it either ceases to be science, or that such philosophical implications should never be overtly taught in the classroom.

For example, to him ID should not be taught because of the philosophical implications. Now ID does not necessarily imply theism or philosophy. ID says that some things are intelligently caused or better explained by an intelligent cause. This sentence was intelligently caused. It does not necessarily imply theism or philosophy for you to infer this.

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Homosexuality Debate

July 9, 2013

I thought this was a great debate for so many reasons; too many to list here. Michael Brown is an amazing man and does a great job of modeling Christian love which many of us can gleam from. Feel free to reply about your thoughts.

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Atheists Aren’t Any Better At Being Atheist Than Religious People Being Religious

June 2, 2013

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CNN’s website gave a list of famous atheists along with some quotes. I wanted to give my thoughts on these particular ones which stuck out to me, as they are tantamount of the views and assumptions held my many atheists I’ve come across. I realize I don’t have the full context of their words, but I still wanted to say a few things about the quotes given:

Keira Knightley: “If only I wasn’t an atheist; I could get away with anything. You’d just ask for forgiveness, and then you’d be forgiven.”

Right off the bat we see that Keira hasn’t thought things through very much. One could just as easily say the same as an atheist, namely, there is no such thing as “forgiveness”, it’s just an illusion caused by random neuron firings in the brain, thus do whatever you want. In addition, she’s not critiquing Christianity, only a one-sided misconception of Christianity. And she’ll probably never realize this because atheists hardly care to look into these things and be balanced. James 2 teaches that faith without works is dead, meaning dead faith. Works will evidence whether or not our faith is real.

Andy Rooney: “I don’t understand religion at all. I’m sure I’ll offend a lot of people by saying this, but I think it’s all nonsense.”

I wish I could ask him to be more specific. Does he really believe it’s “all” nonsense, including the world wide care and relief that is given due to the belief that God has called us to help those in need?

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