I owe you all an apology. (No, it’s not for my long absence — I’ve been spending pretty much all my spare time with my son, and I have no regrets! 😀 )
I just finished reading this book about a week ago, and I highly recommend it. However, it knocked me squarely on my butt and showed me an area about which I have been wrong for so long. And I would like to apologize. (more…)
In Part 1, I outlined my impression of the naturalist’s answer to the question, “What is the meaning of life?” In short, assuming the premise of naturalism, the best answer seems to be, “Whatever makes brings me pleasure.” Since anything that could be considered authoritative over or transcendent to our own sensations (morality, God, even civil law) is just an illusion, the only ultimate authority on what gives life meaning is the individual; thus, hedonism (in the philosophic sense) is really all that is left to us under the premise of naturalism, and therefore if life has any meaning whatsoever, we create it ourselves. (Bravo to John who turned me on to this post, where you can watch Neil deGrasse Tyson’s naturalistic answer to the meaning of life question.)
Now, I shall move on to my commentary of this answer, and share one of my objections to it: (more…)
What I love about both these men is their style of communicating. Yes, they make brilliant points and are strong thinkers — but they are able to avoid the communicative pitfalls that often accompany members of the intelligentsia. Never in my experience of watching either of these gentlemen has there ever been an ounce of arrogance, self-promotion, or malice in anything they say — but on the contrary, they exude respect, compassion, honesty, and integrity. I want to be like these men, for I see them as strong imitators of Christ.
And I came across a clip from a talk that seems to feature both Lennox and Zacharias! I need to find out what event this was, and if a full video of it is available. In this clip, Lennox is responding to the following question from an audience member:
If humans and life were intelligently designed, then why do our bodies not show intelligent design so much as they reveal the evidence of evolutionary ancestry?
I think his answer is elegant, incisive, and brilliant. But, then again, I shouldn’t be surprised, we’re talking about John Lennox — this is par for the course.