“I suspect that most of the individuals who have religious faith are content with blind faith. They feel no obligation to understand what they believe. They may even wish not to have their beliefs disturbed by thought. But if God in whom they believe created them with intellectual and rational powers, that imposes upon them the duty to try to understand the creed of their religion. Not to do so is to verge on superstition.”
– Mortimer J. Adler
Mortimer J. Adler on intellectual faith
Is Christianity A Fallacious Legacy?
April 15, 2013
Today, we’re offering a brief lesson on an atheistic argument that’s quite common: The argument that a Christian believes in God only because his or her parents believe(d) in God. Does this argument have any value in favor of atheism?
While this argument may have some truth to it–after all, many Christians grew up with one or more Christian parents– it does absolutely nothing to disprove the existence of God, and so effectively does nothing to fault a Christians belief in God.
Many atheists will often say something like “You/others only believe there’s a God because your parents believed”.
This commits the Genetic Fallacy of saying that because you’ve shown how a belief originated, you’ve shown the belief to be false. Now you may be spot-on correct about the origination of the belief, but you haven’t shown the belief to be false.
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A Life Without Road Signs
Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God and was going back to God, (John 13:3 NASB)
In the aftermath of the tragic tornado in Moore, Oklahoma on May 20th, 2013 a reporter made an interesting observation. He alluded to the fact that after taking care of the injured and finding the ones that were killed, the first order of business was to erect street signs. He commented that without street signs no one knows where you are or where you need to go. We live in a world that is increasingly asking us to live without road signs.
Jesus Christ, Our Road Sign
In the scriptural reference above Jesus knew who He was, where he came from and where he was going. Jesus did not need reference points to navigate life, other than the will of His Father. Jesus is revealed in the scriptures as the way to truth and our only reference point to successfully navigate life. Unfortunately, many are now telling us that there is no such thing as absolute truth. The rise of relativism has indoctrinated this generation with belief that there are no absolute truths i.e., that truth is always relative to some frame of reference such as culture or other things too numerous to mention. The belief that there are reasonable, rational and unchanging guidelines instituted by God has been hijacked and taken hostage by relativistic thought.
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