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July 24, 2016 / compassioninpolitics

Quotes from Nancy Murphy’s Finding Truth

“Worldview do not typically come with a warning label attached to tell us what we’re getting.  They do not ask permission before invading our mental space.  Instead there is what we might call a ‘stealth’ secularism that uses mages and stories to bypass people’s critical grid and hook them emotionally, sometimes without them even knowing it.  That’s why its imperative to learn the skill of deciphering worldview when they come to us not in words, where there are easier to recognize, but in the idiom of picture, composition, plot line, and characterization.”

Nancy Murphy, Finding Truth:  5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes, p. 258

“Its view of humanity runs counter to the data of human experience.  All civilization throughout history have recognized that humans are moral agents capable of making responsible choices.  There is no society without some moral code.  The testimony of universal human experience is that humans are not merely little robots.”

Nancy Murphy, Finding Truth:  5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes, p. 142

“The testimony of all known cultures through all of recorded history is the that humans do exercise moral freedom and responsibility.  From time to time, quirky individuals have raised objections, but civilizations as a whole cannot survive without the conviction that people can be held responsible for their actions.”

“Humans are so constituted that they cannot function without it.  It is one of those stubborn facts that must be accounted for by any worldview.”

Nancy Murphy, Finding Truth:  5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes, p. 146-147

“We should be brokenhearted over the dehumanizing reductionism that dishonor and destroy our fellow human beings.  We should weep for people whose dark worldview deny that their life choices have meaning or moral significance.  We should be moved by sorrow for people whose education has taught them that their loves, dreams, and highest ideals are ultimately nothing but electrical impulses jumping across the synapses of their brain.”

Nancy Murphy, Finding Truth:  5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes, p. 175

“All start with something that is guarded as ultimate, unconditioned, and divine—which in turn functions as the controlling motif for everything that follows.  The fear of some “god” is the beginning of every proposed worldview.”

Nancy Pearcy, Finding Truth:  5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes, p. 271

“Find the reductionism: Thats the point it will commit suicide.  A lower view of humanity will include a lower view of the mind—logic, reason, rationality.  It will reduce human rationality to some non-rational force or process.  Yet if ideas are products of non-rational forces, that must apply to all ideas—including the theory itself.  The debunkers end up debunking their own theories.”

Nancy Pearcy, Finding Truth:  5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes, p. 187

“The problem is that digestion is not something that can be true or false; it is just a biological fact.  If our thoughts are also biological facts, determined by biological laws, then they are not the sort of thing that can be true or false either.”

Nancy Pearcy, Finding Truth:  5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes, p. 191

“If minds are wholly dependent on brains and brains on biochemistry, and biochemistry (in the long run) on the meaningless flux of atoms, I cannot understand how the thought of those minds hold have any more significance than the sound of the wind in the trees.”

Nancy Pearcy, Finding Truth:  5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes, p. 191

“In building their case, they must implicitly trust their own thinking.  They must exempt themselves from their own reductive categories of analysis.  As one philosopher says, the materialist functions as through we were an ‘angelic observer’ somehow able to float above the determinist cage in which he locks everyone else.”

Nancy Pearcy, Finding Truth:  5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes, p. 191

“Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered.”

CS Lewis (p. 269 in Nancy Murphy)

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