Archive for the ‘naturalism undermines human value’ Category

I am furious at being entangled in a confounded philosophy which my mind cannot refrain from approving and my heart from denying

September 24, 2009

I am furious at being entangled in a confounded philosophy which my mind cannot refrain from approving and my heart from denying.

Diderot, a philosphical naturalist and rationalist writing to his beloved, Spohie Volland.

in Os Guiness, Dust of Death, 1974, p.353

His materialist reductionism rendered ‘love’ meaningless along with ‘choice’ and yet something within him rebelled against it.

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A man said to the universe

September 9, 2009

A man said to the universe

A man said to the universe:
“Sir I exist!”
“However,” replied the universe,
“The fact has not created in me
A sense of obligation.”

Stephen Crane

Naturalism undermines ethics

September 8, 2009

Naturalism places us humans in an ethically relative box. For us to know what values within that box are true values, we need a measure imposed on us from outside the box; we need a moral plumb line…We need a measure imposed on us from outside the box.

James Sire, Universe Next Door, p.100

And with no Judge before whom we are actually, legally guilty, we are left only with guilt feelings.

Naturalism undermines knowledge

September 8, 2009

Naturalism holds that perception and knowledge are either identical with or a byproduct of the brain; they arise from the functioning of matter. Without matter’s functioning there would be no thought. But matter functions by a nature of its own. There is no reason to think that matter has any interest in leading a conscious being to true perception or to logical (that is, correct) conclusions based on accurate observation and true presuppositionsWhy should whatever that matter is conscious of be in any way related to what actually is the case? Is there a test for distinguishing illusion from reality. Naturalists point to the methods of scientific inquiry, pragmatic tests and so forth. But all these utilize the brain they are testing. Each test could well be a futile exercise in spinning out the consistency of an illusion.

James W Sire

THE UNIVERSE NEXT DOOR by James W Sire, InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, Illinois, pp.93-94

Naturalism kills man

September 8, 2009

…man is a machine, and that in the whole universe there is but a single substance differently modified.

La Mettrie

If matter is all there is, then we are machines  and thus dead because we are robots. Freedom is an illusions and morality a pretense covered by secret power plays.