Why reductionist science and hyper-rationality can’t seem to find the Christian God
If you go in with the assumption that God must fit your definition of who you think God should be….you have to be willing to roll with what you find and discover. (even science does this–right they develop a new hypothesis and entrepreneurs do this–right they pivot). Making a procrustean bed for God…only makes a precrustean bed for your experience of who God is and how you understand the universe.
Sure those who don’t believe in God can create frames in which portray their preconceived illusions about God (thats a strawperson, thats not a real test). And lawyers can use reason to convict innocent people (reason can fail us). Thats not wisdom–that hyper-rationality and hyper-competitiveness. Thats not letting the facts speak for themselves in a common sense fashion, but blatantly ignoring big swaths of truth and history.
There is a parallel to looking at an Impressionist painting. The hyper-skeptic likes to look at the 2 gray dots at 2 centimeters, when they have to step back and see those 2 gray dots amid a great history. You miss the entire point of painting–the big story the painting is telling to you and to the world. Erased because your perspective was too limiting….too reductionist. Your desire to learn…..to be open to God and to relationship with him…..and your perspective is everything. Without it…..it may be hard to find what you are looking for.
For instance, Steve Jobs in the Commencement address at Stanford directly addressed the issue of death and suffering–and had some deep wisdom about how those trials and tribulations had made him a better person. (he enjoyed the romanticism even though the journey at times wasn’t exactly romantic.). Thats how relationships are–they are give and take.
Ethics flow from God. You aren’t going to be able to find some outside point from which to analyze God. God is the I Am. The Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
The assumption of the need for objectivity for data is bunk. We make intuitive judgements about the people all around us all the time. In fact, Michael Polyani makes the case for more subjectivity.
You can’t put God in a box or a test tube. You can’t make him jump through hoops. He’s God, he doesn’t play by your rules. Period.
So, do morals need to be independent? No. Can they be independent? Not really.