The mortal enemy of faith is knowledge, a scientific fact that has been demonstrated by researchers at the University of British Columbia.The basis of any religion is that you must believe something someone else tells you is true, even though your mind tells you it is a lie and it makes no sense. There is name for that: fideism. Without fideism, the concept of religion would not exist.
Give your answer to this objection in the comments below, then check back here on Thursday to hear Brett’s answer. (And if you’re interested in seeing a response to the study cited above, see here.)
This week’s challenge is about embryonic stem cell research:
I think abortion is wrong, and it saddens me to think that hundreds of thousands of leftover embryos are going to be discarded by IVF clinics or just kept frozen. Wouldn’t it be a more meaningful life for them (and better for society) to be used for scientific research that could benefit millions of people who suffer from diseases and disabilities rather than be wasted in death or an endless frozen state?
What would you say to a friend who challenged you with this? Do you have an answer? Tell us in the comments below, then we’ll hear Alan’s response on Thursday.
I came across a wikiHow article on "How to Argue That God Does Not Exist" (95 editors, 391,099 views), and I think I’ll be using a few of these for challenges over the coming weeks, starting with this one:
If something exists, it can be scientifically quantified (measured and evaluated relative to its mass, energy, location, capabilities, and other qualities). For example, scientists have quantified millions of items ranging from dark holes in outer space to tiny atomic particles (such as the recently discovered Higgs Boson). If something cannot be scientifically quantified, it does not exist (in the real universe).
How do you respond to this challenge? Let us know in the comments below, then check back here on Thursday to see Alan’s response.
The evidence for physicalism—that the mind is the brain—has become nothing less than overwhelming. This evidence exists not only in the highest levels of research—where scientists can now point to, and manipulate, the exact location in our grey matter where essential characteristics lie—but it exists in the everyday lives of millions of people who take psychotropic drugs on a daily basis. These users will tell you drugs such as Prozac, lithium, Paxil and Ritalin don't just give them a slight pick-me-up, they make them an entirely different person…. Only by ignoring 200 years of medical progress can we believe that we simply inhabit our bodies—dropping by on the way to something better. It isn't "I have a brain," it's "I am a brain."
How would you respond to his argument? What is the Christian view of the body, and does the efficacy of psychotropic drugs refute it? What are the implications of the writer’s physicalist view?
Tell us what you think in the comments below, then we’ll hear from Brett on Thursday.