Anthony W. Brooks
This is a Christian Thought Blog. So it is safe to say that there will be Christian Thoughts. So in the spirit of Christian thought I want to share my thoughts, the thoughts of a Christian, and expect you to be okay with it. Of course, you should expect that my thoughts are Christian in nature, otherwise you would be reading BuzzFeed, a non-Christian source. I hope that this makes sense to you.
Of Course I Would Say That
I don’t know why people would think that what I believe is bigoted. I have thoughts that I believe are superior to others who disagree because they are my thoughts that I believe are true. They want me to accept the modernist philosophy of “All beliefs are equally valid…” when that belief is absurd on its head. You can’t win in this scenario so I have just become accustomed to losing.
The great sin of Christian Objectivity is that the Christian idea of God is the only valid and sensible idea. That the historic idea of God in Christianity that is formulated in the Nicene Creed is superior to that of Islam or Jehovah’s Witnesses is somehow unjust, unfair, bigoted, uninclusive, and sexist. That I need to open my mind to an inclusive form of Christianity and say prayers to the “heavenly mother” and say that Muslims are right too. “Accept our version of openess or at least narrow down your views to the least offensive option.”
This type of thinking is objectively evil. It gives off a very my way or the highway vibe that I can’t get behind. The following explains why.
Truth Is Objective
Let’s take the idea that Muslims and Christians can both be right. There is a neglect of historical theology here. Yes both Muslims and Christians believe that God is one. Sh’ma Yisra’el, YHWH ‘eloheinu, YHWH ‘eḥad or Hear O Israel the LORD your God, the LORD is one- Deuteronomy 6:4. Christians believe this, but we also confess God as triune consisting of three separate and distinct persons who all have the wholeness of the essence of God within themselves. Muslims deny this and confess that there is one God who has not begotten (Quran 112:1-4)
With that being said how can I see the Muslim as correct? This would be practical unbelief. Not only unbelief but intellectual suicide.
What About Actual Unbelief
Unbelief is just a term that means a denial of belief. There is an objective sense of belief within all humans that wants to search beyond the physical barriers to life to get to the root of it all. Unfortunately those who believe in science as the root of all truth don’t see that as an endless task that will give no answers. All they are doing is looking at what already exists, not the cause of the existence. They are being paid to explain what we have already observed, just in sharper detail.
The cause of existence, then, has to be outside of what already exists or you are just kicking the can further down the road. I have heard it said that a multiverse is the only plausible explanation for the universes existence, but then I ask the question “how did the multiverse happen?” and I get crickets. There is no possible way to answer that question. it is an exercise in infinite regression. But as their sciences have already proved there is no such thing as an eternal steady state universe so where are we at now?
It is Impossible NOT to Get This Argument
Think a thought. Now think another one. And another. How did you do that? How could you do that? Was it logical? Was it illogical? How can you tell? What was telling you that it was? It was innate in you, no?
The laws of logic govern your thoughts whether you like it or not. This is not to say that you can’t have a practically illogical thought from time to time, but simply that it is hard to say that “a” is “not a” with a straight face. I was once told that logic is only our perception of reality. Well, we should then ask the question that if a tree fell in a forest with no one around to hear it did it make a sound? Well, science inarguably says yes, the vibrations of the air molecules happen whether we are there or not.
There is an error then within the naturalistic materialism of atheism here. Namely that the laws of logic are not material. If all that exist is simply time and chance acting on matter then we are in trouble. We have no foundation to explain the existence of universal abstract entities such as the laws of logic in this framework. They govern everything, there is not a single iota of existence that is not governed by them and we can’t explain how that is within materialism. The laws of logic are immaterial. So by necessity you need an abstract and universal, immaterial mind to make sense of it because they reflect that type of design. Without this you are kicking the can further down the road of absurdity just like you were with materialism.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Picture: Greg Bahnsen (1948-1995) an American Philosopher who specialized in refuting Materialism