So Where Are We?

First off, let me apologize for the lack of posts lately.  My family and I have been struggling with illness in the house, and it’s funny how a lack of sleep can give you writer’s block :)

We just went through 4 of the Classical Arguments for the Existence of God, and as 1 reader pointed out (Thanks James!) none of them does any good in trying to prove God exists.  The best of these arguments would be some form of the transcendental argument, but even then, it doesn’t prove that God exists – it simply tries to point out some non-natural existence.  (Recall that it argues the existence of things like absolute truth, morality, beauty, etc.)

So where does that leave us, as Christians.  Is there any rational defense of the Faith, or of any faith?  I’m sure that many people would give a resounding “No!” What I endeavor to do in the coming posts is show why it is that Christianity is not only a viable worldview, but that it can and does lead to a meaningful life.

That’s the whole point of this blog – a Mission of Meaning.

Stay Tuned, and thanks for reading!

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  • JamesGold

    Absolute truth does not exist, or if it does, we as humans can't know it, because our knowledge of the universe is limited by our senses. Morality and beauty are intrinsically tied to our brains and can be explained in evolutionary terms; they are not transcendental. I believe the only truly transcendental thing is the laws of our universe. They exist independently of both our minds and matter itself. Still, as you said, the existence of one transcendental thing doesn't prove that other transcendental things (such as god) exist.

    There is no rational defense of faith. The very definition of "faith" is belief in something that has no rational argument or evidence to support it.

    You do not need religion to lead a meaningful life. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that religious lives are meaningless. If your life's meaning is determined by an external figure, such as god, you are nothing more than a drone. True meaning comes from within yourself. You and you alone decide how you wish to live your life.

  • Christian

    I don't believe "Absolute truth does not exist." is coherent. The statement itself is an absolute, so it is self-defeating and cannot be true.

    Your second statement, I'll pose as this: "If absolute truth exists, then we cannot know it, because of our limitations." If you mean we cannot know anything absolutely, I would disagree. We know that 2+2=4 and it's universal. I would also echo Descartes, "I think, therefore I am." If you mean we cannot know everything absolutely, then we are in agreement, and anyone that thinks they can know everything is wrong.

    I agree with you when you say, "You and you alone decide how you wish to live your life." I don't quite understand how you can know that "True meaning comes from within yourself."

    If you're right that God doesn't exist, wouldn't you have to say that the idea of God is something that theists have created in their own minds? If that's the case, what makes a theistic self-meaning less meaningful than an atheistic self-meaning?

    I'm just curious. Let me know if you get a chance. Thanks!