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September 1, 2014 / compassioninpolitics

Critique of Reductive Physicalism: Why New Atheism Fails Completely


Here is a summary of what’s covered:

1) Physicalism can’t explain brain states:
“Brain is physical entity with physical properties. Mental properties are not physical properties.”
Brain is happy or say. I am happy or sad

2) Physicalism can’t give you freedom or free will.

3) Physicalism can’t give you you or me. It can’t give you an identity

4) Most important things in life:
Wife and love for me.
Love is not a property of the brain.
My kid. His kid’s happiness. “Crack open brain to find happiness.”
Looking for some self/identity
Mental properties can’t be described by physicalism…you need another explanation, a better explanation.

5) Body, Brain, & Soul…..physical and non-physical. Soul can account for mental properties.
Interaction between mental and soul. Thats why biological effects can work.
“Body and soul best accounts for our experience & see as human beings.”

Brett Kunkle from Stand to Reason

August 25, 2014 / compassioninpolitics

Questions to ask scientistic thinkers like Michael Shermer

This is a critique of the ideology of scientism (that underwrites much of the literature around skepticism, naturalism/physicalism/reductive materialism, etc…)

{TBA…cutting and pasting isn’t working for me at the moment….come back soon}

August 17, 2014 / compassioninpolitics

Design Thinking in Education


link to pintrest on design thinking (link)

More from Compassion in Politics on Design Thinking

August 8, 2014 / compassioninpolitics

Critique of the Worldview of Scientific Materialism

1) Qualitative vs. Quantitative
2) Beauty, meaning, and purpose
3) Quantum physics
4) Irreducibility of all Life
5) Complex cell & replication
6) Mathematical and biological meeting (interesting)
7) Lifes Irreducible Structure, Michael Polyani
8) Origin of Life–Chemist (replicator before life)
9) Anthony Flew abandons atheism
10) Intelligent design movement (including Michael Fenton, Michael Behe, Stephen C. Meyer, and himself)
11) Aristotlean vs. Darwinian purpose
12) Belgian Astronomer–Universe is expanding at constant rate (God & the Astronomers). “Big bang is a serious challenge to materialism–its not the ultimate explanation.”
Coincidences built into structure of universe–fine tuning of universe. Thought experiments. (17 minutes)
Carter and Fred Hoyle–Dials set/fine tuned

Dr. Robert Koons, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, author of Realism Regained (2000) and Paradoxes of Belief (2009), and co-editor of The Waning of Materialism (2010), gave a public lecture entitled “The Waning of Materialism: How the Revival of Aristotle’s Philosophy is Reshaping the Intellectual Landscape” at Texas Tech University.

If you want to learn more I suggest my posts on scientific materialism, naturalism, and physicalism as well as this page that I maintain on the subject.

August 5, 2014 / compassioninpolitics

Is church a waste of time? Why does it make sense to attend church and learn about God?

The God of the Bible claims to be the creator of the Universe. If its true, it is the single most important pursuit to which all other pursuits pale in comparison.

We are earthly bodies on a spiritual journey. Spiritual journeys filled will love, loss, relationships, community, success, failures, highs, lows, and almost everything in between.

We as complicated organic systems built on systems which run on emotions, energy, blood, oxygen had to come from somewhere. Our value as human beings had to come from somewhere…we are not just atoms bouncing around….we are more. You wouldn’t be reading this….you wouldn’t thinking….you couldn’t reflect on this in your minds eye.

Science requires a:
1) a thinking mind
2) a reflecting mind
3) an imagining and visualizing mind
4) a mathematics to undergird it
5) mouth and ears to communicate it
6) a predictable, rule bound would

At each level these are integrated processes and systems that are interdependent……that are vital to the functioning of science.

August 3, 2014 / compassioninpolitics

A Case for Christian Spiritual Arts as Part of Apolegetics and the Church

The first 25 minutes are pretty good….I’m sure the rest is as well.

He quotes Cicero along the way….

August 2, 2014 / compassioninpolitics

Subjective and objective ethics in the Bible–Getting God out of your box

If the bible is an instruction book, inspiration and guide to morality and life, why are so many of its passages vague and open to interpretation?

I think this is an interesting question…..but its looking in the wrong direction in some respects. I think it also misses the point of what the Bible is about–why it exists and how we are to use it now.

First, this seems sufficiently broad to provide flexibility and freedom of choice, but sufficiently targeted such that anyone can

The Fruit of the Spirit
22 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.

Or for instance:

Luke 6:31 New International Version (NIV)
31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

Why is ethical flexibility good?
Lets look at this from an analogy. Did your art teacher tell you how to paint by numbers to be the next DaVinci or star of the art world?

An ethical standpoint that understands the following means that precision isn’t always of utmost importance in terms of how ethical principles are communicated:
growth and development over time (personal ethical evolution–via a developmental model)
the state of your heart as being most important (i.e. trying & striving)
grace and forgiveness

Life isn’t supposed to be like a math problem.
There is a benefit to perspectivalism.
Life would be boring without change over time.
Live would be boring without differences in perspectives.

Humans aren’t robots. Effort, wrestling, conversation, and debate is good.

The challenge of dealing with diversity of perspectives in terms of interpretation is part of the joy, experience, and excitement of the faith when seen in proper perspective.

Ethics in the Bible is living, dynamic, and perspective and experience can breath meaning into its most important principles.

Gods grace means that the place of our heart and our faith is more important than our ability to follow doctrinal rules.

In some ways this allows people to come to God on their own terms–rather than a copycat or . We assemble a **grounded** ethical system based on the principles, narratives, and themes of the Bible. This model transcends the problems of typical rule based morality. It incorporates the need for objectivity in principle, but some degree of perspective and subjectivity.

Ultimately, the question misses both the value of the beauty and meaning of the way that God thinks about the ethics of person, the way in which grace and forgiveness, the importance of the state of our heart (our fundamental intent).


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