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John Pennell July 22, 2014 at 03:08 pm
Hello Education is a Luxury and thank you for reading and taking time to comment on my article. I'llRead More address your concerns, but first, your handle, "Education is a Luxury" is interesting. What do you mean by that phrase?
John Pennell July 22, 2014 at 03:13 pm
Please allow me the luxury of calling you EL =) EL, please forgive the vagueness of my links inRead More relationship to the purpose of my blog. My main focus when I write is to write to those who hold a Christian worldview about issues of culture and science that bear on our faith. However, I may not have been clear enough with these links about how they relate to our worldview even for fellow Christians, much less those who might hold a different worldview. Which side of that fence do you fall on if I may ask?
John Pennell July 22, 2014 at 03:34 pm
And now I will try to account to each article specifically: The first article seems to be prettyRead More plain in its meaning. As the author has noted, Christianity and the religious in general are regarded by some as irrational, unintelligent, and etc. This article shows that not all Christians/Theists are as dumb as some have claimed. My personal belief is that intelligence is only a minor part of the equation one uses to form their worldview. (This is because I know very smart people on both sides of the fence, and some less smart as well.) The second article highlights a common theme among secular thinkers: namely that any governmental or government sponsored entity can in NO WAY mention recognize or appear to support any kind of activity that might be regarded in any way religious (and especially Christian) without violating the edict "separation of church and state" which is not found in any legal document. The third article talks about the seemingly innate instinct that most human beings seem to have that informs them that there is more to this world than meets the eye (i.e. the supernatural does indeed exist). It would make sense if indeed the supernatural did exist. The fourth article shows how some scientific finds are hyped way beyond what the evidence actually merits. Your answer to my question is indeed a valid one, however I am not sure that it is the whole answer for many. Here are some of my thoughts: naturalism requires that life is not special, it is just a random mixture of chemicals that happened to take on certain properties that other matter does not have (such as the ability to reproduce, and to think). So those who hold to a naturalistic worldview would see the discovery of life on other planets as a confirmation of naturalism and justification of their worldview, while at the same time ruling out any worldview that does not agree with Sagan's edict: “The Cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be." Again, thank you. Hope this helps!
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