Category Archives: Religion

Hobby-Lobby is the antithesis of religious freedom

Religion is an attempt to define the unknowable: to place personality, qualities, and characteristics on that which cannot be explicitly qualified. Thus, no two religions will ever agree, because there is no way to prove whose interpretation of personality, qualities, and characteristics is right and whose is wrong. In the absence of this proof, all religions (even the lack of religion) are, by definition, simultaneously all right, and all wrong. In the absence of quantifiable data, one belief is no more correct, or incorrect, than any other belief.
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Science education is best left to the church

Now that I have your attention, do you find the idea of requiring science to be taught by the church to be patently absurd? Ridiculous? If so, then why would you support the merging of the church and the state in a democracy?

Organized religion is, by definition, an authoritative power structure that is antithetical to the concepts of freedom and freewill required for a robust democracy. The founding fathers of the U.S. Constitution—all of them “Christian” men—knew this full well when they envisioned our democracy as a secular form of government, since no theocratic dogma with the power to do so has ever tolerated equal representation for a competing dogma, theocratic or otherwise.
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Moral theorems, archetypes, and standards

Last post, I discussed the problems with measuring moral absolutism against the standards commonly used for measuring the natural absolutes described by science and mathematics. However, as Jon pointed out in an excellent comment on that post, this may not rule out the fact that moral absolutes exist, merely our ability to understand and relate them in non-axiomatic terms. So, let’s dig a little deeper.
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On “Moral Absolutism”

It is one thing to fight for one’s beliefs. It is quite another to be compelled to fight for some subjective concept of the moral absolute. Yet, those who profess to the concept of “moral objectivity” like to point to certain widely held moral beliefs as proof of the existence of Moral Absolutism: the belief in the existence of absolute standards against which everyone can be judged “right” or “wrong.” I myself have noted that if such things exist, it is probably at the intersection of human theologies, a la the story of “The Blind Men and the Elephant.”
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What God says

When I think about the looming crises of peak oil, peak water, peak food, peak people , I am reminded of the following Indian parable that I came across, told by the comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell, in his book Myths To Live By:
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Right and wrong

If one cannot know The Truth, then how can one know right or wrong? Such is the age-old battle between moral absolutism and moral relativism.
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THE TRUTH will not set you free…

…but the pursuing the truth just might.

There are at least two fundamental, philosophical differences between science and theology that will prevent them from ever peacefully coexisting. The first has to do with the underlying processes that drive them, and the second has to do with the central purposes of their existence.
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