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September 12, 2016 / compassioninpolitics

Nancy Murphy on the Consequences of the Determinism versus Free Will Debate

“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

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