C. S. Lewis, Science, Technology, Meaning and Freedom

Nov 22, 2013 by

By Bill Muehlenberg, Culture Watch Fifty years ago (November 22, 1963), three famous men died, but the death of one greatly overshadowed the death of the others. The assassination of President John F Kennedy made world news, so that the deaths of Aldous Huxley and C. S. Lewis on the same day received almost no coverage in comparison. While the influence of JFK as the leader of the free world has been great, it can be argued that even greater has been the influence of the other two men. Both were thinkers, writers and novelists, and their prescient works of warning still stand with us today. Huxley’s 1932 novel Brave New World was a very important work, alerting us to where we were heading in the West. But Lewis also wrote some very important works warning us where unbridled technology and amoral science might take us. His works were...

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Just how intelligent are atheists?

Aug 22, 2013 by

By Alexander Boot University of Rochester psychologists have just completed a review of 63 scientific studies about religion and intelligence dating between 1928 and now. In 53 of these there was a “reliable negative relation between intelligence and religiosity”. In other words, atheists are brighter than believers. They have a higher “ability to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend complex ideas, learn quickly, and learn from experience”. Now it’s an established fact that IQ, the higher the better, is the single most reliable predictor of practical success in today’s world. And success in today’s world is measured mostly by money, of which people with higher IQ scores tend to have more. Thus if a child has a high IQ, he’s more likely to make a lot of money at an early age. Here’s an example of one such child, or rather a bright young man of 21. His...

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Relationships (part one) Whole and Half

Apr 27, 2013 by

From gentlemind “Relationships” is a series of articles looking at the way in which concepts exist in relation to other concepts, and the way in which we exist in relation to those relationships. […]  This is the only way it is mathematically possible that two different objects can combine to create a new object which will – at a ratio of 1:1 – itself be identical to one of the two objects that combined to create it. Half of children are male (one half of Mankind), and half of children are female (one half of Mankind). All children are male OR female, but all children are made from the bodies of male AND female (the whole of Mankind).   This is the beautiful system that allows Mankind to go forth and multiply. God made Mankind a whole of two halves (male and female). God did this by first making...

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Personally, I blame Kant for all this

Jan 6, 2013 by

By Alexander Boot The last three centuries have witnessed numerous attempts to replace Judaeo-Christian morality with an equally effective secular code based on rational thought. The same centuries have also witnessed a comprehensive failure of every such attempt. Immanuel Kant was neither the first nor the last thinker who postulated that, as a rational moral agent, man doesn’t need God to come up with a valid moral code. It’s just that he was a more powerful thinker than the others, and so his failure looks even more spectacular. The greater the height from which one tumbles, the more shattering the fall. Kant proved beyond any doubt what all those Greeks had shown before him: that, though philosophy can ponder morality from every possible angle, it can’t create it. There’s so much more than reason that shapes human behaviour that rationalism is inevitably found wanting. Kant and other philosophers dedicated...

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Humanists outraged over approval of new academy that will teach Creationism

Jul 20, 2012 by

By Stewart Cowan, Real Street Those delicate flowers, the secular humanists, just cannot bear for anyone not to believe like they do. They get really upset that after over a century and a half, millions of us still don’t buy the idea that we evolved from pond slime via apes – goo-to-you-via-the-zoo! Religious ideas produce intolerance, they insist, and so they cannot be tolerated. No, humanists are convinced that they have a better idea of how to create a good society: have everything to do with faith banned. They obviously just forget, or never found out, that every other country humanists have taken over very quickly degenerated into very unpleasant dictatorships.   The Independent explains, The evangelical Everyday Champions Church first proposed a free school that would teach creationism as a valid scientific theory last year.   That application was rejected by the Government on the basis that “the...

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