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Science vs. Religion Part II

Tuesday, September 18, 2007 2 comments

The scientists are at it again. Trying to undermine core principles of Christianity. I found an article in the New York Times that is claiming that morals evolved from our genes. Natural selection now permits morals.

Previously on another blog, the discussion was about separation of church and state. I was stressing the importance of recognizing America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and how it correlates to morals. This article tries to support its claim by comparing different cultures morals. My thought is further separation from God will create a more perverse version of morals. For instance, a passage from the article:

“Imagine visiting a town where people wear no clothes, never bathe, have sex ‘doggie style’ in public, and eat raw meat by biting off pieces from the carcass.”… “Educated liberals are the only group to say, ‘I find that disgusting but that doesn’t make it wrong’ Dr. Haidt said.”

This postmodernism view of no absolutes is corrupting our world in every aspect. It takes away the sovereignty of God. But wait, Haidt “believes that religion has played an important role in human evolution….”. Big deal, he believes in the behavior of religion and does not think twice about the truth that it holds.

This entire article was a response to Christians who say that without life after death, life is meaningless. There is no reason to have morals. There would be no judgment, no reward. It looks like they took a page out of the philosopher’s playbook and expanded on the notion that even in man’s state of nature they are naturally good and will work together for a virtuous society.

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References to God

Thursday, September 13, 2007 2 comments

You see it all the time, at award shows, interviews and during sporting events. People are always giving recognition to God. I am glad for this, but at the same time can’t help to wonder if this has become a cliché of standard practice.

For example, people give credit to God for their talent, but at the same time demand or hold out for an unreasonable amount of money. This seems very hypocritical to me.

Likewise, after the terrorist attacks on 9/11 people were displaying signs and stickers everywhere saying “God bless America”. Was there a revival? Where are those signs and stickers now?

Of course you have people that openly express their faith like coach Tony Dungy and coach Lovie Smith who were the coaches in last year’s super bowl. The media emphasized two African American coaches in the super bowl. However, both coaches emphasized that they were Christians. (Article).

Anytime God is recognized in a positive way is a good thing, however produce good fruit like these two Christian coaches. I am not saying that people should stop the cliché actions, but a pseudo Christian act could be considered worse.

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Football News


1) The New England Patriots have been found guilty of cheating. Last week against the New York Jets they had a camera focused on the defensive coaches recording their signals. Other teams such as the Green Bay Packers have said they have witnessed them do this in the past. Everyone is questioning their success in the last few years. I think it is most probable last year. They had nobody on offense yet they made it very far in the playoffs.

2) Nortre Dame visits Ann Arbor to play Michigan Saturday at 3:30. The funny thing is, both teams are 0-2. I delight in this because I am a Spartan fan and those two schools I consider my biggest rivals. I would think UofM would win since ND has –8 rushing yards in 2 games and has yet to score an offensive touchdown.

3) MSU vs Pitt. From what I have read, Pitt has many injured players and is very young. I think MSU will dominate them and go on to beat ND. After that the schedule will become more difficult. But hey, I will be ecstatic if MSU starts 4-0.

What do you think about the situations going on in the football realm?

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Pascal’s Wager

Monday, September 10, 2007 1 comments

This is an interesting model that uses rational thinking to aid in the decision to believe in God or not. If you do not know the history of Pascal’s Wager I suggest you google it. It gives two options: to believe or not. It lists the separate scenarios that are plausible. There is a formula to determine which outcome has the greatest value. Pascal’s answer was to believe in God, but I still have problems by his model. First, the only factor he weighs is the value. Is the only factor a church or a person have to pursue is giving a more valuable presentation for Christianity? I am not speaking of people such as Joel Osteen either. I am wondering if someone’s desire for a reward (eternal life) or someone’s fear (Hell) is sufficient for salvation?

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Early Primary

Tuesday, September 4, 2007 1 comments

Governor Granholm signed a law today that makes Michigan’s primary January 15th. This was a bipartisan success. The reason behind this is to make presidential candidates focus on problems that are plaguing Michigan. The funny thing is, All the major democrat candidates (Clinton, Obama, Edwards) have pledged not to campaign in Michigan since they broke the DNC rules (Article). The republicans broke the rules of the RNC as well, however as of yet, no candidate has eliminated Michigan from their campaign trail.

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MSU Recap


Well, the Spartans are 1-0 and face Bowling Green this Saturday. Bowling Green beat Minnesota last Saturday. I was happy with the performance of this MSU football team. As I said before the season started, I wasn’t expecting much. That has changed with the historic loss UofM had against Appalachian State. As many have said, “MSU had two victories on Saturday”. I was impressed by MSU’s running game, even though I knew that was their strength. Even Hoyer was impressive. There were few penalties and though it was UAB, many good things came out of it. In addition to UofM’s loss, Nortre Dame lost badly to Georgia Tech. I now expect MSU to not lose games they should win and also pick up a win were they are expected to lose.

What are your thoughts on MSU’s football team and UofM’s loss to Appalachian State?


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