2009-04-08The Enlightenment

2009-04-08The Enlightenment - The Enlightenment We can...

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The Enlightenment We can understand the laws of reason that govern the way things are. This is itself a faith commitment. During the homogeneous 17 th century, people thought that reasonable people would all agree on the same things. These were facts. Compound A plus Compound B will over and over again be Compound C. It is one thing to say that there are reoccurring elements to the world, and it is another to say that outliers never exist. Now we’re aware of randomness and chaos. They thought of the universe as a large clock, like a great clock, that worked harmoniously according to fixed principles that don’t change. Orthodoxy: the title of a book that pooh poohes the notion that you could deny the existence of ghosts simply… “He only knew one person that had seen a ghost and that person didn’t believe in ghosts.” He thought that it was probably indigestion. DK Chesterton. What if the presupposition for the existence of a ghost is the absence of the scientist? Nothing that is the exception of a rule is part of the diest vision of the rational order. It’s an order that is there and makes all kinds of things totally unnecessary. The diests aren’t interested in miracles of any kind. No one cured at Lourdes. They don’t beliee that Jesus Christ is divine. It’s like a revival of ancient paganism. The old Epicureans…. Live came about by atoms bumping in to one another. Plants, animals and human beings… even gods were created by these atom bumpings (or by human beings) Just as you came out of nothingness, you go back into nothingness. This is not a trial run. No last judgment. You come from nothing, you go to nothing. Why fear death? You’re just going back to where you were before you were born. Benjamin Franklin: I never doubted the existence of a God…. The great architect, the great clock maker who put this world in process existence. But this is a hands off God – he doesn’t interfere. That he made the world and governs it by his Providence, and the true service is the
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doing of Good, and that our works will be rewarded here or hereafter. It’s fairly murky in the 17 th century. Diestist or Christian? Diestist wouldn’t think of God intervening…. And wouldn’t think too much of the reward in the hereafter? Diesm becomes popular as a replacement for Christian convictions, yet there are some persons that we must call rather enlightment Christians rather than Diestists. They find a way to accommodate some Christian convictions… a religious substitute for orthodox Christianity. Matthew Tindale: Christianity Not Mysterious. Everything that is mysterious or supernatural in religion is false. That’s what enlightenment dieism is. Overlapping area of all religions.
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