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.]

ethics

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

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

ETHICAL ISSUES: EDUCATION, SCIENCE & RELIGION

ETHICS and EDUCATION

The following is allegedly true:

The philosophy professor greets his new class with the statement:   “Let me explain the problem that science has with religion, and asks for a religious volunteer.

“So you’re a Christian, sir?”  The student answers “Yes, sir.”

And you believe in God?    Absolutely.

And that God is all-powerful and can do anything?    Yes. Of course.

Even heal a sick person, or relieve his pain?    Certainly.

Could you then tell me why he did not heal my brother, who died of cancer, even though he prayed to God to heal him?    No. I can’t.

Wouldn’t a good God have heeded his prayer?    I can’t answer for God, sir.

Well, then, is Satan good?    No, sir.

And where does Satan come from?

ETHICAL ISSUES: THE BIBLE

ETHICS and the BIBLE

Young Earthers claim that the earth (the entire universe, in fact) is only about 6000 years old, a claim made on the strength of the Bible—specifically, the Book of Genesis.   This of course conflicts with massive geologic (and other) evidence showing the earth to be hundreds of millions of years old (with the universe at about 13.7 BILLION years).

Young earthers cite creation of the earth (and universe) on the basis of the account as recorded in Genesis according to which the earth was created in seven days, days as we know them today.  They do not believe that their seven ‘days’ may have been much longer periods of time as measured by another criterion.  They further explain the geologic record as observed in the earth’s lithosphere as being the record since Noah’s flood.

The first inconsistency in the Young Earth theory

THE ETHICS of FAITH

IS GOD?   ETHICS and the UNPROVEN

The atheist claims that God does not exist because He can’t be proven.  I offer an explanation, admittedly not proof, but posit that proof is not necessary.  We accept certain basic hypotheses that cannot be proven as fact.  Why not one more?

That we live on this earth is a fact, but that we are  physically connected to it is assumed to be proven fact.  It is not.   I refer of course to gravity, which is only a theory and not proven.

We know it by experience, and can even measure it, but we do so in terms of earth—not universally.  That it exists universally is known, but what and why it is remains unproven.  Yet we accept it unconditionally.  This is known as an act of faith.

ETHICS, SPIRITUALITY, and the SUPERNATURAL

ETHICS, RELIGION, and SPIRITUALITY

[This piece was promised (in  http://www.extremeethics.org/?p=745 ) earlier.  Please refer to it.]

Why has religion been so dominant in the rise of man?   It was, until the Enlightenment called it into question and the ‘enlightened’ threw it under the bus and put their money on science.

In the first place: is religion valid?  Atheism says ‘no.’ Atheism is the belief that there are no deities to worship, one reason being that they cannot be proven.  However, atheism doesn’t necessarily deny a first cause (a cause is something that is NOT an effect).

There has to be a first cause, and whatever it was, it could not have been impossible (and as a first principle would have to be ethical). The evidence for a first cause by any name is all around us: the Universe–it’s here. That we are here is