THE BIG BANG: ETHICS and IRRATIONALITY

ETHICS, GOD, and THE BIG BANG

[This piece continues the theme of earlier blogs, as promised earlier.  Please refer to them as necessary.]

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To preface what follows: It’s been my purpose for the past several years to try to justify the physical world with the metaphysical (science with the spiritual).  Science being a child of philosophy, the two approaches to truth historically were one.  I believe that they are on parallel tracks that will link again when we finally know the truth.  It’s my goal to meld the two approaches insofar as possible while realizing that full spiritual understanding is out of my range.  Metaphysics is yet (if ever) to be mastered, and I’m certainly not the one to master it.  I’m now putting my personal views and beliefs, for what they’re worth, on the line.  You may disagree.  I

The Science-Religion Dichotomy – NOT

ETHICAL ISSUES:  SCIENCE vs RELIGION

I write this as a career scientist of no particular religion who has had an undeniably spiritual personal experience—a peak experience as defined by Abraham Maslow—and as a philosopher.  I do not ask that you believe me (although it is certainly the truth).  I ask only that you read on because the subject is interesting.

The rapid advance of science in recent years has brought with it an increase in secularism and, not surprisingly, atheism.  However, it should be noted that while denouncing spirituality, atheism itself bears all the scripts of a religion (faith, belief, conviction, confidence, trust, reliance, devotion, dogma, doctrine).  Indeed, it makes for an extremely demanding one in that it’s entirely negative and has no particular guiding light other than the passion of those who would sponsor it.

The atheist presupposes (simplistically) that science deals in

THE ETHICS OF ISLAM

IS ISLAM ETHICAL?

Ethics being founded in truth, Islam is demonstrably unethical on its face. The Qur’an and its supporting documents deny the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus 9781627874267of Nazareth, claiming that He died a natural death at a much later date. Additionally, Islam denies the Christian Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In doing so, Islam denies the very foundations of Christianity, effectively nullifying it as a religion. It does this on the basis of convenient alterations to the Christian Bible made hundreds of years after the fact (early Seventh Century), claiming theirs to be the ‘genuine’ bible.

Regardless of one’s views concerning religions and their validity, the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth are historical fact, and may not be changed or dismissed as irrelevant. The denial of history is not only inexcusable, IT IS UNETHICAL. A few examples: According to Islam, Allah/God would

ETHICAL ISSUES: SPIRITUALITY vs. RELIGION

ETHICS and SPIRITUALITY:  Is religion necessary?

IS GOD?

We know there’s a Universe because we’re indelibly written into it.  But where did it come from?  What caused it?  There had to be a cause for there to be the Universe (effect) that gives us life.  What could it be?

“The stuff of religious philosophy…(is) no more or less than assigning (whatever heralded) the universe to some power, potential or what-have-you that precedes and pervades our world.  This singularity is universally continuous from mankind’s point of view–a given.  It was, is, and as far as we can know, will be—ageless, dateless, timeless, eternal, immortal, all-being and unproveable.  http://www.extremeethics.org/?p=727

What does this mean?  And how do we handle it (because we really can’t continue to ignore it)?  Early religions handled it by assigning this dynamis to a being they called

ETHICS ISSUES: EXTINCTION vs EVOLUTION

EXTINCTION AS A NECESSARY FUNCTION OF EVOLUTION

Those who bemoan the extinction of animals such as the hairy mammoth (probably brought about by the Clovis people eons ago) fail to appreciate that they may have been hunted out of necessity, but certainly not for sport.  It was the hairy mammoth (and other now-extinct species) that fed the populations of their times.   In other words, if the mammoth disappeared, it could be because it was consumed of necessity by the populace.  It certainly did not disappear because of the smoke from their campfires.

More recently the Maori and aborigines hunted to distinction certain species out of necessity.  Perhaps many extinct species disappeared because they had outlived their usefulness.

Those who would revive extinct species would seem to be proceeding counter to the evolutionary process rather than allowing it to function.  Taken to the extreme, their

ETHICAL ISSUES: ENLIGHTENMENT

ETHICS: A PERSONAL ENLIGHTENMENT    (Part II)

Part  I  of this article told of a peak experience I had about twenty years ago and something of what I’ve come to know from it.  http://www.extremeethics.org/?p=827  It concluded with a brief narrative on the consciousness that underlies the Universe, and how we are integrated with it.  Part  II  concludes the article with something of what I’ve learned from it personally.  It was a true enlightenment and is presented here for your consideration.  What you do with it is up to you…

The Big Bang theory about the beginnings of our universe satisfies most of the scientific community because: 1) it makes sense; and 2) vital parts of it can be proven. Basically it postulates that the universe began about 13.7-billion years ago from a singularity—a dimensionless point—whereby mass (no