Owlish Mutterings
3/16/2005
 
Pirate
I used to read Corsair the Rational Pirate when I was killing time at work. Ran into his blog again. He quotes a guy in his local paper:
Proper behavior is only reliably defined by the Judeo-Christian worldview. Even those who will not believe in God borrow from the the Christian intellectual capital every day. They will agree that stealing, lying, incest or other behavior are wrong and that concepts like free elections, private ownership and equality are good, but natural law (evolution), humanism, socialism, atheism and other worldviews offer no foundation for these beliefs. It is only be appealing to God of the Bible that we can make sense out of what behaviors are right or wrong or which concepts are virtuous.
I don't think, as the pirate does, that this guy is necessarily unintelligent. I do think the chances of us having an intelligent conversation is pretty low - our basic axioms conflict.

Comments:
Here is a small excerpt of what a former Jew said about the differing axioms: "God's message to men does not make sense to those who are dying, but his message is his power for those of us who are being rescued from death. God already said, 'I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and frustrate the intelligence of the intelligent.' Where is the intelligent man, the scholar, the philosopher of this era? Hasn't God made the world's wisdom into nonsense? By God's wisdom, those who are dying cannot find life through intelligence. Rather, this is how God decided to do it: what seems to be nonsense to the dying is what will bring them life if they simply believe that it is true. Jews thought miracles would bring life. The Greeks thought it to be wisdom. But here is life - the crucifixion of Christ. This trips up the Jews and it sounds like pure nonsense to the rest of the world. But for us -- the living, Jews or otherwise -- it is God's power and wisdom. This is the reason: God's foolishness is more intelligent than humanity's intelligence and his weakness is stronger than our strength."
 
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