Posts Tagged ‘ secular humanism ’

Real-life Quotes From Adherents to Scientism

I’m baffled by the logical consistency and rational prowess of the flock of scientism-followers.

Science and logic and reason are the only ways to access knowledge and wisdom in the universe.  I read that in a book Dawkins wrote and Bill Maher talked about, and he’s cool, so yeah.  That’s what I believe.

Science and logic and reason are the only ways to access knowledge and wisdom in the universe.  ‘Cause faith doesn’t feel right to me.

Science and logic and reason are the only ways to access knowledge and wisdom in the universe.  Because religious believers are just sheep following blindly.

Science and logic and reason are the only ways to access knowledge and wisdom in the universe.  I couldn’t refute the logic of my philosophy 101 teacher, so that’s what makes the most sense to me.

Science and logic and reason are the only ways to access knowledge and wisdom in the universe.  The Catholic Church did mean things to people 500 years ago, so science and logic and reason make more sense to me.

Science and logic and reason are the only ways to access knowledge and wisdom in the universe.  Catholics are bigots, and I’m afraid of being called a bigot, so I’m all for science and reason.

Science and logic and reason are the only ways to access knowledge and wisdom in the universe.  Faith is really hard.  So science and reason and logic are more my cup of tea.

Science and logic and reason are the only ways to access knowledge and wisdom in the universe.  All the so-called gods are pretty much the same according to some anthropologist I read in Popular Science, so if they all sound the same, why would I believe in any one of them?

Science and logic and reason are the only ways to access knowledge and wisdom in the universe.   Christmas is basically based on pagan ideas.  So science and logic and reason make more sense to me.

Science and logic and reason are the only ways to access knowledge and wisdom in the universe.  My girlfriend is an atheist so I’m joining her.

Science and logic and reason are the only ways to access knowledge and wisdom in the universe.  Religion is just opium, and I was basically chosen as the D.A.R.E. class representative, so I’m staying away from that junk.

Science and logic and reason are the only ways to access knowledge and wisdom in the universe.  Didn’t people just invent religion because they didn’t have science yet?  Religion doesn’t exist because science explains things better.  Science can answer every possible question.  So religion doesn’t exist.

Science and logic and reason are the only ways to access knowledge and wisdom in the universe.  99% of religious people are dumber while scientism-followers are smarter.  So there.

Science and logic and reason are the only ways to access knowledge and wisdom in the universe.  Look–it hurts non-believers’ feelings when you say that religion may have some explanatory power.  Maybe for you, God exists, but for me, God doesn’t.

That is to say, there are some legitimate arguments against faith, using actual reason and logic instead of fallacious reasoning.  And there are some legitimately fallacious arguments for faith, to be sure.

Most of us value reason and logic.  Most of us want to live consistently with our values–but what a difficult journey for believers and non-believers alike!  How prone we all are to believing lies and false reasoning.

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“Liberal” Catholics Are Not Progressive Enough

I don’t understand actions and attitudes quite common in many American Roman Catholic  believers, attitudes which are, at their core, the fruits of the Enlightenment.  Ideals such as freedom and progress, as defined and practiced by today’s standards are fine.  But when mixed with Christianity–I get confused when Enlightenment-defined freedom subverts Christian freedom.  That is merely one example.

For the longest time, I rationalized that perhaps believers of this persuasion were simply heirs to the Enlightenment, and that was all they knew.  Indoctrinated in Enlightenment thought, they learned to emphasize Enlightenment values over any other values.  They received a thoroughly Enlightenment-influenced education and control a media landscape with a tendency toward brainwashing “progressivism.”

But people have a choice.  They are rational beings with a heart and a soul, who can make choices.  Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular presents a starkly contrasting view.  Christianity presents a more progressive view of  life, humanity, the future, death, and all sorts of terribly important aspects of living, compared with the drab gray, literally hopeless Enlightenment landscape.

Enlightenment living is static–for something is only better if it supports the meta-narrative of progress-de jure.  Since objective truths and values are anathema, real, lasting progress is only an ideal and can never be a reality in Enlightenment-influenced living.   Truly, the academy and the media concoct and promote a view of life so limiting, so anti-progress.   The axiom goes something like this: I am who I am and you are who you are, and that’s enough.   How is that progressive?

Want real choice?  Christianity offers expansive freedom and choice.  Want real, deep down hope?  Christianity offers that as well.  Believe in humanism?  The goodness of humanity at the core?  Christianity offers a deeper, comprehensive view of humanity.  Want to help people?  Real, lasting help?  Help which transcends ideology?  That started and ends with Christianity as well.

What I don’t understand is why believers prefer a twisted, anti-Christian brand of Christianity to what is really there. Why, when given the choice between the candy-saccharine heterodox Christianity and the joyous feast which orthodoxy provides, that heterodoxy is ever chosen?

C.S. Lewis in “The Weight of Beauty” said it better, as always:

If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and to eagerly hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion…is no part of the Christian faith. Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.

Of course in reality, it’s not an either-or endeavor.  None of us is perfect.  None of us is precisely obedient to the Lord and His Church.  All of us land on a continuum between heteropraxy and orthopraxy.

But, I’m not talking about heteropraxy (doing things contrary to the Lord and His Church) and orthopraxy (doing things in line with the Lord’s teachings and His Church).

I’m talking about heterodoxy (believing in things contrary to the Lord and His Church) and orthodoxy (believing in things in line with the Lord and His Church).  We all fall short, in practice.  To soak-in, breathe, teach, and argue for non-truth (heterodoxy), to the exclusion of truth–that is what I don’t understand.

Christianity is the true progressive heuristic, as compared with paganism or deterministic humanism/scientism or anything else.  Buddhism, teaching that people can become one, is progressive, but falls short of the progressivism of Christianity.  Christianity believes that people can actually progress–to be more like God–and to unite with God.  That doctrine is infinitely more progressive than any other belief conjured by the Democratic party, or by the overlords of scientism and the Enlightenment.

What is more progressive than knowing that each person’s potential is infinite?  A limited, constricting view of progressivism propagated by contemporary ruling powers falls short of the true progressivism taught by Christianity:

God Himself was born.  He healed and taught.  He suffered, died, and rose again.  Through sanctifying grace we can rise as well, as He did.

Now that’s progress!