Archive for the ‘Christian worldview’ Category

The Christian Worldview upholds the sanctity of human life

May 29, 2013

Once the old Christian idea of a total difference in kind between man and beast has been abandoned, then no argument for experiments on animals can be found which is not also an argument for experiments on inferior men.

C.S. Lewis, “Vivisection,” in Essay Collection, 693-697

Once you give up the Christian worldview the door is opened to all kinds of potential evil such as performed by eugenicists, Nazis, communists, abortionists etc

If Christianity goes, the whole of our culture goes

May 27, 2011
If Christianity goes, the whole of our culture goes. Then you must start painfully again, and you cannot put on a new culture ready-made. You must wait for the grass to grow to feed the sheep to give the wool out of which your new coat will be made. You must pass through many centuries of barbarism. We should not live to see the new culture, nor would our great-great-great-grandchildren: and if we did, not one of us would be happy in it.
Eliot, T. S.

The attempt to find an interpretive worldview?

September 17, 2009

The object of philosophy…is not to help people, but to discover truth. I want to know qua philosopher what the universe is like.

It is the business of philosophy…to seek to understand the understand the nature of the universe as a whole, not, as do the sciences, some special department of it, but the whole bag of tricks to which the moral feelings of the Puritan, the herd instinct of the man in the street, the religious consciousness of the saint, the aesthetic enjoyment of the artist, the history of the human race and its contemporary follies, no less than the latest discoveries of science contribute. Reflecting upon this mass of data, the philosopher seeks to interpret it. he looks for a clue to guied him through the labyrinth, for a system wherewith to classify, or a purpose in terms of which to make meaningful.

C.E.M. Joad, British philosopher

Faith and the reliability of the Scriptures

August 17, 2009

It is a disastrous distortion of the meaning of faith to identify it with the belief in the historical validity of the Biblical stories…faith does not include historical knowledge about the way in which (an historical) event took place.

Paul Tillich, Dynamics of Faith, p.87, 89

But the apostle Paul makes it clear, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that if Christ is not (physically) raised then our faith is vain.

Faith cannot be shaken by historical research even if its results are critical of the traditions in which the event recorded.

Which presumably means if Christ’s bones are found tomorrow, Tillich would still believe in the ‘resurrection’. But of course, he will believe in a ‘resurrection’ completely gutted of its New Testament meaning, its saving power and hope for our own resurrection to eternal life.

Thus Liberal theology retains the Biblical, historic, Christian words but empties and/or radically changes their meaning. Liberalism is a kind of deceit, a pious fraud in which the worshipper is given a bank note of no actual value because it is a forgery.

Morality is derived from a worldview

August 7, 2009

They have got rid of the Christian God, and now feel obliged to cling all the more firmly to Christian morality…In England, in response to every little emancipation from theology, one has to reassert one’s position in a fear-inspiring manner as a moral fanatic.” [e.g., utilitarians, socialists, utopists, etc.] “That is the penance one pays there.”

“With us [Immoralists] it is different. When one gives up Christian belief one thereby deprives oneself of the RIGHT to Christian morality. For the latter is absolutely NOT self-evident…”

“Christianity is a system, a consistently thought out and COMPLETE view of things. If one breaks out of it a fundamental idea, the belief in God, one thereby breaks the whole thing to pieces…”

“Christianity presupposes that man does not know, CANNOT know what is good for him and what evil; he believes in God, who alone knows. Christian morality is a command: its origin is transcendental; it is beyond all criticism, all right to criticize; it possesses truth only if God is truth – it stands or falls with the belief in God.”

“If the English really do believe they know, of their own accord, ‘intuitively’, what is good and evil; if they consequently think they no longer have need of Christianity as a guarantee of morality — That is merely the CONSEQUENCE of the ascendancy of Christian evaluation and an expression of the STRENGTH and DEPTH of this ascendancy…So that the origin of English morality has been forgotten, so that the highly conditional nature of its right to exist is no longer felt. For the Englishman, morality is not YET a problem…”

Nietzsche, in Twilight of the Idols, (on atheists such as George Elliot), Penguin 1968, pp.69-70

But for Englishmen and women it would be a problem when Nietzsche’s social darwinism took hold of Germany in the 1930s.

Atheism overthrows morality

August 7, 2009

When one gives up the Christian faith, one pulls the right to Christian morality out from under one’s feet. This morality is by no means self-evident. Christianity is a system, a whole view of things thought out together. By breaking one main concept out of it, the faith in God, one breaks the whole. It stands or falls with faith in God.”

Nietzsche, in Walter kaufman, ed., ‘The Gay Science,’ in The Portable Nietzsche (NY: Viking, 1954), p.515

Communist Propaganda

July 5, 2009

We were constantly told that two-thirds of the world was under a capitalist regime and that the people were living in an abyss of suffering as if they were in `deep water and scorching fire’…. I began to feel so sorry for the rest of the world. If this was `heaven’ in China, how bad was the `hell’ they had to put up with?…However, just one tiny thing bothered me: where did all these wonderful clothes, the jewellery and other things displayed in the windows of the Nanjing Road (Shanghai’s shopping district) come from?

To the Edge of the Sky: A Story of Love, Betrayal, Suffering, and the Strength of Human Courage, Anhua Gao, p.100

This was China under Mao. But it is also a parable of how human philosophy claims to interpret reality but always fails to explain things. Naturalism and other human philosophies fail to explain morality, logic and induction. There is always at least ‘one tiny thing’ to bother us when we live under these man-made religions and philosophies. That thing is the clue to the reality of the unseen God.