Archive for the ‘atheistic faith’ Category

the all-powerful and all-benevolent state should weigh heavy in each person’s life

September 5, 2011

(Gordon Brown’s) real goal was to increase public expenditure…; he believed that the all-powerful and all-benevolent state should weigh heavy in each person’s life, and should be a presence in it as God was supposed to be in the Presyterianism of his upbringing.

Theodore Dalrymple, Not With a Bang But a Whimper

The state becomes a surrogate God once the real God has been ditched. The government becomes an idol as it was for the 20th C. absolute monarchies of the atheistic republicans. The state becomes the object of faith, a kind of benevolent Eternal Father who feeds, teaches and loves all indiscriminately.

Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence

December 28, 2009

Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.

Richard Dawkins,

From speech at the Edinburgh International Science Festival, April 15, 1992.

Would that include faith in induction, scientism, Naturalism, atheistic morality, macro-evolution…?

all the (counter-revolutionary) targets were ordered to kneel and kowtow to a huge portrait of Mao at the back of the platform

November 17, 2009

…all the (counter-revolutionary) targets were ordered to kneel and kowtow to a huge portrait of Mao at the back of the platform. While the others did as they were told, my father refused. He said that kneeling and kowtowing were undignified feudal practices which the Communists were committed to eliminating. The Rebels screamed, kicked his knees, and struck him on the head, but he struggled to stand upright. “I will not kneel! I will not kowtow!! he said furiously . . . “I have committed no crime. I will not bend my head!” . . . Several large men jumped on him to try and force him down, but as soon as they let go he stood straight up, raised his head, and stared defiantly at the audience . . . the hysterical crowd screamed that he was “anti-Cultural Revolution . . . ”

Jung Chang, Wild Swans, 1992, Flamingo, London, pp. 439–40

 

 

all these pale atheists, anti-Christians, immoralists, nihilists, these sceptics, … cannot see for themselves . . . They are not free spirits – not by any stretch – for they still believe in the truth.

November 14, 2009

all these pale atheists, anti-Christians, immoralists, nihilists, these sceptics, … cannot see for themselves . . . They are not free spirits – not by any stretch – for they still believe in the truth. . .

Nietzsche, Genealogy of Morals, Third Essay, 24

When God is dead, so is absolute truth. These so-called ‘new atheists’ want to maintain ‘truth’ without God. They want to buy the biggest toy in the shop without spending much money.

Even as rigorous a determinist as Karl Marx spoke with a withering scorn which only the presupposition of moral responsibility could justify

October 22, 2009

Even as rigorous a determinist as Karl Marx, who at times described the social behavior of the bourgeoisie in terms which suggested a problem in social physics, could subject it at other times to a withering scorn which only the presupposition of moral responsibility could justify.

R. Niebuhr, in C.S.Lewis, Miracles, 1959, p.43

there is nothing that cannot be understood, that there is nothing that cannot be explained, and that everything is extraordinarily simple

October 11, 2009

The (atheist) scientist, Peter Atkins, in his book ‘The Creation’, claims that, ‘there is nothing that cannot be understood, that there is nothing that cannot be explained, and that everything is extraordinarily simple.’

His assertion is, in reality, a faith, a belief that the simplicity we require really is in the world. Why should the world be simple? Who made that decision? Who imposed it? There is no answer, for nowhere can we find any such guarantee. The leap from effectiveness to truth is a leap of faith. The reality of Atkins’ assertion is that it is a statement of this faith. And its passion arises from the way his faith has been tested by the revelations of 20th C. science, most vividly of quantum and chaos theory. For these revelations are, at heart, revelations of complexity.

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There is more wisdom in Locke’s observation:

We cannot fathom the mystery of a single flower. Nor is it intended that we should.

John Locke

The east is red/the sun rises/China has produced a Mao Tse-tung/he pursues happiness for the people/he is the people’s savior

October 4, 2009

The east is red/the sun rises/China has produced a Mao Tse-tung/he pursues happiness for the people/he is the people’s savior.

Peasant’s Song during Cultural Revolution

Gao Anhua, To the Edge of the Sky, p.145



philosophies which claim to be based upon reason alone turn out to be elaborate rationalizations which conceal the initial act of faith upon which they are based

September 26, 2009

Every philosopher who attempts to build a metaphysic is ultimately dependent upon some ‘faith principle’…even those philosophies which claim to be based upon reason alone without any admixture of faith, always turn out upon examination to be elaborate rationalizations which conceal the initial act of faith upon which they are based. Reason cannot walk by its own light, and must seek the illumination of some principle of interpretation which reason itself does not contain. The general paralysis of metaphysical speculation in an age like our own in which philosophers are reluctant to believe in anything at all or to make any kind of venture of faith is the unwitting endorsement on the part of modern skepticism itself of the truth of the Christian view that reason is blind until faith takes it by the hand.

Alan Richardson?

Liberal ‘optimistic figments’

September 12, 2009

The doctrines of predestination; of original sin; of the innate depravity of man and the evil fate of the greater part of the race; of the primacy of Satan in this world; of the essential vileness of matter; of a malevolent Demiurgus subordinate to a benevolent Almighty, who has only lately revealed himself, faulty as they are, appear to me to be vastly nearer the truth than the “liberal” popular illusions that babies are all born good and that the example of a corrupt society is responsible for their failure to remain so; that it is given to everybody to reach the ethical ideal if he will only try; that all partial evil is universal good; and other optimistic figments, such as that which represents “Providence” under the guise of a paternal philanthropist, and bids us believe that everything will come right (according to our notions) at last.

Thomas Huxley, Life and Letters, vol.3, p.220, ed. L.Huxley, Macmillan, 1903

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There is a reason why these ‘faulty’ doctrines ‘appear’ to comport so well with our experience of the real world, Mr Huxley. They (except the mistaken idea of the vileness of matter – had he read Genesis 1?) are not faulty.

The party in the last analysis is always right

September 9, 2009

Comrades, none of us wishes or is able to be right against his party. The party in the last analysis is always right, because the party is the sole historical instrument given to the proletariat for the solution of its basic problems . . . I know that one cannot be right against the party. It is only possible to be right with the party and through the party, for history has not created other ways for the realisation of what is right.

Trotsky, 1924, 13th Party Congress

Stalin gained control of the party and used these words against him. Once the State is absolute, power is all that is left. So political power would come from the barrel of a gun (Mao) and ‘To make omlettes you need to break a few eggs” (Lenin) referring to his terror tactics.